March Highlights

Michaela StapletonDHS junior Michaela Stapleton was a finalist in Photographers Forum Fall Photography contest. This will give her national recognition and is an immense honor. Her digital black and white photo, titled Rachel -> will be published in Photographers Forum annual book: The Best of High School and College Photography. Congratulations to Michaela.

dedhamhspalogoThe Dedham High School Performing Arts Company will perform in the preliminary round of the statewide METG Dramafest on Saturday, March 3. The company will perform Take Five at 4:30 at Duxbury High School. Director Nate Haywood is pleased by the progress the cast has shown as they enter Tech Week. Dramafest rules state that every aspect of the production must be student run. Lights, sound, and directing must be done by members of the theater group. Of the eight schools participating at the Duxbury site, three will be selected by the judges to move on to semifinals later in the month.

Web Graphic W.O.Z.Mr. Haywood has also been hard at work producing and directing the upcoming Senior Musical, The Wizard of Oz. The timeless tale of Dorothy riding a tornado to the land of Oz will feature Emma Francis in the lead role. The show will be presented on March 16 and 17 starting at 7pm in the Dunne Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased online at

Just a few days after the show, Dunne Auditorium will host the annual All-Town Choral Concert on Wednesday, March 21st. The concert will begin at 7 and feature the combined 5th Grade Chorus from all four elementary schools; choruses from the middle and high schools, and a finale featuring almost 300 students from grades 5-12 singing together. The concert is free to the public. Donations are accepted at the door.

The spring will conclude with the Don Heald Night of Jazz on March 27th, and the All-Town String Concert on April 10th. Both of these will be at Dedham MS and start at 7.  After being delayed a week by weather, the All-Town Band Concert was a huge success on Valentine’s Day. Band students from grades 4 to 12 entertained a packed gym of supporters with a variety of traditional, concert, and popular favorites. Congrats to all students for an impressive night of music.

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We have finalized a date for the DHS Fine Arts Awards this Spring. The awards will move to the DHS café to accommodate the growing numbers. Social hour will be from 6 to 7, with awards starting at 7. Students in visual arts, performing arts, and winter groups will be celebrated and recognized.

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