Articles for October, 2010

New England Theatre Conference Proudly Announces the Winners of the 2010 Moss Hart MemorialAward

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

All award winners will be recognized at the NETC Annual Awards Banquet, Saturday, November 20, as part of the 2010 NETC Annual Convention, at the Omni Hotel in New Haven, Connecticut.

Professional Division
Divisional winner
Northern Stage
White River Junction, Vermont

Honorable Mention: New Bedford Festival Theatre, Inc
New Bedford, Massachusetts

College Division
Divisional winner
Wellesley College Theatre
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Waiting for the Parade

Secondary Division
Divisional winner
E.O. Smith High School
Storrs, Connecticut
Sweeney Todd – School Edition

First Honorable Mention: Amity High School
Woodbridge, Connecticut
And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

Second Honorable Mention: Shrewsbury High School
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
The Crucible

Community Division
Divisional winner
Out of the Box Theater Company, Inc.
Lewiston, Maine
Death of a Salesman

Honorable Mention: Arlington Friends of the Drama
Arlington, Massachusetts
Our Town

Children and Youth Division
Divisional winner
Auburn Middle School Drama Club
Auburn, Maine
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Honorable Mention: Seacoast Repertory Theatre
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Into The Woods

The 2010 Moss Hart Memorial Award Winner is

Northern Stage
White River Junction, Vermont

(Professional Division)

Congratulations to all winners, divisional and regional.

For more information on the Moss Hart Memorial Award, go to:

NH Community Theater State Festival

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Best Production:– M&M Productions’
Six Nights in the Black Belt Going to Regionals
Submitted by Chuck Emmons

The 39th annual NH State Community Theater Festival was held September 25-26 at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts in Milford, NH.

Nine organizations from around the state performed a variety of shows covering the gamut from absurd comedy to searing drama. Each was adjudicated by Genevieve Aichele of the NH Theatre Project in Portsmouth,; Kevin Gardner, Critic and Contributor to NHPR; and Peggy Rae Johnson of Keene State theater department.

Two productions were selected at this festival to continue onto the New England Regional Festival sponsored by the New England Theatre Conference. Best Production honors went to Six Nights in the Black Belt, from M&M Productions. The alternate winner, also going to Regionals, was Milford Area Players’ Animal Farm.

The Regional will be held in the Concord City Auditorium in Concord, NH the weekend of March 4, 2011. These shows will join two productions from eastern Massachusetts, and entries from Maine and Rhode Island. The show at the Regional selected as best production will have the honor of representing New England at the National Festival to be held in Rochester, NY in June 2011.

The following groups and individuals that were also recognized at the NH Community Theater Festival for their excellence:

Excellence in Stage Management: Val Verge – Animal Farm (Milford Area Players)

Outstanding Achievements in Acting:
Deborah Shaw – Animal Farm (Milford Area Players)
Richard Alcott – A Stye of the Eye (Nashua Theatre Guild)
Rachel Cerullo – Heights (ActorSingers)
Chauncey Moore – Six Nights in the Black Belt (M&M Productions)
John Decareau – Six Nights in the Black Belt (M&M Productions)

Best Set Design: Amy Freidman – Heights (ActorSingers)

Best Costumes: Val Verge – A Stye of the Eye (Nashua Theatre Guild)

Best Ensemble: Almost Asleep – Bedford Off Broadway (Katie Prouix, Victoria
Hogan, Karen Dervin, Shelly Wood, Meredith Borgioli)

Best Actress: Maria Mendes – Six Nights in the Black Belt (M&M Productions)

Mark Morrison – The Pillowman (Ghostlight Theater Co.)

Best Actor: Jason Crowell – Aminal Farm (Milford Area Players)

Best Director: Lowell Williams – Six Nights in the Black Belt (M&M Productions)

2nd Alternate: The Pillowman – Ghostlight Theater Co. (Salem)

Come and root on the entries from around the region at the New England Regional Festival to be held in the Concord City Auditorium March 4 and 5, 2011.

The Un-Common Theatre Company Announces their 2010 – 2011 Season

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The Un-Common Theatre Company is bringing a variety of productions to the area for the 2010 – 2011season. Performances include something for everyone – from classic Broadway musicals to hilarious improv to an enchanting fairytale.

The season will kick off with the Broadway musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. This show promises audiences a rainbow ride through biblical Egypt . Written by musical theatre masterminds, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, this show is an irresistibly hilarious re-telling of the story of Joseph, his jealous brothers and one very loud garment. This colorful musical will have you singing and dancing in your seats to songs that span all the way from calypso to rock to disco to country. This worldwide phenomenon has been an audience favorite for more than thirty-five years!

This is Un-Common’s third collaboration with Bay Colony Productions. Performances will be held at the Orpheum Theatre Foxboro on Friday, December 3rd and 10th at 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 4th and 11th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 5th and 12th at 2:00 pm. Advance Ticket prices are: Premium $22, Reserved $20 and Balcony $16. Prices for tickets purchased the week of the show are: Premium $26, Reserved $24 and Balcony $20. Tickets are available at or by calling (800) 838 – 3006. For information on handicapped and group tickets for this show please call the Orpheum Foxboro box office at 508 543-2787.

Un-Common is looking forward to the spring when they will be performing adaptations of two beloved literary favorites: “The Enchantment of the Beauty and The Beast” and “The Secret Garden”.

The Young Performer’s Company will present the family friendly production of “The Enchantment of the Beauty and The Beast” at Qualter’s Middle School, Mansfield , MA on March 18th – March 20th, 2011. This delightful and thrilling musical tells the tale of a powerful witch who is rejected by a selfish prince. After a curse is placed on him, he is destined to be a “beast” until he learns to love. This comical adaptation is perfect for all ages.

Continuing the literary theme, The Tony Award winning hit “The Secret Garden” will be performed at the Orpheum Theatre Foxboro, MA April 1st – April 3rd, 2911. This captivating classic of children’s literature is re-imagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “Night Mother”. Orphaned in India , 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing “The Secret Garden’s” compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Throughout the year Un-Common’s hilarious teen improvisational troupe, Improv Soup, will be performing their unique and ever-changing comical shows at the Burrell Elementary School Auditorium, Foxboro , MA . This is a fun and affordable night out for teens and beyond with tickets just $3 for students and $5 for adults. The first three shows are scheduled for October 29th, November 19th and December 17th. Show time is 7:30 pm. For further information please visit

The season will wrap up over the summer with the return of Un-Common’s award winning Young Adult Company’s performances.

Auditions for “The Enchantment of the Beauty and The Beast” and “The Secret Garden” will be held in mid December 2010 and early January, 2011 respectively. Rehearsals for these shows will begin in early January, 2011. For information on these performances and The Un-Common Theatre Company, please visit their website at .

The Un-Common Theatre Company is in its’ 31st year as one of the few children’s theater companies in New England that provides aspiring young actors, singers, musicians, and technicians an opportunity to work under the guidance of theater professionals and perform in professional theater houses. Their mission is to create a safe, professional environment to expose youth to the complete theatrical experience while developing their confidence, self-esteem, teamwork and effective life skills.

Fenn School Job Description

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

What: The Fenn School, an independent middle school located in Concord, Massachusetts, seeks a part-time Music Director for the school musical November 22-March 5.
Qualifications: Experience and success leading all music-related aspects of musical theater. Enthusiasm for working with 8th and 9th grade students; ability to conduct effective choral rehearsals and coach soloists; excellent accompanying skills; ability to assemble, conduct and play in a small orchestra pit for two rehearsals and three performances. The position requires enthusiasm, collaborative skills, and flexibility.
Time requirements:
Auditions: Monday, November 22, 4:00 – 6:00 PM; Tuesday, November 23, 1:15-4:30 PM
Rehearsals: Mondays and Thursdays, 1:45-3:15 PM from November 29 through March 2; Tuesday afternoons, 1:15-4:30 PM from January 4 through March 1.
Tech Week: Friday, February 25, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM; Sunday, February 28, 1:00-5:00 PM with orchestra; Monday, March 1, 2:00-5:30 PM; Tuesday, March 2, 1:00-5:30 PM Dress Rehearsal; Wednesday, March 3, 2:00-3:30 PM.
Performances: Thursday, March 3, Friday, March 4, Saturday, March 5 – all at 7:00 PM
Compensation: competitive.
Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to Mike Salvatore, Arts Department Chair (