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Framingham Schools’ Fine and Performing Arts Department Initiates a Celebrity Series to Lead Students in Live Workshops


The following is a media release

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FRAMINGHAM – In this time of remote teaching and learning, the arts teachers of Framingham Public Schools are finding creative ways to make the ‘remote’ aspect more exciting.

Yesterday, the Fine and Performing Arts Department kicked off a series of live workshops that will bring celebrities to our students via a virtual platform.

Once a week all art students and teachers will be invited to attend a “workshop” with a professional in the arts field.

These workshops will include live, interactive participation followed by a Q&A with the “visiting artist”. 

The department has lined up Broadway performers, voice over artists, film actors, and even a casting agent who is an FHS graduate.

Thanks to a longtime professional relationship and friendship, Sheron Doucette (Theatre Teacher at Walsh Middle School) was able to coordinate the first interactive experience in the series featuring Judine Somerville.

Somerville was an original dynamite in Broadway’s Hairspray and then again when Hairspray Live was produced for television. 

Somerville’s live workshop yesterday included 45 minutes of teaching original choreography and then a Q&A for students and teachers.  

“We are very excited to start this series,” said Donna Wresinski, Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Department for Framingham Public Schools. “Virtual engagement is an opportunity to bring artists and events to our students that they might never otherwise see. We may not be able to bring our students to LA, New York, and London, but through this experience, we can bring them to our kids. Professionals have been extremely generous with their time and expertise. We are very grateful and look forward to the weeks and visitors to come!” 

The Department is still seeking celebrities to join the series.

If readers have “six degrees of separation” from someone who might be interested in being a part of this series, please contact Donna Wresinski, Director of Fine and Performing Arts for the Framingham Public Schools.

Photo courtesy of ShineTheatrartsproject.com



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