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The Winter 2017 Issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine Is Now Available Online

Get ready for the Holiday Season with the Digital Edition of the Winter 2017 Issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine!

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Wellesley Theatre Project Present, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Jr. November 17-19th at Babson College’s Sorenson Center

Photo 1-Lost in NYC

From Left to Right: Melman (Paige Stephenson), Alex (Leo Harmon, Marty (Thatcher Brown), and Gloria (Marin Grundig) try to read the Subway map while lost in NYC.

Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) will present, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Jr. Friday, November 17 at 5pm and 8pm, and Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19 at 2pm and 5pm. All performances will take place at Babson College’s The Sorenson Center, located at 19 Babson College Drive, Wellesley, MA 02482.  Tickets are priced $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online in advance, or at the door for $18 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

Specially based on the smash hit DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to King Julien’s Madagascar.

Photo 3 -Melman, Alex, Marty, Gloria

From Left to Right: The gang including Melman (Mya Kim), Alex (Nate Madden), Marty (Tessa Barron), and Gloria (Zoe O’Shea) strike a pose at the Central park Zoo!

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins for songs like “I Like to Move It” and “Best Friends” in this musical adventure of a lifetime. Will they make it back home to New York, or will they get eaten by the hungry foosas?

 

Due to a high demand in participation there are two talented casts filled with 50 students between the ages of seven and thirteen that comprise and electric ensemble of ZooKeepers, Zoo Guests, Lemurs, Penguins and other exciting animals. Cast members of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Jr. reside in Wellesley as well as neighboring communities including Auburndale, Natick, Needham, Newton, and Concord.

The Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Jr. production staff includes: Hillary Drew, Director; Luciana Fionda, Choreographer; Eric Anderson Jr., Music Director; Alexa Lambert, Stage Manager; Ben Rush, Scenic & Lighting Designer; and Megan Pillsbury, Costume Designer.  Words and Music are by George Noriega and Joel Someillan, and the book is by Kevin Del Aguila. Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Jr. is produced through special arrangements with Musical Theatre International.

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 Winter/Spring classes and productions including Cinderella, 13: The Musical, and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged). In addition, registration is open for 2018 Summer Camps. Sessions include three production camps geared for students between 2nd and 12th grade in addition to one week Theatre Arts camps for Pre K- 12th grade. The production camps are: Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark (Grades 2-8), James and the Giant Peach (Grades 2-12), and 1776: An American Musical (Grades 9-12).

For more information about Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Jr. or other Wellesley Theatre Project classes and productions, please visit www.wellesleytheatreproject.org or call 781- 235-1550.

Needham Bank Partners with Charles River School on New Middle School Building

Building Will Create New Spaces for Math and Physical Sciences, Support Innovative Curriculum

Needham Bank announced their support of the Charles River School (CRS) Elevate and Celebrate Capital Campaign through a monetary contribution to the campaign, as well as financing for the new middle school building. The new building will be home to grades 6 – 8 and the middle school Science Program, and will support the school’s progressive and innovative curriculum.

CRS embarked on this capital campaign just 16 months ago, and has already raised $9.4 million toward the goal of $10 million; this success is unprecedented in the school’s history. In addition to raising funds for a new middle school building, the campaign will help grow the school’s endowment to enable growth in new programs, faculty development and financial assistance. The new middle school building arrives at a time when the school’s enrollment is growing due to increased interest in its progressive, hands-on learning model. CRS anticipates the building will be completed in the spring.

(Dover, MA, 06/13/17) Ground breaking for the Charles River School middle school building in Dover on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Left to right: David Reidell, Director of Finance, CRS; Joseph Campanelli, President & CEO, Needham Bank; Lacey Teixeira, VP Commercial Lending, Needham Bank; Gretchen Larkin, Head of School, CRS; Sarah Lapides, President, CRS Board of Trustees; Eric Morse, EVP, Needham Bank at the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Christopher Evans.

(Dover, MA, 06/13/17) Ground breaking for the Charles River School middle school building in Dover on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Left to right: David Reidell, Director of Finance, CRS; Joseph Campanelli, President; CEO, Needham Bank; Lacey Teixeira, VP Commercial Lending, Needham Bank; Gretchen Larkin, Head of School, CRS; Sarah Lapides, President, CRS Board of Trustees; Eric Morse, EVP, Needham Bank. Photo by Christopher Evans.

The middle school building will face Centre Street in Dover, across from Dover Town Hall and next to Needham Bank’s Dover Branch, and enhance the town center with a beautiful façade and green space. The project was unanimously approved by the Town of Dover Planning Board in November 2016.

The building design will provide:

  • Increased space for sciences, mathematics, and world languages;
  • functional, flexible spaces for project and team-based learning; and
  • enhanced technological capabilities to better serve the middle school program.

To learn more about Charles River School, visit www.charlesriverschool.org.

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