AYER — Weston Drama Workshop, a nonprofit youth theater organization in its 59th season, will stage eight productions this month at Regis College, featuring participants entering Grade 6 through age 23.
All eight casts have been rehearsing for these productions since early June, and will perform at the Regis Fine Arts Center through July 31. With over 30 performances in the span of a jam-packed three weeks, Weston Drama Workshop continues its long-standing tradition of providing the MetroWest community and beyond with quality youth theater.
WDW’s younger ensemble — participants in the Morning Program and the Afternoon Program—will perform three productions: Disney’s Descendants: The Musical, a brand-new musical comedy based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies; Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.; and Beware the Jabberwock, a play set in the fantasy world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories. Descendants and The Lion King, Jr. are directed by Aidan O’Hara, while Beware the Jabberwock is directed by Callie Llewellyn.
The program’s older ensemble, ages 14-23, will perform three main stage musicals, one black box play, and one outdoor play. Audiences will travel backwards in time against the backdrop of a moving Sondheim score in Merrily We Roll Along, directed by Nick Oberstein; explore the world of Bikini Bottom in The SpongeBob Musical, based on the popular Nickelodeon series and directed by Chris Brindley; follow a son’s investigation of his father’s larger-than-life tales in Big Fish, based on the acclaimed novel and film and directed by Skylar Grossman; experience Mary Zimmerman’s retelling of Ovid’s myths in Metamorphoses, directed by Tristan Burke; and hear the story of Mowgli and friends in The Jungle Book, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s enchanted tale, performed under the stars and directed by Stephanie Manning. Among the young actors performing in these five productions is Ayer resident Parker Fisher, who will appear as Charley Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along.
Tickets are available at westondramaworkshop.org/online-tickets-home, and questions can be directed to the box office at 781-768-7070. Most performances are held at Regis College’s Fine Arts Center; venues will be at two-thirds capacity, and masks will be required for audience members. The Jungle Book will perform on an outdoor stage elsewhere on the Regis campus.
The performance schedule is as follows:
Disney’s Descendants: The Musical: Saturday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m.; Monday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, July 31 at 10:30 a.m.
Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.: Sunday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m.; Monday, July 26 at 5 p.m.; Wednesday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, July 31 at 1 p.m.
Beware the Jabberwock: Sunday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, July 21 at 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 25 at 2 p.m.; Thursday, July 29 at 5 p.m.
The SpongeBob Musical: Sunday, July 18 at 7 p.m.; Friday, July 23 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 25 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 31 at 8 p.m.
Merrily We Roll Along: Friday, July 16 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, July 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 24 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, July 29 at 8 p.m.
Big Fish: Saturday, July 17 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, July 22 at 8 p.m.; Tuesday, July 27 at 8 p.m.; Friday, July 30 at 8 p.m.
Metamorphoses: Thursday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 24 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, July 28 at 9 p.m.; Friday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.
The Jungle Book: Sunday, July 18 at 8 p.m.; Tuesday, July 20 at 8 p.m.; Friday, July 23 at 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, July 27 at 8:30 p.m.; Friday, July 30 at 8:30 p.m.