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Evenings of Virtual Play Readings with the Authors

The Theatre Company of Saugus presents virtual sessions in which we read aloud new plays. All the plays have been submitted by TCS members and friends, and the authors will be listening in to hear how their work sounds.

You can participate as an actor by reading one of the roles in the plays. Or you can just listen and enjoy hearing these works for the first time. Participation is free!

See the links below for signing up to read a role, and to get into the Zoom sessions.

There will be three evening sessions in April and May 2021.

#1 Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7:00 PM – Five Short Plays

  • All’s Fair by Jackie Freyman – Travelers in Greece meet Aphrodite and Ares
  • Anonymous by Jackie Freyman & Mike Sprague – A session of the Heroes Anonymous Support Group
  • The Drama Behind the Drama by Ralph Tufo – Backstage at a community theater opening night
  • This Getting Old is Getting Old by Ralph Tufo – An older married couple at home in Revere
  • Of Muppets and Vampires by Billy Jenkins – A nerd and a former popular girl at a bus stop

#2 Thursday 13 May 2021 at 7:00 PM – A Comedy and a Monologue

  • It’s All About John and Marion (a comedy) by Tasmin Jahan – An older couple deal with each other and with their neighbors and relatives
  • A monologue from Roses Have Thorns by Sr. Bridget Edman, performed by Ann Marie King

#3 Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 7:00 PM – A Full Length Play

  • The Men Who Would Be Mice by Matthew Garlin – The people running the Disney company

To see the roles in each play, and to sign up to read a role, visit our google doc. You can sign up for one role on each evening. Anyone of any gender or ethnicity can read any role.

Click on one of these links to join the Zoom sessions:

  1. Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7:00 PM
  2. Thursday 13 May 2021 at 7:00 PM
  3. Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 7:00 PM

Auditions for Much Ado About Nothing

The Theatre Company of Saugus announces auditions for Much Ado About Nothing, the romantic-dramatic comedy by William Shakespeare.  The director is Anna Percuoco.

The performances will (hopefully) be in-person and outdoors.  The performance dates are planned for June 4 thru 20, 2021.

Rehearsals will begin the week of April 12, 2021.  At first rehearsals will be on Zoom, and later will be in-person.

For complete information about the show, rehearsals, character descriptions, how to submit an audition video and the other information we need, callbacks, and more, visit our Auditions page.

The deadline to submit your audition video is 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. This deadline has been extended.

If you cannot make and send in a video, you can attend an audition session via Zoom on Tuesday 6 April starting at 7:00 PM. For information on how to sign up for an audition slot, and for the Zoom link, visit our Auditions page.

Suggestions for a Halloween Season Play

We are now planning productions for our next season in 2021-2022. Our first show, in October 2021, will be Halloween themed, as we have been doing for the past several years. This year, however, we want to do a play rather than a musical. (Because singing in front of an audience might still be restricted.)  

So we are now open to your suggestions of plays appropriate for the Halloween season. Either comedy or drama, as long as it has elements that are spooky, macabre, or mysterious!  

Please send your suggestions to our season production committee at: TCSaugus@gmail.com

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 Wednesday 21 April 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.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will limit in-person enrollment to a maximum of 10 participants. All participants must distance themselves within the room and wear masks when they sing.

The cost of the workshop will be $10. How to register and pay will be posted soon on this website.

Accepting Raffle Donation Items

TCS is planning our next Raffle Fundraiser. Our last raffle event, the 12 Days of TCS raffle, was quite successful, so we will do another one later this spring called Back to the Stage. There will be multiple drawings and many prizes.

You can contribute to the fun by donating items to be raffled off. These can be gift baskets, gift cards, tickets to events, crafts, artwork, household items, whatever! Each donator will be credited in our raffle publicity.

You can tell us about an item you would like to donate by filling out this form. In the Longer Description tell us all about the item content, its use, the event dates, what makes the item desirable. Provide your contact information, in case we need to find out more. Provide your address so that we can collect the donated items and get them to their winners. Please fill out a separate form for each item you want to donate.

Thank you! Your donations are a big help in supporting the Theatre Company of Saugus.

Donating to Support TCS

The company has not been able to do its usual season of shows over the past year, so we have had very little income.  But we do have ongoing fixed expenses, and thus financial losses.  So please donate as much as you can.  With your support we can maintain ourselves, until we can resume entertaining you in person.

Your donations are deductible on your federal income tax, as we are a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Thank you for your support!

There are three easy ways to send us monetary donations. Via PayPal, Venmo, or by Check.

With either PayPal or Venmo you can enter a Note with the payment. The note should include this information:

Your Name / Your Email Address / Reason and Amount.  For example:
Jane Doe  /  JDoe3@abc.com  /  Donation $30

To make a donation via PayPal: Login to your PayPal account. Select the option to Send money. Enter the TCS email address as the recipient: TCSaugus@gmail.com. Add the Note.

To make a donation via Venmo: Login to your Venmo account. Send money and search under People for: @theatrecompanyof-saugus. Add the Note.

To make a donation by Check: Make your personal check payable to: Theatre Company of Saugus. Include the memo: Donation TCS 2021. Mail the check to: Theatre Company of Saugus / PO Box 1058 / Saugus, MA 01906

Submit Your Play Reading Ideas

Greetings fellow playwrights and play readers! 

The play-reading committee of the Theater Company of Saugus would like to wish you well during these trying times and offer you a bit of escape. We had such an excellent time working on our recent virtual production of A Christmas Carol. Given the success of that project, we are currently beginning to search for plays for virtual reading sessions, or possibly a virtual springtime production. So, we need your help!

We are looking to you for new and interesting play submissions. Perhaps you are a playwright and would like to have your work read aloud by local artists. Or maybe you just love a particular play and would like the opportunity to take part in a reading or production of the piece. All people reading this are encouraged to submit plays! Whether you’re a longtime TCS member or just someone who happened to stumble upon this post. Either way, we anticipate your responses and look forward to looking through your submissions and working with each of you. 

Simply send us an email with your suggestions, questions, or comments. Use the subject line: Play Reading. Send to TCSaugus@gmail.com.

Thank you, and continue to stay healthy and safe, 

From: Matthew Garlin and Sean Perry, Co – Chair of TCS Play-Reading Committee 

Look What I Can Do – Talent Video

Look What I Can Do – From Waaaay Over Here!!! – Quarantine Edition is a video presentation from the Theatre Company of Saugus, showcasing the talents of its members.  It’s a compilation of submissions from both the kids who attended our Youth Theatre Workshop 2020, and from a variety of our adult performers.  Dramatic and comedic scenes, jokes, readings, dances, songs, solos, duets, and even a big choral number finale!  Surprise appearances, both nostalgic and cutting edge!  Something for everyone to see, from every kind of performer! 

There are three performances, streaming via Zoom, on Friday-Saturday-Sunday 12-13-14 March 2021.

Click here for more information about the show.

Click here to purchase tickets.