The Newton Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs along with Understanding Our Differences and Newton Community Pride are hosting the first ever:

Marathon Staged Reading of Wonder

Saturday, March 16, 2013
9:00am– 7:30pm
The Newton Cultural Center
225 Nevada Street, Newton

9:00-11:30am Act I Part 1
Noon - 1:00pm Act II Parts 2 and 3
1:30-3:30pm Act III Parts 4 and 5
4:00-5:30pm Act IV Parts 6 and 7
6:00-7:30pm Act V Part 8

The public is invited to the entire reading or their favorite parts of the book.

Directed by Melissa Bernstein, the cast is comprised of 55 community readers and 14 actors. The cast includes retired Zervas Principal Steve Griffin who will play Principal Tushman, and Adam Brown, Chair of Newton North High School’s Theatre Ink. Taking the lead role of Auggie is Chapin Galowitz, a 6th grader at Oak Hill Middle School appearing with his own parents, Pamela and Adam Galowitz playing Auggie’s parents.

Children are invited to submit a Wonder inspired drawing, painting or collage that embrace the themes of inclusiveness, kindness, courage and friendship for an Art Exhibition which will be on display all day. Artwork should be dropped off to the Newton Cultural Center no later than Wednesday, March 13.

Admission is free (donations welcome); refreshments, copies of the book Wonder and Wonder souvenirs will be for sale. Also, please bring a food donation for one of Newton’s Food Pantries.

For more information about the event, contact Linda Plaut at 617-796-1540 or

Read our press release.

Visit R. J. Palacio's web site to learn more about the book.

Buy your book from a local bookseller like Newtonville Books or New England Mobile Book Fair.

Wonder Cast

AUGGIE – Chapin Galowitz
AUGGIE’S MOM – Pamela Galowitz
AUGGIE’S DAD – Adam Galowitz
VIA – Abby Lass
MR. TUSHMAN – Steve Griffin
MR. BROWNE – Mike Stern
CHARLOTTE – Tara Karim
JACK – Jonah Michel
JACK’S MOM – Karen Woodrow
JAMIE – Spike Michel
JULIAN – Liam Walsh
SUMMER – Kaila Pelton-Flavin
JUSTIN – Sam Fidler
MIRANDA – Hadas Nahar
MR. DAVENPORT – Adam Brown

Wonder Staff

Director – Melissa Bernstein
Technical Director – Becky Price
Stage Manager – Isabel Snyder
Community Reader Coordinator – Lori Lass
Sound Designer– Bernie Bernstein
Set Decorator – Vered Rosen
Program – Liz Zygadlo
Scenery – Sophie Galowitz

Some Pictures