Past Productions

Theater in the Open began in 1979 when Anna Clopton (Smulowitz) started a theater and workshop for children. She directed the first play in 1980 under the name The Newburyport Children’s Theater. See the About Page for a brief history. From the first, theater classes were offered and some of the summer workshop productions are included here.

We have listed past productions on this page with an on-going project to provide links to pages about each of those productions. We hope to include as much program information about actors and actresses, directors, writers, and theater staff as we can find. We will also include photos, images from programs and posters, even film clips as available. We ask your patience as we assemble materials and suggest you check back frequently to see additions to this historical catalogue.

1980

African Folk Tales, adapted by Anna Smulowitz
The Little Match Girl, Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Theresa Linnihan

1981

The Rootabaga Stories, Carl Sandburg, adapted by Theresa Linnihan
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving, adapted by Theresa Linnihan
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Theresa Linnihan

1982

Beauty and the Beast, traditional, adapted by Stephen Scharon
Hansel and Gretel, Brothers Grimm, adapted by Stephen Scharon
Cinderella in December, traditional, adapted by Theresa Linnihan

1983

Farmer Giles of Ham, J.R.R. Tolkien, adapted by Theresa Linnihan
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare
Terezin, Children of the Holocaust, Anna Smulowitz

1984

An Evening of One-Acts, in May
The Emperor’s New Clothes, Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Theresa Linnihan
Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
Snow White, Brothers Grimm, adapted by Theresa Linnihan

1985

The Nightingale, Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Theresa Linnihan
A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas

1986

The Shadow, Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Theresa Linnihan
The Secret Garden, Francis Hodgson Burnett, adapted by Theresa Linnihan

1987

Alice through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll
Maudslay is Haunted, original improvisation directed by Paul Wann
The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Theresa Linnihan

1988

The Masque of Beauty and the Beast, traditional, adapted by Richard Brill
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, James Barrie, Summer Workshop Production
Tellus, Theresa Linnihan
The Little Match Girl, Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Theresa Linnihan

1989

The Odyssey, Homer, adapted by Pilgrim Theater
The Master Cat (or Puss in Boots), traditional, adapted by Theresa Linnihan

First Annual Arts Festival: The Pied Piper (Teen Workshop production), Robert Browning, adapted by Greg Moss;
and Tellus by the theater, Exit Dance, and Bread and Puppet

Salem’s Daughters, Wendy Lement
The Sun Princess and her Deliverer, Lithuanian folk tale adapted by Theresa Linnihan

1990

The Tempest, William Shakespeare
The Marvelous Adventures of Tyl, Jonathan Levy

Second Summer Arts Festival: Archy and Mehitabel (Teen Workshop production)

The Myth of Orpheus, adapted with Exit Dance Theater
Cinderella in December, traditional, adapted by Theresa Linnihan

1991

The Wall (from Aria Da Capo), Edna St. Vincent Millay and The Frog Prince, David Mamet
Origins, a cycle of creation myths, adapted by the company
The Song of Beowulf, based on the epic poem, Michael Thurston
Third Annual Arts Festival also includes workshop productions of The Point, Harry Nilsson, adapted by Jeffrey Rath, and Medea
The Legend of the Christmas Rose, Selma Lagerlof, adapted by Wendy Lement

1992

Mother Goose and Company, traditional, adapted by Theresa Linnihan
Dolphins, based on the myth of Persephone, created by Wendy Lement and Candace Owen-Williams
Fourth Arts Festval also includes workshop productions of Where the Wild Things Are and Ondine
Black Elk Speaks, John Neihardt, adapted by Theresa Linnihan and the cast
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

1993

Punch and Judy’s New World Almanac, conceived by George Konnoff
The Sleeping Beauty, traditional, adapted by Theresa Linnihan
Fifth Annual Arts Festival also includes workshop productions of The Rhinoceros and The Kitchen
Faust, translation by R. Jarrel, adapted by the company
The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Theresa Linnihan

1994

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, adapted by company under leadership of Pat Skarda
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

1995

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, adapted by the company
The Point, Harry Nilsson, adapted by Jeffrey Rath
Red Noses, Peter Barnes
The Littlest Angel, traditional, adapted by Anna Smulowitz and Laila Streiff

1996

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett, adapted by Theresa Linnihan
Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie, adapted by the company
The Crucible, Arthur Miller
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis, adapted by Mark Fleming and Kristan Raymond

1997

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, adapted by the company
Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare
Mother Courage and Her Children, Bertolt Brecht
Cinderella in December, traditional, adapted by Theresa Linnihan

1998

The Master Cat (or Puss in Boots), traditional, adapted by Theresa Linnihan
As You Like It, William Shakespeare
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard
A Chistmas Carol, Charles Dickens

1999

The King Stag, Carlo Gozzi
The Miser, Moliere
The Skin of Our Teeth, Thornton Wilder
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, adapted by Joe Landry

2000

The Frog Prince, David Mamet
Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Theater in the Open’s Holiday Extravaganza and Nativity, the company

2001

The Story of Snow White, original improvisation directed by Bonnie Jean Wilbur
The Seagull, Anton Chekhov, translated by Jean Claude van Itallie
Red Noses, Peter Barnes
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S.Lewis, adapted by Mark Fleming and Kristan Raymond

2002

A Collection of Handmade Fairy Tales, original company improvisations directed by Bonnie Jean Wilbur
The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov, translated by Jean Claude van Itallie
Richard III, William Shakespeare
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

2003

Our Own Big Fat Greek Improv, an original company adaptation
Tartuffe by Moliere, translated by Martin Sorrell
Salem’s Daughters, by Wendy Lement
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, adapted for the stage by Joe Landry

2004

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare
King George III vs Ruth Blay, Wendy Lement
Christmas in Our Town Holiday Stories, An original play by the Company

2005

Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
A Midsummer’s Night Dream, William Shakespeare
Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S.Lewis, adapted by Mark Fleming and Kristan Raymond

2006

The Adventures of Robin Hood, a company adaptation
Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
Rhinoceros, Eugene Ionesco
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

2007

The Twelve Dancing Princesses, a company adaptation
Lysistrata, Aristophanes
Storytime with Tito, company improvisation
The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Theresa Linnihan

2008

The Master Cat (or Puss in Boots), Charles Perrault, Adapted by Theresa Linnehan
Peer Gynt, Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Paul Wann
Woman with the Red Kerchief, Wendy Lament and Firourezh Mostashari
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Joe Landrey adaptation of the Frank Capra film

2009

The Velveteen Rabbit and Other Stories, created and adapted by the company
The Tempest, William Shakespeare
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

2010

Cinderella and the Pretty Princess Panto, written by Theater in the Open
The Bald Soprano, Eugene Ionesco
poe., adapted from the works of Edgar Allen Poe
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, with Exit Dance Theatre, featuring Joppa Dance Company

2011

Pinocchio: A Playful Puppet Panto, Edward Speck with Andy Blaustein, Sean Kiely and Beth Randall
The Flies, Jean-Paul Sartre
Grimm or the Uses of Enchantment, Gregory Moss
It’s a Wonderful Life, Joe Landrey adaptation of the Frank Capra film

2012

Little Red Robin Hood: A Merry Manly Panto, Edward Speck with Beth Randall
The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot
A Christmas Carol Panto: Little Red and Robin Green, Edward Speck with Beth Randall