Articles for the ‘2010 Summer’ Category

Creating Leaders for Arts Advocacy: The Arts, the Common Core Curriculum,and 21st-Century Skills

Friday, September 10th, 2010

This symposium will focus on developing leadership capacity within towns and cities between like-minded citizens who support the arts and arts education, including local cultural council members, parents, arts educators, school policy makers, and practicing artists.  Featured will be staff of The Ariel Group, Lexington, MA. Using experiential exercises from the theater, participants will learn how great actors develop powerful communication skills and how these skills apply directly to their leadership roles.

Additional sessions will be held which include training  and suggestions about ways to approach legislators, school committees and school boards, local policy makers, and school administration regarding arts, culture, and arts education issues in your community.  Time will be spent script writing and role playing about doing an “ask” of a policy makers; on hand will be two members of the MA state legislature (Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Rep. Kay Khan), a school committee member (Brian O’Connell, Worcester Schools), and a school superintendent (Marianne O’Connor, Westborough Schools) to give feedback about our role plays and to offer useful suggestions.  Young Audiences will present Gail Zarren for a session on how to be “arts smart.”

The day will leave you feeling energized, motivated, and ready to tackle arts advocacy locally, regionally, and nationally!

The Symposium will be held at the Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester, from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Friday, October 15, 2010, and will offer 6 contact hours or PDPs.  Fees for the day are listed in our online registration and complete program.

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Harwich Junior Theatre:THE GLASS MENAGERIE

Friday, September 10th, 2010


All seats $15 for our PatronMail subscribers! Call our box office and mention this email to take advantage of this great offer. 508-432-2002

Directed by Dafydd Rees

starring Florence Phillips as Amanda Wingfield

James Albright as Tom

Meg Driscoll as Laura

Eric Rudisaile as the Gentleman Caller

September 17 – October 10

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sunday Matinees at 4PM

Tennessee Williams’ youth is recalled in this transcendent memory play. Tom, an aspiring writer remembers his mother Amanda, an aging divorced Southern Belle with high hopes and his painfully shy sister Laura who feels most of the pressure to realize them. Hope arrives with a gentleman caller at the door of their St. Louis tenement. The Glass Menagerie was the masterpiece that launched Tennessee Williams career and continues to capture the imagination and hearts of American audiences. “A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty”….New York Times

Call the box office for tickets at 508-432-2002

Auditions for: “Everyone’s Waiting”

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Auditions are being held for Everyone’s Waiting, an original musical with music by Donny Codden and Book and Lyrics by Leah Miles.

This staged reading is a part of Salem Theatre Company’s Music and More Series in their Season Eight.

Auditions will be held at the First Church – 316 Essex Street, Salem, MA on Saturday, September 18th from 12pm-6pm.

Everyone’s Waiting is a folk-rock musical about a family not coping with the tragic accident of the eldest child, 18 year-old Wesley. The story is told from the point of view of the middle child, 16 year-old Clayton. As a means of holding on to his brother forever, Clayton creates a video game in which he and his deceased brother are characters.

Characters and singing parts to be cast:
CLAYTON STARKE (C – High B): 16 – 22 years old
AMELIA STARKE (Low G – D): 14 – 18 years old
WESLEY STARKE (B – High B): 18 – 25 years old
BOBBY WALSH (B – G): 14 – 20 years old
LUCILLE STARKE (Low G – D): 30-45 years old
BRIAN STARKE (Low A to G): 30 – 45 years old
MRS. PHELAN (Low G – C): late 30s to 50s

Those auditioning need to come prepared with 32 bars of up tempo and 32 bars of a ballad, standard musical theatre repertoire preferred. Be sure to bring standard sheet music marked accordingly for the accompanist. We will be unable to hear singers without sheet music.

Callbacks will be held immediately following auditions. Those called back will be informed at the time of the audition.

To sign up for an audition please email the Stage Manager, Catherine Bertrand at and include your name, preferred email, phone number and preferred time slot from the following: 12pm-1pm, 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm, or 3pm-4pm. A confirmation email will be sent within 24 hours of audition request. Bring at least one headshot and resume to the audition.
Rehearsals will start October 25th and take place in downtown Salem. Performances will take place November 18, 19, 20 at the Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette Street, Salem.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a paid position.

For more information about the STC visit

Harwich Junior Theatre Productions and Auditions

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Bonnie and Clyde must close and will high tail it out of town on August 14th! Don’t miss this fabulous show! Make your reservations now for the last 2 performances August 13 and 14 at 8PM. Call the box office at 508-432-2002
HJT auditions for The SECRET GARDEN
Sunday, August 15 and Monday, August 16 from 5 – 8 PM at the HJT ARTS CENTER (formally the Harwich Recreation Building)
265 Sisson Road (at Parallel St) in Harwich Center.
Many wonderful roles are available for men and women,
boys and girls (ages 10 and up).
Please prepare 16 bars of a song and please bring sheet music if possible. Please dress prepared to move. The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon is based on the novel by Francis Hodgson Burnett and will be directed by Richard J. Sullivan with musical direction by Robert Wilder
and choreography by David McCarty.
The Secret Garden is scheduled to run October 22 – November 14, 2010.
Please call Nina Schuessler, Producing Artistic Director, at 508-432-2002 ext 12
if you are in need of further information.

PUSS N’ BOOST opens August 10th. It’s a Tale of a Tail!
Pictured Zachary Soule-Philbrook as Will, the miller’s son Ally Cohen as Philomena and Caitlin Dolan as Puss ‘N Boots. Photo credit: Heather Lannen

August 10 – 26; Mon- Thurs. evenings at 7:30 pm; Friday & Sunday matinees at 4 PM.

Once upon a time, a miller’s son was cheated out of his inheritance and ended up with a mill cat as his only possession… So begins the beloved Perrault fairy tale. This very traditional version of the story brings Puss, her master and all the other characters vividly to life. Multi-generational cast ranges in age from 7 – 70. Newly adapted by Stephanie DeFerie and Directed by James P. Byrne.

Call the box office-508-432-2002
Last Chance to see Pippi Longstocking, August 3,4,5 at 7:30pm. Call the box office at 508-432-2002 or click on the image to order tickets on line.
Ruby Wolf stars as Pippi Longstocking with Diane Wadsworth as Mrs. Prysellius. Photo credit Heather Lannen
Ruby Wolf stars as Pippi Longstocking with Diane Wadsworth as Mrs. Prysellius. Photo credit Heather Lannen
Now, for the first time ever the best loved story by Astrid Lindgren is brought to life in a jubilant musical bursting with whimsy, fun. Based on the most “read-it-again” book in school libraries world-wide, Pippi Longstocking has audiences of all ages rocking in their seats in this wonderful musical that brings a new definition of adventure.
“Pippi’s brave and funny escapades capture the imagination. This is the stuff that young dreams are made of…another winner from American Theater Arts for Youth.”


HJT presents The Tales of Peter Rabbit, Reddy Fox and OLD MOTHER WEST WIND
Stories by THORNTON BURGESS. Tuesday and Thursdays August 3, 5, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26 at 11 am. All tickets $10. Spend a morning of adventure in the Green Meadows! Watch clever Peter Rabbit outwit wily Reddy Fox; Cheer for brave little Danny Meadow Mouse as he saves Grandfather Frog; See how Happy Jack Squirrel gets his acorns back; Stand back as Jimmy Skunk gets mad!

Call the box office-508-432-2002

“Disney’s High School Musical 2″ in Westport

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Music Theatre of Connecticut School of the Performing Arts presents “Disney’s High School Musical 2,” a fully staged and costumed production performed by MTC School of Performing Arts students, ages seven and up. Performances take place Friday, August 6 at 7:30pm and Saturday, August 7 at 1pm at Coleytown Middle School, 255 North Avenue in Westport, CT. Tickets are $12-$20, and reservations are suggested. For more information or to reserve tickets, call Music Theatre of Connecticut at 203.454.3883 or visit

Touching Lives Through Theatre Grants

Monday, August 2nd, 2010


Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. Touching Lives Through TheatreTM Grants

Company: Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. Website:

Name of Grant: Touching Lives Through TheatreTM Grants

Grant Award: $500 credit at Pioneer Drama Service

Purpose: Because Pioneer Drama Service believes so strongly in the power of theatre to make a difference in a student’s life, ten grants of $500 credit each will be awarded to qualifying middle and high schools. This grant is intended to strengthen or create a sustainable drama experience for students in a school and must be used to stage at least one theatrical production during the 2010-11 school year.

• Grants are available to accredited public or private schools in the US and Canada.
• The majority of participants must be of middle or high school age.
• Applicants must have a designated faculty member sponsor for their theatre program.
• The school must have a drama program budget of $1,000 or less annually. Schools with no prior drama program are also eligible to apply.
• All applicants must include a plan for the sustainability of the theatre program.
• At least a portion of the $500 credit must be applied toward a production of a play or musical. Remaining funds may be used for additional productions or for other resources carried by Pioneer Drama Service, such as texts, DVDs and makeup.
• All material purchased through this grant is to remain school property and not the personal property of the faculty sponsor or administrator.
• Mail three copies of the application and a cover letter, postmarked by October 1, 2010.
• A performance must be staged and all funds used by June 15, 2011.
• Grant recipients must write a follow-up report and submit a CD of photos as well as a copy of the performance program by June 30, 2011.

How to Apply: Go to the website for complete information and an application.

Deadline: October 1, 2010
Maximum Award: $500 credit at Pioneer Drama Service
Number of Awards: 10

Period: 2010-11 school year

More Information: Steven Fendrich, Publisher, Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. PO Box 4267, Englewood, Colorado 80155-4267 Ph: 800-333-7262 Fx: 303-779-4315


25th Annual Putnam County Splelling Bee

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

The Un-Common Theatre Co. Young Adult Company is delighted to announce the second of their summer shows, the Broadway hit “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”.

Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. This show is funny, touching and moving and is recommended for ages 13 and over.

The Un-Common Theatre Young Adult Company production will be held at the Orpheum Theatre in Foxboro, Ma on Thursday July 22nd, Friday July 23rd and Saturday July 24th at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday July 25th at 2:00 p.m. Ticket Prices are $17.00 for adults and $12.00 for seniors and students in advance and $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors and students at the door.
To order tickets 24/7 please call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or order online at . For Un-Common Theatre members, handicapped or group sales tickets please call The Un-Common Theatre Co. at (508) 698-3098.

The Un-Common Theatre Co. is currently wrapping up its 30th season of providing a safe, exciting and creative place for children and adolescents to develop life skills through exposure to the professional theatrical experience. For more information on the Un-Common Theatre Co. and “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” please visit our website at .

This program is supported in part by grants from the Foxboro, Franklin, Mansfield and Westwood Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.