WESTON - Applications are now being accepted for Weston Playhouse Theatre Company's 2013 Student Ambassador program.

As a part of Weston's active effort to connect passionate young adults with high quality live theatre, the Student Ambassador program will give up to 15 selected students the opportunity to attend six of WPTC's summer shows free of charge. The program will also give students an insider's look at the way professional productions evolve, with backstage tours, first read-throughs, tech rehearsals, actor/director talkbacks, and more.

Student Ambassadors will be provided with a ticket to all six of Weston's MainStage and OtherStages productions. They may bring a guest to any and all shows for just $10.

These students will not only be given the privilege of attending performances and insider events, they will also serve as emissaries who can help illuminate the value of theatre in their communities (in other words: post things on facebook).

Student Ambassadors and their guests will attend the first Sunday matinee of every show run. Shows include the Vermont premiere of the Pulitzer and Tony-winning "Next to Normal;" the dazzling, ever-popular "42nd Street;" and the American classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird." Students will be selected based on their interest in theatre (acting, writing, directing, lighting - any aspect) as illustrated through an application and brief essay, which is available on the Playhouse website.

The application deadline is May 8. Selected students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by May 30.

If a student has a passion for theatre but isn't able to participate in the Ambassador program, fear not. In an effort to remove the price barrier to younger audiences, the student ticket rate is lower than ever this year - at just 1/2 the cost of any regular ticket.

The Student Ambassador program is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Mountain Room Foundation and the theatre's ever-growing family of supporters.

For more information about this and other education programs offered by the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company contact Jacki Brown, Education Director, at 824-8167 extension 104 or visit westonplay house.org/education.