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.”
WHS Theater Company Cast of Hairspray in Rehearsal
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.