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PROOF

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This year’s winter show, PROOF by David Auburn, proved to be a valuable experience for the cast, crew and directors.  The Tony and Pulitzer Award winning script provided a challenge due to its mature themes and the amount of dialogue.  The entire show was performed Feb 28 and March 2 for receptive audiences who then had the chance to ask the cast questions regarding the script, the characters and the experience both nights.  The third performance, of Act One only, was entered in the Mass. High School Drama Festival, which Algonquin hosted in the black box on March 1st.

Festival gave the cast and crew the opportunity to meet students from both Dennis-Yarmouth and Ayer-Shirley and to view their 40 minutes shows.  Our crew was responsible for helping to tech these other shows, and Algonquin won the prestigious ‘ensemble award’ where the 4 senior class cast members were celebrated with individual acting awards.  More importantly, we hosted a dynamic afternoon and evening of theater where students were given verbal feedback from veteran theater professionals who both supported choices and offered suggestions to improve each show.  We had our last performance after this event and we were able to utilize the judge’s comments to further improve our show and to recognize the hard work we invested in rehearsals was recognized.

This show was co-directed by drama teacher Maura Morrison and bio teacher Brian Kelly.  The set was designed by art teacher George Hancin and applied arts teacher Dan Strickland.  Art students worked on construction and painting.  The crew of 10 students worked backstage.


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Winter Play: PROOF

Algonquin presents, Proof by David Auburn. Proof tells the story of a young woman dealing with the loss of her father, a brilliant mathematician, who suffered from schizophrenia and her experiences dealing with her own brilliant mind and the frightening possibility of following too closely in her father’s footsteps. The story is a great combination of humor and sincerity that highlights real life issues including relationships and coping with loss and uncertainty. The cast has been working very hard to meet the challenge. There are some mature moments including language use and drinking, which may not be suitable for younger audiences.
Additionally, we will be having talk-backs with the cast after each school performance so that audience members can hear about the cast’s experience working on the show. This has been a very entertaining and educational experience for all involved and we hope to see you there!
Additionally, Algonquin is hosting two other schools for the Drama Festival on Friday afternoon and evening. During the afternoon, our students will have the chance to meet other students from Dennis-Yarmouth and Ayer-Shirley High Schools and showcase their work for each other!


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CHICAGO: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION is coming to Algonquin!

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Set in the legendary city during the roaring jazz hot 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma is serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two have been having an affair. Driven chorus girl Roxie has been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve.

The show will open on Thursday, December 6 at 7pm, and will run until Saturday evening.

Tickets are now available online at: https://arhschicago.brownpapertickets.com

or in the ARHS main office. $10 for students, $15 for adults


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Wegmans…THE MUSICAL 2.0!

Overview:  “Wegmans…THE MUSICAL”  was written in 2012 by Maura Morrison’s Advanced Drama class after the town of Northboro welcomed the first Wegmans store in Massachusetts.  It’s the story of twin brothers both managing competing supermarkets in Northboro.  One is wildly jealous of the splash Wegmans makes in town and plots to destroy its success.  There is also a couple who gets engaged in the store (this really happened)  and a missing elderly man in the frozen foods aisle .  The songs include parodies from RENT, Les Miserables, Wicked, Hamilton and Eminem.  Six years have passed since Wegmans… THE MUSICAL hit the Algonquin stage. Can you believe they’re letting them do this again?!  This minimally updated version is shamelessly called; Wegmans… THE MUSICAL 2.0!
 
Location:  Algonquin Auditorium, 79 Bartlett Street,  Northboro, MA
 
Dates:  Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8 @7pm
Seats are free- donations appreciated