MHS Cultural Arts Program 2016 – 2017
Within the Silence – Living Voices
Thursday & Friday, January 5th & 6th, 2017
at 7:55-9:00 am; 9:35-10:40 am; 11:55-1:00 pm
Grade 11 (World History) – Funded by the MEF
Living Voices’ Within the Silence is a combination of video and live actor performance that brings a period of American history to life. The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States, during World War II, was the forced relocation and incarceration of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the Pacific coast into camps in the interior of the country. This is the story of one Japanese American family, and their struggle to maintain faith and love during and after their incarceration. Assemblies are small group performances held in the auditorium during junior World History classes.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Friday, May 26, 2017 at 9:30 am
Grade 9 (English) – Funded by the MEF
When starry-eyed young lovers and zany would-be actors cross paths with mischief-making fairies in a magical forest, the result is one of the world’s most uproarious comedies. This brand new production, inspired by the work of Maxfield Parrish, is a fanciful envisioning of the Bard’s classic; a riotous roller-coaster for teens and teachers. Midsummer is perfect for meeting the Common Core Standards in Language Arts. When teachers utilize activities in the study guide, students can also meet Standards in Visual and Performing Arts.
Julius Caesar – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 9:30 am
Grade 12 (English) –Funded by the MEF
Loyalty, honor and the fate of a nation are tested in Shakespeare’s gripping drama. Clairvoyant warning, secret meetings and deadly conspiracies collide in this dynamic new production from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s highly acclaimed touring company. A “must see” for students of English and world history.
The New American – Living Voices
Thursday & Friday, June 1st & 2nd, 2017 at 9:35-10:40 am; 11:55-1:00 pm; 1:20-2:25 pm
Grade 10 (US History) – Funded by the MEF and the MHS HSA
Living Voices presents dynamic solo performances uniquely combined with archival film that turns history into a moving, personal journey. The New American is the story of Bridget Rose Fitzgerald, a young girl who travels from rural Ireland to Ellis Island to the sweatshops of Manhattan. It is a timeless tale of the immigrant experience, hardship and sacrifice, which teaches the meaning of American liberty and opportunity. Assemblies are small group performances held in the auditorium during sophomore US History classes.
The Mayhem Poets
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 9:30 am
Grade 12 (English) – Funded by the MHS HSA
The Mayhem Poets return to MHS to show how meter, rhyme, and verbal dexterity are used by contemporary slam poets. Students love the dynamism and excitement of the Mayhem Poets, and may be inspired to write and perform spoken-word poetry for themselves. This art form combines verbal mastery, originality and creativity with oral performance skills in a way that is engaging and inspirational.