Michael F. Devine, Superintendent
180 Harborview Road
Hull, MA 02045
For Immediate Release
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Hull Middle School Theatre Students to Perform “Rock of Ages” Musical
HULL — Hull Memorial Middle School students will make their debut in the Hull High School Theatre Arts (HHSTA) program when they perform the musical “Rock of Ages” later this month.
In September, Hull High School Theatre Arts expanded its program, which was originally for students in grades seven through 12, to include students in grades five through seven through HHSTA Jr.
When long-time Hull residents Harvey and Susan Jacobvitz made the difficult decision to retire as directors of the Hull Children’s Theatre program at the end of the 2017/2018 school year, Jim Sullivan, Theatre Arts Director for the High School Program saw an opportunity to keep young people involved in the arts.
“The Children’s Theatre was a great way to foster the future participants of the HHSTA program,” Sullivan said. “It also provided opportunities for students in the upper grades to mentor younger students by helping out with the show. It was a natural evolution to then extend our program and keep these opportunities available for the lower grades. The support we have from the Hull community allows us to take this next step in creating this new program. I am grateful to Harvey and Susan for all the work they have done in fostering the love of theatre in young children and now HHSTA will carry their torch.”
The middle school’s performance of “Rock of Ages” is a clean and fun version of the original, yet it still includes many rock hits of the great hair bands of the 1980’s. The show is directed by Memorial Middle School Director Andrew St. George.
Performances will take place on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. and Saturday Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Joseph C. Doniger auditorium in Hull High School.
To assist Hull High School Theatre Arts, community members are encouraged to attend the group’s “Hull of An Auction” fundraiser. The event will be held at the Sons of Italy of Hingham on Feb. 2 from 4-7 p.m. The theme is a pre-Super Bowl tailgate party, so attendees are encouraged to come wearing their favorite sports team jerseys.
At the fundraiser, Divas with a Twist will once again provide live entertainment and a cash bar and appetizers will also be available. Jim Wells returns as auctioneer for some incredible items, including weekend getaways, Boston Theatre tickets, wine paired dinner or wine tastings, sports memorabilia and more.
Residents can purchase tickets for the show and auction by visiting the Theatre Arts page of the new High School website here.
“The enthusiasm of these kids is amazing,” Sullivan said. “They are truly rock stars. I hope the community comes out and shows their support for these young artists.”
For more information, the public is invited to call the Theatre Arts office at 781-925-8001 or email [email protected].