WHS Theater Department

 

Minigan's work to be produced locally
October 2014
John Minigan's play in the style of Thornton Wilder THE LONG CHRISTMAS JOURNEY TO WELLESLEY AND WESTON won the New Works Competition (one-acts) at the Firehouse Theatre in Newburyport, MA. Firehouse will produce the play in January.  This is Minigan's third win at the Firehouse Center for the Arts
 
Minigan's short play GENUINE CASHMERE will be produced in North Carolina in March by the Cary Playwrights Forum  as part of their LITE (Laugh Inspire Think Encourage) Festival.
 

Drama Teacher's play to be produced in Amsterdam  

October 2014

The Maltese Walter, by Mr. John Minigan, WHS Drama teacher, theater company advisor, took first place in the Rover Dramawerks Playwriting Competition.  It will be part of Stage Left Theatre's Hit and Run Festival (Spokane) and will be the featured play of Boston Play Cafe (a documentary web series about new plays), in November, 2014; it will be produced by the Orange Tea Theatre in Amsterdam in December, 2014; and by Rover in Texas April 2015.  In addition, the play is a finalist for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. 
 
In addition, the Nantucket Short Play Contest group presented a reading of Minigan's one-act play Entrée Gold on the island in August, 2014, as one of five winners of their contest.  Playwrights Round Table of Orlando will produce the play in November, 2014, as part of their annual John Goring Memorial Festival at the Orlando Shakespeare Center.
 
Minigan's full-length play Concordance (read at Weston High in 2012 as part of the PTO's Beyond the Classroom series) will be produced by Bay Colony Shakespeare Company in March, 2015. 
His new full-length Little Ant Renovation will have its first public reading as part of Boston Playwrights Theatre's "Second Sunday" reading series at erbaluce in Boston's Bay Village.
 
For details visit johnminigan.com

Congratulations to the students

who were recognized by the Theater Department

for excellence in 2014

 

Theater Undergraduate Achievement Awards and awards for Departmental Excellence are given in recognition of academic achievement, exemplary contribution to the learning environment, and/or noteworthy academic growth over the course of the school year. 

 

Click the link at the left to see the recipients of all the 2014 departmental awards for Theater.

Drama Teacher nominated for award  

April 2014

Mr. John Minigan, WHS Drama teacher, theater company advisor, and playwright, whose play Breaking the Shakespeare Code (performed in Boston in March) is one of three nominees for the Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script. The Nortons are given annually by the Boston Theater Critics Association. 

 

Breaking the Shakespeare Code will also be performed at the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago , June 11-15, 2014, and will be an official selection of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival in August, 2014.

 

 

Courses in theater arts are designed to be equally relevant to all students whether or not they participate in the school‘s after-school drama program. Through study in theater arts, students gain self-confidence in public, greater clarity of speaking, improved interpersonal skills, and spontaneity. Classroom approaches to performance skills and technical work are designed to be appropriate for the novice as well as the experienced performer or technician.


Students wishing to continue the work done in middle school drama courses should enroll in Introduction to Theater Arts. Students desiring more focused study may wish to enroll in Advanced Theater Arts and/or Technical Theater Arts.

 

Click here to be directed to the District Curriculum and Instruction page.

 

The Weston High School Theater Company is an award-winning extra-curricular student activity that produces drama, musicals, and original works.  To volunteer in support of theater, please join the Community Alliance for Student Theater.

 

Mr. John Minigan, Theater Department Head

 

 

 

 
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