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GloucesterCast 191 With Ken Riehl, Kerry McKenna, Donna Ardizzoni, Paul Morrison, Karen Pischke, Gina Lampassi, Cat Ryan, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/10/16

GloucesterCastSquareGloucesterCast 191 With Ken Riehl, Kerry McKenna, Donna Ardizzoni, Paul Morrison, Karen Pischke, Gina Lampassi, Cat Ryan, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/10/16




Topics Include:

Props To Chief Campanello and The GPD In Light of Whats Going On Right Now

Bought my daughter Eloise a Fishing rod at Three Lanterns. Got my fishing permit online, it was a snap- Here’s where you apply-


New ART@the IceHouse Gallery offerings – original works by artists Peter Vincent & Capt. Phil Cusamano

Ken Reihl Kerry McKenna Events Cape Ann Chamber Auction This Thursday, Block Party This Saturday, Festival By The Sea July 30th, August 6th Blues Festival, August  20th Is Waterfront Festival and The Second Block Party Info- www.capeannchamber.com

Donna Magnolia Art Show and Sale The 15th, 16th and 17th

Shout Out To Premier Imprints For Puzzles www.premierimprints.com

Thanks To Everyone That Comes Out For The One Hour at A Time Gang

Paul Morrison- Pokemon Go and Blackburn Challenge This Coming Weekend

Gina Lampassi https://www.facebook.com/blackburnchallenge/ looking for volunteers


Karen Pischke Reid’s Ride Update

Cat Ryan Cape Ann Reads- http://capeannreads.wix.com/picturebooks

Kim Smith – The Last Schwartz Opens On Wednesday At Gloucester Stage

Cape Ann Museum Design/ Build Lecture

Correction from Kim- “Correction: Our Lady of Good Voyage was designed by Halfdan Hanson”

Good Morning Gloucester Podcast 191 copyright Kim Smith



Live Theater Performances of Classic Stories for Young Audience Members Age 3 and Older

Gloucester Stage Company proudly continues Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories and live performances for ages 3 and older, on Saturday, June 25 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The books for June 25 are The Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Hen. Upcoming weeks include the books:  Curious Georgeand Little Bunny Foo Foo on July 9. Other Stories planned for July include Virginia Lee Burton’sMike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Rumpelstiltskin, and the Dr. Seuss classics, The Loraxand What Pet Should I Get?  All Playtime Story 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 visit www.gloucesterstage.com

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The envelope, please! Nearly $310,000 Gloucester piece of MA’s art funding pie


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How did Gloucester stack up?

Read on to see the state’s Cultural Facilities Funding (CFF) totaling $221,000 plus Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) totaling $88,200 in Gloucester for 2016. It’s a safe bet that each resident in the City benefits from at least one of these 2016 projects.  Along with the categories below and others, make sure and think about next year’s application categories including the new festival grant category that will be due September 2016 for 2017 programming. Congratulations to all the recipients!



Artist Erica Daborn, for artistic professional development. $12,000


Beeman School, O’Maley and Veterans $200 each for an educational field trip


Driven by the Boston Foundation, MA Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities (MAASH), the MCC and others after many years, this big pot that funds so many projects was part of legislation passed back in July of 2006. Maybe it will be increased by it’s 10th year anniversary summer 2017? Across the state over the past 9 years, “CFF has awarded grants of $91.9 million to nearly 700 projects across the Commonwealth. Demand for CFF grants continues to outpace supply…The new round includes 68 capital grants totaling $8.9 million and another 23 planning grants totaling just over $400,000. Grants range from $7,000 to $300,000, and must be matched one-to-one from private and/or other public sources.”  

Maritime Gloucester To construct a Student/Visitor educational Center on Harbor Loop. $116,000

Gloucester Stage Company To replace aging and limited lighting system with a state-of-the-art lighting grid, equipment and controls, and supporting electrical rewiring. $50,000

Manship Artist Residence and Studios (MARS) To conduct a feasibility study for the renovation of the Manship property as an arts and culture center with an artist residency program. $30,000

Rocky Neck Art Colony To install an acoustic ceiling treatment, a second AC unit, lighting upgrades, and integrated A/V projection and sound equipment to its Main Hall. $25,000



Cape Ann Museum to celebrate the art, history and culture of the region and to keep it relevant by offering quality exhibitions and programs for our communities, and beyond. $11,500

Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc.to establish, maintain, and operate a non-profit civic symphony orchestra in the Cape Ann area to foster, promote, and increase the musical knowledge and appreciation of the public through the performance of music at concerts and other functions; to provide an opportunity for Cape Ann area musicians to play as an orchestra; and to assist and encourage the musical development of Cape Ann students. $3,800

Maritime Gloucester to promote Gloucester’s maritime heritage as a platform for teaching maritime skills and marine sciences, and for encouraging environmental stewardship. $8,700



Rocky Neck Art Colony establish an Office of Cultural Development in the City of Gloucester to champion innovation in arts and culture, provide support for private and public cultural development, and invigorate the City’s cultural tourism agenda; to develop an inclusive, collaborative cultural plan for Gloucester to strengthen historic links between the city’s maritime culture, community and the arts. $21,000



Allocation Gloucester $7,600 Thanks Rose Sheehan and the LCC volunteers on the committee for processing all the applications every year! This year’s 21 winners

Annisquam Historical Society Preserving Gloucester History $450
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe Season 2015-2016 $348
DiPrima, Jay Henry David Thoreau Lecture $250
East Gloucester Elementary School Rob Surette and His Amazing Hero Art $300
Harcovitz, Ruth Songs of World War II $250
LePage, Lucille Stories, Songs & More $571
Lundberg, Christine The Art & Craft of Folly Cove Designers Film $500
Manninen, Wendy Singing and Signing $300
Maritime Gloucester Association Off to the Races! Exhibit $700
Music at Eden’s Edge Connecting Kids to Classical Music $500
Northeast Mass. Youth Orchestras Youth Orchestra Honors Concert $350
Phyllis A Marine Association History Sharing Program $500
Rockport Music Jasper Quartet $400
Sawyer Free Library Printerbot Learning $464
Sawyer Free Library Cape Ann Reads $500
Sheehan, Rose Welcome Yule – Midwinter Celebration $500
Sheehan, Rose Cape Ann Contra Dance $450
Swift, Sarah Slifer Trident Live Art Series $400
Van Dyke, Juni The Note Card Project $350
Waller, Susan The Fiesta People’s Mural $250
Windhover Foundation Quarry Dance 5 $700

MCC CULTURAL DISTRICTS City of Gloucester – $9000

Gloucester’s downtown Cultural District. $4,000

Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. $5,000


Maritime Gloucester and Action to provide hands-on marine and physical science instruction to at-risk 16-20 year-olds in collaboration with Action, Inc. $15,000


GloucesterCast 184 with the Cast Of Lettice and Lovage


GloucesterCast 184 with the Cast Of Lettice and Lovage

Sitting in with us are Kim Smith,Lettice and Lovage Actors Lindsay Crouse and Marya Lowry, Director Benny Sato Ambush, Artistic Director Bob Walsh and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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May 19–June 11

By Peter Shaffer Directed by Benny Sato Ambush Featuring Lindsay Crouse*

“British playwright Peter Shaffer (“Equus,” “Amadeus”) has created two bastions against the decline of Western civilization in the personas of two magnificently eccentric ladies, Lettice Douffet and Lotte Schoen…” Variety
Leading tours through an obscure English mansion utterly devoid of interest, Lettice Douffet chooses to ‘Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten!’ by fabricating fanciful stories. Igniting the wrath of her employer, a battle ensues that rapidly turns to friendship and a series of escapades that will surely delight. Featuring Lindsay Crouse as Lettice, this delectable comedy by acclaimed playwright, Peter Shaffer, will be directed by GSC veteran, Benny Sato Ambush. Genre British comedy Who it’s for Fans of Downton Abbey; Fans of Lindsay Crouse, Fans of The Norman Conquests (Alan Ayckbourn)


Cape Ann Chamber Spring Tourism Mixer Mile Marker1





Live blogging: it is a gorgeous night and packed — ready for discussing upcoming season plans! Mile Marker One looks beautiful — getting all their outdoor decks ready to roll.


*news update: I amended the post to update it with some names and businesses seen in the photos and at the party–which I couldn’t manage live blogging.

So who was there and who helped?

Peter Webber, Ken Riehl, Kerry McKenna were there for the Chamber. The photographs show a range of businesses and organizations across Cape Ann coming together on such a nice evening like: Blue Shutters Beachside Inn, Cape Ann Camp Site, Cape Ann Plein Air, Cruiseport, Gloucester Stage,  Vista motel, artist Melody Phaneuf, Mile Marker One, North Shore Music, Pauline’s Gifts, Rocky Neck Art Association, Ryan and Wood, Schooner Adventure, seArts, Seven Seas Whale Watch, and Woodmans.

The Spring Tourism Mixer was presented by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Council. Members of the Tourism Council are:

Sara Young (Chair) Schooner Adventure;

Matt Anzivino, Rockport Inn & Suites;

Laura Dow, Vista motel;

Tony Sapienza, Blue Shutters Beachside Inn;

Bonnie Scatterday, Woodman’s;

Jim Douglass, Cape Ann Whale Watch;

Meredith Anderson, Cape Ann Museum;

Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, Rockport Cultural District;

Tom Balf, Maritime Gloucester;

Steve Frisch, Loblolly Seal Cruises;

Richard Nestel, Lantana House;

Ted Marshall, Agawam Boat and Fishing Charters;

Carol Thistle, City of Gloucester Community Development/Tourism;

Mike Storella, Central Street Gallery;

Charlie Brackett, Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant;

Tony Beadle, Rockport Music 

Gloucester Stage Receives Four Elliot Norton Award Nominations!!

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Gloucester Stage Company Receives Four Elliot Norton Award Nominations

The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) recently announced The 34th Annual Elliot Norton Award nominations featuring over 25 nominations of outstanding actors, directors, designers and ensembles. Gloucester Stage Company received a total of 4 nominations for the non-profit theater’s 2015 season. Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh received both acting and directing nominations. Winners are to be revealed at the 34th Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7 PM, at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre.

The Gloucester Stage Company nominations include three for Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom: Outstanding Production by a Small Theater; Outstanding Director, Small or Fringe Theater: Robert Walsh and Outstanding Ensemble, Midsize, Small or Fringe Theater:Nancy E. Carroll, Marya Lowry, Adrianne Krstansky, and Derry Woodhouse; and one nomination for Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue:Outstanding Actor, Small or Fringe Theater: Robert Walsh.

“I am hugely grateful to the Norton Award Committee for this honor,” says double nominee Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh, “I’m so delighted for the cast of The New Electric Ballroom – they were so amazing to collaborate with, and I am in Israel’s debt for such a great role in his play, Gloucester Blue.

The Elliot Norton Awards are named for the eminent Boston theater critic Elliot Norton, who remained an active supporter of drama, both locally and nationally, until his death in 2003 at the age of 100. The Boston theater community carries on his legacy and can be proud of its remarkable growth at a time in our nation’s history when the arts are struggling to survive. The awards are presented annually by The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) (Don Aucoin, Jared Bowen, Terry Byrne, Carolyn Clay, Nick Dussault, Iris Fanger, Joyce Kulhawik, Kilian Melloy, Bob Nesti, and Ed Siegel) to honor the outstanding productions, directors, designers, and performers that audiences have seen on Greater Boston area stages throughout the year.

The 34th Annual Elliot Norton Awards will be held at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston, on Monday, May 23 at 7 PM. Tickets are priced at $35.00; savvy shoppers will take advantage of $10 off the regular ticket price (available through May 1), using the code NORTIES10. Tickets are on sale at the Citi Center Box Office, at www.citicenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738.

The Gloucester Stage 2016 season opens on May 19 with Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage featuring Academy Award nominee Lindsay Crouse. For information about Gloucester Stage, or to purchase single tickets or Flex Passes, call the Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.

Table_Derry_Hand1523Elliot Norton Award Nominated Ensemble (L to R : Marya Lowry, Adrianne Krstansky, Derry Woodhouse and Nancy E. Carroll)  from The New Electric Ballroom directed by  Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Director Nominee Robert Walsh


Photos by Gary Ng


unnamedGloucester Stage Wins 2 Top Boston Critics’ Awards

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards Ceremony was held Monday, April 11, 2016 at the 1200 Hotel Ballroom (Holiday Inn) in Brookline, MA where the awards for the 2015 Calendar Year were announced. The IRNE Awards honor the best of the previous year’s actors, directors, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, midsize and fringe theater companies in the New England area. Gloucester Stage garnered two of the top acting awards in the Midsize Company Category: Best Actor Drama: Nael Nacer for The Flick and Best Supporting Actor Drama: Derry Woodhouse for The New Electric Ballroom. Nael Nacer was present at the ceremony to accept his award. Derry Woodhouse was unable to attend and Gloucester Managing Director Jeff Zinn accepted the acting award on his behalf.

Gloucester Stage Company received a total of nine nominations for the 2015 season. The nominations included: two for Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Out of Sterno: Best Actress-PlayMidsize: Amanda Collins; and Best Supporting Actress-Play-Midsize: Jennifer Ellis; two for Israel Horovitz’sGloucester Blue: Best New Play and Best Actor-Play-Midsize: Robert Walsh; one nomination for Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom: BestSupporting Actor-Play-Midsize: Derry Woodhouse and four nominations for Annie Baker’s The Flick: Best Play-Midsize; Best Lighting Design: Russ Swift, Best Actor-Play-Midsize: Nael Nacer and Best Director-Play-Midsize: Bridget Kathleen O’Leary.

The Gloucester Stage 2016 season opens on May 19 with Peter Shaffer’sLettice and Lovage featuring Academy Award nominee and IRNE Award winner Lindsay Crouse. For information about Gloucester Stage, or to purchase single tickets or Flex Passes, call the Box Office at 978-281-4433or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.

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BestDerry_1551Pictured Foreground: IRNE Winner Derry Woodhouse in Gloucester Stage’s The New Electric Ballroom


GloucesterCast 163 With @DinnerDealer, @DonnaArd, @KimSmithDesigns,Leslie Heffron and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/13/15


GloucesterCast 163 Taped 12/13/15 With Jess and Dennis Alves, Leslie Heffron, Donna Ardizzoni, Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics include:

buy dinner dealer decks here no brainer xmas gift
holiday delights Talia- Ruby McElhenny Stole The Show, kudos to heidi dallin
Lobster trap tree that you can walk under is absolutely bananas. and beautiful and must visit.  whole nother level.  donna and kim did a great job with the middle street walk coverage
Listening to the Alisha Unleashed podcast brought me back to my daughters making fun of me for being a Belieber
Glosta Joe’s Coffee available- Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens or online here
 There’s an announcement that there will be a suburban wildlife education lecture at City Hall on January 11 with the snow date of February 1 at 7 PM. Speakers will include Chief Campanello, Mayor Romeo Theken, representatives from fisheries and wildlife, and environmental police officers. The forum will focus on coyotes and other animals that we live with on Cape Ann.
cigarette ordinance

A Council Order was submitted by Greg Verga and Melissa Cox on November 17 to begin the DISCUSSION regarding banning ‘checkout’ bags. After a less than warm reception at the first such discussion at the December 7 meeting of the Ordinance and Administration Committee and the email sent to all City Councilors by a bag industry lobbyist this page has been created to help spread the word.

You are encouraged to share your thoughts about a ban and also to share your photos that help illustrate the need for such a ban. You are also encouraged to reach out to the City Council members and let them know how you feel.

discover gloucester honoring three of our favorite people Mayor Sefathia, Kay Ellis and Bobby Ryan

art rundown with leslie:
 1.   GOMA   Gallery of Modern Art, Main Street, Gloucester between The Cave and Cafe Sicilia
   2.    Trident Gallery,  Main St., Gloucester Dec. 5-Jan.    3 Diane Ayott “Love in December”     http://tridentgallery.com/
   3.    Shalin Liu,  Celtic Christmas Sojourn,  Tuesday, December 15  4:30 and 8:00.  Show is sold out, but some tickets may 
          become available.  Call the box office.   www.rockportmusic.com
   4.     Lexicon Gallery, 15 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia   “Leading Ladies” – potters Cynthia Curtis, Anni Melancon and Marty
           Morgan,  Eleanor Fisher- glass shard paintings   http://www.lexicongallery.com/
   5.     Truth North Gallery, “Lighting and Ringing the Winter Night: Artisan Bells and Lanterns” now through December 23

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Lucas Baisch’s A Measure of Normalcy at the Gloucester Stage!

A World Premiere by

Gloucester Stage’s 2015 Playwriting Apprentice

Gloucester Stage proudly presents the world premiere of Lucas Baisch’s A Measure of Normalcy from October 22 through November 1 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Developed as part of the Gloucester Stage 2015 Apprentice Playwriting Program, A Measure of Normalcyfollows an array of lost souls as they straggle inside a quickly emptying Midwestern mini-mall. In the bleak late summer nineteen-year-old Casey Calloway works the food court tending to her burrito stand while Ari, Casey’s cousin, runs a shifty business out of their grandmother’s basement. The arrival of Gus, the new-hire, incites an unveiling of secrets within this stagnant community. 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.

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For more information continue reading and visit the Gloucester Stage Company website here to purchase tickets.


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 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 22 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. The stories set for August 22 are the classic tales of Peter Pan and  areRapunzel. Following the performance, young audience members are invited to join Youth Program Director Heidi Dallin, Gloucester Stage Education Apprentices: Avery Daniels and Amelia Dornbush and cast members from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop program 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 are Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and his new story, What Pet Should I Get? on August 29. AllPlaytime 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 visit www.gloucesterstage.com 

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Holiday Delights on Cape Ann TV This Weekend

This just in from Lisa Smith:

Keep Warm, stay inside this MLK weekend and watch “Holiday Delights” on Cape Ann TV Channel 12. This latest version of the Gloucester Stage perennial favorite Christmas play was filmed with three cameras last month. It features over 30 young actors from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop and tells the story of a Gloucester girl who finds the true  meaning of Christmas on Christmas Eve. The program airs Saturday, January 17 at 9 am and 5 pm; Sunday, January 18 at 8 am; and Monday,  January 19 at 9 am and 6 pm.  See complete Cape Ann TV Schedule here.

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

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.


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


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 .


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?


This just in from Heidi Dallin:


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.



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!!


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:

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