The Lion in Winter is ROARING into the Legion in June…

Theatre Company of Saugus is hosting

The Lion in Winter is the classic historical play by James Goldman, about King Henry II of England and his meeting with his queen, mistress, children, and rival king at his castle in Chinon, France during Christmas in the year 1183. Who shall succeed him as king? All three sons want to be the one, but how can Henry choose only one without making the others his enemies?

The Theatre Company of Saugus is excited to be hosting a professional Boston-area theatre company for the first time. The Psych Drama Company has been presenting innovative work for more than 10 years, in various venues around Boston and in Rhode Island.

This production is co-directed by Wendy Lippe of Psych Drama Company and Larry Segel of Theatre Company of Saugus.

While rehearsing the Lion in Winter when theaters were closed, an audio radio-play version was recorded, and that was streamed in December 2020. Click here to read rave press reviews of the radio play, and an exclusive press interview including discussion of the journey of the show from radio drama to fully realized production.


The Lion in Winter Performances:
Friday, June 10 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 12 at 3:00 PM (matinee)
Friday, June 17 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 19 at 3:00 PM (matinee)

ALL TICKETS = $25 EACH

How to Purchase Tickets:
Advance online sales, using any major credit card, are open until four hours before the curtain time. If available, seats can be purchased at the door for the same price, using cash, check, Venmo, or PayPal, but no credit cards. Ticket prices are the same for all patrons.


COVID Safety Policy Update
Although policies about wearing masks and providing proof of vaccination have been loosening up in many places, in theaters we still must ensure the safety of our patrons, members, actors, and crew, by minimizing the risk of contagion. Our home at the Saugus American Legion is not large and social distancing is not possible.
Therefore we will continue to require our audience to wear masks inside (unless actively eating or drinking), and to be vaccinated. All the cast members of our shows are vaccinated, will be masked during rehearsals, and will be tested prior to performances.
This is especially important for this production as there will be immersive seating and audience and cast will be VERY close to each other.


About Psych Drama Company

The Psych Drama Company was founded in December of 2010 by Wendy Lippe, Ph.D. As a clinical psychologist, Wendy’s vision in starting this company is to integrate her professional expertise with her work as a creative artist. They aim to produce dramatic pieces that engage the large community of mental health professionals in the Boston area, as well as to stimulate and foster psychological mindedness and insight in the community at large.

It is important to them that their productions target not only professionals in the field, including psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health workers, and social workers, but also members of the general public: they aim to be equally accessible to professionals and laypeople alike. Their ultimate goal is to make all of the greatest classic works of drama relevant to today’s audiences by focusing on the timeless elements of human nature.

About Theatre Company of Saugus

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is the community theatre group serving Saugus, Massachusetts and the surrounding area. Founded in 1968 as the “Town-Criers”, they incorporated in 1990 as a not-for-profit corporation.
Their mission statement is, “To foster and promote an appreciation of the theatre arts and to stimulate production of living theatre for the entertainment and cultural enrichment of the community.”

TCS is currently in the process of getting back to having 3-4 Main Stage productions per year + their Summer Youth Workshop, which culminates in a weekend of performances.

Seeking Staff for 2022 Summer Youth Programs

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is seeking the primary artistic staff for running our summer 2022 Youth Theatre Workshops. This year we are running two programs: for younger and older youth. Each program will culminate in a junior musical production, each of which will have three performances.

The show to be presented by the younger kids will be Willy Wonka Jr. The show to be presented by the older kids will be Addams Family Young@Part. Stipends are offered for each position.

To apply for any of these positions, send an email to TCSaugus@gmail.com, including your theatrical resume, an indication of which positions you are applying for, and a brief letter with remarks about the shows and/or your background.

The deadline to apply is Monday 23 May 2022. You should be available for an interview with the TCS board of directors, via zoom, on the evening of Tuesday 24 May 2022.

There are seven positions open. Following are the job description announcements for each position.

Younger Youth Program Positions:

TCS is seeking an energetic youth Director for their two week intensive youth performance of Willy Wonka Jr. Applicants must work well with students aged 7 to 13. The dates for this summer camp are August 1 – 13, 2022, with performances on August 12 and 13. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as well as 8 hours of alternate set build time. Responsibilities include directing, casting, and designing the piece. As well as working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching theatrical workshops, leading theater games, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

TCS is seeking a Choreographer for their two week intensive youth performance of Willy Wonka Jr. Applicants must work well with students aged 7 to 13. The dates for this summer camp are August 1 – 13, 2022, with performances on August 12 and 13. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as well as 8 hours of alternate set build time. Responsibilities include choreographing, working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching theatrical workshops, leading theater games, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

TCS is seeking a Music Director for their two week intensive youth performance of Willy Wonka Jr. Applicants must work well with students aged 7 to 13. The dates for this summer camp are August 1 – 13, 2022, with performances on August 12 and 13. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as well as 8 hours of alternate set build time. Responsibilities include reading music, playing the piano, working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching music workshops, leading theater/music games, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

Older Youth Program Positions

TCS is seeking an energetic youth Director for their two week intensive youth performance of The Addams Family Young@Part. Applicants must work well with students aged 13 to 18. The dates for this summer camp are July 18 – August 27, 2022, with performances on August 26 and 27. The camp schedule is tentative and heavily dependent upon the availability of the creative team, but rehearsals will take place Monday through Friday after 5:00 P.M. The position requires a total of 8 hours of alternate set build time. Responsibilities include directing, casting, and designing the piece. As well as working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching theatrical workshops, leading theater games, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

TCS is seeking a Choreographer for their two week intensive youth performance of Addams Family Young@Part. Applicants must work well with students aged 13 to 18. The dates for this summer camp are July 18 – August 27 with performances on August 26 and 27. The camp schedule is tentative and heavily dependent upon the availability of the creative team, but rehearsals will take place Monday through Friday after 5:00 P.M. The position requires a total of 8 hours of alternate set build time. Responsibilities include choreographing, working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching theatrical workshops, leading theater games, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

TCS is seeking a Music Director for their two week intensive youth performance of Addams Family Young@Part. Applicants must work well with students aged 13 to 18. The dates for this summer camp are July 18 – August 27 with performances on August 26th and 27th. The camp schedule is tentative and heavily dependent upon the availability of the creative team, but rehearsals will take place Monday through Friday after 5:00 P.M. The position requires a total of 8 hours of alternate set build time. Responsibilities include reading music, playing the piano, working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching music workshops, leading theater/music games, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

Position Serving Both the Younger and Older Programs

TCS is seeking a Technical Director for their youth productions of both Willy Wonka Jr. and Addams Family Young@Part. Applicants must work well with students aged 7 to 18. The dates for this summer camp are July 18 thru August 27, 2022, with performances on August 12, 13, 26, 27, 2022. A firmer schedule is TBA, but applicants must have a flexible schedule, availability during the hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and access to a motor vehicle. Responsibilities include designing one multi-purpose set for two productions, general understanding of theatrical lighting and light board operation, working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching theatrical technical workshops, leading theater games, designing and execution of costuming and props, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

Seeking Artistic Staff for Zombie Prom

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is seeking the artistic staff for its upcoming musical projects in 2022. Stipends are available.

We are seeking each of these positions:

  • Directors
  • Musical Directors
  • Choreographers

For this show:

Zombie Prom – Our annual Halloween season musical theatre production. Featuring adult and older youth actors. Auditions and rehearsals could begin August 21; usually three times per week. Performances are on two weekends, evening shows on Fridays & Saturdays, and matinees on Sundays; October 21 thru October 30, 2022.

Please write to us via email at tcsaugus@gmail.com by Friday 10 June 2022, indicating which position(s) you are interested in, with a letter of introduction indicating your interest in the show, and a theatrical resume. You should be available for an interview via zoom with the TCS board of directors on the evening of Wednesday 15 June 2022.

Two Show Deal!

Get a seat for both shows, Spring Awakening and Lion in Winter, for a reduced price. Save $4 on each show, for a total savings of $8, when you purchase both at once. Simply select your performance and seats for Spring Awakening in rows B, C, D, or E, and choose the $42 price option. When you get your confirmation email, send it back to tcsaugus@gmail.com and tell us which performance date you want to attend Lion in Winter. See below for the performance dates and times.

You will also save on the ticket purchase fees with this deal. You will pay only $2.50 in fees; instead of the $4.00 total you would pay if you places two separate orders and pay $2.00 per seat for each show.

Take advantage of this before all the seats for Spring Awakening are gone. Which they will be soon!

Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for three events at the Theatre Company of Saugus:

The location for all is the Saugus American Legion Post / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906. See our Directions page.

For complete details on purchasing tickets, see our Tickets page.

West Coast Swing Dance Fundraising Event

Theatre Company of Saugus invites all with two-left feet and/or experienced dance skills to our West Coast Swing Dance Fundraising Event!

West Coast Swing is a social dance, boasting a social night of this improvisational street dance in every major US city and many European, Asian, and South-Pacific countries. The art-form is characterized by its roots in big-band swing, incorporating movements from hip-hop, jazz, tap, and ballet, and danced to many songs played on today’s radio/Spotify playlist.

Bring yourself, a partner, a few friends, and/or the whole family, to learn and laugh through this ever evolving creative outlet.

SCHEDULE
Saturday 9 April 2022

7 PM – 8 PM – Beginner Lesson
8 PM – 9 PM – Beginner/Intermediate Lesson
9 PM – 12 midnight – Social Dancing

PRICING

  • Lessons + Dance: $15
  • Dance Only: $10

Purchase tickets in advance with a credit card via Tickets page. Purchase tickets at the door with cash, check, Venmo, or PayPal.

PARKING/LOCATION
Free parking lot and street parking. Location will be at the American Legion Post in Saugus (44 Taylor Street / Saugus, MA 01906) and is located in and around residential buildings.

BAR/REFRESMENTS:
There will be a cash bar located in the corner of the room serving water, soda, or alcoholic beverages to anyone 21+ with a valid ID.

COVID SAFETY POLICY:
Things might change but as of now this will be a fully vaccinated + mask required event. Please be ready to show your vaccine card at the door.

To see a list of places in and around Greater Boston where you can go *after* this night, feel free to check out this calendar here; http://www.xgenboston.com/

Lovely Thoughts and Other Stories

A short play festival. Six new original short comedic plays. Playing March 11 thru 20, 2022. Tickets are now on sale.

For complete info about the shows and the cast, see our Lovely Thoughts show page.

To purchase tickets, see our Tickets page.

Click here for an article about the show by Neil Zolot of the Saugus Advertiser on Wicked Local.

Spring Awakening Cast

Opening May 6, 2022. For more info see the Spring Awakening show page.