2 Watertown Children’s Theater Plays Coming to Newly Renamed Theater at Mosesian Center

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The black box theater at Mosesian Center for the Arts was recently renamed in honor of Watertown Children’s Theater Founding Artistic Director Dinah Lane. (Photo from MCA)

Mosesian Arts’ Watertown Children’s Theater will produce two plays this winter in the newly named Dinah Lane Theater. New classes in performing and visual arts for all ages also begin this month at the arts center.

A program of the Mosesian Center for the Arts since the two organizations merged in 2013, Watertown Children’s Theatre engages young individuals and groups in the process of making theater. Initiated in 1983 by Founding Artistic Director Dinah Lane, the program celebrated forty years in November with a benefit reception and performance titled 40 Season of Love. WCT alumni and staff from across four decades performed for an audience of nearly three hundred.

The WCT season continues with The Love for Three Oranges in the Dinah Lane Theater on Jan. 26-28. This delightful, fast-paced comedy by Doreen B. Heard is full of the broad and wacky humor of the commedia dell’arte. The story was originally written in 1761 for the commedia and derived from a southern European folktale which features many hilarious adventures leading up to a surprise ending—after which all live happily ever after.

The following weekend, Feb. 2-4, Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory will perform in the same space. Set in 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, the play traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. This production features a cast of actors in grades 9-12. Season sponsor for WCT productions is Graphic Connections on Mount Auburn St. in Watertown.

Also beginning in January, Mosesian Arts’ winter arts education term offers over thirty classes in performing and visual arts classes for children, teens, and adults. Visual arts classes include painting, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media for adults, and comics, sewing, and themed arts and crafts classes for young artists. Classes in the performing arts include acting, voice, improv, and technical theater.

For further information and details on all performances, exhibitions, and arts education programming at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, visit www.mosesianarts.org.

Performance Location, Dates, and Times

The Love for Three Oranges will be performed in the Dinah Lane Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts at 321 Arsenal St. in Watertown. Performance times are Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:00 PM; Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 & 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m.

Radium Girls will be performed in the Dinah Lane Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts at 321 Arsenal Street in Watertown. Performance times are Friday, February 2, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 & 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at www.mosesianarts.org.

About Mosesian Center for the Arts

The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a performing and visual arts venue on the Charles River in Watertown, Massachusetts. The 30,000 square foot center, located in an historic 1894 manufacturing shop on a former U.S. Army arsenal, houses a 339-seat main stage theater, a flexible black box theater, exhibition galleries, art classrooms, and a rehearsal studio. Mosesian Arts is located six miles from downtown Boston, borders Brighton and the Charles, and is easily accessible from surrounding suburbs and MetroWest.

Programming includes professional theater and musical performances, comedy, gallery exhibitions, literary and art discussions, and performing and visual arts classes and workshops for all ages. Watertown Children’s Theatre, Mosesian Arts’ performing arts education program, provides exceptional classes and performances for youth and families. The venue also hosts celebrated and cutting-edge performing arts companies from throughout the Greater Boston region and New England.

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