Friends of the Arts
Who Are We?
The Friends of the Arts (FOA) is a parent and caregiver group supporting all facets of the arts at Mount Greylock Regional School: music, dance, theater, and visual arts. We believe creativity plays an important role in students’ education and enhances their middle and high school experience. Working closely with faculty, administrators, and the Williams Center at Mount Greylock, we provide support for both in-school and extracurricular programs through fundraising, advocacy, volunteer activities, grant programs, and more.
What Do We Do?
We do everything we can to enhance students’ exposure to the arts!
- Fund trips to museums and performances
- Offer small grants
- Organize and fund educational arts workshops
- Coordinate meals for theatrical production rehearsals
- Help provide supplies and labor for constructing sets
- Assist the director of athletics and co-curricular activities with tickets
- Manage concessions
- Advertise special arts events
- Provide chaperones for trips
- Hang art for galleries and shows
How Can Students Get Involved in the Arts?
Students can take advantage of electives during school and participate in after-school productions and workshops.
Fall Festival of Shakespeare: Over the course of nine weeks, students work with an educational team from Shakespeare & Co. to present a Shakespeare play, culminating with performances at MGRS and—along with nine other area schools—at an all-weekend festival in Lenox, MA. Funded by both MGRS and FOA, the program is open to all middle and high school students regardless of experience and ensures that everyone plays a part, whether onstage or in tech/creative support.
Note: Middle school students need only commit to two meetings per week.
After-school meetings commence in mid-September and run through performances in mid-November.
Auditions are in the form of theater games and short scenes done as a group to help directors decide on the best play to produce.
“Greylock Plays … at Night”: This is an all-school talent show—students, faculty, and staff come together to perform. The evening show has been on hold while the new auditorium was under construction and during the pandemic. Students frequently hold “Greylock Plays” in the foyer during school hours.
Winter Musical: Directed by teacher Jeff Welch, the musical is open to all grades and offers opportunities to sing, act, dance, perform in the pit orchestra, or provide technical support.
Auditions are usually held before winter break with performances in mid-March.
Spring Drama: Sometimes directed by high school seniors along with an adviser, this ensemble performance often balances drama with comedy.
Rehearsals are in early spring, with productions slated for May.
PARENTS: Join FOA!
We meet monthly and welcome your questions and input about any of our efforts to support the arts at Mount Greylock.
And many other supporters!