LUDLOW, Vt. – The Weston Playhouse began the summer season of productions with “Really Rosie,” a charming musical tale for the whole family. The story is based on children’s books written by Maurice Sendak and accompanied with a score by Carole King; speaking to children and adults.
Rosie, the self-proclaimed sassiest kid on Avenue P, entertains her friends by producing an imaginary movie to pass the time. This daily adventure takes Rosie’s gang all over the world and invites all sorts of roleplaying, from alligators in Disney Land to Pierre being eaten by lions, catty Kathy playing a vampire Dracula, Johnny’s desire to be alone, and Chicken Soup, who is searching to find his place. Rosie is waiting for her big break, to get to LA and pursue her dreams on bigger stages, in bigger productions, and become one of the stars.
The show speaks to the kids through audience involvement, including reporters, producers, an ensemble of shakers to welcome Rosie herself, and inviting kids onstage to dance and join in the fun. The morals of each story speak to children and adults, everyone should care about something, enjoy solitude, but also company, find something they’re good at and really sell it, pursue their dreams to the fullest extent, find their place, lead humbly, and live larger than life, especially when a producer may be watching.
This production was put on by Weston’s Young Company, a group of eight non-equity actors who are attending or have just graduated from a conservatory or undergraduate program in Musical Theater. Since 2000, this program has seen a number of its alumni grace the Broadway stage, and it continues to serve as a stepping-stone for young actors.
The Weston Playhouse is producing seven productions this summer. The Main Stage will host “Once,” a romantic story about the power of love and music, “Lost in Yonkers,” a heartfelt, comical, coming of age story, “The Music Man,” the story of a traveling salesman who never intended to fall in love, and “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” a profound and powerful masterpiece about family secrets and struggles.
Weston’s Other Stages will be hosting “Really Rosie,” an imaginative, inspiring, upbeat, and exaggerated family-friendly musical, “Tenderly,” the exhilarating and revealing story of the beloved actress and singer, Rosemary Clooney, and “Buyer and Cellar,” the unexpected story of a struggling Los Angeles actor.
The Weston Playhouse will also be celebrating the opening of their new studio theater at Walker Farm on September 23 from 2 – 5 p.m. The celebration will begin after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including self-guided tours and a variety of performances, music, and delicious, local food.
Contact the Box Office at 802-824-5288 or visit their website for tickets, season passes, playhouse passes, or more information on performances, director’s talks, talk backs, student discounts, local restaurants, and The Cabaret.
The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is a non-profit organization, which receives its support from the Vermont Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and a growing family of individuals who believe in the community impact of performing arts.