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Youth Acting Workshops Begin September 26th!

Learn the skills necessary for professional theater!

Now accepting students age 6-19 years old.

The Fall session of YAW will place an emphasis on acting and non-verbal communication. Students will learn to communicate through yoga, movement and sign language as well as learn the basics of acting, scene study and stage technique. The workshops are designed to give the young students an outlet to nurture their creative potential through activities that will develop their self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills.

Guest instructors for the 2014 Fall Session will include:
-American Sign Language Instructor Kara Kelly Martin
-Movement Instructor Carol Burnham

Schedule:
Children’s Class (ages 6-10): Fridays, 4-6pm and Saturdays, 2-4pm.
Teen Class (ages 11-19): Saturdays, 12-4pm

Class size is limited and registration is on a first-come basis.
For class times, schedules, and to register, call Heidi Dallin at 978-283-6688.

HALF OF GLOBE NORTH BEST BETS ARE IN GLOUCESTER THIS WEEKEND

Today’s Globe North Best Bets column features 4 events and the first 2 listed are in Gloucester.  Here’s what they say:

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Gloucester: Gloucester Stage Company closes its current season with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fences.” The play tells the story of a former Negro baseball leagues star working as a garbage man in Pittsburgh in 1957. Thursday through Sept. 7. $35, $40. Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com .

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Gloucester: The Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series presents blues artist James Montgomery, joined by Danielle Miraglia, Marissa Licata, Sax Attax Horns, and Willie Loco Alexander. Friday, 8 p.m. $25-$55. A portion of proceeds will go to The Open Door food pantry. Waterfront Pavilion, Cape Ann Marina, 75 Essex Ave. www.gimmelive.tv

Looks like the editors of the Boston Globe know where to go for top entertainment north of Boston.

Aren’t you glad you live here?

Gloucester Stage Season 35 Opening Play JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS

This just in from Heidi Dallin:

GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY LAUNCHES
35th ANNIVERSARY SEASON WITH
JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS

Save Money on Season Membership and be Entered to Win.  Do it before June 12!  See full details here!

: L to R: Daniel Robert Sullivan, Shana Dirik, Douglas Jabara and Jennifer Ellis.  Photo Credit: Gary Ng

: L to R: Daniel Robert Sullivan, Shana Dirik, Douglas Jabara and Jennifer Ellis. Photo Credit: Gary Ng

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Gloucester Stage’s North Shore Fish will touch you deeply

Florence( Aimee Doherty) and Porker( Thomas Phillip O'Neill) photo: Gary Ng

Florence (Aimee Doherty) and Porker (Thomas Phillip O’Neill) photo: Gary Ng

Israel Horowitz’s Pulitzer-nominated “North Shore Fish” premiered at Gloucester Stage in 1986, has since been produced off Broadway in New York City, then all over the world, adapted into a TV movie in 1997 and is back at Gloucester Stage again with an excellent cast, whose performances will have you riveted from the very first scene.

Yes, it’s fun to hear the names of familiar Gloucester places batted about by actors on a stage.  And the fish processing set, replete with real lockers, production line, shrink wrapper and plenty of doors to slam will take anyone who’s ever labored in food service or production right back to work.  Plus, I have to admit I was eager to see Tip O’Neill’s grandson,  Thomas Phillip O’Neill in one of the lead roles as Porker.

While any of these, along with the fact that many consider North Shore Fish to be one of Israel Horowitz’s best plays, would be reason enough go see it, the REAL reason is that Gloucester Stage’s production of North Shore Fish will make you think and feel in ways you’ve never experienced before.  That’s what good theatre does — and this is theatre at its best.

According to Horovitz, “North Shore Fish, to my thinking, is a play about love and dignity in the workplace.”  You might ask yourself, well what else is there?  What else do we really want besides love and dignity and work that matters?  North Shore Fish will help you appreciate what you have and question your priorities.  And you’ll realize that this drama doesn’t happen only in Gloucester.  That’s why North Shore Fish has universal appeal.

If you’re a Cape Ann Resident, you can see this play for a mere twenty bucks this Wednesday or Thursday at 8pm.  North Shore Fish only runs through this Sunday, August 4.  It would be a shame if you missed it.  Call box office at 978-281-4433 for tickets.

GLOUCESTER STAGE NEW PLAY READING SERIES KICKS OFF MONDAY

GLOUCESTER STAGE NEW PLAY READING SERIES KICKS OFF WITH THE RAINMAKER

Iconic Play with Local Connection

The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash
Monday, July 29, 8 PM

This play reading celebrates the 100th anniversary of distinguished American writer N. Richard Nash’s birth. The iconic play, The Rainmaker was written about the drought leading into the dust bowl. The evening includes a casual reception and conversation with Gloucester resident Amanda Nash, daughter of the playwright, following the reading.

The Rainmaker cast includes many Gloucester Stage favorites:

The reading is directed by Barlow Adamson who shared the GSC stage with Richard Snee and Steven Barkhimer in the Alan Ayckbourn’s Norman Conquests Trilogy from 2010 through 2012. Johnny Lee Davenport starred in 2012’s Master Harold… and the Boys and returns later in the GSC’s 2013 season to star in Driving Miss Daisy with Lindsay Crouse. The Rainmaker takes place during the time of a paralyzing drought in the West. A plain girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her potential future as an old maid as they are about the drought and their dying cattle. The brothers try every possible scheme to marry her off, but without success and there any sign of relief from the dry heat. Suddenly from out of nowhere appears a picaresque, sweet-talking man with quite the sales pitch. Claiming to be a “rainmaker,” the man promises to bring rain, for $100. It’s a silly idea, but the rainmaker is so refreshing and persistent that the family finally consents, banging on big brass drums to rattle the sky. Meanwhile the rainmaker also turns his magic on the girl, and persuades her that she has a very real beauty of her own. She believes it, just as her father believes the fellow can actually bring rain. Rain does come, and so does love.

All readings are at 8 PM.
Suggested Donation for Each Reading is $20. Seating is general admission.
Readings held at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA
For reservations and further information,
contact Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433
or visit www.gloucesterstage.org

Discount Tickets for Cape Ann Residents For Horovitz’s Gloucester Play @ Gloucester Stage!!

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This just in from Heidi Dallin:

Gloucester Stage offers discount tickets to Cape Ann residents to Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester play, North Shore Fish running at Gloucester Stage through Sunday, August 4.  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.

The North Shore Fish performance schedule is Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 31 through Saturday, August 3 at 8 pm, Saturday matinees on July 20, July 27 and August 3 at 3 pm & Sunday performances on July 21, July 28 and August 4 at 4 pm. Performances are in the air-conditioned comfort of Gloucester Stage Company at 267 East Main Street., Gloucester, MA. Gloucester Stage is handicapped accessible. Regular ticket prices are $40  for adults and  $35 senior citizen & student for all performances. For reservations or further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

Critics say Gloucester Stage’s “Spring Awakening” is Better than Broadway

Eric Engel photo: GDT

The thing about risk is that when it pays off, you end up with something far better than what you would have gotten had you gone the safe route and avoided the risk altogether.  But risk is scary and losing really sucks, so most people avoid it.

Last week, in this post, I congratulated Eric Engel and the Gloucester Stage Board for taking the risk to open their season with the controversial Broadway musical, Spring Awakening (the original play was banned), by saying that Eric had brought Broadway to Gloucester.

Well, as it turns out, Eric’s direction and the cast’s performances are so good that reviewers are proclaiming Gloucester Stage’s production BETTER THAN BROADWAY!  Check these out:

Now you can reap the reward of Eric’s risk without having to take any risk yourself!  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that you only have another week to see this groundbreaking show.  So don’t delay.  Get tickets NOW, before anybody else reads these reviews and the rest of the shows sell out out and all you can do is kick yourself.

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Broadway really has come to Gloucester — Spring Awakening is a Must See for Every Parent!

Even if the music wasn’t moving; even if the performances, directing & choreography weren’t Broadway quality; even if the play hadn’t won 8 Tony Awards, you should still see Spring Awakening at Gloucester Stage before the run is up July 14 — and the good news is that you will enjoy it immensely!

For some reason, it seems that by the time your kids are ten, you’ve forgotten what it’s like to be a teen. Spring Awakening reminds you in a visceral way — and seeing it will help you help your kids through adolescence.  Believe me, every parent needs help with that!  Check out some photos, by Gary Ng, of the production :

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Bravo to Eric Engel and the Gloucester Stage Board for taking the risk to open their 2013 season with Spring Awakening. Good reviews are starting to pop up (here’s one), so you’d better get your tickets today if you want to be sure to get in. Click here – don’t delay!

Check out this video for a taste of what you can expect musically:

Cape Ann Residents 1/2 Price for Spring Awakening at Gloucester Stage

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Half Price Tickets
on Wednesday and Thursday Nights
For Cape Ann Residents!
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Gloucester Stage kicks off the 2013 season with Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening from June 20 through July 14 in the air-conditioned comfort of Gloucester Stage Company at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. This landmark musical with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik is based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 German expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years. Sater and Sheik’s energetic and powerful reimagining of the play for the Broadway stage earned 8 Tony Awards in 2007 including Best Musical, Best Book of A Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction of A Musical, Best Performance by A Featured Actor in A Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations and Best Lighting Design of A Musical. With its electrifying and hauntingly beautiful score, Spring Awakening traces the sexual awakening of several youths in an atmosphere of repression. Their journey from adolescence to adulthood is explored with poignancy and passion. Spring Awakening is directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel with musical direction by Catherine Stornetta and choreography by Jodi Leigh Allen. The cast of 13 welcomes back three Gloucester Stage veterans: Melody Madarasz from 2012’s Crimes of the Heart as Wendla, Paul Farwell from 2012’s Carnival and Amelia Broome from 2005’s My Old Lady play all the adult male and female roles respectively in Spring Awakening. The remaining ten cast members make their Gloucester Stage debut: Lydia Baldwin as Anna; Jordan J. Ford as Hanschen; Meghan LaFlam as Thea; Sarah Oakes Muirhead as Ilse; Ross Mumford as Moritz; Mary Nepi as Marthe; Andrew Oberstein as Georg; Chris Renalds as Ernst; Phil Tayler as Melchior; and Daniel Scott Walton as Otto.

The performance schedule for Spring Awakening is Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 22 at 8 pm; Wednesday, June 26 through Saturday, June 29 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 3 at 7pm; Thursday, July 4, Friday. July 5, and Saturday, July 6 at 8 pm: Wednesday, July 10 through Saturday, July 13 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees at 3 pm on June 22, June 29, July 6 & July 13and  Sunday performances at 4 pm on June 23, June 30, July 7 & July 14. 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. The 3 pm Saturday matinee on June 22 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, June 23, audiences are invited to a free post show discussion with the artists from Spring Awakening. 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.

Tony Award winning Spring Awakening co- creators Steven Sater (Book and Lyrics) and Duncan Sheik (Music and Orchestrations) have collaborated on other projects including the NY premiere of Umbrage at HERE, Nero: Another Golden Rome at The Magic Theatre, and The Nightingale, a musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic, commissioned by Martin McCallum, work-shopped both at the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference and La Jolla Playhouse. Mr. Sater is the lyricist for Sheik’s critically-acclaimed album Phantom Moon (Nonesuch), and together the two wrote the songs for Michael Mayer’s feature film A Home at the End of the World as well as the independent feature Brother’s Shadow.

Steven Sater’s plays include the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (Rosenthal Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse), Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize), A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film, The Miniature Theatre of Chester), Asylum (Naked Angels), Murder at the Gates, commissioned by Eye of the Storm, In Search of Lost Wings (Sanford Meisner) and a reconceived version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, with music by Laurie Anderson, which played London’s Lyric Hammersmith and toured internationally. Mr. Sater is co-creator and Executive Producer, with Paul Reiser, of pilots for both NBC and Sony/FX, and has developed two projects for HBO, and a pilot for Showtime (with Reiser). He is also at work, with Jessie Nelson, on a feature film for New Line and together they have recently completed a rewrite of the Warner Bros animated feature, C Horse. Mr. Sater also continues to work as a lyricist with a variety of composers in the pop/rock world.

In addition to writing the music for Spring Awakening, which received a critically acclaimed Lincoln Center American Songbook Concert staging, Grammy award nominated singer–songwriter Duncan Sheik has composed original music for the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night. His self-titled debut album, which was an enormous popular and critical success, introduced the hit singles Barely Breathing and She Runs Away, and spent 30 weeks on the Billboard 200. Other albums include Humming, Daylight, and White Limousine. His film soundtracks include: Great Expectations, The Saint,Teaching Mrs.Tingle, Three to Tango, What a Girl Wants, Transamerica and A Body Goes Down. Mr. Sheik composed and produced the original score for the feature film A Home at the End of the World, directed by Michael Mayer and starring Colin Farrell.

Director Eric C. Engel is in his seventh year as Gloucester Stage Artistic Director following two seasons as Producing Director and three as a guest director. Most recently at Gloucester Stage he directed the 2012 productions of Round and Round the Garden, Carnival and Nine Circles. In 2011 he directed Living Together, The Most Happy Fella, the world premiere of Last Day and the return of Trying. In 2010 he directed Table Manners, the world premiere of Tender and Trying. In 2009 he directed Gloucester Stage productions of The Breath of Life and The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia? His Gloucester Stage directorial debut was 2002’s The Subject was Roses. Other Gloucester Stage directing credits include the Elliot Norton Award winning Collected Stories, Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Spinning into Butter, The Heidi Chronicles, The Belle of Amherst, Going To St. Ives, Doubt: A Parable and the world premiere of Our Son’s Wedding.

Mr. Engel has been a director and arts administrator in the Boston area for over 20 years, and is currently Director of Memorial Hall/Sanders Theatre and College Theater Venues in the Office for the Arts at Harvard University. In 2009 he directed The Year of Magical Thinking at Boston’s Lyric Stage Company which transferred to Gloucester Stage in summer 2009. He has directed over 75 productions for numerous companies, including Lyric Stage., SpeakEasy Stage Company, Súgán Theatre Company, and as an artist in residence at Harvard University, Emerson College, The Boston Conservatory and Brandeis University, where he earned his MFA. He has directed the world premieres of Alan Brody’s The Housewives of Mannheim at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, John Kuntz’s Miss Price at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and Sing Me to Sleep at the Coyote Theatre, which received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production by A Fringe Company. As a founding member, Managing Director and Resident Director for The Nora Theatre Company, Mr. Engel staged the critically acclaimed productions of Death of a Salesman which received Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production by A Small Resident Company, Equus, Morning’s at Seven and Orphans. Recently, for Boston’s Publick Theatre, he directed the East Coast Premiere of Bill Cain’s 9 Circles and Entertaining Mr. Sloane (his fourth Elliot Norton Award-winning production).

Musical Director Catherine Stornetta makes her Gloucester Stage debut with Spring Awakening. Ms. Stornetta has been a musical director for Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Hollywood, and Forbidden Christmas for many years and has performed all over the country, all around the world, and on cruise ships circumnavigating the globe. She has orchestrated both Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Christmas and as a result has conducted the Detroit, Hartford, Winnipeg, North Carolina, Rochester, Syracuse, and Adelaide (Australia) Symphonies. She composed the score for the Cable ACE-award winning documentary Christa McAuliffe, Teacher in Space, produced for the Arts and Entertainment Network Biography series, and she has either arranged or written music for several shows: Intriguing People (for People Magazine), 12 Angry Reindeer, Reindeer Games, The Seasons, and The All-of-a-Kind Family. She has recently become a resident musical director at The Lyric Stage in Boston where she has in recent months done Animal Crackers, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Avenue Q (IRNE award), and performed parts of the Diabelli Variations for their January production of 33 Variations. She has worked extensively as a composer, musical director, arranger and teacher in Boston. She was a student of Darius Milhaud and Claude Frank, and on occasion, a piano soloist with the Boston Pops.

Choreographer Jodi Leigh Allen returns to Gloucester Stage after her choreography debut with 2012’s Carnival. She received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Shenandoah University in Virginia and her M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from The University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Ms. Allen’s professional performing credits include performing in Julie Taymor’s Die Zauberfote (The Magic Flute) and Romeo et Juliette at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. She has been a company member of Malashock Dance and Company in California and was privileged to study and perform the Tango with actor Robert Duvall. Currently, she is the Movement Coordinator and Instructor at the A.R.T/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. She has been a dance instructor and choreographer for Harvard University’s Dance Program for the last ten years. Ms. Allen holds the title of Associate Professor/Director of Dance in the Professional Music Department at Berklee College of Music where she is building a Movement for Musicians program.

Spring Awakening runs from June 20 through July 14 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The performance schedule for Spring Awakening is Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 22 at 8 pm; Wednesday, June 26 through Saturday, June 29 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 3 at 7 pm; Thursday, July 4, Friday. July 5, and Saturday, July 6 at 8 pm: Wednesday, July 10 through Saturday, July 13 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees at 3 pm on June 22, June 29, July 6 & July 13 and Sunday performances at 4 pm on June 23, June 30, July 7 & July 14. 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.

 

Moms can take the kids to Holiday Delights tomorrow while Dad is at Men’s Night

Or you could both go this weekend.  If you’ve never seen Holiday Delights before, don’t miss it this year.  No, it’s not JUST for parents of kids who are in it.  This is a professional production that you will actually enjoy.  And when you see one of these young actors in a major film, you’ll be able to say, I saw that kid when  . . .  Plus, If you bring your kids (and grandkids) they’ll just  love it!

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Last Chance to See World Premiere of LAST DAY At Gloucester Stage

Gloucester Stage wraps up the world premiere run of Richard Vetere’s powerful new work Last Day on Sunday, August 7. The final week of performances are Wednesday, August 3 through Saturday, August 6 at 8 pm, Saturday matinee at 3pm and Sunday matinee at 4pm in the air-conditioned comfort of Gloucester Stage Company at 267 East Main Street., Gloucester, MA. Last Day is a dark, delicious and mysterious love story about three longtime friends set in a Long Island cemetery where not all secrets are underground. Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel, this world premiere work features actors Timothy John Smith, direct from his acclaimed performance in Gloucester Stage’s recent hit production of The Most Happy Fella; Francisco Solorzano, last seen at Gloucester Stage in Israel Horovitz’s award winning Gloucester play Sins of the Mother and Gloucester Stage newcomer Therese Plaehn. 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. Gloucester Stage is handicapped accessible. Regular 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.

photo-Gary Ng

GLOUCESTER STAGE SETS 2011 PLAY PASS SEASON

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Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel recently announced Gloucester Stage’s 2011 Summer Play Pass season to begin on Thursday, June 9 with Living Together, the second installment of The Norman Conquests trilogy by Alan Ayckbourn. Living Together features the full cast from Gloucester Stage’s 2010 hit production of Table Manners, the trilogy’s first installment. The Gloucester Stage professional summer season also includes a powerful world premiere drama by an acclaimed stage, screen and television writer; a chamber version of one of the heartiest and heart warming musicals ever written; the return of last season’s moving Trying with the acclaimed 2010 cast and the return of Founding Artistic Director Israel Horovitz as he brings a re-envisioning of a play he first premiered at Gloucester Stage 17 years ago. According to Engel, “I’m hoping for and expecting to have our best season ever–the best of who we’ve been recently, who we’ve been historically as a champion of smart new plays, and, at the same time, venturing into new territory to present an intimate version of a really big musical. I’m thrilled with the roster of returning artists. How exciting to have the full casts from last season’s Table Manners and Trying committed to join us again in summer 2011!” Single tickets and play passes for the 2011 Season are available for purchase by calling the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visiting www.gloucesterstage.org.

GLOUCESTER STAGE 2011

SUMMER PLAYPASS SEASON

June 9 – June 26 Living Together

by Alan Ayckbourn

Gloucester Stage’s 2011 season kicks off with Living Together, the second installment of Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests trilogy. In 2010 Gloucester Stage presented the first play of the trilogy, Table Manners. This heartbreakingly hilarious reunion of adult siblings and their spouses enjoyed wide critical acclaim and sell out audiences. Taking place adjacent to the dining room and simultaneous with the chaos of Table Manners, Living Together features the anti-upping antics of the family living room and proudly. reunites the entire cast from last season’s hit production of Table Manners. The reunited cast includes Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse and an all star cast of Boston actors including Richard Snee, Barlow Adamson, Sarah Newhouse, Jennie Israel and Steven Barkhimer. The performance schedule for Living Together is Thursday, June 9 through Saturday, June 11 at 8 pm; Wednesday, June 15 through Saturday, June 18 at 8 pm; Wednesday, June 22 through Saturday, June 25 at 8 pm: Saturday matinees at 3 pm on June 11, June 18 & June 25 & Sunday performances at 4 pm on June 12, June 19 & June 26.

June 30 – July 17 The Most Happy Fella

Book, Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

Frank Loesser’s musical theatre triumph The Most Happy Fella is a touching love story featuring the toe tapping hit songs Standing on the Corner, Big “D” and Ooh, My Feet and the heartfelt ballads Somebody Somewhere, Joey, Joey, Joey and My Heart Is So Full of You; a big story about a special love told in a unique, intimate style at Gloucester Stage. The performance schedule for The Most Happy Fella is Thursday, June 30 through Saturday, July 2 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 9 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 13 through Saturday, July 16 at 8 pm, Saturday matinees on July 2, July 9 and July 16 at 3 pm & Sunday performances on July 3, July 10 and July 17 at 4 pm. Sunday, July 3 at 4:00 pm is An Evening of Theatre and Fireworks; the performance will be followed by a party and special viewing of the Gloucester fireworks.

July 21 – August 7 Last Day WORLD PREMIERE

by Richard Vetere

Gloucester Stage proudly presents Last Day, a world premiere from acclaimed stage, screen and television writer Richard Vetere. Vetere’s newest work is a dark, delicious and mysterious love story set in a Long Island cemetery where not all secrets are underground. Vetere is the author of past Gloucester Stage hits as the award winning Gangster Apparel and First Love. The performance schedule for Last Day is Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 27 through Saturday, July 30 at 8 pm; Wednesday, August 3 through Saturday, August 6 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees on July 23, July 30 and August 6 at 3 pm and Sunday performances on July 24, July 31 and August 7 at 4 pm.

August 10 – August 21 Trying Limited Run: Two Weeks Only

by Joanna McClelland Glass

2010 PRODUCTION RETURNS

A cross-generational tour de force ensues when Sarah, a determined young secretary from the Canadian prairie, finds herself working for the aging Francis Biddle, Attorney General during World War II and the primary American Judge on the postwar Nuremberg Trials. This intimate and inspiring story, based on the playwright’s own experience, has been acclaimed by audiences and critics throughout the United States and Canada. The 2010 production of Trying met with unanimous popular and critical acclaim and the 2010 cast featuring Richard Mawe as Judge Frances Biddle and Becky Webber as Sarah return for a limited run of two weeks. The performance schedule for Trying is Wednesday, August 10 through Saturday, August 13 at 8 pm; Wednesday, August 17 through Saturday, August 20 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees on August 13 and August 20 at 3 pm and Sunday performances are August 14 and August 21 at 4 pm.

August 25 – September 11 Fighting Over Beverley

by Israel Horovitz

A romantic comedy set in Gloucester, Israel Horovitz’s Fighting Over Beverley is a love triangle among three 70+ year-olds: Beverley, who came to America from England as a war-bride; Zelly, her Gloucester fisherman-husband; and Archie, the Brit she jilted 53 years earlier. Elliot Norton Award winner Sandra Shipley is set to play Beverley, the English war bride.  For its 2011 return to Gloucester Stage Horovitz has re-envisioned the funny and poignant Fighting Over Beverley which first premiered at Gloucester Stage in 1993. Fighting Over Beverley is part of Horovitz’s popular series of North Shore Massachusetts-based plays that includes The Widow’s Blind Date, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard and Gloucester Stage’s 2009-season triumph Sins of the Mother. Performances of Fighting Over Beverley are Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27; Wednesday, August 31 through Saturday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 7 through Saturday, September 10 at 8 pm; Saturday matinees on August 27, September 3 and September 10 at 3 pm and Sunday performances on August 28, September 4 and September 11 at 4 pm.

PLACE TICKET PRICES PAY WHAT YOU CAN
Gloucester Stage Company Adult $37.00 The ticket price for the first 3 pm
267 East Main Street Seniors $32.00 Saturday matinee of each pro-

Gloucester, MA Students $32.00 duction is Pay What You Can.

CAPE ANN NIGHTS:

The Wednesday and Thursday 8 pm performances are $20 for residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester. Proof of residency required. Limited amount of tickets available per performance.

For further information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.org

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Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops Presents HOLIDAY DELIGHTS

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The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops proudly presents Holiday Delights from December 16 through December 19 at Gloucester Stage. Holiday Delights features a cast of 30 young people ranging in age from 6 to 16, all students in Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops. This family holiday event marks the second time in Gloucester Stage history that a production has featured an entire cast of student actors. Conceived and directed by Heidi Dallin with music direction by Gloucester Public Schools’ Helen Greene, choreography by Windhover’s Carol Burnham, set design by Susan Frey, costume design Linda Stockman and lighting design by Brendan Marr, this festive evening of stories, songs and dance tells the story of a young girl’s journey to discover what is really important during the holidays. During her journey she learns about the special traditions of other families and comes to realize the importance of her own family traditions. On Christmas Eve Mrs. Claus takes the young girl to visit the Cratchit Family and Fezziwig Family from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the March Sisters from Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Women, a contemporary family celebrating Hannkuah and the animals of the forest in Henry Van Dyke’s The Very Best Kind of Christmas Tree.  Performances are December 16 through December 19 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Performance times are 7 pm on December 16, December 17 and December 18 and 3 pm on December 18 and December 19. 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 www.gloucesterstage.org

Acting Classes for Young People At Gloucester Stage

GLOUCESTER STAGE YOUTH ACTING WORKSHOPS
ACCEPTING STUDENTS FOR
THE FALL SESSION
Gloucester Stage proudly announces the Fall Session of Youth Acting Workshops for children ages 6 to 18 to discover their creative potential. The six week Youth Acting Workshop Fall Session taught by award winning actress Heidi Dallin will be held Saturdays beginning October 2. Each class is two hours per week and the students are divided in classes according to age. The Fall Session follows the highly successful Summer Session in July and August which boasted the highest enrollment in the program’s history. During the 2010 Summer Session students were given the opportunity to work side by side with professional playwrights, actors and directors from Gloucester Stage.  YAW students had leading roles in new plays by Joanna Rush and Gloucester Stage Founding Artistic Director Israel Horovitz during the 2010 Summer Session. Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops help students build self confidence and develop communication skills to use in their daily life as well as give them the opportunity to learn about the skills necessary for professional theatre. A professional training program, Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops encourage students to discover and nurture their creative potential. The workshops include an introduction to theatre basics such as theatre games, improvisation, movement, vocal and physical expression, character preparation, scene study, storytelling, writing, public speaking and confidence building training.  All classes are held at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester. Class size is limited and registration is on a first come basis. To register, call 978-283-6688.

 

Pictured: Youth Acting Workshop Students

Teacher Heidi Dallin directs the students

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Adrianna Jacobsen and Paige Harmon

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Members of the The Summer 2010 Childrens Class Play a Theatre Game

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Last Chance to See Critically Acclaimed An Ideal Husband at Gloucester Stage

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Last Chance to See Critically Acclaimed

An Ideal Husband

at Gloucester Stage

This week is the final opportunity to see the fresh new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband at Gloucester Stage. The critically acclaimed production must close on Sunday, August 29. Directed by 2010 Elliot Norton Medal Winner Karen MacDonald, a cast of four actors portray nine characters adding a gender-bending layer to Wilde’s classic comedy about friendship, political corruption, blackmail and redemption – as timely today as when first presented in 1895. This novel adaptation by Daniel Morris of Wilde’s delightful work features Boston actors Angie Jepson, Brendan Powers, Carrie Ann Quinn and Lewis D. Wheeler. The performance schedule for the final week of  An Ideal Husband is  Wednesday, August 25 through Saturday, August 28 at 8 pm; a Saturday matinees on August 28 at 3 pm and a Sunday performances on August 29 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. 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.

 

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Lindsay Crouse shows her ‘Table Manners’ as Gloucester Stage opens for season

Gloucester Stage’s 2010 season kicks off on June 17 with “Table Manners,” a heartbreakingly hilarious reunion of adult siblings and their spouses and the first play of Alan Ayckbourn’s infamous “The Norman Conquests” trilogy. The play runs through July 3 at the theater, 267 East Main St., Gloucester.Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel, the production features the return of Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse to Gloucester Stage as she joins an all star cast of Boston actors featuring Richard Snee, Barlow Adamson, Sarah Newhouse, Jennie Israel and Steven Barkhimer.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. from June 17-19, June 24-26 and July 1-2, with Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. on June 19, June 26 and July 3 and Sunday performances at 4 p.m. on June 20 and June 27.

Saturday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. is An Evening of Theatre and Fireworks. The performance will be followed by a party and special viewing of the Gloucester fireworks. There is no performance on Sunday, July 4.

The 3 p.m. Saturday matinee on June 19 is a special Pay What You Can matinee.

A limited number of discount tickets are available to Cape Ann residents for all Wednesday and Thursday 8 p.m. performances. For these performances only, Cape Ann residents can purchase half price tickets for $18.50. Advance reservations are strongly suggested on Cape Ann nights.

Following the Sunday, June 20 4 p.m. performance, audiences are invited to a free post show discussion with the artists from “Table Manners.”

For information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit gloucesterstage.org.

More events happening around town

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy (Gloucester Daily Times)

Spring Splash event with Gloucester Stage

The Gloucester Stage Company kicks off the season with a gathering featuring this year’s stars of its stage on Monday, April 6, at Latitude 43 at 7 p.m. Those attending the “Spring Splash” can mingle with actors as Gloucester Stage prepares for its 30th anniversary season.

This one-night only event will feature a special performance by Mary Callanan and accompanist Brian Patton. Callanan will play the role of Lucy van Pelt in the opening musical production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” There also will be an exclusive guest appearance by Karen MacDonald, director of last year’s hit thriller “The Woman In Black.” She will star in the upcoming production of “Last of the Red Hot Lovers!”

For more information, visit http://www.gloucesterstage.org.

Spring concert by Sorellanza

Sorellanza, a Cape Ann women’s chorus directed by Patti Pike, will present a concert of songs filled with hope and light at its spring concert titled “Dreams to wish upon.” The performance includes songs both old and new from near and far in search of that bright morning star that guides travellers. This is the last of three shows. The group will perform on Sunday, April 5 at 4 p.m. at the First Parish Unitarian Church at 225 Cabot St. in Beverly. Admission is $10. For more information, contact Anne Stevens, 978-281-6417.

“So Sexy so Soon”

Parents and residents are asked to attend a program on Saturday about a topical issue. The program titled “So Sexy so Soon: and What Parents Can Do to Protect their Kids” takes place on April 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at O’Maley Middle School Auditorium featuring Professor Diane E. Levin, an expert on the impact of media on youth. The presentation will be followed by questions and discussion, possible local approaches to the issue. The program is appropriate for teens, older youth and adults. There will be limited child care available by reservation. Call 978-281-2477 to pre-register. Light refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by The Cape Ann School Safety Committee, Gloucester Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Partnership, The Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse and The Gloucester Bookstore.

Open house

Marty Morgan will hold her annual spring open house and sale from April 4 to April 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Her work has an Asian influence this year as she develops new shino glazes, which range from smoky grays to apricot and rust tones. There is little control over the results of firing this particular glaze. Inspired by reading Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea,” she will donate half of the price of any set of three small cups to the Central Asia Institute, which is building schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She also creates dinnerware and serving pieces in stoneware and porcelain as well as trays, vases, lamps, mirrors, landscape tiles and “quarry vessels.” The studio is located at 428 Washington St. on the Mill River in Gloucester. For information, call 978-281-3347.

Local acts and arts

Franklin Friday Jazz features the Linda Amero Trio this week with Jane Potter on piano and John Turner on bass. The Franklin is at 118 Main St. in Gloucester. The jazz is from 7 to 10 p.m. No cover.

The Walker Creek Band will perform at Elliot’s at the Blackburn on Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m. The group has entertained audiences for the past 26 years.

Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative at 121 Main St. in Gloucester is featuring handmade Easter gifts and cards, through April 12. For hours and information, call 978-283-3996 or visit http://www.local-colors.org.

Museum offers free admission on Saturdays

In conjunction with the current exhibition “Charles A. Lowe Photos: Gloucester 1975″ the Cape Ann Museum is offering free admission to the community every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon through the end of May. Lowe, an award-winning photographer, worked at the Gloucester Daily Times from 1957 to 1981.

The museum invites members of the community to assist in the identification of the people, places, and events that Lowe captured on film. A catalogue of Lowe images accompanies the exhibition. Reproductions of photos are also available for purchase. The museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. The museum is wheelchair accessible. For information call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-283-7000, ext. 3445 or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com, or fax to 978-281-5748.

Gloucester Stage Co. youth workshops

Gloucester Stage Company has announced its winter session of Youth Acting Workshops for children ages 6 to 17.

The six-week workshop, taught by award-winning actress Heidi Dallin, will be held Saturdays beginning Feb. 7. All classes are held at Gloucester Stage Co., 267 East Main St., Gloucester.

For more information, visit Flapping like a Haddock.