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RHS Shakespeare Festival Taking Stage This Weekend

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

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shakespeare festival logoThis Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, come join RHS students and staff and enjoy all their hard work and preparation for the Shakespeare Festival.

For both nights doors will open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7 pm.

On Friday, tickets are being sold for $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Light refreshments will be served along with the show.

On Saturday, tickets are being sold a little more pricey at $12 in advance and $15 at the door. This is because a dinner feast will be served during the show.

Come this weekend to enjoy a night of wonderful Shakespeare presented by the talented students and staff of the Rockland High School.

Tickets will be sold in advance at school lunches, and as well by emailing Kristen Walsh at kwalsh@rocklandschools.org.

The Shakespeare Festival is supported by the Rockland/Massachusetts Cultural Council!

Shakespeare at Rockland High School

The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company on stage at Rockland High School on March 9. They presented Twelfth Night to students. Veritas photo

On Thursday, March 9, the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company performed Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for students at Rockland High School. The performance was sponsored by the RHS English department. The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company is based in Marshfield, MA. and is an award winning theater company that specializes in bringing professional Shakespearean performances to local schools through its Performance in Education Program (P.I.E.).

Members of the troupe took time out and spoke to Veritas editor, Sophie McLellan after the performance.  They gave a shout out to all the students who attended their performance!

For more information about the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company go to: http://www.baycolonyshakespeare.org

Rockland High School is gearing up for its own Shakespeare Festival this weekend, March 24 and 25. The Festival features two nights of Elizabethan drama, entertainment and frivolity. Students will recreate scenes from several of Shakespeare’s most popular plays including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Macbeth,” “Hamlet” and “Romeo and Juliet.”


The doors will open on both nights at 6:30 p.m. On Friday night light refreshments will be served during the entertainment. On Saturday night a full feast will be served. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door on Friday night. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door for Saturday’s show and feast. Tickets will be sold at all the lunches this week. Tickets can also be purchased in advance by emailing kwalsh@rocklandschools.org.

RHS Music Department Hosts Broadway Night

Sean Vo, Veritas Co-Editor

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Erin Field, Rebekah Panaro and Jurnee Dunn perform at Broadway Night. Veritas photo

Thursday night, March 16th, the RHS Music Department hosted its annual Broadway Night event. Each year, the department chooses two musicals, with students being able to choose selections from the two musicals. This year, Broadway Night was reinvented and became more of a cabaret style event, where students could choose a song from any Broadway musical.

At 7:00 pm, the band opened Act I of the show with “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. After that, the first singer to perform was freshman Julia Yeadon with “Distant Melody” from Peter Pan.

After Act I closed with “Come Up to My Place” from On the Town, performed by juniors Erin Field and Devin Gallagher, Act II opened with the RHS Chorus where they performed “Seize The Day” from the musical Newsies.

This year, Broadway Night had a variety of musical numbers ranging from classic Broadway musicals such as previously mentioned On The Town to new musicals such as Hamilton. With the two-show cap lifted, students felt as if they really had the chance to showcase their true talent this year.

Act II closed with “Little Shop of Horrors” from the musical of the same name, which marked the end of an overall successful night.

RHS Positivity Week

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

3-15-17

The Rockland and Abington Unified Teams photo courtesy of William Marquardt  ( c6bill.smugmug.com )

Monday, March 13 marked the beginning of a week dedicated to helping promote a positive environment in Rockland High School.  A committee of members of the Student Goverrnment Council have been hard a work planning events and promotions for Special Education’s, “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign along with overall positivity.

To kick off the week, members of the RHS basketball teams teamed up with Special Education students to create a Rockland Unified Basketball team. On Monday night, they competed against Abington’s unified team and after a well played game Rockland took home the win.

For everyday of the week as well students are encouraged to wear colors coordinated to the weekday to loosely represent the rainbow.

Monday- Red

Tuesday- Orange

Positivity Notes photo by Maddie Gear

Wednesday- Yellow

Thursday- Green

Friday- Blue

Also, in the cafeteria there is an array of colorful Post-It notes with different positive messages available for students and staff to take or make and give to others, or to take for themselves to promote positivity.

On Friday, “Spread the Word to End the Word” Day is planned to raise awareness to end the misuse of the highly offense term, “retarded.”  In the cafeteria, the word will will be painted on a large sign, and during the lunches students and staff are encouraged to go up where paint will be available to put on their hands to make hand prints to cover up the word. There will also be another poster students and staff will have the opportunity to sign up and pledge to help raise awareness of the misuse of the term.

Rockland Senior Makes it to State Finals of Poetry Out Loud

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

3-7-17

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Genesis Rojas, senior at RHS, participated in Poetry Out Loud on Sunday, March 5, 2017. She was selected to go on to the State Finals in Boston on March 12.

Senior Genesis Rojas will be moving on from her win at RHS’s annual Poetry Out Loud competition, to the State Finals level.

On Sunday, March 5 in So. Yarmouth Rojas competed against 21 other high school students in the Southeastern Regional Semi-final round of the Massachusetts 12th annual Poetry Out Loud competition.

She performed the poems “Introduction to the Songs of Innocence” by William Blake and “Windigo” by Louise Erdrich. Out of 21 contestants Rojas was chosen along with seven others to move on to the state finals.

Poetry Out Loud is an annual competition at the national level that was established in 2005. Rockland has competed all 12 years in the Southeastern Regionals, the only school to do this, and has brought six students to State Finals. RHS even was home for the 2007 and 2008 State Champion, Gabrielle Guarracino (RHS Class of 2008).

The State Finals will take place next Sunday, March 12 at the Old South Meeting House in Boston.

Head of the RHS English Department as well as Rojas’s coach, Carol Cahill stated,  “I am very happy Genesis is moving on to the finals; I am not surprised. She has a natural gift for performing and should do very well next weekend in Boston.”

Guatemala Trip Clothing Drive on Friday

This Friday (3/10) there will be a Saver’s clothing drive to benefit the students from RHS who are going on the Guatemala Trip in April.

If the group can collect 400 bags of donations, Savers will donate $1,000 to the trip.

If you have any clothing or other soft household items (blankets, pillows etc) you would like to donate, just toss them in a 13-gallon bag and bring them in on Friday. The truck will be coming at 3PM on Friday to pick up the goods.  Any donation is greatly appreciated as it will bring the group closer to reaching their goal!

Working with Worthy Village RHS students will help people of Guatemala use water filters to provide clean drinking water for their families.

15 students and staff from Rockland High School are taking a trip to Panajachel, Guatemala during April vacation this year. April vacation starts on the 14th, and ends on the 23rd.Students will be treated to beautiful scenery there, but the trip to Guatemala is more of a service trip than a trip to go sightseeing. Mrs. Shaughnessy, one of the chaperones along with Ms. Lanigan and Mr. Connors,  says, “We will be teaching the kids how to install water filters, and teach impoverished families how to filter the water so they can have clean drinking water.”

The people going on the trip include 12 students, and three chaperones.

The total cost of the trip is $2,100 per person, which includes airfare, hotel, most meals and insurance. A lot of fundraising is going on to lower the price.

Ms. Lanigan said, “Please spread the word to friends and family as well

Theatre Guild Getting Ready For METG Festival on March 4

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From top left: Tatiana Hill, Shandi Austin, Ryan Mott, Angelica Pacombe, Taylor Vernava, Sean Vo, Michael Belmonte, Morgan Foster, Ryan Struzziery From bottom left: Kimberlie Jean-Poix, Sophie McLellan, Jurnee Dunn, Neleh Dunn. photo by Mrs. Dunn

Sophie McLellan, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” and this has never been more true for Rockland High School’s drama troupe as it tirelessly prepares for what some may call the Super Bowl for theatre geeks.

On March 4, our thespians will be heading off to the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Festival (METG), a one-act play competition in which around 112 schools compete. Their play, a murder mystery, is called “Room 404.”

Not only do the participants get to perform and witness a day filled with the performing arts, but they also make friendships that last a lifetime, learn incredible new things about their craft, and create memories they’ll never forget.

“Festival is a great opportunity for our drama guild to go out and see other schools perform,” said senior Michael Belmonte, who is playing a leading role in the production. “We get to showcase what we can do as well. Festival is about celebrating theatre, competing, and having fun with people that share the same passion as you.”

For the past three years, the drama troupe has come heartbreakingly close to moving to the next leg of competition. Held back by a lack of budget to pay for sets, the group last year came closer than Rockland ever has. The talent has been undeniable.

This time, the cast and crew of “Room 404” are feeling confident as the big day draws closer.

“The show is coming along fantastic! We still have a lot of work to be done such as memorizing lines and working with sets,” said Belmonte last week.

He added, “The lead up to the very last week of rehearsals is always stressful. However, I’m extremely confident that by March the cast and crew will be more ready than we have been in past years.”

This year’s show is student written, student directed and put together completely by students. “Room 404” is a murder mystery that takes place in the 1950s. It is the story of a beautiful Hollywood star killed in her hotel room, and of the secrets that are revealed about her and everyone around her afterwards. It deals with a number of mature topics, and a large amount of red dyed corn syrup.

Morgan Foster, the soundboard technician, is particularly excited about the way the production is coming together and can’t wait until the big day. “Festival means the world to me. It’s a time when I can let my inner theatre nerd out.”

The cast and crew have put in a great deal of time and effort to make this happen.

“The cast are amazing, hard-working, and talented individuals,” said Belmonte. “Every single person on the cast is dedicated to moving on to the next round. More importantly though, each cast member’s first priority is to entertain.”

Be sure to mark Saturday, March 4 on your calendar and support the RHS Theatre Guild when they head off to Norwood High School for the preliminary round of the competition.  Follow this link for the METG schedule for host schools across the state.

Here is the schedule for Rockland and the schools competing at Norwood High School:

9:00 a.m. Brockton High School Love/Sick
10:00 a.m. Hanover High School Eurydice
11:15 a.m. Boston Latin Academy Law and Order: A Fairytale Unit
12:15 p.m. Scituate High School Purple Haze
2:00 p.m. Norwood High School Pretty Theft
3:00 p.m. Dedham High School Dog Sees God
4:30 p.m. Rockland High School Room 404
5:30 p.m. Foxboro High School The Chronicles of Jane: Book Seven
5:30 p.m. St. Sebastian’s Country Day School Slacktivist
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