Mosesian Center Hosting Visual and Performing Arts Classes, Seeks Pieces for Exhibit

The following information was provided by the Mosesian Center for the Arts:

Registration has opened for spring classes for youth and adults in visual and performing arts at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, and registration continues for summer youth programs. A call for art for a spring exhibition is also open. Visual and Performing Arts Classes

Mosesian Arts offers over thirty performing and visual arts classes for children, teens, and adults. Visual arts classes include painting, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media for adults, and fiber arts, comics, and introductory classes for young artists. Classes in the performing arts include acting, voice, improv, and technical theater. The low-cost Visual Narratives program has also begun a new session in the Aging Creatively Initiative for adults age 55 and older, funded in part by the Marshall Home Fund.

Watertown High School Musical, “Working,” Takes the Mosesian Center Stage This Weekend

For two nights and one afternoon, Watertown High School students will bring Working: A Musical to the stage at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. “This year’s spring musical will take place on March 1st and March 2nd at 7 p.m. and March 3rd at 2 p.m. All shows will take place at the Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts at 321 Arsenal Street,” the announcement from the school said. General admission is $10 and Watertown Students are free. 

Working is based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, and paints a vivid portrait of the workers that the world so often takes for granted. The original production was nominated for six Tony Awards, and features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, James Taylor, Micki Grant, and more.

Watertown Resident Designing Costumes for The Huntington’s Upcoming New Play

Watertown’s Zoe Sundra is the costume designer for The Huntington’s upcoming play “John Proctor is the Villain” at the Calderwood Pavilion. (Courtesy of The Huntington)

The Huntington announced that Watertown resident Zoë Sundra is Costume Designer for company’s upcoming production of Kimberly Belflower’s John Proctor is the Villain 

The new play, running at the Calderwood Pavilion from Feb. 8 through March 10, centers young people coming of age as they examine The Crucible in their high school English class through a fresh lens. The piece comes from a young, rising voice in American Theatre, Kimberly Belflower, and is set in a small town in Georgia. This production also features several Boston-based artists including Victoria Omoregie (most recently was featured in Fat Ham this past fall) and Jules Talbot. 

About Zoë Sundra 

The Huntington: assisted on designs for Fat Ham, The Art of Burning, Witch. Regional: Chicken and Biscuits (Front Porch Arts Collective); But Not Buddy, The Addams Family (Wheelock Family Theatre at BU); Bombitty of Errors, Bright Half Life (Actors’ Shakespeare Project). Zoë is also a fiber artist and creates work under the name She Said Embroidery.

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

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.

A Singularly Spectacular “Christmas Carol” Returns to Mosesian Center for the Arts  

Dick Terhune returns to Mosesian Arts for his solo performance of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. (Courtesy Photo)

The following announcement was provided by the Mosesian Center for the Arts:

In a month of performances offering traditional holiday shows and a variety of events for every taste, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be performed at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in a what is becoming a “singular” tradition. 

For a third season, nationally celebrated voiceover artist Dick Terhune returns to Mosesian Arts with his solo stage performance adapted directly from Charles Dickens’ classic holiday ghost story. In full Victorian costume, this versatile actor plays over thirty roles, bringing to life Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and of course, that crotchety old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge! Dickens himself frequently presented his holiday novella as a one-man performance, including when he visited Boston in 1867-68, and Terhune continues the tradition at Mosesian Arts. 

With decades of experience as an actor, Terhune’s voice credits include national commercial campaigns (for Little Caesar’s, Yoplait, Great Wolf Lodge, Jackson Hewitt, Google, and Verizon), animation (Transformers) and games (World of Warcraft, Diablo, Vampires: The Masquerade), and audiobooks and narrations. 

Dick Terhune voices all of the characters Charles Dickens’ classic holiday ghost story to the Mosesian Center’s stage. (Courtesy Photo)

The adaptation of the Dickens novel is by Connecticut playwright Patrick R. Spadaccino, who was inspired to adopt this format after seeing Sir Patrick Stewart perform the story as a solo play on Broadway.

Broadway Actor & Rescue Dog Make Watertown Their Home While Starring in “Legally Blonde: The Musical”

Brian Michael Hoffman will be performing in Moonbox Productions’ “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” (Courtesy Photo)

The following announcement was provided by Moonbox Productions:

Broadway actor, Brian Michael Hoffman and rescue dog Ricky, make Watertown their home while starring in Moonbox Productions upcoming production of Legally Blonde: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach, based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown. Brian is a professional actor and dog handler with renowned William Berloni Theatrical Animals. Ricky the Chihuahua, who will play Bruiser Woods, is a rescue dog and one of Berloni’s many canine stars. Together, Brian and Ricky have performed in over 20 productions of Legally Blonde: The Musical, including a two-year run on Broadway.

OP-ED: Review of Recent Play by Independent Indian Theater Group

Sanjay (left), Ashwathamma (center), Yuyutsu (right) in Act II of “Andha Yug.” The play was performed by SETU on the stage at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. (Courtesy of Rohan Rastogi)

by Rohan A. Rastogi

Twenty years ago SETU emerged as a theatrical troupe introducing Greater Boston to Indian drama. Since its 2003 founding it has staged 30 plays spanning reenactments of historical epics, sketches of love, and contemporary socio-economic realities such as casteism. Equally amazing as its breadth in shows is the fact it operates entirely as a non-profit.