WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

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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opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town gree ally, in ways I never would have imagined possible. It is there that I performed such roles as King Pellinore in Camelot and Joseph in Joseph…, conducted such scores as West Side Story and Children of Eden, and finally directed and music directed a full-scale pro- duction of Honk! What a thrill. I have learned almost everything I know about musical the- ater, music direction, acting, singing, dancing, auditioning, performing, directing, teaching, and leading from my time with WDW. I have been and continue to be inspired each and every summer. But the stellar performances, the excellent facilities, and the first-rate, all-around profes- sional theatrical experiences I've experienced from both sides of the WDW casting table are nothing compared to the people who make it all happen. The passion, energy, and vitality of those die-hard WDW fans — participants, staff, parents, volunteers, designers, and board members, to name a few — are contagious and unparalleled in the field. I jump out of bed each morning with such excitement as I rush to Regis College to spend the day with them. I have never known a more talented, committed, wholehearted, generous, caring, fun, successful group of thespians. Their work ethic stems from a genuine love of the theatre and an unrelenting desire to provide young people with a truly awesome drama work- shop that cannot be found elsewhere. Everyone plays an integral role in the process. Creativity abounds. Volunteers flow out of the woodwork. It is such a pleasure to work in an environment where no one ever expects any- thing short of excellence. It's really no wonder that the program expands each season, no matter what shows are put on. I always feel an extreme sense of pride to be a part of it all. This summer is a particularly special one for WDW: it's our 50th Anniversary year, and thus the opportunity for celebration will be abundant. In addition to our usual season offer- ings, we will also produce a Gala commemorating 50 golden years of wonderful memories. Alumni of all ages are welcome back to reconnect, reminisce, and perform together again. So come check us out! Our season features You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown!, 42nd Street, Les Misérables, The Fabulous Fable Factory, and The Illusion. If you'd like to be on stage or join the technical theatre program, registration is now open! Auditions will be held May 14 to 20, and performances will run July 19 to 29. Visit www.westondramaworkshop.org for more details, or call 781.893.1896. And if you're over the age of 23, we're constantly looking for people to help with the insane logistics of mounting five fully staged productions in one month's time. I guarantee that you will be glad you found us. WDW changed my life, and it could easily change yours. 29 summer 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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