November has started with many students sharing their talents with the greater Dedham community.
The Dedham Artist Guild sponsors artist challenges open to the community every few months. Dedham High students Natasha Dias, Sheala Frasca, and Molly Mulvey participated in the latest Small Works challenge. The theme was open, but the art could be no larger than 12 X 12 framed.
The show is being hosted at The Dedham Community Movie Theater and is on display until December 31st. Thanks to Ms. O’Sullivan for her help in submitting student work.
The newly rebranded DHS Drama Club, Dedham HS Performing Arts Company, produced their fall productions of One Act Plays on November 4 and 5. With over 40 students in the cast and crew, new Director Nate Haywood chose three short plays that featured students in grades 9-12. These were well received by an appreciative audience. Thanks to all students for two great nights of entertainment. The Performing Arts Company will start programming and casting for the METG Dramafest on March 4th, and the annual DHS Senior Musical on March 17 and 18, later this month. You can see pictures from the three plays in the PAC category in the sidebar.
The DHS Marauder Marching Band competed in a NESBA competition at Somerset/Berkley HS in late October. The performance earned them a Silver Medal in festival class. Director Jeff Daniels noted, “The band put on their best performance despite the rain and cold here tonight. We’re very proud of the progress the group has made since band camp in August”. The bands final performance will be at the annual Thanksgiving game in Norwood.
Dedham Instrument Drive – As our instrumental groups build from grades 3 to 12, the need for loaner instruments for students to take lessons and participate in band and string groups district-wide continues to grow. The Dedham Public Schools and the Dedham School of Music are partnering to promote a community instrument drive. Do you have an instrument sitting in a closet that you just won’t use? Please consider donating it to Dedham music students in need. We will accept any band or string instrument that has all parts and a case. These can be dropped off at the Dedham School of Music at Dedham Community House any weekday from 10 to 3. There will also be instrument drop off boxes at the DHS (12/6) and DMS (12/13-15) Holiday Concerts. Please leave your contact info inside the case so we can issue a donation letter. If you need something picked up, contact DPS Fine Arts Director Jeff Bolduc at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781 310-1118.
Elementary and middle school students performed at a Providence Bruins game over the past few weeks. DMS Choral Director Jeff Taylor brought members of the chorus to sing the National Anthem at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on October 21st. Students from <– Avery and Oakdale music students joined their parents and Ms. Allen to perform at the Nov. 6th game
Upcoming School Concerts
Musicians in all grades will celebrate the upcoming holiday season with concerts at every school. See each schools website for starting times. Donations will be accepted at the door at the DHS and DMS events.
December 6 – High School Concert, 7pm
December 9 – Avery Concerts (instrumental groups at morning concerts)
December 13 – Greenlodge Concerts (instrumental groups at morning concerts)
December 13 – Middle School Choral and String Concert, 7pm
December 14 – Oakdale Concerts (instrumental groups at morning concerts)
December 15 – Middle School Band Concert, 7pm
December 16 – Riverdale Concerts (instrumental groups at morning concerts)