WESTON — Susanna Gellert, executive artistic director of Weston Theater Company, has announced the 87th season of Vermont's oldest, award-winning professional theater.
"I am thrilled to announce our 2023 Season. This year's shows sing with the magic of Weston, magic that brings people together and invites us to share the wonder and excitement that have been the hallmark of Weston Theater Company for over 85 years. From the rollicking story of the life and music of Buddy Holly to a new American play about a family reuniting through folk song, from the joy, laughter, love, and tap of Singin' In the Rain to an award-winning play about America's founding document, these are stories full of heart, generosity, and substance. It's a vibrant and varied lineup that we cannot wait to share with our audience," said Gellert.
June 22 to July 9: The season begins with the free Weston Young Company production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," based on the Peanuts' Comic Strip by Charles Schulz with music, book, and lyrics by Clark Gesner. This production premieres outdoors at Walker farm and then travels to community partner venues across southern Vermont.
June 28 to July 16: "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," written by Alan Janes. The performance will transport the audience back to the 1950s with this show telling the story of Holly's rise to fame, his struggles with the music industry, and his enduring legacy as one of the pioneers of rock and roll.
July 12 to July 30: The award-winning and critically acclaimed play exploring how the United States Constitution has shaped the country and its people, "What the Constitution Means to Me" by Heidi Schreck, starring Broadway veteran and Weston favorite Susan Haefner.
Aug. 3 to Aug. 20: "Singin' in the Rain" takes to The Playhouse stage featuring a screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. Based on the "greatest movie musical of all time," this joyous show recreates the glamour of 1920s Hollywood when silent films gave way to "talkies" and the electrifying 20th century was on the move.
Aug. 16 to Sept. 3: "The Porch on Windy Hill," "a new play with old music" written by Sherry Stregack Lutken, Lisa Helmi Johanson, Morgan Morse and David M. Lutken. Through gloriously authentic Old Time and Bluegrass music, this new, uplifting musical tells the contemporary story of a family reuniting against great odds.
Oct. 4 to Oct. 22: Season 87 closes in the fall at Walker Farm with an acclaimed drama where jazz often speaks louder than words, "Let There Be Love" by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Gruff, grumpy, and tired of growing old, Arthur is an immigrant to Britain who has shut himself off from his family even as he longs for his childhood home in the West Indies. When his headstrong daughter hires an idealistic, young Polish caregiver to look after him, Arthur finds himself reckoning with his past and awakening to a new sense of hope and love.
Season subscriptions and single-ticket sales will be available online and by calling the Weston Box Office at 802-824-5288 beginning March 29 and April 19, respectively. More information is available at westontheater.org.