Recent News

METG Alum Bo Burnham speaks about DramaFest on NPR

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Bo Burnham, 2008 St. John's Prep graduate recently spoke to NPR's Fresh Air host Terry Gross about his new movie, Eighth Grade and also about how the METG DramaFest impacted his life. To hear a clip from the show CLICK HERE! Courtesy of Fresh Air with Terry Gross (WHYY/NPR)

Weymouth High School Basks in Afterglow

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The Weymouth High School Theater Company recently won top honors at a state drama festival, but the thrill of victory has not been fully realized by Angela Puleio, a senior.

Malden H.S. performs as Lexus Grant recipient

This year's Lexus "World of Possible" Musical Improvement Grant recipient was Malden High School. The cast of Once on This Island performed "We Tell the Story" for the opening number at the Broadway In Boston season announcement gala.  To see a video of their performance, CLICK HERE

Winthrop High School Wins State DramaFest for 2nd Year.

The Winthrop High School Drama Society has certainly earned its applause, as they’ve come in first at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) state finals for the second year in a row. Out of 14 schools, Winthrop took the lead, right alongside Sharon High School and Weymouth High School.

Melrose HS Brings "A Moment in Time" to DramaFest

The award winning Melrose High School Drama Club, along with its Director and Advisor, Timothy Daly, are pleased to announce that they will be performing the play, “A Moment in Time” at the 2018 Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Drama Festival or “Drama Fest.”

Hanover High School hosts a Preliminary Drama Festival

On Saturday, March 3, Hanover High School will play host the preliminary round of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Drama Festival, performing “A Day in the Garden,” an original script written by junior John Salvucci.

NEW! Lexus Musical Grant

A Unique Opportunity

Premise:   School theatre programs provide a home where students can feel accepted, valued, and part of something larger than themselves.  Given that the creative process of mounting a full scale musical is daunting, this program will endeavor to identify and support the improvement of fledgling musical theater programs in middle and high schools in Massachusetts. The Lexus World of Possible Improvement Grant is part of their pledge to better children’s lives—allowing them to pursue their dreams.

Purpose:   To search out and support promising, but struggling Massachusetts school musical theater programs that share the passion and enthusiasm of mounting a musical, but need financial backing to begin the process of improving both the technical and performance quality of their annual shows. This program should also ensure improvement to give these students the chance to be recognized for their achievements in theatre arts as part of the MET Awards Program.

Who is eligible to apply:   All members of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild who currently produce at least one musical production per year.

Amount of Award: Lexus Corporation has promised $5000 per year to award to one or two schools to improve their programs.

Process:

  1. Applicants will submit an application by February 1st
  2. Applicants will submit a letter of support from the school’s administration stating the programs strengths and weaknesses by February 1st
  3. The MET Grant Committee will review the applications and schedule an on-site visit hopefully during a production rehearsal or performance to determine the scope of the school’s existing theater program.
  4. The MET Grant Committee will choose finalists for the grant award that will be presented to LEXUS for the final approval.
  5. Winners will be notified in late May with the award presentation at the MET awards in June.

Member Show Lineup

One of the favorite things about the METG programs for students is meeting so many fellow drama geeks from schools across the state.  Participants share a special bond after participating in any of the events together, and it’s so cool to keep in touch with the people you meet.  We love seeing this tradition continue.  Going to see the friends you’ve made in their school’s production is a perfect opportunity to support the friends you’ve made in the past!  Here are the shows for the 2017-2018 school year.

New Teacher Workshop!

DEVISING THEATRE IN THE DRAMA CLASSROOM:

Young Actors Write the Score

In this intensive workshop, we will explore how to create a piece of theatrical work with students that begins without a script and without a predetermined concept. We will focus on methods of engendering collaboration, bravery, and vulnerability in the classroom, and will look at ways of leading students to take their immediate ideas and then dig deeper, experiment more, and think way way outside the box.

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