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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.

Vermont Young Playwrights Project: Our High School Residency Program

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is honored to work with outstanding young minds at schools throughout Southern Vermont with the Vermont Young Playwrights Program. Our final event will feature six specially selected short plays directed by professional theatre artists and performed by students from the playwrights’ schools. Join us May 14, 2021 at 7pm EST on Zoom to celebrate these students’ hard workFollow this link to watch - we hope to see you there!

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 Stage. For more information, email Reva Stover, Artistic & Education Associate, or call (802) 824-8167 x104. 

THE 2021 YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS' PROJECT FINALISTS:

Springfield High School
Avarita by Angelina Woychosky
The Coffee Shop by Madeline Hill

Arlington High School
Quantum Mech-Antics by Noah Diedrich
Watered-Down Wine by Isabella Ingegneri
The Style Consultation by Audrey Robinson
A Spelling Catastro-Bee by Emma Hoover

Thank you to all the students who participated in the Young Playwrights Project this year! 

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 excerpt

Join fellow educators from around the state for a day of professional learning in a fun, creative environment. The 2021 Teachers Workshop will be held on May 26 from 10:00am-4:00pm via Zoom. Teachers earn professional learning credit and certificates of participation are issued upon completion.

This year's workshop will dive into 2021 School Matinee production, The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall. The show is a playful and moving exploration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., set during the final night of his life. Through a keynote lecture, hands-on workshop, extensive study guide, and discussions with Weston's Artistic/Education staff, teachers will build the knowledge and gain tools to make the text come alive in their classrooms.

Link to the registration form here. Registration opens May 7.

 

School Matinees

Hundreds of students from 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 accompanying study guides and post-show discussions. 

The 2021 School Matinee production will be The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall. The show is a playful and moving exploration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., set during the final night of his life. Performances are most Tuesdays-Fridays at 10:00am, October 5-October 22. This production is perfect for English, drama, history, and humanities classes. 

To register for School Matinees, link to the registration form here. Registration opens August 7 and closes September 17.

For information, email Reva Stover or call (802) 824-8167 x104.