In West Side Story, the hero Tony sings, “Somethin’s comin’, Somethin’ good.” That could describe what is happening with Weston 101. Steve Stettler, one of the producing directors at Weston Playhouse, is initiating a new program that should brighten up the winter months while we wait for the summer season plays to arrive. Starting in February, Steve will be presenting a series of ninety minute classes at Burr and Burton in Manchester. Those who enroll can either go to the class or, if it is stormy outside, they can stay home nice and cozy and watch it on their laptops or computers. There are six classes, one for each of the summer productions, which will have guests from the production, videos and other materials, all of which will be archived for further viewing. Students in class or at home will be able to ask questions and discuss the plays with Steve and his guests. This is an exciting blend of new technology, such as Skype, enriching the magical world of live theatre.
The schedule is February 11 Man of La Mancha, February 25 Forever, March 10 Round and Round the Garden, March 24 Mamma Mia!, April 7 Murder for Two, and April 28 All My Sons, 7:00- 8:30 pm. Then, in the summertime, a special “Weston 101” post-show talkback with Treat Williams and the cast of Man of La Mancha, accompanied by a private backstage tour. Students can sign up for one class or for all six. To sign up or find out more about this unique program, go online to www.westonplayhouse.org or call 802-824-8167 x104
Bob and I had the pleasure of talking with Steve about this exciting new program. As Steve said, no grades, no homework, no tests, just a lot of fun.