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Play Reading Zoom Events in May & June

We can’t wait to see you in person!  But in the meantime, let’s participate in some playreading online.  Giving you a sneak peak at our plans for the 2020-2021 season.

As we are all still staying safe at home – and will be for some time more – TCS is planning an online series of play readings for our potential 2020-2021 season.

These play readings will be conducted via Zoom. All are invited to participate – reading parts in the show or just listening in. The sessions will be on four (4) Saturday evenings May to June 2020, each starting at 7:00PM.

Each Friday before a play reading, TCS will send out an email containing the links to both the Zoom meeting and to the script that we will be reading.

You don’t need to sign up in advance to attend and/or read, but it will be helpful for us to know how many people to expect for readers. If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for any or all evenings, please use the appropriate link below.

After all four play reading sessions have been completed – we will host a final Zoom meeting. This will go to Members only for our General Membership Meeting to discuss the proposed slate of shows, vote on a winter comedy, and approve the plan for the season.

Saturday, May 16 @ 7:00PM – Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson 
Saturday, May 23 @ 7:00PM – Spring Awakening
Saturday, May 30 @ 7:00PM – The Importance of Being Earnest 
Saturday, June 6 @ 7:00PM – Much Ado About Nothing

Leo Nickole

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Leonidas A. Nickole, aged 93.  He was the founder of the Theater Company of Saugus, then called the “Town Criers”, in 1968.  He was long honored by the theatre company as a designated Lifetime Member.  He was one of the longest serving and most influential members of the company.  He will be greatly missed.

Leo Nickole was a professor at Emerson College in Boston for many decades, teaching several generations of students.  He specialized in the history and practice of Musical Theatre.

TCS benefited from his role as an educator.  His subject and our avocation, theatre, were the same, and he had much to teach us.  He was always willing to share his knowledge and passion for theatre with us.  Professor Nickole was the organizer or presenter of a series of educational workshops that TCS sponsored over the past twenty years.  Most of these workshops were the inspiration for a show in that genre in the following season.  There were also dozens of general company meetings to which Leo brought guest speakers or performers, who he know from his extensive contacts on Broadway and the professional theatre, as well as from Emerson College.

He directed dozens of shows for TCS.  Since returning to TCS twenty years ago after a hiatus, he directed several Theatre Company of Saugus shows, including:

  • Light Up the Sky (2001)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (2002)
  • She Loves Me (2003)
  • Evenings with Shakespeare / Taming of the Shrew (2005)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (2006)
  • From Broadway to Hollywood revue (2008)
  • The Pirates of Penzance (2008)

Leo was also the producer or a production team member of many other TCS shows.  He served many years on the Board of Directors, including terms as Treasurer and President.  Leo continued to be active with us until a few years ago, serving as House Manager for most productions.

He was a founder of the New England Theatre Conference (NETC).  That organization grants the annual Leonidas Nickole award to an outstanding theatre educator.  An award in his name is also offered annually by the Musical Theatre Society of Emerson College.

The burial services were private.  A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Click here for an article about his career at Emerson College.

Click here for the obituary.

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Beyond the Blues

All are invited to participate or listen to the reading of a new script.  Beyond the Blues is a new musical play by Ralph Tufo.  He has invited Theatre Company of Saugus to read the script aloud for the first time, and to provide feedback to the author.  Ralph Tufo is the writer of two other musical shows presented in the last few years:  The Katrina Roadhouse, and I’d Rather Be Lucky Than Good; the cast and crew of both of those shows included TCS members.

The reading will be on Sunday 29 September 2019, starting at 6:00 PM.  Some refreshments will be provided.  The location is the first floor meeting room at Seal Harbor Three in Winthrop, MA.

For the reading it doesn’t matter if we have actors that match the race of the characters, nor the exact age, but it is better if the genders match.  We will read the script aloud.  No singing is required; for the songs, we will play recordings that have already been made by Ralph’s band.

Synopsis of Beyond the Blues:  

It’s 1982 in the Brickyard section of Lynn, MA.  The gritty Urban Legend Bar & Grill is hosting its annual Singer/Songwriter Blues Competition.  Four finalists are vying for the coveted award.  They each sing two original songs, accompanied by dramatic monologues which describe the inspiration behind their songs, the hardships they’ve gotten beyond, and their unique connection to Lynn’s history.  The Blue Blazers Band provide the live musical back-up for the singers.  Who wins the award?  It’s up to the audience who votes for the winner at each performance.

Characters:

  • Anthony Tagliamonte (Tony Tag) – White Male, 53
  • Mary Hennessey – White Female, 30
  • Albie Tomlin – Black Male, 50
  • Jack Weber – White Male, 33
  • Shakira Murray – Black Female, 21

Saugus Founders Day 2019

UPDATE – Due to the storm coming up the coast and the 90% chance of rain and winds in the area – Saugus Founders Day has been postponed until Saturday, September 14. Same times. Same location.

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Every year the town of Saugus holds its annual street fair.  Vendors, artists, games, food, and entertainment!  The Theatre Company of Saugus will present performances from recent and upcoming shows at 10:00 AM – including this summer’s Elf, Jr. and next month’s Nevermore on Saturday,  September 7, 2019.  TCS will have a booth on Central Street in front of Town Hall, where you can enter a raffle and find out about our upcoming season.

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Annual Car Wash 2019

TCS will hold its annual summer Car Wash on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.  At the Saugus Senior Center, 466 Central Street (near Hurd Avenue) in Saugus.

Only $5 to wash your car, or $7 for SUVs, trucks or vans.  Extra to clean inside windows.

If it’s a hot day –  and you would like us to spray you with the hose, there is only a small charge.

You will be attended by the cast for our upcoming production of  Elf, Jr. – so you will be receiving the magical treatment that only elves can provide!

Come help us out and have some good clean fun!  If you are interested in assisting, email us at tcsaugus@gmail.com.

But even if you can’t come down and help wash, bring your car down so we can clean it up for you.  Your car is dirty and needs washing.

Proceeds will benefit our summer Youth Theatre Workshop 2019.

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Dine Out for Dollars – July 27, 2019

Join us at California Pizza Kitchen in Lynnfield, and whether you are dining in, ordering take out, or picking up catering – if you show the flyer below, 20% of your bill will be donated to Theatre Company of Saugus.

The fundraising event date is Saturday 27 July 2019, all day.  This is the day the Youth Theatre Workshop is presenting Elf The Musical, JR. twice!  Have a meal between the matinee performance at 2:00 PM and the evening show at 7:00 PM.  The matinee is expected to be done at 3:45 PM, so you’ll have plenty of time to get up to Lynnfield and back, because it takes only 15 minutes from Saugus.

You can either print out the flyer below, or download it to your smartphone for easy access to show it when you place your order.

So, enjoy a meal with family and friends and simply by choosing where you break bread and showing this info – you help support local community theatre.  Thank you for your support!

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TCS Members and 2019 Dash Nominations

Each year EMACT (Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres) announces its nominations for DASH Awards (Distinguished Achievement and Special Honors).  These are like the local Tonys, with awards in many categories.  The nominations were announced via webcast on Thursday 11 July 2019.  The awards were presented at the annual EMACT DASH Gala, on Saturday 24 August 2019.

This year there were no nominations for any Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) productions in the 2018-2019 season.  There were many nominations of TCS members, however, who were involved in shows produced by other community theatre companies.

  • Will Fafard was the winner of a Consultants’ Choice Award for Excellence in Statuary Movement for Mary Poppins at Marblehead Little Theatre.  Will has been in many TCS shows.
  • The Saugus High School drama teacher, Steve Black, was nominated for Best Director of a Musical for Mama Mia at Marblehead Little Theatre.  That show, which had some TCS members in its cast, also had many other nominations including Best Musical.  Update:  This show won Best Musical and Best Director of a Musical, and several other awards.
  • Steve Black was also nominated for Best Director of a Play for Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at Marblehead.  That play also had a TCS member in the cast, and earned several other nominations including Best Play.
  • Dustin Teuber was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Jesus Hopped the A Train presented by the Hovey Players.  Dustin played the title role in the TCS presentation of Jack the Ripper:  the Whitechapel Musical.
  • Monica Bruno was nominated for Best Stage Manager in Jesus Hopped the A Train.  That show was also nominated for several other awards, including Best Actor in a Play, Best Director of a Play, and Best Play.  Monica has worked on many TCS shows.
  • Jack Ferdman was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for Chicago by Massasoit Theatre Company.  Jack was in the TCS production of The Laramie Project.
  • Samantha Brior-Jones was nominated for both Best Choreography and Best Director of a Musical for Chicago at Massasoit.  That show was also nominated for several other awards, including Best Musical.  Samantha was a choreographer for the TCS production of The Producers.
  • Steve Bergman was nominated for Best Musical Director for Avenue Q at TCAN Players.  Steve was the composer and co-musical director for the TCS production of Jack the Ripper.

Congratulations to all!

Below is a photo of Will as the statue in Mary Poppins:

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