Weston High School Theater Company’s 2018 Fall Production will be Dark of the Moon by Howard Richardson and William Berney
Information about the play from licensing company Samuel French, Inc.: “This perennial favorite is based on the haunting folk ballad of “Barbara Allen.” Employing a large cast and imaginative settings in the Smoky Mountains, it recounts the story of John, a strange “witch boy” who upon first beholding the beautiful Barbara Allen immediately falls in love. He is given human form to woo and marry her on the condition that she remain true to him. The marriage is consummated and Barbara gives birth to a witch child whom the townspeople destroy in a superstitious frenzy. During a religious revival Barbara is led to betray John thus breaking their spell of love. As she dies, he returns forever to the world of the mountain witches.” (https://www.samuelfrench.com/p/6788/dark-of-the-moon)
Auditions: Tuesday, September 11th and Wednesday, September 12th from 3:30-6 in the WHS Auditorium.
Callbacks: Thursday, September 13th from 3:30-6 in the Auditorium.
How to Audition: Sign up! Please choose one of the two auditions days and sign up on the sheets outside of the drama office.
Get the Form! Get an audition contract from Ms. Slotnick — you will need to have this signed by your parents/guardians and bring it with you to your audition.
Prepare! Well, actually, you don’t need to prepare anything! However, this show features a lot of music – both sung and instrumental – if you would like, please prepare about 1 min of a song to showcase your talents. Do not worry about style or genre, just bring something that you enjoy singing or playing 🙂
Show up! Please come in clothing and footwear in which you can move comfortably — we will be doing some physical work as well as cold readings of scenes from the play.
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.
About Our Director
Ms. Anne Slotnick, a WHS graduate of the class of 2004, is thrilled to return to Weston High in the role of Drama Director. Prior to coming to Weston, Ms. Slotnick spend eight years teaching various Theater, Film, and Speech classes at Westborough High School, where she also directed the co-curricular theater company, Center Stage. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theater and English Literature from Colgate University, as well as a Master’s of Arts in Theater Education from Emerson College. Outside of school, Ms. Slotnick participates as a board member for Weston Drama Workshop, and in the summers serves as the Assistant Director of Senior Camp at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Tri-Presidents: Ryan Hayes, V.J. Rougeau, Ben Sher
Hair and Make-up: Ryan Aldrich
Vice President for Crew and Management: Leah LeBaron
Vice President for Lights and Sound: Sadie Noone
Vice President for Set/Prop/Shop: Jonathan Enfield
Theater Company Highlights 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 (so far)
Last November, Theater Company presented Shakespeare’s As You Like It in front of three large and enthusiastic audiences. Our work together included “on location” rehearsals in the woods as well as our usual process.
In January of 2017, Theater Company presented the one-act play That Thing You Do With Your Tongue by local playwright Robert Murphy at the Emerson College Theater Festival. All three actors in the production won acting awards and the student director received and award for excellence in directing.
In March of 2017, Theater Company wrote and performed the original play The Undiscovered Country. We also hosted the Massachusetts Theater Celebration of seven schools and performed The Undiscovered Country at the celebration. Five of our student actors won awards for their performances, and our techies won awards for lighting and sound design.
Later in March, we performed The Undiscovered Country at the Mass Collaborative Festival. At that event, three actors received awards for their performances, and our techies won awards for costume design, lighting design, and sound design, and the entire writing/acting ensemble won a special judge’s award for the creation of the play. In addition, Weston won the coveted Stage Manager’s Award as the most positive, effective, and professional of the nine schools participating.
In May, Theater Company performed the epic Les Misérables in front of packed houses. More than 70 students worked on the production.
In June, Theater Company held its annual “Act V” event—an evening including and end-of-year dinner and performances—at the Weston Rec Center.
Also in June, many Theater Company members participated in the Ether Day June Academy course co-taught by Erica Cole and John Minigan, researching the first uses of ether as a surgical anesthetic, in preparation for the first production of the 2017-2018 year.
In October, Theater Company presented Ether Day, an original play commissioned by the Anesthesia History Society and devised by the cast, at the Ninth International Symposium on the History of Anesthesia in Boston. Theater Company also presented the play at Weston High.
Later in October, members of Theater Company traveled to Boston’s Opera House to see a production of the Broadway musical Fun Home and participate in an exclusive post-show conversation with the music director and members of the cast.
In November, Theater Company presented the Ten-Minute Play Festival, a collection of twelve short plays by seven award-winning Boston playwrights, directed by 11 students. The plays were presented in an intimate setting on the Weston High Stage, with most of the Boston playwrights in attendance.
As November ends, Theater Company is currently casting for this year’s winter play, to be devised by the acting ensemble, and preparing for this year’s participation in the Emerson College Festival and this year’s spring musical, Godspell.
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