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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)
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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.

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

VACATION WEEK STUDENT/CHILD TICKET SPECIAL!

School Vacation Week is almost over. Why not end it with a magical journey over the Atlantic with James and the Giant Peach?

  • Use code GPVACA2020 when you purchase a Student/Child ticket for ANY performance of James and the Giant Peach.

    End Vacation Week with an adventure for your whole family.
  • Friday, February 21 at 7PM
  • Saturday, February 22 at 2PM
  • Sunday, February 23 at 2PM

    Or – after a week back at school – join us our second weekend to get back to relaxing and having fun with your family.
  • Friday, February 28 at 7PM
  • Saturday, February 29 at 2PM
  • Sunday, March 1 at 2PM

    Please note – this is a family friendly show and we have different show times than usual. Our Friday night performances start at 7PM and both our Saturday and Sunday performances are 2PM matinees.

Use code GPVACA2020 when you purchase a Student/Child ticket for ANY performance of James and the Giant Peach. Or show the coupon below (printed out OR on your smart device) for a $5 discount at the door on Student/Child Tickets only.

Tickets Now on Sale for “James and the Giant Peach” – Feb 21-Mar 1

Tickets are now on sales for our February/March show – James and the Giant Peach – written by Roald Dahl and adapted for the stage by David Wood.

The story of Roald Dahl’s classic tale is faithfully told by James himself and the insect characters – Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird, and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York.

This is a family-friendly show for all ages. To make it even more accessible for young audiences, our Friday evening shows are at 7:00PM and both the Saturday and Sunday performances are matinees at 2:00PM.

For all the details about the shows – visit our Show Page.
To order tickets online – visit our Ticket Page.