2014 Season

SPRING | SUMMER | AUTUMN | WINTER

We are proud to present our 35th season of community theater. Check back often to see what’s happening in the Open!

 


Spring

HARLEQUIN MOTHER GOOSE:
A HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY PANTO!

Written and Directed by Edward Speck and Josh Shack

MGThe year is 1764…

And in the town of Olde Newbury, at Hoyt’s Lane and Main,
There lives an old dame, whose name is Jane Crane!
Please join us once again in ye olde Panto-land,
Where we’re counting on you to lend us a hand!
You’ll meet an old woman who lives in a shoe,
With Little Bo Peep and Little Boy Blue,
But, wouldn’t you know it, the shoe rent is due,
And the owner, Baron Bromfield…something something…fondue!

Granny Fanny

Well, you get the idea. We’ll have an eight-foot-tall bird, a caper of clever clowns, and plenty to cheer for and boo at with the whole family this June in Maudslay State Park!

Admission: This show free to the public!
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays May 31 – June 22
Time: 2:00 pm
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 $2.00 for parking. For further information call 978-465-2572.

Check our news page for information on auditions.

 


Summer

FAMILY HOUR IN THE OPEN

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.

Admission: Free to all!
Dates: Third Saturday of every warm month: May 17, June 21, July 19, and August 16
Time: 11:00 am
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 $2.00 for parking. For further information call 978-465-2572.

 

CIRCUS SMIRKUS: ANCHORS AWAY FOR ATLANTIS!

lowres2014imageTheater in the Open is proud to be partnering with this remarkable organization once again for our Summer fundraiser!

Come join Circus Smirkus, the acclaimed traveling youth circus, and set sail for adventure on the high seas and take the plunge for fathoms of fun. Discover maritime merriment under the briny big top, where we explore the vast ocean in all of its beauty and mystery – both above and below the surface. Join our intrepid crew as we climb the rigging with aquatic aerialists, tumble the surf with amphibious acrobats, even catch and release some fishy jugglers. Help turn the tides for the castaway clowns set adrift in center ring. This nautical production will be ship shape, so hold your breath and ride the wave as Circus Smirkus proudly presents Anchors Away for Atlantis!

Dates:  August 1st and 2nd
Times:  Friday 1 & 6pm,  Saturday 12:30 and 5:30pm
Location:  Manter Field, 81 Central St., Newbury MA

 

SHAKESPEARE’S AS YOU LIKE IT

BarkWillDirected by Stephen Haley

Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me,
And turn his merry note
Unto the sweet bird’s throat,
Come hither, come hither, come hither.
Here shall he see, No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

So Shakespeare invites his audience into the Forest of Arden, where the beneficent and chaotic forces of Nature will melt away the synthetic bonds of the city and restore us to our proper selves…perhaps.  One of Shakespeare’s most simple, flirtatious and playful comedies, As You Like It takes us away from the preening theater of the court to explore the primal theater of Nature; here is a play that belongs outside. Join us for a journey into the woods as we overlay the Forest of Arden on Maudslay State Park for Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

We will also be touring this production to other communities. To learn how you can celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday by bringing  As You Like It to your school or community please write to kelly@theaterintheopen.org.

Admission: This show free to the public!
Dates: Saturday and Sundays, August 9- 31
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Maudslay State Park (map and directions), Newburyport, MA 01950 Follow the Theater in the Open flags from the Maudslay parking lot. Allow twenty minutes to stroll to the site and $2.00 for parking. For further information call 978-465-2572.

 


Autumn

FLATBREAD FUNDRAISER!

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 16thFlatbread 2013
Time: 5-9 pm
Location: Flatbread Pizza, 5 Market Square, Amesbury, MA

MAUDSLAY IS HAUNTED

Gold logoTheater 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.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 18 & 19
Raindates: October 25 and 26
Admission: $5.00;Children 3 and under free
Place: Maudslay State Park (map and directions), Newburyport, MA 01950

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, $2.00 fee.

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

 


Winter 2014

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