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Get your Gloucester Stage Membership before June 12 and enter to WIN!

This just in from Heidi Dallin of Gloucester Stage.  Check it out — and don’t miss this year’s musical Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.

 Purchase Your Membership Before June 12 and Be Entered to Win!

 You may already be aware of all the great benefits of a GSC Season Membership: savings of up to $7.50 per ticket, guarantee of the best seats availablefree ticket exchange, and a StageSource Circle of Friends Card (2-for-1 tickets to other participating theaters!)

 Now, as an extra benefit, anyone who purchases a Membership before our season kick-off on June 12, will be entered to win one of the prizes below! Memberships purchased prior to the start of this promotion will be automatically entered into the drawing.*

 

2 (two) complimentary Memberships for the 2015 Season. Productions and dates to be announced! 

 
 
   
2 (two) Memberships for 2014 – bring more friends to the show(s), or give as gifts! 

 

 
Dinner for two at the 5-star
Duckworths Bistrot in Gloucester.

*Winner of the 2014 Memberships prize cannot exchange for cash or be refunded for previously purchased 2014 Memberships.

*Promotion ends June 12 at midnight.

Memberships can be purchased by phone, via the GSC Box Office at 978-281-4433 or online here.

15 IRNE Nominations for Gloucester Stage – How do you like living in a town with a Broadway-quality theatre?

This just in from Heidi Dallin:

Gloucester Stage Recognized by Boston Critics‏
Theatre Receives 15 Nominations for 2013 Season from the
 Independent Reviewers of New England

 The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) recently announced the IRNE award nominations for the 2013 calendar year. Gloucester Stage received a total of 15 nominations for the 2013 season. The musical Spring Awakening received 9 nominations, Driving Miss Daisy received 4 nominations and Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester play, North Shore Fish received 2 nominations. According to GSC Artistic Director and Best Director nominee Eric C. Engel, “GSC is very proud of the actors, designers and directors whose work has garnered these endorsements.  And we’re very grateful to the press who find their way to so many theaters throughout the year.”

Spring Awakening Company

Spring Awakening Company

Melody Madarasz & Phil Tayler

Melody Madarasz & Phil Tayler

Aimee Doherty & Thomas Phillip O’Neill

Aimee Doherty & Thomas Phillip O’Neill

Lindsay Crouse & Johnny Lee Davenport

Lindsay Crouse & Johnny Lee Davenport

Eric C. Engel (L) & Benny Sato Ambush

Eric C. Engel (L) & Benny Sato Ambush

Gloucester Stage received fifteen 2014 IRNE nominations for their 2013 season. The 9 nominations for Spring Awakening include: Best Musical, Best Ensemble, Best Director of a Musical: Eric C. Engel, Best Actress in a Musical: Melody Madarasz, Best Actor in a Musical: Phil Tayler, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical: Amelia Broome, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical: Ross Mumford, Best Music Director: Catherine Stornetta and Best Choreography: Jodi Leigh Allen. North Shore Fish garnered nominations for Best Director of a Play: Robert Walsh and Best Actress in Play: Aimee Doherty. The 4 nominations for Driving Miss Daisy include Best Play, Best Director of a Play: Benny Sato Ambush, Best Actress in a Play: Lindsay Crouse and Best Actor in a Play: Johnny Lee Davenport. Mr. Ambush won the 2013 IRNE Award for Best Director of a Play for GSC’s 2012 acclaimed production of Master Harold … and the Boys.

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All New Holiday Delights This Weekend FRI-SUN @ Gloucester Stage

Heidi Dallin has produced a brand-new Holiday Delights show for 2013.  Check out this wicked cool promo by Lisa Smith from Cape Ann TV.  Lisa’s daughter is in the show too!  Four performances @ Gloucester Stage this weekend: Friday 7pm, Saturday 3pm & 7PM and Sunday 3pm.  Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children under 12 $6.  Get tickets here.

It’s Holiday Delights time of year again. Check out this year’s show!

This just in from Heidi Dallin:

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops

Presents

HOLIDAY DELIGHTS

From Egypt to England to Gloucester: A New Journey for 2013

A Holiday Season Event for All Ages Featuring Students from Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops

Christmas in Gloucester photo by Gary Ng

Christmas in Gloucester - photo by Gary Ng

Mrs. Claus and the elves in Santa's Workshop Photo by Gary Ng

Mrs. Claus and the elves in Santa’s Workshop – photo by Gary Ng

The Carolers photo by Gary Ng

The Carolers - photo by Gary Ng

Fezziwig Ball Photo by Gary Ng

Fezziwig Ball – photo by Gary Ng

Mrs. Claus' favorite elves Photos by Gary Ng

Mrs. Claus’ favorite elves – photos by Gary Ng

Dancing Dreidels Photo by Gary Ng

Dancing Dreidels – photo by Gary Ng

The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops proudly presents Holiday Delights  from December 13 through December 15 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Holiday Delights features a cast of 40 young people ranging in age from 6 to 17, all students in Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops. Conceived and directed by Heidi Dallin, this festive evening of stories, songs, magic and dance recounts the special traditions that other cultures and families experience as seen during one young girl’s magical journey on Christmas Eve to discover what is really important during the the holiday season.

The 2013 edition of Holiday Delights features the new journey of a young girl who discovers the spirit and the joys of the holiday season as she faces the prospect of leaving her beloved hometown of Gloucester and moving with her family to a new home in Michigan. During her Christmas Eve travels with Mrs. Claus and the elves, she joins an Egyptian Christmas celebration, celebrates Hanukkah, travels back in time to turn of the century Gloucester to see her Italian-Irish ancestors celebrate the holidays and meets famous literary characters including The Cratchit Family and the Fezziwig Family from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the March Sisters from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. During her Christmas Eve journey she learns about the special traditions of other families and comes to realize the importance of her own family traditions.

The 2013 edition of Holiday Delights features the new story of a contemporary family in Egypt celebrating Christmas inspired by YAW student Farah Moussa, an exchange student from Egypt studying at Gloucester High School. Cast members learned traditional Egyptian dance. The 2013 production includes elements of Sign Language learned in YAW classes this year, magic performed by cast members, new songs, new twists on classic holiday stories and the return of the original story set in turn of the century Gloucester featuring the young girl’s grandmother as a young girl herself growing up on the Fort in an Irish-Italian fishing family. According to director and writer Heidi Dallin, “I wanted to explore the main character’s background so she could see first hand her own family traditions and thus gain a new appreciation for them. I also wanted to offer the entire cast a glimpse of Gloucester’s past and enrich their experience in the production. We had an enthusiastic audience response to the 2012 premiere of the story so we brought the story back this year with some new twists and a new song.” In addition to Dallin, the artistic staff includes music direction by Gloucester Public Schools’ Helen Greene, choreography by Windhover’s Carol Burnham, set design by Gloucester Joe Mustone and property design by Danver’s Jamie Wilkinson, costume design by Lara Jardullo, and lighting design by Brendan Marr.

The 40 young actors bring the original and classic stories to life on stage with a fresh perspective. Many actors play multiple roles in the production to bring all the stories to life. The show has over 100 costume changes. Holiday Delights features classic holiday music including Deck The Halls; O, Christmas Tree, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and the show ends with a audience sing a long and a visit from Santa Claus. Gloucester High School Junior 17 year old Jaqi McCarthy returns to the role of Mrs. Claus. McCarthy has been a student of Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops since age six and has appeared in Holiday Delights for 4 years. Waring School student 12 year old Sara Wheeler plays the young girl who wants to skip Christmas rather than move away from Gloucester. Wheeler first appeared in Holiday Delights in 2007 and was the youngest member of that year’s cast. She has performed in all 5 productions of Holiday Delights, originating over a dozen different roles since 2007.

Holiday Delights performances are December 13 through December 15 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Performance times are 7 pm on December 13, December 14 and 3 pm on December 14 and December 15 Ticket prices are $15 for Adults; $12 for Senior Citizens, $8 for Students and $6 for Children under 12. For tickets and further information, call 978-281-4433 or visit http://www.gloucesterstage.com

“Helping people to see is the transformative power of theatre” – Benny Sato Ambush, director, Driving Miss Daisy

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Lindsay Crouse as Daisy Werthan and Johhny Lee Davenport as Hoke Coleburn
photo Gary Ng

I’ll bet there are many people, who read GMG regularly and have not seen any of this season’s plays at Gloucester Stage.  If you’re one of those people, you’ve got until next Sunday (9/22) to rectify that situation.  And it’s the perfect week to do so because Driving Miss Daisy is the best production of this excellent season.

Let’s start with the play itself.  “Driving Miss Daisy” was written by Alfred Uhry, who is the only playwright ever to win an Oscar, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize.  Perhaps you saw the 4-time Oscar-winning movie starring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd.  If you haven’t, I suggest you wait until after you see the play at Gloucester Stage (get tickets here).  The play is much more powerful.

Gloucester Stage’s production of Driving Miss Daisy stars Academy Award nominee Lindsay Crouse (who has appeared in dozens of films, including 3 of my favorites: The Insider,  Being Human and The Verdict),  Johnny Lee Davenport and Robert Pemberton — all of whom give stellar, riveting performances.

We saw the play on Sunday with our ten-year-old son, John.  He was skeptical.  While reading the playbill before it began, John complained that it couldn’t be interesting with only three characters.  “But I loved it!” he exclaimed after it was over.  “It’s a great life lesson.”
  “What lesson would that be?” I asked.
   “Don’t be mean. You’ll regret it.”

We stayed for the “Talk Back” with the actors and director, during which Lindsay Crouse profoundly elaborated on that very concept, describing her character, Miss Daisy, as struggling to forgive herself after having pushed blame off onto others in her life.

Near the end of the Talk Back, director Benny Sato Ambush responded to a comment from the audience about how the characters faced their fears by noting the root of the Greek word for theatre is θεάομαι (theáomai, “to see”) and seeing the root of your fears helps you overcome them, saying “Helping people to see is the transformative power of theatre.”

Bravo!

Whether you’re 10 or 100, seeing Driving Miss Daisy at Gloucester Stage will be a transformative experience for you.  And if you live on Cape Ann, you can get half price tickets on Wednesday & Thursday.  Call the box office 978-281-4433!

Driving Miss Daisy Starring Academy-Award nominee Lindsay Crouse


Gloucester Stage wraps up the 2013 season with Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy from September 5 through September 22.   If you have not been to Gloucester Stage for their 2013 season you have missed some amazing shows.  Don’t miss Driving Miss Daisy here are some great incentives:

Cape Ann Residents discount tickets – A limited amount of discount tickets are available to Cape Ann residents for all Wednesday and Thursday 8 pm performances. For these performances only, Cape Ann residents can purchase discounted tickets for $20. Advance reservations are strongly suggested to ensure tickets at the discounted price.

Pay What You Can - Saturday September 7 matinee at 3 pm  is a special  matinee. For this Saturday matinee only the ticket price is Pay What You Can.

For reservations or further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit http://www.gloucesterstage.com.

Dueling Divas (…and a Dandy!) Cabaret One Week Only at Gloucester Stage & 4th Annual Summer Soiree

Kathy St. George and Kerry Dowling – 2 of the region’s most accomplished performers- will banter, bellow and bewilder in this special cabaret featuring songs from the Great American Songbook. Daniel Robert Sullivan, from the National Tour of Jersey Boys “officiates” this affectionate battle for center-stage. Song selection includes There’s Nothing Like A Dame, What You Don’t Know About Women and a medley of Broadway love songs from across the ages among many other songs. Dueling Divas (…and a Dandy!) Cabaret is a special one-week engagement for six performances only.

The limited engagement performance schedule for Dueling Divas Cabaret is Wednesday, August 28 through Saturday, August 31 at 8 pm; a Saturday matinee on August 31 at 3 pm and a Sunday performances are September 1 at 4 pm. Gloucester Stage is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for all performances. Senior citizen & student tickets are $35 for all performances.

Full Price Ticket – $40, Students & Seniors (65+) – $35
Cape Ann Resident Discount- $20, Wednesday & Thursday nights – call 978-281-4433 for more information.
Student Rush tickets available 1/2 hour before showtime. 1 Ticket per Student ID. $20 each, Cash Only. Based on availability.

For reservations or further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

The limited run of the
Dueling Divas (…and a Dandy!) Cabaret wraps up with Gloucester Stage’s 4th Annual Summer Soiree on Sunday, September 1. The Summer Soiree includes attending the 4pm performance of Dueling Divas (…and a Dandy!) Cabaret and then immediately following the performance enjoying a fun song-filled cocktail reception with the cast and Maestro Brian Patton on the piano in a beautiful Gloucester private home. Food will be catered by Willowrest in Gloucester, MA. Cost to attend is $125 per person (performance + reception), or $85 per person (reception only). Contact the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit http://www.gloucesterstage.com to make reservations for this exciting evening. 

 

Last Chance to See Academy Award Nominee Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth at Gloucester Stage

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Gloucester Stage ends the run of the critically acclaimed production of Academy Award nominated writer Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth on Sunday, August 25 in the air-conditioned comfort of Gloucester Stage Company at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Kenneth Lonergan’s funny, compassionate and powerful work is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood when many young people first go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers. In meticulous and hilarious detail, Lonergan examines the lives of three privileged teenagers in 1980’s Manhattan’s Upper West Side – when and where an abundance of worldly knowledge proves no substitute for familial affection. Directed by Lewis D. Wheeler, This Is Our Youth features the return of Jimi Stanton and Amanda Collins from 2012’s critically acclaimed 9 Circles, and the Gloucester Stage debut of Elliot Norton award winner Alex Pollock.

The performance schedule for the final week of performances of This Is Our Youth is Wednesday, August 21 through Saturday, August 24 at 8 pm; a Saturday matinee on August 24 at 3 pm and a Sunday performance on August 25 at 4 pm. A limited amount of discount tickets are available to Cape Ann residents for the Wednesday and Thursday 8 pm performances. For these performances only, Cape Ann residents can purchase discounted tickets for $20. Advance reservations are strongly suggested to ensure tickets at the discounted price. Year round Cape Ann residents must identify themselves as Cape Ann residents when making a reservation and proof of residency must be presented at the box office the night of the performance. Gloucester Stage is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for all performances. Senior citizen & student tickets are $35 for all performances. For reservations or further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

Dueling Divas (…and a Dandy!) Cabaret One Week Only at Gloucester Stage

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Kathy St. George and Kerry Dowling – 2 of the region’s most accomplished performers- will banter, bellow and bewilder in this special cabaret featuring songs from the Great American Songbook. Daniel Robert Sullivan, from the National Tour of Jersey Boys “officiates” this affectionate battle for center-stage. Song selection includes There’s Nothing Like A Dame, What You Don’t Know About Women and a medley of Broadway love songs from across the ages among many other songs. Dueling Divas (…and a Dandy!) Cabaret is a special one-week engagement for six performances only.

The performance schedule for Dueling Divas Cabaret is Wednesday, August 28 through Saturday, August 31 at 8 pm; a Saturday matinee on August 31 at 3 pm and a Sunday performances are September 1 at 4 pm. Gloucester Stage is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for all performances. Senior citizen & student tickets are $35 for all performances.

Full Price Ticket – $40, Students & Seniors (65+) – $35
Cape Ann Resident Discount- $20, Wednesday & Thursday nights – call 978-281-4433 for more information.
Student Rush tickets available 1/2 hour before showtime. 1 Ticket per Student ID. $20 each, Cash Only. Based on availability.

For reservations or further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

Gloucester Stage – ‘This is Our Youth’ ~ Worth Seeing

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As Dan Mac Alpine says “The Gloucester Stage Company continues its exploration of youth and coming of age it started in its first production this season, “Spring Awakening,” with the early ‘80s play, “This is Our Youth.”

And like its two predecessors, “Awakening,” and “North Shore Fish,” this production is well worth the audience’s investment.

This is the play “Friends” would have been if it had been reflecting reality, not that “Youth” doesn’t have some funny one liners and, in fact, has the audience laughing through the pain and pathos its three characters negotiate.

Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/ipswich/newsnow/x1676646633/Gloucester-Stage-mounts-another-worthy-production#ixzz2br0iNRQO

Remember Cape Ann Residents are only $20 on Wednesday & Thursday, get your tickets today.

This Is Our Youth Opens in Gloucester – Aug 8th

This just in from Heidi Dallin:

Kenneth Lonergan’s
This Is Our Youth
Opens At Gloucester Stage 

Gloucester Stage continues the 2013 season with Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth from August 8 through August 25 in the air-conditioned comfort of Gloucester Stage Company at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Kenneth Lonergan’s funny, compassionate and powerful work is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood when many young people first go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers. In meticulous and hilarious detail, This Is Our Youth follows forty-eight turbulent hours in the lives of three very lost young souls in the big city in 1982 at the dawn of the Reagan Era. Lonergan examines the lives of three privileged teenagers in 1980’s Manhattan’s Upper West Side – when and where an abundance of worldly knowledge proves no substitute for familial affection. Directed by Lewis D. Wheeler, This Is Our Youth features the return of Jimi Stanton and Amanda Collins from 2012’s critically acclaimed 9 Circles, and the Gloucester Stage debut of Elliot Norton award winner Alex Pollock.

The performance schedule for This Is Our Youth is Thursday, August 8 through Saturday, August 10 at 8 pm; Wednesday, August 14 through Saturday, August 17 at 8 pm Wednesday, August 21 through Saturday, August 24 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees on August 10, August 17 and August 24 at 3 pm and Sunday performances on August 11, August 18 and August 25 at 4 pm. The 3 pm Saturday matinee on August 10 is a special Pay What You Can matinee. For this Saturday matinee only the ticket price is Pay What You Can. A limited amount of discount tickets are available to Cape Ann residents for all Wednesday and Thursday 8 pm performances. For these performances only, Cape Ann residents can purchase discounted tickets for $20. Advance reservations are strongly suggested to ensure tickets at the discounted price. Year round Cape Ann residents must identify themselves as Cape Ann residents when making a reservation and proof of residency must be presented at the box office the night of the performance. Following the 4 pm performance on Sunday, August 11, audiences are invited to a free post show discussion with the artists from This Is Our Youth. Gloucester Stage is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for all performances. Senior citizen & student tickets are $35 for all performances. For reservations or further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

Kenneth Lonergan is a playwright, screenwriter, and director born in the Bronx, New York City, New York. He began writing in high school, later graduating from the NYU Playwriting Program. His first success came with the play This is Our Youth in 1996, and was followed by The Waverley Gallery in 1999, based on his grandmother’s Greenwich Village Gallery, and 2002’s Lobby Hero. Mr. Lonergan’s film career began with his screenplay for the gangland comedy Analyze This in 1999. He was subsequently offered a job writing 2000’s The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Mr. Lonergan wrote and directed his next film, 2000’s You Can Count on Me which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese. You Can Count on Me was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, won the Sundance 2000 Grand Jury Prize, the New York Film Critics Circle, L.A. Film Critics Circle, Writers Guild of America and National Board of Review awards for Best Screenplay of 2001, the AFI awards for Best Film and Best New Writer, as well as The Sutherland Trophy at the London Film Festival. Mr. Lonergan went on to contribute to the screenplay for 2002’s Gangs of New York which garnered a WGA and Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He wrote and directed the 2007 film Margaret starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, and his wife, J. Smith-Cameron. Mr. Lonergan is a member of Naked Angels. Mr. Lonergan is a member the New York Playwrights Lab which was founded by of Gloucester Stage’s Founding Artistic Director, emeritus, Israel Horovitz. Lonergan has spent time in Gloucester and as an audience member at Gloucester Stage during the New York Playwrights Lab Retreats held in Gloucester by Horovitz.

Lewis D. Wheeler makes his Gloucester Stage directing debut with This Is Our Youth. As an actor he has been seen onstage at GSC in Doubt and An Ideal Husband. He is a Founding member of the new Harbor Stage Company on Cape Cod (Wellfleet), where last year he directed David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones. . He directed Skirmishes at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles and co-produced the dramatic feature film Blue Diner (WGBH/PBS). Mr. Wheeler assisted his father David Wheeler on No Man’s Land at the American Repertory Theatre, Book of Grace with Company One, and Burn This at Trinity Rep, among many others. As an actor: Mr. Wheeler has appeared onstage at Harbor Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Huntington, New Rep, Lyric Stage, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., WHAT, Publick Theater, Underground Railway/Central Square, Wellesley Summer Theatre, Shakespeare Now, Stoneham Theater, and Vineyard Playhouse. Mr. Wheeler studied theatre & film at Cornell University with David Feldshuh and received his MFA from the American Film Institute (AFI).

This Is Our Youth features the return of Jimi Stanton and Amanda Collins from Gloucester Stage’s critically acclaimed 2012 production of 9 Circles and the Gloucester Stage debut of Elliot Norton Award winning actor Alex Pollock. A playwright as well as an actor, Jimi Stanton is the author of the play Outside the Wire which was produced at the Boston Center for the Arts in 2011, and at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. Amanda Collin’s regional theatre credits include The Seagull and Church with Harbor Stage Company; A Behanding in Spokane, The Bald Soprano, Speech and Debate, Shortstack, Colorado, and What Then with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater; When The World Was Green and An Ideal Husband at American Stage in Florida; The Island of Slaves with Orfeo Group; and Brecht’s The Life of Galileo with Underground Railway. Ms. Collins is a member of Theatre Espresso, performing interactive, historical dramas at schools and courthouses across New England. She received a BA in History and Theatre from Regis College. GSC newcomer Alex Pollock has appeared in The Seagull, and Sticks and Bones with Harbor Stage Company; Our Town with the Huntington Theatre Company; A Behanding in Spokane and Daughter of Venus with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater; and Little Black Dress at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. In 2011, Mr. Pollock received an Elliot Norton Award for his work as KJ in The Aliens with Company One, and in 2005 he was awarded a Princess Grace Award for his acting.

This Is Our Youth runs from August 8 through August 25 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The performance schedule for This Is Our Youth is Thursday, August 8 through Saturday, August 10 at 8 pm; Wednesday, August 14 through Saturday, August 17 at 8 pm Wednesday, August 21 through Saturday, August 24 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees on August 10, August 17 and August 24 at 3 pm and Sunday performances on August 11, August 18 and August 25 at 4 pm. Ticket prices are $40 for all performances. Senior citizen & student tickets are $35 for all performances. For reservations or further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.

Gloucester Stage Benefit Featuring Chelsea Berry – Saturday June 8th

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The fun filled evening kicks off with a cocktail hour with an open bar and appetizers and a special preview performance of musical selections sung by the cast from Gloucester Stage’s season opening production of the Tony Award winning musical Spring Awakening followed by a buffet dinner, silent auction, a performance by acclaimed local singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry. The evening concludes with a dancing to the music of of DJ Sam Lurie of Total Control Entertainment.  Get your tickets today, help support Gloucester Stage Company.

Meet the Architect for Gloucester Stage Company , Alan Joslin of Epstein Joslin Architects, Inc.

To get an idea of the high profile jobs on which Epstein Joslin Architects have been involved with click the links from their website-

Thursday, June 2 - Open Design Workshop  10:30 am – 4:00 pm Public Welcome

 Epstein Joslin Architects led by Alan Joslin will be conducting an intensive and open design process workshop for the public on Thursday, June 2 from 10:30 am until 4:00 pm at Gloucester Stage. The public is invited to Gloucester Stage to meet and talk with Joslin and the team fromEpstein Joslin Architects and to share their observations and ideas about the renovations. Gloucester Stage and Epstein Joslin look forward to and welcome public input as they embark on the design process.

For questions, call Gloucester Stage 978-281-4433

Hope to see you at Gloucester Stage on June 2!


Gloucester Stage Company Launches 2011 Season with SPRING BENEFIT GALA Friday May 20th

The Gloucester Stage Company will mark their 32nd Season of producing professional theatre on Cape Ann with a celebratory SPRING BENEFIT GALA on Friday, May 20, 2011 from 6 pm to 11 pm. This fun-filled event will be held at Cruiseport Gloucester located on the waterfront at 6 Rowe Square in downtown historic Gloucester, MA. Included among the evening’s festivities will be a cocktail hour, gourmet buffet dinner, a Silent Art Auction and dancing to New England’s Premier Dance Band, Guilty Pleasure. Gloucester Stage Artistic Director, Eric Engel, will also be on hand to give gala guests the latest updates on the 2011 production season and the many special events planned for the year and architect Alan Joslin will be on hand to discuss Gloucester Stage recently announced plans to renovate the theatre’s home on 267 East Main Street.

Throughout the 2011 SPRING BENEFIT GALA, guests will be afforded the opportunity to participate in a Silent Art Auction where they can bid on unique and beautiful pieces of art donated by local and regional artists. Ranging from framed scenic photographs, oil and pastel paintings, and mixed media pieces, the artwork represented display a myriad of styles and disciplines. The Silent Art Auction will showcase the talents of New York artist Anna Cinquemani and Rocky Neck Art Colony affiliates Wendie Demuth, Devera Ehrenberg, Ken Riaf, Elynn Kroger, Brenda Malloy, Skip Montello, Ruth Mordecai, Judy Robinson-Cox, Patricia Sullivan, Ed Touchette and Rokhaya Waring.

Adding to the Gala’s ambiance will be the musical stylings of Guilty Pleasure, the popular seven-piece ensemble based in Boston. Formed in 2003, Guilty Pleasure is comprised of two male and female vocalists backed by some of the area’s top musicians. With their repertoire consisting of Motown, soul, R&B, funk, disco, Top 40, pop, and rock favorites, along with classic standards, ballads, duets, swing and “lite” jazz, Guilty Pleasure has garnered numerous accolades from their “dancing” and listening audiences.

Tickets to Gloucester Stage’s 2011 SPRING BENEFIT GALA are $150 per person and can be purchased by calling the company’s Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visiting www.gloucesterstage.org. Included in the ticket price is an Open Bar of wine and soft drinks from 6 pm – 8 pm along with the cocktail hour fare and gourmet buffet dinner. A cash bar of beer and spirits will be available throughout the evening; a cash bar of wine and soft drinks will be available after 8 pm. Tickets will not be sold at the door; advanced ticket sales only. Gloucester Stage Company’s 2011 SPRING BENEFIT GALA will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011 from 6 pm to 11 pm at Cruiseport Gloucester located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester, MA.

The Gloucester Stage Company is an award-winning, small, non-profit, professional theater company founded in 1979. Located in Cape Ann, Massachusetts, its mission is to provide a nurturing, intimate and relaxed platform for the development of new and established playwrights and plays; offer a wide variety of educational programs for children and adults; and present a high quality, relevant theater experience that is entertaining, stimulating and intellectually challenging to year-round and seasonal residents.

Trying Opens At Gloucester Stage This Weekend

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Joanna McClelland Glass

Set for Limited Run at Gloucester Stage

Saturday Matinee is Pay-As-You-Can

&

Wednesday and Thursday Peformances Offer

Half Price for Cape Ann Residents

Gloucester Stage announces a limited run of Joanna McClelland Glass’ poignant and powerful Trying from July 29 through August 8 in the air-conditioned comfort of Gloucester Stage Company at 267 East Main St., Gloucester, MA. This cross-generational tour de force set in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1968 is the story of Sarah, a determined young secretary from the Canadian prairie, who finds herself working for the aging Francis Biddle, Attorney General under Franklin D. Roosevelt and the primary Chief Judge of the Nuremberg Trials. An intimate and inspiring story, Trying is based on the playwright’s own experience as Biddle’s personal secretary from 1967-68. Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel, the production features the return of Gloucester Stage favorite Richard Mawe as Judge Frances Biddle and Gloucester Stage newcomer Becky Webber as Sarah Schorr in a limited run of two weeks.

The performance schedule for Trying is Thursday, July 29 through Saturday, July 31 at 8 pm; Wednesday, August 4 through Saturday, August 7 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees on July 31 and August 7 at 3 pm & Sunday performances on August 1 and August 8 at 4 pm. A limited amount of discount tickets are available to Cape Ann residents for all Wednesday and Thursday 8 pm performances. For these performances only, Cape Ann residents can purchase half price tickets for $18.50. Advance reservations are strongly suggested to ensure tickets at the discounted price. Year round Cape Ann residents must identify themselves as Cape Ann residents when making a reservation and proof of residency must be presented at the box office the night of the performance. The 3 pm Saturday matinee on July 31 is a special Pay What You Can matinee. For this Saturday matinee only the ticket price is Pay What You Can. Following the 4 pm performance on Sunday, August 1, audiences are invited to a free post show discussion with the artists from Trying. Gloucester Stage is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $37 for all performances. Senior citizen & student tickets are $32 for all performances. For reservations or further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433  or visit www.gloucesterstage.org.

Art for Trying: Credit should include: GSC Designer Melissa Wagner-O’Malley; Photos: istock; Richard Mawe photo courtesy of Capital
Repertory Theatre

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The Weir by Connor McPherson / Gloucester Stage Company

The Weir by Connor McPherson 

The play’s setting is in the late 1900’s rural Ireland, small pub in a windy seacoast village. 

  

Cast: 

Michael McNamara, Rory O’Conner, David McCaleb, Michael O’Leary and Kristen Searcy. 

 

 

 

 Stage Manager Light Board and Sound:     David Perrigo 

Staging, Set and Lighting Designer:       Susan Frey 

Lighting Designer/ Tech:        Brendan Marr 

Poster Art:             Coco Berman 

Logo Design:            Beth Bevins 

Web. Graphics:         David McCaleb, Beth Bevins 

Set Carpenters: 

Buddy Chapman, Ray Jenness, NickNeyeloff, Brendan Marr, Susan Frey 

Gorton Theater (Home of the Gloucester Stage Company) 

267 East Main Street

Local musicians hold concert to benefit Action Inc.

By Gail McCarthy
Gloucester Daily Times Staff Writer

A night of music will take place Saturday at Gloucester Stage Company to benefit Action Inc., the local anti-poverty agency which helps a range of residents from the homeless to the elderly.

Singer-songwriter James White, a native of England who is a long-time resident here, organized the benefit for Action.

There will be a rich assortment of local musicians, he said.

The line-up includes a solo performance by Chris Lyman on aquaphone, and two bands, James White and Friends, which features Hal Hirshon, and Chris Armstrong.

Dr. Thomas Pearce, a local physician also known as “Dr. Tom,” will perform on bass with Armstrong, a local singer-songwriter and artist.

“Action is providing what is a really good service, helping the homeless, feeding people, educating people and taking care of people. If you’re going to have a benefit in this current time, we want to help those who are hit the hardest, and we want to do what we can to help out,” said White.

Lisa Doucett, of Action, said the organization is appreciative to the musicians who wanted to volunteer their time for the concert.

“We’re grateful that they thought of us and made us the recipient,” said Doucett. “We’re happy and we hope people turn out for it. It should be a fun time.”

The concert takes place Saturday at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main St. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com

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