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Help Keep Salem Theatre Company Alive!

As the Artistic Director of STC I am not often vocal about how passionate I am about this company. Mostly because I am so busy running it!

Salem Theatre Company is not just a place I work. It is a place that lives in my heart and soul and has for many years. Countless artists have committed countless hours to STC for nearly 15 years. In fact, 2017 will mark year 15 of this company creating live theatre right here in Salem! Fifteen years! During that time we have told stories that range from hilarious to ridiculous to heart wrenching and heart warming. We have seen thousands of people cross our various doorways over the years. I have personally been witness to lives being changed - on stage and off - at Salem Theatre Company. I have watched the company grow artistically and physically over the last decade. What began with a two show season in a school auditorium has evolved into a theatre that produces five main stages a year, including musicals and new works in 2017; a staged reading series; a workshop series; a summer camp; various educational partnerships; and countless other events and offerings!

And we have at least another 15 years in us...but not without your help.

I invite you to be a part of Salem Theatre Company's narrative.

Our goal of $50,000 is a lot, but it's not impossible. Our Indiegogo Campaign is picking up momentum and the contributions are coming in; and our online giving via our website has just received a $1,500 contribution as well. Additionally, there are more pledges coming in as I type! And all of this is also being supported by a newly forming Board of Trustees committed to the fiscal health and future of STC.

When this campaign succeeds you will get to see a stronger and improved STC - and it will be thanks to you!

If you are able I invite you to kick off this season of giving by making a contribution to Salem Theatre Company today!

We hope to see you through our doors soon. Wishing my best to all.

Catherine Bertrand
Artistic Director
Salem Theatre Company

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Moments of Play: December 1-3

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Moments of Play: December 1-3

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Moments of Play is Salem Theatre Company's annual innovative festival of ten-minute plays. Created in 2006 the festival aims to give a new arena to playwrights and first time theatre artists. MoP gives life to plays ranging from realistic to the absurd! Join us for a unique evening of seven plays from local playwrights. 

Featuring the following playwrights and directors: 

Accidental Death by Anne Lucas, Directed by Ryan Boettcher
Alone by Jaime Wilkinson, Directed by Sal Argenbright
Charms by Lia Parisi, Directed by Catherine Bertrand
Sex and Calzones by Brit Christopher, Directed by Morgan Flynn
Dramatically Correct by Meghan Brown, Directed by Matthew Lundergan
Her Dying Wish by Philana Mia, Directed by Ashley Skeffington
You, Me, and Elias Derby by Ryan Boettcher, Directed by Kate Devorak


Performances:
Thursday, December 1, 7:30pm
Friday, December 2, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 3, 7:30pm** Response Session with Kate Snodgrass to follow

Tickets are $20/$15 and available online now! Get your tickets online now!

Photo below from Alone by Jamie Wilkinson

 

 

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ENTANGLED opens September 21

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ENTANGLED opens September 21

ENTANGLED 
The New England Premiere
September 21 - October 1
Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm, Sundays at 3pm

Written by Leah Miles
Directed and Designed by Nate Bertone
Featuring John Manning, Lee Holmes and Caroline Keeler.

This is a thrilling and personal tale of how the darkest secrets always find their way to the light. And sometimes that light catches the cracks and the dirty corners, breathing life back into those dormant memories. Two best friends, Ian and Scott along with Hillary, the woman Ian loves, find themselves trapped in an impossible predicament: un-knowing what they know. And so, on a stormy New Year’s Eve on the secluded Peaks Island in Maine, our characters find themselves trapped by the snow and the avalanche of horrible realities they’ve been trying to hide from one another over the years. Everyone’s secrets are revealed. No one is safe from blame. And someone will not make it off the island alive.

Nate Bertone and Salem Theatre Company will produce the New England premiere of Leah Miles’ play ENTANGLED. Following the success of last season’s Letters From War, Nate Bertone will return to direct the production. ENTANGLED starts performances on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 and plays thru Sunday, October 1, 2016 at Salem Theatre Company, located at Shetland Park, 35 Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Salem MA.

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Opening Night Sold Out! And THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT is in the news!

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Opening Night Sold Out! And THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT is in the news!

Salem News Feature

"The Case Against Judas: 
Salem Theatre Company’s production reconsiders the guilt of infamous biblical character"

OPENING NIGHT IS SOLD OUT! Get your tickets in advance!

Opening Night is sold out and tickets are moving fast for remaining performances. Don't miss out! The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is the darkly comic and poignant work by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Boasting a large, colorful cast of characters mostly familiar to us, the play asks one of the most plaguing questions in history: What happened to Judas Iscariot? Was he the deceitful master of his own fate or just a man who made a mistake? Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, this masterful tale puts Judas’ case to a piercing trial, with often hilarious and riotous results. In the end one can't help but reconsider what one thought they knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human inside one of the history’s most infamous figures.

 

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Mercury's Ashes! Three Nights Only! July 14-16

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Mercury's Ashes! Three Nights Only! July 14-16

Before Queen's frontman, Freddie Mercury, passed away of AIDS in 1991, he asked that the location of his ashes be kept a secret from the world. Guided by the gravity of fandom, one man believes he has found the remains of the fallen Star that have eluded fans for over twenty years. Inspired by real events, Mercury’s Ashes shares how the weight of his discovery alters the orbit of a man's life and irreversibly binds him to the greatest performer of the 20th Century.

Under the direction of Lián Amaris, actor Renzo Ampuero combines monologue, music, Brechtian storytelling, and visual language to create a fragmented portrait of an ordinary guy’s extraordinary encounter with a music idol. Mercury’s Ashes explores the presentation memory, confessions, and non-linear storytelling, in the spirit of Amaris’ previous works.

STC is honored to have the opportunity to bring this powerful and timely piece to the stage this summer for three nights only. Vector Art Ensemble and Salem Theatre Company present Mercury's Ashes: A Rock Monologue by Lián Amaris with performances Thursday, July 14, Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16. All performances begin at 7:30pm at Salem Theatre Company located at Shetland Park, 35 Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Salem MA. Click here for information about STC's new location. Tickets are $20 online and $22 at the door. $15 student tickets at door only. 

For more about Vector Art Ensemble check out the website: http://vectorartensemble.com/

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Angels in America in the News!

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Angels in America in the News!

Read more about Angels in America by clicking the links below!

Salem Evening News
"Salem Theatre Company performs Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America' in honor of Pride Month"

Salem Gazette:
"Salem Theatre Co. celebrates Pride Month"

Boston Globe, Globe North:
‘Angels in America’ sends timeless message in Salem

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STC Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

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STC Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

STC SUMMER CAMP
JULY 18 - 29
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 9AM - 3PM


The STC Summer Camp offers high caliber training for growing musical theatre artists in grades 7 through 12. The program provides a comfortable and welcoming environment for students to develop their talents as they learn the art of theatre. Over the course of the two weeks, students will learn acting skills from improv to Shakespeare as well as try their hand at dialects and learn how to prepare for an audition. Students will also build their vocal repertoire. and learn a variety of vocal techniques from warmups to how-to’s for maintaing a healthy voice. Not only will they have one on one coaching, they will also build the skills for singing with an ensemble. Additionally, students will develop their experience in musical theater dance from tap to jazz, Fosse to lyrical, they will build their skills through musical theater show-stoppers. The program will be led by STC Executive Director Catherine Bertrand, and local theatre educators Katie Donovan and Jake O'Hara. Click here for bios. 

TUITION/REGISTRATION:
Tuition includes snacks and beverages but students should pack a lunch each day. Deadline for registration is July 11. However, we are offering early registration discounts and financial aid is also available. Spots are limited so sign up soon! 
By June 1: $375
By July 1: $425
By July 11: $450
Financial aid is available! 

Click below to register. Within five business days you will receive an email with a detailed calendar of the two week program as well as emergency contact and medical forms to complete. 

Please email Catherine at catherine@salemtheatre.com for more details. 

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