WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

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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students we had a few years ago, and now they're playing the biggest roles in the show," he says. "In some cases, they were dragged by their mothers here to give it a try, and now they're on their seventh or eighth show and applying to college theater programs." A fourth grader says, "What I love about Wellesley Theatre Project is that it's a great place where you get to show off your skills and have a great time." Drew adds enthusiastically, "That's the best part—we get to see kids develop, and it's pretty incredible." Most programming at the Wellesley Theatre Project — summer camps, school vacation camps, and year-round classes — is not audi- tion-based. "Kids simply enroll, and once they do, we figure out where they fit in best," says Drew. "We do, however, have a program called IMPACT, which kids from second to twelfth grade must audition for because we perform shows at public locations and events like senior citizen homes, schools, and parades." 112 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 Young Thespians Rising Summer production camps offer popular shows that are perfect for youngsters, such as Alice in Wonderland, Annie, and Seussical. Yearly offerings include musical theater dance class and improvisational workshops. The littlest thespians (kinder- garteners and first graders) can take an eight-week course during the school year, enticingly called "Theatre in a Trunk." There are two studio locations: "WTP East" is at the Wellesley Community Center on Washington Street, while "WTP West" is found in Wellesley Square on Central Street. Their full-scale productions take place in Ellsworth Theatre at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill. But, as the expression goes, it takes a village. The organization is also composed of theater professionals, degreed educators, and experts

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