Hearts and Flowers

As result of the weekend winter storm, Hearts & Flowers Cabaret has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 15th, 6:30pm at Danversport Yacht Club.  Contact heartsandflowers2017@gmail.com with questions.
Please join the HWRHS Chorus for …..
Hearts and Flowers
Danversport Yacht Club (Garden Terrace Room)
$30.00 for Adults
$16.00 for Children under 12
Reservations are required and will be accepted through Friday, February 10th.  
Click the link to download a registration form:  Reservationform

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Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District Faculty and Staff Group Art Show

The Visual Arts Department is pleased to announce the opening of the faculty and staff art show on Monday, January 30, 2017.  The exhibition is located in the Visual Arts Wing of the HWRHS and comprises the work of 22 artists and craftsmen.  There is a variety of work from handmade soaps to paintings.  The show includes artwork from Mark Stoey, Anne Foresman, Michael Harvey, Kirsten Losee, Martha Curran, Kristen Lazzaro, Wendy Kenny, Sheila Boss-Concannon, Betsy Stowell, Beth Blanchard, Barbara Mahoney, Eric Tracy, JoDelia Giampaolo, Gretchen Ahearn, Elaine Rogal, Marcie Sidlowski, Katie Simko, Paula Lopes, Courtney Cooney, Nora Burnett, Jemma Pasmore and Bill Melville.

The gallery is open during the school hours of 7:30am-3:30pm.  For more information on the HWRSD group show, please contact Kirsten Losee, Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator, at (978) 468-0418 or k.losee@hwschools.net

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Congratulations to the cast and crew – Seussical!

The MRMS cast and crew pulled off a wonderful performance of SEUSSICAL!  Congratulations to all involved.

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Seussical – MRMS Musical

“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Thursday, January 12th, 7:00PM
Friday, January 13th, 7:00PM
Saturday, January 14th, 2:00 PM

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School
Ferrini Dramatics Center

Tickets: Adults: $12, Students: $10

Book online at    http://mrmsseussical.brownpapertickets.comseussical-poster

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Hold on Alice – review

Hold On Alice” wowed audiences with talent exhibited from all angles.  First, the script was written collaboratively by the cast and was loosely based on “Alice in Wonderland.”  Musicians such as Ben Tanch then composed music and lyrics to enhance the play’s drama.  Actor Matt Rose carried the storyline from happily married Dad to widower feeling conflicted between his late wife and new love.  Alice, his daughter was creatively played by a puppet with the voice of Olivia Brown supporting the character with her acting abilities channeled into the movements of Alice.  Other puppeteers were Kate Rubel and Addy Gordon.  As Alice struggles with deciding whether to accept a new potential mother, she encounters lively characters such as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb, an intertwined duo seamlessly portrayed by sisters Eve and Helen Peppler.  A grinning Humpty Dumpty acted by Will Glovsky has a great fall, and Cheshire Cat Stephanie Goodwin weaves her way among the characters to tie the story together.  Eventually Alice learns to accept her father’s new girlfriend played by Katie Ryan while simultaneously learning to keep her late mother, portrayed by Julia Brown, in her memory.  
After the play was performed, the cast and crew congregated on stage to answer questions from the audience.  Director Christopher Shailor explained the process through which the play was written, incorporated music, rehearsed, and performed during a very short time frame.  The crew also demonstrated their resourcefulness by re-using existing costumes from other plays to adapt to the characters of “Alice in Wonderland.”  Finally, the crew, musicians, and cast bowed to an audience overwhelmingly impressed by this excellent student created production.
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‘Take a Seat’ SALE

Looking for the perfect way to honor a student or faculty member or remember a loved one?  Our Take A Seat fundraiser offers the opportunity to name a seat in the Margaret D. Ferrini Auditorium at HWRHS, and until December 31, 2016 seats will be 50% off the regular price.  

For this limited time…
$1,000 seats for $500
$500 seats for $250
$250 seats are $125

Seats may be purchased via our webpage:  http://hwfota.org/seat/ or at our HWFOTA table before and after all Winter Concerts.


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Hold on Alice

High School dramatics production of Hold on Alice will be performed:

  • Nov 4th, 7:00pm
  • Nov 5th, 3:00pm, 7:00pm


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Date set for Melody Miles 2017

Mark your calendars for May 27th 2017 for Melody Miles.

Can you join us?  We need runners, volunteers, sponsors, musicians, and lots of enthusiastic support (cow bells provided).

Contact us to get involved in this important event to raise money for the arts in our school district.

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Montserrat College of Art’s Pre-College Art Portfolio Preparation Course

Montserrat College of Art’s Pre-College Art Portfolio Preparation Course is an intensive experience in art that is offered on Saturdays in the fall semester for high school students aged 16 and over, looking to prepare their art portfolios for a future college application.

This pre-college art course includes observational drawing, design, composition, color theory, and issues surrounding the making of art.   Assistant Professor Len Thomas-Vickory will work individually with you and classmates to prepare a strong portfolio.

  • Oct. 1 – Dec. 3, Sat. 10am – 1pm
  • Small class size
  • Students earn one college – credit upon successful completion.

If you have a passion for art and want to develop your skills, Hamilton-Wenham Friends of the Arts (FOTA) and Monserrat are offering full grants to attend this workshop.

Candidates will need to write a paragraph on why they want to attend and send it along with images of 2-3 pieces of their own artwork to tashamolnar@me.com by end of school Wednesday 28 Sept.

The students chosen for the grant will be informed by Thursday 29 Sept ready to attend first session on Saturday 1st Oct.

Questions?  Contact Tasha Molnar or Kirsten Losee


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FOTA New Year 2016/17

2015/16 was a great year for FOTA.  We made numerous grants including the purchases of a digital camera and guitars, funding for a playwrights workshop, a fine arts summer program, and a ukulele melee, to name but a few.  Our annual major fundraiser, Melody Miles Road Race, was one of our best ever (in spite of the heat on the day) and we have recruited some great new board members.

We pass on our thanks to Emily Hayden who has stepped down as president after many successful and inspirational years and we welcome our new president Nicci Roebuck.

We are now open to new grant requests for the new school year. We would love to hear ideas to make the arts accessible and available to more students and deepen the experience of the arts to all students in our district.

We are always looking for new members to join us.  Please contact us or come along to one of our meetings; held in the high school library, typically
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