Weston Playhouse debuts 'Songs for Today'

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WESTON — Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, which was forced to cancel summer theatrical productions due to the coronavirus pandemic, is presenting "a series of bite-sized musical tracks" as part of its reimagined season.

Through "Songs for Today," as the series is known, musical theater writers and writing teams with ties to Weston "will create and record original music that captures this unprecedented moment when we are all invited to care and connect in new, unique ways," according to a news release.

The songs, presented free of charge, will be made available weekly on the organization's Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts. The first work to be released through the series, "I Remember Summer" by Julia Meinwald and Gordon Leary, debuted Aug. 27.

Other composers involved in the series include Joe Iconis; Jenny Giering and Sean Berry; Adam Guettel; Tidtaya Sinutoke and Isabella Dawis; Adam Gwon; and Kirsten Childs.

"With Songs for Today, we recognize the healing power of song and theatre; even in this moment when we cannot gather in person, listening to music can bring us closer together," Susanna Gellert, the company's executive artistic director, said in the release. "While some of our artists are using this opportunity to create a new piece, others are reinterpreting one of their early works in light of how the world has changed."

She added, "The result is a fascinating collage, a beautiful meditation on the power of music."

The nonprofit company is supported partly by the National Endowment for the Arts and a range of individuals and groups. "Songs for Today" is supported by Wohler Realty Group, and Weston's reimagined season is presented by The Vermont Country Store with support from the Weston New Works Fund.

More information on the company's reimagined

season is available on its website, westonplayhouse.org.

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