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.
The Weston High Theater Company' announces its 2014 Spring Musical
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.”
Jigsaw was written by an ensemble of 21 student actors, telling the story of a family broken apart by crisis and the extraordinary steps that eventually bring it back together. The thirty-five minute play combining mystery, comedy, tragedy and a highly unusual approach to story-telling is the WHS Theater Company's entry into the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild's annual festival in March.
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.