The GTW has continued to hold its annual summer cook-out and Bocce Ball Tournament almost since its inception 40 years ago. This has been one of the amazing attributes about the group: its members enjoying getting together when they are not doing plays. Once again Gloria Swanbon hosts our August 3 event. The grill and condiments and paper plates are supplied so bring your main meal and something to share. Gloria’s grassy, not so level backyard is the bocce ball playing field that challenges us players. And once again, Christopher Dollas defends his championship with his partner from last year, Ann Jaroncyk. If you are looking for a theater group that offers a wonderful social outlet, check in with us as we approach the beginning of our 41st season.
The Georgetown Theater Workshop proudly announces that Raine Ericson, a student at the Sparhawk School in Amesbury, is the recipient of our scholarship award, given annually to a high school graduating senior. The GTW has been awarding its scholarship for the past 35 years. This year, celebrating its 40th year and having moved to its new residence at the Sparhawk School theater, our organization decided to give the award to a graduating senior at the host school. Miss Ericson received the award at graduation on Monday, June 16, and plans to attend Naropa University in Colorado in the fall. Her essay entry for the scholarship was chosen as the best by the educators of the school.
It’s probably true that most popular comedies are not based on serial murderers, however there is always an exception to most every rule. Arsenic and Old Lace was actually inspired by an eccentric older woman by the name of Amy Archer-Gilligan who ran a convalescent home in Windsor, Connecticut. Though we feel horribly for her victims, we can’t help but thank her for the material.
This article sheds some light on the interesting history of this old classic. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/true-crime-story-behind-classic-comedy-arsenic-old-lace-article-1.462904
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The Georgetown Theatre Workshop presents Chamber Music by Arthur Kopit.
Arthur Kopit’s dark comedy about a meeting involving eight women: Osa Johnson, Susan B. Anthony, Queen Isabella I of Spain, Pearl White, Gertrude Stein, Amelia Earhart, Mrs. Constanze Mozart and Joan of Arc. The topic? How to protect themselves against the enemies living in the next ward of the asylum. Is it possible that someone is who she says she is? Follow the trail as the women set out on a comedic but tragic path to protect their existence.
The cast of characters is brought to life by Gael Nappa, Linda Reppucci, Jen Quimby, Kristin Gillett, Danielle Santapaola, Ann Jaroncyk, Renee Heusser, Andy Griffith and Andy Arnott.
Performances held at The Sparhawk Center for the Performing Arts, 196 Main Street, Amesbury, MA on February 28 and March 1, 6, 7, 8. Shows begin at 8:00 p.m. The theater is handicap accessible. General admission is $12.50. On Thursday, March 6 tickets will be $7.50 for students and seniors. For reservations call Sue at 978-352-6367. Tickets can also be purchased at the door; cash or local check only.
Georgetown Theatre Workshop has changed the Winter production to “Chamber Music” by Arthur Kopit, http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/2977/chamber-music.
The one-act play has 8 female characters and 2 male. The setting takes place in 1938 in an insane asylum, where the women believe they are women of history: Joan of Arc, Amelia Earhart, Gertrude Stein, Susan B. Anthony, Queen Isabella of Spain, Constanze Mozart, Pearl White, and Osa Johnson.
Lou Dispenza “graciously” agreed to be the director and Jared Maul agreed to be the producer.
We are clearly running behind our schedule. So please help Jared and Lou continue a success at Sparhawk school.
Rebounding from the loss of the only home it ever knew, the Georgetown Theatre Workshop has resettled in Amesbury and will perform at the Sparhawk School theater going forward. The long-running amateur theater group had been facing an uncertain future.following the sale of the Pentucket Workshop building in Georgetown, the group’s home of nearly 40 years, but upon reaching a three-play agreement with Sparhawk School officials for the upcoming year, group president Christopher Dollas said things are looking up.
“They have essentially saved us from oblivion, or at least from being nomadic,” Dollas said.
The Georgetown Theatre Workshop had performed at the Pentucket Workshop since September 1974, but was displaced after the property’s owner put the building up for sale last year. The group looked into a number of new locations at churches and halls throughout the area before a member with connections at Sparhawk School suggested inquiring about the theater there.
Dollas said conversations with the school went well, and the group was invited to use the theater to put on its May performance of “Greater Tuna.” After that, the school’s theater arts teachers helped facilitate further discussions between the group and Louise Stilphen, the school’s founder and headmaster, and eventually an agreement was reached.
“She made us feel like she wanted us there,” Dollas said, adding that the group’s experience with the school in May was positive and he felt the two entities were compatible.
Besides gaining a measure of stability moving forward, the Georgetown Theatre Workshop will also benefit from the improved facilities provided by the Sparhawk School theater compared to its old location.
Sparhawk offers a much-larger backstage area and a better dressing room setup than the Georgetown Workshop did, and it’s also air-conditioned, which the old theater wasn’t, Dollas said. The room itself is also much more spacious, allowing the group to accommodate bigger crowds than were possible before.
“Our space in Georgetown could probably safely hold 70 people, and we’ve always done cabaret-style with tables and chairs, so we were limited in space,” Dollas said. “At the Sparhawk theater, there is much more space, so we could expand that to 100 or more.”
The group will also have access to the school’s sound system and lights, which are both major improvements over the systems the group had previously used, and it will be able to store its chairs and tables at the school, as well.
The biggest change that guests will notice is the new building’s improved accessibility. Previously, guests would have to park on the street and climb a set of stairs to reach the theater, but now guests will have access to a spacious parking lot and be able to walk right into the theater at ground level. Dollas said this would be a particular benefit for the group’s many elderly fans who used to have difficulty getting into the old building.
“We have a wonderful following of seniors who come to our plays, and they had to struggle going up the steps,” Dollas said. “But they always kept coming back.”
Georgetown Theatre Workshop’s next play is “In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot).’ Performances are currently scheduled for Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 21-23, and auditions will be held in the Sparhawk School theater this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m.
The theater is located at Sparhawk’s high school campus at 196 Main St., the former home of the Amesbury Playhouse.
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The cast and crew are in their final week of rehearsal for the upcoming play In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That should Be Shot) by Steve Franco. The play provides a treat of entertainment and laughter just in time to put us in the mood for the holiday season.