Registration Open for Spring Audition Workshop

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Registration Open for Spring Audition Workshop

Audition Workshop: March 12 - 26

Sundays 6pm-9pm | 3 Sessions

Tuition*: $180**
**Student rate: $150
Ages: 16 and up; Workshop limited to 10 actors

Preparing to audition for an upcoming production or for a school program? Looking to sharpen your skills and work on new monologues? Salem Theatre Company will help you develop the acting techniques and skills used in performing a monologue on stage.  This three session workshop will focus on preparing two contrasting monologues as well as offer techniques to prepare for cold readings as well as incorporate on-the-spot direction during an audition.  Actors will also work on introduction and presentation.  The workshop will culminate in a final showcase of monologues for an invited audience on the final session.

The 2017 Spring Audition Workshop will be led by STC Artistic Director Catherine Bertrand.

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Waiting for Godot Auditions and Production Staff Call

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Waiting for Godot Auditions and Production Staff Call

Salem Theatre Company is looking for a diverse group of actors for Samuel Beckett’s infamous play Waiting for Godot. Directed by Catherine Bertrand. 

Auditions will be held on Sunday, February 19 from 3pm-6pm and Monday, February 20 from 6pm-9pm.

We are also looking for a Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, and Set Designer/Tech Director among other positions. If you're interested please send an email and resume to catherine@salemtheatre.com. Thank you!

On a country road towards the end of day, two clownish tramps wait and ponder their existence. By nightfall they're still waiting. And still pondering. Between vaudevillian exchanges they share metaphysical musings with one another. At the core of Godot is the herculean effort of Vladimir and Estragon to stave off the worldly despair as they embrace their absurd existence fully. Waiting for Godot expresses the ruthless and ridiculous behavior of two people waiting on their last hope.

Auditions are open to all genders, races and ages. All roles need to be filled: Vladimir, Estragon, Pozzo, Lucky, A Boy. The boy can be cast as a youth actor or smaller adult actor.

Actors should prepare a one minute monologue that captures themselves as true storytellers. These characters are very much clowns so physical comedy is encouraged!

Click here to sign up for an audition slot. All actors will automatically be given their first time slot. Actors will ONLY be notified IF their first slot is not available.

Please bring a resume and headshot or photo of yourself. Arrive ten minutes before your time slot to complete an audition form.

Performances will take place April 20 - May 6. Rehearsals will vary based on schedules. Auditions, rehearsals and performances will take place at Salem Theatre Company located in Shetland Park, 35 Congress Street, 3rd Floor - Suite 301, Salem MA. Click here for location details.

Send all questions to catherine@salemtheatre.com.

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STC Announces 2017 Season!

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STC Announces 2017 Season!

SALEM THEATRE COMPANY IS BACK AND BOLD IN 2017

STC Announces Programming and More for 2017

After a brief hiatus to discuss the future of the company Salem Theatre Company is thrilled to be staying in their year-old home at Shetland Park and has a full of slate of programming to share.

The mainstage season kicks off in April with the classic, and poignant, absurdist piece Waiting for Godot directed by Artistic Director Catherine Bertrand: on a country road towards the end of day, two clownish tramps wait and ponder their existence. By nightfall they're still waiting. And still pondering. Between vaudevillian exchanges they share metaphysical musings with one another. At the core of Godot is the herculean effort of Vladimir and Estragon to stave off the worldly despair as they work to fully embrace their absurd existence. Waiting for Godot expresses the ruthless and ridiculous behavior of two people waiting on their last hope. Auditions will take place Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20. Click here to sign up!

In November the theatre will stage William Shakespeare’s Othello, a tragic story of jealousy, love, and betrayal. Directed by local actor and director, Caroline Watson-Felt. In a bout of jealous rage Iago, friend of the esteemed general Othello, begins a malicious campaign against the hero. As spite and suspicion begin to infect everyone involved the consequences of Iago’s actions turn deadly.

In December, STC will partner with the North Shore YMCA Theatre and enter the mystical land of Narnia with a collaborative bringing-to-life of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Based on the fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe tells the story of the four Pevensie siblings who are evacuated from their home in London during the Blitz in 1940. Upon being separated from their mother and going to live in the countryside, Lucy, the youngest sibling, discovers a wardrobe that magically transports them to the land of Narnia in the midst of a 100-year winter ruled by the White Witch. STC Artistic Director Catherine Bertrand and Nicole Heehan, Senior Creative Arts Director of the NS YMCA, are thrilled to work together on the multi-generational production this winter.

Summer productions and October programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

STC's expanded programming continues to include the audience and artist favorite Free Staged Reading Series with pieces ranging from classic to contemporary including readings of the very timely Protest by Vaclav Havel later in February and Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation in honor of his March birthday, and our annual Shakespeare Open Mic in April. More readings will be announced in February.

Salem Theatre Company’s educational programming is growing this year! The STC Summer Camp will return this July as a two-week teen intensive again run by local theatre artist, teacher and choreographer Katie Donovan. In addition to the summer program Artistic Director Catherine Bertrand will run an Auditioning Workshop in March as well as a Directing Workshop later this year.

STC is excited to announce a new partnership with Witch City Poetry Slam! Beginning February 13 the Slam will take over the theatre every other Monday night. Check out their Facebook page for line-up details and dates. Additionally the theatre will be producing semi-regular nights of live music - the first Live Sessions at STC will take place on Sunday, February 26 and will feature Ashley Skeffington and Friends.

More collaboration and partnerships are in the works to bring more of the arts community into the STC, and more STC to you! Stay tuned!

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STC is Staying at Shetland!

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STC is Staying at Shetland!

Happy New Year Salem Theatre Company Friends and Supporters!

First and foremost, we want to offer sincere thanks to everyone who generously donated to our Save The Theatre Campaign at the end of last year. Although we did not meet our goal, the aim to Save The Theatre was successful!

During the month of January we have been in discussions with the Property Manager at Shetland Park. The bottom line for STC was that we would like to stay and continue to grow in our new home. The bottom line for Shetland was they want Salem Theatre Company to stay. And so we will! Salem Theatre Company will remain at Shetland Park for the foreseeable future! What does that mean exactly? Here are some questions and answers that we hope will enlighten everyone:
 
If you didn’t meet the fundraising goal, what does that mean?
Our Indiegogo raised approximately $15,000 of the $50,000. This means we were able to make a dent in our debt which is excellent and we’ve been able to start to look to funding the future of STC. Unfortunately, it also means we are unable to go forward with an electrical upgrade in the space. The upgrade was crucial to providing more complex programming such as musicals and productions with more complicated production elements such as set and lighting design.

Without the upgrade, how will you produce shows?
After much thought, many discussions, and accepting the electrical state of the space, we have decided to take a stripped down approach to STC for the next season, possibly two. We will fully embrace the space we have to create and tell stories in a more minimalistic fashion. By using basic, essential technical elements we can focus on the shared human experience of telling powerful stories that will impact our audiences.

What plays will you produce this season?
We are focusing our season on the classics: from Shakespeare to Contemporary. Current planning includes a piece from Shakespeare, a Greek play, a Modern Classic plus at least one more to be determined. Titles will be announced on January 31st. Additionally we will see the return of our Free Staged Reading Series, the production of one new work, and our 10-minute play festival Moments of Play, as well as more music and poetry events. Each production will continue to include our Student Discount Nights and LGBT Nights, and we will also include a talk back night with each production. More details will be announced with the titles in the coming weeks.

What else can you tell us about the upcoming year?
One of the most exciting things to come out of our fundraising campaign at the end of last year was the outpouring of community support. Part of the very original vision of Salem Theatre Company was to develop into an arts center for the community. It looks like 2017 will be the year to see that development begin! We have discussions with different arts groups and individual artists around Salem who would like to partner with STC and help make further use of the space. As more details become available we will share them with you!

Do you still need to fundraise?
Yes!!! As is the case with most nonprofit theatres programming revenue only accounts for 35%-40% of what is needed to run the theatre. With STC, productions generally pay for themselves.  The funding for almost everything else - rent, staff stipends, insurance, utilities, etc. -  comes primarily from individual donors like so many of you! The rest comes in the form of grants, rentals, and sponsorships.

On behalf of the STC Board and Staff, we thank you for sticking by Salem’s own theatre company during a challenging yet deeply insightful period of transition. We are truly excited to see STC grow and evolve this year.

All my best in this new year,
Catherine Bertrand
Artistic Director
 

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Help Keep Salem Theatre Company Alive!

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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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