When the Chatham Band kicks off its 86 th year of Friday night summer concerts in Kate Gould Park Friday, among the many generations of musicians playing on the bandstand will be two nonagenarians – the band's elder statesmen. Benjamin K. Goodspeed, 94, first began playing the trumpet in the Chatham Band in 1938, 80 years ago, decades before anyone else in the band today. “Music has been the big part of my...
By: Joan Tacke Aucoin
Monomoy Theatre favorite Kyle Brand directs a multi-talented cast in an enormously audience pleasing season-opening production of “Guys and Dolls.” Phil Rittner’s musical direction of Frank Loesser’s lyrics and songs will have you singing and dancing the night away. Kyle Rudolph’s choreography stars as its own comically fluid entity. Andrew Sierszyn, scenic designer, has transformed the theater into 1950s Runy...
By: Hadley Whalen
The Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans is starting off its summer season strong with the time-honored musical “Cabaret.” Capturing the atmosphere of Weimar Germany, the musical won 10 Tony Awards when it opened in 1966, and has long been a favorite at the APA. John Pearson plays aspiring novelist Cliff Bradshaw, who moves to Berlin to work on his latest book. As Cliff, Pearson clearly conveys the shift ...
By: Deb Boucher Stetson
“The Tuna Goddess,” about to have its premiere staging at Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster, took a long time to mature. Playwright Jade Schuyler recalls that she first got the idea for the play about 17 years ago while living and working in Los Angeles. The Chatham native, who now lives in Harwich, had moved to the West Coast to pursue a career in film after living in New York City and working in theater after gradua...
CHATHAM – In 1968 A gallon of gas would cost you roughly $.34 and a movie ticket about $1.50. The Detroit Tigers won the World Series, while “Green Tambourine” was a top 10 song on the radio. In the little fishing village of Chatham, a new eatery opened up on Main Street, its owners, Richard Costello and George Payne, hoping for success, little knowing that The Chatham Squire would become a local institution and ...
By: Elizabeth Van Wye
If you didn't know it was there, you might miss it. Only a small placard marks the Chatham Food Pantry, located off the parking lot and behind a discreet door in the basement of St. Christopher's Church on Main Street. Chatham residents Ted and Martha Miller, who have managed the pantry since 2010, know that this place is an essential stop for the more than 100 Chatham families who depend on it every two weeks fo...
By: Alan Pollock
CHATHAM — Though we might still like to complain about them, modern weather forecasts are undeniably better than they were even a few years ago, thanks in large part to sophisticated computer modeling. But those models are only as good as the data that’s fed into them, and that’s where Chatham’s Upper Air Station comes in. Twice a day, in all kinds of weather, Tim Morrissette and two colleagues launch radios...
By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley
As summer begins and visitors fill our sunny beaches and streets, what could be better than a cool evening’s entertainment at one of Cape Cod’s treasure-trove of fine theaters? Get out your calendar, because 2018 is sure to tempt you with more than one night of theatrical merriment. Whether at the Academy Playhouse in Orleans, Cape Cod Theatre Company: Home of Harwich Junior Theatre, Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Ca...
By: Ellen Petry Whalen
Three Young People Grow Up In Hard-hitting 'This Is Our Youth The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater opens its 34th season with the high-energy “This Is Our Youth”— a play set in the '80s, the same time the theater got its start. First performed in 1996, playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s coming-of-age drama showcases three young adults adrift in New York City’s materialistic and cocaine-snorting Reagan years. W...
By: Debra Lawless
Photographer Christopher Seufert of Chatham says he considers the drone he uses to photograph the beautiful landscapes of Cape Cod to function like a very tall ladder or flexible tripod. Seufert has just released his seventh book of photographs, “Cape Cod and the Islands: A Drone’s Eye View” (Schiffer Publishing, 2018). Thumb through the book and what will strike you immediately are the gorgeous greens and blu...
By: Ellen Chahey
When wrinkles start to hit your face instead of freckles, it gets to be seriously time to dance. That’s the lesson of “Wrinkles,” the musical produced by the Cape Cod Theatre Company, the home of the Harwich Junior Theatre. It will be performed through June 17. Based on stories of Cape Cod women told to writers Naomi Turner and Wilderness Sarchild, the book for this musical was a 60th birthday project for them...
By: Tim Wood
It may not be quite as momentous as the breakup of the Beatles – although they do play some of their songs –but the decision of The Total Strangers to call it quits is certainly a blow for local music fans. The band will play its final gig at the Chatham Squire's upcoming 50 th anniversary bash, which is fitting, since they reformed back in 1998 to play at the restaurant's 30 th anniversary. Prior to that, i...