ORRHS Play is Looking ‘Wonderful’

It would not be the holiday season without a drama club production at Old Rochester Regional High School. The school’s acclaimed drama club always puts on a play during the November/December corridor, and this year, that play is a radio broadcast of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’

Directed by Paul Sardinha and with costumes by Helen Blake, the show’s first night is Thursday, November 20 beginning at 7:30 pm. It plays at the same time on Friday and Saturday nights, and for those wanting to catch an afternoon show, there is a matinee on Sunday, November 23 at 2:00 pm.

Most people are familiar with ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ which has become a Christmas classic since its 1946 release. The strong reputation of the film and the inspiring theme of redemption it displays make it a good choice for a holiday play.

Senior Ian MacLellan, a drama club veteran, plays the main character George Bailey in this production. MacLellan cracked a joke about his role, saying, “There are no small parts. I do what I can with the small role I was given.”

For MacLellan, the lead role wasn’t necessarily his goal when he auditioned a few months ago.

“I didn’t really walk in with a part in mind,” he said. “But I did my best and I ended up getting something good.”

MacLellan discussed the radio aspect of the show.

“It’s more about the tone of your voice, though there is some physicality to it. Body language doesn’t matter as much,” he stated, though he seemed to like the idea.

Junior Holly Frink portrays George’s wife, Mary. Although she says she wanted the role of Violet, Frink was happy with the character of Mary and described her attributes.

“She’s married to George. She’s a very sweet woman, always trying to help,” said Frink. “She’s a very selfless woman, and you see how she grows throughout the show.”

When asked what she will remember most about the show, Frink said, “It’s my first lead role, and I’m playing a role of someone I aspire to be like.”

“We’re learning to put all our motions into our voice,” said Frink about the radio show nature of the play. “And we don’t have as much freedom to move around.”

Kylie Machado, a junior, has a small role as a background character.

“This is the first year I’ve been on stage,” said Machado. “I wanted to get a different feel for drama, as I’ve always been backstage working with the crew.”

Machado praised the sense of community the drama club has, and the way Mr. Sardinha works to make it interesting for all participants.

“We learn a lot about drama, and Paul talks about so many different things,” said Machado. “You definitely make a lot of friends.”

After watching a rehearsal of the production, one would agree that the play is coming along well. All the actors and members of the crew, as well as those participating in set design and musical accompaniment, are working hard and showing plenty of devotion to creating memorable performances.

Make sure to catch the play during one of its four showings from November 20 to November 23.

By Patrick Briand

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Friends of ORR Swimming Wreath Sale

Friends of Old Rochester Swimming is holding a holiday wreath fundraiser to help raise money for the ORR Swim Team.

Please help make our holiday fundraiser a huge success! Help support the ORR swim team by asking your family, friends, and neighbors to purchase their fresh holiday wreaths from F.O.R.S. ORR Swimmers have the order forms and the forms can also be downloaded from the ORR High School website. Orders are due by Friday, November 28 and the pick-up date for the wreaths is either Saturday, November 29 or Saturday, December 6 between 10:00 am – 2:00pm at the ORR High School main door. Happy Holidays to all and thank you for supporting our team. For more information or to place an order, please email orrbulldogswimming@gmail.com or call 508-717-2445.

Annual Christmas Fair

The churches of St. Anthony, Mattapoisett and St. Rita, Marion invite all Tri-Town residents to our annual Christmas Fair from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 6 at St. Anthony’s Church Hall, 22 Barstow St., Mattapoisett. Come enjoy malasadas and muffins for breakfast. Stay for a hot dog, wrap sandwich or hot lunch. Shop for live wreaths and fresh holiday greens, hand-made ornaments and gifts, Silpada jewelry and kitchenware from Pampered Chef. Take a chance on our grand raffle with gifts valued over $800. Children of all ages will enjoy our toy shop and craft workshop. Santa will arrive at 10:00 am. The fair honors all major credit cards and proceeds help support college scholarships. Parking is free and the hall is handicap accessible via the Barstow Street entrance.

ORR Performs Well at All-States

Here is a look at the eleventh week of results in scheduled games for all ORR athletic teams.

            Football: The boys’ football team was only one of two teams to participate in games this week, as all others were eliminated last week in their respective state tournaments. This week in another non-playoff game, the Bulldogs faced off against Norwell and lost in a hard-fought 16-14 defeat. Quarterback Alex Aruri played well, scoring both of the Bulldogs’ touchdowns on rushes, but was taken out of the game with three minutes remaining due to an injury whose extent has yet to be determined. Almost a year ago, Aruri hurt the same knee and was forced to take eight months off to recover. Hopefully, he will be able to recover in time to lead the Bulldogs in their final game of the season on Thanksgiving, November 27 at Apponequet at 10:00 am.

            Cross Country: Last week at the Division 5 race, the ORR girls’ cross country team made history by placing second overall and moving on to the All-State meet for the first time in the history of the program. This week, the girls raced at the difficult Franklin Park course in the Division 2 race with the best runners in the state. The Lady Bulldogs had a strong showing, placing eleventh out of eighteen overall teams. Nina Bourgeois led the way with a 20:27 5K that was good for 61st place. Madisen Martin also broke the 21 minute barrier, running a 20:49 for 77th place. The rest of the top seven was rounded out by Avery Nugent (101st, 21:11), Sam Ball (105th, 21:13), Riley Shaughnessy (108th, 21:17), Rachel Scheub (135th, 21:43), and Maddie Scheub (141st, 21:54). Though this is the end of the season for the Lady Bulldogs, all eyes will be on them next fall, as their entire varsity lineup will be eligible to return. Also running the All-State meet on Saturday was Michael Kassabian, who qualified as an individual at the Division 5 race. Kassabian placed 69th overall in the D2 boys’ race with a time of 17:20.

Below are the overall team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of November 16.

Football: (5-4-0) (4-3-0); Field Hockey: (14-5-1) (12-1-1); Girls’ Soccer: (14-4-2) (12-3-1); Boys’ Soccer: (12-4-2) (11-3-2); Golf: (15-1-0) (15-1-0); Volleyball: (7-12-0) (7-10-0); Boys’ Cross Country: (5-1-0) (5-1-0); Girls’ Cross Country: (6-0-0) (6-0-0).

By Michael Kassabian


ORR Adds Sailing to Sports Program

It has taken a couple of years to get the program afloat, but starting in the spring of 2015, Old Rochester Regional High School will offer the sport of sailing, and Athletic Director Bill Tilden expects significant interest from students.

“We’ve had kids talk to us for quite a few years about sailing,” said Tilden on November 12 before the Old Rochester Regional School Committee approved the new program. He said last year, he surveyed student interest in the program and 31 signed up for the then-tentative program. Twenty-nine of which were students currently not enrolled in a sporting program at the school.

The new coed sailing program is being sponsored by the Mattapoisett Community Sailing Association (MattSail) and is fully funded for the first three years of the program. On the fourth year, the organization will fund 75 percent of the program, then 50 percent and 25 percent in the following two years, respectively.

MattSail will provide eight boats – four for each team, with two sailors per boat – and all the safety equipment would be provided.

Tri-Town is known as a sailing community, said Tilden, and its high school ought to reflect that, like in Dartmouth and at Tabor Academy.

“We think it would be a fantastic way to honor the community and become more of a part of it,” said Tilden.

MattSail has committed to supporting the school’s new sailing endeavor and, as Tilden stated, is now just “looking for the bodies to put in the boats.”

“Any way we can get those [ORR] kids to the next level is worth it,” said Tilden.

The committee unanimously approved the new program.

“I certainly think it’s a great thing for the Tri-Town students,” said ORR School Committee Chairman James O’ Brien.

Also on November 12, Superintendent of Schools Doug White presented the Certificate of Academic Excellence to Andrea Harris for meeting the criteria for superior academic performance. Harris ranks second in her class, was a National Merit semifinalist, and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, among other things. She is a member of the Math Team and has participated in three seasons of school athletics.

“You make Tri-Town proud,” O’Brien told Harris.

The next scheduled meeting of the Old Rochester Regional School Committee is scheduled for December 10 at 6:00 pm in the ORR Junior High School Media Room.

By Jean Perry


Harvest Family Dance

Families danced the night away the evening of November 15 during the Harvest Family Dance hosted by the Southcoast Children’s Chorus. A professional caller led participants step by step in contra dancing inside the Marion Music Hall, with proceeds of the dance funding the chorus’ trip to Austria in June. Photos by Felix Perez

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Local Band Releasing Third Album

In today’s modern music marketplace, it has never been easier for musicians to have their work heard by a sizable audience. The Internet, social media, and the increased ease of home recording have all contributed to the breaking down of walls between artists and fans.

Giant acts like U2 and Taylor Swift have made the news in recent months for the different approaches they’ve employed in controlling the distribution of their work, and given the reaction from other artists, bands and recording engineers, it appears that one fact remains certain. Though being a professional musician takes plenty of hard work and determination, it also never hurts to be a good salesman.

Taking its name from the sometimes-aggressive pitchmen of old, the Southcoast Massachusetts band, Huxster, acknowledges the part played by salesmanship in a group’s present-day interaction with potential listeners.

“All bands are ‘Huxsters’ selling their music,” said Huxster drummer and background vocalist Joe Patten during a recent interview. “May explain why our first disc was called Snake Oil.”

That album, released in 2010, launched the career of Huxster in New England, despite the fact that the band’s members – Patten, Paul Amenta (guitar, vocals), and David Dunn (bass, vocals) – had already been involved either together or in different bands around the area for years.

Dunn, now a resident of Mattapoisett, even gained some renown playing in the group Machinery Hall, which won the Boston Music Award for Best Rock Act in 1996, and saw its song “Herd” hit number one on the charts in Scotland.

Patten said, “Sometime around 2004 or 2005 some of us had been playing in a cover band and the singer’s brother was killed in a motorcycle accident. He decided to take some time off and during this time, we starting recording some original material for fun. This led to the first CD and the formation of the band.”

Early tracks from Snake Oil,like “I’ll Be Fine” and “Something Better,” show Huxster’s competency at crafting well-produced rock that is punctuated by crisp guitar solos and yearning vocals. However, the scope of the band’s talent really becomes apparent when one listens to its 2013 release Bourbon Stomp, which consists of acoustic material played with a country-tinged, Americana edge.

The instrumental title track and numbers like “Let It Go,” “Bliss” and “Day to Shine,” are glowing examples of songs that feel warm and intimate, qualities that other east coast bands are quick to note when describing Huxster.

“Huxster’s the real deal,” said Kevin Drinan, guitarist and vocalist for the Boston group Glowbox when asked to share his thoughts on the band. “They know how to write a great rock song that’s loaded with hooks, and it’s getting increasingly harder to find bands these days who rock hard and still have that great sense of melody. There aren’t a lot of bands around now who write stuff that gets stuck in your head for days, but these guys manage to do it.”

“The band Huxster has been part of a steadily growing scene,” contributed Rick O’Neal, bassist for the Worcester-based group The Delta Generators. “You can’t really get more compact than they are with three pieces, but you don’t need to add anything either because those pieces fit together so well.”

“They’re a group of talented musicians that write genuine appealing music,” added Glowbox bassist Rick Famiglietti. “In today’s day and age, it’s always inspiring to hear music with integrity.”

Integrity is important, but so is product. And Huxster is currently hard at work putting the finishing touches on its third full-length release, which should be available in early 2015. Two songs from the still un-titled record, “I’ll Find A Way” and “Guns and Roses,” have already been shared online by the band, providing up-tempo previews of what should be an evolved effort from the group.

Patten explained, “We’ve spent the last year working closely with Paul David Hager on our new recording. Paul has been on tour as the live engineer for Miley Cyrus and actually mixed some of our songs while in South America, Australia and New Zealand.” He continued, “Paul also has worked with Van Halen, Devo, American Hi-Fi and the local band Letters to Cleo. Basic tracking began at Powerstation studios in Connecticut and we recorded all the overdubs such as guitars and vocals locally.”

Those anxious to see Huxster perform live will have to wait until the band finalizes plans for a record release show, which is now tentatively scheduled to take place in southern Massachusetts sometime in January. But Patten is unequivocal in his praise for the work he and his band mates have put into their latest release.

“We have evolved and grown as a band,” he said. “We think this new record is our best.”

For more information on Huxster, please visit www.huxsterband.com.

By Michael Cimaomo


ORR High School Honor Roll

The following students have achieved honors for the first term at Old Rochester Regional High School.

            Highest Honors: Grade 9: Erin Burke, Thais DaSilva, Celia Deverix, Mackenzie Drew, Owen Foster, Hanil Kang, Maxine Kellum, Alexander Lorenz, Lindsey Merolla, Sam Pasquill, Hannah Powers, Jackson Reydel, Courtney Vance; Grade 10: Hannah Guard, William Kiernan; Grade 11: Daniel Carneiro, Paige Watterson; Grade 12: Jennifer Aguiar, Ariel Costa-Medeiros, Sierra Ennis, Andrea Harris, Mya Lunn, Julia Nojeim, Austin Salkind, Gwendolyn Underwood.

High Honors: Grade 9: Nicholas Claudio, Evan Costa, Rachel Demmer, Abigail Dyson, Maggie Farrell, Megan Field, Collin Fitzpatrick, Elle Gendreau, Alexandra Hulsebosch, Sophie Johnson, Fiona Lant, Tyler Menard, Jahn Pothier, Madeline Scheub, Grace Stephens, Ashleigh Wilson; Grade 10: Mason DaSilva, Olivia Labbe, Daniel Renwick; Grade 11: Samantha Babineau, Julianna Bernardi, Keegan Lant, Jacob Plante, Gabrielle Poitras, Drew Robert, Evan Roznoy; Grade 12: Morgan Browning, Stephen Burke, Danielle Cammarano, Hannah Cormier, Michael Kassabian, Owen Lee, Ashley Pacheco, Christina Sebastiao.

Honors: Grade 9: Margaret Adams, Haleydawn Amato, Felicia Araujo, Samantha Ball, Ainslee Bangs, Elizabeth Baroa, Alice Bednarczyk, Emily Bock, Thomas Browning, Eleni Buss, Joanna Caynon, Gabrielle Choquette, Isabelle Choquette, Alexa Costa, Jacob DeMaggio, James Dwyer, Noah Fernandes, Alexandrea Gerard, Owen Gleasure, Mackenzie Good, Riley Goulet, Reese Graham, Sophie Gurney, Kacey Henriques, Emma Higgins, Christian Hotte, Marina Ingham, Zachary Kelley, Caitlyn Kutash, Allison Kvilhaug, Alexander le Gassick, Joseph MacKay, Madisen Martin, John Maurice Massaad, Julia Melloni, Andrew Miller, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ethan Mort, Elise Parker, Alyssa Perry, Leah Przybyszewski, Victoria Quinlan, Caroline Regis, Michael Ripley, Marcus Rita, Jamie Roznoy, Christopher Savino, Noah Schipper, Meghan Seguin, Michael Sivvianakis, Julia Smith, Benjamin Snow, Abigail Stark, Erin Stoeckle, Caitlin Stopka, Trevor Stopka, Aidan Thayer, Jake Thompson, Evan Tilley, Eleanore Wiggin, Julia Winsper, Jacob Yeomans; Grade 10: Madison Barber, Julia Barrett, Morgan Bliss, John Breault, Kyle Brezinski, Emma Cadieux, Tessa Camboia, Emma Collings, Madison Cristaldi, Amy Crocker, Patrick Cummings, Ariane Dias, Griffin Dunn, Gavin Fox, Emma Gelson, Kathleen Gifford, Sakari Gomes, James Goulart, Kelsey Holick, Caleb Jagoda, Abigail Johnson, Connor Kelley, Molly Lanagan, Hunter LaRochelle, Diana LaRock, Victoria MacLean, Davis Mathieu, Jordan McArdle, Camryn McNamara, Ava Mendonca, Thomas Miller, Mackenna Milton, Camryn Morais, Tyler Mourao, Andrew Nadeau, Hannah Nadeau, Alexandra Nicolosi, Russell Noonan Jr, Riley Nordahl, Max Pallatroni, Alexis Parker, Krishna Patel, Graham Poirier, Charlotte Rathborne, Hannah Ribeiro, Lauren Scott, Riley Shaughnessy, Gregory Sheehan, Jacob Spevack, Ali Taylor, Lauren Valente, Jacob Vinagre, Maxxon Wolski, Matthew Wyman, Emily Ziino; Grade 11: Elexus Afonso, Haley Aguiar, Rikard Bodin, Laura Casey, Lillie Farrell, Matthew Fortin, Brianna Grignetti, Serena Jaskolka, Meghan Johnson, Jane Kassabian, Jessica Keegan, Mallory Kiernan, Isabella King, Madeleine Lee, Kylie Machado, Hayli Marshall, Nicole Mattson, Alexandra Melloni, Lucy Milde, Abigail Morrill, Victor Morrison, Zenobia Nelles, Lauren Ovian, Alexandria Powers, George Rentumis, Hannah Rose, Bryant Salkind, Evan Santos, Rachel Scheub, Kameron Silvia, Robert Smart, Zoe Smith, Ally Sylvia, Teagan Walsh, Jared Wheeler; Grade 12: Michael Amato, Catherine Ball, Kasey Baltz, Mikayla Burke, Shelby Cunningham, Benjamin Dion, Jaclyn Dyson, Luke Gillette, Evan Gillis, Kaleigh Goulart, Michaela Guard, Chrystina Hai, Jennifer Hughes, Gerald Lanagan Jr., Hannah Lerman, Kyra Lorden, Ian MacLellan, Lindsey MacMurdo, Samantha Malatesta, Ryan Manning, Julianne Mariner, Laura McCoy, Jordan Menard, Mitchell Midwood, Heather Nadeau, Ryan Noonan, Margaret O’Day, Seijal Parajuli, Michael Pellegrino, Zachary Peterson, Chloe Riley, Jentelle Rioux, Sarah Robertson, Zachary Rogers, Benjamin Rounseville, Peter Sands, Jillian Sethares, Kyle Sherman, Riley Sherman, Sydney Swoish, William Taylor, Vincent Tepe, Courtney Tranfaglia, Bradley Weedall.

Gateway Youth Hockey

Mites: The Gateway Mites earned their first win of the season over Lower Cape Coyotes by a score of 17-13. Gateway was ready to play from the drop of the puck. Jarrod Frates opened the scoring in the first minute of the game on a great wrist shot from almost half ice. Gateway went up by two goals before Lower Cape tallied one of their own. It was a tight first period with both teams trading goal for goal, ending with Gateway up by two. In the second period, Gateway came out flying, passing and back checking, resulting in scoring goal after goal. It was a total team effort and all their hard work in practice finally paid off. Frates lead the team with eight goals. Pat Tripp had a season high five goals on the night. Thomas Clavell, Ben Hebble, Brayden Cannon and Bree Killion all had a goal apiece. It was Killion’s first goal of the season. Paxton Jones helped in the win by playing a great game on defense. Charlie Carroll played another solid game, ending with forty saves including four of five penalty shots, helping to seal the win. The Gateway Mites are back in action next Saturday looking for their second win against the South Coast Panthers at 11:30 am at the Falmouth ice arena.

Squirts: Gateway Squirts took home another win on Saturday 6-2 versus Lower Cape White. They came out showing some great passing which kept LCW unsure where the puck would go next. Osvaldo (Juni) Suarez scored two goals, Matthew Quinlan secured a hat trick and Tyler (TY) Ribeiro scored his first career goal. Assists were credited to Suarez, Joe Urnek and Thomas Leger. Squirts will play Franklin next Saturday.

Pee Wees: The Gateway Youth Hockey Pee Wee team continues to improve their season and their gameplay. Gateway had a decisive win over the Lower Cape Coyotes by a score of 7-1. Goalie Ryker King made some great stops, and with the support of the entire team, Gateway was able to put significant pressure on the Coyotes. Stephen Old started the scoring with back-to-back goals in the first period and would earn a hat trick by the end of the game. Other goal scorers included Chris Cogan, Jack Martins and Zachary Barris.

Tickets for Seniors

The Marion Council on Aging has tickets available to the yearly ORR Thanksgiving dinner. The event will be held on November 23. Doors open at 11:15 am and dinner is served at noon by the students. Call the COA if you need a ride. Meals will be delivered to home-bound elders.