Community House Theater
The Community House Theater provides dynamic performance experiences for all ages. With creative leadership from a diverse mix of directors, we are committed to inspiring and building the skills of actors, singers, and dancers. Our program offers unique opportunities to develop your talent and build new relationships across age, town and background. From your first time on stage to your directorial debut, we welcome you to come out and play!
Community House Theater presents … Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace
Directed by Jay Pension
This classic comedy play is perhaps best known through the film adaption starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra. Since 1941, Joseph Kesselring’s play has had audiences laughing in their seats with a story about a family of questionable sanity. Two spinster aunts’ homemade elderberry wine, three quirky nephews, and a couple of dead bodies come together for an entertaining tale. Arsenic and Old Lace is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
OPTIONAL ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM HERE
CAST MEMBER INFORMATION FORM HERE
ACTOR AGREEMENT FORM HERE
Gibbs, Aunt Abby, Aunt Martha
Jonathan, Einstein, Aunt Abby, Aunt Martha
Jonathan, Elaine, Einstein
Teddy, Aunt Abby, Aunt Martha
Aunt Abby, Aunt Martha and Mortimer
REHEARSAL SCHEDULE HERE
**INVITE ONLY – Saturday, October 25 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 26 – 3pm
Thursday, October 30- 7:30pm
Friday, October 31 – 7:30pm
Saturday, November 1 – 7:30pm
Sunday, November 2 – 3pm
Tickets – $13.50 in advance, $16 at the door
CHILDREN’S THEATER WORKSHOP
Saturdays, September 20 - October 25
Seven Snow Whites and One Dwarf
The classic tale that we know and love is turned upside down! The Evil Queen is the fairest in the land, according to her magic mirror, until Snow White appears in it. Consumed with jealousy, she throws the mirror and it breaks into 7 pieces. Now, the Queen has 7 different Snow Whites to contend with! Will our hero, a lone dwarf, be able to save all 7 Snow Whites and return peace to the kingdom?
Class fee: $180 for 6 weeks
This workshop introduces children to the basics of theater production in a fun, low pressure environment. Students will work on scenes, character building, set, costume and prop design while developing self-confidence. At the end of the session, students will present a play to family and friends! Instructor Amy Sheridan
Reviews for “Little Women The Musical” Directed by Myriam Cyr and Jay Pension
“A jewel box of a set, a perfect way to spend two hours, as good as or better than Broadway. The beautiful costumes bring the time period to life and enhance the overall experience. Excellent acting and singing throughout.”
Ruth King, Director of Digital Arts Springfield College.
“Alive and riveting. The music was wonderful and supported a fast paced story telling. The acting was a cut above. A rare opportunity to see such a high end production in such an intimate space.”
Deb Rice, Attorney
“I was entranced by this beautiful musical. The performances were strong and authentic, the vocals beautiful, the set striking. I was especially taken by the performance of Laetitia West. This is a talented young woman. Her intense and charismatic performance of Jo was spot on. Bravo.”
Lauren Bruce, Playwright & Director of Creative Dramatic for the Alaskan Native Youth Leadership.
“I would say that the performance last night, for me, equaled my expectations of a Broadway show.”
Molly W. Brewer
“I am still overwhelmed by how wonderful Kate Duval was in “Little Women”! Ever since seeing the wonderful production of “Little Women, The Musical” this past Wednesday, I have been playing the scenes back in my mind. The beautiful singing, the realistic period costumes, and the sincere facial expressions brought the story alive! Each actor was well-cast and engaging as they developed their characters. The cast received a well-deserved standing ovation for a very professional performance! A “must-see”!”
Charlotte Powell Barkhauer
“Oh what a wonderful night we had! The costumes, the sets, the music, the setting in The Community House were all so that we felt transported to the most amazing theatre experience! At one point, I was lost in it all wondering ‘Where am I?’ ”
“Incredibly brilliant production: the pacing, the amazing transitions, the song tempos, the characters.”
““An extraordinarily brilliant job Greg Warwick did with the choreography. When I think of what he accomplished with non-dancers, on a tiny stage: I am speechless. Your scene work and choreography with Liesel and Rolf was so beautiful, so playful, so fun and poetic and young and fresh!”
““The dancers highlighted down the sides of the hall – the “stop-action” of them while Maria and the Captain were dancing: so beautiful, so believable, so touching!”
Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination–Jojo transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.- Directed and choreographed by Kelly Murphy with Music Direction by Carolyn Pilanen-Kudlik Choral Director, Beverly High School
Meredith loved being a part of it – and so did I.
Hopefully we will see you again for another production at the Community House. It was a great experience for her. Thanks again.
East meets West head-on in this hilarious 1940′s-style update of a Gilbert and Sullivan favorite. ~ Directed by Hannah Lynn Mell and Choreographed by Greg Warwick
Reviews for “The Show Must Go On” Directed by Kelly Murphy
A musical showcasing well-known Broadway and pop tunes in Glee-like fashion ~ Directed and choreographed by Kelly Murphy
“My daughter and I LOVED the show – truly it was fantastic! We were blown away by the talented cast and the energy and feel good aura of the entire night!”
“W-O-W – what a show! I was so very impressed. What a wonderful display of talent and a well-done script! I loved it (I’m a huge fan of musical theater and I especially loved the song selection!) – my daughters loved it, too! Again – the talent – SO impressive! Fabulous! Job well done to all involved!”