The Wellesley High School drama department presents back-to-back shows in a March 6-9 opening run that first showcases a freshman & sophomore sketch comedy, followed by juniors & seniors performing a heart wrenching dramatic portrayal of a teenage girl besieged by cancer.
The freshman/sophomore show will be a series of 10-15 comedic vignettes. The show is more process than product-oriented, and provides students the audition experience and performance opportunities unique to a smaller cast of students.
In contrast, the junior/senior show is a self-scripted drama inspired by the all-school read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Students met with doctors and cancer survivors as they moved from improv sessions to script development, ultimately leading to the production of Passenger, a show about one teen’s journey that moves between reality and abstraction as she faces cancer.
Showtimes at the WHS Auditorium are as follows:
Wednesday Mar 6–4:30PM
Thursday Mar 7–7:30PM
Friday Mar 8–in-school performance for students (junior/senior show only)
Saturday Mar 9–starting at 9AM, WHS hosts and performs the junior/senior show as part of the METG Festival
Tickets for the Mar 6-7 shows and Mar 9 festival are $5 and $10 respectively, and may be purchased at the door on the day of the show. The in-school presentation (for students only) will be free.
Performances of the junior/senior show will also take place in Boston on the evenings of Mar 13-16 in a double billing with the Boston Arts Academy as well as during the day on Mar 16 as part of the MHS Collaborative Festival. Specific show times and ticketing information will be posted on the WPS Performing Arts website as details becomes available.