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The Blog of the Algonquin Fine & Performing Arts Department


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The Laramie Project

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“The Laramie Project” is a documentary-style play centered on the October 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student at the University of Wyoming. Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die on the plains outside Laramie Wyoming because he was gay. The event focused international attention on human rights and a lack of hate-crime laws across the country and the world. The play enacts interviews given by residents in the aftermath of the murder, some unconnected with the tragedy, and some intimately involved.

Algonquin’s production of “The Laramie Project” includes 20 student actors and 10 backstage student crew members and is co-directed by Drama Teacher Maura Morrison and Biology Teacher Brian Kelly.

Performances are Thursday, February 27, 2020, in-school, and Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm.  It is the ARHS entry in this year’s Mass Educational Theatre Guild (METG) Festival on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Algonquin is hosting the METG festival again this year and welcoming Gloucester HS and St. Sebastian’s HS.  All performances will be in the ARHS Black Box. Friday night’s performance is free for students and $10 for Adults. Saturday is a $12 fee to attend the 3 shows performing for the METG 2020 festival.


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MAMMA MIA! Nov 21, 22, 23

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Algonquin Regional High School’s Fine & Performing Arts Department is ABBA-solutely excited to present MAMMA MIA!

November 21, 22 and 23 @7pm ARHS  JFK Auditorium

Come Take a Chance on this Broadway smash and international hit musical told through ABBA’s timeless hits that will make you feel like a Dancing Queen and a Super Trouper! This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Tickets  available at https://arhsmammamia.brownpapertickets.com or in the main office at Algonquin.

 


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ARHS presents..

Auditions workshops will be held in the black box theater on Tuesday, September 3, 2-4pm & Wednesday, September 4, 6-8pm Attend one session only.

Auditions will be held in the black box theater on Thursday, September 5, 2-4pm OR 6-8pm Attend one session only.

Call-backs will be held in the black box theater on Friday, September 6, 2-4pm

MAMMA MIA! will be presented on Nov 21, 22, 23 at 7pm in the JFK Auditorium at Algonquin Regional High School


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Spring Improv Show Success

unnamedThe Spring Improv Show, directed by Maura Morrison, was held on May 16 and May 17 in the blackbox theater. We had 2 great audiences and sold out shows both nights.  Past members of ‘Needs Improv-Ment” acted as judges for our improv smack down.  There were 27 students in the cast, 6 house band musicians and 1 student on lights/sound.  Mr. Hancin and his art students created a fantastic POP art set.

The Northborough Cable Studio filmed the evening, and it can be viewed on their site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaZ8mlEtKfo&feature=youtu.be