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Opening Night for Theater Guild is Tonight!!

Neleh Dunn, Sean Morrissey and John Ellard during dress rehearsal last night. Arsenic and Old Lace opens tonight (Thurs.) and will be performed on Friday and Saturday as well. Veritas staff photo

December 6, 2018

The Theater Guild, coming off their dress rehearsal last night, are ready to open up their fall production, Arsenic and Old Lace, tonight!

The production is the classic comedy by Joseph Kesselring that follows Mortimer Brewster (Sean Morrissey) and his family: brothers Jonathan (John Ellard) and Teddy (Philip Pattison), and aunts Martha (Lara Glennon) and Abby (Emily Gaboriault), as they cope with each others’ homicidal tendencies. The humor is both subtle and obvious and the interplay of the characters keeps the action moving swiftly throughout the three acts.

Megan Diver, Neleh Dunn, Tyler Beatrice, Justin Sherlock, Zach Webb, Terrell Wright, Cailin Sullivan and Jonah Pishkin round out the talented cast.

You don’t want to miss this production, which will also be performed on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.



Theatre Guild To Perform Arsenic and Old Lace This Week


Megan Diver, Veritas Staff

The Theatre Guild, led by advisor, Ms. Joanne White, and co-advisor, Ms. Julia DiCanzio, will be producing the play Arsenic and Old Lace, a dark comedy on December 6, 7 and 8 at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.

Arsenic and Old Lace was written by American playwright, Joseph Kesselring, in 1939.

The play starts off with Mortimer Brewster (Sean Morrissey), a writer, notorious drama critic, and marriage detractor, who falls for the girl-next-door, the Reverend’s daughter, Elaine Harper (Megan Diver).

The two love-birds decide to get engaged on Halloween evening. As they part for their respective homes to tell the good news to their families, Mortimer Brewster opens the window seat in his aunts, Abby Brewster (Emily Gaboriault) and Martha Brewster’s (Lara Glennon), living room, and finds the dead body of an old man inside.

With his two “eccentric” aunts, disturbed brother, Teddy Brewster (Philip Pattison), and homicidal brother, Jonathan Brewster (John Ellard), Mortimer realizes that his already crazy family, is even crazier than he thought.

Ms. DiCanzio says, “I’m most looking forward to students working to their potential, and coming out of their comfort zones.”

Ms. White also says she can’t wait to see what the cast brings to the table, and can’t wait to see how much they grow from the first day of rehearsals to the first show.

Both have high hopes for this production which they describe as “a classic comedy that everyone would enjoy.”

There’s also a variety of character acting within the play, and with that said, they believe such diverse acting is one of the RHS students’ strong suits!

The Theatre Guild hopes that you all attend for a night of mischief, laughter, and mystery!

Tickets can be purchased before the show for $5 online here and will be available at the door for $8.

National Honor Society Sponsoring Blood Drive on Dec. 4

The Rockland High School National Honor Society is hosting a blood drive in honor of long time high school nurse, Ann Phelps on Tuesday, December 4th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  A beloved member of the community, Phelps passed away in July of 2017.  The flyer above provides important details.

Students age 17 and over can donate blood; 16 year olds can donate with a signed parent consent form – click on this link to download the form. Blood drive parent consent form

You can register to donate at

Seniors Win Powderpuff 2018

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor



Last night girls from the junior and senior class faced off in a game of flag football at the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium. Although it was chilly, the stands couldn’t be used, and Sarah Pollard ended up with a broken collarbone, the seniors ended the night victorious with a score of 18-12.

Throughout the night touchdowns were made for the juniors by Maryn Monett and Hannah Wyllie. As for the seniors, two touchdowns were scored by Sarah Pollard, and one by Shannon Murphy.

Senior quarterback, Ashley Murphy said, “It was a pretty evenly matched game. The seniors took a lead to start the first half of the game, but at the start of the 2nd half the juniors caught up. Each team scored again to tie it up, making the score 12 to 12. The senior’s defense in overtime allowed us the ball back and the chance to score with an awesome catch from our wide receiver Shannon Murphy!”

In charge of teaching the girls the secrets to the game were some of their male football- enthusiast classmates. For the juniors, Owen Shea, Matt Bruzzese and Dante Vasquez helped coach the girls. Coaching the senior girls were John Ellard, Matt Makarski, Matt Dalton, Evan Gormley, Anthony Decceco, and Mike Ebersole.

Dealing with the confusion on and off the field were refs Damien Ricci and Peter Harrison. And to help oversee the practices and the team were math teacher, Kathy Hoffman and science department head, Samantha Hoyo.

At the game, Student Government Council put on a bake sale selling goods like cookies, brownies, hot cocoa, and popcorn. In the concessions stand, senior Tyler Beatrice, sophomores Greta Russo and Lauren Dracchio, freshmen Grace Henry were in charge of the bake sale. Freshmen Olivia Jones and Carol Lage helped to sell tickets at the gate. Overseeing the event run by the Finance and Fundraising Committee headed by Jasmin Morse, were SGC advisors and RHS teachers, Joanne White and Jill Delaney.

All in all, it ended up being a beautiful fall night for the Powderpuff game that both the players and fans enjoyed, and per usual, the seniors reclaimed their title as the “top dogs” of the school.

Powderpuff 2018 Plays Tonight

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


junior class before game

The class of 2019 last year competing as juniors at the 2017 Powderpuff game.

Tonight, at 6 pm at the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium the junior class girls and the graduating class of 2019 are facing off for the annual Powderpuff game.

Here, the girls will be cheered on by their male cheerleading counterparts for an intense game of flag football. Tickets will be sold at the stadium for $5 per person.

This Student Government Council event run by the Finance and Fundraising Committee headed by senior, Jasmin Morse will also be running a bake sale at the event with goods such as hot cocoa, cookies, and popcorn in order to support SGC’s fundraisers and projects.

Be there tonight to support and watch the ferocious battle of the classes on the field at 6pm tonight!

Cheerleaders Take Home D4 State Crown

The RHS cheerleaders and coaches at Worcester State University.

November 19, 2018

Yesterday at Worcester State University the Rockland High School fall cheerleaders came in first in the Division 4 State Championship competition.  It is the eighth state championship for the team, the first in two years.  Last year the girls came in second in the state finals.

Abington High School and Georgetown High School finished second and third out of a field of ten division 4 teams this year.  Each team competing in the state finals had come in first or second in regional competitions held last weekend.

Head coach of the team is Jeanine Reardon; assistants are Kim Reardon and Kyrstin Killion. Captains of the squad are Hallie Molineaux, Bella Burns and Mia Comeau.

Many fans and alumni were at Worcester yesterday to cheer on the girls, and the winners received a police escort as they came back to Rockland last night!




Bulldog Buddies Show Off Their Painting Skills

Emily’s painting is rounding into shape.

Nov. 16, 2018

On Thurs. night the Bulldog Buddies at Rockland High School were treated to a painting lesson by none other than math teacher, Steve Casagrande.  Fittingly, as the first snowstorm of the season was forecast for later that night, the theme of their paint night was a snowman.

Teachers Joanne White and Kathy Hoffman  were on hand to supervise the artists as the Bulldog buddies paired up to create some great paintings of a snowman, carrot nose and all!

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