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Auditions for “James and the Giant Peach” Nov 16 & 17

James and the Giant Peach will be our winter show in the end of February 2020. That means rehearsals start in January and we’re already working our way through November!

Join us for auditions on Saturday, November 16 from 2PM to 5PM or Sunday, November 17 from 9AM to 12PM. There are roles available for adults and children in this production. PLEASE NOTE – This is not the musical version.

For details about auditions – roles, dates and times, and requirements, visit our Auditions Page.

On This Winter’s Eve Cast Announcement

Our On This Winter’s Eve cast has been selected. They’ve already had a full read through of all four shows and rehearsals have begun. We have a combination of returning actors and new faces to the TCS stage.

TCS is excited to announce the cast of On This Winter’s Eve: Original One Act Play Festival with pieces by Josh Black, Tofer Carlson, and Matthew Garlin for our holiday production in December 2019. 

New actors to the TCS stage are:
Rebecca McAuliffe, Rachel Curran, Laurie Frank, Rayna Frank, Bryan Hall, Rosemary Leo, Anetta Rauf, and Melissa Reda.

We are excited to work once again with the following actors:
Kathy Bedard, Sharon Buccuzzo Beeler, Catherine Hersh, Damien Dakotah LaCount, Julie Liuzza, Stephen Russo, Jessica Stockton, Brooks Workman, Jon Workman, and Rylan Workman.

Rebel Without a Claus by Tofer Carlson and A Christmas Gift by Matthew Garlin will be directed by Victoria Isotti. The Noir Before Christmas by Tofer Carlson and A Dickens of a Christmas Carol by Josh Black will be directed by Rachael Bernstein. 

Tickets will go on sale later this month and will be posted on Facebook and the TCS website when available.

For all the details about our cast and production team, click here for the On This Winter’s Eve page.

Joanne Louise Wheeler

TCS mourns the passing of Joanne Louise Wheeler, age 85, on October 29, 2019. She was a long-time supporter of TCS and was affectionately known as “Gram” to so many who knew her. Gram was one of the co-directors of our musical revue:  A Celebration of Love, in February 2010. Much of the structure of the show was her concept. She also assisted with costumes on numerous productions over the years. In recent years, while she may not have worked on shows, she supported the theatre and her family who were involved by attending performances.

Please keep Gram’s friends and loved ones in your prayers. Her granddaughter Amanda Allen, grandson William Fafard, Jr., and daughter Joanne Fafard are all active members of TCS and her loss is being deeply felt by them and their extended TCS family.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave. in Saugus on Tuesday, November 5th from 4PM to 8PM. Funeral from the funeral home on Wednesday, November 6th at 9AM followed by a funeral mass in Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St. in Saugus at 10AM. Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Saugus.

In lieu of flowers donations in Joanne’s name can be made to:
Theatre Company of Saugus
P.O. Box 1058
Saugus, MA 01906
Check should be made to Theatre Company of Saugus with a note that it’s in memory of Joanne Wheeler.
OR
Saugus High School Drama Club
c/o Michael Hashem, Principal
Saugus High School
One Pearce Memorial Drive
Saugus, MA 01906
Checks should be made to Saugus Public Schools with a letter or note stating that it’s in memory of Joanne Wheeler for the Saugus High School Drama Club.

Click here to view the obituary.

Wondering about Nevermore?

We opened to an almost SOLD OUT 1st weekend. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported TCS and our amazing cast, crew, and artistic staff!
There are only four (4) chances left to see this fantastic show and sublime cast. Visit our Ticket Page for pricing and to purchase tickets.
Thu, Oct 31 at 9PM
Fri, Nov 1 at 8PM
Sat, Nov 2 at 8PM
Sun, Nov 3 at 2PM

If you’ve been wondering what a musical about Edgar Allan Poe might involve – the answer is everything and then some. There’s Edgar, a theatre troupe, figures from his past (friends, family, loves, rivals), a raven, a horse, an imp, and so much more. And it all comes together through music, verse, lighting, choreography, and costuming.

Want to READ what it’s all about? Neil Zolot on behalf of the Saugus Advertiser saw Nevermore last Saturday and chatted with our director and choreographer, Jason Hair-Wynn, and our music director, Shawn Gelzleichter, as well as members of the cast about the process and the final product. Read the Saugus Advertiser Review.

Want to SEE and HEAR what it’s all about? Visit our Facebook page and watch an amazing video created by Daniel Fox.

Don’t want to watch a video? Take a look at our cast in photos by Jilliana Sliby.

Audition Details for On This Winter’s Eve: One Act Play Festival

We previously emailed a Save the Date for auditions on October 27 and 28 for our holiday show. Audition details are now posted for On This Winter’s Eve: One Act Play Festival.

For information about the selected plays, visit our Show Page.
For details about auditions – roles, dates and times, and requirements, visit our Auditions Page.

Join us for PAINT NIGHT!

TCS FUNDRAISER – Sun, Sep 22

Help support Theatre Company of Saugus by painting for the evening!
Led by Painting Under the Influence – we’ll have a Halloween inspired painting. 

We’ll have raffles, the bar will be open to purchase beverages, and TCS will provide appetizers.

The event will be held at the American Legion in Saugus on Sunday, September 22.
5:30PM – Doors Open
6:00PM – Start Painting

Tickets are $35.00 and include a donation to TCS.

Immediate Casting Needed for Nevermore

Due to vocal health one of our current actors is unfortunately unable to continue. Therefore we are immediately casting an actor/actress to join the TCS production currently in rehearsal – the New England Premiere of Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by Jonathan Christenson.

Audition Details:
Sunday, September 15
Open Call – 6:00PM to 8:00PM
American Legion, 44 Taylor Street, Saugus
We will audition people in the order they arrive.

Role:
Player 1 is the narrator of the piece with additional company responsibilities. This is a large role with a lot of singing and dialogue set in iambic tetrameter. The director is looking for someone with great storytelling ability and physicality who is able to sing baritone to a tenor falsetto. This production will embrace the maniacal side-show of the macabre in its loosest term. Movement experience is helpful.

Actor/Actress must be available Mon, Tue, Wed evenings 7:00PM to 10:00PM.

Show Dates:
Fri-Sun, Oct 25-27 and Nov 1-3
Halloween Night Performance at 9:00PM
Tech Week begins October 20

Please prepare/bring the following:
* Two contrasting power-ballad music pieces (2 minutes maximum per song). Bring sheet music with you for your pieces. No a cappella please.
* One minute monologue, poem, or story. Please note that this material is specific storytelling, please select a piece with this in mind when auditioning.
* A headshot – it does not have to be professional – a current printed photo is great.
* You can pre-print the Audition Packet from here and bring it with you to the audition.

For more information about the production – visit our show page.
Questions? Email us at TCSaugus@gmail.com