Bradley Smith displays a curious collection of interests, art and ephemera inside the blue shed, the Patron’s Museum & Education Center at 92 Thatcher Road (RT 127A), which he founded in 1987. He’s a poet, Shakespeare enthusiast , Korean veteran, and a Winfrey’s chocolate fan which he’s shared with us more than once. Many moons ago there was a candy store at this location (something like Taft’s Salt Water Taffy.)
SAND, WHITE SAND, WET SAND, ON AND AROUND MY HAND
IN THIS STRANGE AND FOREIGN LAND.
EYES, SIGHTLESS EYES, ONCE SAYING LAST FAREWELL,
THOSE SAD, SWEET SIGHS, MY FONDEST LORALIE.
STIFLING BERTH, DEADLY MIRTH, WARLIKE GIRTH,
THEN THE CLOSE GREY UNFAMILIAR EARTH.
WATER, PACIFIC HUE, LAPPING FEET,
LIFE’S CRESTING, FADING, LAST RETREAT.
MEN, BRAVE MEN EMBRACE THEIR GRAVES AND DIE
BENEATH THE WARM, BLUE WHITE SKY
ALL CARES TORN AWAY.
-Bradley Smith, Korean air force veteran and aesthete (Smith’s poem Sand about WWII)
Mike Springer photograph for Gloucester Daily Times “Olivia Heasley rehearses a scene in “Be Our Guest” a musical revue at O’Maley Middle School…Dinner and drama: Performance meal to benefit O’Maley Academy 18 (after school) clubs”
- Tickets: $10 adults, $5 kids and seniors, $20 per family, includes dinner and medley of Broadway musicals and drama
- Date: Thursday May 4, 2017
- Time: 6PM
- Where: O’Maley
- O’Maley Drama Club O’Maley Academy
April 1, 2016
The Folklore Theatre Company
169 Main St, Gloucester, MA
RUNNING THREE WEEKENDS THRU APRIL 17
10% of PROCEEDS BENEFIT GLOUCESTER’S ANGEL PROGRAM
PLEASE TALK IT UP!Synopsis:
Former fisherman Abraham Wharf, now homeless, struggles with heroin addiction. It is midwinter, and he has set up his cardboard bed beneath the Babson “Never Try, Never Win” boulder in Gloucester’s long-abandoned settlement known as “Dogtown.” As he enters a drug-induced euphoric state, he edges ever closer to overdose and hypothermia. Two ghostly children appear through the trees, reaching out to Abraham. Unsure, Wharf decides to take their hands, allowing them to guide him deeper into the woods, and eventually into 1800 Dogtown Common and the home of Easter Carter. Here in her home, the only two-story house in the Commons, colorful residents of the Commons have gathered for warmth, for food, for community. Each character represents something within Wharf that leads him on an introspective journey of spirit survival. Three witches serve as a sort of Greek chorus, reminiscent of the three crones of mythology and Shakespeare’s Macbeth… here, they are the hissing voices of addiction: Dysphoria, Despair, and Redemption.
This groundbreaking inter-generational piece (actors ages 7-80) will raise the question: “What killed a 200 year-old community?” in a way that challenges us to avoid ever letting it happen again in Gloucester & Cape Ann.
Issues that are still universal hot topics today: ignorance, addiction, mental health, sexism, ageism, gossip, gender, homelessness, hunger, poverty and classism are all touched upon in this show.
Programs like The Open Door, Action Inc., The Grace Center, Wellspring, and Gloucester’s new Angel Program are all examples of how a community, through education understanding, and innovation can find healing and sustainability in ways that simply did not exist two hundred years ago. Indeed, if we knew then what we know now, and if these great organizations had existed in that time, Dogtown Commons might still be a thriving community today.
Each of the three production weeks, 10% of box office proceeds will benefit Gloucester’s newest community support organization, The Angel Program. Suggested donation $10-$30, as always, no one is turned away. Consider this show rated PG-13 due to mature theme.
Season tickets now available, just $15/mo!
December 10th, we officially move the North Shore Folklore Theatre Company back to Main Street!
We will be in year-round residence at the Floating Lotus in the Old Empire building at 169 Main Street. If you would like to volunteer to help us move this week and next, please contact Henry Allen at 978-704-1269 or HenryAllen@NorthShoreFolk.org
Heidi Dallin interviews the cast and crew of “Fame Jr.” for a Cape Ann TV special that airs tonight at 6PM on Channel 12.
If you haven’t seen the show, your last chance is this week: Thursday & Friday, March 6 & 7 at 7PM or Saturday & Sunday, March 8&9 at 1pm.
Tickets are available at the door.
If you can watch the special tonight, see it on the Web at Cape Ann TV’s wicked cool streaming service here.
I caught one of the last showings of Greasy Pole, The Musical this year. This year’s cast (mostly new) did a great job keeping up the tradition of past years! Here is a slideshow of photos I took (warning: spoilers implied!)
If you missed this one, catch it next year! But the same troupe – Henry Allen’s North Shore Folklore Theatre – has a lineup of shows and other activities that you can see – and participate in – throughout the year! Besides the website at the previous link, you can also find them on Facebook.
– Matthew Green
Most if not all Gloucester residents are well acquainted with the heated local debate about the future of The Fort and the old Bird’s Eye building. This was the inspiration for the musical “In A Bird’s Eye”, which was given a reading/singing at the Tragabigzanda Political Theatre Festival. It follows a family through their discussions at their annual 4th of July reunion, where tradition and change collide in a funny and balanced portrayal of people on of both sides of the debate (and those who chose to stay in between).
The multi-generational cast
To sell, or not to sell?
His heart is in it
It is a musical, after all
Grampy’s not having any of it
More photos of this and the other plays here.
Henry Allen’s North Shore Folklore Theatre Company is on Facebook.
– Fr. Matthew Green
… a few performances are left, at The Annie! If you haven’t seen it yet… what are you waiting for? I went last night for the first time, and there was a full house, so you might want to make reservations. The show was great! Here are a few photos. I’ll be posting these and a few more to my flickr photostream soon.
-Fr. Matthew Green
I went to the Saturday 2PM matinee of “Six Pairs of Hands” at the Annie, narrating true stories of fishermen’s wives in Gloucester. I am very glad I went! Really, it’s amazingly well done, from the actors’ performances to the music and the set. I heartily recommend it! There are two shows today (Sunday), at 2PM and 5PM. Here are some photos I grabbed today. The front row of the audience, which appears in some of the photos, was mostly occupied by fishermen’s wives, some of whose stories were being told on stage!
Q&A with the director, Wendy Lement, and the cast
Click for a trailer.
WERE THE WORLD MINE
Friday, Saturday & Sunday @ 7:15pm
Cape Ann Community Cinema (at Gloucester Stage)
267 East Main Street * East Gloucester * 978/282-1988
Timothy, prone to escaping his dismal high school reality through dazzling musical daydreams, gets cast by his eccentric teacher as Puck in his school’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He stumbles upon a recipe for a love potion hidden within the script, and uses it to turn almost everyone in his narrow-minded town gay. With vibrant imagery, a first-rate ensemble cast and innovative music rivaling the best of pop/ rock and contemporary Broadway, “Were The World Mine” attempts to push modern gay cinema and musical film beyond expectation.
“Endearing…an indie alternative to Disney’s ‘High School Musical’.” -Stephen Holden, New York Times
“A rousing, warm-hearted spectacle.” -Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter