Playhouse offers ‘Weston 101’ ed program in-person and online

logo colorIn anticipation of its 80th performance season, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is launching “Weston 101” in February.

This groundbreaking educational program will bring the excitement of the summer productions into the off-season with a series of Thursday evening classes held in the Hunter Seminar Room of Burr and Burton Academy, 57 Seminary Ave. in Manchester.

For those who can’t attend in person, classes will also be broadcast via live-stream to participants’ laptops and home computers.

Led by Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler, a popular lecturer here and abroad during Weston’s annual London Theatre Tour, the 90-minute classes will cover six of Weston’s summer shows, with special guests from each production.

Participants can sign up for individual sessionsor subscribe to the entire series. “No gr ades, no tests, no homework – just the joy of delving into six great plays and musicals with the artists who will be bringing them to life on Weston’s stages,” says Stettler.

Each session will include an introduction to the play and playwright(s), reading and listening, a discussion, and Q&A.  Learn about the history of the plays and why they were chosen for Weston. Hear about the vision, cast and creative teams. Online materials, links and recommended reading (available through Northshire Bookstore) will be posted for those who want to learn even more, and all classes will be archived for future viewing.

Sessions and topics are:

Feb. 11Man of La Mancha;

Feb. 25 – Forever;

March 10Round and Round the Garden;

March 24Mamma Mia!;

April 7Murder for Two;

April 28All My Sons.

Cost of 6-class series is $180; individual classes are $35 each.

This summer, the playhouse will hold a special “Weston 101” post-show talkback with Treat Williams and the cast of Man of La Mancha, accompanied by a private backstage tour.

“Weston 101” is sponsored by Northshire Bookstore and offered in partnership with Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning. To sign up for “Weston 101” and for more information visit or contact Weston Director of Education Piper Goodeve at 802-824-8167 x104 or

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