The Weston High Theater Company has received a commission to create a new play to be performed at the Ninth International Symposium on the History of Anesthesia. We proudly announce our October production of Ether Day, an original play devised by the acting ensemble.
Ether Day tells both the unexpectedly convoluted story of the first use of ether as a surgical anesthetic and the story of dentist, con artist, and medical entrepreneur William T.G. Morton—the man who made modern surgery possible and extended the human lifespan by doing so, but who also was the progenitor of medicine-for-profit.
Ether Day will premiered on October 26, 2017 at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston as part of the Ninth International Symposium on the History of Anesthesia.
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.
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.
Mr. John Minigan, WHS Drama teacher, theater company advisor, and playwright, has made many contributions to developing student talent as well as to the theater-going public. Mr. Minigan’s plays are published in Best American Short Plays 2015-2016, Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2016, and the New England New Play Anthology.
John Minigan’s full-length comedy Noir Hamlet will have its premiere in Boston in June, produced by Centastage at the Boston Center for the Arts. Its second production is scheduled for Newburyport’s Actors’ Studio in November 2018. His full-length Queen of Sad Mischance, developed in a year-long fellowship at New Repertory Theatre, will have additional readings at […]
The Weston High Theater Company presents The Ten-Minute Play Festival November 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm In an intimate setting on the stage at Weston High School Join us for twelve student-directed plays (eight per night) by award-winning Boston playwrights. The evening features works by Brandon M. Crose, Patrick Gabridge, Walt McGough, John […]
Lauren Moran The curtain will go up on the musical Les Miserables next weekend at WHS, but the production of this classic work will be unlike what the audience may remember from the book or movie. Senior Elizabeth Cuzzzupoli plays Fantine, a young French, working woman who endures a tragic loss of innocence in the […]
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