Weston 101 returns to fill winter evenings

WESTON — The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company's "Weston 101," a series of entertaining and interactive classes in anticipation of the productions in its 2017 season, returns for its second year with reduced prices and an array of artists participating live and via video link.

Hosted by Weston Director of Education/Artistic Associate Piper Goodeve and featuring artists from the theatre's summer productions, Weston 101 will be held on select Thursday evenings in January, February, and March in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester and live streaming via your home computer. Engage with members of the upcoming productions, such as Directors Michael Berresse, Malcolm Ewen, Tim Fort, and Steve Stettler, Actor Susan Haefner, Musical Director Larry Pressgrove, Choreographer Michael Raine, and more to be announced.

"Last year's inaugural series was a great success, with dozens of class members joining us both live and online," said Goodeve. "We've reduced the price this year to reach even more theatre lovers, and registration can be done online 24/7 via our website." Participants can take individual sessions or the entire series at a discount, with access to online materials, an optional reading list, and archived video of all classes.

Each 90-minute session will include an introduction to the play and playwright(s), live reading and listening, informal discussion, and Q&A. Guest artists talk about their visions of the plays and their parts in bringing them to life. Best of all... no homework, no tests, no grades, and you can take any class you want from the comfort of your own home.

As a special bonus, all Weston 101 participants are invited for a class reunion in the summer, including a post-show talk back, a private backstage tour, and a sneak peek at Weston's new second stage, slated to open in the fall of 2017. Weston 101 is sponsored by the Northshire Bookstore and offered in partnership with Burr and Burton Academy and the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning.

Dates and times: Jan. 19 (Buyer and Cellar), Feb. 2 (Tenderly), Feb. 16 (Lost in Yonkers), March 2 (Once), March 16 (The Music Man), March 30 (Long Day's Journey into Night). All classes from are 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Location: Hunter Seminar Room, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, and live streaming with password provided for all class members.

Cost: $20/person for individual sessions, $100/person for all six sessions. Group/couple rates also available.

Registration: www.westonplayhouse.org or contact Director of Education/Artistic Associate Piper Goodeve at pgoodeve@westonplayhouse.org

For further information about Weston 101 and Weston's 2017 season, visit westonplayhouse.org.


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