LOTS OF NEWS THIS TIME – HOLD TIGHT! Our
fall gathering, The Huddle, will be on Sunday, October 19th, not
on the 5th; do come to
socialize, to hear about our terrific upcoming season, and to meet
the iconoclastic fashion doyenne, Diana Vreeland, personified by Patricia
Till in her one-woman show, Full Gallop, which she presented on Nantucket
You have renewed your membership – right? Just $30, or $20 if
you can contribute a mere 4 hours. And, you’ve sent in your season
subscription? The address is P.O. Box 22, or phone 978 369 2990 if
you’ve misplaced your form.
Auditions for our season’s opener, Shakespeare’s Twelfth
Night, drew lots of talent. The casting committee – Lynn Duvall,
Iain Bason, and Fritz
Kussin – chose Myron
Feld for the role
of Mavolio, Charlie
Atherton for Sir Toby Belch, Pamela
Dritt for Feste,
Judith Broggi for Maria, and many actors new to our stage. Producers
Lillian Anderson (978-369-1468), Sheryl
Blair, (369-9749), and Dorothy
Schecter (369-3259) would love some seamstresses and some set builders,
a great opportunity to work on an exciting show. Director Thomas
Caron will have his translation of Cocteau’s The
Infernal Machine produced
by Brown University this fall; his Town Cow Theater Company had a very
successful summer season in Chamberlain Park.
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Now, your news. Shana Dirik is back on the boards, playing 5 different
characters in Arlington Friends of the Drama’s hilarious musical
comedy, No Way to Treat a Lady: Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8 p.m. and Oct.
5 & 12 at 2 p.m. Phone 781-646-5922, or visit www.afdtheatre.org.
Mike Finke will appear in the Fitchburg State College production of
The Boys and Girls Next Door. It’s “The
Boys Next Door” with
2 different casts, ‘a touching yet humorous show about 4 mentally-challenged
individuals living in a group home, and the dedicated but burning-out
social worker who cares for them.’ Dates are Nov. 4-15, with
boys and girls cast on alternate nights; evenings at 7:30 p.m., with
high school matinees on Nov. 5 & 13. The Nov 4 performance benefits
the Worcester-area Association for Retarded Citizens. Contact Mike
for more info., firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joanne Hines writes from Florida that in June she audited Burt Reynolds
Master Acting Class; yes, that one. She says he was his exuberant self,
and gave excellent notes. After he discovered Joanne had attended the
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, in NYC, he asked if she
wanted to do a scene, but she declined.
Sheryl Peters will be in Inspecting
Carole with Arlington Friends
of the Drama, December 5-7 and 12-14: phone 781-646-5922, or go to
Peterson has turned what had
been mostly a hobby into a career as a realtor with Coldwell Banker
in Cambridge: ‘think of me as a match-maker for buyers and sellers,
arranging cyber-dating for lonely homes.’ Contact Larry at 617-864-4430,
or his voice mail at 617-245-3916……Jackson
Royal got to
dance on a giant keyboard this past summer in Foothills Theatre’s
musical production of Big – a fantasy fulfilled?.....and Leslie
Wagner is in the outrageous farce Don’t Dress
for Dinner at Maynard’s
Acme Theater, 61 Summer Street, from Sept. 19-Oct. 11, with Fri. and
Sat shows at 8, Sunday at 3 p.m. Phone 978 823-0003, or visit www.acmetheater.com.
From Karen Sinclair comes information about The College Light Opera
Company at the Highfield Theatre in Falmouth, MA. They provide fine
Broadway musicals and a chance for college and university students
to begin their careers in summertime musical theater; phone 508-548-0668.
For your stage-struck son or daughter? …….Karen also reminds
us that EMACT/The Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres
will offer 2 half-day workshops this fall: The Care and Feeding of
a Musical, on October 4, held at Bedford High School, and Connecting
with the Lyrics of a Song, November 1, at Arlington Friends of the
Drama. Cost is very moderate; contact Jean MacFarland, 183 Codman Road,
Norwood MA 02063, email@example.com, or the website www.emact.org.
The town of Natick’s Council on Aging has a vibrant, committed
group of actors at its Senior Center. They need a leader to provide
direction, a wonderful opportunity to help out. Contact Susan Payes
at the Center, 117 E. Central Street in Natick, ph. 508-647-6540, or
at firstname.lastname@example.org. …..And: the term blackout appeared first
not in connection with a power failure but in a quote from George Bernard
Show: ‘there will have to be a blackout between scene.’
Keep sending your news to Claiborne
Dawes, 978-368-5899, or to email@example.com.
Next deadline is October 14th. And remember, tell me if you want to receive
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