As a summer program for over 50 years, Weston Drama Workshop offers performers and audiences an array of options to enjoy and experience live theater.   While originally a program limited to high school and college students, WDW also offers a musical theater program for middle school students (known as the “morning program”) and a traveling theater program for young audiences.

The night shows engage high school and college students in the challenge of presenting main stage musicals and a black box theater production. WDW is a summer tradition that begins with rehearsals in mid June and challenges the participant community to deliver high quality choral arrangements, dance choreography and solo performance.

With a program geared for middle school, high school and college age performers, WDW offers a unique opportunity for participants to learn from one another and take their craft to new levels under the guidance of WDW’s talented staff. Over the season, WDW inspires over 200 participants, volunteers, board members and theater staff members to offer over 20 fully staged productions over a 10-day period at the end of July.

Morning Program

Designed for students entering Grade 5 through entering Grade 9. Rehearsal Hours: 9:00 am–1:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

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.

  • Daily attendance is required.
  • Hours are extended during tech week.
  • Students should bring a bag lunch.

 

Afternoon Program

Designed for students entering Grade 5 through Grade 9. Rehearsal Hours: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday in the Black Box Theatre.

Participants will receive focused training on topics ranging from acting theory and ensemble building to guided monologue and scene work. In their five weeks together, participants will learn what it means to own every aspect of their craft. Between developing the young actor through curricular experiences, and staging a play, each participant will leave a stronger theater artist and with a firm understanding of the inner workings of an acting company. 

Participants will additionally be cast in a one-act play and perform five times.

Evening Program

Designed for Students entering Grade 9 through age 23. Rehearsal Hours: 6:30pm-10:30pm, Sunday through Thursday.

The Evening program focuses on scene study, character development, movement, voice, music theory, and fundamentals of dance while rehearsing for elaborately mounted productions.

  • Daily attendance is required.
  • Friday evening rehearsals will be added when needed.
  • During Tech Week actors in shows on the main stage must be available to rehearse between the hours of 1PM and 11PM, with shows alternating rehearsal schedules each day.