WARREN, NJ . – More than 1,000 individual pieces of 2 and 3-dimensional art created this year by Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) students were featured on Mondaynight, June 5, at the opening of the school’s annual Spring Arts Festival, a year-end celebration of the accomplishments in, and dedication to, the arts by WHRHS students.

Displays of artwork in all media, including drawings, paintings, photographs, ceramic works, basketry, jewelry, sculptures, crafts, electronic graphic design posters and program covers, and art creations made from wood were on display in the Atrium at the main entrance of the school and up and down corridors surrounding the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). 

The artwork remained in place later in the week for the benefit of audiences who attended the Spring Vocal Concert on Tuesday, June 6, and Spring Band Concert, Wednesday, June 7, in the PAC.

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Shakespeare In The Park

Students involved in classes and activities offered by the WHRHS Drama Department were also featured on Monday, June 5, in an outdoor learning space of the South Building.

Small groups of students enacted scenes from a variety of iconic Shakespearean plays, including: “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Henry V,” “As You Like It,” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”

The weather threatened to force the performance indoors, but in the end the saturated air acted as real-life scenery for some of Shakespeare’s most popular acting class vignettes.

Numerous graduates of the WHRHS arts department programs were also seen throughout the audience, marveling at the talent of the current WHRHS thespians.



WHRHS CAPTIONS 2017 Art Opening for Arts Festival

WHRHS PHOTOS Soliman and Her Art

More than 1,000 individual pieces of 2 and 3-dimensional art created this year by Watchung Hills Regional High School  (WHRHS) students were featured on Monday night, June 5, at the opening of the school’s annual Spring Arts Festival. Among the seniors who had displays of multiple works of art was Amanda Soliman of Millington, who plans to attend NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) in the fall.


WHRHS PHOTOS Wilen and Her Art

Senior Jordan Wilen of Warren stands by a display of her Photography at the Spring Arts Festival. She plans to study at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in the fall.


WHRHS PHOTOS Rebelo and Her Art

Senior Michaela Rebelo of Warren Township stands next to a display of her Photography at the Spring Arts Festival. She plans to attend Parsons School of Design, a college of The New School, New York City.


WHRHS PHOTOS 4 at the Arts Festival

Among the students admiring the more the 1,000 pieces of art created by WHRHS students and displayed at the Spring Arts Festival, Monday, June 5, are, from left, seniors Lauren Trumpore of Warren Township, Katelyn Berecheiko of Green Brook Township, Stephanie Chavanne of Green Brook Township, and Amanda Soliman of Millington.



Many pieces of Ceramics were displayed at the WHRHS Spring Arts Festival.



Numerous pieces of Basketry were displayed at the Arts Festival.



Student-created pieces of Sculpture were among the highlights at the Spring Arts Festival.





Chairs, stools, and intricate designs were among the student Wood Art exhibited at the Spring Arts Festival.



WHRHS PHOTOS Welcome to Shakespeare

Junior Mark Caamano, left, and Sophomore Arden Dettling encourage folks who attended the WHRHS Spring Arts Festival on June 5, to also attend “Shakespeare in the Park,” a performance of scenes from eight iconic Shakespearean plays, in an outdoor learning space in the school’s South Building.Caamano was Stage Manager for Shakespeare in the Park.


WHRHS PHOTOS Patti and Horvath

Sophomores Sophia Patti, left, of Green Brook Township, and Tyler Horvath, of Warren Township directed patrons to “Shakespeare in the Park,” an enactment of scenes from 8 iconic Shakespeare plays at the WHRHS Spring Arts Festival.



Freshman Rachel Krouk of Watchung joined other students in the WHRHS Drama Department in wearing T-shirts made up for the “Shakespeare in the Park” program, the Drama Department’s offering for audiences at the Spring Arts Festival Opening Night reception. The program featured scenes from the iconic Shakespearean plays listed on the back of the T-shirts.


WHRHS PHOTOS Shakespeare in the Park

Two WHRHS student actors, center, dramatize a scene from a Shakespearean play in front of an audience, left, in an outdoor learning space in the South Building, while other student actors wait offstage, right, under a tree, preparing for their turn to act at “Shakespeare in the Park,” at the Spring Arts Festival. As Shakespeare wrote in “As You Like It,” Act II, Scene VII, “All the world’s a stage/ And all the men and women merely players/ They have their exits and their entrances...”