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Youth writing contest

Ten minute plays that fit the challenge – Friends and Followers : technology’s impact on relationships

Gloucester Stage Company Youth Acting Workshop (YAW) Young Playwrights Festival

DEADLINE SOON- Submission deadline August 18. Must be 18 or younger.

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Gloucester in the Boston Globe: Israel Horovitz’s new play at Gloucester Stage

Israel Horovtiz Out of the Mouths of Babes Boston Globe Aug 11

Israel Horovitz play opening tonight at Gloucester Stage is a Boston Globe TOP PICK

Here’s the link for theater fans who like to read ahead of time (I read after):

A showcase in Gloucester for a quartet of acclaimed actresses: Israel Horovitz’s Out of the Mouth of Babes by Terry Byrne, Boston Globe, Friday August 11, 2017

He’s back!

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The Gloucester Stage New England premiere of Israel Horovitz’s Out of the Mouth of Babes opens tonight. Don’t miss buying tickets now while there are still seats available.  Acclaimed playwright and director. Check. Captivating acting from distinguished cast. Check. Memorable bon mots, good time. Check. Another pinch yourself this is real and right here in Gloucester (but these runs are for short, short times!) Check.

Reminder– Cape Ann night tonight

  • Preview – The first three performances in the first week of each run are designated as previews and will be priced at $32 for adults, $29 for seniors 65 and older, and $20 for those 25 years of age and under. The first preview performance is also “Cape Ann Night.” Residents of Cape Ann with valid ID can purchase general admission tickets for $20 on a first come first served basis. Reserved tickets can also be purchased in advance for Cape Ann Night at regular preview prices.)

Film Cape Ann forwards P-town theater casting call for the role of artist Edward Hopper!

Apparently they have already cast the part of Jo Hopper (1883-1968), depicted sketching here in Gloucester on Good Harbor Beach, in a watercolor portrait by her husband, Edward Hopper (1882-1967),  in the collection of the Whitney Museum.

watercolor Jo sketching collection Whitney Museum- more than 110+ Edward Hopper all Around Gloucester

From CP CASTING

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CASTING MALE LEAD
Hopper’s Ghosts by Kevin Rice

Role: Edward Hopper, painter, age range, 40 – 55, tall, over 6’2″. Cultured, well-read, sophisticated, stoic, great sense of humor. Looking for experienced actor for two-character play about the famous realist painter Edward Hopper and his wife Jo.

Rehearsals begin August 21, 2017 
and play runs September 6-17, 2017.

This is a Payomet Performing Arts Center production with performances at the Provincetown Theater. Looking for union and non-union actors. Housing provided. Please send resume and headshot to: Kevin Rice: ricenow@yahoo.com

Hopper’s birthday was July 22. For the method actors-  A couple of years back I posted a 1960s video clip of the Hoppers in their NYC studio and home in NYC.  Click here to have a peek at what they looked like then!

 

GloucesterCast 234 With Robert Walsh, Heidi Dallin , Cast Members From The Rainmaker, Wayne Berger, Cat Ryan, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/23/17

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GloucesterCast 234 With Robert Walsh, Heidi Dallin , Cast Members From The Rainmaker, Wayne Berger, Cat Ryan Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/23/17

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The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash At Gloucester Stage Running Through August 5th Check Out The Cast and Get Tickets Here
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Weekly Events At The Pigeon Cove Tavern– Monday Wine Tastings/Tuesday Acoustic Night/Wednesday $1 Oysters All Night/ Thursday Bingo/Friday Price Fixe Menu
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Gloucester beaches in the Boston Globe | Officer Al D’Angelo, Jack Doyle, Bob Ryan, & Heidi Dallin SHINE!

Ways to beat the traffic and work around MBTA closures– Bob Ryan (General Manager Cape Ann Transportation Authority) and Heidi Dallin (Gloucester Stage and so much more) are such incredible Gloucester–and greater Cape Ann– ambassadors.

Enjoyable read-

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Boston Globe article by Hattie Bernstein  “Heading to the Beach this Weekend? Here’s Some Parking Tips” 

CATA Stage Fort Park trolley shuttle Park N Ride 

Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle  and lighthouse tours

GLOUCESTER STAGE’S “THE EFFECT” IN THE NEW YORK TIMES!

Relaxing on the beach? Dozing by the pool? Not these writers and performers, who are using the warmer months to take some risks, test themselves and expand their talents onstage.

Brad Hall

Over a span of some four decades in which he helped found Chicago’s Practical Theater Company, with an ensemble that included his future wife, Julia Louis-Dreyfus; acted for two seasons on “Saturday Night Live”; created the TV sitcoms “The Single Guy” and “Watching Ellie”; and wrote comedy movies including “Bye Bye Love,” Brad Hall says he has few career regrets.

“That’s because I have a selective memory,” Mr. Hall joked in a recent phone interview. A bit more sincerely, he added: “Those regrets that I do have are, exclusively, not doing plays that I wish I had done. So now I decided to say yes when people ask me to do them.”

Among the opportunities that Mr. Hall has embraced in this more receptive mode is the Gloucester Stage Company’s summer production of “The Effect,” by the British playwright Lucy Prebble.

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Photo Credit: Cody O’Loughlin for The New York Times

GloucesterCast 227 With The Cast, Writer and Director Of Bank Job, Heidi Dallin, Karen Pischke, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/4/17

GloucesterCast 227 With The Cast, Writer and Director Of Bank Job, Heidi Dallin, Karen Pischke, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/4/17

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Topics Include:

Chamber Announces Cape Ann Small Business Persons of the Year  Greg Bover Our Guy!  Reception for Greg Wednesday June 7th 5-7 PM at The Studio Restaurant
Gloucester Love Fest Monday Monday June 5th At the Gloucester Writer’s Center For More Info
Cape Ann Eats Roundup-
Congratulations To Dennis and Doug Silva At The Topside Grill Who Won The Liquor License
The Studio and Rudder Have Been Running Half Off Specials Nearly Every Day
Wicked Tuna Season Finale Tonight June 4th at 9PM On Nat Geo

LIVE: Stage Fort Park Welcome Center opens tonight for the season!

Scenes from Gloucester businesses joining in to share news about what’s ahead for the upcoming season.

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Will share more announcements and party feedback later.

Big Mike’s Bikes is back

Cape Pond Ice was featured in Yankee Magazine. Scott Memhard adds: “our popular Historic Icehouse Tours here at Cape Pond Ice Company are off to a busy season start, with some local enthusiastic Tour Guides, offered Monday – Saturday @ 11 am & 2 pm.  And our ART@the Icehouse gallery upstairs, featuring a number of local artists, opens Memorial Day weekend for our 2nd Season. If any area business Welcoming staff would like to come down and have a free tour, they are welcome, at no charge!”

Join American Craft Week Oct 6-15 | Gloucester made the USA Top 10 list and you should be in the guide!

Here’s a super easy and great opportunity to share what you do or help your friend’s work get noticed.  Crafters, artisans, makers, retailers, creatives: make sure to sign up before July 1, 2017 when it’s just $25.

Please share. Also, please encourage any under 30 Gloucester to showcase their work. Perhaps they’ll be designated next year’s ‘rising stars’. Participants & Events :: American Craft Week :: HOW TO JOIN  and check out their resource page- “PR power packet page”

Here’s why Gloucester won

gloucester is top 10 town in USA for craft lovers winner 2017

It’s tough to match Gloucester for the range and depth of fall art fairs and events –including American Craft Week– and Gloucester’s heritage of artists and artisans of yesterday and today (more on the pioneers below.) Pauline Bresnahan participates and drummed up the vote: “Gloucester has always encouraged creativity, individuality and artistic expression. Honored to be able to participate and encourage others to take part in this celebration for everyone who has fallen in love with their art and craft that shows their creativity.”

October is BEAUTIFUL!

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I’ve gathered special events and festivals that run annually each October/Fall in Gloucester and on Cape Ann.  Make sure to look into the monthly art gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants. Mind you this is only the fall (October!) listings:

Just in October

Founded in 2016-  Cape Ann Plein Air Note that Paint Essex annual Plein Air  (founded in 2012) moved from a summer slot to the fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016

Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights –  “Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA”

Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.

Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company

Founded in 2010 /in Gloucester 2014 – Annual American Craft Week held in October Gloucester recognized as one of America’s top 10 towns for craft lovers | 2017 Annual American Craft Week October 6-15  Last year Pauline’s Gifts and Cape Ann Artisans participated. I think we can increase that list a bit! 

Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven

Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann

Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008)

Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October, also features artisans and makers.

Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5

Founded in 1984-  Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library

Founded in 1983-  Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (the oldest continuous in the country) featured as part of Artweek Boston 2016

Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Look for fall Premiers

Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October

VENERABLE ARTS  TRADITION

Start with a visit to Cape Ann Museum a world class American art museum with a not to miss fine art and archive collections founded in 1873. Just Go! Outsider art and fine craft maker high lights include Folly Cove designers repository,  1893 Columbian Exposition Chicago World’s Fair harbor diorama, Fiesta oars, and the Community of Neighborhoods quilt cycle.

In each and every decade, printed ephemera and guides capture Gloucester’s long proud cultural history. Guides matter. Here are a couple of pioneer examples with a craft emphasis from the 1960s and 1892. American Craft Week is the digital equivalent of a who’s who in the American craft scene.

1960s

“We are told in the print that the American public is hungry for art…untouched by the machine. Cape Ann craft workers can satisfy that hunger…given a chance.” Henry Bollman, 1961

Bollman a ceramicist volunteered to chair the crafts section VIII of the 10th annual Gloucester Arts Festival: Ruth Balch, leather sandals; Henry Bollman, ceramics; Harriet Curtis, weaving and trays; Doris Frankbonner, ceramics and jewelry; Folly Cove Designers, Block Printing; Heather Godfrey, furniture decoration; Max Kuhne, silver leaf; Morris Lubin, Metal work; Reina Martin, silver and gold; Robert Natti, Pottery; Ruth Powers, Rugs

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1960 list craft exhibition: John Black (silk screen); Henry Bollman (Ceramics); Greg Burke (Mosaics); Doris Coleman (Rockport Beach Glass jewelry); Edward Coleman (Rockport Beach glass jewelry); Carol Creed (mosaics); Alfred Czerepak (wood sculpture); Otis Dana (old pine furniture); Preston Donn (stained glass); Anne Daukas (woodwork); Folly cove designers (printed fabrics); Hazel Gaudreau (pottery); Heather Godfrey (hand painted trays and furniture); Thelma Karr (fabric designing); Evelyn Krames (enameling); Sol Krames (enameling); Max Kuehne (silver leaf); Gene Lesch (pewter and soft metals); Moris Lubin (art metal work); Ada Maker (ceramic coffee table); Barbara Marshall (cabinetmaker); Reino Martin (gold and silversmith); Sandra Matheson (cermaics)

1960 craft exhibition

Detail from one of the maps indicating the “General location of artists residing in same place permanently or each summer.” This one shows Gloucester Bay View, Lanesville, Folly Cove area mainly painters and sculptors among them: Paul Manship, Walker Hancock, Leon Kroll, George Demetrios, Virginia Lee Burton, Folly Cove Designers

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The Gloucester Arts Festival scheduled ancillary programming like Cape Ann Festival of the Arts guided hikes and arts and writing exhibitions and contests for Gloucester’s youth.

1892

The Art and Loan Exhibition for The Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Gloucester held August 24-29   featured “a representation collection of the antique and artistic from the many homes on Cape Ann…In connection with the exhibit a souvenir silver scarf pin was sold representing a fishing schooner under full rig with the dates 1642-1892 in raised work, and found ready purchasers…A piece of room paper from the walls of the old Ellery House, the first wall paper used in Gloucester, is exhibited…an interesting bit of fancy work is a frame inscribed in letters worked in silk Hannah Masters her Sampler May 8 1768…Another piece of family work which shows evidence of much labor and painstaking is a Clark family tree worked in silk on canvas in 1832 by Mary B. Clark, mother of Mayor Andrews…” The loan and art committee were reimbursed  $1195.81; the souvenir pins inventory was $211.40. Thankfully the city published a “true and detailed account of the 250th anniversary observance and illustrated these Lane and Beach works. The 1817 view of Gloucester by Capt Beach was loaned by Asa G. Andrews, too. JB Foster was the one and only artist on the extensive exhibition checklist (321 detailed items) that listed his work for sale $100 “At the Wharf Gloucester Harbor”. James Pringle wrote the seminal digitized “History of the town and city of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts” 1892.

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New England Premiere Opens Gloucester Stage 2017 Season

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE OF COMEDYBANK JOB BY JOHN KOLVENBACH OPENS GLOUCESTER STAGE 2017 SEASON

Gloucester Stage Company kicks off its 38th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with the New England Premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Bank Job from May 19 through June 10 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For two brothers, Russell and Tracey, new to the armed robbery industry, what seems like easy money turns out to be a lot more difficult than it looks in the movies in John Kolvenbach’s hilarious Bank Job. When heist plans A and B (and C through F) fail, the brothers find themselves locked in the executive bathroom with no way out and no choice but to depend on a brave bank teller, a guileless cop, and the man in the shadows who put them up to the whole thing. A fun comedy, Bank Job is about the holes we dig ourselves into—and the unexpected comrades we trust to dig us out. Directed by GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh and featuring GSC veterans Johnny Lee Davenport, Nael Nacer, Richard McElvain and Paul Melendy and GSC newcomer Shuyi Jia..

 

Bank Job had its world premiere in 2014 at the Amphibian Stage Productions Theater in Fort Worth, Texas. Bank Job playwright John Kolvenbach will be at Gloucester Stage on Sunday, June 4 for a free post show discussion with the director and cast following the 2pmperformance. John Kolvenbach is an American playwright known for works including Sister Play, Gizmo Love, Love Song, On An Average Day, Goldfish, Marriage Play, and Fabuloso. Both Love Song and On An Average Day were performed on the West End in London. Love Song was directed by John Crowley and featured Kristen Johnson, Cillian Murphy, Neve Campbell and Michael McKean, and was nominated for an Olivier Award as best new comedy. On an Average Day was also directed by Crowley and featured Woody Harrelson and Kyle McLachlan. Mr. Kolvenbach’s plays have been performed in London’s West End and all over the world, including productions in Rome, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Zurich, San Juan, Berlin and throughout the United States.

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Gloucester’s Katy Geraghty part of Broadway’s Tony Award nominated musical Groundhog Day!

How exciting to follow news about this stunning vocalist and actress. Not at all surprised to hear that Katy Geraghty is part of a Broadway musical!

from today’s Gloucester Daily Times:

Katy On Broadway
A Gloucester woman is making her Broadway debut in a show that has racked up a number of Tony Award nominations. Katy Geraghty, a 2012 graduate of Gloucester High School and the daughter of city residents Rick and Martha Geraghty*, plays the role of Debbie in the acclaimed musical “Groundhog Day,” which opened April 17 at the August-Wilson Theater on New York’s 52nd Street…Geraghty, also a 2016 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said she landed the role after being called to audition in March last year. She said she had caught the attention of “Groundhog Day” musical director David Holtzenberg, whose husband, Michael Heitzman, directed Geraghty in North Shore Music Theatre’s 2015 production of “Shrek, the Musical.” “Groundhog Day,” based on the 1993 film that featured Bill Murray, stars Andy Karl, best known for his role in “Legally Blonde,” and has been nominated for a Tony as best musical…

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Groundhog Day perform on TODAY show

Today show groundhog day

http://www.today.com/video/watch-the-cast-of-broadway-musical-groundhog-day-perform-live-on-today-930959939988

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*Martha Geraghty is a Cape Ann Reads finalist

Katy stepping up to help Cape Ann Big Band raise money for O’Maley Middle School band (from prior post –2min video snippets including classics Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and ‘S Wonderful with vocalist Katy Geraghty) I think we first saw Katy in Once Upon a Mattress

 

The day after Oscars for Manchester by the Sea: Gloucester and Cape Ann shine at MPC MA film and media event at WGBH

Talk about timing! The topics for the fascinating Massachusetts Production Coalition (MPC) event held at WGBH were planned  in advance of any Academy Awards results. After a season of many accolades including the prior evening’s Oscars news, boy did that gathering buzz. Conversations sparked with local names, industry folks, businesses and locales such as: Willow Rest, Pratty’s, local film folks, Gloucester Stage, Israel Horovitz, Kenneth Lonergan, local police, Rt 128, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

The two featured presentations were Legendary Entertainment’s Matt Marolda on analytics in film, followed by a Meg Montagnino-Jarrett led panel discussion on the making of Manchester by the Sea.

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Manchester by the Sea behind the scenes panel discussion led by Meg Montagnino Jarrett, MPC winter event 2017 at WGBH. Projected photograph illustrates jobs on the movie such as the Unit Stills photographer on Manchester by the Sea, Claire Folger

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Massachusetts Production Coalition reception at WGBH

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wardrobe Manchester by the Sea – requests for Pratty’s t-shirts

 

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L-R: Meg Montagnino-Jarrett (Film Liaison Cape Ann) facilitated panel: Carolyn Pickman (casting director), Alex Berard (Location Manager) and Kai Quinlan (not pictured/ also Location manager), Ryan Johnson(Lead Man), Joanna Murphy (Asst Costume Designer), Joe Boreland (not pictured)

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Matthew Marolda, Legendary Entertainment, presentation at MPC winter 2017 event WGBH Boston

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Matthew Marolda from Legendary Entertainment, featured presentation on film and analytics at 2017 MPC winter event held at WGBH

 

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Chris O’Donnell MPC update (slide shows Massachusetts Film Set Day at the State House in the Hall of Flags (brought the local movies production jobs to the statehouse)

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MPC sponsors, MPC board president opening remarks

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Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop Winter 2017 Session Accepting Students

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Winter 2017 Session Accepting Students

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop is now accepting students ages 5-18 for the 2017 Winter Session of professional arts instruction beginning on Friday, February 3 for Children 5-9 years old and beginning on Saturday, February 4 for Teens 10-18 years old. The Youth Acting Workshop Winter 2017 Session features expanded instruction time of four class hours per week, lower tuition for all students and scholarship opportunities. Students will receive instruction in acting, directing, play writing, producing, improvisation, creating characters and the world of the play and costume design during the six week session. Acting teacher, director and award winning actress Gloucester native Heidi Dallin will be joined by guest instructors : costume designer Lara Jardullo, the Costume Designer of the YAW’s annual production of Holiday Delights, to teach Costume Design; and Tufts graduate Danvers native Sarah Vandewalle to teach Vocal Production and How to Make A Play! Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops are designed to provide young people an outlet to nurture their creative potential through developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as introducing them to the skills necessary for professional theater. Registration is open for the Winter 2017 Session. Class size is limited and registration is on a first come basis. For further information and to register, call 978-283-6688.

Pictured: Youth Acting Workshop students in class

photo credit: Gary Ng

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM HOLIDAY DELIGHTS!

Gloucester Stage Company’s Holiday Delights grand finale. 

#merrychristmas from Holiday Delights brought to you by Gloucester Stage ❤️

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Holiday Delights finale – Love Heidi Dallin and her cast of budding stars and phenomenal crew ❤️

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Live Blogging: Opening night Holiday Delights 2016

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The Gloucester Stage presents Holiday Delights  tonight at 7:30. Saturday and Sunday 2pm. Conceived and directed by Heidi Dallin with help this year from Sarah Vandewalle and other professionals. Amazing group!

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Photographs from tech week

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Sarah Vandewalle

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Enjoy Gail McCarthy advance press in the Gloucester Daily Times Pg 01: Holiday Delights and here A Glosta holiday   “Gloucesters Meagan Gallo, center, plays the role of a girl who takes a Christmas Eve journey through time in the annual production of Holiday Delights, produced by Gloucester Stages Youth Acting Workshops. Three shows are planned this weekend Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. This is a scene from Santas workshop with some of the 40-member cast of local youth and teens. For a full story of the Holiday Delights show and more photos, see Gail McCarthys…”

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SNEAK PEEK PHOTOS FROM HOLIDAY DELIGHTS!

linus_charlie_brownand-friends_0025 Don’t miss this wonderfully heart warming and festive holiday show, created and directed by Gloucester Stage’s Heidi Dallin, starring our neighborhood kids. Only a few seats left, don’t miss the fun! 

Holiday Delights showtimes are Friday evening, December 9th, at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday, December 10th and 11th, at 2pm.

For tickets: www.gloucesterstage.com or 978-281-4433

PHOTOS BY HEIDI DALLIN

GloucesterCast 210 With The Cast Of Holiday Delights,Heidi Dallin, Karen Pischke, Ed Collard, Rebecca “Bex” Borden and Host Joey C

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GloucesterCast 210 With The Cast Of Holiday Delights,Heidi Dallin,  Karen Pischke, Ed Collard, Rebecca “Bex” Borden and Host Joey C

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Topics include:

Holiday Delights December 9,10,11th Get your tickets at http://www.gloucesterstage.com
Friday Dec 16th Fundraiser for Gloucester Stage a Child’s Christmas In Wales with Lindsay Crouse and Christopher Lydon
Ed Collard’s Birthday Today, Nichole Schrafft’s Birthday Yesterday
Chuck Shewbridge Stickers
CD Calendars
New GMG Logo
Rebecca Borden Mini Lobster Trap wreaths and Ornaments  www.capeannhandywoman.com On FB capeannhandywoman
10th Anniversary Fish Tales
Ladies Night December 1st
Lobster Trap tree was being built yesterday
Gloucester Tease On Facebook www.dreamtimewellness.com

Gloucester Cape Ann: history of fall art fairs and events

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October is gorgeous!  And it’s teeming with parallel exhibitions and cultural events. What an exciting environment to view and buy vital work from living artists and artisans– emerging, mid-career and established.

Founded in 2016-  Cape Ann Plein Air October 10-16– beginning next week!

Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.

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Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven, October 29, 2016

Founded in 2012- Paint Essex annual Plein Air moved from summer to fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016

Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008) runs Oct 14-20. Busy schedule includes  3D Flight of the Monarch Butterflies co-hosted with Kestrel Educational Adventures and Screenagers co-hosted with Sawyer Free and evenings with filmmakers.

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Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5

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Founded in 1984-  Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, held October 5, 2016. October book reading with Anna Solomon October 13, 2016

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Founded in 1983-  Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (the oldest in the country)- Oct 8 and 9th featured as part of Artweek Boston Sept 30-Oct 9

 

Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Premiering this month- Man in Snow, the newest play by Israel Horovitz through October 23rd. GMG Podcast

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Founded in 1873- Cape Ann Museum is a top notch American art museum. The must see exhibit Design/Build closes October 9th. Voicing the Woods- Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker opens October 20. Recent Acquisitions continues into December.

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More scenes from October 2016 Annisquam Arts&Crafts fair, Annisquam Exchange, and Brace Cove Art Market and links to other fall happenings!

 

Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October.

Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company

Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October 22 (rain date Oct 23)

Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights –  “Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA” October 7th was the last one.

Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann October 4th. Look for this fun event next year!

Annual American Craft Week held in October

The list above gathers special events and festivals that run annually each October.  At the same time, look into the monthly art gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants. 

Super special offers September 24 Holland America Cruise Ship and Trails&Sails

How exciting that  Holland America  and Trails and Sails are coming to Gloucester and Cape Ann this weekend! There are many special offers and events to help welcome visitors. This will be the second of three big cruise ships coming into port this month to Cruiseport Gloucester. It won’t leave Gloucester harbor till 11PM.  Last time I expected sight seeing, museum visits and shopping as reasons passengers disembarked. They did that. If you go by the clicker counter, 844 (give or take another hundred), plus 650 who pre-booked excursions, came ashore.

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photo caption: Elizabeth Carey Discover Gloucester greeted and clicked. Peter Webber Cape Ann Chamber photograph.

I was surprised by how many passengers from a seemingly all inclusive cruise opted to take a whale watch trip and dine out. They did that, too. I’ll report back fun facts, but today I wanted to post about the special offers and events.

Working TOGETHER to welcome everyone is a beautiful thing. Thanks to the organizers (with a big shout out to Jeanne Hennessey, Joe Ciolino, Kathie Gilson, Peter Webber, Lorre Anderson, Bob Ryan and Elizabeth Carey):

 

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photo caption: Bob Ryan/CATA, Jeanne Hennessey, Paul Talbot at Cruiseport planning out logistics for Saturday September 24, 2016

CATA created a special map for continuous downtown trolley loops (“frequency is key”) and to Rocky Neck and Rockport. The special pass covers their bus routes. What an incredible deal! They are extending operations until 10PM.  A new addition: Beauport Ambulance Services will be offering a shuttle bus for an Essex/Manchester/Cruiseport route. Kathie Gilson prepared and made hundreds of copies of a lobster roll list (a big common request), special events, and the Gimme Sound music schedule. Kudos to the volunteers, organizations and businesses for their hard work and creativity.

And now for Gloucester downtown Special events and offers. You can click logos to follow links.

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GSC “The Totalitarians” is alive, funny, passionate, and crazy. Representing the very best of live regional theatre…

Tom Hauck reviews the Gloucester Stage Company’s current production, “The Totalitarians.”

In the New England premiere of “The Totalitarians,” the rollicking new play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb now at the Gloucester Stage Company, we meet four hapless souls who have each latched onto a personal mission that they think will give their lives meaning.

Perky blonde Penelope Easter (Breean Julian) desperately wants to get elected to any high office in the state of Nebraska. In her Quixotic quest she is aided and abetted by Francine (Amanda Collins), a hack campaign manager who sees in Penny a potent vehicle for her own nationwide ambitions. Meanwhile, Francine’s physician husband, Jeffrey (Lewis D. Wheeler), wants his wife to set her sights on having children. He’s pulled into the election drama by his patient Ben (Alex Portenko), a mentally unstable cancer victim who’s convinced that Nebraska is being prepped for a dictatorship.

The result is a dark comedy in which the four characters expend tremendous energy—both emotional and physical—in pursuit of their objectives. The audience’s laughter is quickly followed by gasps of horror as the stakes get higher and the plot hurtles toward the inevitable collision of competing desires.

There are many good reasons to hurry to the Gloucester Stage Company before the show closes on September 24 and heads to New York. Cristina Todesco’s scenic design, a foreboding wall built of mysterious doors, is stunning. The four actors, ably directed by Jeff Zinn, hurl themselves into their parts with astonishing energy and passion. The message of the play is timely yet everlasting. But perhaps the best reason is that “The Totalitarians” is alive, funny, passionate, and crazy. Representing the very best of live regional theatre, what unfolds on the stage is an experience that you can’t get anywhere else at any price.

Now playing September 1st through September 24th. For more information and tickets, visit the Gloucester Stage Company website here.

Strong language – mature audiences only.

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