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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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it always starts with a crazy idea, doesn't it? Five years ago, a Florida transplant moved up north to Wellesley. Her daughter, although happy in the public schools, was missing the vibrant youth theater program she enjoyed in the Sunshine State. So the woman placed a call back to the people who ran the group down south with her crazy idea — why not come on up to Wellesley and establish the same program here? 108 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 C H E R Y L B . S C A PA R R O T TA writer P H O T O G R A P H Y C O U R T E S Y O F J O H N H A R M O N A N D W E L L E S L E Y T H E AT R E P R O J E C T YOUNG THESPIANS RISING "So we came to visit Wellesley several years ago, and we loved it here," recalls Ben Rush, a co-founder of the Wellesley Theatre Project, along with Hillary Drew. Rush and Drew, fellow colleagues in Florida who both have exten- sive backgrounds in the performing arts, moved to the area. They began with baby steps, offering a summer camp theater session only. But the popularity of that camp blossomed into today's cornucopia of year-round classes and productions, two studios, a roster of enthusias- tic youth, and a committed community.

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