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Playwriting 101

If you ever wanted to get the basics on how to write a play, or you are curious on how people come up with ideas for plays, or want to try your hand with playwriting, come check out this workshop. We will break down play structure, character, and plot, and the best way to get started. 

The workshop is led by Matthew Garlin, a playwright and a member of the TCS board of directors. Matthew wrote The Men Who Would Be Mice, about what went on behind the scenes in the executive offices of the Disney Company, which we enjoyed reading during one of our recent sessions of Evenings of Play Readings with the Authors. His other full length play credits include Curtain Call for North Shore Players, Woods for Sherwood Entertainment Inc, and Just Get Over It for Quarantine Players. 

The Playwriting 101 workshop will be held on Tuesday 17 August 2021, starting at 7:00 PM. At the TCS home at the American Legion Post 220 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts.

The fee to attend the workshop is $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.

Reserve your seats now for Much Ado About Nothing

For more info, see our show page, and our Directions page.

Tickets are not required, but you can make a donation. For more info, see our Tickets page.

Click here for a review of the show by Neil Zolot of the Saugus Advertiser on

Click here for an article about the production by Elyse Carmosino of the Lynn Daily Item newspaper on

To volunteer for a front-of-house or backstage job, click here.

Headshot Photo Gala

Now that you are auditioning for real in-person shows, and you look different after a year in hiding, you are going to need new headshot photos. We have an excellent money-saving deal for you, and an excellent photographer.

Sabrina Ornae has been photographically documenting the Theatre Company of Saugus shows for the last several years. See recent photos of our production of Much Ado About Nothing.

At our Headshot Photo Gala sessions in August, you will have a 20-minute session with Sabrina Ornae Photography. The resulting photographs will be provided to you in digital format, suitable for posting online, or printing in color or black and white.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment. You can bring one clothing outfit to wear. To make the best use of your time, be dressed in advance, and have already done your makeup.

If you come early to your appointment, you can get help freshening up your hair by our resident hair stylist Maggie (Stokes) Evans, who will be on hand for just a $10 fee so that you’re picture perfect.

There will be two sessions:

  1. Thursday 5 August 2021 starting at 7:00 PM
  2. Saturday 7 August 2021 starting at 10:00 AM

The location is the TCS home at the American Legion Post 220 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts.

You have the option of being photographed either inside or outside, which you choose when you sign up.

The fee is $125 for non-members of TCS, or only $100 for those with paid TCS memberships for 2021. A portion of the fee goes to support TCS.

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.

You must also click here to sign up for a time slot for your personal photo session.

Improvisation Workshop

If you’ve seen hit shows such as “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, you have probably thought to yourself: “wow this looks REALLY difficult!” In fact, everybody can improvise! Join improv expert(ish) Britt Mitchell as we tap into our improv skills, which will not only guarantee your success onstage, but will be a whole lot of fun!

There are two sessions:

  1. Wednesday 11 August at 7:00 PM – Anyone Can Improvise: comedy tools that will help you on and off the stage
  2. Wednesday 18 August at 7:00 PM – Improv and Scenework: tips and tricks

The location is the TCS home at the American Legion Post 220 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts.

The fee is $10 for each session. 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.

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:

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.