Thursday, August 29, 2013

Do you have a young actor, musician, or singer in the house? A dancer? A budding techie? Set painter?

One third of all MHS students are involved in the performing arts. Many have won state, regional, and national awards for the quality and creativity of their work. But the high school is an awfully big place, and it’s hard for even the most dedicated parents to discover and guide their students toward activities that will help their talents blossom.

Did you know that your student can…

  • Play in our orchestra, band, or jazz band—or showcase rock band talents at local open-mic nights?
  • Sing in four a cappella groups and multiple choral programs, ranging from classical to gospel?
  • Act, crew, sing, or dance in our ambitious yearly musical?
  • Collaborate in a play as part of Dramafest, a statewide drama competition?
  • Dance on the MHS Dance Team?
  • Qualify for the national Tri-M Music Honor Society?
  • Take classes in theater, the history of music, guitar, and more?
  • Apply for grants to fund new performing arts projects?
  • Earn college scholarships based on their performing arts involvement?

  • Join our community, Friends of the Performing Arts.

    We need you. FoPA’s fundraising and volunteer efforts help make these opportunities a reality. We hold monthly meetings for interested parents, provide volunteer assistance behind the scenes at performing arts events, and offer a relaxed, enjoyable way to support our students.

    We’ll give you all the information your student needs to participate in activities—including the practical stuff: how to sign up, how big the commitment is, what classes are available, and even how to create a whole new venture that no one’s thought of yet. Want to start a songwriting club? A tap dance workshop? We are here to help. How?

    Step 1:  Join our email list and like us on Facebook.
    Step 2:  Become a member. Membership dues are the number-one funding source for the programs, scholarships, and other benefits we offer your students.
    Step 3: Come to a meeting. We welcome even occasional participants and will help you find ways to stay informed and get involved.

    As you know, arts funding in public schools is never secure, but our administration, faculty, and staff believe in maintaining and, if possible, expanding our curriculum and extracurricular activities in this area. But they cannot do it without the help of parents and community.

    FoPA invites you to step onstage—or backstage—and help our students pursue their most creative dreams.

    Support our students with an annual FoPA membership.

    Membership Levels

    Member: $25+      Friend: $50+    Supporter: $100 +    Patron: $250+
    Benefactor: $300+    Star: $500+    Angel: $1,000+

    FoPA members are listed in all 2013-14 performing arts programs.

    Pay Online by using the DONATE button on the side column of this site.


    Print this form and mail it with your check.

    Email us at
    Susan Hauck and Kera Dalton, Co-Presidents
    Marion Higgins, Treasurer
    Molly Welch and Julie Glass, Communications

    Thank you for supporting MHS students!

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Congratulations to the 
    2013 FoPA Scholarship Winners

    Each year FoPA awards scholarships to graduating seniors that have been involved in MHS band, drama, crew, tech, orchestra, chorus, a cappella, or dance.
    Students do not have to be planning to study or continue with performing arts in college to apply.

    This year's recipients are...

    Front row left to right: 
    Elizabeth Nuccio, Brianna Keating, Shanna McCarriston, Sonya Rosen, Tatiana Dalton, Jake Carey, Matt Kennedy

    Back row left to right: 
    Josh Zeff, Victoria Kearney, Hannah Landergan, Alex Clough, Joe Boyce, Abby Dempster, Geoff Selden, Max Levine