Wiley and the Hairy Man - Gibbons Middle School Theater Production

Schools - Gibbons Middle School Written by Michael (admin)   
Saturday, 15 November 2014 11:28

Wiley and the Hairy Man

NOVEMBER 14th @ 7:00 PM
NOVEMBER 15th @ 7:00 PM
NOVEMBER 16th @ 2:00 PM

Gibbons Theater

Come see over thirty talented students present the annual fall production.

Tickets can be bought at the door.  $12 general admission and $10 students and seniors.

What's Lurking in the Swamp?

Wiley must go out into the swamp to build a hound house for that dog of his.  But he’s sure the Hairy Man is lurking nearby, and would rather stay in bed instead.  Mammy won’t put up with that, though, and as the “best conjure woman in the whole southwest county” she hopes to arm Wiley with charms and chants to keep him safe.  Of course, the Hairy Man can’t stand no dogs either, but that won’t help Wiley.  To get rid of the Hairy Man forever, Wiley must out-smart him three times, and to do that Wiley must trick him on his own.

Adapted from the traditional southern folktale, Wiley is able to overcome the terrible Hairy Man and realize that he has the power in himself to face whatever fears may haunt him.

Written by Suzan Zeder, this rhyming play is sure to be a big hit with children age five and up.

About the Origins of the Story

Wiley and the Hairy Man traces its origins to the American South.  Long held as an oral tradition, during the Federal Writers Project of the New Deal Era, it was finally captured in text form by Donnell Van de Voort.  The story was originally set in the Alabama Swamps, but according to playwright Suzan Zeder it can happen, “anywhere there are swamps, and magic, and small frightened boys.”

In Zeder’s version she has changed the ending and has “written a play about a small boy with a big fear who learns to overcome his own problems himself. “  Zeder goes on to state, “I wanted to write a play about kinds of fears that children face, alone in the dark.  I wanted to write a play about magic—good magic and bad—and, most importantly, the magic that all of us have somewhere deep inside us.”

Published in 1972, Wiley and the Hairy Man has been performed extensively throughout the world.  Zeder, long considered a major playwright for young audiences is also the author of Step on A Crack, Doors, Mother Hicks, and In a Room Somewhere.   All her plays are characterized by their sensitivity to the particular perspective a child has within our world, and treats them with the artistic respect they deserve.

[Above notes copied from: "Wiley and the Hairy Man - Study Guide created for the CSU Bakersfield Theatre for Young Audiences Tour", by Kamala Kruszka.  Fetched 15-Nov-2014 from: http://www.csub.edu/theatre/_files/Kruszka%20Wiley%20Study%20Guide_pub.pdf  -- webmaser]

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WHS Fall Theatre production: The Laramie Project Cycle

Schools - General School Written by Michael (admin)   
Saturday, 01 November 2014 22:49

Westborough High School Center Stage Theater Company presents a unique theatrical event: The Laramie Project Cycle. Originally conceived and created by Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, The Laramie Project Cycle consists of two plays: The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.

Together, these two plays address the harsh truths of a tragic, real life event: the murder of 21 year old Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. Both pieces were written through a process of conducting interviews, and are told through real life characters with honest reactions to the event.The Laramie Project Cycle explores the concept of tragedy and how tragic events affect the larger communities in which they occur. The focus of Center Stage Theater Company’s production is to explore how the town of Laramie has not only been affected by the Matthew Shepard incident, but also has rebuilt its identity, and retold its story in the aftermath of this iconic event that has shaped our history.

Performances of The Laramie Project Cycle will be as follows:

Part One--The Laramie Project: Friday, November 7th @ 7:30pm, Saturday, November 8th @ 2:00pm

Part Two--The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later: Saturday, November 8th @ 7:30pm, Sunday, November 9th @ 2:00pm

Westborough High School Charlotte Spinney Auditorium
90 West Main Street, Westborough, MA

Tickets: $10 students, $12 adults, available at the door

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Seventh Annual TRIVIA BEE Monday, Nov 3rd, 2014 at 6:30PM

Westborough Today - General Town News Written by Michael (admin)   
Saturday, 01 November 2014 22:25

Monday, November 3rd 6:30PM (No SchoolTuesday)

Doubletree Hotel

Westborough Education Foundation

Seventh Annual

Trivia Bee


Silent Auction and Raffle

Join your friends, teachers and neighbors in a battle of wits. Trivia Categories include Arts and Literature, Math and Science, Westborough History, Sports.


Teams from local businesses, organizations, neighborhoods and schools


$5 donation includes pizza, drink and dessert.

All proceeds fund educational grants to Westborough teachers for innovative programming.

The Bee is Back!  The Westborough Education Foundation hosts its SEVENTH Annual Trivia Bee on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough.  Teams of three will compete in a fun-filled evening of trivia on topics including New England sports, popular culture, government, science, arts and literature, and Westborough history.   The winning team will be given community bragging rights and a trophy.  As always, teams are very much encouraged to let their personalities show and dress in costume to vie for the “Best Spirit” and “Best Costume” awards.

A donation of $5 per individual or $20 per family includes admission, pizza, drink and dessert.  The fun-filled night features music, 50/50 raffle and a silent auction, featuring sporting event tickets can be won. Speaking of kids, be sure to bring them – there is no school the following day!  Matt Travis of Athletic Revolution will lead kids’ games and activities in between trivia rounds.

Proceeds from the event fund a variety of grants to teachers and staff across all of the Westborough schools.  The grants allow teachers to develop creative programs in literature and language, the arts, technology, social studies, science and math.   The Trivia Bee is the foundation’s largest fundraising effort and brings together many groups from the community for a highly spirited competition.

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Storm (Wind) Advisory - Oct 22, 2014

Westborough Today - Public Service Announcements Written by Michael (admin)   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:52
Wind Advisory
Statement as of 9:40 PM EDT on October 22, 2014


...Wind Advisory in effect until 8 am EDT Thursday...

The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Wind Advisory...which is in effect until 8 am EDT Thursday.

* Location...for much eastern Massachusetts into Worcester County and southward into northeast Connecticut and all of Rhode Island. This includes the following cities and towns of Putnam...Willimantic...Milford...Worcester...Foxboro... Norwood...Taunton...Brockton...Fall River...New Bedford... Mattapoisett...Manchester...Nashua...Foster...Smithfield... Providence...West Greenwich...Warwick...Bristol... Narragansett...westerly and Newport.

* Winds...north 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

* Timing...the strongest winds will occur tonight in heavy rain squalls and isolated thunderstorms.

* Impacts...these strong winds may result in some downed tree limbs and even isolated power outages. The heavy rain combined with many fully leafed trees will likely exacerbate the potential for downed tree limbs.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts will range between 46 and 57 mph. Winds this strong are capable of Downing small tree limbs and branches...possibly causing isolated power outages. Driving can also be difficult...especially for high profile vehicle

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Luna's Magic Flute musical performance 08-Nov-2014

Westborough Today - Event Articles Written by Michael (admin)   
Monday, 20 October 2014 20:33

Luna's Magic Flute

A musical fairytale about the power of music and friendship.

Date: November 8, 2014
Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Address: 53 B Otis St.Westborough, MA 01581
Cost: Free

Chamber Music MetroWest Concerts for Kids

Chamber Music MetroWest will present Luna’s Magic Flute from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. November 8 at David French Music.

  • Join us as we board a train with Luna to see the world in this exciting story set to music.
  • Ask questions & see the instruments up close after the concert
  • Program designed for children ages 4-8, but all ages are welcome!

The concert will feature Bonnie Cochran on flute, Tom Lubelczyk on double bass, Kai-Ching Chang on piano and David Cochran as narrator.

Free Admission
David French Music Company Recital Hall 
53B Otis Street 
Westborough, MA

The event is sponsored by Anthem Musical InstrumentsDavid French Music Company and Westborough Cultural Council.

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