2017-10-11 / Front Page

Weston Playhouse holds Grand Opening at Walker Farm

From left at the ribbon cutting were Managing Director Lesley Koenig, Founding Director Steve Settler, members of the Walker family, and founding directors Malcolm Ewen and Tim Fort. — COURTESY PHOTOFrom left at the ribbon cutting were Managing Director Lesley Koenig, Founding Director Steve Settler, members of the Walker family, and founding directors Malcolm Ewen and Tim Fort. — COURTESY PHOTOWESTON — Hundreds of people came to the Grand Opening of the Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm on Saturday, Sept. 23. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., there was a ribbon cutting followed by performances every half-hour from the Weston Company Members; Broadway Theatre Camp; Syd Straw; Vermont Young Playwrights Project; and the Weston Company Members.

Under the tent was food, drinks, and music, while visitors began self-guided tours throughout the building, according to Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Graf said in a press release that it was a pleasure to be on the planning committee, “to witness first-hand how the community pulls together and celebrates the new offerings in our Region.”

Located on a 5-acre farmstead north of the Weston Playhouse on the opposite side of Vermont Route 100/Main Street, the new facility will complement the theatre company’s summer use of the historic flagship Weston Playhouse on the Weston Village Green, she said.

Steve Stettler, producing artistic director for the Weston Playhouse, said great summer shows will continue to be offered in the Playhouse, and that the project will also allow the Playhouse to extend its reach.

“During the summer, the second stage at Walker Farm will accommodate shows that need a more intimate or flexible space. The new theater will also expand the season into the spring and autumn and provide a resource for concerts, films, lectures, meetings, and other community uses,” he said.

“Perhaps most important, Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm will be the centerpiece of our project to create an incubator for the performing arts in Vermont — a greatly expanded program to develop new musicals and plays, bringing theatre artists from across the U.S. to work and create in our quiet and supportive rural setting. The program will enhance Vermont's reputation for excellence in the arts, have a positive economic impact on our region, and make a major contribution to the American theater,” Stettler added.

The Chamber and the Region thank Stettler for his vision and bringing this project to fruition, according to Graf. 

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