SPECIAL HAPPENINGS AT FAIR HAVEN SCHOOLS

LesterAuthor Lester Laminack conducted workshops for young writers, and addressed parents and teachers on the topic of the writing process, during his recent visit to the Fair Haven School District.

Press releases from Fair Haven School District

An appearance by a talented special guest speaker — and some events that featured the talents of Fair Haven students — were among the highlights of the late winter and early spring at Viola L. Sickles and Knollwood Schools in Fair Haven.

On February 26, the  rousing musical No Strings Attached was presented by the 6th, 7th and 8th grade Performing Arts Troupe at Knollwood School. Inspired by the familiar tale of Pinocchio, the show tells the story of Carl, a young boy seeking to dodge all responsibility. He makes a deal to trade work for fun — and unwittingly ends up transforming into a puppet member of the Magical Mystery Marionettes. Carl learns that “no strings attached” is not all he had hoped for — but with the help of his loyal friends, he recovers his human powers in time to help save his beloved father from the mouth of a whale.

Directed by Social Studies teacher Alison Dooley and Literacy teacher Gabrielle Illiano, the production featured Lisa Sandoli as Carl/Pinocchio, and Jacob Gerbman as Gepetto. The 25-member cast also included Lucas Tucker as Cricket, Grace Gallagher as Blues Fairy, Isabella Mitterando as Professor, Giovanna Darcy as Madame Azure, Anna Phillips as Marionette/Dipstick, Nora Doonan as Marionette/Fox, Fiona Lenahan as Cat, Mikey Bogardus as the Driver, Lauryn Jones as Tina Tuna/Peg, and Blodwen Bindas as Mary Annette.

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RUMSON: MUSIC FEST SET FOR NEXT WEEK

tri districtPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Returning to the auditorium at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, the annual Tri-District Music Festival is slated for the evening of Tuesday, April 7. The free performance is open to the public and will take place at 7 pm.

Tri-District features student musicians from Forrestdale School in Rumson and Knollwood School in Fair Haven, as well as RFH. It offers a unique opportunity for the high school and “sending district” students to perform together, and always provides top-notch entertainment and a rousing finale featuring all of the participants. This year’s lineup includes Combined Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Jazz Band, and Flute Choir.

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TRI-DISTRICT MUSIC FEST TAKES IT OUTSIDE

TriDistrictThe June 12 Tri-District Music Festival will feature RFH student musicians along with their counterparts from Knollwood and Forrestdale schools.

An annual tradition for over 17 years, the Tri-District Music Festival brings together talented musicians and singers from Forrestdale School in Rumson and Knollwood School in Fair Haven, as well as from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. This year, for the first time, the Festival will be held at the outdoor venue — Victory Park, just off River Road in Rumson.

The performance will take place on Thursday, June 12 at 6 pm, with a rain date scheduled for the same time and place on Friday, June 13.

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TOWER PLAYERS PRESENT ‘EVITA’ IN MARCH

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Eva Perón — the former actress and second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón, who made a meteoric rise from the slums to the Presidential Mansion in the years following the Second World War — once famously said “My biggest fear of all is to be forgotten.”

The late First Lady of Argentina left behind an enduring legacy in those few short years between 1946 and her death in 1952 at the age of 33. Driven by ambition and blessed with intelligence and charisma; she was adored by her people and called a “saint” for her work as a champion of the poor. A the same time, she was also distrusted by her country’s military officers, and reviled by the aristocracy.

The woman called “Evita” became a fighter for women’s rights, and one of the most powerful women in the world — but her own greed, unbridled ambition, and fragile health made her one of history’s most tragic figures. More than thirty years after her death, the Tony award-winning musical Evita introduced a new generation to one of the most endlessly fascinating characters of the 20th century — courtesy of a sweeping, epic score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice that gave the world “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”

As complex and as full of surprises as Eva Perón herself, Evita comes to the stage of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in March, as the spring musical production of the RFH Tower Players on March 21, 22, and 23.

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