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Westboro Baptist Church Coming to Framingham

Filed under: Arts / Culture,General Interest,Schools & Education by Randy Harris at 8:09 pm on November 18, 2010
Shirley Phelps of the hate group that calls itself the Westboro Baptist Church

Shirley Phelps of the hate group that calls itself the Westboro Baptist Church.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - I got a call yesterday afternoon. The woman said a reporter left a message saying they were from Framingham and wanted to interview her, but didn't leave a call-back number, so she searched the internet and found the phone number for

She asked if she was reaching "a news outlet", and I told her we do run some news articles along with other Framingham local community information.

Then I asked her, "Did you do something newsworthy?"

Her short reply,  "we picket".

I asked her name...

She said her name was Shirley Phelps-Roper.  Then she said, "we were going to picket in your town on the 4th, but we're going to come on the 3rd instead so more of the kids will be outside the school than will go to that fag play".

She told me she's "the lawyer for the [Westboro Baptist] church", and that she answers the phone calls and email.  Then rather proudly mentioned that she is one of 13 siblings, and she herself is the mother of 11 children.

Knowing I was talking to someone who loves the sound of their own voice, I gave Shirley a go-ahead "uh-huh" and said, "Oh, you're from that church in Kansas", and mentioned I'd read "something about it".

Shirley went on about The Laramie Project ...[read more]

Mobsters of Framingham Auditions February 10

Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff at 6:05 pm on February 7, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Framingham Community Theater is seeking 14 actors (5-7 women, 7-9 men) ages 18-adult for its original mystery dinner theater production, The Mobsters of Framingham--Mystery Dinner Theater You Can’t Refuse. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 7:00 PM, at the Performing Arts Center of ...[read more]

High School Wins Drama Fest

Filed under: Arts / Culture,Schools & Education by News Staff at 2:20 pm on April 3, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham High School Drama Company took top honors in the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild competition in Boston this weekend. Initially, over 100 school districts entered the competition. After two elimination rounds, earlier in the year, 15 town finalists remained in the 75 year old drama fest.

Sixty-four Framingham High students wowed the audience with the play: “Tales of Trickery: Two Indonesian Folk Tales.” Nine Framingham students took home All Star Awards for outstanding performances and two FHS seniors where honored for their work in the drama curriculum at the ceremonies as well. Framingham also collected awards for design, costume design, and its orchestra.

Framingham, along with Wellesley High, will represent the state in the New England Theater Conference held in New Hampshire on April 29th.  Visit the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild at:


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