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Wayland High School A Cappella Groups Gearing up for Spring Concert

Wayland High School’s talented a cappella groups – the Muses, T-Tones and Madrigals – are hard at work preparing for the spring College A Cappella Concert on Saturday, April 1, a wonderful tradition welcoming spring to the Wayland community.

The concert will be held at WHS at 7:30pm this Saturday and will feature the Wayland High School Muses, T-Tones, and Madrigals, along with three outstanding college groups — returning favorites Berklee’s Pitch Slapped and Tufts’ Beelzebubs, and performing for the first time in Wayland — Yale’s New Blue, featuring Wayland High School alum Anna Lifland!  WHS seniors Andrea Ponce and Clare Lippincott will MC this fun spring tradition!

A cappella music features fresh arrangements of both classic and contemporary songs performed by unaccompanied singers, though vocalists sometimes emulate instruments. Having experienced a huge surge in popularity in recent years, a cappella attracts the most talented singers on high school and college campuses nationwide.

Priced at $18, tickets are available now at Donelan’s, Russell’s Garden Center, and online at the WHS CAPA website. Tickets to these concerts frequently sell-out, so purchase early to guarantee a seat! You can find pictures, videos, and additional information on the concert’s Facebook page, and on the CAPA website.

The bi-annual college a cappella concerts (fall and spring) are the primary fundraisers for the Creative Arts Parents Association (CAPA), the organization that supports all Wayland High School arts, music and theater programs. For more information, to join the mailing list, or to make a separate donation, visit www.whsarts.org.

 

First Parish in Wayland’s Annual Rummage Sale is April 1st

Mark your calendars for First Parish in Wayland’s popular and family-friendly rummage sale on Saturday, April 1, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm! Departments include toys, books and clothing for all ages, antiques, furniture, jewelry, linens, kitchenware and housewares, lawn and garden, small appliances, and sporting goods. In The Dollar Shop, nothing costs more than a dollar! Sit for a spell and enjoy coffee & baked goods at our Café, or get homemade treats to take home. Kids will also receive a special pinwheel giveaway with a surprise! Parking is available nearby, in front of and behind the Wayland Town Building. The sale is accessible to all, including those with limited mobility. Admission is $6 during the first half hour and $3 after 9:30; children free when accompanied by an adult. First Parish is located at 50 Cochituate Rd, Wayland (at the intersection of routes 20 and 27).

Also, simplify your life and consider donating your gently used, unwanted items for the sale, and get a tax write off to boot! Proceeds from the sale help support First Parish’s youth programs and deserving charities. You can drop off your items at the church beginning Sunday, March 26 through Wednesday, March 29. Items accepted for the sale include toys, books, antiques, furniture, jewelry, linens, kitchenware and housewares, lawn and garden items, small appliances, sporting goods, clothing for all ages and fun accessories, and many other kinds of items. We can’t take the following because we can’t sell them: computers and printers, toys with missing parts, dirty or broken items, textbooks, upholstered couches, mattresses, office furniture, refrigerators, exercise machines, straight skis, and TVs.

For more information, including tips on parking and more details on donating items, please visit https://www.uuwayland.org/get-involved/rummage/

Pom-Pom Zombies, March 22-25 at WMS

The not-quite-dead overrun Wayland Middle School in this year’s Spring Musical Pom-Pom Zombies, written and composed by our very own choral director, Dr. Stephen Murray.

It’s the late 1960s, school’s out for the summer, and the teenagers of Ocean View High are ready to surf, sun, and have some fun. Their favorite hangout is Barnacle Betty’s Beach Club, adjacent to the nuclear power plant owned and operated by the evil Ivana Ratnick. But, oops! Cindy Sue, the head cheerleader, accidentally gets some nuclear slime on her hot dog instead of pickle relish, and soon the beach is swarming with pom-pom wielding zombies! The school football players, nerds, hippies, and the local biker gang rally to stop Ivana and the atomic attackers and save the world!

Staffer Tom Large directs, with choreography by Klara Sands and art direction by Peter Curran.

Performances of Pom-Pom Zombies will be given at Wayland Middle School Theater, 201 Main Street, Wayland, MA at the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, March 22 at 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 25 at 12:30 pm

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to show time. Senior Citizen admission is free for the Wednesday matinee at 2 pm. There is no advanced sale or reserved seating.

9th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival – March 29

OARS is hosting an evening of films from the largest environmental film festival in the nation.

With the theme “AT THE EDGE,” these engaging films bring theater-goers close to magnificent wilderness, as well as to the activists and innovators who work to protect their communities’ environment.

There’s something for everyone in these delightful and informative films.

When: Wednesday, March 29 from 7-10 pm (doors open at 6)
Where: Maynard’s Fine Arts Theatre Place (19 Summer Street)
Tickets: $13

Information and ticket purchase at oars3rivers.org. Or, contact OARS: 978-369-3956, office@oars3rivers.org

Passover Seder in an Interfaith Setting

All are welcome to come for a Passover seder in an interfaith setting. OpenSpirit will again host the meal and rituals of Passover at an interactive second night seder on Tuesday, April 11, from 6:30-9pm in Edwards Hall, 39 Edwards St., Framingham. Rabbi Katy Allen, a member of the Open Spirit Steering Committee and Rabbi of Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope will lead the evening, assisted by Gabi Mezger who will lead the singing. People of all faith traditions are invited. The meal will be partially catered and partially a directed potluck, and you can indicate your preferences when you register. To register, go to the Ma’yan Tikvah website (http://www.mayantikvah.org/shabbat-and-holidays/), call 508-877-8162 or 508-358-5996, or email rabbi@mayantikvah.org. Donations of $10-40 per person are suggested. RSVPs by March 31 will help us know how much food to order. This program is co-sponsored by Ma’yan Tikvah and Open Spirit and is generously funded by a Combined Jewish Philanthropies Metrowest Community Grant.

No Fooling: Talented College Groups to Perform at Spring College A Cappella Concert April 1!

Three talented college a cappella groups are coming to the Wayland High School Theater to perform at the Spring College A Cappella Concert on Saturday, April 1, at 7:30 pm. They will be joined by WHS’ own T-Tones, Muses and Madrigals for a night of great entertainment!

Each year, the College A Cappella concerts are a musical highlight of Wayland life. A cappella music features fresh arrangements of both classic and contemporary songs performed by unaccompanied singers, though vocalists sometimes emulate instruments. Having experienced a huge surge in popularity in recent years, a cappella attracts the most talented singers on college campuses nationwide!

Featured college groups include returning favorites Berklee’s Pitch Slapped and Tufts’ Beelzebubs. Also, Yale’s New Blue will perform for the first time at WHS, featuring Wayland High School alum Anna Lifland!

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Berklee’s Pitch Slapped

Pitch Slapped is Berklee’s premier co-ed a cappella group. Founded in 2006, Pitch Slapped has performed in various U.S. cities, including Boston, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, and recently toured as far as China! Their repertoire consists of a variety of styles, ranging from pop and rock to R&B. Pitch Slapped has earned the title of ICCA Quarterfinal Champion every year since 2008. Named one of the top five a cappella groups in the country by USA Today, the group won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in 2011 and 2014. Pitch Slapped also appeared on NBC’s The Sing Off in 2010 and was featured on America’s Got Talent in 2015.

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Tufts Beelzebubs

From Boston to Buenos Aires to NBC’s The Sing Off, the Tufts Beelzebubs have been bringing their motto of “Fun Through Song” to the world since 1963. Through these 54 years the Bubs have stayed at the forefront of contemporary a cappella, releasing award-winning albums, serving as the voices of ‘The Warblers’ on Glee, and being an inspiration for the movie Pitch Perfect. Despite this, they continue to be a silly, crazy, and fun-loving group of guys and tell us that they can’t wait to put on an awesome show for Wayland High School!

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Yale’s New Blue

The New Blue is Yale University’s oldest all-female a cappella group, bringing musical excellence to campus since 1969, the first year Yale admitted undergraduate women. A deep alto bass line, soaring soprano descants, intricate harmonies, and complex arrangements make The New Blue’s sound especially distinctive. Powered by a diverse repertoire, from pop to jazz and folk to classic rock, and characterized by award-winning arrangements and a range of unique voices, The New Blue always has a blast!

What better way to mark the start of spring than to come to this electrifying event? Priced at $18, tickets are available at Donelan’s, Russell’s Garden Center, and online at the WHS CAPA website, www.whsarts.org. You can also find pictures, videos, and additional information on the concert’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/collegeacappella/. Seats are general admission and doors open at about 7:00 p.m. The concert will have one intermission with complimentary refreshments.

The a cappella concerts are major fundraisers for the Creative Arts Parents Association (CAPA), the organization that supports all Wayland High School arts, music and theater programs. For more information, to buy tickets, to join the mailing list, or to make a donation, visit www.whsarts.org.

For questions regarding PR please contact CAPA at contact@whs.org.

Tickling Giants Screening – Profiling the Egyptian Jon Stewart

On March 24 at 7:00 p.m., First Parish in Wayland will host a screening of Tickling Giants, the story of Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of Egypt. The film was directed by Sara Taksler, a senior producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. This showing is part of an international effort to spark dialogue about the abuse of power, free speech, and how we treat Muslims.

In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Youssef makes a decision that is every mother’s worst nightmare. He leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Bassem creates the satirical show, Al Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart averaged two million viewers.)

In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem’s show becomes as controversial as it popular. He and his staff must endure physical threats, protests, and legal action, all because of jokes. As Bassem attempts to remain on the air, keep his staff safe, and not get arrested, he continues to let those in power know they’re being held accountable.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Eventbrite page. All proceeds and any additional donations will go to support CAIR, the Council of American Islamic Relations, in Massachusetts. CAIR supports the civil rights of Muslims in the U.S. For more information, email Sam Teitel, steitel@uuwayland.org.

Flyer online here.