TCS Earns Numerous 2020 DASH Awards

EMACT (Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres) annually gives DASH awards for distinguished achievements, for shows that have been evaluated by their consultant reviewers.  This year the awards were announced at a virtual Gala presentation on August 22, 2020.  Instead of the usual format of six nominees and one winner, because of the pandemic-shortened season, this year they announced a varying number of Outstanding Achievement Awards in each category, for shows or individuals with the highest scores.

The Theatre Company of Saugus’ production of Nevermore:  The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, presented in October & November 2019, was the recipient of Outstanding Achievement Awards for a Musical in almost every possible category.

  • Best Musical
  • Direction – Jason Hair-Wynn
  • Musical Direction – Shawn Gelzleichter
  • Choreography – Jason Hair-Wynn
  • Ensemble Cast
  • Actor – Benjamin Finn
  • Supporting Actress – Christine Dickinson 
  • Supporting Actress – Caroline Fonseca
  • Props – Amanda Allen, Jason Hair-Wynn, Damien LaCount, Deirdre A. L. Shaw
  • Hair & Makeup Design – Amanda Allen, Jason Hair-Wynn, William Fafard, Jr.
  • Costume Design – Amanda Allen & Jason Hair-Wynn 
  • Lighting Design – Matthew Garlin & Jason Hair-Wynn 
  • Sound Design – James Wlodyka, Mel Ingalls, Jason Hair-Wynn 
  • Set Design – Nicholas Raponi & Jason Hair-Wynn 
  • Set Dressing – Nicholas Raponi & Jason Hair-Wynn 

The TCS production of James and the Giant Peach, presented in February 2020, was the recipient of two DASH awards.

  • Outstanding Achievement – Youth Actor in a Play – Brooks Workman
  • Consultant’s Choice Award – Excellence in Original Music – Greg Borodulin

Several TCS members were recognized for work done with other theatre groups:

  • Consultants Choice Award, for Set Construction – Lou Schoenthal for Young Frankenstein at Marblehead Little Theatre
  • Stage Management for a Musical – Jenn Ryan Gelzleichter for Carrie: The Musical at Arts After Hours
  • Direction of a Musical – Samantha Brior-Jones & Nathan Fogg-DeSisto for Beauty & the Beast at Massasoit Theatre Company
  • Choreography – Samantha Brior-Jones for Beauty & the Beast at Massasoit
  • Stage Management for a Musical – Nathan Fogg-DeSisto for Beauty & the Beast at Massasoit Theatre Company
  • Supporting Actor in a Musical – Bobby Imperato for Beauty & the Beast at Massasoit Theatre Company
  • Set Design for a Musical – Nathan Fogg-DeSisto for Beauty & the Beast at Massasoit Theatre Company
  • Set Dressing for a Musical – Nathan Fogg-DeSisto for Beauty & the Beast at Massasoit Theatre Company
  • Hair & Makeup Design for a Musical – Becky Jo Roland for The Addams Family at Arlington Friends of Drama
  • Hair & Makeup Design for a Musical – Kathleen Tringale & Ursina Amsler for Into the Woods at Stage 284

Congratulations to all our winners! And thank you to the EMACT team for all the recognition!

Steven Friedman

Theatre Company of Saugus mourns Steven Friedman, who passed away on September 7, 2020. Steven was a very entertaining actor in two roles in the TCS production of From Moliere With Love in 2007. We did two short comedies by Moliere, in which he played Villebrequin in The Imaginary Cuckold, and Geronimo in The Forced Marriage.

Steven was the beloved husband of Harriet Friedman, who directed the TCS production of Clue, the Musical in 2015. Harriet has been active with EMACT and has worked with many local community theatres over many years, sometimes with Steven.

Steven was a retired doctor and a genius at trivia. You can read his obituary here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=steven-friedman&pid=196816668

TCS Summer Sessions – Join Us Online – 2nd & 3rd Sessions Aug 13th & 20th – It’s all about the Music!

“C The Notes” – A Crash Course in Reading Music for Singers
Led by Ben Tan

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Time: 7:00-9:00PM
Where: Virtually on Zoom

“C The Notes” – A Crash Course in Reading Music for Singers:
Experienced theatre music director Ben Tan will teach an introduction to reading music for singers. Students will go over the basics of visualizing rhythm and melody on the staff and apply music theory fundamentals to musical theatre repertoire.

Ben Tan, music director, hails from Wakefield. Previous music director credits include Frozen JrJames And The Giant Peach (both at Middlesex School Summer Arts), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Theatre Company Saugus), Shrek, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatYoung Frankenstein (all at Alexander Children’s Theatre School), Grease (Babson Players), Spelling Bee (Emerson College Musical Theatre Society), Dear Edwina, and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (both Kidding Around at Emerson College). Ben earned his M.M.Ed. from Boston Conservatory and teaches music at Carver Elementary School.

Ben Tan

Healthy Vocal Technique for Musical Theatre
Led by Lori L’Italian

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Time: 7:00-9:00PM
Where: Virtually on Zoom

Have you been missing your theatre community? Longing to belt out showtunes with your besties? Join us for a group voice class with TCS Alum and Professor of Voice in Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory, Lori L’Italien. Lori has appeared in TCS shows over the last 10 years including: CabaretThe Producers, and Children of Eden. A graduate of The University of Maine, Longy School of Music and The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Lori has been teaching voice for more than 15 years and has been a regular on the Boston professional scene for as many.

 
Session includes:

  • Instructor-led group physical and vocal warm-up with explanation of how to bring each exercise into your practice and what its purpose is (grounding the voice in speech, finding clarity in the head voice/legit sound, bringing ease into the belt, extending the range, and releasing unnecessary tensions and strain from your body and voice).
  • Group experimentation with sounds and sensations, leading into healthful vocalise and work towards flexibility, and balance of register.
  • Individual Song Performances and Feedback – Students will have the option to present a selection or cut they have been working on. Lori will spend a short amount of time coaching one or two aspects of the song and giving next steps for what the singer can work on to bring the song to the next level.
Lori D’Italian

REGISTRATION FORM:
Please complete the form below. You can use it to register for either session or both.
Each session is $10 and you will be invoiced via PayPal after registration is completed.
Questions? Email us at tcsaugus@gmail.com.

TCS Summer Sessions – Join Us Online – 1st Session Aug 6th

The Power of Makeup (onstage and off)
Led by Brittany Daley

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Where: Virtually on Zoom

This workshop is perfect for beginners as well as makeup gurus looking for new techniques. The workshop will start with an overview of Makeup basics from the different types of products, how they are used, and the tools needed to apply them. Brittany will also share some of her own tips and tricks as well as her holy grail products. The remainder of the workshop will be dedicated to demonstrating the application and transformation process – Live.  Brittany will create a theatrical, drag inspired look using suggestions from participants. Participants are welcome to bring their own makeup and experiment along with Brittany. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Brittany Daley is a director, performer and theatre educator from Saugus, MA. She is also a self proclaimed makeup addict. When she’s not directing middle schoolers, she finds opportunities to be creative herself. Some of her favorite roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a Wierd Sister in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She can also be seen at the local con cosplaying and using makeup to bring some of her favorite characters to life. 

Brittany Daley
Makeup Designs by Brittany Daley

TCS Summer Youth Theatre Workshop Registration – Sign-Up by August 3 for Early Bird Discount

TCS has been weighing options regarding holding our Youth Theatre Workshop this summer. We know there are youth actors who look forward to participating each summer and our staff looks forward to working with the talented students who are part of TCS.

In order to best serve all involved – we are revamping for this summer and only having one week instead of two and having a combination of in-person and virtual sessions. Additionally, instead of a full production, we will be ending with a talent show – which will allow each participant to take part without having to rely on interacting with others in person.

For more information about protocols, what will be included in the sessions, and to access the registration form – CLICK HERE.

Striving for an inclusive community: in the theater and beyond

Theatre Company of Saugus prides itself on being a safe space and being intolerant of hate/bullying of any kind. We consider ourselves a theater family and a great place for people of all ages and backgrounds to explore the arts and in turn, themselves. We strive to be inclusive and support all citizens, patrons, and artists in our community and the surrounding area. As we all try to wrap our heads around the year that is 2020 – TCS needs to look at itself and ask, are we doing all we can do to be inclusive and supportive? And, we need people to tell us when we are not (especially if we think we are). No one will take on the mantle of change if they don’t know they need to do it.

While theatres are all trying to deal with the ramifications of COVID-19 and how it is impacting the end of this past season and the start of the next, we also need to be thinking about the black members of our communities who are suffering (and have been suffering) in innumerable ways. The senseless murder of George Floyd has set off a chain reaction throughout the entire country and the world. There must be change that happens, but many times, people don’t know how to start the process.

There are numerous ways to help individuals and work towards change.Support black-owned businesses in the Boston area.

How else can you help?

And, because we are a community theater, black playwrights to be aware of:

Let people you know that you are ready to listen to anyone who is angry and frustrated and working towards change. Sometimes people need to know they can share and you will be there to listen. Sharing that you are an ally is a very important message to spread to those in your life. TCS has always tried to be an ally and to be inclusive. We hope this is now apparent to all our members, volunteers, patrons, and supporters.

Let us know how you think we can do better. Email us at tcsaugus@gmail.com.

#BlackLivesMatter #BLM #SayTheirNames

Thank you for joining us to make our community a better place!

Sincerely,
Theatre Company of Saugus, Board of Directors
Amanda Allen, President
Larry Segel, Vice President
Alicia Murphy, Treasurer
Jeffrey Bliss, Recording Secretary
Deirdre A. L. Shaw, Corresponding Secretary
Matthew Garlin, Member-At-Large
Mike Giusti, Member-At-Large
Allison Perry, Member-At-Large
Sean Perry, Member-At-Large

Play Reading Zoom Events in May & June

We can’t wait to see you in person!  But in the meantime, let’s participate in some playreading online.  Giving you a sneak peak at our plans for the 2020-2021 season.

As we are all still staying safe at home – and will be for some time more – TCS is planning an online series of play readings for our potential 2020-2021 season.

These play readings will be conducted via Zoom. All are invited to participate – reading parts in the show or just listening in. The sessions will be on four (4) Saturday evenings May to June 2020, each starting at 7:00PM.

Each Friday before a play reading, TCS will send out an email containing the links to both the Zoom meeting and to the script that we will be reading.

You don’t need to sign up in advance to attend and/or read, but it will be helpful for us to know how many people to expect for readers. If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for any or all evenings, please use the appropriate link below.

After all four play reading sessions have been completed – we will host a final Zoom meeting. This will go to Members only for our General Membership Meeting to discuss the proposed slate of shows, vote on a winter comedy, and approve the plan for the season.

Saturday, May 16 @ 7:00PM – Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson 
Saturday, May 23 @ 7:00PM – Spring Awakening
Saturday, May 30 @ 7:00PM – The Importance of Being Earnest 
Saturday, June 6 @ 7:00PM – Much Ado About Nothing

Leo Nickole

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Leonidas A. Nickole, aged 93.  He was the founder of the Theater Company of Saugus, then called the “Town Criers”, in 1968.  He was long honored by the theatre company as a designated Lifetime Member.  He was one of the longest serving and most influential members of the company.  He will be greatly missed.

Leo Nickole was a professor at Emerson College in Boston for many decades, teaching several generations of students.  He specialized in the history and practice of Musical Theatre.

TCS benefited from his role as an educator.  His subject and our avocation, theatre, were the same, and he had much to teach us.  He was always willing to share his knowledge and passion for theatre with us.  Professor Nickole was the organizer or presenter of a series of educational workshops that TCS sponsored over the past twenty years.  Most of these workshops were the inspiration for a show in that genre in the following season.  There were also dozens of general company meetings to which Leo brought guest speakers or performers, who he know from his extensive contacts on Broadway and the professional theatre, as well as from Emerson College.

He directed dozens of shows for TCS.  Since returning to TCS twenty years ago after a hiatus, he directed several Theatre Company of Saugus shows, including:

  • Light Up the Sky (2001)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (2002)
  • She Loves Me (2003)
  • Evenings with Shakespeare / Taming of the Shrew (2005)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (2006)
  • From Broadway to Hollywood revue (2008)
  • The Pirates of Penzance (2008)

Leo was also the producer or a production team member of many other TCS shows.  He served many years on the Board of Directors, including terms as Treasurer and President.  Leo continued to be active with us until a few years ago, serving as House Manager for most productions.

He was a founder of the New England Theatre Conference (NETC).  That organization grants the annual Leonidas Nickole award to an outstanding theatre educator.  An award in his name is also offered annually by the Musical Theatre Society of Emerson College.

The burial services were private.  A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Click here for an article about his career at Emerson College.

Click here for the obituary.

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