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A Virtual Staged Reading of A Christmas Carol is cast and in rehearsals!

Our Virtual Christmas Carol is in online rehearsals in a VERY QUICK casting/rehearsal process. TCS wanted to bring our supporters a holiday classic in this year of uncertainty. Based on the Dickens classic, it has been adapted by Matthew Garlin to work a little bit better with the Zoom world we all now live in.

We had so many interested actors that we have enough for TWO CASTS!

Take a look at our Christmas Carol Page, check out our cast, and performance dates.
The details about Donations for Tickets will be up on our Ticket Page by Monday night.
Please forgive us the delay as we acclimate to all the new ways of making theater happen in 2020.

We hope you enjoy this staged reading and the hard work our casts have put into these events in such a quick turn-around. We are excited about their enthusiasm as well as being able to bring you some comfort and joy during this holiday season.

Staged Reading – A Christmas Carol

Be part of our staged reading of A Christmas Carol – adapted and directed by Matthew Garlin, based on the book by Charles Dickens.

This perennial favorite will be presented as a staged reading due to the current restrictions in place regarding gatherings. Our preference is of course to be able to come together as a cast with a live audience – but our goal now is to keep our members, patrons, and performers safe.

If you are interested in being part of this performance – please visit the Auditions page for details.

Performances are slated to take place the weekend December 18-20 pending cast availability.

Amazon Smile helps Non-Profits throughout the year

Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones.

AmazonSmile customers can now support Theatre Company of Saugus in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations at no additional cost to you!

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
  4. Search for Theatre Company of Saugus and add as your non-profit of choice.

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app. Click here for instructions.

You can make an impact while you shop at Amazon ANYTIME during the year on ANY device!
On your desktop or laptop simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/04-3083948 and AmazonSmile will donate to Theatre Company of Saugus Inc, at no cost to you.

Be part of the 12 Days of TCS!

Starting Saturday, November 28 and going through Friday, December 25 – you can purchase raffle tickets. Then from Saturday, December 26 through Wednesday, January 6 (the traditional 12 Days of Christmas) we will do a live drawing (Facebook Live on the TCS page) at 7:00PM for The 12 Days of TCS. Each evening we will draw for a minimum of two prizes. You won’t have to be present online to win. Winners will then coordinate w/ TCS for pick-up or drop-off of prizes. All entries will go into one big container and once a ticket has been pulled it will be set-aside and marked which prize it goes with and we will contact the winner.

Ticket Prices
1 for $5
5 for $20
You will be able to purchase using Paypal or Venmo.

FOR MORE DETAILS – CLICK HERE!

Santa Photo Sessions hosted by TCS! December 6 and 14

You are invited to sign-up for our
TCS Pictures with Santa Sessions!

COVID-19 Protocols in place.
Fun, socially-distant photo opportunities.
10-minute appointments will be booked every 15 minutes
to allow for check-in and sanitizing between sessions.

Please schedule your appointment ASAP through the link below.
There are a limited number of sessions.

SUN | Dec 6th | 10AM-2PM
MON | Dec 14th | 4:30PM – 8:30PM

AMERICAN LEGION POST 210
44 TAYLOR STREET
SAUGUS, MA

CLICK to schedule your appointment through Sign-Up Genius.
By appointment only.
$25 for one 10-minute session.
Take as many photos as you would like for your personal use.

Payments – Cash at Event or Venmo to @Nick-Raponi
If using Venmo, preference is to pay 24-48 hrs in advance.
Please title payment w/ TCS and selected time slot,
for example, TCS 10:15.

Share Your Talent(s) with TCS!

Our Youth Theatre Workshop this summer was based on our participants sharing their talents at the end of the week. They were recorded and we will be making a ticketed event available to help support our summer youth program.

We would like to include more of our TCS community in this endeavor to help round-out – Look What I Can Do! From Waaaay Over Here
(Quarantine Edition)
.

There are multiple ways you can participate.
1. Share your talent with us! Follow the directions below for recording and submitting your talent. This can be a song, dance, recitation, playing an instrument, performing magic, doing stand-up comedy, etc.
2. We have a group song to be recorded. Let us know you are interested in participating in singing “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen.
3. Purchase a ticket to support TCS and Youth Theatre Workshop and see local actors who you may have missed in the past pandemic months.

Keep in mind we are almost at Halloween. Feel free to submit something in the Halloween spirit – a fun or creepy song, an interpretive reading, a spooky story.

ALL SUBMISSIONS DUE BY END OF DAY – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020.
(Our youth actors put their pieces together and recorded in five days – we challenge you to do it in the same amount of time!)

Video Recording Directions – CLICK HERE

Submission Form – CLICK HERE

Request Music for Dear Evan Hansen song – Email TCSaugus@gmail.com and we will send you all the details.

Please keep in mind that as these will need to be edited together, the final project may not be available to view until after Halloween – but we’d still love to include any spooky submissions!

NEW DATE – TCS Autumn Offering – Join Us Online – Thu, Oct 29th

Black Theatre Matters; or, For White People Who Don’t Know Why They Don’t Know
Led by Jacqueline DiGenio

This session is being postponed to a new date, to be announced.
New date has been scheduled – Thursday, October 29.

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020 (Prior Date – 10/8/2020)
Time: 7:00-8:30PM
Where: Virtually on Zoom
Cost: $10

There is a rich history of African-American Theatre, yet most of us can only name A Raisin in the Sun as a Black play we know.  Why is that?  Join us as we explore the legacies of Black playwrights, actors, and theaters, along with the elements that have left them largely ignored by white audiences, critics, and academics.

This seminar will speak candidly about race and bias within the arts as we explore Black theatre history in America from the Colonial period to present day.

Proceeds will be split between TCS and The Movement for Black Lives, which is made up of over 150 organizations that coordinate actions, messages and campaigns: https://m4bl.org/

Jacqueline DiGenio, a former TCS member, has studied Technical Theatre at Salem State and African-American Theatre at the University of Louisville.
Before she officially “begins” her seminar, Jacqueline will address the fact that she is a white woman presenting this topic (and all the complications that go along with that), the discomfort with talking about race, and our ever-evolving sensitivities to the language that surrounds race.

Jacqueline DiGenio

REGISTRATION – After completing the form below for the program, you will be invoiced for the $10 registration fee to be paid via Paypal. You will receive the Zoom details on October 29 before the session.

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.