Articles for September, 2010

Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” on Stage at ABRHS in October

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Proscenium Circus, the student theater at Acton-Boxborough Reg. High School, opens it’s 43rd season with “The Witches.” The story involves a boy who accidently encounters a secret meeting of witches and learns how they are planning to rid England of all children. This scary-funny show is directed by Linda Potter and perfect for Halloween.

“This play is based on a book by Roald Dahl, an author whose books have been read by nearly every child in the United States and Great Britain,” said director Linda Potter. “It is very exciting to bring his work to life on stage.” (The show is recommended for students age 7 and above.)

Evening performances are Oct 22, 23, 29 & 30 at 7:30 pm (Tickets $12). The matinee is Sunday, Oct 24 at 3:00 pm (Tickets $10). Tickets are on sale at and at the door. Seats are not reserved. Doors open 30 minutes before each show. For more information or group rates,

Glass Menagerie at HJT

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Now playing through Oct 10th. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 4pm. Call the box office at 508-432-2002 or reserve on line at

For our loyal email subscribers, mention this email and get a $5.00 discount

Our patrons praised The Glass Menagerie….read their emails below!

“Accolades to all involved with such a thoughtful production of THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Even if you have seen the play before-clear your calendar to see this production at HJT that allows the cast to open their hearts to the words of Tennessee Williams and brings those words into the hearts of the audience. From the opening scene till the candles dim you will take a journey into time and into the very heart & soul of one of America’s greatest playwrights. It is ‘CRYSTAL CLEAR’ why THE GLASS MENAGERIE continues to be a favorite of the stage. And HJT has created an outstanding production that should not be missed. It is easy to see why HJT is ready to celebrate its 60th season in 2011!” - Donna

“This production of “THE GLASS MENAGERIE” by HJT allows each of us to identify with the whole or parts of its characters. From the opening scene where the exterior apartment building walls open like the covers of a book swinging us into the heart of the author to the ending scene of closing walls and flickering candlelight within-hope is still to be found. HJT has captured the heart of Tennessee Williams -like no other production I have seen-and made his heart our own!” - Ron

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