Congratulations to the cast and crew of Props and their fine presentation at the EMACT Festival on Friday 11 June 2010. Although somewhat critical, the adjudicators did nominate us for three awards (which were won by other very deserving productions): Stephen Russo for Sound Design, Larry Segel for Lighting Design, and Kris Reynolds for Best Supporting Actress.

Photos of all the shows at the EMACT Festival are available
on Flickr. Many thanks to Rik Pierce for the excellent photography.

Why do Flaming Puppets like Nachos? How does one Create True Love? These questions are answered in the one-act dramatic play Props, by Michael Roderick. Theatre Company of Saugus entered the show in the annual Drama Festival competition of the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres (EMACT), held during 11-13 June 2010 at the Groton School in Groton, Mass. The talented cast of Props included:

Andrew, a young artist … Zack Murphy
his girlfriend Susan … Kris Reynolds
his former love Denise … Libby Schap
his best friend Melissa … Lisa Scopa
his ideal woman Kerri … Ali Harrington

Before the festival, we presented three local performances of Props, on 28-29-30 May 2010 (Memorial Day weekend). At the Saugus Senior Citizen Center, 466 Central Street, Saugus, Mass.

The director of Props was Stephen Russo, who also directed our From Moliere With Love show a few years ago. He was also in our production of Interview that we took to the EMACT Festival in 2002, as were Zack, Kris, and Lisa. We welcome Libby and Ali to our award-winning team! The choreographer for Props was Lisa Gath. The producer of Props was Nancy Welch.

Eleven groups participated in the EMACT Festival. For more information, see The winner of the festival was the Arlekin Players for their production of Chekhov’s The Bear. They will go on to the next New England Regional Festival on 11-13 March 2011, the winner of which will go on to the next national festival in 2011.

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is in its 41st season. A previous production, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, by Christopher Durang, was nominated for ten awards at the 2007 EMACT Festival, and was the winner of three awards, including Best Supporting Actor, Scenic Design, and Risk Taking. Our production of Interview won many awards at the 2002 EMACT Festival, and at the 2003 New England Regional Festival. Other recent productions include Celebration of Love, The Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, The Cherry Orchard, The Crucible, Pirates of Penzance, From Broadway to Hollywood (a musical revue), From Moliere With Love (The Imaginary Cuckold and The Forced Marriage), Sabrina Fair, Fiddler on the Roof, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides,and The Man Who Came to Dinner.