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Wellesley Theatre Project Presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr.

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Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) will present the musical, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr. Wednesday May 17, Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 19, at 5:30pm and 7:30pm and Saturday, May 20 at 2pm and 5pm. All performances will take place at the Wellesley Community Center, located at 219 Washington St, Wellesley MA. Tickets are priced $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online in advance, or at the door for $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 12.51.00 PMSpecially adapted from Roald Dahl’s timeless 1964 novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and his 1971 screenplay, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr. includes all your favorite infectious, danceable songs like “The Candy Man”, “Pure Imagination”, and “Oompa Loompa.”

World famous candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, has decided to retire and is looking for an heir to take over his factory. Five lucky winners of Wonka’s contest will find golden tickets inside of Wonka chocolate bars, and receive a tour of Wonka’s factory, and a lifetime supply of chocolate. Follow Charlie, Augustus, Violet, Veruca, Mike Teavee, and their parents on a delicious adventure to Wonka’s factory. Will they be able to follow the rules at Wonka’s factory- or will they suffer the consequences?

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 12.53.07 PMScreen Shot 2017-05-02 at 12.52.42 PMDue to a high demand in participation there are two talented casts filled with 70 students between the ages of seven and thirteen that comprise and electric ensemble of Candy Kids, and of course, the infamous Oompa-Loompas! Cast members reside in Wellesley as well as neighboring communities including Weston, Waban, Dover, Auburndale, Needham, Natick, Chestnut Hill, and Concord.

Our production is produced through special arrangements with Musical Theatre International, and is part of MTI’s Broadway Junior collection.

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 Pre K- 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 Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr., Celebrating Five Years…A Teal Tie Affair!, or upcoming summer camps, visit our website or call 781-235-1550.

Wellesley College Concert Series Events April 18-30

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The Rivers School Conservatory to Host Composer Matthew Aucoin for 39th Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young

MatthewAucoinbyStevenLaxton1The Rivers School Conservatory presents its 39th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young on Friday, April 7th through Sunday, April 9th in Weston, Massachusetts.

The Contemporary Seminar was founded in 1978 to address the need of young performers and general audiences to hear, play, and learn the music of their time. Each seminar’s programming is truly unique. Pieces are performed only once, so that repertoire composed within the last 25 years is constantly being explored. To date, the seminar has presented 2,771 new pieces from more than 1,601 composers, 599 premieres, and 164 commissioned works.

This year’s featured composer is Matthew Aucoin, an alumni of The Rivers School Conservatory. Aucoin is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Opera as both a conductor and composer. His works have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Boston’s A Far Cry, American Repertory Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Alabama Symphony, LA Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and more. Aucoin is a graduate of Harvard College and studied piano, theory, and composition at The Rivers School Conservatory.

For this special occasion he composed “Finery Forge,” a work for two pianists, which will receive its world premiere on Sunday, April 9th by two RSC piano students. Aucoin commented on his inspiration for this composition:

“A finery forge is a massive hearth in which iron is refined … I see the piano as a kind of forge for music: the modern concert grand is an industrial-strength machine, a crucible-like behemoth of interlocking parts, filled with hammers intended to strike musical sparks out of their strings. In short, it’s a finery forge. This shiny black wood-and-metal monster is capable of astonishing refinement when it’s in good hands. But those “good hands” must themselves undergo a crucible of musical training if they want to wrest refined sounds out of the forge.”

The weekend of concerts, composition workshops, informal receptions, and composer meet-and-greets, takes place at The Rivers School Conservatory, 333 Winter Street, Weston, MA. Nearly 75 composers will be featured; many local composers attend and offer remarks about their music before the performances.
Tickets and complete schedule information available at www.riversschoolconservatory.org.