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An Appeal from our Artistic Director:

December 23rd, Newburyport

Dear Friends,

Last night we closed our 34th season with one last, loud, ludicrous performance of Through the Wardrobe: A Winter Wonderland Panto.  For me, the day after a show closes is always bitter-sweet.  Relief and accomplishment weigh on one side, while another part of me mourns the passing of that living, vital moment into the realm of pictures and remember-when.  But that is the magic of live performance; it is, it’s shared, and then it’s gone.  And then you begin to dream the next play…

So now it is time for a short winter nap, and dreams of our 35th season.  After all these years, what remains the same is the process.  With each production we’re learning, teaching and sharing with each other, with our apprentices and our students, and ultimately, we get to share this experience with our audience. And that is what Theater in the Open has always been about — dreaming up journeys and inviting our community to come along .

It has been an amazing year for our Company. We staged A Princess Pirate Panto in the Spring, Orpheus in the Summer and The Canterbury Tales in the Fall. A Princess Pirate Panto drew bigger audiences for that one show than we used to expect in an entire season. We presented more free performances than ever before and built a nursery-rhyme panto to tour elementary schools.  We also had our biggest and most successful Summer Arts Workshop ever, and introduced two new workshops to address the demand for more of our arts education programming.  We also welcomed Circus Smirkus back to the area and introduced The Piccolini Trio, who entertained and delighted.

In order to continue this work, to keep performances free at Maudslay State Park and to offer the Arts Education Program Scholarships that make such a difference to so many area families, we need your support. While we’re growing, grants from the state and from local businesses are not keeping pace. We rely very heavily on the support of individuals, like you, to keep this theater company active and viable. You make Theater in the Open truly open and accessible to all. Please help. Your donation is a 100% tax deductible gift to this entire community.

Happy holidays to you and yours, and our thanks for another magical year.

Edward F. Speck
Artistic Director


Theater in the Open has sought to provide high quality art to our community for the past 34 years, with a philosophical emphasis on accessibility.  In order to further that goal, we announced in March, 2011, that our theatrical productions “in the Open” at Maudslay State Park would be offered free to the public.  Please consider making a gift today to support free performances “in the Open.”  Click the link below or  mail your check made out to On Stage, Inc. to:

Theater in the Open
P.O.Box 215
Newburyport MA 01950

Our Endowment

George A. Randall Endowment Fund:  In 2010 we established an endowment fund as a memorial to our long time friend and supporter George A. Randall (November 18, 1944 – January 17, 2010). The fund is an investment in our future and will be used to secure a long-term residence for Theater in the Open. Contributions are tax deductible. If you wish to help secure our future, please note this fund on your check made out to On Stage, Inc.

Be a Sponsor

Sponsoring Theater in the Open signals that you or your business cares about the culture of your community.  Begin a partnership today! You can download our sponsorship form here.

Sponsorship levels:

Mountain Laurel……………………………….Donation $2,000.00
Full page ad in our programs, 8″ x 5″, listed as sponsor on our website, logo on all outgoing communications, and a logo on each of our show posters

Rhododendron………………………………..Donation $1,000.00
Half page ad in our programs, 4″ x 2.5″, listed as sponsors on our website, logo on all outgoing communications

Azalea……………………………………………….Donation $500.00
Quarter page ad in our programs, listed as sponsor on our website

Lady Slipper……………………………………..Donation $250.00
Businesss Card size ad in our programs, listed as sponsor on our website

Meet our Sponsors:

Our Mountain Laurel:
 institution charitable
Our Azalea:
Riley Associates
Our Lady Slippers:
Jeremy and Arlene Barnard

Special Thanks:

to Leslie Aisner Novak for her generous donation and maintenance of audience seating. Please visit for more information on her products.