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
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
2014 Season at a Glance
June 26 – July 12
Set in a vintage record store, this new musical comedy by Broadway composer Paul Gordon follows struggling storeowner Harrison and his quirky co-worker, Rodeo Girl, when a mysterious customer makes them a devilish offer they can’t refuse.
July 17 – July 26
This hilarious and timely comedy is set in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where three middle-aged siblings grapple with their lives in the company of a soothsaying cleaning woman, a sexy boy toy, and a star-struck ingénue.
The legendary Broadway musical
This blockbuster musical provides stirring glimpses into the lives of a group of dancers auditioning for spots in a Broadway chorus line. With its show-stopping songs, jaw-dropping dances, and heartfelt stories, this is the show for anyone who has ever dreamed about life in the theatre! Hits include “What I Did for Love” and “One.”
A fresh take on a modern classic
When an aging professor returns with his beautiful young wife to his family’s country estate, tempers flare and passions are ignited. Remaining true to the brilliance of Chekhov’s wistful comedy, award-winning playwright Annie Baker’s acclaimed new translation will be set in contemporary Vermont in this exciting new production of a timeless favorite.
June 19 – July 12
“Then I’ll huff and puff and blow your house in.” You know the story. Now come see Weston’s talented Young Company of Broadway hopefuls in a delightful new musical version by the composers of Mary Poppins that is sure to bring down the house.
July 24 – August 3
In this riveting drama, Obie-winning actress and playwright Dael Orlandersmith takes us on a remarkable tour of New York City by embodying a gallery of intriguing characters – from the everyman to the extraordinary – all from a single uptown stoop.
August 14 – September 7
If you saw the prequel, you know you’re in for a great time! It’s Graduation Day in 1958, and ten years later in this infectious, family-friendly show featuring a quartet of lovely ladies singing a dazzling set of songs. Favorites include “Rock Around the Clock,” “At the Hop,” and “River Deep, Mountain High.”
Come back and re-visit our website soon – as more information about each production is unveiled. And mark your calendar:
Tickets go on sale May 1st.
Presents the East Coast Premiere of The Secret Garden
In January 2015, Opera Theatre of Weston (OTW) will present the East Coast premiere of The Secret Garden by composer Nolan Gasser with lyrics by Carey Harrison. The new opera, which is based on the beloved children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and is geared to the entire family, made its debut at the San Francisco Opera in 2013. Acquiring the rights to present The Secret Garden is quite a coup for the company. The stunning scenic projections created by designer Naomi Kremer which were used for the original SFO production will be adapted especially for OTW. Three full-length performances of The Secret Garden will be performed at the Weston Playhouse on Saturday and Sunday January 10 and 11 at 2 pm, and at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre on Sunday January 4 at 2 pm. More than 2,700 school children will attend six daytime school shows of a specially condensed and narrated one hour version of the opera. The professional cast, including soloists from the Metropolitan Opera, The Houston Opera and Washington National Opera, features a number of favorites from past OTW productions. The Secret Garden marks the fourteenth annual Opera in Winter produced by OTW.
When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of mysterious and unsettling secrets. Her uncle Archibald spends little time at the huge mansion, but at night she hears the sound of someone crying down one of the long dark corridors. The gardens surrounding the odd property are Mary’s escape and she explores every inch of them – all except for the mysterious walled-in, locked garden. Then Mary discovers the key, and she unlocks a hidden world where unexpected friendships and a new life bloom.
Schedule of performances
1/4/15 Paramount Theatre, Rutland Public matinee (2:00)
1/5/15 Paramount Theatre, Rutland School matinee (10:00)
1/7/15 Weston Playhouse 2 school shows (9:15 & 10:45)
1/8/15 Weston Playhouse 2 school shows (9:15 & 10:45)
1/9/15 Weston Playhouse 1 school show (10:00)
1/10/15 Weston Playhouse Public matinee (2:00)
1/11/15 Weston Playhouse Public matinee (2:00)
For further information, go to www.operatheatreofweston.com
On Sunday August 24 from 7 – 9 pm, OTW and Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning (GMALL) will present a lecture by composer Nolan Gasser on his new opera, The Secret Garden. San Francisco Opera scenic designer, Naomie Kremer, will talk about the stunning video projections in the original debut at SFO that will be specially adapted for this production. They will be joined by members of the OTW creative team, and cast members who will sing excerpts from the opera.
The lecture entitled “The Making of The Secret Garden” will be held at the Riley Center, Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester. Tickets are $15 online in advance; $20 at the door. Contact Gloria Palmer at Gloria.firstname.lastname@example.org , phone 802/867-0111 or click on http://www.greenmtnacademy.org/calendarinfoview.php?event_id=667 for more information and to purchase tickets.