ORR Presents the Wizard of Oz

ORR’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ promises to be colorful, musical production

By Georgia Sparling | Mar 30, 2016

Photo by: Georgia SparlingGlenda the Good Witch, Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West come face to face in ORR’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.’

MATTAPOISETT — With copious amounts of costumes, elaborate sets and about two dozen munchkins, the Old Rochester Regional Drama Club is getting ready to take audiences on a magical trip down the yellow brick road.

The club is holding nothing back with its production of the “The Wizard of Oz.”

Director Paul Sardinha said the play will be an “assault of color,” with a poppy field turning to a field of snow and a scene that moves from sepia to color, not unlike the Technicolor opening of the classic movie.

Sardinha said he and costume director Helen Blake visited another school’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” and “we laughed like idiots,” he joked. They turned to each other and knew they had to bring the play to ORR’s stage, but they also knew it would be a lot of work.

“It’s huge,” Sardinha said. “I always over produce a show.”

There are nine scene changes in the first act and 11 in the second, plus a cast of 140. And then are the “puppies,” Sardinha’s term for the kids on the set who play the cute and nasally Munchkins and who welcome Dorothy.

The musical numbers also promise to be a trip down memory lane, or rather “Over the Rainbow.” Led by an orchestra of music teachers, students and other local musicians, the play is full of familiar songs, from the opening number with Dorothy, played by senior Hannah Deane, to the “Lullaby League/Lolly Pop Guild” medley.

All are invited to take a trip to Oz. The production will be Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m.

In addition to Deane as Dorothy, the cast includes Evan Roznoy as Professor Marvel and The Wizard of Oz, Nick Claudio as the Tin Man, Kyle Costa as the Lion, Rikard Bodin as the Scarecrow, Sienna Wurl as Auntie Em, Drew Robert as Uncle Henry, Lexi Melloni as Glinda, Serena Iacovelli as the Wicked Witch and Sarah Lafrance as Toto. The ensemble includes Sara Achorn, Emily Faulkner, Colleen Garcia, Cammie Kidney and Celeste Hartley.

Costumes are by Helen Blake and music is by Michael Barnicle.

Tickets are $12 for students and seniors and $15 for general public, and are available at The Pen & Pendulum in Mattapoisett, The Marion General Store in Marion and Plumb Corner Market in Rochester. ORR is located on Route 6 in Mattapoisett. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

For information and ticket reservations, call 508-951-5302.

Senior Hannah Deane plays Dorothy. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Lexi Melloni as Glinda the Good Witch examines the remains of the Wicked Witch of the East. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

The Munchkins are played by about two dozen tri-town kids. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Oh the Scarecrow…if he only had a brain. Rikard Bodin plays the straw man. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on March 30, 2016.

Mattapoisett Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

Easter egg huntThe Mattapoisett Lions Club held an Easter Egg Hunt at Ned’s Point on Saturday from 1:00-2:00 pm.  The weather cooperated and made the day a huge success.   Tom Goodfellow,  a sophomore at Old Rochester Regional High School volunteered to help out. Tom belongs to the Ambassador Club at the high school.   He not only volunteered to be the Easter bunny, he showed up early to help set up. His sense of community spirit will indeed make him into a good Ambassador.
Here he is, pictured with Maddison who enjoyed the day.

The eggs were scattered and the children came.  Thenks to all the volunteers like Tom  and our own Dave Garro from BOLD Moves who came and volunteered to set up and  helped make the day a great success.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on March 22, 2016.

FORM Concert at Old Rochester Regional High School

The Annual FORM Concert was held at Old Rochester Regional High School last night.  FORM or Friends of Old Rochester Music holds the annual concert each year to raise money for music scholarships and also to have the tri-town students perform for and with each other.

All the tri-town schools were present.  Rochester Memorial School Band started the evening led by Mrs.  Chris Williamson.  Old Hammondtown of Mattapoisett followed led by Mrs.  Emily Lafleur.   Sippican School of Marion was up next on the agenda led by Mrs. Hannah Moore.   The Old Rochester Regional Junior High Grade 7 and then Grade 8 Band was next, led by Mr. James Farmer.  The Old Rochester Regional High School Band then finished off the individual band performances led by Mr. Michael Barnicle.

The Highlight of the night was the last performances by all these bands together to form the Old Rochester Regional District Concert Band.  There was a lot of adjustments to get all 530+ students all together with their instruments but the older students helped the younger and they all came together to play Star Wars and Grand Old Flag.  It truly was a spectacular sight to see all the students playing together in perfect timing.

Next week FORM will host the Choral Concert at the High School once again next Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm.   I’m sure it will be as spectacular as the Band Concert last night.

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This blog was posted on March 16, 2016 on www.boldmovesrealestate.com

Academic Calendar 2016-2017 Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester

calendarAcademic calendar presented to Marion, Rochester School Committees

By Matthew Bernat | Mar 05, 2016

A draft of the academic calendar for the coming school year was presented to the Marion and Rochester School Committees, and it proposes not holding classes on Good Friday.

Marion School Committee members got a first look at the calendar at their March 2 meeting. Administrators presented the calendar to the Rochester School Committee March 3.

In addition to Good Friday, other changes included holding less half days for professional development and eliminating one half day in May when students take the PARCC assessment.

“I tried to get this in front of as many stakeholders as possible,” said Superintendent Doug White. “So everybody can have a feeling for the conversation.”

Last year marked the first time in a long while that classes were held on Good Friday. The decision sparked a petition that gained at least 700 signatures against the move.

This year, Good Friday falls on April 14 right before spring break. White said that was a major factor in not holding classes that day.

Christine Winters, a Marion School Committee member, approved.

“There seems to be a consensus that it’s not the best day for education,” Winters said.

Rochester School Committee Chair Tina Rood approved of the calendar as drafted, but said she’s not opposed to holding classes on Good Friday on principle.

“I still feel like school on Good Friday is OK,” Rood said. “I have not wavered from that.”

Rochester School Committee member Sharon Hartley approved of the calendar too, however, she expressed misgivings about half days.

“My biggest concern is half days because of the education piece,” Hartley said. “I think full days and full professional days help our staff greatly and our students greatly.”

Members on both boards learned that while the calendar will be voted on at a meeting of the Joint School Committee, each town retains autonomy when deciding what days to hold classes.

“It’s one of those gentlemen’s agreements that the Joint will take a vote on it,” White said.

That said, White noted there are financial considerations on having a uniform calendar for all three towns.

“Whenever you start to split, and you’re not on the same calendar, one of the things that jumps out is bussing,” he said.

The district’s contract with the bus company is for 180 days. Different calendars for different towns would increase the transportation budget, White said.

The Joint School Committee is expected to vote on the calendar at its March 24 meeting.


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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on March 7, 2016.

Vote Today!

Presidential primary voting today

Mar 01, 2016

Photo by: Georgia Sparling

Tri-town voters will head to the polls today to pick choice from among the candidates seeking their party’s presidential nomination.

Among a crowded Republican field, billionaire Donald Trump is the frontrunner as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Ohio Gov. John Kasich seek to gather momentum.

In the Democratic race, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are in a close contest for their party’s nomination.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

In Marion, voting takes place at the Benjamin D. Cushing VFW Post on Mill Street.

Mattapoisett residents will cast their ballots at Old Hammondtown School, at the end of Shaw Street off of Route 6.

The Rochester polls are located at the town’s Council of Aging at 67 Dexter Lane.

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This blog was posted on March 1, 2016 on www.boldmovesrealestate.com