It's hard to believe but school has started again, and the unusually talented and accomplished members of WCS Class of 2010 have taken their place as this year's seniors. These are students whose leadership skills are already tested and proven, and whose imaginations have already sought out uncharted waters. We wish them the best of luck throughout their final year as WCS students, with the same hope for everyone at our outstanding school, teachers and students alike.
ACAP is happy to announce that the After School Program will continue for K-6 students at WCS, with a new low fee scale owing to an improved funding situation. The fee scale is $75 a month for one child, $37.50 for a second child, and $18.75 for a third child. This new fee scale reflects the hope that the program will be more affordable for big families than before.
Even so, assistance is still available for families that could use the program but would have trouble paying the full fee. ACAP wants the program to be available and accessible to all who need it. For information and applications, call ACAP at 873-3207. Applications are also available at the school.
The program starts September 9, and will run each school day from dismissal to 6 p.m.. Hopefully, you'll find me there, helping with homework or playing tag in the playground.
Meantime, come see our last Shakespeare-in-the-Park production, Henry V, presented by American Studio Theater in Ballard Park on Sunday, September 6, at 3 p.m.. It's the rousing tale of a young prince, the roguish Hal of earlier plays, who comes of age in leading the English to war against the French. This production is directed by Rebecca Lincoln, who you may remember as Kate in last year's Taming of the Shrew, and stars Daniel Billet as Henry V. It's free to the public.
This is the eighth (and possibly last) year that this group has returned to give a single performance in Ballard Park on Labor Day weekend. Their tie to Westport is Carrie Treadwell, who's a founding member of the company (and who opens in "Almost, Maine" at the Depot Theater on September 11). They're old friends, many of whom studied acting together at Carnegie-Mellon and Moscow Art Theatre, and who now live and work either in NYC or LA.
This is their annual chance to reunite. They learn their lines on their own for each year's show, then come to Westport a few days early and put the show together. For my money it's among the most lively and inventive Shakespeare you'll see anywhere. Bring a chair or blanket, and buy a raffle ticket for the gorgeous Paul Rossi painting that helps pay for the whole thing. I'll be drawing the winner at intermission.