As the school year enters February, the Fine Arts Department is busy on many fronts to prepare for upcoming events, both near and far. The third marking period begins this week, bringing new music and curriculum units to performing and visual art classes district-wide.
The DHS Winter Guard had their first competition on Saturday, January 26th in Salem. They took first place in the Scholastic Regional A Division – a great start. Their next performance will be at the Norwood NESBA show on February 2. The show starts at 4 with DHS scheduled for a 4:42 start time. Tickets to the event are $8., $5. for students. This is closest competition this season and it’s hoped family and friends can be there to support the girls. It’s shaping up to be a very exciting season for the Guard.
The Dedham High School Music Association and the Dedham Savings Bank are proud to be co-sponsoring a performance by the Parkway Concert Orchestra on Sunday, March 3rd. Proceeds from this concert will benefit DHS music programs throughout the school year. Information is included in the flyer to the left – click to open. You can make ticket reservations by calling 781-326-1667. For more information, you can also visit: www.ParkwayConcertOrchestra.org.
The Class of 2013 production of Footloose is in full swing with daily after-school rehearsals. The Senior Class is seeking commercial and personal ads for the playbook for the March production schedule. The musical is an important fundraiser for the Class of 2013 and it is hoped that families, friends, and local businesses will support this endeavor by buying an ad that fits their budget. The Ad Sheet is embedded to the left – click to open and print. The deadline for placing an ad is March 1st. Ads can be mailed to: DHS Musical, 140 Whiting Ave., attention Steve Dewar.
Dedham Middle School is also in production to present their annual musical on April 2, 3, and 4. Their 2013 show will be Into The Woods. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The main characters are taken from ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘Rapunzel’, and ‘Cinderella’ as well as several others. The musical is tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, and their interaction with a Witch and her curse on them.
Congratulations to DHS freshman Noah Littman for being named to the MMEA Eastern District Junior District Orchestra. Noah, a trombonist, auditioned along with other Dedham students on January 26th in Concord and was named first chair in the entire district. This is quite an honor and Noah will now represent Dedham at the Eastern District Festival on March 8 and 9 at Lincoln-Sudbury HS. Congratulations to all students who auditioned for their hard work and dedication to continued musical excellence.
Members of the DHS Theatre Club are quickly preparing to compete in the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild Festival with preliminary rounds taking place at fourteen regional sites on Saturday, March 2. The Club will be entering an original, student-written play titled Voice of Treason. The play was written by senior Lucy Kindstrand, who is also serving as the student director. Dedham High School will perform in the first round at Sharon High School at 11:15. Seven other schools will present their productions in Sharon on the 2nd, with the top three moving on to the second round on March 9. The state finals are scheduled for Saturday, March 23.
We have finalized the date for the All-Town Elementary Instrumental Concert. This concert will feature band and string students from all four schools in a full ensemble setting. These groups will be conducted by teachers from Dedham School of Music. The concert will be held in the Dedham Middle School auditorium on Thursday, May 16, starting at 7pm. More info will be posted here as the event approaches. The second semester of lessons begins this month for all elementary lessons.
Hope to see school and community musicians at the Legion Band Open House on Monday, February 4th from 7 to 9pm. The Legion will offer concert, jazz, and marching band opportunities as well as color guard groups. Membership is open to students from middle school through adults. You can get more information by visiting their website: ->Legion Band.