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Announcing the 2023 Season / Seeking Artistic Staff for Three Shows

The Theatre Company of Saugus is pleased to announce the shows planned for 2023.

  • Comedy of Errors, a play by William Shakespeare. Mistaken identity amongst two sets of identical twins. To be presented March 3-12, 2023.  The director is Francine  Davis.
  • Peter and the Starcatcher, a Tony-Award-winning play by Rick Elice, with songs by Wayne Barker. The adventurous backstory of how an orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. To be presented May 12-21, 2023.  The director is Matthew Garlin. The music director is Ben Tan.
  • Little Shop of Horrors, the popular musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Mencken. Fame and fortune provided by a man-eating plant. Our Halloween-season show, to be presented October 27-29 & November 3-5, 2023.  The director is Jason Hair-Wynn. The musical director is Shawn Gelzleichter.

We are seeking additional artistic and technical staff for each of the the three shows in 2023:

  • Technical Directors for all three shows
  • Scenic, Lighting, and Costume Designers for all three shows
  • Stage Manager for Comedy of Errors

Stipends are available. Our performance venue is the American Legion Post 210 in Saugus, Massachusetts.

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions for any of these shows, write to us at tcsaugus@gmail.com, including a theatrical resume, and a short letter explaining your interest.

Saugus Founders Day 2022

Each year the town of Saugus holds a street fair. Featuring vendors, food carts, games for kids, art sales, and information booths set up by community organizations and businesses.

Theatre Company of Saugus always participates. There will be a TCS info booth, featuring raffles, games, and information. Several fantastic raffle prizes will be awarded. Purchase tickets at the TCS booth.

Need costumes for Halloween? We have them for sale at our table!

We also perform selections from our shows on the steps in front of Town Hall. This year we will feature the kids from the Youth Theatre Workshop this summer, performing selections from Willy Wonka Jr. and Addams Family young@part. The performance time is 1:30 to 2:30 PM.

We will have a special Founders Day discount on tickets to Zombie Prom.

This year Founders Day is on Saturday 10 September 2022. Running from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. On several blocks of Central Street, running north from the monument. The TCS booth is right in front of Town Hall.

We need volunteers to staff the TCS info table throughout the day. Greet visitors, hand out flyers, and run a raffle. We also need people to set up the table earlier in the morning, and break it down at the end.

Click here to sign up to staff, setup, or breakdown the TCS info table at Founders Day on 10 September 2022. We will contact you with instructions.

Tickets on Sale for Youth Shows 2022

Tickets are now on sale for Willy Wonka Jr. and The Addams Family young@part. Both shows are presented by the Youth Theatre Workshops at Theatre Company of Saugus. Willy Wonka runs August 12-14, 2022. Addams Family runs August 26-28, 2022. For complete info, see our Tickets page. For the location, see our Directions page.

We are excited to announce the casts of both Willy Wonka and Addams Family! See our Youth Workshop 2022 page.

Auditions for Zombie Prom

OPEN AUDITIONS for the Theatre Company of Saugus’ Oct 2022 main-stage musical ZOMBIE PROM are next week! Zombie Prom is a girl-loves-ghoul rock ‘n’ roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950s to a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s hits.

Auditions are September 5, 6, and 8, 2022 (Mon, Tue, Thu) from 8 to 9 PM, at the American Legion Post 210 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, MA.

Casting for ENSEMBLE and UNDERSTUDY ROLES: Open to ALL GENDERS, 16 YEARS OLD AND ABOVE. Please prepare 2 contrasting pieces. No appointment is necessary, but we ask you to please provide a resume and proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Performance Dates: October 21-22-23 and 28-29-30, 2022. 

Directed by Kaycee Renee Wilson. Music Direction by Shawn Gelzleichter. Choreography by Kate Kelly.

For more information visit tcsaugus.org or contact the director at tcsaugus@gmail.com

West Coast Swing Dance Fundraising Event 2

Theatre Company of Saugus invites all with two-left feet and/or experienced dance skills to our quarterly West Coast Swing Dance Fundraising Event!

West Coast Swing is a social dance boasting a social night of this improvisational street dance in every major US city and many European, Asian, and South-Pacific countries. The art-form is characterized by its roots in big-band swing, incorporating movements from hip-hop, jazz, tap, and ballet, and danced to many songs played on today’s radio/Spotify playlist.

Bring yourself, a partner, a few friends, and/or the whole family, to learn and laugh through this ever evolving creative outlet.

SCHEDULE
Saturday 30 July 2022

7pm-8pm Beginner Lesson
8pm-9pm Beginner/Intermediate Lesson
9pm-1am Social Dancing

PRICING
College Students: $5 for Dance, $10 for Dance and Lessons
Everyone Else: Dance Only is $10, Lessons + Dance is $15

Purchase tickets in advance at our Tickets page.

PARKING/LOCATION
Free parking lot and street parking. Location will be at The American Legion in Saugus (44 Taylor St, Saugus, MA 01906) and is located in and around residential buildings.

BAR/REFRESMENTS:
There will be a cash bar located in the corner of the room serving water, soda, or alcoholic beverages to anyone 21+ with a valid ID. Reasonable prices. Bar is open 7:30 to 11:30 PM.

COVID Safety Policy:
Things might change but as of now this will be a fully vaccinated + mask required event. Please be ready to show your vaccine card at the door.

To see a list of places in and around Greater Boston where you can go *after* this night, feel free to check out this calendar here; http://www.xgenboston.com/

Spring Awakening gets 11 DASH Nominations & One Award

Congratulations to long-time TCS member Kathleen Tringale, who won the EMACT DASH award for Best Choreography for a Musical, for the TCS production of Spring Awakening. The award, announced at the Gala on August 20, 2022, was well deserved, as her choreography for the show was amazing.

Each year the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters (EMACT) conducts the Distinguished Achievement and Special Honors (DASH) program, in which shows are evaluated, leading possibly to awards (like the Tonys) announced at the annual DASH Gala. The nominees for shows performed in 2021-22 were announced on Wednesday 20 July 2022, via a YouTube streamcast.

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) production of Spring Awakening, presented in May 2022, was nominated for 11 awards:

  • Supporting Male Actor in a Musical – David Picariello as Moritz
  • Sound Design for a Musical – Patrick Dzierzak
  • Lighting Design for a Musical – Nathan Fogg-DeSisto
  • Makeup and Hair Design for a Musical – James Valentin
  • Costume Design for a Musical – James Valentin
  • Lead Female Actor in a Musical – Rachel Pride as Wendla
  • Choreography for a Musical- Kathleen Tringale
  • Music Direction for a Musical – Kelvyn Koning
  • Ensemble in a Musical – The Cast
  • Director of a Musical – Bobby Imperato
  • Best Musical – Spring Awakening

TCS members also were nominated for roles in the productions of other local theaters.

  • Supporting Actor in a Musical – Will Farfard Jr. in Into The Woods at Pentucket Players
  • Supporting Actor in a Play – John Pease in Drinking Habits at Colonial Chorus Players
  • Costume Design for a Play – Elvira Schoenthal for Translations at Marblehead Little Theatre
  • Stage Management of a Play – Monica Bruno for Sense and Sensibility at Concord Players
  • Specialty Ensemble in a Musical – Will Fafard Jr. and others as The Infantry in Evita at The Pentucket Players
  • Direction of a Musical – Jason Hair-Wynn for The Bridges of Madison County at The Burlington Players, 

(“Male Actor” and “Female Actor” are shorthand used here for “Performer in a Male-Identifying Role” and “Performer in a Female-Identifying Role”, respectively.) Click here for a complete list of the nominees.

The award winners were announced at the DASH Gala on Saturday 20 August 2022, at Cary Hall in Lexington. Food and drinks started at 6:30 PM, and the awards presentation started at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $40 each. Click here for more information about the Gala.

Because of the nomination for Best Musical, a medley from Spring Awakening was presented by 15 TCS cast members at the Gala. To see a video of the performance at the Gala, see the TCS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=theatre%20company%20of%20saugus

Lion in Winter performance photos

Caitlin Cremins as Alais and Brian Dion as Henry
Michael Mazzone as John in foreground. Zachary McConnell as Geoffrey in background.
Wendy Lippe as Eleanor, Zachary McConnell as Geoffrey

Performances continue June 17-18-19, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 3 PM. At the American Legion / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906. For tickets see: TCSaugus.org/tickets/

[Photos by Will Stofega]

Lion in Winter Cast

The cast of The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, presented by The Psych Drama Company, hosted by the Theatre Company of Saugus. Left to right: Norman Dubois as Philip, Caitlin Cremins as Alais, Michael Mazzone as John, Brian Dion as Henry, Zachary McConnell as Geoffrey, Wendy Lippe as Eleanor, Richie DeJesus as Richard. Performances continue June 17-18-19, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 3 PM. At the American Legion / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906. For tickets see: TCSaugus.org/tickets/

Photo by Mary Moffett