Auditions

Auditions are a way for the producing staff to get to know the group of participants and to cast the show. During auditions, participants sing a song they have prepared and are taught a short movement segment which they perform in a group. Weston Drama Workshop auditions are as relaxed and fun as can be. The participants support each other and it is a positive experience for all. Audition details are sent in advance to the participants.
No, participants do not need to audition to be cast in the show. Participants who do not audition will be cast in ensemble roles. Every role in the show is critical to its success and there are many opportunities to sing, dance, and act for everyone.
All you need to prepare is one musical theater song. Please prepare the whole song, and we will hear as much as we need to. Generally this will be a 32 bar cut. However, sometimes, we may want to hear the whole song if there are not many people in your audition slot. If you don't have a song, no worries, we can teach you something to hear your voice.

For PM Auditions, we will be giving you a reading from The Children's Hour or West Side Story. Please be familiar with the plays ahead of time.

For AM Auditions you may have a reading from the School of Rock script if time permits. AM Audition callbacks will contain an instrumental portion. Please do not bring instruments to the initial audition.
Please bring sheet music for our accompanist. Please do not sing a cappella. Please bring dance clothes/shoes (or sneakers) to change into for the dance call. Girls, character shoes would work best for night show call. Please do not bring instruments to the initial audition.
Weston Community Center, 20 Alphabet Lane, Weston, MA.

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May 15 at 7 PM, and May 18 at 7 PM, and May 20 at 4 PM. Evening Show participants are placed in one of the three shows.
May 20 at 10 AM and 1 PM, and May 21 at 10 AM. Participants who wish to audition need only come to one audition time. Your child may be asked to come for a callback later that same weekend. If a participant is needed for a callback, he/she will receive a call from a producer in advance.
June, at the end of the first week of rehearsals.

 

Morning & Afternoon Programs

For rising-5th through rising-9th graders

Our Morning Program begins on June 19, 2017 (subject to change due to snow days) and all programs end on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

Our Afternoon Program begins the week of June 19, 2017 (hours are abbreviated in the first week).

Also, our Evening Program starts on June 5, 2017.
Rehearsal hours are from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Monday through Friday for the Morning Program. Yes, pack lunch for your child. Performances are held the final week of the program. The Morning Program performs 5 times during this week (both matinees and evening performances). During the week leading up to the performances, rehearsals are extended. You will receive specific information once rehearsals start.

Rehearsal hours are 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm for the Afternoon Theater Intensive (with abbreviated hours in the first week – see above). The Afternoon Theater Intensive will have two performances at Regis College and three performances at local camps and senior centers.
All rehearsals and performances take place on the campus of Regis College – 235 Wellesley Street in Weston. Performances are held at the Regis Fine Arts Center at the Eleanor Welch Casey Theatre mainstage and black box. This beautiful venue is equipped with advanced lighting, audio, and staging technologies.

The Afternoon Theater Intensive rehearses at Regis College and two performances are held at Regis. Other venues for performances vary since it is a traveling show, which is an important part of the learning experience for our participants.
The tuition for the Morning Program is $900. The tuition for the Afternoon Theater Intensive is $725.
Any middle schooler with an interest in theatre and a desire to work in a group to create something special would enjoy our Morning and Afternoon Programs. Our performers have all levels of experience and everyone is supported and welcome to be part of the process of putting on a show! The number of participants in the Morning Program varies depending on the show choice. Usually the number is approximately 50 participants. The Afternoon Theater Intensive is limited to 20. These programs fill quickly and waiting lists are maintained.
Both the Morning Program and the Afternoon Theater Intensive are geared for participants in middle school (entering grades 5 – 9).

The Morning Program is a larger scale musical production – it is performed on the Main Stage at Regis with professionally designed sets, a full orchestra, a choreographer, and over 50 participants. The Morning Program show selection is a full-length Broadway musical. There’s nothing like the feeling of being part of something grand!

The Afternoon Theater Intensive is our Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) production. It is a smaller scale production, with only 20 participants, and a set that is designed to be mobile. The Afternoon Theater Intensive production is a traveling show, as the cast and crew goes to various local venues (nursing homes, camps, recreation centers) to perform. A great deal of teamwork and camaraderie is fostered as a result.
Yes! Your child can definitely participate in both programs and many children and parents choose this option.

 

Evening Program

The Evening Program is designed for students entering Grade 9 through age 23. Rehearsals are on Sunday through Thursday evenings. The Evening Program focuses on scene study, character development, movement, voice, music theory, and fundamentals of dance while rehearsing for elaborately mounted productions. The Evening Program typically produces 3 shows in one season with a combination of straight plays and musicals performed either on the Main Stage or in the Black Box theater.
This summer we will be performing 5 shows. Here is the exciting lineup for Weston Drama Workshop’s 55th Season –

  Morning Program
-School of Rock – Directed by Aidan O’Hara

Afternoon Program
-Freckleface Strawberry – Directed by Katie Brobst

Evening Program
-West Side Story – Directed by Chris Brindley
-Billy Elliot – Directed by Skylar Grossman
-The Children’s Hour – Directed by Rebecca Bradshaw.
Auditions are a way for the producing staff to get to know the group of participants and to cast the show. During the auditions participants sing a song they have prepared (please bring along sheet music for our accompanist) and are taught a short movement segment which they perform in a group (please bring comfortable dance shoes). Weston Drama Workshop auditions are as relaxed and fun as can be. The participants support each other and it is a positive experience for all. Audition details are sent in advance to the participants.

Auditions will be held at the Weston Community Center, 20 Alphabet Lane, Weston, MA.

Auditions for this year’s Morning Program, will take place on May 20 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and May 21 at 10:00 am. Participants who wish to audition need only come to one audition time. Your child may be asked to come for a callback later that same weekend; If a participant is needed for a callback, he/she will receive a call from a producer in advance.

Participants do not need to audition to be cast in the show. Participants who do not audition are cast in ensemble roles. Every role in the show is critical to its success and there are many opportunities to sing, dance, and act for everyone.

Auditions for this year’s Afternoon Theater Intensive production occur at the end of the first week of rehearsals.

Auditions for the Evening Program will take place on May 15 and May 18 at 7:00 pm, and May 20 at 4:00 pm. Evening Show participants are placed in one of the three shows.
Our professional staff includes experienced and talented directors, music directors, assistant directors, choreographers, stage managers, scenic designers, lighting designers, costume designers, sound designers and technical staff. Many staff members have been working with Weston Drama for years- some for several decades!
Cast members will be exposed to various aspects of theatre production, i.e., basic stage terms and safety, stage presence, character development, dance, basic music theory, movement, and voice. Everyone learns the power of working together as a team to create something special and the magic of preparing and then performing for an audience.
Stage Managers provide frequent communication with participants throughout the season with program specific emails. Producers send emails that are pertinent to the entire Weston Drama Workshop community. During rehearsal hours the box office is staffed by a board member who is available to answer any questions. You will always feel “in the know” about what is happening during the season.
It is very important to communicate any planned absences from rehearsals to the artistic staff at the audition. Accommodations can be made with advanced notice. Otherwise, daily attendance is required in all our programs so that we can produce the most professional shows possible. Attendance during tech week and during all of the performances is mandatory.
The quality of the production is unlike any you’ve seen for the age-group of the performers. It is supported by professional directors, music directors with a full size orchestra and high quality sets and costumes. Each show has 5 public performances during the final week of Workshop.
There may be a cost associated with purchasing makeup, appropriate footwear, and some incidental costume pieces. Otherwise, there are no additional fees beyond tuition and the cost of tickets to the performances.
Tech week is the week leading up to the performances. Rehearsal times are extended and during the week participants put the final touches on the show, rehearse with the orchestra, work with lighting, and have a final dress rehearsal.
We offer a Theatre Internship Program (for students Grade 11 through college). This is an unpaid internship in one of the following areas: Theatre Administration, Stage Management, Choreography, Marketing, Directing, Costumes, Scenic, Lighting, Sound, Props, and Scenic Painting. Interns are selected through an application process
There are many chances to help! Parents can serve as ushers, sell flowers during the show, assist with publicity, sew costumes, work backstage and more! Volunteer coordinators contact parents early in the season to let them know the opportunities available.
This year we are celebrating our 55th season and we want you to be a part of it!
Registration is easy! Click on the Register Now button below and mail in your forms as programs fill up quickly!
Just email westondramaworkshop.info@gmail.com and you will receive a prompt response to your questions. We hope you join us this season!