Tickets on sale for Lost in Yonkers

Click here for an article about the show, by Neil Zolot in the Saugus Advertiser on WickedLocal.com.

Tickets are now on sale for our production of Lost in Yonkers, the comic drama by Neil Simon.

Performances are February 17-18-19 and 24-25-26, 2017.  Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM, with Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.

Tickets are $23 for adults or $20 for seniors/students/children if purchased at the door, but only $20 or $17 if purchased in advance.  Seating is limited.

For complete information about purchasing or reserving seats, see our Tickets page.

The location is the Theatre Company of Saugus home at the American Legion Post 210  /  44 Taylor Street  /  Saugus, Massachusetts  01906.  See our Directions page.

For more info about the show, see our Lost in Yonkers page.

Click here for the flyer.

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Auditions for Nunsense 2

The Theatre Company of Saugus will present the next show in the Nunsense series of musical comedies about funny nuns, Nunsense 2, The Second Coming, the expanded version.

We are excited to announce that we have selected performance dates!  May 12-13-14 and May 19-20-21, 2017.

All previous cast members of Nunsense Mega Musical are invited back to reprise their roles in Nunsense 2, as the script requires.  Please contact us ASAP if you will be rejoining us.

To fill out the open roles, we will be holding auditions February 20 and 22.  For complete information, please see our Auditions page.

We are now seeking a Choreographer for this production.  To apply for the position, please contact the Theatre Company of Saugus by sending a message to TCSaugus@gmail.com.  Include all your contact information, a theatrical resume, and a statement explaining your interest in the project.  We will contact you to schedule an interview with the board of directors.

Fundraising for New Dimmers

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is a local non-profit community theatre in its 49th season of entertaining theater goers in and around the North Shore.  We produce four to five shows a year ranging from covering the spectrum from comedy to tragedy in classic and more modern portrayals.  We do our best to keep our ticket prices affordable and theatre welcoming to families with the help of local sponsors, advertisers & friends, such as yourself.

People come from all around Boston and the North Shore to both audition for as well as attend our productions. Our membership is diverse, with actors, stage crew, and production staff of all ages; some of whom have been with the company since its conception and others who haven’t entered preschool yet. We welcome all to join our theatre family.

We have an urgent need right now.  For the past several years we have been renting the lighting dimmers that we use for each show.  This was a necessity due to the uncertainty of where we would be housed.  Unfortunately, it is not cost-effective in the long run.  The time has come to purchase our own dimmers, and have them available to us whenever needed.   These dimmers work with the modern lighting control board that we purchased a few years ago.

Each dimmer has six control channels, which is adequate for some plays with just a few scenes. We can use one dimmer for a play such as Lost in Yonkers.  But for a more complex show, such as Nunsense 2 (which is coming up later this season) we will need all twelve channels provided by two dimmers.  We have purchased one dimmer for Lost in Yonkers.  Each dimmer costs around $962.  In addition to that figure, there is also the cost for the necessary connecting cables.  Our current goal is to raise $2000 to cover some of the cost for two lighting dimmers and the connecting cables.

Won’t you help us achieve our goal, to be able to continue to provide quality and enriching entertainment for the community, by sponsoring the purchase of our needed new lighting equipment?  We are a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and your donations are tax-deductible.  All donators are credited in the playbill programs for our show.  Sponsor benefits include ads in the programs, tickets to shows, and inclusion in our publicity.

We are using a crowdfunding service to make donations easy.  To donate please click here.  Thank you for your support!

The Lost in Yonkers Family

The Kurnitz family from Yonkers, New York have it out with each other in Neil Simon’s Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning comic drama.  In front from left:  Sharon Beeler as Grandma, Zack Perry as Arty, Angela Rossi as Bella.  In rear:  Sean Perry as Louie, Andrew Quinney as Eddie.  The Theatre Company of Saugus presents Lost in Yonkers, directed by Ryan Began.  Performances on February 17-18-19 and 24-25-26, 2017, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.  At the American Legion Post 210  /  44 Taylor Street  /  Saugus, Massachusetts 01906.  For tickets, directions, and information see TCSaugus.org.  (Not pictured:  James Cormier as Jay, Bridget Conway as Gert.  Photo by Larry Segel.)

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Valentines shopping at Amazon Smile

When you are shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts, you can support TCS by shopping at Smile.Amazon.com.  Amazon has a large variety of gifts that are perfect for Valentine’s Day including electronics, jewelry, clothing, and more.

When you shop at Amazon Smile, a portion of your purchase is donated to TCS.  Amazon Smile uses your same account registration and wish lists, and has the same products as regular Amazon.


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Fuddruckers Fundraiser February

Join the Theatre Company of Saugus having Burgers for Benefits!

At Fuddruckers, home of the World’s Greatest Hamburgers.

Dine out for a Good Cause.  Fuddruckers will donate 20% of your total meal price to TCS.

This donation is earmarked to support our production of Lost in Yonkers, which you will have seen performed on the previous two weekends.  Come to the fundraiser and tell us how great our show was!

On Tuesday 28 February 2017, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

At Fuddruckers  /  900 Broadway Route 1 / Saugus, MA  01906.  On Route 1 Northbound, north of Main Street, just beyond Kowloon.

You must download and print this flyer and present it to the cashier when you place your order in order for us to get the 20% donation.

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Board and Committees for 2017

New members were elected to the board of directors at our annual general membership meeting on 11 December 2016. New officers were elected at our board meeting on 27 December 2016.  To see the new lineup of officers and board members for 2017, please see our Board Members page.  We thank the retiring members of the board for their years of service.

TCS has a number of standing committees that provide the vital service of helping to run the organization.  Each committee has at least three members who are on the board of directors, and at least three who are general members.  The chair person can be be either, but is often a board member.  Committee meetings are held as needed, usually monthly.  If you would like to serve on any of the committees, please contact any board member, or send us a message at TCSaugus@gmail.com.

Here is a list of the standing committees.  Some of these may be combined, and new committees may be created, as the need arises.

  • Finance.  Researches and proposes changes to company finances, assisting and overseeing the treasurer.
  • Play Reading / Production Scheduling.  Researches and reads plays, proposes the plan for the next season (2018-2019).
  • Nominating.  Creates the slate of candidates for the next board election in November 2017.
  • Membership.  Maintains the membership list, promotes membership renewal and new memberships.  Recommends membership policies.
  • Activities.  Plans activities for general meetings, workshops, and other company events, other than shows.
  • Parliamentary / By-Laws.  Ensures that the company is running by its rules and recommends any changes to the by-laws.
  • Librarian / Archivist.  Organizes records and materials and provides when needed.
  • Publicity.  Creates and distributes advertisements and news releases, social media announcements, and the website to keep the public informed about shows and events.
  • Newsletter.  Writes and edits the email newsletter and website posts to keep the membership informed about company shows and events.
  • Scholarship.  Evaluates the scholarship applications from Saugus High School students and recommends a recipient.  Recommends policies about scholarships.
  • Fundraising / Community Outreach.  Solicits sponsorships, plans and executes fundraising events.  Organizes TCS participation with other groups.
  • Facilities Management / Building Acquisition.  Supervises our relationship with the landlords of our rented rehearsal, performance, and storage locations.  Researches alternate housing options.

Artistic Staff needed for 2017-2018 season

At our Annual General Membership Meeting on 11 December 2016, we approved the plan for the shows that we will present for the next season in 2017-2018.  Now we need to find directors, choreographers, and musical directors for these shows.

  1. We intend to bring a show to the EMACT Festival in June 2017.  Probably with a prior public performance in Saugus.  We are working on the musical version of 13 Things about Ed Carpolatti.  (We have a director and musical director.)
  2. The next in our series of Youth Theatre Workshops, in July 2017.  A junior musical show, to be determined.  (We probably have the staff for this.)
  3. The Halloween 2017 season show.  This was going to be Bat Boy, the popular musical about a family that adopts a bat boy, by the same authors as Heathers.  But another nearby group is doing this show, so we need to find another, preferably a musical.  We are in need of a Director and a Choreographer.  We may already have a musical director.  (The alternate, if we decide to do a play rather than a musical, would be The Woman in Black, a mystery thriller play.)
  4. The holiday season 2017 show.  This will be A Charlie Brown Christmas, a one-act musical with a cast of children.  This might be paired with a one-act play The Gift of the Magi, with two adults.  We are in need of Directors, a Choreographer, and a Musical Director.  (The alternate would be The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a one-act play with children and adults.)
  5. The winter season show, in early 2018.  The play Almost, Maine.  A popular comedy about characters in love in the neighboring stage of Maine.  We are in need of a Director.  (The alternate, if we need a second musical in the season, would be The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.)
  6. Another Nunsense show in spring 2018, continuing the series.  Nunsense Jamboree features the funny nuns and country music.  We are in need of a Musical Director and a Choreographer.  We probably have a director.

We are also at present still in need of a Choreographer for this season’s production of Nunsense 2 in spring 2017.  Honorariums are given for the artistic staff positions.

And of course we will need supporting staff for all of these shows:  producers, stage managers, set builders, and designers for sets, costumes, lighting, props, etc.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact us at TCSaugus@gmail.com.  Please attach a theatre resume, and a letter indicating which jobs and shows you are interested in.  We will arrange for an interview with our board of directors.  Thank you!