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March 29, 2014

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Fellow freshman Brad Taylor had a major role in the Drama Club’s production of “Dear Mr. Woodwell” which went to the semi-finals of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s annual Drama Festival earlier this month.

“I will not let this go away,” Taylor said. “We need this in our school.”

Recent Amesbury High graduate and Fitchburg State University freshman Christopher Webber took the early college class for two years at AHS and will be able to graduate from college early thanks to the college credits he earned.

“(Early college) prepared me to write essays in college,” Webber said. “It taught me to do my research and make sure I know what I am talking about.”

Another AHS graduate who was not able to be at the demonstration having just finished filming a pilot for NBC, actor Greg Hoyt told the Daily News that he practically grew up in the Drama Club and said it opened many doors for him.

“I got the performing bug through the band and the Drama Club, that is where I found my passion,” Hoyt said. “It gave me a gateway into the world of the arts. I was just watching television, I was doing my own thing. I didn’t have any training as an actor. In band, my first time in front of a crowd was when I was in the trumpet section of the middle school band. For me, it just introduced me into a whole world of collaboration and creativity that I hadn’t been aware of before.”

Hoyt, who has appeared in the TV series “Heart of Dixie” and “Greek” as well as the Clint Eastwood-directed film, “J. Edgar,” said that he was moved by what his fellow Indians were doing at home this weekend.

“I’m so proud of what those kids are doing,” Hoyt said. “To be able to mobilize the student body and the entire town is incredibly important. I (also) hear they are using social media which also goes to show the importance of creativity and resourcefulness that the arts breeds.”

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