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Theater at the Mount and The Arc of Opportunity will offer a sensory-friendly performance of “Annie” for individuals with sensory-input disorders, autism, developmental, cognitive and physical disabilities, and their families.

The customized production continues a weeklong slate of performances and will take place Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at MWCC’s theatre, which offers convenient accessibility and seating for those in wheelchairs. The musical tells the rags-to-riches story of young Annie’s journey from New York orphanage to the luxurious home of billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks.

In a welcoming and stress-free environment, attendees will benefit from lower levels of sound and lighting, the freedom to talk and leave their seats, and extra support from sufficiently trained staff and actors.

TAM and The Arc will also provide social stories and plot summaries to prepare attendees for the performance; listening devices available on a first-come, first-served basis; and a designated quiet room.

“This sensory-friendly performance is an opportunity for families to go to the theatre without anxiety or fear of judgment,” said The Arc President and CEO Mary Heafy. Theatre at the Mount Director Gail Steele adds, “Many parents struggle to find events like this one and we are so proud to offer it here at Theatre at the Mount.  In “Annie,” Daddy Warbucks takes the orphan Annie into his home, opening the door to opportunities she never imagined. We hope that this performance opens the doors to the magic of live theatre for families who face the challenges of autism, sensory processing disorders and other cognitive and developmental issues.”

“Annie” will star 12-year-old honor student Mary Mahoney of Leominster. The evil Miss Hannigan will be played by Athol’s Julie Capone-Smith. The cast will also feature Jeff Garber as Oliver Warbucks, Cassie Blanchette as Grace Farrell, Keith Wolosz as Rooster, Joyce Baldwin as Lily St Regis, Robert Thomas as F.D.R. and Dash Riprock Twiss as Sandy.

Tickets for this performance can be purchased for $10 at mwcc.edu/tam/shows. Financial aid and printed copies of the social story are available through The Arc at 978-343-6662 extension1023. To download the social story, visit arcofopportunity.org/events.

 

“Godspell,” originally performed in 1976 as Theatre at the Mount’s first musical, will be one of four productions during the 2015 season.

Mount Wachusett Community College’s Theatre at the Mount will offer a full slate of four productions during the 2015 season.

Based on the popular 1988 film, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” kicks off the 2015 TAM season. Two shameless con men and a hapless American heiress are locked in an uproarious dance of disguise, deception and deceit against the luxurious backdrop of the French Riviera. With $50,000 and territorial rights going to the winner, all bets are off as masochistic German doctors are impersonated, live goldfish are eaten, and “love sneaks in” unwittingly on even the cleverest of cons. But who ends up conning whom? Performances of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” are Feb. 27 and 28, as well as March 6 and 7, at 8 p.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m.

Take out your dictionaries when “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” opens in May. This six-time, Tony-nominated musical tells the story of five quirky kids vying for 1st prize, bragging rights, and most importantly, a trip to the National Spelling Bee Championship. The misfit contestants are joined by 3 or 4 guest spellers from the audience as they learn that a spelling bee is one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time, win or lose. Can you spell i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e? Show dates for Spelling Bee are May 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and May 3 at 2 p.m.

Theatre at the Mount will reprise the very first musical ever performed on the TAM stage in 1976, with a new production of the musical “Godspell.” Stories of the Bible are brought to life through mime, music, song and dance in a brand-new, up-to-date musical circus. Enjoy all the good gifts in this exuberant, rocking, rolling and riveting musical. Come sing about love! Performances of “Godspell” are Oct. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.

Kris Kringle takes on the cynics among us in a heart-warming musical adaptation of the classic holiday film, “The Miracle on 34th Street.” In his inimitable style, Meredith Wilson (The Music Man) tells the story of a charming, white-bearded gentleman who claims to be the “real Santa Claus.” Filled with humor, spectacle and great songs like “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” the show reminds us that miracles really do happen. Share the holiday spirit when Miracle on 34th Street takes the stage on Nov. 27 and 28, as well as Dec. 4 and 5, at 8 p.m. and Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

Season Tickets for all 4 shows are only $60.00 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets or request a season brochure, call the Theatre at the Mount box office at 978 630-9388. Tickets may also be purchased online at http://theatre.mwcc.edu

 

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“Leapin’ Lizards!” “Annie,” one of the best-loved family musicals of all times, opens at Theatre at the Mount on Thanksgiving weekend. Show dates are Nov. 28, 29, Dec. 5, 6 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

Inspired by the famous comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” which first ran in the New York News in 1924, “Annie” made its Broadway debut in April 1977 and played 2,377 performances before closing in 1983. The show won seven Tony Awards, including for Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan), Best Original Score (music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin), and Best Choreography. This heart-warming musical is the rags-to-riches story of plucky young Annie’s journey from the hard-knock New York orphanage to the luxurious home of billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks. “Annie” boasts one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and the legendary “Tomorrow,” fantastically visual choreography, a side-splittingly funny script and, of course, the adorable dog Sandy.

“Annie” will star 12-year-old honor student Mary Mahoney of Leominster. Mary was selected from more than 100 girls who auditioned for parts in Theatre at the Mount’s production. The evil Miss Hannigan will be played by Athol’s Julie Capone-Smith. The cast will also feature Jeff Garber as Oliver Warbuckss, Cassie Blanchette as Grace Farrell, Keith Wolosz as Rooster, Joyce Baldwin as Lily St Regis, Robert Thomas as F.D.R., and Dash Riprock Twiss as Sandy.

Tickets for ”Annie” are $20 for evenings; $15 for matinees; and, $10 for students ages 16 and under. Call the Theatre at the Mount Box Office at 978-630-9388 or purchase tickets online at mwcc.edu/tam.

Chris JasonFor one night, Theatre at the Mount will become “Sinatra at the Mount,” as Mount Wachusett Community College welcomes Chris Jason and the Sinatra Live Big Band on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Jason is considered one of the premier Sinatra interpreters in New England and has been performing as the “Chairman of the Board” for the last 15 years. Along with his eight-member band, Jason plays tribute to Sinatra over 200 times per year, capturing the legendary singer’s cadence, swagger and elegance.

This benefit concert presented by the MWCC Foundation will provide continued scholarship support to deserving students.

General admission tickets are $40. VIP tickets are also available for $80, which includes reserved seating and a complimentary cocktail reception.

Tickets are available by email, phone or at the Theatre at the Mount Box Office Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Email cdefosse1@mwcc.mass.edu, or call 978-630-9387 or 978-630-9276.

Event sponsors include North Middlesex Savings Bank, Heat Trace Products LLC, Heywood Hospital, W.E. Aubuchon Co., Inc., Simonds International Corporation, GFA Credit Union and Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Theatre at the Mount, visit mwcc.edu/tam. To learn more about Chris Jason and the Sinatra Live Big Band, visit chrisjasonentertainment.com.

 

Les-Miz-mLet the Tony Award-winning musical triumph sweep you through an epic tale of passion and redemption in 19th century France when Mount Wachusett Community College’s Theatre at the Mount presents Les Miserables on October 10, 11, 17, 18 at 8 p.m. and October 12 and 19 at 2 p.m..

Featuring a cast of nearly 60 actors, ages 7 to 70, TAM’s production is directed by Peter Landry, with musical direction by Joanne Landry.

Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean as he is pursued by the implacable Inspector Javert through some of the most tumultuous years in French history. The original Broadway production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won eight, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It is the world’s longest-running musical and has been seen by over 60 million people in 42 countries.

The magnificent score includes the unforgettable songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master of the House,” and many more.

The production features Taylor Lawton as Jean Valjean, Aaron Keyes as Javert, Becky Ufema as Fantine, Anna Plummer as Cosette, Jacqueline Savageau as Eponine, Michael Celularo and Joyce Baldwin as Monsieur and Madame Thenardier, and Lucas Arndt and Jonathan Dano as the revolutionaries Marius and Enjolras, respectively. Bradley Bartlett-Roche plays the fledgling revolutionary Gavroche and Bunny Baldwin plays Young Cosette.

Tickets for Les Miserables are $20 for evenings; $15 for matinees; and, $10 for students ages 16 and under. Call the Theatre at the Mount Box Office at 978-630-9388 or purchase tickets online at www.mwcc.edu/tam

Theatre at the Mount will continue its 2014 season with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in August. With the aid of a trusty self-help book, wily window washer J. Pierrepont Finch enjoys a riotous rise up the corporate ladder. Will Finch’s unorthodox business practices at the World-Wide Wicket Company get him in hot water with the head honcho J. B. Biggley, and jeopardize his romance with Secretary Rosemary Pilkington? Power, sex, ambition, greed, and a great musical score – it’s all in a day’s work! Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, New York, NY.  Performances are August 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and August 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for evening shows, $15 for the matinee, and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at http://mwcc.edu/tam or by contacting the box office at 978-630-9388.

Theatre at the Mount will present The Fox on the Fairway in June. A tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from under the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with…golf!Performances are June 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and June 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for evening shows, $15 for the matinee, and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at http://mwcc.edu/tam or by contacting the box office at 978-630-9388.

Theatre at the Mount will present the children’s show Disney’s My Son Pinocchio, Jr., April 15 through 18 for school groups and April 19 at 2 p.m. for the general public. The performance is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International of New York. All seats are $6. Tickets may be purchased through the box office at 978-630-9388.

Mount Wachusett Community College’s Theatre at the Mount opens its 2014 season with the Tony Award winning musical, CHICAGO. Performances are  February 28, March 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m.; and March 9 at 2 p.m.

CHICAGO is a sexy, musical extravaganza that tells the story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly who murder their faithless lovers and go on to fame, fortune and “all that jazz!” TAM’s production stars Jenni Wiech as Roxie Hart, Chelsea Young as Velma Kelly, Joey Andrade as Billy Flynn, and Michelle Caissey as Matron Mama Morton, along with a large ensemble of talented singers and dancers.

Tickets for CHICAGO are $20 for evening performances and $15 for the matinee and may be purchased at the TAM box office at 978 630-9388 or online at http://mwcc.edu/tam. Subscription packages for the complete 2014 season are also on sale for just $65 for all 5 shows.

President Asquino joined other cast members for Survivor, the Musical, which raised more than $50,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster.

Survivor, The Musical, a fundraiser featuring prominent local figures as cast members, raised more than $50,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster.

Deb Lapointe of HealthAlliance Hospital was named the “sole survivor” after defeating other contestants during the Jan. 17 Theatre at the Mount production. Singing, dancing, acting, puzzles and trivia were all part of the competition.

Assigned to the tribes “Rodgers” and “Hammerstein,” the contestants tried to “out sing, out perform and out shine” the competition.  Other members of the cast included Jim Adams, President Daniel Asquino, Nick Capasso, Dawn Casavant, Suzanne Farias, Tony Mercadante, Kelli Rooney, Doug Peterson, Lisa Lastella, Donata Martin, Bill Aubuchon, Jane Flanagan, Deb Mercadante, Tina Sbrega, Chris Hendry, Greg Clement and Joan Moran.

The event has gained the support of numerous area businesses and organizations that have signed on as sponsors. In addition to MWCC, Diamond Sponsors include Aubuchon Hardware and Dunkin’ Donuts. Platinum sponsors include Fidelity Bank, Heat Trace Products, Heywood Hospital, IC Federal Credit Union, Rollstone Bank & Trust, and Webster First Federal Credit Union. Gold Sponsors include Bemis Associates, Inc., GFA Federal Credit Union, HealthAlliance Hospital, Justin and Ashleigh Gelinas, Leominster Credit Union, Medical Associates Pediatrics and Workers’ Credit Union. Table sponsors include Anderson, Bagley & Mayo Insurance, Dr. Daniel M. Asquino, Enterprise Bank, Fitchburg State University, Molds International & Consulting Co., Inc., Research Results, Inc., and the Sentinel and Enterprise.

“We’re very grateful to the community for all of the support,” said Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Donata Martin.

Several club members also attended the event. “The Boys & Girls Club is amazing,” said Grace Kirrane. “We have so much fun there. This show is a great opportunity for the Boys and Girls Club, and we would like to thank everyone.”

Since 2001, the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster has worked in youth development with young people ages 8 to 18 from many economic, social and family circumstances. In August 2008, the organization consolidated its Fitchburg and Leominster clubhouses to a location just off Route 2 on the Fitchburg-Leominster line. The new, state-of-the art club is located in a former private school on eight acres adjacent to the Doyle Conservation Center operated by The Trustees of Reservations and features numerous classrooms, meeting places, a full gymnasium, a teen center and plenty of outdoor play and study areas.