Shows & Summer Arts Festival





Contact us at or call 508-946-1071



Show dates July 13- 16, 2017

Dear Parent:

Thank you for your inquiry about The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts Summer

Arts Festival program. We are currently enjoying another successful season – our 22nd! We look forward to a fun-filled, educational and memorable summer with our students, ranging in age from five to twenty-one. Our program is designed to give each student a little of everything throughout the day, culminating in a full-scale production.

We have many exciting projects planned such as hat day, pajama day, crazy hair day, dress like your character day, and many more fun days scheduled during the three weeks. Our program is held on Monday – Friday for three weeks. (75 hours of camp plus 25 hours of show performances) Our Summer Arts Festival production of “Seussical Jr.” is a fun, upbeat show.  Subsequent to reading this brochure, if you have any questions regarding our show or any other Burt Wood programs, please call our office.

There are limited slots available for the Summer Arts Festival so please register as soon as possible for guaranteed summer enrichment and a lifetime of memories!


Lorna Brunelle

Artistic Director

BFA Boston Conservatory

*Not all students are accepted. Bad behavior will result in cast being terminated from the program.



Each day, students should arrive by 8:30 a.m. (no earlier) with breakfast in their bellies and an afternoon snack in hand. After attendance and warm-ups, students begin rehearsing. The mornings will be broken up into sections of music, dance & acting rehearsal time. At approximately 10:00 a.m. there is a 15-minute snack break. Then rehearsal begins again. By 2:30 p.m. the day ends. If you are late in picking up your child a fee of $1.00 per minute will be charged.

SnackEach student must bring his or her own snack and bottled water.

Private StudyWe will continue to offer private lessons during the summer. This is for the student who cannot commit to the full-time schedule of the festival. Lessons will be held on Mondays from 1:00–5:00p.m. Private study students not enrolled in the summer festival can not participate in the full scale production.

Dance Intensive – Our L.A. Choreographer will once again offer a Dance Intensive for 2 levels: beginners and advanced. The classes meet on the first three Mondays of summer fest with an open house held on Wednesday of the third week for family and friends.

Summer Arts Festival Staff:

Lorna Brunelle     Producer

Maureen Whalen   Assistant Producer

Melissa Donnelly   Director

Lucy Record           Choreographer

Richard Bois          Master of Costumes

Megan Jepsen       Creative Team

Lorryn Savage       Creative Team


Total Tuition:                    $725.00

Tickets to the shows:       $20.00

*All families participating in the tuition fund raising program must pay an additional $25.00 fee.

*Families may be encouraged to assemble costuming through local thrift stores and shops though some pieces will be provided.

Private Lessons: $125 ~ includes three, half-hour lessons

* Tuition is Non-refundable.*

Each family must sign a commitment contract agreeing to pay tuition in full if they decide to leave the production.


In order to pay for royalty fees, festival tuition is due by June 13, 2016. You may not attend rehearsal if your tuition is not paid in full. Cast members cannot audition until parents sign the commitment contract. Auditions will be held on April 4 & 6 at 6:30 p.m. at The Burt Wood School. Please be prepared to wait. Students must bring a photo to auditions. Auditions will be closed to families. Any student interested in a leading role must audition by singing a song from “Seussical Jr.”. Others may sing “Happy Birthday”. Some students may be asked to dance and read for principal parts. For the film production auditions, please prepare a monologue.

Our auditions are as low-key as possible and we encourage everyone to participate.

*Performances are slated for July 13 – 16 at the The Alley Theatre.

*Cast Party is July, 16, 2017 after the show at The Alley Theatre.


 “Lorna has sent her students to audition for projects cast at my office. I am always impressed by their professionalism and will continue to call on Lorna to send talent from The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts for future auditions.”


Jane Lopes

Editor, Middleboro Gazette

Review of ~ “The Wizard of Oz”

“Any of Lorna Brunelle’s students who have come to audition are far better prepared and have greater acting skills than any other child actors from the Boston area.”

Angela Peri, CEO

Boston Casting ~ Boston

“I think Burt Wood is very fun, and you learn how to act and sing. You meet lots of new friends too!”

Kaelin Andrews

Cast Member ~


“I like making new friends, being in a play and spending the summer with people that like to do what I like to do.”

Molly Whalen

Cast Member ~


 The Burt Wood School of 

Performing Arts

 proudly presents

 Summer Arts Festival 2017


 Shows: July 13 – 16, 2017

Rehearsals: June 26- July 12

(excluding July 4)

Featuring the full-scale, musical production

133 Centre Street

Middleboro, Mass. 02346

(508) 946-1071

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2017 Season

Dear Friend:

We, at The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, are currently celebrating our 21st season and are proud to be presenting our next summer musical Suessical Jr..  Last summer’s production of Shrek was not only a big hit but also a real crowd pleaser. We intend to wow them again this year and are sure that the music from Seussical Jr. will enthrall our audiences.

Our annual Summer Arts Festival involves over 40 students from several communities throughout southeastern Massachusetts, though we still draw mainly from the immediate area – the children of your community.  Historically, we have nearly sold-out crowds at each of our five performances…what an easy and great way to reach a large majority of the community’s families and consumers.

As you already know, a production like this is no small endeavor and we ask that you take the time to consider advertising in our program.  You may use the back of this form to send your individual or business message.

For another year, we are offering benefactors the opportunity to sponsor an individual student by placing an ad or line listing. These students – selected not only on their talent – but also on their ability, maturity and sometimes need, participate in our summer program at no cost to their families. Along with the original fund-raising form on the back of this letter, I have enclosed our Sponsor a Student form also.

The production dates are Thursday, July 13 at 7:00pm, Friday, July 14 at 7:00pm, Saturday, July 15 at 3:00 pm and 7:00pm and Sunday, 16 at 3:00pm at The Alley Theatre.  If you have any questions, please contact me at The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, at (508) 946-1071. Thank you in advance for your consideration!


Lorna J. Brunelle

Artistic Director


Summer Arts Festival 2017

Advertising Sponsorship Program

Your name – or the name of your company – and telephone number will appear in our show program under one of the three categories listed below:


$100 Donation

Example of a  Business Listing:             Headquarters & Body Zonez 508-947-5733

Example of an Individual Listing:        Sharon Beaumont


$75 Donation

Example of a Business Listing:            Heritage Flowers and Balloons

Example of an Individual Listing:      Bonnie Moran


$50 Donation

Example of a Business Listing:            The Central Café 508-947-9830

Example of an Individual Listing:      Pamela Stephenson

Please check the category you intend to donate:


                        __________                     $100

                        __________                     $ 75

                        _________                     $ 50

Company/Individual Name:________________________________________________

Contact Person:__________________________________________________________


Telephone Number:_______________________________________________________


*To help cover the costs of our Summer Arts Festival, sponsors must include payment the day the advertisement is placed.  Checks must be made out to:  B.W.S.P.A. and the deadline for all advertising and sponsorship is:  July 9.  Thank you!                                  


~Sponsor a Student~

 We have several Students joining us this year for these students are chosen for their

talent, ability, maturity & sometimes need,

as well as their commitment to the project.

Please sponsor a Student Performer today


_____  Yes, I would like to sponsor a Student.

                              $350  ___ $450 ___ $550 ___$725


Name of Business:___________________________________________

Contact Name:______________________________________________


* Please make checks to:  BWSPA *

Deadline is:  July 9

2017 Season

Dear Community Leader:

As we celebrate our 22nd season, The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts is preparing to produce another fabulous musical during their Summer Arts Festival. This year we are excited to be doing Seussical Jr.

Each year, we hand-select performers to participate in our three-week, 100 hour program at no cost to them or their families.  They are chosen based on not only their talent and sometimes their need, but also on their maturity and commitment.

I write to you now in anticipation of you and your company sponsoring one of these Student Interns. Though the tuition is $725.00, you can sponsor a student at any of the other rates available.


I have enclosed a sponsorship form for your perusal.  I thank you in advance for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.



Lorna J. Brunelle




Dear Friends & Family of the “Seussical Jr.” Cast:

Send your favorite cast or crewmember a personalized message in the “Seussical Jr. ” program book for just $10. This is a wonderful way to show spirit and support and they love reading them.   Please keep your message to the space provided. All greetings must be accompanied by cash or checks made payable to: BWSPA.  Please note the deadline to turn in your form with payment is July 9th.  Please print clearly.

Example: Erin Graham – Way to go girl! We love you.  Friends & family (60 characters max)

Total number of listings_____ . Total amount due @$10 each $_______ enclosed.

In order to adhere to or printing schedule – DEADLINE IS July 9, 2017

CAST MEMBER NAME:_______________________________________________









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Our production of “Back to the 80’s”


One thing that sets The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts apart from other schools is our commitment to character research. Artist director Lorna Brunelle attribute the high performance value of their shows to each cast and their willingness to “dig deeply” into character research.

When Director in Resident Matthew Bruffee and Lorna Brunelle brought The Diary of Anne Frank to The Alley Theatre in June of 2012, they invited the daughter and granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor to speak to the cast and crew weeks before the show opened.  The following spring, the Burt Wood School cast of The Miracle Worker spent an afternoon at The Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. In October of 2013, the cast and crew of The Crucible had a private tour and question and answer session with a historian at the Salem Witch Museum.

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A few cast members from The Diary of Anne Frank with Loren Galler Rabinowitz granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor. Loren shared the story of her brave grandparents with our cast.  


(A recent press release about our character research)

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Little Women Cast and Crew Learn About Life in the 1800’s by Visiting the Home of Louisa May Alcott in Concord.

Middleboro:  The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts cast and crew of Little Women visited The Orchard House, in Concord Massachusetts on October 5, 2014. During a private tour of author Louisa May Alcott’s home, the cast had the opportunity to learn about life in the 1800’s and ask questions which will help them build their characters in the upcoming production in Middleboro.

Show director Matthew Bruffee and producer Lorna Brunelle attribute the high performance value of their shows to each cast and their willingness to “dig deeply” into character research. When Bruffee and Brunelle brought The Diary of Anne Frank to The Alley Theatre in June of 2012, they invited the daughter and granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor to speak to the cast and crew weeks before the show opened.  The following spring, the Burt Wood School cast of The Miracle Worker spent an afternoon at The Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. In October of 2013, the cast and crew of The Crucible had a private tour and question and answer session with a historian at the Salem Witch Museum.

The Burt Wood School production of Little Women will be held at The Alley Theatre located on December 4, 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 7:00PM, December 6, 7 and 13 at 2:00PM and December 14 at 1:00PM. The Alley Theatre is located behind the Burt Wood School of Performing Arts on 133 Center Street, Middleboro. Tickets are $15. For more information or to order tickets please call 508-946-1071.

thrust Dr. Roseli Weiss (Aunt March in Little Women) presented the free workshop An Evening with Louisa May Alcott. Roseli is a Reenactor. This event was free of charge and open to the public.  Audience members learned about the life and times of Louisa May.

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The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts cast and crew of The Crucible visited The Salem Witch Museum in Salem, Massachusetts on September 8, 2013. Following the private guided tour of the museum, the cast and crew had a private Q & A session with The Salem Witch Museum Director of Communications Stacy Tilney and staff member and tour guide Peter Murphy.

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May 2013: The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts cast of The Miracle Worker particpated in the ultimate character research last week during a private tour of the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts.  Brought to Perkins by Anne Sullivan,  Helen Keller spent her life breaking down barriers and perceptions about what people who are blind or deaf blind can accomplish.  In addition to touring the campus and learning all about the facility, cast members were encouraged to wear blind folds and navigate their way through the school with the help of a companion. 

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Past Performances

Burt Wood Summer Arts Festival Shows

1996 – Annie
1997 – Peter Pan
1998 – Wizard of Oz
1999 – Cinderella
2000 – Oliver
2001 – Bye Bye, Birdie
2002 – Anything Goes
2003 – Grease
2004 – Footloose
2005 – Fame
2006 – Those Summer Nights
2007 – Disney’s High School Musical
2008 – Thoroughly Modern Millie and Pre-Performance Photos
2009 – The Wiz
2011 – 42nd Street
2013 – Back to the 80’s
2014 – Peter Pan

Summer Arts Festival Movies

2004 – Rhinoceros
2005 – Assassin
2006 – Most People
2006 – Shoe
2007 – Farm Force
2007- “3:15” (click here for photos from the production)
2008 – de Zomer Kamp
2008 – “THE PROTECTORS” (click here to view movie)
YouTube – The Protectors: Part Three
2009 – Sock Pox
2009 – MIDAFTERNOON (click here to view the movie)
2010 – SUMMER CAMP REFORMATORY(click here to view the movie)
2010 – DEADSVILLE Providence 48 Hour Film Project (click here to view the movie)

Burt Wood Plays

2014 – Little Woman
2014 – The Little Prince
2014 – All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
2013 – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
2013 – The Crucible
2013 – The Miracle Worker
2012 – The Diary of Anne Frank
2011 – Scrooge and Marley
2011 – The Tortoise and the Hare
2010 – It’s a Wonderful Life – click here for photos from the performance…
2009 – A Christmas Carol – click here for photos from the rehersals….
2003 – Laramie Project
2002 – Haymarket 8
2001 – Our Town
2000 – Antigone
2000 – SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY in 2000 – click here to view the video clip on
1999 – Spoon River Anthology

Fall Musicals

2011 – The Man in the Mirror
2010 – Imagine
2010 – Thank You For The Music
2004 – Into the Woods
2003 – Godspell
2002 – Music Man
1997 – Grease

48 Hour Film Festival Projects

2006 – SHOE
2007 – FARM FORCE – 48
2008 – de Zomer Kamp (click here to view movie)
2009 – SOCK POX (click here to view movie)
2009 – MIDAFTERNOON (click here to view the movie)
2010 – Summer Camp Reformatroy
2010 – “DEADSVILLE” R.I 48 Hour Film Festival



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