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The Blog of the Algonquin Fine & Performing Arts Department


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Laughs Optional!

The ARHS improv group, Needs IMPROVment is excited to announce their Improv and sketch comedy show! This year’s show, “Laughs Optional” will feature improv and sketch comedy created by 23 ARHS students. We will play many games that are famous and favorites of the improv enthusiast or just plain fun for someone looking for some good PG-13 entertainment. The entire night is created by ARHS students and will be fast-paced, funny, and interactive. The performances are Thursday, May 12 and Friday May 13 in the ARHS Black Box at 7pm. The admission is $5 at the door. No reservations are required. This is the final drama performance of the year, help make it a huge success for our students!


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Drama Offerings at ARHS

Course selection is here! We have 3 wonderful drama classes to offer. Develop your basic acting and communication skills, improve collaboration, empathy, social skills and self confidence. The ultimate goal if for students to free more comfortable in their own skin both on stage and in everyday life. Check it out and reach out to Mr. D’Agostino if you have any questions!


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“Radium Girls” Opens March 3rd

ARHS students have been working hard to put together the winter show Radium Girls. This event truly is special, because other than the advising/direction, the students create the entire performance. The sets, props, costumes, poster logo, lights, stage management, and crew are all being designed and run by our talented students.

Performances are Thursday 3/3 and Friday 3/4 in the Blackbox at 7 PM. Admission will be free, but tickets should be reserved in advance. You can reserve your seats by using the QR code on the posters or filling out this form — TICKET RESERVATIONS.  Students will be performing again on March 5 as part of the METG Drama Festival.

RADIUM GIRLS SYNOPSIS

Radium Girls, by D.W. Gregory, tells the story of the women who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation in the 1920’s. The workers of the factory were responsible for working with and handling radium as they painted radium-laced glow-in-the-dark paint on the dials of watches. The women were told that the radium was safe and, in order to paint the fine detail on the dials, they were instructed to point their brushes between their lips. As factory owners and scientists, familiar with the effects of radium, took precautions against harmful radiation, the women who worked for the company started to get ill and die.

The play focuses on Grace Fryer (a dial painter) and her efforts to take the U.S. Radium Corporation to court. The show is dramatic, but written with humor. It provokes thought and sheds light on matters of equity, commercialization of science, and trading human rights for financial profit.

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Winter Play Auditions Next Week!

Radium Girls, by D. W. Gregory, tells the story of the women who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation in the 1920’s. The workers of the factory were responsible for working with and handling radium as they painted radium-laced glow in the dark paint on the dials of watches. The women were told that the radium was safe and, in order to paint the fine detail on the dials, they were instructed to point their brushes between their lips because rags wasted too much paint and time. Meanwhile, as factory owners and scientists, who were familiar with the effects of radium, took precautions to protect themselves against harmful radiation, the women who worked for the company started to get ill and die. The play focuses on Grace Fryer (a dial painter) and her efforts to take the U.S. Radium Corporation to court. The show is dramatic, but written with humor. It provokes thought and sheds light on matters of equity, commercialization of science, and trading human rights for financial profit. It is a very timely piece and a great opportunity for actors to develop character. There is a cast of 5 female and 5 male actors.

Auditions:

  • Monday 12/20 from 6-8 PM in the Blackbox
  • Wednesday 12/22 from 3-5 PM in the Blackbox

Select one of the audition times. We will provide audition material on the day of the auditions. There is nothing you need to prepare. Let us know in advance which day you plan to come by filling out the AUDITION FORM (Links to an external site.). You can change your day, we just want to know who to expect for planning purposes.