Middle School Arts Night
Music echoed through the art filled halls as the MRMS Chorus and Chorale sang in the multi-purpose room to kick off an evening of art. Once the singers had taken their final bow, some families squeezed into the standing-room-only Performing Arts Room as students jammed on their guitars and ukuleles. For those who wanted more music, the MRMS Jazz Combo then played across the hall showcasing the talents of musicians on a variety of instruments. While the music played on families meandered the hallways viewing paintings of flowers in the Georgia O'Keefe style, drawings of backpacks complete with detailed lacing, and colorful masks dangling from the walls. This multi-sensory experience concluded with an abridged performance of the drama being prepared for the Mass. Educational Theater Guild's (METG) drama festival. Overall, the talents of MRMS students was well showcased for a fun evening of entertainment.
Bringing a cartoon to life was no easy task for the cast and crew of "Deer Haunting: A Farside Cartoon," a comedy written by Andrea Onstad. Antlers and hooves adorned 3 deer portrayed by Jack Delorenzo, Will Glovsky, and Chris Tsouvalis as they pranced through the woods and were eventually hit by a car. The car was driven by 3 old ladies including a timid Bones, a feisty Nursey, and a drunk Pansy. As the car hits the deer, actors splay across the stage in their slow motion descent to the road. After getting a closer look at the deer a strange resemblance to the 3 old biddys' deceased husbands becomes apparent. Could it be the three late husbands were reincarnated as deer?
As the 3 old ladies portrayed by Olivia Brown, Helen Peppler, and Katie Ryan sing horribly to pass the time in their car ride, suspicious police pull them over. Tough cop Julia Brown warns the three to abate the recklessness while amused cop, Matt Rose, chuckles at the three, entertained by their craziness.
After months of rehearsals, the performance competes at various levels in the Mass. Educational Theater Guild's (METG) competitions. At the preliminary level, the judges at the Drama Festival praised the cast's synergy as both teams of three (the deer and old ladies) were recognized for their well-coordinated acting abilities. The cast and crew advanced to the Semi-Final Festival and were again recognized with several honors. As last year's winners of the MA state level Drama Festival, the team was automatically invited to Boston once again to view the talents of their peers and be inspired for next year's creation.