Current Season 2016


We are proud to present our 37th season of community theater. Check back often to see what’s happening in the Open!



TITO frog prince poste2Our Spring Pantomime!
Edward Speck and Josh Shack are at it again, planning another silly, surprising, loud and engaging Spring panto, free to all. Prepare for puns, princesses, passion and improbable plots at another spring Panto!

This year a sad princess discovers the power of laughter when the circus rolls into town, led by a rather handsome amphibian!

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, June 4-26
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.



Tito12th7_26_15-2845_originalOnce again director Stephen Haley brings his ensemble technique to Theater in the Open, and Theater in the Open brings Shakespeare out into to open air and sunlight, as it was performed four centuries ago.

 Stephen Haley directs and Paul Wann takes the lead on one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays to produce. The storms of Nature and rages of Lear and will blend in Maudslay State Park this Summer, free to all.

Dates: July 30th-31st, August 13th-21st
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 Logo Picture oak3borderBring the kids, the dog, and the picnic blanket out to beautiful Maudslay State Park! The third Saturday of every 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 21st, June 18th, July 16th &  August 20th
Time: 11:00 am
Admission: Free to all!
Location: Maudslay State Park


TitoSmirJCP7_31_15-4348_originalThis year at Spencer Peirce Little Farm!

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

So far 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!

Up, hup, and away with Circus Smirkus! Join us for a high-flying show that soars into the wild blue yonder! With flocks of jugglers, high-larious clowns, and air-borne aerialists, this show takes flight! Strap yourself in for a wild ride on cloud nine as we swoop from one aerodynamic feat to the next. Just don’t look down. Circus Smirkus is proud to make history with our 2016 Big Top Tour: Up, HUP and Away: The Invention of Flight!

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; local ticketing will be added soon-stay tuned!
Dates:  August 5th and 6th
Times:  Friday 1 & 6pm,  Saturday 12:30 and 5:30pm
Location:  Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Ln., Newbury MA 01951



Flatbread 2013

Flatbread has hosted fundraisers for us for five 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 Theater in the Open.

Date: Tuesday, September 6th
Time: 5-9pm
Location: Flatbread Pizza, 5 Market Square, Amesbury, MA



Join us for a special 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: September 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th and October 1st & 2nd                      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.


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: Saturday and Sunday, October 22nd & 23rd
Admission: $7.00; 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:

For more information on volunteering, please click here!




The tree is lit up and the stockings are hung and Clara’s Christmas is perfect…except for her Uncle Drosselmeyer sitting up on that clock and the sudden rat infestation…sounds like panto time!
Edward Speck and Joshua Shack return to direct another cracking holiday panto, this time seizing on Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday tale to do what panto does best: make a favorite old story new and particular to our place and time again. What does Clara’s magical journey have to teach us? How many nuts would a nutcracker crack if a nutcracker could crack nuts? Let’s find out! Come with us as panto and ballet collide in a delicious mix of sugar plums and pies-in-the-face, dance and comedy, fairies and snowballs, in A Nutcracker Panto!

Admission: Tickets are $16 for adults, $ 14 for Firehouse members, seniors and students and are available at
Dates: Fri.-Sun. Dec. 9-11 and Dec. 16-18.  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.