WELLESLEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PERFORMING ARTS
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to Riley Wilson and Brian Kelly for being selected to participate in the Boston
Young Playwrights Festival. Acting III students wrote 10 minute plays and worked
with Boston playwright, Masha Oblensky, on their work. Riley and Brian were selected
to participate in the festival and had their plays performed in a staged reading
with Boston actors. Many schools participate in the festival every year.
High School junior Anna Bortnick won the 30th Annual Boston Shakespeare Competition
for High School Students and then proceeded to win second place in the National
Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center, competing against over 50 other high
school students from across the country. She also wins a full scholarship to the
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company summer BARDS program. Watch Anna's award winning
Plays at Wellesley High School
a double header theater-style at WHS this winter. Wellesley High drama department
presents back to back shows in a March 6-9 opening run that first showcases a
freshman & sophomore sketch comedy, followed by juniors & seniors performing
a heart wrenching dramatic portrayal of a teenage girl besieged by cancer.
freshman/sophomore show will be a series of 10-15 comedic vignettes. The show
is more process than product-oriented, and provides students the audition experience
and performance opportunities unique to a smaller cast of students.
contrast, the junior/senior show is a self-scripted drama inspired by the all-school
read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Students met with doctors and cancer
survivors as they moved from improv sessions to script development, ultimately
leading to the production of Passenger, a show about one teen's journey that moves
between reality and abstraction as she faces cancer.
from Passenger, courtesy of Erin Reilly
High School Choral Groups perform with the Boston Gay Men's Chorus in Jordan Hall
on March 24th. Photos courtesy of Erin Reilly
Wellesley High School junior Anna Bortnick won the 30th Annual Boston Shakespeare
Competition for High School Students. Anna recited a prepared Shakespeare monologue
and sonnet, and did a cold reading of a Shakespeare monologue for the competition.
As the winner of Bostons competition, Anna receives a free trip to New York
in April to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center
against over 50 other high school students from across the country. She also wins
a full scholarship to the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company summer BARDS program.
(Photo: Stephen Wrobleski & Anna Bortnick)
The Friends With Bennett jazz combo play for the Wellesley Hills Womans
Congratulations to the following students who were accepted
to the Junior Districts Festival!
From the High School: Shannon Duffy,
Matt Hornung, Abbey Mui, Juli Gruber, Lizzie Mears, Mary Kate Milway, Cole Smith,
Charlotte DiBiase, Matthew Preston, Emily Abbott, Estella Brenneman, Jessica Dalrymple,
Sarah Ditelberg, Sophia Fraga, Stephanie Luchene
From the Middle School:
Wyatt Himstead, Jeffrey Pinsker-Smith, Anna Steensma, Timmy Yee, Raul Zaorski,
Selena Zhang, Briana Zhuang, Geoff Fox, Alexandra Glowacky, Nazeli Hagen, Peter
Hodge, Drew Manning, Jamie Mazzola, Emily Meng, Hannah Scholl, Michael Arumainayagam,
Sabrina Chen, Nathaniel Gordon, Brian Jwa, Alexander King, Eilssa Moy, Abigail
Rogers, Katarina Guerrero, Katie Pyzowski, Sinclaire Vandervoort
play English Made Simple heads to Emerson January 26th
Playwright David Ives English Made Simple provides clever insight in to
the true meaning of small talk. When they meet at a party, Jack and Jill, jump
from cordial, nervous acquaintances, to bitter, slightly intoxicated ex-lovers,
as two side characters translate the conversation into what Jack and Jill really
think. It is a wordy romantic comedy that twists and turns.
by senior Olivia Sanabria, "English Made Simple," won Wellesley High's
10th Annual One-Act Festival, and will go on to compete in the Emerson One-Act
Festival on Saturday, January 26th.
seniors involved with "English Made Simple" are (left to right) Sam
Canning, Bennett Capozzi, Olivia Sanabria (director), Emily Stabnick, and Michael
Into the Woods Photos, courtesy of Maribeth
Street & Keynote Singers caroled at the Natick Mall in mid December. Here
are links to You Tube videos of some of the songs, courtesy of Cindy Buser:
of the Bells | Let it
Snow | Frosty the Snowman
| Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer
| Gloria in Excelsis Deo
to the 10 students who were accepted to All States this year! The festival
takes place at the Seaport Hotel on March 1-3 with the concert at Symphony Hall
on March 3rd.
Orchestra: Kenyon Alexander, Violin; Tim Maines, Principal
Band: Brian Rolincik, Trombone; Ben Scammell, Trumpet; Katie
Chorus: Conor Chinitz, Tenor; Charles Coleman, Bass;
Daniel Gillooly, Bass; Alex Hu, Tenor; Brendan Milway, Bass
to the seven senior students who competed in the METG scholarship monologue competition
with students from all over Massachusetts on December 15th. The Wellesley students
Kay Kelley Olivia Sanabria
Conor Chinitz Rebecca Logue
Milway Caroline Eldridge
Of the 25 students who made it
into the final round of judging, 5 were Wellesley students:
Kay Kelley, Olivia
Sanabria, Conor Chinitz, Rebecca Logue, Caroline Eldridge
Kay Kelley - 1st
Conor Chinitz - Honorable Mention
Also, we had 2 pairs competing
in the scene competition. The students were:
Riley Wilson & Anna Bortnick
Maney & Justin O'Brien
Riley Wilson & Anna Bortnick - Honorable
Congratulations to all our fantastic performers!
to the 31 WHS students whowere accepted to the Senior District Music Festival.
The festival occurs on January 4th this year and will be hosted by Boston
Kenyon Alexander, Chris Angle, Mae Buckley, Andrew Chien, Conor Chinitz,
Charles Coleman, Quinn Collins, Julian Dusset, Nicole Frontero, Daniel Gillooly,
Amy Hseih, Alexander Hu, Weston Jacoby, Elizabeth Kennedy, Hannah Kwawu, Tim Maines,
Andrew Mainey, Joseph Mears, Willy Meng, Brendan Milway, Haruki Moriguchi, Fiona
Qu, Carl Richardson, Brian Rolincik, Mara Roth, Ben Scammell, Katie Scholl, James
Scott, Natalie Totonchy, James Wall, Ian Zhang