Topics: Local Theater

Cash-strapped Theater Sees Surge Of Support

By: Alan Pollock

WEST HARWICH — Facing a budget crisis, the nonprofit Cape Cod Theatre Company – Home of the Harwich Jr. Theatre is hoping that a surge in donations will stem the shortfall before it becomes a showstopper. Theater officials haven't specified the size of the deficit, which prompted them to lay off the organization's education director early this year, and forced them to pare back outreach programs. But two rec...

You ’ d never know that off of Route 6A, down a dirt road about a half mile from the sign that gleams “ Cape Rep ” beside a big yellow house, a creative community is growing and alive within the restored theaters tucked behind the trees. But Director Maura Hanlon and her troupe of actors know exactly where to go to find creative respite three times a week. Cape Rep Young Compa...

CCTC's 'Sister Act: The Musical' A Comic Gem

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Deloris Van Cartier, nightclub singer and disco queen, is not someone you’d picture in a nun’s habit. In “Sister Act, The Musical” Deloris finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she witnesses her mob-leader lover killing an associate. Forced into witness protection, astonishingly she finds herself in a convent. But it’s here that Deloris learns there are Sisters and then there are sisters. When t...

Shakespearian works are still highly relevant today, but if a production isn’t accessible, especially to the younger generations, then the Bard’s wise words can fall on deaf ears. For the second year in a row, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is starting off their 33 rd season with a Shakespearian work. This year, they have a dynamic twist on “Romeo and Juliet” that can be described as a poetic rock o...

Academy's 'Driving Miss Daisy' Gets Better With Age

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

The Academy of Performing Arts’ third reprisal of “Driving Miss Daisy” is a heartwarming period drama, rich with layers about discrimination, aging, the American South, and most of all friendship. American playwright Alfred Uhry immortalized his strong-willed grandmother, Lena Fox, in the role of Miss Daisy. The play won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was turned into a 1989 film, starring an all-star ca...

The holidays are over, the sounds of First Night have faded and it’s early January in Chatham. While some may think of heading south, several dozen members of the Friends of Monomoy Theatre are heading northeast to London. For 30 years the group has sponsored a biennial London theater trip in January, and with the exchange rate suddenly very favorable, there’s another great reason to go this year. In spite of ...

“Everything She Wants” sings Sara Crewe’s father as he leaves her in Miss Minchin’s Boarding School. The Captain’s fortune will keep Sara in extreme comfort; she’ll indeed have everything she wants. Captain Crewe is going far away, back to India, where the two have lived for years. Crewe figures it’s time for Sara to get a proper education. It’s 1887, and in London the gulf between the rich and the poor is wide. ...

Once upon a time, in the mid-1990s, two founders of the Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston had a conversation. Jane Staab had just finished a successful production of her original musical “The Secret Garden,” based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, when Susan Kosoff mentioned that her favorite book by that author was not “The Secret Garden,” but “A Little Princess, Sara Crewe.” “I had to admit th...

Nostalgia can be a powerful force. It not only drives the storyline in the classic movie “A Christmas Story,” but it’s also the reason so many people watch the film on television annually. In fact, “A Christmas Story” is such a slice of Americana it received the ultimate distinction in 2012 when the film was included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, ...

Local Sisters Take To The Stage In 'The Sea Captain's Nutcracker'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

For lovers of dance, the holiday season is incomplete without a performance of “The Nutcracker” to set the sugarplums dancing in one's head and the Christmas spirit soaring. This season, a special treat at Tilden Arts Center, located at Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable, will feature a pair of local sisters giving a Cape Cod seaside twist to a holiday classic written by one of Chatham's own bestselling aut...

James P. Byrne’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s "Richard III" at Cape Cod Theatre Company’s intimate Arts Center stage is a version for puppets. But these are not wooden puppets; rather they are half human and half puppet talking heads. Human faces of Richard and his henchmen loom above foreshortened and nicely costumed arms and bodies manipulated by the actors. There are also life-sized actors who are not puppets. ...

Shakespeare's 'Richard III' With An Unexpected Twist At CCTC

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Consider Shakespeare's " Richard III ," a brutal political satire written in 1591. What comes to mind? Ruthless ambition, jealousy and hunger for power? How about puppets? Presented by Cape Cod Theatre Company, Home of Harwich Junior Theatre (at The Arts Center on Sisson Road in Harwich Center) as a Punch and Judy-style puppet show with actors, the comic tragedy unfolds in a hila...

A Grand, Magical And Hilarious 'Starcatcher' At Cape Rep

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Everyone has dreams. Even an orphan boy with no name as he’s thrown into the dark, stinky hold of a ship bound for an island ruled by a tyrannical king doomed to be a slave for the rest of his days, has a dream. He dreams of flying and the dream gives him hope and a drive to keep carrying on. This boy’s small measure of optimism collides with the remarkable Molly, an apprentice Starcatcher who has confidence and ...

In the year 1790, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. is a small town filled with happy families who have learned to live with a few ghostly legends. It’s a town bewitched by tales of the Native American spirits who once inhabited the area, and the more modern ghost of a Hessian solider who lost his head to a stray cannonball in a Revolutionary War battle. In Washington Irving’s short story, the Headless Horseman “rides forth to...

Edgar Allan Poe is a literary master of the macabre, and the Halloween season is an ideal time to highlight his works. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater’s musical “Nevermore” is a haunting journey into Poe’s madness and literary genius. Poe’s life reads like one of his ghoulish tales, and “Nevermore” (music by Matt Conner and book by Grace Barnes) capitalizes upon this through its artistic interpretatio...

Hilarious 'Spamalot' Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Today, medical science supports the many health benefits of laughter, which can enhance the immune system and lower stress. In other words, The Academy of Performing Arts’ delightfully preposterous “Monty Python’s Spamalot” is just what the doctor ordered. If you’re not familiar with the 2005 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, its tagline says it all: “A new musical lovingly ripped off from the [1975] m...