Local author Sara Pennypacker recently published “Pax,” a novel following the stories of a pet fox, forcibly abandoned by his boy’s grandfather, and the boy, Peter, who runs away from home to find his fox. The film rights have been bought by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, who plan to make a movie in the coming years. Pennypacker, a former artist, has written some 20 books, ranging from picture books for young re...
By: Amy Tagliaferri
When a theater company undertakes a show that’s very familiar to many, it adds another layer of difficulty to the production. The audience has so much to compare it to, and an audience of children who adore the story can be the most discriminating. Then add in that it's a dramatization of a Disney cartoon with all those cute beloved characters, and the bar is just a bit higher. Nina Schuessler, producing artis...
By: Tim Wood
“Hamilton” might be all the rage today, with their 11 recent Tonys fueling the fire, but before this latest Broadway sensation, Hamlisch and Kleban’s “A Chorus Line” reigned supreme for 15 between 1975 and 1990. Even with its record-breaking run and nine Tonys, “A Chorus Line” is rarely performed locally. Simply put, the dance-intensive musical is difficult to produce, and even more so for amateur theater...
By: Amy Tagliaferri
How did playwright Sir Tom Stoppard pen Tony Award winning plays (“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” “Travesties,” “The Real Thing” and “The Coast of Utopia”) and screenplays (Oscar winner “Shakespeare in Love,” plus “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Brazil” and “The Russia House”)? Perhaps he’s revealed how in his play “Rough Crossing,” Cape Rep’s current production. It's a madcap romp of non-s...
Dealing with numbers is no problem for Marissa McKenna, and that's a good thing, because as Chatham Assistant Treasurer-Collector, numbers are a regular aspect of her work. But while dealing with finances and tallies might be part of her job, there is more to life on Cape Cod for McKenna, who is truly treasuring her time here. Originally from Connecticut, McKenna came to Cape Cod when her mother took a job wit...
By: Debra Lawless
Attention music lovers: The Wequassett Resort and Golf Club’s 13 th Annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival will kick off on Tuesday, June 28 with the jazz vocalist Suede. Suzanne Vega, James Montgomery and other popular names in jazz, folk and blues will also perform on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during the 10-week festival which will wrap up on Aug. 31. All performances begin at 8:30 p.m. in the resort’s Garden T...
By: Joan Tacke Aucoin
The man sits alone in his small, dreary apartment, lonely and socially isolated in a time way before cell phones. Sitting in an easy chair in arm's reach of his beloved record player that even his cleaning lady is forbidden to touch, he invites the audience to listen along to the tunes that carry him away when he's feeling blue and anxious. "A story and a few good songs are just a little something you have to e...
By: Ellen Petry Whalen
A play’s title can be many things: suggestive, engaging, nondescript, enticing, or possibly offensive. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater’s current headliner embodies all of these descriptions in one single word — “Cock.” The young British playwright Mike Bartlett’s attention-grabbing, monosyllabic title came to him while in Mexico witnessing a cock fight. The 2009 play won a Laurence Olivier Award...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – Why, after 31 years, is “Back to the Future” still popular enough that people travel long distances to see it on the big screen and hear its co-creator and one of its stars talk about making the film? “Everybody wonders what were my parents like when they were kids; everybody wonders what was my parents' first date like,” said the film's co-writer and producer Bob Gale during a question and answer se...
By: Debra Lawless
The Atwood House Museum will kick off its new summer exhibit “Masters of the Sea,” which tells the story of Chatham’s great days as a 19 th century training ground for the best ship’s captains in the world, on June 17. “Masters of the Sea” relates the fascinating tales of danger and excitement faced by eight sea captains and a sailmaker born in Chatham and Harwich between 1838 and 1854. (The sailmaker, Charle...
CHATHAM – You aren't likely to see it going 88 miles per hour down Main Street, but a 1982 DeLorean is taking many people in town back in time this week. The car, a reproduction of the time machine in the 1985 film “Back to the Future,” is in town as part of in a series of fundraisers centered on the popular movie trilogy benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. A near-exact copy o...
By: Susan Vaughn
Music has been the focus of Chris Roberts’ life since his childhood in Wales, which is known for its citizens’ talent for music. The small coal mining village in Wales where he grew up was called Coedpoeth, meaning hot wood. “I had a musical upbringing. There was always music in the family,” he said. His mother and father sang, his mother played the piano and his grandfather played the trumpet. He started sing...