The Heart of Southern Vermont’s Arts Scene
At the heart of Southern Vermont’s arts scene is the venerable Weston Playhouse. In 1935, while the Great Depression was raging, Weston-born architect Raymond Austin was putting the finishing touches on a playhouse as testament to the community’s belief in the arts. Home to the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, the Playhouse welcomes locals and visitors to enjoy world-class musicals and dramas throughout the summer theatre season; opera, juried arts and crafts shows, and special events and concerts throughout the balance of the year.
Theatre & Entertainment in Weston, Vermont
World-Class Theatre at The Weston Playhouse
Vermont’s oldest professional theatre company presents a summer season of thrilling musicals, breath-taking dramas and compelling new works on two distinct stages. The Playhouse is home to its major MainStage productions. The Rod and Gun Club is home to its OtherStages program.
While the talent and artistry on Weston’s stages comes straight from New York, Chicago and other renowned theatre hubs, the work is distinctly “home grown.” Weston’s Producing Directors craft each season for a discerning and enthusiastic regional audience. Each show is rehearsed and produced right in the tiny village of Weston. The actors, creative team and technical crew that gather in Weston each summer create a special community of artists. The theatre company has garnered the attention and acclaim of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playbill, The BBC, Variety and countless others. In recent years Weston has expanded its reach by playing an important role in the development of new plays and musicals for the American theatre. With deep roots in its Vermont community, Weston continues to extend its branches into the theatrical firmament. More about the Theatre Company can be found at westonplayhouse.org
2013 MainStage Performance at the Weston Playhouse
June 25 – July 6
by Willy Russell
An comic tale of self-discovery
An endearing working class woman chooses university enrollment over making babies, much to her husband’s chagrin. Rita’s sheer determination and simple wisdom charm her academically jaded tutor. Educating Rita won Britain’s prestigious Olivier Award for Best Comedy and demonstrates with warmth and wit how perseverance pays and how even the best teachers have a thing or two to learn.
Two acts. 2 hours, 10 minutes. Appropriate for ages 14+.
The Pulitzer and Tony-winning rock musical
Soaring and diving on a Tony-winning rock score, Next to Normal peels back the facade of a suburban family dealing with mental illness and other contemporary American struggles. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this emotional story reveals the risks and rewards of being truly alive.
Two acts. 2 hours, 20 minutes. Appropriate for ages 14+.
This Tony-winning musical extravaganza follows Peggy Sawyer, an aspiring chorus girl, as she realizes her dream of opening in a big Broadway musical, only to find herself thrust into the spotlight. With nostalgic favorites like “We’re in the Money” and “Lullaby of Broadway,” 42nd Street will lift your spirits and bring back fond memories of Broadway’s Golden Age.
Two acts. 2 hours, 20 minutes. Appropriate for all ages.
In this American masterpiece based on Harper Lee’s landmark novel, Atticus Finch dares to defend a black man in the 1930s Deep South. Seen through the eyes of Atticus’ tomboy daughter, Scout, the story is loved by millions not only for its focus on social injustice, but also for its genuine warmth and humor. To Kill a Mockingbird will be performed for our summer audiences for the very first time and for Vermont students as part of our celebrated School Matinee program.
Two acts. Two hours, 30 minutes.
2013 Other Stage Performance at the Weston Rod & Gun Club
July 18 – August 4
by Zach Redler & Sara Cooper
A touching musical exploration of what it means to be a family.
Winner of Weston’s 2012 New Musical Award, Loving Leo is the story of David and Lena, whose childless marriage is
re-examined and reaffirmed when they take in Lena’s aging father-in-law. This touching story of an unconventional
American family is beautifully delivered on the words and music of an exciting young writing/composing team.
One act. 1 hour, 25 minutes.
This Blessed Plot
OtherStages in performance at the Weston Rod and Gun Club
August 15 – September 1
by Robert Westfield & Marc Wolf
A new one-man show starring Obie-winner Marc Wolf
The latest work by Obie-winning actor/writer Marc Wolf, who plays Joe Papp, Robert Moses, the Bible’s Moses,
among others, in this smart and funny one-man play about the battle for free Shakespeare in Central Park. Wolf,
who recently toured the country in his Another American: Asking and Telling, co-authored This Blessed Plot
with Robert Westfield, developing it in part at a Weston Artists Retreat.
One act. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
At the Weston Playhouse
Opera Theatre of Weston (OTW) is a non-profit organization devoted to bringing quality opera performances to school children and family audiences throughout southern Vermont. OTW offers professional productions at southern Vermont’s finest regional theatres as well as semi-staged Summer Preview Performances and Vocal Masterclasses featuring artists such as acclaimed baritone Sanford Sylvan and guest conductor from the San Diego Opera, Maestro Karen Keltner. Opera Theatre of Weston offers professional opera for kids and families, educational outreach programs: Opera for kids….with kids and Storybook Opera Project
Private vocal studio – all levels call 802-824-3821, or email firstname.lastname@example.org