The Weston High Theater Company finishes its award-winning 2015-2016 season with a musical that has been called the “nonshowbiz counterpart” to A Chorus Line, Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso’s resonant and powerfulWorking.
Based on Studs Terkel’s oral history of Americans and their jobs, Working finds the extraordinary in the ordinary. With songs that have gone on to be recorded by artists as varied as Bette Midler, Emmylou Harris and Bruce Springsteen, and incorporating new music by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda as well as old favorites by James Taylor, Working blends rock, folk, R&B, soul and show tunes into an evening as diverse as America itself.
Performances will be in the Weston High Auditorium on Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 pm, and on Friday andSaturday, May 6 and 7 at 7:30. Tickets are $5 for students/seniors/military and $15 for the general public. Tickets will be available online, in the box office during school lunches, and at the door.
All seats are reserved, and the show is rated “PG-13” for some mature content.
Kate Snodgrass, the Artistic Director of Boston Playwrights Theatre, has selected the following plays by Weston students to receive workshop productions with professional actors and directors at the New Noises Festival at the theater on Thursday, April 14, 2016:
The Stapler Incident by Sharan Gupta
#F*ckboy by Malin Ingare
In addition, she has selected V.J. Rougeau's play The Golden Arches to have a cold reading presented by professional actors at the event.
Eighteen students (in all four grades) wrote plays as part of our WEEFC-funded participation in Mass Young Playwrights, working with guest artist Matt Mayerchak, January through March.
All three of the selected students are ninth graders. Quite a coup!
Theater Company hosted a fantastic "Massachusetts Theater Celebration" culminating with workshops, performances, camaraderie, discussions of craft and some great bonding. Arlington School (part of McLean Hospital), Dennis-Yarmouth, Nauset, Boston Arts Academy, West Bridgewater and Weston performed one-act plays (three of which were originals) in a wonderfully warm and supportive atmosphere.
At the end of the event, two adjudicators presented awards
for acting and technical theater.
Receiving individual acting awards were
Donya Potter for the role of Christina
Hannah LeBaron for the role of Eliza
Elizabeth Cuzzupoli for the role of Veronica
The following four received an ensemble acting award for their work as the
"senior executive board":
Michael Brown, Erik Enzmann, Will Haines, Charlie Hattabaugh
The following five students received the only technical award given during the day, for their sound design of the production:
Michael Brown, Austin Critchlow, Maddie Epperson, Erik Enzmann and Charlie Hattabaugh
The David Dooley Award for the "Unsung Hero" of festival was given to
Austin Critchlow and Karen Huang.
The Weston High Theater Company presents
Ready or Not
Ready or Not is a 40 minute play that, through the lens of a strained sibling relationship, looks at the connection between commerce and healing. After the founder of a pharmaceutical company passes away, struggles between his CEO daughter and med student son grow when the son begins to date the leader of a group protesting the company’s pricing policies.
an original play devised by the acting ensemble
Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, 7:30 pm
performing with Wellesley High School
at Boston Playwrights' Theatre
949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA
By arrangement with Boston Playwrights, tickets will not be sold in advance, but will be available at the door--a small donation is requested, and all money collected will be donated to Health Care Without Walls a non-profit that helps homeless women and families receive health care. Seating is limited--the intimate performance venue will fill up quickly.
“One false move and we could have a farce on our hands.”
The award-winning Weston High Theater Company opens its 2015-2016 with Tom Stoppard’s uproarious On the Razzle. When grocery clerk Weinberl and apprentice Christopher are suddenly promoted by their overbearing boss, they realize they have only one chance for adventure before they must face the gloom of adult responsibilities, and they head into Vienna for “a real razzle of a day.”
Filled with mistaken identities, romantic entanglements and Stoppard’s unparalleled wordplay, On the Razzle is a sparkling and fast-paced romp based on the same Austrian play that also inspired the musical Hello, Dolly!
Performances are in the Weston High Auditorium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 pm. Reserved seat admission is $5 for students/seniors/military and $10 for the general public. Tickets will be available online at ticketriver.com, at the Weston High Box Office from 10:30 to Noon the week of the show and at the door. Admission is FREE opening night for Weston students. Call 781-786-5980 for details.
The Weston High Theater Company concludes its award-winning 2014-2015 season with the uproarious Broadway musical comedy The Addams Family. Based on the beloved New Yorker cartoons by Charles Addams, the musical follows the teenage Wednesday Addams’ relationship with “normal” boy Lucas Beineke and the problems that result in both families. Will the Beinekes approve of their son’s marriage into the creepy but funny Addams family? Will Gomez’s support of Wednesday cause a rift with his beloved Morticia? Will Uncle Fester find love before Pugsley blows everything up?
Join the Weston High Theater Company for the answers to these questions via one of the most clever musicals to hit the stage in years. Performances are April 30, May 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm in the Weston High School Auditorium. Tickets ($5 for students/seniors/military and $15 for the general public) will be on sale beginning April 15 at ticketriver.com and, between 10:30 am and noon, at the Weston High Box Office, outside the Main Office (note that the school is closed for vacation April 18-26). Tickets will also be sold, if available, at the door. Call 781 786-5980 for further information.
In spite of some mild innuendo, The Addams Family is appropriate (and ghoulish) for all ages!
On Saturday March 14, 2015 Weston High and Theater Company hosted and helped design the inaugural Massachusetts Theater Celebration, a new non-competitive venture run by the METG.
It was a great artistic and educational event. In addition to the shows, each participating director led a theater workshop.
After the performances, directors facilitated four discussion groups, mixing the students from all schools. Because it was non-competitive, kids were even more able than usual to engage with one another in open discussions of the plays. Lots of thinking about the work, the creativity, the challenges and solutions--and great conversations with the adjudicators, who gave verbal rather than written feedback in free-ranging discussions with the casts and crews after each performance.
Weston students received many for their production of Gray Shutters--which had its best performance:
Katherine Goff for the role of Kacie Foster Georgia Harper for the role of Sophie Foster Rachel Lipkin for the role of D'Arci
In addition, Becky Jesurum received an award for lighting design and the team of Katherine Goff, Charlie Hattabaugh, Becky Jesurum and Alex Seel received an award for Sound Design.
At the Massachusetts Collaborative Festival in Wellesley on
March 22,2015 the students performed for their peers from five other schools (Lawrence, Norwood, Billerica, Acton-Boxborough and Wellesley),and got feedback from adjudicators and took theater workshops. It was a great educational experience for them especially to get to talk with two additional adjudicators, and to get an even wider range of opinion.
Although it was not a competition, the adjudicators presented awards to each school (each school is eligible for a maximum of four awards at this festival).
Acting awards went to Weston seniors Katherine Goff and Rachel Lipkin, junior Donya Potter and sophomore Charlie Hattabaugh.
Also, the backstage crew at Wellesley High School presented Weston with the Stage Manager's Choice Award for overall technical excellence, professionalism and positivity. Lead stage manager senior Shannon McCormack accepted the award on behalf of the Weston technical crew.
The award-winning Weston High Theater Company opens its 2014-2015 season
with Shakespeare’s romantic comedy
Much Ado About Nothing
One of Shakespeare’s most loved plays and often performed plays, Much Ado follows the hilarious battle of the sexes between Beatrice and Benedick and the darker romantic story of young Claudio and Hero. In the age-old struggles of gender and power, who ultimately holds the upper hand? A cast of twenty-five and crew of twenty will present a modern-dress production mixing comedy, drama, live music and dance.
Performances will be November 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 in the Weston High Auditorium. Tickets--$5 for students, senior citizens and military and $10 for all others. Call 781 786-5980 for details.
WHS Theater Company
earns 11th nomination
Theater Company has again been nominated by the American High School Theatre Festival committee to represent the best of American high school theater.
This is our eleventh nomination since 2004.
We will not pursue a slot at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which will tak place in summer 2016 .but, as they say, "It was an honor just to be nominated."
WHS Theater Company at the 2014 Activities Fair
Weston High Theater Company
Thursday, May 8-Saturday, May 10, 2014
Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel Ragtime By E. L. Doctorow
Epic in scope but emotionally intimate, the musical Ragtime captures America at the dawn of the twentieth century. With a mix of historical characters (Harry Houdini, Emma Goldman, Booker T. Washington, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan and Evelyn Nesbit) and fictional, the Tony award-winning book and score trace the often tumultuous encounters between three families: a white family from New Rochelle, a black family from Harlem and a Jewish family recently arrived from Latvia.
Song, dance, drama and comedy weave a story of hope from a challenging time in our history—a time with powerful and surprising contemporary resonance.
Kingsley's Gambit moves on to State Finals
Weston hosted a fantastic semi-final round of the METG festival on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Our kids and parents were outstanding hosts, and the mood all day was truly festive. The day showed our school community in a wonderful light.
Theater Company's production of its original play Kingsley's Gambit was one of two productions selected to move on to State Finals at John Hancock Hall on the weekend of March 27-29. Hamilton-Wenham's production of Eric Overmeyer's On the Verge was also selected.
Garnering awards for Weston's production were
Becky Jesurum, Lighting Design
Clark Eglinton, Acting Award for the role of Eliot
Kristen Sands, Acting Award for the role of Carrie
James Mullany and Michael Brown, Ensemble Acting Awards for the roles of Dirk and Chad
In addition, Becky Jesurum won the David Dooley Award as the "unsung hero" of this round of festival.
Kingsley's Gambit actors in 2014 All-Star Company
at METG Drama Festival State Finals Friday, March 28, 2014
John Hancock Hall/Back Bay Events Center, Boston
Congratulations go to senior Charlie Gold and sophomore Will Haines for their acting awards--awards that placed them in the METG Drama All-Star Company for 2014.
Westford Academy, St John's Prep and Joseph Case High School were selected as the METG 2014 co-champions.
The WHS Theater Company's original winter play KINGSLEY'S GAMBIT
winner at the METG Drama Festival
at Norwood High School on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Seniors Alex Rougeau, Charlie Gold, James Cebulla and Sammy Hooper all received acting awards for their performances at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Festival at Norwood High School on Saturday, March 1, 2014..
Kingsley's Gambit, an original one-act play created by its 19 cast members, is the story of a chess master, Charles Kingsley, who transfers his techniques of controlling from the chessboard to his family life. Through a mix of comedy and drama, it addressed the destructive nature of control and the nature of winning: for every win, there must also be a loss.
Weston moves on to semi-finals, which we will host, on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Admission for the day of semi-finals is $10. There are seven shows, beginning at 9:30am. See the event listing for details.
Scenes from Kingsley's Gambit
Premiere of an original 10-minute play garners awards
Saturday, January 25, 2014
A group of ten students from the Theater Company spent Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the Emerson College Theater Festival.
The WHS Theater Company presented Senior Sammy Hooper's terrific short two-actor satire "The Meeting." Sammy directed Seniors James Cebulla and Clark Eglinton.
The Festival is non-competitive, but awards are given for specific achievement, and the show did quite well--earning every possible award:
Excellence in Acting: James Cebulla
Excellence in Acting: Clark Eglinton
Excellence in Playwriting: Sammy Hooper
Excellence in Directing: Sammy Hooper
Students also participated in several workshops and saw shows presented by nine other schools. Sammy and the actors met with Emerson Theater professors to receive feedback on the work.
The play was also performed in the WHS Black Box on Friday, January 24, 2014, to an appreciative audience, and the Theater Company is considering producing an additional show to share the work.
2013 WHS Theater Company Fall Play
An original interpretation of
The Inspector General
November 14, 15 and 16, 2013, 7:30 pm
Ever been frustrated by a dysfunction government? Ever wished somebody might show up and take officials to task for incompetence and corruption?
Nikolai Gogol’s Russian farce The Inspector General provides evidence that people have been asking those two questions since at least the 1830s. This fall, the Weston High Theater Company opened the 2013-2014 season with its own original take on the classic satire, with a new version of the script—and new songs—created through improvisation by a company of thirty actors under the direction of Drama Director John Minigan.
It’s Baltimore, 1962, and Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and big dreams. She might not look like the obvious choice to dance with the teen heartthrobs on the Corny Collins Show, but her determination, optimism and energy change not only the show but the lives of all around her. Set at a turning point in the Civil Rights movement, the hilarious, high energy rock musical Hairspray tell the story of integration, inclusion and progress, proving that “Yesterday is history and it’s never coming back.”
To produce four shows per year: two plays, one musical and an evening of student-directed work. Students are encouraged to participate in Theater Company activities by auditioning as performers or by contributing as backstage workers. Rehearsals and stage sessions take place after school and on weekends. The group also sponsors workshops, field trips to local theaters and elsewhere, presentations of student-written work as well as participation in the Boston Shakespeare Competition the Mass Youth Playwrights Project and the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival.