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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.


  • 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.


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.


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

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.


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!


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:


Saugus Founders Day 2018

Every year the town of Saugus holds its annual street fair.  Vendors, artists, games, food, entertainment.  Theatre Company of Saugus will present performances from recent and upcoming shows at 1:30 PM.  Saturday 8 September 2018.  On Central Street in front of Town Hall.


TCS earns many 2018 DASH Nominations

The nominations for the 2018 annual DASH awards were announced on July 19.  The Theatre Company of Saugus production of Spelling Bee was honored with seven nominations!

The Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters (EMACT) sent out consultants to review 132 shows in the 2017-2018 season.  Ratings are made in many categories, and those with the six highest ratings get DASH (Distinguished Achievement and Special Honors) nominations.  The winners in each category were announced at the annual EMACT DASH Gala, which was held on Saturday 25 August 2018, at Carey Hall in Lexington.

The TCS production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee earned these nominations:

  • Best Set Design for a Musical – Nicholas Raponi
  • Best Set Dressing for a Musical – Amanda Allen, Bobby Imperato, Nicholas Raponi, Jamie Trevino
  • Best Props Design for a Musical – Amanda Allen, Damien LaCount, Bobby Imperato, Jamie Trevino
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Musical – Nicholas Raponi
  • Best Choreography of a Musical – Kristin McGregor
  • Best Ensemble of a Musical
  • Best Production of a Musical

The cast of Spelling Bee, nominated for Best Ensemble, included:  Suzanne Mills, Nicholas Raponi, Lauren Amaru, Tessa Berliner, David Picariello, Amanda Raponi, Daria Contino, Daniel Ehrenpreis, and Sean Perry.  The director was Bobby Imperato, and the stage manager was Jamie Trevino (now Jamie Imperato).  The musical director was Benjamin Tan.  Since we were nominated for Best Production of a Musical, the cast  performed a number from the show at the Gala!

In addition, some other TCS members were nominated for their work with other theater companies.  And a few of them won!  Congratulations to all!

  • Best Sound Design of a Play – Nicholas Meunier – Fahrenheit 451 – Cannon Theater
  • Best Lead Actor in a Musical – Richie DeJesus – In the Heights – Nashoba Players
  • Best Lead Actress in a Musical – Tristyn Sepersky – Heathers – Footlight Club.  Tristyn won this award!
  • Best Choreography of a Musical – Samantha Brior-Jones – Heathers – Massasoit Theater Company.  Samantha was a co-winner of this award.
  • Best Musical Direction – James Murphy – Parade – The Umbrella.  James was a co-winner of this award.

Click here for a complete list of the nominees and winners.

Raffle for Signed Script of Almost, Maine

Our February 2018 production is the popular romantic comedy/drama Almost, Maine.  Its about a small town in Maine where everyone knows each other.

It truly is a small world.  The playwright of Almost, Maine is John Cariani.  He is a friend and colleague of Jay Gould, who he has worked with as an actor in New York and on films.  Jay Gould is from Saugus, Massachusetts.  He was in the Theatre Company of Saugus when he was younger, and is a 1999 graduate of Saugus High School.

John Cariani has sent our cast written and video greetings.  And he has provided us with a signed copy of the script of the show.

We are holding a raffle, to be drawn during intermission at the last performance.  The first prize is the signed copy of the script of Almost, Maine, plus a show poster signed by the cast.  The second prize is a signed poster.

Raffle tickets are $5 each.  Or you can get five tickets for only $20.  You can purchase raffle tickets at the show, or in advance from cast members, with cash or check.  You can also buy raffle tickets online with a credit card, by going to the Tickets page, and clicking on the link to purchase tickets.