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School Programs

Building Skills and a Love of Live Performance.

Born out of and dedicated to its community, Weston Playhouse has a long history of valuing education and outreach. This connection with our neighbors and friends is part of who we are as a company, and it begins with introducing children to the joy of theatre through our exciting School Programs. Teamwork, self-confidence, and empathy are all part of engaging with theatre as a child, and we strive to grow a curious and well-rounded audience member, from the roots up.

Early Stages: Our Elementary School Residency Program

Entering its twelfth year in 2018, this beloved program gives local elementary school students the opportunity to experience the joy of creating their own theatrical performance, while working alongside professional teaching artists on original and pre-written material. Early Stages uses theatre as a fun and interactive tool to enhance literacy, build confidence, and encourage creativity. The curriculum is also designed to meet Common Core narrative writing standards. 

During the month of May, a Weston teaching artist will work with students and teachers at your school to write, design and perform short plays/scenes, inspired by the family-friendly show that opens our summer season. The 2018 Early Stages program is geared toward 3rd to 5th graders and is focused on the musical Anne of Green Gables by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, based on the classic and beloved novel by Lucy Maude Montgomery. The 2018 residency runs the weeks of May 7th through June 2nd. Please join us on Saturday June 2nd for the Playdate at the Playhouse, a day of family fun on the Weston Green, and a performance of work from Early Stages classes on the Weston Playhouse MainStage.

Playdate at the Playhouse

Vermont Young Playwrights Project: Our High School Residency Program

Each winter, a Weston teaching artist guides high school students in writing their own original one-act plays. Over six weeks, the professional playwright/teaching artist leads three in-school sessions where students learn about dramatic structure and elements of plays, and receive a constructive analysis of their work in a supportive group environment. While all participating students will experience the pride of completing a play, six selected young playwrights will see their work brought to life by experienced actors under professional direction on the Playhouse MainStage. The 2018 Young Playwrights Reading Festival will be on May 17th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. For more information, contact Director of Education/Artistic Associate Piper Goodeve at pgoodeveREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@westonplayhouse.org or (802) 824-8167 x 104. 

Curious about our partners? Click the logos below to check out our partners for Young Playwrights, as well as some great online resources for young writers!

The Vermont Young Playwrights Project may be on set dates, but to keep writing all year long, check out the Young Writers Project, an online community of young writers and mentors, with writing prompts, contests, and more!

Weston's Young Playwrights program is produced in conjunction with the Flynn Center and Vermont Stage Company, and is made possible in part by Creative Connections Arts Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.

 

Teachers Workshop: Held Annually for Teachers in Vermont and Greater New England

Teachers on stage performing an excerptThe 2018 Teachers Workshop will be held at the Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm on Tuesday April 10th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Download the registration form now!

2018 Teachers Workshop: August Wilson's Two Trains Running

The 2018 Teachers Workshop will explore August Wilson and his life and work, and will prepare area teachers for our October School Matinee production of Two Trains Running—the fourth offering in Weston’s multi-year commitment to American Masters.

Join fellow educators from around the state for a day of professional learning in a fun, creative environment. With a keynote address by professor Monica White Ndounou from Dartmouth, a conversation with Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler about the fall production, and an interactive workshop with professional actor and teaching artist Raphael Peacock, the 2018 Teachers Workshop will be an exciting and informative day for all. Teachers earn Professional Learning Credit and Certificates of Participation are issued upon completion.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm. 
Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, 705 Main St, Weston, Vermont
Cost: $65. Includes a professional study guide, coffee, tea, breakfast buffet, and lunch.

SCHOOL MATINEES

More than one thousand students from middle schools, high schools, home schools, and colleges throughout Vermont and greater New England are served each year by our School Matinee program. These special fall performances are made available to school groups at heavily discounted and subsidized prices and are further enhanced by printed study guides and post-show discussions.

The October 2018 School Matinee production of Two Trains Running runs Tuesday through Friday, October 2nd through the 19th at 10 am, and includes a talkback with the cast following each performance. 
 

For information contact Director of Education/Artistic Associate Piper Goodeve at pgoodeveREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@westonplayhouse.org or (802) 824-8167 x 104.