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AACT Fest 2021

The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) holds a national competitive festival every two years. The 2021 festival is going on right now, June 14-20, 2021. Virtually, so you can attend without traveling.

There are 12 shows being presented, by community theatres selected as the best from all over the country. There will also be many useful workshops and presentations.

A local neighboring group, The Lexington Players, is one of the competitors. They are presenting The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, a fictional depiction of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The players are Dominic Carter and Jess Washington, and the director is Sal Jones. The show is streaming on Saturday 19 June 2021 at 9:30 PM, with the adjudication streaming the following morning.

You can purchase tickets for individual performances, or for the entire festival. For complete information, see aact.org/aactfest-2021.

Theatre Company of Saugus went to the AACT Fest 2002, as the representative of the New England Region, with our production of Interview.

Back to the Stage Summer Workshops

After sitting at home staring at your screen for a year, you are ready to get Back to the Stage.

In person. At the TCS home at the American Legion Post 210 at 44 Taylor Street in Saugus, Massachusetts. See our Directions page.

But your in-person skills are rusty. So we have a series of workshops to help you get back in top form. Click on the links below for more information about each.

For all in-person indoor events, participants are required to follow the current CDC guidelines. You must wear a mask if you are not vaccinated.

Fees for all the workshop sessions can be paid in advance with a credit card. See our Tickets page. Some of the workshops also require you to sign up for specific time slots or sessions. (For the Dance classes, payment is directly to SBJ rather than TCS.)

Things Ado: Nothing

A big thank you to all who participated in our production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Including the actors, the crew, the director, stage manager, the DCR, Friends of Breakheart, and many others. And especially to our audiences, which were much bigger than anticipated. It was a pleasure to perform in front of a live audience.

The show was presented outdoors at Breakheart Reservation during June 4-13, 2021. Click here to view the program/playbill.

Back to the Stage Calendar Raffle

The Theatre Company of Saugus presents a fundraising raffle with over 30 prizes! Each one to be awarded in July, at least two prizes each day.

$10 buys you a chance to win any one of the prizes. $15 for two chances.

The prizes will be announced each day on the TCS Facebook page by participants in our Youth Theatre Workshop. See: https://www.facebook.com/TheatreCompanyofSaugus. You don’t need to be present online to win.

To enter send us money with a note saying “Calendar Raffle”, plus your Name, Phone number, and Email address. If you win something, we will contact you to arrange the pickup of your prize. How to send money and enter:

  • With any credit card, using the link on our Tickets page
  • Via PayPal, send money to: tcsaugus@gmail.com
  • Via Venmo, send money to: @theatrecompanyof-saugus
  • Via check payable to “Theatre Company of Saugus” and mailed to: TCS / PO Box 1058 / Saugus, MA 01906

You can enter up until July 31, 2021. But the earlier you enter, the more prizes you will be eligible for.

Here are the prizes and the days the winners of each will be selected. See below the flyer with pictures of the prizes. Click here for a printable version of the flyer.

  • 7/19 Disney Basket
  • 7/19 $10 Starbucks Gift Certificate and Spa Basket
  • 7/20 $125 Gift Certificate to Nobility Hill Tavern
  • 7/20 $50 in Lottery Tickets
  • 7/21 2 dozen homemade Broadway/theater Logo cookies by Auntie Ashley’s Creations
  • 7/21 $25 Gift Certificate and Patriots Basket
  • 7/22 Game and Movie Night Baskets
  • 7/22 Boston Brew 12pk with T-Shirt and matching coasters
  • 7/23 Trolley Dolly Luggage Set
  • 7/23 5 Free 90 Minute Musical Theater Dance Classes with Rachel Bertone
  • 7/24 “Measure Your Life in Love” Basket
  • 7/24 Free Pass to TCS Musical Theater Dance Masterclass with Samantha Brior-Jones
  • 7/25 Wax Melt Basket
  • 7/25 The Castle Gelato Food Voucher and Summer Fun Basket
  • 7/26 2 free sessions to The Studio For Fitness and 2020 Hess Truck Package
  • 7/26 Cabernet/Cabaret Basket includes $100 Wine Voucher to Nakedwines.com
  • 7/26 2020 Hess Trucks Toy Sets
  • 7/27 Red Sox Basket and Fenway Print
  • 7/27 TCS T-Shirt and 2 Tickets to upcoming 2021 show
  • 7/28 World of Geekcraft Book and $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • 7/28 $25 Polcari’s Gift Certificate
  • 7/29 Broadway Quilt and Serving Trays
  • 7/29 Deep Fryer and Canning Kit
  • 7/30 Flexible Mirror and Crockpot
  • 7/30 Passes for Free Headshots with Sabrina Ornae Photography and Camera Shot Glasses
  • 7/31 2 Passes for admission to TCS Summer Vocal Workshop with Lori L’Italien
  • 7/31 Miniature Gumball Machine
  • 7/31 Under the Sea Little Mermaid Basket

Summer Adult Dance Classes

Summer Adult Dance Classes

with

Samantha Brior-Jones

on the North Shore

Tuesdays – July 6 thru August 24, 2021

at the American Legion / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Mass.

Click on this link to sign up: www.signupgenius.com. Then use the Search feature to find: sbj.briorbello@gmail.com. Or, click on one of the four class links above.

$120 per 8-week class. 15 dancers per class. (50% deposit required to hold seat.)

To pay, click on one of these three Payment Options:

And send money to the indicated recipient for each. Identify yourself and which class you are taking.

Contact with any questions or concerns: sbj.briorbello@gmail.com

Samantha Brior-Jones was the principal choreographer for the TCS production of The Producers in 2012. She is a dance teacher, choreographer, and director, who works mostly on the South Shore with groups like Massasoit Theatre Company, Norton Singers, and HIngham Civic.  She has won several EMACT DASH awards for directing and choreography.

These dance classes will be the first in our series of Summer 2021 Workshops. Other events include headshot photo sessiona, a series of masterclasses for musical theatre singers, how to read music class, playwriting, and improvisation classes. See other posts on this TCS website for more information.

Intro to Reading Music for Singers Workshop

TCS is offering a workshop called “C The Notes” – A Crash Course in Reading Music for Singers. Experienced music director Benjamin Tan will teach an introduction to reading music for singers. Students will go over the basics of visualizing rhythm and melody on sheet music, and apply music theory fundamentals to musical theatre repertoire.

Benjamin Tan was the music director for our Youth Theatre Workshop 2020, and for our production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The workshop date is Thursday 8 July 2021, starting at 7:00 PM. The workshop will be held in-person at our headquarters at the American Legion Post 220 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts.

The cost of the workshop will be $10. See our Tickets page for the link to pay with a credit card and register in advance. You can also pay at the door with cash, check, PayPal, or Venmo.

Nancy Welch

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Nancy Welch. She was very active in the Theater Company of Saugus from about 2009 to 2015.

She is the mother of Jessica Stockton, who has been a TCS member since 2008.

Nancy was an ensemble cast member in our productions of Guys and Dolls, Wizard of Oz, Cabaret, and Charlotte’s Web. She assisted behind the scenes for many shows, and was the producer or co-producer of Props, Macbeth, A Look at the Past–A Light to the Future, Charlotte’s Web, and The Underpants.

She was the director of the one-act comedy The Proposal, by Anton Chekhov, which we brought to the EMACT Festival in 2012.

Nancy Welch served on the TCS board of directors for several years. She was Vice President and Acting President in 2015. Her husband Chuck Welch also assisted TCS behind the scenes.

We offer our condolences to her husband and only child and other family members.

Singing for the Musical Theatre Stage

Singing for the Musical Theatre Stage

Summer Workshop Series / Theatre Company of Saugus

With: Lori L’Italien  (she/her/hers) / Assistant Professor of Voice – The Boston Conservatory

We’ve had over a year off the stage, and fall auditions are on the horizon!  It’s time to do something with our voices other than scream or sob in despair into a pillow. This series is geared towards the musical theatre singer who is READY to get back on stage. Throughout the series we will work towards regaining a sense of your singing voice, expanding your range, improving versatility, flexibility, power and ease. 

A successful singer of musical theatre and pop must have easy and flexible access to belt, mix, and legit-style singing…Musical theatre performers can have anywhere from 3 – 12 shows a week. Oftentimes, two shows within one day! Healthy vocal technique is the foundation careers are built upon. 

In this series, Lori L’Italien, Assistant Professor of Voice for Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory and TCS Alumna (Children of Eden – Eve/Mama Noah, Cabaret – Sally Bowles) will guide you through a variety of exercises that can help you gain access to, and build confidence in your healthy belt, mix, and head voice.

Class 1 – Stretching, Alignment, and Breathing for Singers / (Sunday, August 1st – 7pm -8:30pm)

  • Musical theatre and pop performers alike are expected to entertain and dazzle! Performance work in these genres is usually quite physical and often involves dancing while singing. Taking this into consideration, we will begin with some body mapping and an easy stretch and release routine that will help the body prepare to sing.
  • The voice BEGINS with the breath. BUT, Not all styles will require the same type of breath and you can’t always take a low, grounded breath when you’re in the middle of a 16 bar kick-line. We’ll follow our body work with physical and vocal exercises that will cultivate flexibility of the breath, allowing for an easy connection to a tone that sounds free rather than forced, or pressed. 

Class 2 – Developing Ease and Flexibility Between Registers / (Monday, August 2 – 7pm – 8:30pm)

  • To train our voices to sing musical theatre is to train our voices to sing a wide variety of styles and genres. In order to do this, we must cultivate an incredibly flexible and versatile vocal technique. One that is freely and easily produced and can be consistently reproduced 8-shows a week, for weeks on end.
  • This class focuses on finding a healthy and free production in both the falsetto/head voice as well as the speech/chest register. Through fun exercises and vocalise we’ll work towards finding a balance between the registers. Participants will get individualized instruction on how to work through the “break” in their voice. 

Class 3 – Mix and Belt Voice / (Sunday, August 8th – 7pm – 8:30pm)

  • The belt begins with speech. In this class we will begin by cultivating a light, speech-dominant mix, exploring vocal tract variations, and tracking our resonance, eventually leading into exploration of both the open and closed belt. Come to class ready to make some noise!

Class 4 – Voice Training for the Dropped Voice / (Monday, August 9th – 7pm – 8:30pm) 

  • This class focuses on exercises for any singer that has gone through a testosterone-based vocal change. Exercises drawn from Lessac voice work, speech therapy, classical and pop voice training can help dropped voices find ease in transitioning from falsetto to chest and also help in lessening voice cracks when singing and speaking. 

Class 5 – MasterClass Performance – “Putting it Together: Act the song, book the job” / (Sunday, August 15th – 7pm – 9pm)

  • Workshop participants will have the opportunity to perform and workshop a 32-bar cut of their choice. Work will focus on vocal technique, acting, presentation, and how to enter the room.

There is a $15 fee per person for attending each session. Or you can sign up for the entire series for only $50, which is a savings of $10 if you attend four sessions, or a savings of $25 if you attend all five sessions.

See our Tickets page for the link to pay with a credit card and register in advance. You can also pay at the door with cash, check, PayPal, or Venmo.