Parliament of Owls: Guest Post on the Weston Drama Workshop

Did you know a group of owls is called a “parliament”? In the case of the Weston Owl, a Parliament is a guest post on this page. First up is from Eileen Debenham, about the amazing and local Weston Drama Workshop season, which opened on Thursday, July 15. Even Broadway isn’t open yet…but Weston Drama Workshop is, so come on out and enjoy the theatre again!


Weston Drama Workshop is currently staging eight productions at Regis College, featuring Weston participants entering grade 6 through age 23.

Casts have been hard at work rehearsing for these productions since early June. With over 30 performances in the span of a jam-packed two week schedule, Weston Drama Workshop continues a long-standing tradition of providing the Weston community and beyond with professionally directed, fully realized theatrical productions.

The younger ensemble — participants in the Morning Program and the Afternoon Program — will perform three productions: “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical,” a brand-new musical comedy based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies; “Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.”; and “Beware the Jabberwock,” a play set in the fantasy world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories. “Descendants” and “The Lion King, Jr.” are directed by Aidan O’Hara, while “Beware the Jabberwock” is directed by Callie Llewellyn.

WDW Morning/Afternoon Program.  Back row: Mia Kakkar, Ella Cahill, Isabelle Thompson, Skylar Brunk, Jonathan Tillen.  Front row: Lucie Watkins, Eila Kakkar, Lucy McGuire.

Older ensembles, ages 14-23, will perform three main stage musicals, one black box play, and one outdoor play. Audiences will travel backwards in time against the backdrop of a moving Sondheim score in “Merrily We Roll Along,” directed by Nick Oberstein; explore the world of Bikini Bottom in the regional community theater premiere of “The SpongeBob Musical,” based on the popular Nickelodeon series and directed by Chris Brindley; follow a son’s investigation of his father’s larger-than-life tales in “Big Fish,” based on the acclaimed novel and film and directed by Skylar Grossman; experience Mary Zimmerman’s retelling of Ovid’s myths in “Metamorphoses,” directed by Tristan Burke; and hear the story of Mowgli and friends in “The Jungle Book,” an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s enchanted tale, performed under the stars and directed by Stephanie Manning.

WDW Evening Program.  Back row: Katherine Grocela, Chris Tillen, Kian Debenham, Erin Aldrich, Melina McDonald.  Front row: John Kulow, Tina Kulow, Justin Kirk, Olivia Cahill, Lanz Perez-Kudzma, Alex Muzila. 

Performance schedule: 

“Disney’s Descendants: The Musical”: 10:30 a.m. July 24, 7:30 p.m. July 26, 10:30 a.m. July 29 and 10:30 a.m. July 31 

“Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.”: 10:30 a.m. July 25, 5 p.m. July 26, 10:30 a.m. July 28 and 1 p.m. July 31 

“Beware the Jabberwock”: 10:30 a.m. July 18, 5 p.m. July 21, 2 p.m. and 4:00 pm July 25 and 5 p.m. July 29 

“The SpongeBob Musical”: 7 p.m. July 18, 8 p.m. July 23, 7 p.m. July 25 and 8 p.m. July 31 

“Merrily We Roll Along”: 8 p.m. July 16, 8 p.m. July 21, 8 p.m. July 24 and 8 p.m. July 29 

“Big Fish”: 8 p.m. July 17, 8 p.m. July 22, 8 p.m. July 27 and 8 p.m. July 30 

“Metamorphoses”: 7:30 p.m. July 22, 2 p.m. July 24, 7:30 p.m. July 25, 9 p.m. July 28, 7:30 p.m. July 30 and 7:30 p.m. July 31 

“The Jungle Book”: 8 p.m. July 15, 8 p.m. July 18, 8 p.m. July 20, 8:30 p.m. July 23, 8:30 p.m. July 27 and 8:30 July 30 

Tickets are available at, questions can be directed to the box office at 781-768-7070.  

Performances are held at Regis College at the Fine Arts Center. Venues will be at two-thirds capacity, and masks will be required for audience members. “The Jungle Book” will perform on campus, on an outdoor stage.

Weston Drama Workshop is a non-profit organization providing an extraordinary theater education, fostering and developing interest in and appreciation of the performing arts. 

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