Current Season 2017

 

SPRING | SUMMER | AUTUMN | WINTER

We are proud to present our 38th season of community theater. Check back often to see what’s happening in the Open!


Spring

SNOW WHITE: A THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS PANTO!

Snow White: A Through the Looking Glass Panto Poster

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s time one again for our Spring Pantomime!

This time around we’ll be following the adventures of Snow White as she takes a peek at what happens through the looking glass…!!!

Edward Speck and Josh Shack have planned yet another silly, surprising, playful Spring panto, free to all. Prepare for puns, princesses, passion and improbable plots with some of your favorite fairy tale and literary characters!

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, June 3-25 & August 12
Time: 2pm
Admission: Free to all!
Location: Maudslay State Park (map and directions), Newburyport, MA 01950 Follow the Theater in the Open flags from the Maudslay parking lot. Allow ten minutes to stroll to the site and $5 for parking ($6 for out of state vehicles). For further information call 978-465-2572.


Summer

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM  &  ANTIGONE

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Theater in the Open re-imagines ancient Greece in Maudslay State Park with two classic works — a comedy and a tragedy — Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Sophocles’ Antigone. Join us to explore two of literature’s most timeless dramas; both shows directed by the always inspiring Stephen Haley.

Our talented ensemble will perform these two plays in repertoire throughout July and August. We invite you to spend a summer weekend at Maudslay…simply bring a picnic blanket and your imagination and join us for both A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Antigone. All performances are free to all.

Antigone Performance Dates: July 8, 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 13.
Time: 
4 pm

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Performance Dates: July 15, 22, 29 and August 13, 19, 20.
Time: 4 pm

Admission: Free to all!
Location: Maudslay State Park (map and directions), Newburyport, MA 01950 Follow the Theater in the Open flags from the Maudslay parking lot. Allow ten minutes to stroll to the site and $5 for parking ($6 for out of state vehicles). For further information call 978-465-2572.

FAMILY HOUR IN THE OPEN

Family Hour Logo Picture oak3borderBring the kids, the dog and the picnic blanket out to beautiful Maudslay State Park! One Saturday of every warm-weather month, we will be joined by many of our good friends in the community to present storytelling, song, dance, fairytale-theater and a fun group activity, all right here in the park and all entirely free! Come make a friend, sing a song, take in some sun and get to know your park better.

Dates: May 27, June 17, July 15 &  August 12.
Time: 11 am
Admission: Free to all!
Location: Maudslay State Park

CIRCUS SMIRKUS: MIDNIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

TitoSmirJCP7_31_15-4348_originalThis year at Spencer Peirce Little Farm!

Theater in the Open is proud to be partner with this remarkable organization once again for our Summer fundraiser!

In past years, the big sellers have been the Saturday shows; if you would prefer shorter lines and more leg room on the bleachers, consider attending the Friday matinee!

Tickets are $23 for adults and $19 for kids 12 and under. Tickets will be available at Eureka! at The Tannery and at the gate one 1/2 hour before the show.

Tickets:  By credit card at www.smirkus.org; local ticketing will be added soon-stay tuned!
Dates:  August 4 and 5
Times:  Friday 1 & 6pm,  Saturday 12:30 and 5:30pm
Location:  Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Ln., Newbury MA 01951


Autumn

FLATBREAD FUNDRAISER!

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TITO and Flatbread, a back-to-school tradition! Flatbread has hosted fundraisers for us for six years now, and they always prove a great chance to catch up with friends, eat, drink, and be merry. A portion of every pizza sold will benefit TITO.

Date: Tuesday, September 5
Time: 5-9pm
Location: Flatbread Pizza, 5 Market Square, Amesbury, MA

POE

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Join us for a special encore presentation of Poe in The Ellen T. Brown Memorial Chapel at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport.

Using music, macabre pageantry and shadow puppetry, Theater in the Open’s ensemble will explore the emotional tension and otherworldly atmosphere that underscore Poe‘s works.  Your favorite fearful Poe poems and stories come back to life this Fall!

Date: TBA                                                                                                                      Time: 6pm
Location: Brown Chapel, Oak Hill Cemetary
Because of limited space in the chapel, this free event will require advanced registration. Please click here to reserve your free seat.

Parking is available at the municipal lots in downtown Newburyport. There is no parking at the venue although pick up and drop-offs on Brown street can be accommodated. This is an all ages show.

MAUDSLAY IS HAUNTED

TitoHM10_18_15-0617_originalTheater in the Open’s notorious annual haunting of Maudslay! Join a cast of all ages for a one-hour walk through eerie vignettes, spooky sketches and haunting scenes, all in the autumn grandeur of Maudslay State Park. Discover parts of the park you never knew existed. Bring the whole family for a variety of tricks and treats. This is a family event intended for all ages.

Gates are open from 2 – 4 PM.  Allow for a brief walk from the parking lot and follow the Frankenstein signs. Parking in the Maudslay State Park lot, $5 for parking ($6 for out of state vehicles).

Date: TBA
Admission: $7; Children 3 and under free
Location: Maudslay State Park (map and directions), Newburyport, MA 01950

Theater in the Open welcomes volunteers who wish to perform in Maudslay is Haunted. Call 978-465-2572 or email: info@theaterintheopen.org

For more information on volunteering, please click here!


Winter

THROUGH THE WARDROBE: A WINTER WONDERLAND PANTO!

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Edward Speck and Joshua Shack bring back a favorite Theater in the Open holiday panto, Through the Wardrobe. We’ve updated our version of a classic holiday tale, making a favorite old story new again. Our cast of enchanted woodland animals and playful clowns will lead audiences on a fun-filled        wint-astic adventure. All that you loved the first time you saw Through the Wardrobe, with plenty of surprises. We hope you’ll join us!

Admission: Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for Firehouse members, seniors and students and are available at www.firehouse.org
Dates: Sat.-Sun. Dec. 9-1o, Dec. 15-17, Dec. 22-23 Fri. & Sat. evenings at 7 pm.  Sat. & Sun. matinees at 3 pm.
Location: The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport.  For further information on the show call Theater in the Open at 978-465-2572.  For further information on the venue or tickets call The Firehouse at 978- 462-7336.