There will be an alumni show! What will it be? Uncertain at this time. But we want ALL alumni to participate, regardless of graduation date.
North Reading is ready (and needs) a new school. It's almost here... check out the web site and support your favorite stomping grounds.
Once the new school is build Masquers wants to open the theatre with an ALUMNI SHOW. That's right, a chance for you to christen the new space.
At the North Shore Music Theatre, 25 leading actors and 25 leading actresses from around MA competed in the Spotlight Awards. Both Courtney Smith and Andy Tighe were nominated for their roles in Barnum. After each performing two selections from Barnum, Andy was awarded the title of best leading actor in a musical.
Andy will travel to NYC to compete in the Jimmy Awards against the best of the best high school males in the country. Congratulations Andy.
On Saturday, March 19th, The Masquers club competed at the semi-final round of METG's 80th Annual Drama Festival. Their competition site was located in Fall River, Massachusetts. Other schools participating at this site included (those moving on are in bold):
Joseph Case High School Tower Ghosts
Norwood High School The Real Inspector Hound
BMC Durfee High School The Mind Cafe
Malden High School American Land
Cambridge Rindge & Latin School The Dancers
Although NRHS' production of Arnold Wesker's The Kitchen will not be preogressing to the final round, several awards were presented to them at the closing ceremony. Andy Tighe, Courtney Smith, and Chandlar Metcalfe were given acting awards for their roles as Peter, Paula, and Kay, respectively. Th team was given a stage management award, and Adelaide Zhang was given an award for properties.
However, perhaps the most important recognition recieved was the BMC Durfee Stage Manager's Award. This award is presented by every host site to the school whom they believe best represents the spirit of festival. This comes through being coopertive, respectful, understanding, and having an overall positive demeanor throughout the day.
Thank you to all those who continue to support us, and congratulations to Malden High School and Cambridge Ridge & Latin School for moving on to the Final Round in Boston!!
The North Reading High School Masquers Club won recognition at the recent drama fest sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, becoming one of three teams in their division to move on to the semifinals March 19 at B.M.C Durfee High School in Fall River.
The Masquers, advised by teachers Allison Kane and Laura Hargrove, moved on from the first round at Ipswich High School on March 5 for their performance of Arnold Wesker's one-act play The Kitchen.
Club president and stage manager (name) said she believes there is a special quality to the Masquers' acting.
"The cast and crew have worked so hard together that it has bonded us," she said. "Those bonds shine through on stage. It's part of what allows us to succeed."
Janelle Yull, who plays a major role in the production, had a similar take on Masquers.
"Being on stage with my 'family' is one of the best feelings," she said. "Being able to bring our town together with the students and our directors and all the support we get from parents makes me proud."
Their work as actors was to take on the roles of wait staff in The Kitchen. The daily bustle of food preparation and service is the vehicle for a drama of social realism, a form of expression that takes a hard look at commonplace social conditions and asks its audience to evaluate the complexity of human experience, particularly in an environment of injustice.
As the staff is made to work under pressure and in inadequate conditions day after day, the tension builds and the actors are called upon to create nuanced dynamic characters.
"It was incredible to be so welcomed and appreciated by other students who work as hard as we do. I learned much about myself and my acting in just one day," said Sarah Lilley, who plays a waitress.
Cast member Erin Brooks commented, "The experience is so amazing. It will be a distinct memory I take from my high school years. It encompasses everything wonderful about theater and performing."
This student's words summed up what others also took away.
"The feeling was electrifying," she said. "Anything more that ensues as we continue in the competition will be an extra bonus."
In addition to the team recognition at the regional event, the club received several individual awards, including:
We are pleased to announce that the cast and crew of The Miser won the semi-round competition at Brockton High School yesterday. Aside from being one of two schools going to compete March 25-27th at John Honcock Hall in Boston, MA Masquers got the following awards:
Best Actor: Mark McGillvray
Best Actor: Andy Tighe
Best student director: Crissy Smith
Technical excellence in lighting design: Liam Trowel, Josh Gordon
Technical excellence in set design: Libby Webster, Josh Gordon
Technical excellence in properties and make-up: Maryn Burns
Excellence in stage managing:
Technical excellence in costume design: Adam Sperry
Excellence in technical directing: Joey Perullo
and the very special
"Stage Manager's Choice Award" for overall ensemble both on stage, back stage and throughout the festival.
However, because we are moving onto states, we must CANCEL the second weekend of the musical "The Pirates of Penzance"
But!!! We had added another show this coming weekend.
The new show schedule is:
Friday, March 19th at 8:00pm
Saturday, March 20th at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday. March 21st at 2:00pm
Tickets are on sale from 2pm-5pm everyday in the main hallway and if you purchase five or more tickets to one show before the end of the day Thursday, you will get $2.00 off the adult ticket prices.
Since we had to cut a show, tickets will be hard to get so buy them early so you don"t miss out on this very fun and very physical show.
Check out our web site for details on both the State Finals and the musical at www.masquers.tk
Thanks for continuing to support us!!
An exciting - and exhausting - time at the NETC conference in Sturbridge, MA Nov 12- 14, 2009. Andy Tighe and Lorin Zackular won first place in the Musical Theatre Cattle Calls. Josh Gordon and our stage manager won first place in the Set Design contest. Adam Sperry won second place for makeup. In addition, Adam Sperry was asked to join the costumer of Wicked in NYC and our stage manager was asked to join the Stage Manager of Wicked backstage and run the show. WOW. Billy Goldstein, Josh Gordon, Andy Tighe and Lorin Zackular were asked to perform infront of the final banquet. Audience members included Laurence O'Keefe and Mike O'Malley amoung other prominent people in the industry.
Students took classes, dressed up for a Masquerade Ball, auditioned, learned and laughed a lot. It was a great group and a great learning experience. But now... back to tech week as we open this Friday!!!
Thursday - clothing you wear to school will be fine to travel in.
Masquerade Ball is not like Phantom of the Opera - but you should embody the character of your dreams. Dress up like them, wear a mask and be them all night long.
Bathing suit for pool
Friday - Dance wear, dance shoes, portfolio, street wear.
Saturday - Clothing to move in but not necessarily dance wear (uless you are taking Ballroom Dance) and formal wear (Tie an suit jacket for men, business dress (below knee) or suit for women. Street wear to travel home in
Camera, phone, ipod, bathroom supplies, money for food and stuff, personal medications, snacks for hotel room and throughout the day (can be kept in backpacks) pillow/lovey.
Current 2 year (or more) members are eligible to attend the conference with us November 12-14, 2009. Only 20 slots so first come first served. Email Mrs Kane and let her know you want to go.
As part of the group we ask that everyone donate something to sell during intermission.
Please plan on bringing any of the following to the auditorium on Friday, October 16th or before the show Saturday, October 18th. Make sure to label your food for allergies.