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Chicago Arrives in Wellesley!

Don’t miss out on this Jazzy Golden age classic with the folks from WTP!

“I didn’t do it!” Well, someone had to, so Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) will find out who with CHICAGO, the longest running American musical in Broadway history. Performances will take place Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 PM, Friday, August 18 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, August 19 at 2:00 PM. All performances will be held at the Katherine L. Babson Auditorium at Wellesley High School, 50 Rice Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Doors open 30 mins prior to showtime.

Tickets purchased in advance are priced $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online at www.wellesleytheatreproject.org/tickets or by calling 781-235-1550.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Group discounts and gift certificates are available. Ticket information is listed on our production website: http://www.wellesleytheatreproject.org.

Screen Shot 2017-08-11 at 3.47.43 PMJoin us in roaring twenties in the city of Chicago, as convicted chorus girl Roxie Hart vies for the spotlight in media headlines against another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelley. After being convicted of murdering faithless lovers, and unsuccessfully placing the blame on their husbands, the women join forces in search of their own American Dream: fame, fortune and acquittal.  With this comes mobs of journalists, lawyers, criminals, and the appetite for fame. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that includes “All That Jazz” and “Cell Block Tango” originally staged by Bob Fosse. Cast members of CHICAGO. reside in Wellesley as well as neighboring communities including Newton,  Needham, Natick, Lexington, Framingham, Sherborn, Brookline, Waban, West Roxbury, and Wayland.

Screen Shot 2017-08-11 at 3.47.54 PMCHICAGO production staff includes: Benjamin Rush, Director; Hannah Shihdanian, Choreographer; Eric Anderson Jr., Music Director; Alexa Lambert, Stage Manager; Peter Waldrone, Scenic Designer; Megan Pillsbury, Costume Designer; and Seif Cristobal, Lighting Designer. Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, and based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Produced through special arrangements with Samuel French.

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 Fall classes and productions of Madagascar, Jr. and A Christmas Carol.

For more information about CHICAGO or or upcoming production classes, visit the website or call 781-235-1550.

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Ground Broken for New Middle School Building at Charles River School

Screen Shot 2017-07-14 at 8.33.49 AMCharles River School (CRS), an independent day school in the center of Dover, Mass for grades PreK – 8, recently broke ground on its new middle school building, and construction is in full swing! 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.

“We are a community that is passionate about learning, and that passion bas been evident in the community’s resounding enthusiasm for this project!” said Gretchen Larkin, Head of School, Charles River School. “The new space will increase opportunities for collaboration, hands-on learning, and enrich students’ academic experience. We are thrilled this building is becoming a reality, and awed by the pace at which this campaign has progressed.”

Screen Shot 2017-07-14 at 8.33.09 AMThe school embarked on a capital campaign to raise funds for this building and grow the school’s endowment just 10 months ago; the school’s ability to raise adequate funds to begin construction in that timeframe is unprecedented in the history of CRS.

The campaign received early and strong support from a number of families, including two of the largest one-time gifts the school has ever received. Since then, many alumni, past parents, faculty, and current families have pledged their support to this exciting initiative.

The middle school building will face Centre Street in Dover, across from Dover Town Hall, 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.

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An Interview With Colin Lualdi: A Princeton Graduate, Research Physicist, and Entrepreneur Who Is “Deaf”-With a Capital “D”

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 10.26.31 AMBy the time Colin Lualdi was two months old, his parents suspected that he had some kind of hearing loss and mentioned it to the pediatric nurse practitioner. The nurse assured Danielle and Paul that Colin was developing just fine. They were just overly concerned first-time parents.

Convinced that their instincts were right, Danielle and Paul conducted their own “creative hearing tests” and shared their findings at Colin’s four-month visit. The pediatrician referred them to an audiologist and formal testing revealed that Colin was completely deaf. The Lualdis were stunned. They had been prepared for news of mild, not profound hearing loss… We interviewed him to learn more about how he sees himself and what he does to thrive.

Read the entire interview in the Digital Edition of the Summer 2017 Issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine.