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SEMSBA Music Festival Auditions and Results

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Five music students from Rockland High School and the Rogers Middle School recently auditioned for the SEMSBA Music Festival. From left: Olivia Janis, Sean Vo, Olivia Jones, Lauren Zaremba and Erin Field. photo courtesy of Lindsay Crook.

This past Saturday, February 4, auditions were held for the SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL BANDMASTERS ASSOCIATION’s (SEMSBA) Music Festival, an annual music festival that includes a concert band and a chorus. It’s divided into Junior SEMSBA and Senior SEMSBA . Senior SEMSBA is strictly limited to high school music students, whereas Junior SEMSBA is normally limited to middle school music students.  Freshmen in high school have the option of auditioning for either. Sign-ups are just permission slips that have to be brought home to be filled out by the student and parent and brought back with a fee to a music teacher.

On Saturday, seniors Sean Vo and Lauren Zaremba auditioned for Senior SEMSBA chorus as a tenor and Senior SEMSBA band on tenor saxophone respectively. Junior Erin Field and freshman Olivia Janis auditioned for Senior SEMSBA chorus as sopranos. Seventh grader Olivia Jones auditioned for Junior SEMSBA band on clarinet.

The results were released on Sunday, February 5.  Vo and Field made it for the choir and Zaremba made it for the concert band. Janis and Jones did well in the auditions and gained experience for next year. The three upperclassmen will head to Durfee High School on March 24 and March 25 to participate in the Senior SEMSBA festival.

Grease Cast List Posted

Sean Vo, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief

From Sept. 12th-15th, a great number of students auditioned for Grease, the upcoming December musical. Congratulations to all those who have been cast:

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Front: Shandi Austin, Olivia Janis, Max Shepard, Navaeh Clara, Paige Donnelly; Second Row: Jocelyn Reera, Kerin Dalton, Jacob Leahy; Third Row: Sophie McLellan, Leah Drago, Megan Diver, Ryan Mott; Fourth Row: Michael Belmonte, Morgan Foster, Erin Field, Ali Landi; Back (top row): Jurnee Dunn, Madison Parlee, Ryan Struzziery, Michael Bodley

Missing from the cast picture: Kellie Berry, Yousra Bendarkawi, Adam Royle, Angelica Pacombe, Hannah Millen, Julia Dicenzo, Bridget Reardon, and Bonnie Gasdia.

T-Birds

  • Danny Zuko – Ryan Struzziery
  • Kenickey – Shandi Austin
  • Doody – Michael Bodley
  • Putzy – Morgan Foster
  • Roger – Madison Parlee
  • Sonny – Kellie Berry

Pink Ladies

  • Sandy – Sophie McLellan
  • Rizzo – Olivia Janis
  • Frenchy – Jurnee Dunn
  • Jan – Erin Field
  • Marty – Navaeh Clara
  • Vince Fontaine: Michael Belmonte
  • Cha-Cha: Yousra Bendarkawi
  • Eugene: Adam Royle
  • Johnny Casino and Teen Angel: Angelica Pacombe
  • Miss Lynch: Kerin Dalton
  • Patty Simcox: Ali Landy

Chorus

  • Max Shepard
  • Jacob Leahy
  • Jocelyn Reera
  • Paige Donnelly
  • Ryan Mott
  • Genesis Rojas
  • Leah Drago
  • Hannah Millen
  • Julia Dicenzo
  • Bridget Reardon
  • Megan Diver
  • Bonnie Gasdia

Grease will be performed on December 9th and 10th.  Once again, congratulations to all those who have been cast!

 

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