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HOLIDAY DELIGHTS SNEAK PEEK PREVIEW

Video by Lisa Smith

Performing at Gloucester Stage December 9, 10 & 11, 2016
Conceived and directed by Youth Acting Workshop’s program director, Heidi J. Dallin, this festive evening of stories, songs, and dance recounts the special traditions that other cultures and families experience as seen through one young girl’s magical journey on Christmas Eve. During her Christmas Eve journey the young girl learns about the special traditions of other families and comes to realize the importance of her own family traditions. This family holiday event marks the fifth time in Gloucester Stage history that a production has featured an entire cast of student actors from the Youth Program. First produced in 2007, Holiday Delights has proven to be an audience favorite, and has provided a nurturing and creative environment in the areas of stage performance, stagecraft and arts administration for YAW students.

GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY HITS A HOME RUN WITH THE LAST SCHWARTZ!

GSCLastSchwartz0010The Last Schwartz, in its New England premiere at Gloucester Stage, introduces us to the Schwartz siblings—Nora, Ben, Gene, and Simon—who have inherited the family home from their parents. Along with Bonnie, Ben’s wife, they meet at the house over a weekend. Tension fills the air as Nora is determined to keep the home while Ben, a businessman, wants to sell it. Meanwhile, Simon, who is autistic, spends his time staring into a telescope and dreaming about space travel.

Into this powder keg comes Gene and his pot-smoking California wild child girlfriend Kia. Like a heat-seeking missile, Kia explodes the delicate balance that the siblings have managed to construct, ripping the lid off passions long suppressed by family decorum and the stern order that Norma, the oldest of the Schwartz siblings, has maintained during the year since their father’s death. Secrets are revealed, promises broken, and conflicts erupt as the four Schwartz siblings, joined by Kia and Bonnie, struggle to find a way forward.

At a pace that feels like you’re on a roller coaster, playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer delivers a potent blend of laughs and bitter revelations. The ensemble cast is uniformly brilliant, creating vivid characters that feel like people you know and may even be part of your own family. With expert direction by Paula Plum, evocative lighting design, and a set that looks exactly like your grandparents’ musty old house, The Last Schwartz delivers comedy and heartbreak that’s perfect for a midsummer night. Run, don’t walk, to the Gloucester Stage Company to be a part of this delightful and touching experience.

Starring Brianne Beatrice (Bonnie), Andrea Goldman (Kia), Gabriel Kuttner (Herb), Paul Melendy (Simon), Glen Moore Gene, and Veronica Anaxtasio Wiseman (Norma.)

Now through July 30. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Gloucester Stage Company website here.

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All Photos by Kippy Goldfarb/Carolle Photography

NPR’S OPEN STUDIO WITH JARED BOWEN FEATURING GLOUCESTER STAGE LETTICE AND LOVAGE!

Friday evening at 8:30pm, WGBH’s Open Studio with Jared Bowen will be featuring Gloucester Stage Company’s Lettice and Lovage. The show airs again on Saturday at 5:30am. Open Studio weekly spotlights arts and culture from around the region. For more information, visit the Open Studio web page here.

See too Wednesday’s Boston Globe review here. A grand tour from Lindsay Crouse in ‘Lettice and Lovage’

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KUDOS TO HEIDI DALLIN AND THE GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY FOR RECENT BOSTON GLOBE PRESS!!!

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Benny Sato Ambush and Robert Walsh

Gloucester Stage kicks off new season with a party

By Eric Carlson

Gloucester Stage Company held its 37th Season Spring Celebration over the weekend, launching the new season in style with a silent auction, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and music by Boston cabaret artist Brian Patton. Attendees at the event, hosted at the home of Tom Burger and Andree Robert, included Gloucester Stage managing director Jeff Zinn, artistic director Robert Walsh, and Elizabeth Neumeier, president of the theater company’s board of directors.

Read more here.

Snapshots from the Gloucester Stage Company’s Spring Party

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Tom Burger, Bea Waring, and Andree Robert

A splendid time was had by all at the Gloucester Stage Company spring celebration, held at the lovely, brand newly built home of hosts Andree and Tom Burger.

Gloucester Stage party Jeff Zinn, Tom Burger, Andree, Bob Walsh c Kim Smith

GSC Managing Director Jeff Zinn, Tom, Andree, and GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh

Gloucester Stage party Benny Ambush, Bob Walsh c Kim SmithBenny Sato Ambush, Director of Lettice and Lovage, premiering May 19th and Bob

Gloucester Stage party -2 c Kim SmithL to R: Current Gloucester Stage Board President Elizabeth Neumeier; Member of Spring Celebration Committee and Gloucester resident Shelley Morgan; Former Gloucester Stage Board member and Magnolia resident Shelia Lummis and Former Gloucester Stage Board President Bea Waring

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Gloucester Stage party Chef Matt Beach c Kim SmithChef Matt Beach created a fabulous medley of h’ordeuvres, including over-the-top delish cheese puffs stuffed with crab.Gloucester Stage party Chef Matt Beach cheese puffs c Kim Smith

Gloucester Stage party Tom Shelia Lummis c Kim SmithCabaret artists Brian Patton and Leslie Anderson led a lively sing along of show tunes. The evening was topped by a silent auction of exciting travel and treasure donations. To learn more about how you can support the Gloucester Stage Company and to see the stellar line up of this season’s shows, visit the GSC website here.

Lucas Baisch’s A Measure of Normalcy

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A Measure of Normalcy

A World Premiere by

Gloucester Stage’s 2015 Playwriting Apprentice

 

Gloucester Stage proudly presents the world premiere of Lucas Baisch’sA Measure of Normalcy from October 22 through November 1 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. A Measure of Normalcy follows an array of lost souls as they straggle inside a quickly emptying Midwestern mini-mall. Filled with balloon animals, cartoon flashbacks, cheap raps, and hallucinogenic gecko feces, this dark comedy questions what it means to be “normal” in a place of overwhelming simplicity.   In his Gloucester Stage directorial debut David R. Gammons directs a cast featuring Ellen Colton, Lydia Barnett-Mulligan, Gabriel Graetz, Sarah Elizabeth Bedard and Eliott Purcell. Lucas Baisch’s A Measure of Normalcy runs October 22 through November 1 at Gloucester Stage. Performances areWednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Following the 2 pm performances on Sunday October 25 and November 1 audiences are invited to free post show discussions with the artists from A Measure of Normalcy. Ticket prices are $28 for all performances. Tickets are $1 for ages 25 years and under for all performances. The $1 tickets are cash only and available at the door on day of performance only. Pay What You Wish tickets are available for theSaturday, October 31 matinee at 2 pm. Pay What You Wish tickets can only be purchased day of show at the door. All performances are held at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

GLOUCESTER STAGE PLAYTIME STORIES CONTINUES: DR. SEUSS DAY AUGUST 29

His Newest Story, What Pet Should I Get &

The Lorax

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LIVE AT GLOUCESTER STAGE SATURDAY AUGUST 29 AT 10AM

 Live Theatre Performances for Young Audience Members Age 3 and Older

Gloucester Stage continues Playtime Stories, a fun combination of children’s stories, live performances and children’s activities for ages 3 and older, on Saturday, August 29 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. The stories set for August 29 are from Dr. Seuss: the new Dr. Seuss story, Which Pet Should I Get? and the classic tale of The Lorax. Following the performance, young audience members are invited to join Youth Program Director Heidi Dallin, Gloucester Stage Education Apprentices: Avery Daniels, Jenna Worden and Amelia Dornbush and cast members from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop program for activities and theatre games. On August 29 young audience members can learn about Stage Makeup and be made up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character from the stories, play theatre games and participate in a craft. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theatre as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage as well as the opportunity to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores a different story ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. All Playtime Stories’ performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.

150218115124-02-dr-seuss-0218-exlarge-169This week’s story the new Dr. Seuss story What Pet Should I Get?

Apprentice_Helps_Young_Audience_MemberGloucester Stage Education Apprentice Avery Daniels helps a young audience member during activity time

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PLAYTIME STORIES ON SATURDAY MORNING AT GLOUCESTER STAGE

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SEE MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL AND

HENRY AND MUDGE COME ALIVE ON STAGE

Live Theatre Performances for Young Audience Members Age 3 and Older

Gloucester Stage continues Playtime Stories, a fun combination of children’s stories, live performances and children’s activities for ages 3 and older, on Saturday, August 8 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. The stories set for August 8 are Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and Cynthia Rylant’s Henry and Mudge. Following the stories, young audience members are invited to join Youth Program Director Heidi Dallin, Gloucester Stage Education Apprentices: Avery Daniels and Amelia Dornbush and cast members for activities and theatre games.Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theatre as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage as well as the opportunity to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores a different story ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime Stories Company include Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel on August 8, the classic stories of Cinderella andPeter Pan on August 15 and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Dr. Seuss’ new story, What Pet Should I Get? on August 22 All Playtime Stories’ performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

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ChloePlaytime Stories Company member actress Chloe de Gaspe Beaubien works on project with audience members

Photos by Heidi Dallin

WHERE TO GO FOR FABULOUS LATE NIGHT DINING ON CAPE ANN?

The Franklin Cape Ann is where! Did you know that EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK, the kitchen is OPEN UNTIL MIDNIGHT.

After seeing Out of Sterno at the Gloucester Stage Company this past Wednesday, my husband and I headed over to Rocky Neck for a late night dinner. By the time we walked from the theatre it was after 10pm and everywhere we went, the kitchen had closed. We next headed over to Main Street and were delighted to discover that the Franklin, already one of our top go-to places, serves their complete menu until midnight. Jared, our excellent and very accommodating bartender, informed us that they do not close early and enjoy their late night crowd.

IMG_2915Tom had one of his favorite Franklin entrees, the burger, and I had the arugula, mango, and avacado salad topped with perfectly grilled and richly flavorful wild salmon. We couldn’t resist the Franklin’s orange infused creme caramel and it was heavenly.

I find it’s always a scramble to serve dinner before a show and love that you can go out for a night on the town on Cape Ann and not only see great theatre, but have a wonderfully delicious dinner afterward!

The Franklin Cape Ann is located at 118 Main Street, Gloucester.

#GloucesterMA Franklin for late night dining on Cape Ann!

A photo posted by Kim Smith (@kimsmithdesigns) on

 

Nichole’s “Family Picks of the Weekend” 12/20 and 12/21

This is the last weekend before Christmas so I’d like to remind you of a few events/attractions that you might want to squeeze in while you can.

Edaville Railroad Festival of Lights

Strawberry Banke Candlelight Stroll

Blink! Boston

My new picks for this week are as follows

#1   Holiday Delights!

Hopefully you’ve already read about this on GMG as it has been well covered!

The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops proudly presents Holiday Delights from December 19 through December 21 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester. Holiday Delights features a cast of over 30 young people ranging in age from 6 to 17, all students in Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops.

A fantastic holiday event for all ages!  Read much more about it here!

 

#2  Rockport’s 69th Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant 

Follow the torch-lit procession beginning at Dock Square on Saturday evening at 5:00 and celebrate holiday traditions while sharing the story of the nativity.

Discover more here

 

#3  Wenham Museum

I list this as a “great take” this weekend for two reasons.  On any given weekend from November to February, the Farm to Table by Train exhibit is worth seeing! My boys could watch the trains all day long.  This weekend, however, is extra special because one of my favorite children’s authors is also at the Wenham Museum signing books!  Meet Caldecott Award Winner, Chris Van Allsburg…maybe most famous this time of year for writing The Polar Express, but also the author of many other amazing books such as JumangiThe Adventures of Harris BurdickJust a Dream, and now The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.  See all of his books here.

Meet Chris Van Allsburg

#4  Public Skate at Talbot Rink

On most Saturdays and Sundays Talbot Rink offers almost two hours of public skating…from 2:00-3:50.  A great chance to get active during the long cold winter months and see lots of familiar faces.  Skate rentals are available and the cost is nominal.

Check out the rink here and find their calendar at the bottom of the link’s page.

The little “Green Bomber” in the black helmet with Schrafft displayed proudly (usually) on his back is my littler one.  Watch out for him.

 

 

Gloucester Stage Company Holiday Delights Dec 19-21

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Purchase Tickets

A must-see holiday tradition
for the whole family!

GSC’s Youth Acting Workshop’s Holiday Delights is a year-end showcase of student talent from YAW’s winter, summer, and fall workshops.

The 2014 edition of Holiday Delights is the all-new journey of a young girl who discovers the spirit and the joys of the holiday season.

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Conceived and Directed by Heidi Dallin 

Musical Direction Helen Greene
Choreography Carol Burnham
Stage Manager Annika Rosenvinge
Costume Design Lara Jardullo

Purchase tickets online or call the Box Office 978-281-4433
Adult: $15     Senior: $12
Student: $8   Child under 6: $6

SPONSORS

Barry and Susan Weiner   CTI Cabling Technologies  Cape Ann Savings Bank

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.

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