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

TCS Summer Youth Theatre Workshop Registration – Sign-Up by July 8, 2022 for Early Bird Discount

TCS is hosting TWO Youth Theatre Workshops this summer!
One is for Grades 1 to 8 and will end with performances of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, JR.
The other is for Grades 6 to 12 and will end with performances of The Addams Family Young@Part.

If you are at least in your first year of high school and are interested in applying for an Internship with Session I, Grades 1 to 8 that will be producing Willy Wonka, JR., please use the same registration form below to reflect your interest. If you have marked you are interested in being an Intern, a member of the Artistic Team will contact you for additional details and to set-up an interview.

TCS is returning with Youth Theatre Workshop during Summer 2022. For more information about thus summer’s program and to access the registration form and payment information details – CLICK HERE.

To share a PDF version of the flyer for the workshops – please chose one to download:
Grades 1-8 – Willy Wonka JR. only
Grades 6-12 – The Addams Family Young@Part only
Both Options on one flyer (same as above).

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

No show Friday 17 June 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the performance of Lion in Winter on Friday 17 June 2022 at 8:00 PM is cancelled. All other remaining performances are on, and seats are available.

Lion in Winter Characters

The characters in The Lion in Winter, presented by The Psych Drama Company, hosted by Theatre Company of Saugus. Playing June 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2022. (Photos by Will Stofega)

See our Tickets page, and the show page for more information.

The Lion in Winter is ROARING into the Legion in June…

Theatre Company of Saugus is hosting

The Lion in Winter is the classic historical play by James Goldman, about King Henry II of England and his meeting with his queen, mistress, children, and rival king at his castle in Chinon, France during Christmas in the year 1183. Who shall succeed him as king? All three sons want to be the one, but how can Henry choose only one without making the others his enemies?

The Theatre Company of Saugus is excited to be hosting a professional Boston-area theatre company for the first time. The Psych Drama Company has been presenting innovative work for more than 10 years, in various venues around Boston and in Rhode Island.

This production is co-directed by Wendy Lippe of Psych Drama Company and Larry Segel of Theatre Company of Saugus.

While rehearsing the Lion in Winter when theaters were closed, an audio radio-play version was recorded, and that was streamed in December 2020. Click here to read rave press reviews of the radio play, and an exclusive press interview including discussion of the journey of the show from radio drama to fully realized production.

Click here to watch the video trailer.

Click here to read the press feature article about the show, by Kilian Melloy of the Boston Theater Critics Association’s Elliot Norton Awards Committee, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, Edge Media Network’s Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, and The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association.


The Lion in Winter Performances:
Friday, June 10 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 12 at 3:00 PM (matinee)
Friday, June 17 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 19 at 3:00 PM (matinee)

ALL TICKETS = $25 EACH

How to Purchase Tickets:
Advance online sales, using any major credit card, are open until four hours before the curtain time. If available, seats can be purchased at the door for the same price, using cash, check, Venmo, or PayPal, but no credit cards. Ticket prices are the same for all patrons.


COVID Safety Policy Update
Although policies about wearing masks and providing proof of vaccination have been loosening up in many places, in theaters we still must ensure the safety of our patrons, members, actors, and crew, by minimizing the risk of contagion. Our home at the Saugus American Legion is not large and social distancing is not possible.
Therefore we will continue to require our audience to wear masks inside (unless actively eating or drinking), and to be vaccinated. All the cast members of our shows are vaccinated, will be masked during rehearsals, and will be tested prior to performances.
This is especially important for this production as there will be immersive seating and audience and cast will be VERY close to each other.


About Psych Drama Company

The Psych Drama Company was founded in December of 2010 by Wendy Lippe, Ph.D. As a clinical psychologist, Wendy’s vision in starting this company is to integrate her professional expertise with her work as a creative artist. They aim to produce dramatic pieces that engage the large community of mental health professionals in the Boston area, as well as to stimulate and foster psychological mindedness and insight in the community at large.

It is important to them that their productions target not only professionals in the field, including psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health workers, and social workers, but also members of the general public: they aim to be equally accessible to professionals and laypeople alike. Their ultimate goal is to make all of the greatest classic works of drama relevant to today’s audiences by focusing on the timeless elements of human nature.

About Theatre Company of Saugus

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is the community theatre group serving Saugus, Massachusetts and the surrounding area. Founded in 1968 as the “Town-Criers”, they incorporated in 1990 as a not-for-profit corporation.
Their mission statement is, “To foster and promote an appreciation of the theatre arts and to stimulate production of living theatre for the entertainment and cultural enrichment of the community.”

TCS is currently in the process of getting back to having 3-4 Main Stage productions per year + their Summer Youth Workshop, which culminates in a weekend of performances.