Weston Drama Workshop was founded in 1962 and incorporated in 1963. The purpose of the new drama venture was and continues to be “…to foster and develop interest in and appreciation of the performing arts…” Early 1960’s programs were planned for serious drama, designed for high school and college age members. The first season had about twenty-eight participants. This small, enthusiastic group produced three shows: The TempestThe Miser, and Hansel and Gretel. Performances were held at the Brook School in Building A auditorium.

In 1963 productions moved to the Country School Courtyard, and theater under the stars began. In 1966 members produced the first musical, The King and I, and a program for middle school age members began with The Red Shows. Enrollment soared to 253 in 1975. Musicals had come to Weston! In 1977 productions moved to Weston High School. Along with musicals, drama pieces continued to thrive with Shakespeare plays and popular theater pieces such as Arsenic and Old Lace.

Through fifty-plus years, members have participated both on-stage and off-stage. Technical theater programs with professionally led workshops offered hands-on practice in carpentry and artistry for scenery, lighting and sound design, costumes, make-up, and hair styling. Performance workshops in dance, choral singing, and drama along with other specialty areas have consistently been included.

In 1994 Workshop moved to Regis College and presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Tower Gardens. Indoors, West Side StoryRagtime, and Children of Eden were presented on the main stage while smaller dramatic pieces were performed in Black Box Theater.

Throughout our history Weston Drama Workshop has had steady growth and expansion while remaining true to its original purpose. The future holds promise to continue the tradition “…to foster and develop interest in and appreciation of the performing arts.”

2016

Cinderella
Evita
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
Pippin
The Tempest

2015

Into The Woods
Pinocchio
The Secret In The Wings
The Wizard of Oz
Urinetown: The Musical

2014

Chicago
Godspell
Two Gentlemen of Verona: The Musical
Arsenic and Old Lace
Stuart Little

2013

How to Succeed in Business…
Almost, Maine
Blood Brothers
Shrek The Musical
James and the Giant Peach

2012

Les Miserables
42nd Street
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
The Illusion
Fabulous Fable Factory
50th Anniversay Revue

2011

Oklahoma!
The Who’s TOMMY
Bye Bye Birdie
Wiley and the Hairy Man

2010

Children of Eden
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
HONK!
Alice in Wonder Tierra

2009

Hello, Dolly!
A Chorus Line
Once On This Island
Charlotte’s Web

2008

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Bat Boy: The Musical
Seussical the Musical

2007

Steel Pier
Dancing at Lughnasa
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
New Beginnings: 45th Anniversary Review

2006

Ragtime
Twelfth Night
Once Upon A Matress

2005

West Side Story
Songs for a New World
The Music Man

2004

Can-Can
Blithe Spirit
Children of Eden

2003

Dear World
Black Box Cabaret
The Wizard of Oz

2002

Camelot
Stepping Out
HONK!
40th Anniversay Review

2001

Carousel
Annie

2000

A Little Night Music
The Philadelphia Story
Bye Bye, Birdie

1999

Grease
The House of Blues Leaves
Once Upon A Mattress

1998

Chess
Arcadia
Schoolhouse Rock Live!

1997

West Side Story
Marvin’s Room
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

1996

Merrily We Roll Along
Comedy of Errors
Babes in Toyland

1995

Into the Woods
Much Ado About Nothing
The Hobbit

1994

Working
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Wizard of Oz

1993

Oklahoma!
As You Like It
Tom Sawyer

1992

Fiddler on the Roof
Annie
Together Again: 30th Anniversary Review

1991

Merrily We Roll Along
Cinderella

1990

Sweet Charity
The Pied Piper of Hamlin

1989

Anything Goes
Alice in Wonderland

1988

South Pacific
Oliver

1987

The Pirates of Penzance
Don’t Drink the Water
Hans Christian Andersen

1986

Bye Bye, Birdie
Pippin
Peter Pan

1985

Annie Get Your Gun
A Mime Presentation
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

1984

The Music Man
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Pinocchio

1983

The Sound of Music
Once Upon A Mattress
Hansel and Gretel

1982

Carousel
Gala 20th Year Review
The Wizard of Oz

1981

The Merry Widow
Tartuffe
Pirates of Penzance

1980

Brigadoon
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
H.M.S. Pinafore

1979

Mame
Come Blow Your Horn
Rip Van Winkle

1978

The Student Prince
Arsenic and Old Lace
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1977

Kismet
Dames at Sea
Babes in Toyland

1976

Oklahoma!
Dark of Moon
Tom Sawyer

1975

Damn Yankees
The Night of January 16th
Peter Pan

1974

Plain and Fancy
The Devil’s Disciple
Rumpelstiltskin

1973

Bye Bye, Birdie
An Italian Straw Hat
The Wizard of Oz

1972

Carousel
Our Town
Hansel and Gretel

1971

Guys and Dolls
Bring it all Back Home
The Hobbit
Chamber Music
Last Gasps
Lollipops

1970

Fiorello!
Madame Butterfly
Treasure Island
The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch

1969

Kiss Me Kate
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Jack and the Beanstalk

1968

Can-Can
Galileo
Tom Sawyer

1967

The Sound of Music
Caine Mutiny
Toad Hall
Court-Martial

1966

The King and I
Much Ado About Nothing
The Red Shoes

1965

Enerico IV
The Winter’s Tale
Caesar and Cleopatra

1964

Zoo Story
The Lesson
Escurial
Arms and the Man
The Merchant of Venice

1963

Tartuffe
Home of the Brave
Othello

Incorporated 1963
The Weston Drama Workshop, Inc.

 

Pre-Incorporation 1962
The Weston Summer Workshop
A Trial Season

The Tempest
The Miser
Hansel and Gretel