Theatre Company of Saugus is pleased to announce that we have begun rehearsals for our Halloween-season production of Heathers the Musical. The new comic thriller musical based on the so very late-1980s movie Heathers.
We are thankful to the so many talented people we had at auditions. We have an engaged an excellent cast. For the cast list and more information about the show, please see our Heathers page.
Performances are 21-30 October 2016, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM, with Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.
Tickets are now on sale. For complete information about purchasing or reserving seats, please visit our Tickets page.
The show will be at a new venue for us, the American Legion hall in Saugus, Massachusetts. Please visit our Directions page.
Click here for an article about William Fafard Jr., who appeared in a summer stock production of Cats at the Star Theatre in Kittery, Maine. William, and other family members, have been in many TCS productions for over a decade. The article, by , appeared in the Saugus Advertiser on Wicked Local.
It is time to plan our next season 2017-2018. You are all welcome to join the Play Reading & Season Planning Committee. We have two meetings scheduled so far:
- Wednesday 10 August 2016 at 7:00 PM
- Thursday 25 August at 7:00 PM
The location of both meetings is the American Legion. (In a different room than the Heathers rehearsal that will be going on at those times.) See our Directions page.
There are four show slots to fill. We will most likely want to do the next in the series of Nunsense shows. The season should also include at least one Play. Possibly another musical. Possibly some sort of revue. Possibly some sort of Christmas show. We are open to your suggestions.
If you have suggestions, or questions, please contact our Committee Chairperson, Stephen Russo, at TCSaugus@gmail.com.
TCS would like to present an entry at the EMACT Festival in June 2017. (We brought our production of Macbeth to the 2014 Festival.)
We are now accepting proposals for a production at the next Festival. A show that runs in less than an hour. And has a set that can be assembled in under ten minutes, and can be disassembled in under ten minutes. The show can be a play or a musical, a one-act, or a cutting of a longer show.
A proposal should explain the show, and include who will be the Director and other staff. Please send your proposal to us at TCSaugus@gmail.com. We will schedule an interview with the Board.
We are now looking to engage some needed Artistic Staff for the remainder of the current 2016-2017 season.
- A Miscast Musical Revue. This is your opportunity to perform a song that you would normally never get to do. Cast yourself against type. Performances in early December 2016. We are looking for a Director / Coordinator. (We believe we have a Music Director.)
- Lost In Yonkers. The Pulitzer Prize-winning comic drama by Neil Simon, in winter 2017. We are looking for a Director.
- Nunsense 2, The Second Coming. The second in our planned series of musical comedies about funny nuns, in spring 2017. We are looking for a Music Director. (We believe we have a Director.)
Honorariums are available. To apply for any of these three positions, please write to us at TCSaugus@gmail.com. Include your contact information, theatre resume, and a brief statement about which shows you want to do and why. We will contact you to schedule an interview with the board, and to answer a director questionnaire. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2016.
We are also looking for the technical staff for all of these shows, including Producer, Stage Manager, and Designers for Sets, Costumes, Lighting, etc. (We do not pay honorariums for the technical positions.)
Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is a member of the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres (EMACT). EMACT runs the DASH program (Distinguished Award and Special Honors) that evaluates many of the shows done by its member groups. Many aspects of each show and the performers are rated, and those with the best ratings are Nominated for DASH Awards. The nominations for the 2015-2016 season were announced on a webcast on Wednesday 20 July 2016.
The award winners are revealed at the annual DASH Gala, which is very much like the Tony Awards, but local. This year the DASH Gala will be on Saturday 27 August 2016.
TCS has a nomination for one of its productions in the 2015-2016 season:
- Evelyn Holley for Best Lead Actress in a Play for The Laramie Project
There are many other TCS members who have been nominated for their work with other companies. Many of these are for the Winthrop Playmakers production of The Shadow Box, which was also nominated for Best Ensemble in a Play, and for Best Play:
- Nicholas Raponi for Best Director of a Play
- Lauren Amaru for Best Makeup and Hair Design for a Play
- Anthony Turilli for Best Youth Actor in a Play
- Brian Dion for Best Supporting Actor in a Play
- Nicholas Raponi for Best Set Design for a Play
For other productions, TCS members earned these nominations:
- Amanda Allen for Best Makeup and Hair Design for a Play for The Man Who Came to Dinner at Spotlight Playhouse
- Shawn Gelzleichter for Best Musical Director for The Rocky Horror Show at The Footlight Club
- Kai Chao for Best Choreography for The Great American Trailer Park Musical at The Burlington Players
- Gabriel Clark for Best Youth Actor in a Musical for Seussical at Wakefield Repertory Youth Theatre
- Lauren Amaru for Best Specialty Ensemble in a Musical as one of the Strippers in the Winthrop Playmakers production of Gypsy.
Anthony Turilli was nominated for the same award last year, for the TCS production of Charlotte’s Web.
The complete set of nominations is here. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Exelon is an electricity supplier available to customers in Massachusetts and other states. They have a Community Champions program that awards grants to non-profit organizations for local projects. For the second year in a row, they have awarded $500 to Theatre Company of Saugus to support our Youth Theatre Workshop 2016. This will help us ensure that we will have a successful workshop and we can put on a better show with our kids. We Thank Them Very Much.
Here is a link to the announcement of our 2015 award.
Here is a link to the Exelon grant program.