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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 fourteenth year in 2020, 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. in 2020, lessons will be designed around Seussical, a musical based off of the works of Dr. Seuss. The program ends in Playdate at the Playhouse, a day of family fun on the Weston Green and performance of work from Early Stages classes at the Weston Playhouse.

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 Main Stage. For more information, contact Rachel Liff, Artistic Assocaite/Education Coordinator, at rliff@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 excerptJoin fellow educators from around the state for a day of professional learning in a fun, creative environment. The 2020 Teachers Workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 7 from 9:00am-3:00pm at Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm. Teachers earn professional learning credit and certificates of participation are issued upon completion.

This year's workshop will dive into 2020 School Matinee production, An Iliad, by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, based on Homer's The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles. 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.

Download an informational flyer here and the registration form here.

 

School Matinees

Hundreds 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 2020 School Matinee production will be An Iliadby Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, based on Homer's The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles. Performances are most Tuesdays-Fridays at 10:00am, September 29-October 16. This production is perfect for English, drama, history, and humanaties classes. To learn more about the production, download an informational flyer here. To register for School Matinees, download the registration form here.

For information contact Rachel Liff or call (802) 824-8167 x104.