MERMS holds spring concert

On May 15th, the middle school band and chorus held the spring concert. Chorus teacher Donna O’Neill conducted the 6th, 7th and 8th grade chorus concert. Band director Joseph Sokol conducted the middle school band concert. This is Sokol’s last year teaching and this was his last middle school concert.

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Sixth grade chorus students begin to file onto the risers to begin the MERMS spring concert. Their first song was Gute Nacht, a German folk song. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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A middle school student helps Betsy Vicks, the accompanist turn the pages while she plays the piano. Vicks was the accompanist for all the choruses. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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The sixth grade middle school chorus performs the song ‘Round the Riverside. The song was arranged by Saundra Musser. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Band students set the stage before the getting their instruments. They began the concert with The Star Spangled Banner. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Band director Joseph Sokol conducts the song March Triumphant. He has been teaching music for 30+ years. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Joseph Sokol announces the next song will be Over the Rainbow. The song is originally from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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UPCOMING EVENT: A CAPPELLA NIGHT 2015 – Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 PM

A CAPPELLA NIGHT 2015 – Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 PM – MERHS Auditorium

The SoundWaves perform with and host: Boston University’s AFIX (with alumna Leanne Ciccone); Pingree’s Specttrum Highlights; Marblehead’s Jewel Tones; Marblehead’s Luminesence; and Hamilton-Wenham’s Kings of the Beach. 

 

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 28th.

PLEASE COME AND JOIN US!

$5.00 students, faculty and senior citizens; $8.00 general public.

Proceeds to benefit the MERHS Class of 2015.

 

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Drama Club Performs at Dramafest

By Courtney Fraser

Members of the Drama Club progressed through to the Semi-Final competition of Dramafest after their qualifying performance of “Volpone” at the preliminary rounds.

Throughout the day on Feb. 28, eight schools from the North Shore came to Manchester-Essex to perform.

“Volpone,” meaning “fox” in Italian, is a play about a very rich man who tricks all of his friends into thinking they are going to get his money in his will.

The traditional commedia dell’arte has characters who mimic the behaviors of several animals such as the dove, crow, and vulture.

The performance is a Renaissance comedy that has been modified to fit the time frame of 40 minutes.

Auditions for “Volpone” were held in early December. Since then, actors and managers have been rehearsing four times a week after school.

Director Elizabeth Edgerton has been working with the Drama Club for roughly eight years. During her career as the director, she has led drama students to finals twice.

“It’s a great experience for our students to see different kinds of drama and different theatre departments. The competition pushes our students to do really well,” Edgerton said.

Assisting Edgerton in directing the play is junior Chelsea Rose, who has made the Drama Club a large part of her high school career.

“Drama Club is cool because I’ve been involved in both acting and directing. The experience is really fun but also overwhelming when it comes to competition,” Rose said.

Competing in Dramafest are 115 High Schools across New England who fight to be one of the 14 schools that perform at the finals in Boston.

“Dramafest is my favorite memory of my high school career. You make friends with almost everyone, and they’re all really friendly. One year, I was singing a song in the hallway, and within seconds, almost 20 kids were singing along with me,” senior and actor Courtney MacDougall said.

Makeup artists Rose, senior Devon Musgrave-Johnson, freshman Madison Palmer, and sophomore Maya Palmer received awards for excellence in makeup art for the play. Freshman A.J. Rhuda and junior Maddie Shaw won awards but for excellence in performance.

The Drama Club participated in the semi-finals on Mar. 14 at the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School; however, the group didn’t move on to finals in Boston on Mar.  26-28.

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MUSIC – Upcoming Events

March 20-22nd  –  HS Band trip to Montreal

 March 21st    All-State Concert (Tucker Evans and Sara Rhuda, members),  Symphony Hall,  1:00 PM – tickets in advance only.

April 10th  –  SoundWaves  perform in “Sing Off” at Peabody HS – 7:00 PM  All proceeds go to charities of each participating school’s choice.   We welcome some spirited fans to cheer us on!

 April 16th  – HS SPRING CONCERT – 7:30  – featuring the Band, Chorus and SoundWaves.

April 30th –   A CAPPELLA NIGHT – 7:00 PM –  SoundWaves host and perform along with are groups from  Boston University, Pingree, Marblehead and St. John’s Prep.  Ticket proceeds to benefit the class of 2016.

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High School Drama Presents “Volpone”

 

Before every Drama Fest competition, Manchester-Essex students perform the play to the entire high school student body. The play must be under forty minutes as per rules of The Drama Guild. This year Manchester-Essex performs the play “Volpone”.

 

Freshman Maddison Palmer applies make up on junior Alex Buck before the Drama Club preforms in front of the student body. On Saturday, the club performed the play “Volpone” for Drama Fest. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Maddison Palmer applies make up on junior Alex Buck before the Drama Club preforms in front of the student body. On Saturday, the club performed the play “Volpone” for Drama Fest. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Chelsea Rose carefully applies make up on junior Maddie Shaw transforming her into a dog (as every actor has an animal characteristic). Rose acted a co-director along with English teacher Liz Edgerton for this year’s production. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Chelsea Rose carefully applies make up on junior Maddie Shaw transforming her into a dog (as every actor has an animal characteristic). Rose acted a co-director along with English teacher Liz Edgerton for this year’s production. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The main actors in the play loosen up five minutes before their performance to the high school. The group goes through voice exercises to warm up their vocal cords as well as breathing exercises to relax. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The main actors in the play loosen up five minutes before their performance to the high school. The group goes through voice exercises to warm up their vocal cords as well as breathing exercises to relax. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The student actors stretch before the play and get into the mind set of their character. Unlike the vocal exercise, stretching is done individually rather than in a group. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The student actors stretch before the play and get into the mind set of their character. Unlike the vocal exercise, stretching is done individually rather than in a group. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
To get rid of nerves, the student cast shares a laugh and their most difficult line to say. Senior Courtney MacDougal says, “Although there is a large amount of tension and stress before the show, the cast is always able to laugh and have fun in the end.” Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
To get rid of nerves, the student cast shares a laugh and their most difficult line to say. Senior Courtney MacDougal says, “Although there is a large amount of tension and stress before the show, the cast is always able to laugh and have fun in the end.” Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Steven Ascolillo and juniors Alex Buck and Maddie Shaw lead the rest of the cast to the stage after their warm ups and prepare to perform in front of the entire high school. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Steven Ascolillo and juniors Alex Buck and Maddie Shaw lead the rest of the cast to the stage after their warm ups and prepare to perform in front of the entire high school. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Olivia Tyler waits patiently backstage for the play to start. There are numerous students working backstage moving the set around and preparing props for the next scene. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Olivia Tyler waits patiently backstage for the play to start. There are numerous students working backstage moving the set around and preparing props for the next scene. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The cast waits behind the curtains for the play to begin after the set is constructed. In Drama Fest, each school has a time limit of five minutes to construct and deconstruct their set. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The cast waits behind the curtains for the play to begin after the set is constructed. In Drama Fest, each school has a time limit of five minutes to construct and deconstruct their set. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant principal Paul Murphy introduces Drama director Liz Edgerton, and two Drama members, junior Chelsea Rose and senior Devon Musgrave-Johnson. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant principal Paul Murphy introduces Drama director Liz Edgerton, and two Drama members, junior Chelsea Rose and senior Devon Musgrave-Johnson. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Drama director Liz Edgerton, and Drama members, Devon Musgrave-Johnson and Chelsea Rose introduced the play, “Volpone” to the audience before the cast began performing. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Drama director Liz Edgerton, and Drama members, Devon Musgrave-Johnson and Chelsea Rose introduced the play, “Volpone” to the audience before the cast began performing. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Actors spell out the word Volpone using just their arms and bodies. Volpone is a comedy play written by Ben Jonson and first produced in 1605. The play is about a rich Italian business man, Volpone, who pretends to be dying in order to receive gifts from his sycophants. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Actors spell out the word Volpone using just their arms and bodies. Volpone is a comedy play written by Ben Jonson and first produced in 1605. The play is about a rich Italian business man, Volpone, who pretends to be dying in order to receive gifts from his sycophants. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bella Schmidt, “Mosca”, and AJ Ruhda, “Corvina” interact in the front of the stage as Alex Buck, “Volpone” pretends to be on his death bed in the background. “Mosca” in the play is “Volpone’s” servant and is meant to represent a fly’s personality. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bella Schmidt, “Mosca”, and AJ Rhuda, “Corvina” interact in the front of the stage as Alex Buck, “Volpone” pretends to be on his death bed in the background. “Mosca” in the play is “Volpone’s” servant and is meant to represent a fly’s personality. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
“Volpone” has one of the simplest and minimalistic sets ever used by the Drama department here at Manchester-Essex High School. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
“Volpone” has one of the simplest and minimalistic sets ever used by the Drama department here at Manchester-Essex High School. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Actors Steven Ascolillo, Nick Bartlett, and Courtney MacDougal pose at the left of the stage. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Actors Steven Ascolillo, Nick Bartlett, and Courtney MacDougal pose at the left of the stage. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior MacDougal and freshman Ruhda interact at center stage. In this scene AJ Ruhda “Corvino” is telling Courtney MacDougal “Columba” that she must nurse Alex Buck “Volpone” back to health.  Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior MacDougal and freshman Ruhda interact at center stage. In this scene AJ Ruhda “Corvino” is telling Courtney MacDougal “Columba” that she must nurse Alex Buck “Volpone” back to health. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Senior, Steven Ascolillo, Junior Alex Buck, and Sophomore Bella Schmidt preform the first scene in “Volpone”. Other cast members are frozen in time on the stage when not acting and cannot move a muscle. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior, Steven Ascolillo, Junior Alex Buck, and Sophomore Bella Schmidt preform the first scene in “Volpone”. Other cast members are frozen in time on the stage when not acting and cannot move a muscle. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Actors MacDougal and Ruhda interacting as Steven Ascolilo, Nick Bartlett, and Alex Buck pose in the background. Manchester Essex has made it to the semi-finals, and are now hoping for a win to move on to the finals. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Actors MacDougal and Rhuda interacting as Steven Ascolilo, Nick Bartlett, and Alex Buck pose in the background. Manchester Essex has made it to the semi-finals, and are now hoping for a win to move on to the finals. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Every year the drama department performs the play they plan of performing at Drama Fest to the Manchester Essex High School student body and faculty before performing at Drama Fest. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Every year the drama department performs the play they plan of performing at Drama Fest to the Manchester Essex High School student body and faculty before performing at Drama Fest. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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VIDEO: Senior creates video for Dramafest

On Saturday February 28th, the Manchester Essex Drama club competed in the preliminary round of the Massachusetts Educational Theatres Guides Drama Festival. Senior Courtney MacDougall created the opening video that was shown at the beginning of the festival. She spent the entire tech week of the drama festival filming the competing schools.  At the end of the day, Manchester Essex was chosen to move on to the semifinal round, alongside Beverly High School and Peabody Veterans High School.

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Drama Festival Hosts Tech Week

This past week, the Manchester Essex Drama Department has had seven different school come and do there tech hour for the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild’s Drama Festival. All of the schools came back to compete this past Saturday. A tech hour is when each different school comes to the prelims host site and spikes their stage and practices there lighting cues in the booth.  At the end of the day, Peabody Veterans High School, Beverly High School and Manchester Essex High School were chosen to move onto the semifinal round.

 

Wakefield High School practices scenes from their one act play. They did the play entitled, The Crucible Acts III & IV. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Wakefield High School practices scenes from their one act play. They did the play entitled, The Crucible Acts III & IV. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Wakefield performed at 9:00 AM on Saturday. The traditional play is based on the Salem Witch Trials.. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Wakefield performed at 9:00 AM on Saturday. The traditional play is based on the Salem Witch Trials.. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Wakefield practices a scene in a classroom. Though Wakefield did The Crucible, they have added a twist. It is common for schools to modify or add twists to the classics. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Wakefield practices a scene in a classroom. Though Wakefield did The Crucible, they have added a twist. It is common for schools to modify or add twists to the classics. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Manchester Essex Drama Club used costumes that have either been passed down from previous shows or purchased. Since the characters in the show mirror animals, the cast had the task of incorporating the animals into their costumes.  They performed at 10:00 on Saturday. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Manchester Essex Drama Club used costumes that have either been passed down from previous shows or purchased. Since the characters in the show mirror animals, the cast had the task of incorporating the animals into their costumes. They performed at 10:00 on Saturday. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of the actresses practices her scene in one of the many coffins. Since Boston College High School an all-boys school, the METG gives them permission to accept girls into their cast from other schools. They performed at 11:15 on Saturday. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of the actresses practices her scene in one of the many coffins. Since Boston College High School an all-boys school, the METG gives them permission to accept girls into their cast from other schools. They performed at 11:15 on Saturday. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Boston College High School practices some of their scenes. They competed with an original one act play entitled, Once Upon A Midnight. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Boston College High School practices some of their scenes. They competed with an original one act play entitled, Once Upon A Midnight. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The members of Peabody Veterans High School rehearse the opening scene of their play. They competed with a play called Eurydice. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The members of Peabody Veterans High School rehearse the opening scene of their play. They competed with a play called Eurydice. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Peabody Veterans uses lighting effects and sound effects to add to their performance. At the end of the Drama Festival, awards in sound and lighting were given out. Peabody was one of the three schools chosen to move on to the semifinal round. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Peabody Veterans uses lighting effects and sound effects to add to their performance. At the end of the Drama Festival, awards in sound and lighting were given out. Peabody was one of the three schools chosen to move on to the semifinal round. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Peabody uses set pieces made by the technical crew. Including a rain machine.  They performed at 12:15 on Saturday. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Peabody uses set pieces made by the technical crew. Including a rain machine. They performed at 12:15 on Saturday. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Woburn High School performed an original play entitled My Sunshine. The play contained adult content such as depression, teen suicide, parental death, underage drinking, drug use and profanity. They performed at 4:30 on Saturday. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Woburn High School performed an original play entitled My Sunshine. The play contained adult content such as depression, teen suicide, parental death, underage drinking, drug use and profanity. They performed at 4:30 on Saturday. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Beverly High School performed a play entitled Skinflints & Scoundrels. They performed at 3:00 on Saturday. Beverly was also chosen to move onto the semifinal round.  Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Beverly High School performed a play entitled Skinflints & Scoundrels. They performed at 3:00 on Saturday. Beverly was also chosen to move onto the semifinal round. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Essex Technical High School performed a classic entitled, Almost Maine. The cast recently had to change their show due to technicalities. They performed at 2:00 on Saturday.  Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Essex Technical High School performed a classic entitled, Almost Maine. The cast recently had to change their show due to technicalities. They performed at 2:00 on Saturday. Credit: Courtney MacDougall for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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2 MERHS STUDENTS MAKE ALL-STATE CHORUS

Tucker Evans (’15) and Sara Rhuda (’16) both made the 2015 All-State Chorus after receiving recommendations to audition while at Northeast Senior Districts.  This will be Evans’ fourth year in a row and Rhuda got in after her first time auditioning for All-States.  Evans and Rhuda will be representing Manchester-Essex Regional High School in a three-day festival in Boston which concludes with the All-State Chorus Concert at Symphony Hall on March 21st.

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Middle School Band and Chorus Perform at Winter Concert

The two middle school choruses and the middle school band performed at the Winter Concert on January 15th. The auditorium was packed with those who came to hear the students sing and play.

The sixth grade chorus started off the night singing “My America” by M. Carey and S. F. Smith. Following “My America” were three other song selections directed by choral director Donna O’Neil. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The sixth grade chorus started off the night singing “My America” by M. Carey and S. F. Smith. Following “My America” were three other song selections directed by choral director Donna O’Neil. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The sixth graders concluded the night singing And All that Jazz by E. Ebb and J. Kandler. Following their performance was the large seventh and eighth grade chorus. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The sixth graders concluded the night singing And All that Jazz by E. Ebb and J. Kandler. Following their performance was the large seventh and eighth grade chorus. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The crowd applauds the overall performance of the sixth grade chorus as they leave the stage. They stay seated for the next performance directed by O’Neil. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The crowd applauds the overall performance of the sixth grade chorus as they leave the stage. They stay seated for the next performance directed by O’Neil. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh and eighth grade chorus begins the night singing The Tiger by L. Bernofsky. Betsy Vicksell accompanies the singers through all four songs of the night on the piano. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh and eighth grade chorus begins the night singing The Tiger by L. Bernofsky. Betsy Vicksell accompanies the singers through all four songs of the night on the piano. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After enjoying refreshments in support of the 2015 Washington D.C. trip, the band directed by Joseph Sokol came on the stage. This was his final time directing the Middle School Winter Concert since he is retiring this year. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After enjoying refreshments in support of the 2015 Washington D.C. trip, the band directed by Joseph Sokol came on the stage. This was his final time directing the Middle School Winter Concert since he is retiring this year. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The middle school band played a total of 6 songs for the night. They finished the concert with “Jangle Sleigh Ride” by Nicholas Forte. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The middle school band played a total of 6 songs for the night. They finished the concert with “Jangle Sleigh Ride” by Nicholas Forte. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

 

 

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