The Weston High Theater Company will hold auditions for our 2017 fall play Ether Day
Monday and Tuesday, June 5 and 6, 2017
Weston High Black Box
3:00 to 5:30 pm
All students currently in Grades 8 through 11 are invited to audition.
Theater Company has received a commission from the Anesthesia History Association to create an original play about the first uses of anesthesia in America, to be performed in October at the Ninth International Symposium on the History of Anesthesia, in Boston in late October. The show is being cast this spring to allow time for summer preparation and a quick start in the fall.
Students need not prepare anything for the auditions, which will be improv-based. The goal is to cast a group of 18-20 students who will write and perform this commissioned play.
This classic musical’s telling of Jean Valjean’s struggle to live a positive life in early 19th century France has been a staple in the theater world for over 30 years. More than 70 Weston students will bring a focus on this epic story of survival and grace in the face of oppression.
The year is 1961. When talented students begin disappearing from her New England boarding school, one student begins a journey to find out where there going and bring her close friend back, confronting government lies and her own fears along the way.
Theater Company performed its devised piece The Undiscovered Country for the last time in this non-competitive festival on Sturday , March 25, 2017
Two adjudicators presented awards at the end of the day--four per school, as required by the rules of the Collaborative Fest. Theater Company received the following four:
Award for Acting Excellence to Georgia Harper for the role of Charlotte
Award for Ensemble Acting Excellence to Robbie Gold and Charlie Hattabaugh for the roles of Larry and Gary
Technical Award for Excellence in Theater Design to Max Wecker for Lighting; to Maddie Epperson, Charlie Hattabaugh, Jack Mullany, Terry Mullany for Sound; to Brianna LaValle for Costumes (the adjudicators praised the unity of the design elements in giving the award to the whole design team)
Award for Excellence in Writing to the entire acting/writing ensemble for their creation of the play itself
In addition to the adjudicator awards, the host school, Wellesley, presented Theater Company with the Stage Manager's Award for being the most efficient, professional and friendly group to work with in tech rehearsal and performance. Stage Managers Maddie Epperson and Naomi Rubin were specifically named in the presentation of the award.
Theater Company hosted the third annual Massachusetts Theater Celebration today, a non-competitive drama festival sponsored by the Mass Educational Theater Guild (METG) on March 18, 2017
Seven schools participated--four with original plays, including Weston's student-scripted
The Undiscovered Country.
Although the festival is non-competitive, the adjudicators can give awards for excellence in
acting or technical theater.
Receiving awards for Weston were:
Junior Georgia Harper for the role of Charlotte
Sophomore V.J. Rougeau for the role of Mr. Ambrose
Junior Eli Anton for the role of Headmaster Hawthorne
Junior Robbie Gold and Senior Charlie Hattabaugh for Ensemble Acting in the roles of Gary and Larry
Juniors Maddie Epperson, Jack Mullany, and Terry Mullany and Senior Charlie Hattabaugh received an award for Excellence in Sound Design
Max Wecker received an award for Excellence in Lighting Design
Max Wecker also received the David Dooley Award as "Unsung Hero" of the festival for his work facilitating lighting for all seven shows.
Theater Company will perform The Undiscovered Country one final time next Saturday at the Mass Collaborative Festival at Wellesley High--time TBA.
Faculty of the six visiting schools and the three representatives of the METG all had praise for not only the work of our students on stage but the work of our students and parents in coordinating a seamless, positive, and educationally profound day.
The Weston High Theater Company presents
its entry in the 2017 Emerson College High School Drama Festival
All three actors in Weston's show received acting awards:
Seniors Elizabeth Cuzzupoli and Charlie Hattabaugh
received an award for Excellence in Ensemble Acting for their work together.
Senior Tina Ziobro received an award for Excellence in Acting for the role of Dr. Anita Saylor.
Junior Hannah LeBaron (who directed the production) received an award for Excellence in Directing
THAT THING YOU DO WITH YOUR TONGUE
a ten-minute comedy about a "Dinner with Cupid" gone terribly wrong
by local playwright R. D. Murphy
Directed by Hannah LeBaron (Class of 2018)
Featuring the Theater Company Tri-presidents
Elizabeth Cuzzupoli, Charlie Hattabaugh, Tina Ziobro (Class of 2017)
Sunday, January 22, 2017 Semel Theatre/Tufte Performance Center Emerson College
The Weston High Theater Company presents
William Shakespeare's romantic comedy
As You Like It
Opening our fall 2016 season
November 17, 18 and 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm
As You Like It is William Shakespeare’s uproarious comedy about love, mistaken identity and how far you have to go to make a relationship work.
In the middle of a world with corrupt leaders and siblings fighting siblings for power, young Rosalind is forced to flee from the threats of her guardian into the Forest of Arden. Because of the danger of traveling as a woman alone, she disguises herself as a man. But in the forest, she encounters Orlando, a young man she loves--who has been forced to flee his brother's murderous rage. Orlando also loves her, but has always been too tongue-tied to speak with her.
Will Rosalind find a way to keep Orlando’s love, even while she’s disguised as a man? Will Orlando learn how to communicate with her?
For this and three other romantic plots, join the award-winning Weston High Theater Company as they kick off their 2016-2017 with As You Like it on November 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 in the Weston High School Auditorium.
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.
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.
“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!
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.
WHS Theater Company
earns 12th 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 12th nomination since 2004.
We will not pursue a slot at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which will tak place in summer 20167 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
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.
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.