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Vokes Players announces auditions for spring production, The Tempest

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare

Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre announces auditions for our Spring 2020 production – THE TEMPEST, by William Shakespeare, directed by D. Schweppe.

Sunday, February 23 from 4 pm to 7 pm
Monday, February 24 from 7 pm – 10 pm
Callbacks on Wednesday, February 26 at 7 pm

To sign up for an audition slot, go to:

Auditions will consist of your choice of monologue (memorization not required). Please include your email address so we can send you the monologue options in advance. There might be a short reading from the script, so familiarity is encouraged. If you have a conflict with the audition dates, please contact the director.

The Tempest is one of William Shakespeare’s most fascinating plays. A man who was betrayed and then marooned on an island with his daughter for 12 years seeks revenge but finds forgiveness. This story is about Prospero. Every other player is a reflection of an aspect of the personality that makes up this man. Which is why, and for once it really is true, all of the other characters are quite important in understanding the dynamics of the story.

Note: Except for Miranda and Ferdinand, casting will NOT be gender specific.

  • Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan (40+) – The play’s protagonist, and father of Miranda. The audience must see his/her struggle between what he/she wants (wishing for revenge) and what he/she comes to learn and accept (forgiveness) as he/she witnesses the love and hope within his/her daughter. There is no doubt that Prospero is totally in charge of what happens, and he/she must project this, while baring his/her own all too human frailties.
  • Miranda, daughter to Prospero (16-22) -She is smart, compassionate, generous, and loyal to her father. Miranda’s perceptions of other people tend to be trusting and non-judgmental as she has only seen her father and Caliban. If you are under 18, please email producer, Tara Stepanian, at
  • Ariel, Prospero’s spirit helper (20+) -Ariel is Prospero’s willing attendant. He/she is mischievous and ever-present, able to traverse the length of the island in an instant and to change shapes at will. He/she carries out virtually every task that Prospero requests
  • Caliban, an uncivilized brute (20+) -Prospero’s other servant, Caliban believes that the island rightfully belongs to him/her and has been usurped by Prospero. While uncivilized, and sometimes coarse, he/she is actually intelligent and can be eloquent and sensitive.
  • Ferdinand, son to the King of Naples, Alonso (18-25) -He is a kind, and naive young man who spends most of his time trying to win the affection of Miranda. His heart is true and he displays a kind demeanor in all of his interactions with others.
  • Antonio, Prospero’s brother, the usurping Duke of Milan (35+) A power-hungry and conniving character, who shows no remorse for his/her schemes and is unrepentant.
  • Alonso, King of Naples, and father of Ferdinand (40+) -He/she aided Antonio in unseating Prospero. However, he/she becomes genuinely repentant for the pain he/she has caused Prospero. He/she is a good person who has made mistakes in the past
  • Sebastian, Alonso’s brother (35+) – Like Antonio, he/she is both aggressive and cowardly. However, is repentant at the end.
  • Gonzalo, an honest councilor (45+)- He/she helped Prospero and Miranda as he/she arranged for them to have provisions for survival in exile. Gonzalo makes the best of every situation, and always maintains his/her dignity.
  • Stephano, Alonso’s butler (20+) -A comical character who spends the whole play drunk. When Caliban mistakes him/her for a god because he/she gives Caliban wine and gets him/her drunk, Stephano begins to fancy himself/herself a king.
  • Trinculo, a jester (20+)- A comical character, and like Stephano, he/she is drunk for much of the play. Trinculo is less charismatic and more cowardly than Stephano.
  • Boatswain (25+) – The Boatswain is a “working class” person who is intent upon his/her responsibilities to the ship and its passengers. Appearing only in the first and last scenes, he/she will also play a large role in the transitions between scenes, as well as “live effects”.

Director’s Note: Elizabethan audiences didn’t listen to radio, blogs, watch TV, read newspapers…. Shakespeare’s use of language and rhythm are vital to understanding who the characters are and help create the world of the play. It is essential to appreciate these aspects, and to showcase them in your audition

PERFORMANCE DATES: May 1 – 16, 2020
Friday, 5/1 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, 5/2 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm
Thursday, 5/7 at 8:00 pm
Friday, 5/8 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, 5/9 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm
Thursday, 5/14 at 8:00 pm
Friday, 5/15 at 8:00 pm
Saturday 5/16 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm

Dependent on cast availability. Tentative first read-through on Sunday, March 1.

Director, D Schweppe, at with questions.

Music industry photographer’s exhibit, ‘Front Row Center,’ coming to Wayland

Wayland Town Crier 1/24/20: Music industry photographer’s exhibit, ‘Front Row Center,’ coming to Wayland. The Wayland Public Library on Sunday will present a discussion and book-signing with photographer Allan Dines and DJ and author Carter Alan, to coincide with Dines’ exhibit of photographs at the library entitled “Front Row Center.”

News and Events from the Wayland Library, January 24


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    Wayland Ukulele Club. The WUC is for anyone over 16 who wants to have fun with music.  All skill levels are welcome.  Starting off with easy chords and tunes, we’ll learn and play songs from across the musical spectrum, from oldies to modern pop.  Registration is required.  BYO Ukulele!  Monday, January 27, February 3, 10 & 24, 7:30 p.m.  Performances February 25 & March 1.

  • The Great Presenters: Black Hole Monsters.  Ironically, black holes create the most luminous objects in the universe.  Alan Marscher and Svetlana Jorstad study super-massive black holes at the centers of galaxies, and are members of a team that recently imaged the “black hole shadow” in the center of the galaxy M87.  Tuesday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Scanning Petroglyphs in the Peruvian Jungle. Archaeologist and Wayland teacher Daniel Fernandez-Davila will update us on his latest trip to Peru, where he and a group of 12 others collected scanned data of ancient artifacts to be used for further research and display in local museums.  The results have shown early carvings that were not expected for that region.  Wednesday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • TED Walks. One Friday a month, we watch a 20-minute TED talk, discuss it for 20 minutes indoors, then—weather permitting—take a 30-minute walk to continue the discussion.  This month’s topic: “How Economic Inequality Affects Society” with public health researcher Richard Wilkinson.  Friday, February 7 at 10 a.m.
  • Rachel Borges: Songs of Love and Revenge. Relax with a cup of coffee or tea at a free concert in the Rotunda during our monthly Sunday concert series.  Rachel Borges is a singer/songwriter in the Boston area. Born and raised in New Jersey, she is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.  This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wayland Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.  Sunday, February 9 at 3 p.m.


  • Singalong with Jeannie Mack: Stories, Songs, and Sign. Jeannie Mack will perform all kinds of fun, bounce-around, sing-along songs geared for young children. Plenty of opportunity for audience participation! For ages babies to 4 years. Thursday, February 6, 10:30-1:15 a.m.
  • Weekly Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, Feb. 4, 11, and 18 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, Jan. 30; Feb. 13, 20 and 27 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Pop-Up Playtime. Drop in for a morning of pretend play, early literacy activities, and sensory fun for little ones and their caregivers. For children ages 0 to 3, with caregiver. Friday, January 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Inclusive Playgroup: Stories, Songs, and Sign. This interactive, inclusive music and literacy group is for young children at all levels of communication and ability. Facilitated by Beverly Mobilia of Wayland Community Partnerships for Children and Families. For ages 1 to 3 years, with caregiver. Wednesday, February 12 and 19, 11:30-12:15 p.m.
  • Prewalkers Lapsit. Together we will learn fun and interactive ways to promote early brain development. Our group includes soft songs and lap bounces, which encourage early communication. Facilitated by Beverly Mobilia of Community Partnerships for Children and Families. For ages newborn to 1 year, or pre-walkers, with caregiver. Wednesdays, Feb. 5 and 26, 11:30-12 p.m.


  • Lunar New Year Celebration. Celebrate the year of the rat! Join Coco Zhou and teachers from the Wayland Chinese Afterschool Program for a Lunar New Year Celebration. For ages 4 and up. Saturday, February 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Lego Club. Children will make fabulous creations out of legos. This month’s theme: Winter Wonderland. For ages 5 and up. Wednesday, February 5, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Valentine’s Day Crafts. Drop in and make Valentine’s Day cards and crafts for yourself, your family and your friends. Ages 4 and up. Wednesday, February 12, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Kids Yoga. Sonia Gomez from Serfi Yoga will give a yoga class for children, toddlers to age 5. Thursday, February 13, 1:30-2:15 p.m.
  • Kids Chess Club. Children will learn chess and get tips to improve their game. This is a beginner’s club for children with little or no chess experience. Wayland High School Junior Miranda Lee is the club leader. For children ages 7 and up. Thursday, February 13, 4:00-4:45 p.m.
  • Let’s Build: Saturday Lego Time. Get together with your friends and build with legos at the library. Drop-in! For ages 4 and up. Saturdays, February 8, 15, and 29, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Girl Who Code Club. The Wayland Public Library is offering a Winter/Spring session of Girls Who Code club for girls in grades 3-5, which will meet on Monday afternoons, from 4:30 to 6:00, January 28 to April 13, (excluding February 17 and March 30).  The mission of Girls Who Code is to help bridge the gender gap in the technology fields.  Wayland’s club will be led by Wayland parent volunteers, and the club will meet in the Raytheon Room of the library. For more about the Girls Who Code program, see  Register for the club online here. Questions?  Email Head of Youth Services Pam McCuen at


  • Teen Winter Reading Challenge. This winter, Wayland teens can earn raffle tickets for prizes by completing reading, activity, and social media challenges. Teens who register for the Winter Challenge will automatically earn a raffle ticket! Teens can also earn raffle tickets on Beanstack by logging reading, writing book reviews, attending teen events at the library, and tagging us on social media during weekly challenges. Teens will be able to add their raffle tickets to drawings for 3 different prize packs up until March 1st. Once the Winter Challenge period is over, we will draw names to pick the prize winners. Register on Beanstack today!
  • TAB Meeting: Books & Brownies. Teens! Eat treats and talk books at this Teen Advisory Board Meeting. Thursday, January 30, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • 6th Grade Parent/Child Book Group. This book discussion group is for 6th graders with a parent. February’s book is Loot by Jude Watson. We will meet in the Teen Loft. Wednesday, February 5, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Girls Who Code Club. The Wayland Public Library is offering a Winter/Spring session of Girls Who Code for girls in grades 6 and up, which will meet every Tuesday, February 25 through May 26 (except school holidays.) The club is led by parent and teacher volunteers. Questions? Email Register for the club online here.


  • Storytime at Russell’s Winter Farmer’s Market. Join librarians from Wayland Public Library and Goodnow Library for storytime at the Russell’s Winter Farmers’ Market. Storytimes will be held on the second floor of Russell’s Garden Center, located at 397 Boston Post Road. For ages babies to 5, with caregivers. Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 11:30-12:00 p.m.
  • WCPA Story and Service Event. The WCPA and the Wayland Library are partnering with Pajama Program to collect new kid’s books and new pajamas (for ages newborn through 18) for children in need. Join us for a kid-friendly storytime and a valentine craft. For families with young children. (Donations will be accepted all month in a donation bin outside the children’s room.) Saturday, February 8, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Mosaic Tapestry with Amy Marks

Class name: Mosaic Tapestry with Amy Marks
Where: the W Gallery
When: 3/28 from 12-6 pm
Cost: $85 plus $25 materials fee

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to combine simple and complex patterns to create a mosaic tapestry or carpet. You will make a 5” X 10” tapestry by creating intricate designs using millefiori, glass, jewelry, fabric and beads. Design templates will be provided. No grouting required. Open to students at all levels.

Printmaking: Drypoint Techniques with Ethan Rice

Cost: $150 plus $25 materials fee
Dates: Four Wednesdays from 1-4 pm beginning 3/4 and ending 3/25
Register online here

In this innovative class taught by printmaker Ethan Rice, you will be exposed to the intaglio printmaking process of drypoint and learn how to print from the bottom of an incision which is otherwise known as an “intaglio”technique in printmaking. You will learn how to prepare a plate, use and care for tools, which plates to use, incise plates and print a numbered edition(s). You will explore various print techniques with emphasis on drypoint and discuss other related techniques. You will also learn about the history and origins of printmaking.

For Beginners!

Minimum Participants: 2
Maximum Participants: 8

Hidden Gem Outdoor Shabbat Service

Enjoy a brisk outdoor walk and late winter’s beauty at this Shabbat service lead by Rabbi Katy and Gabi Mezger both of Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope. All ages are welcome as the service connects attendees to nature through song, prayers, meditation and passage from the Torah.

Note: if the weather is too bitter and cold, we’ll hold the Torah discussion and end the service at a nearby home.

Ma’yan Tikvah holds outdoor Shabbat services on most Saturdays. Please visit or their Facebook page for additional information and dates

Where: Pod Meadow Conservation Area, Wayland
Meet by the Aqueduct at 10 Wallace Road (off of Old Connecticut Path), Wayland

When: 10:30am – 12:00pm, February 29, 2020