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Wellesley Theatre Project Presents Miscast: A Musical Cabaret April 29th-30th at the WTP West Studio


Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) will
present MISCAST: A Musical Cabaret on Saturday April 29th at 5pm and Sunday April 30th at
2pm and 5pm, featuring students from the audition-only touring group, IMPACT! Admission is
$15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. The cabaret will take place at the WTP studio,
located at 98R Central St. in Wellesley. Tickets can be purchased online or at the studio.

IMPACT! is comprised of students ranging from 2nd grade through 10th grade who demonstrate advanced performance skills and leadership. The current students come from the Wellesley, Natick, Waban, and Concord communities. The group’s mission is for the students to engage in their local and global communities through outreach by addressing important social values through dramatic performance.

MISCAST: A Musical Cabaret will take traditional musical theatre selections and perform them untraditionally! Join us for solo and group performances with singing and dancing, appropriate for all ages, as well as original monologues written and performed by the students.

The group is led by Hannah Shihdanian, WTP’s Director of Community Outreach/Resident
Choreographer; and Eric Anderson Jr., Music Director. Hannah Shihdanian, director of the cabaret,says, “We chose the theme of Miscast because we think it’s important as actors, to imagine what itwould be like to walk in someone else’s shoes. These are also roles that some of these kids willnever get to play anywhere else!”

Wellesley Theatre Project is an arts academy and a Wellesley nonprofit devoted to providing
students (PreK – 12th Grade) with the opportunity to study and experience theatre and performing arts through year round classes, staged productions, workshops and summer camps.

Registration is open for WTP’s 2017 Summer Camps. Sessions include three production camps
geared for students between 2nd and 12th grade in addition to one week Theatre Arts camps for PreK- 12th grade. The production camps are: The Lion King Jr. (Grades 2-8), Peter Pan (Grades 2-12), and Chicago (Grades 8-12).

For more information about the organization and the class offerings, please visit the website,
www.wellesleytheatreproject.org or call 781-235-1550

OUT MetroWest Names Interim Executive Director Sawyer Bethel, LICSW to Succeed Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis

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The OUT MetroWest Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Sawyer Bethel, LICSW has been named Interim Executive Director of OUT MetroWest. A member of the Board since 2015 and a partner in the organization’s work since 2013, Bethel is deeply committed to LGBTQ youth and the greater community.

A licensed social worker, Bethel was most recently a Program Supervisor and in-home therapist for community-based services at Boston GLASS (GLBTQ Adolescent Social Services), through the Justice Resource Institute. Bethel began working with OUT MetroWest in 2013 as a volunteer adult advisor for WAGLY, a peer-led, adult-supported program for LGBTQ high school youth, and has sat on the Board of Directors since 2015, serving as a member of the Finance Committee.

SBethelPortrait“We’ve learned firsthand how well Sawyer is able manage multiple leadership tasks with energy, humor, and compassion,” said Donna Tambascio, Board Chair. “We’re confident that Sawyer will lead our tremendous staff and volunteers to build on our short but impactful history of enriching the LGBTQ community in MetroWest through programming, education, and advocacy.”

As Interim Executive Director, Bethel will help ensure that the organization’s mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, fundraising, and community outreach, including educating the community about sexuality and gender while advocating for a more just and compassionate world.

“Ensuring that LGBTQQ+ youth and their families have strong community ties and programs that support their education and well-being is a passion of mine,” said Bethel. “I’m excited that now I’ll be able to more deeply help navigate OUT MetroWest in service to these resilient and amazing youth, in collaboration with a dynamic team, a dedicated Board, and committed donors.”

Jack Lewis, OUT MetroWest’s inaugural Executive Director, was elected State Representative for the 7th Middlesex District serving Ashland and South Framingham last fall and was sworn in this past January. Bethel will officially take the post April 25, 2017, for a term to be determined.

In addition to WAGLY, OUT MetroWest offers Umbrella, a trans-facilitated program for transgender and gender non-conforming high school youth; Nexus, a first-in-the-Commonwealth program for LGBTQ and allied middle school youth; and newer drop-in and LGBTQ family activities. OUT MetroWest began to operate youth programs in 2011 and became an independent not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2015.


Wellesley College Concert Series Events April 18-30

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