Theatre at the Mount

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.

Twenty contestants, two tribes, but only one “Survivor.” Local celebrities will try to “out sing, out perform and out shine” the competition in Survivor, the Musical, an upcoming Theatre at the Mount production to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster.

Tickets are now on sale for the dinner-theatre production, which will take place at Mount Wachusett Community College on Friday, Jan. 17. MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino, Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Donata Martin, WPKZ radio personality Ray “Ray C” Chalifoux and other presidents, CEOs and executives of area businesses and organizations, will be among the featured contestants.

The performers will compete in this take-off on the popular TV reality show. Singing, dancing, acting, puzzles, trivia, and the dreaded “tribal council” will provide a full evening of non-stop fun. Survivor, the Musical is conceived and hosted by Theatre at the Mount veteran Chris Casello. The event begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the show at 7:30 p.m.

“We are delighted to offer this venue to benefit the children served by the Boys & Girls Club,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. “Having received the support of this national organization as a child, I know first-hand that the opportunities and experiences are transformative. Theatre at the Mount always does a fantastic job and Survivor the Musical, featuring well-known members of our community, promises to be an evening of exceptional entertainment for a most worthy cause.”

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.

“From its beginning, the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster has benefited from the generosity of individuals, corporations and organizations,” said M. Marcus Moran, Jr., president of the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors and president and CEO of Aubuchon Hardware. “We thank the community for its ongoing support of the club and its many fine programs through fundraising events and volunteerism, and we are grateful to Mount Wachusett Community College for serving as our primary sponsor and host of this upcoming event.”

The nonprofit organization’s executive director, Donata Martin, has been nationally recognized for creating outstanding programs for the club members, Moran added.

“Enrollment in the club is robust. The collective efforts of all have led to a strong board of directors that is invested in the club’s mission of inspiring and enabling all young people to realize their full potential,” Moran said.

Tickets to the dinner and theatre performance are $100 per person, and tables of eight or 10 are available. For reservations and sponsorship opportunities, contact Patty Fields at 978-534-8358, ext. 17 or email pfields@bgcfl.org. Dinner and theatre tickets may also be purchased through MWCC by contacting Lois Cox at 978-630-9101 or lcox@mwcc.mass.edu. Tickets to attend just the performance are $20 and are available through the theatre box office at 978-630-9388 or online at www.mwcc.edu/tam.

 

Theatre at the Mount announces its 2014 season of plays, which includes the Tony Award-winning musicals Les Miserables, Chicago and Annie.

The 1920′s are roaring with hot jazz and cold-blooded killers in the drop-dead musical Chicago. Nominated for eightTony Awards, 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!” Performances of Chicago are February 28; March 1, 7, 8 at 8 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m.

Spring is golf-season, and The Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp that pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Based on the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox on the Fairway is filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans. It is a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics and is a charmingly madcap adventure about love, life and man’s eternal love affair with…golf. Performances are June 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8 p.m. and June 22 at 2 p.m.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying takes the stage 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 days’ work! Performances are August 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8 p.m. and August 17 at 2 p.m.

The long-awaited international sensation Les Miserables sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction in revolutionary France. Peasant Jean Valjean is imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release, he breaks parole and starts life anew, though he is relentlessly pursued by Inspector Javert. As Parisian students revolt against an unjust monarchy, all stories intersect at the barricade one fateful day in 1832. The powerful musical score includes “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On my Own,” and “Bring Him Home.” Les Miserables runs October 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 8 p.m. and October 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.

Leapin’ Lizards! Everyone’s most beloved musical is back! Annie, her beloved dog Sandy, Daddy Warbucks and the menacing Miss Hannigan bring the classic comic strip to life on the Mount stage. Annie guarantees “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow…” and promises the entire family “A New Deal for Christmas!” Don’t miss the fun on November 28, 29, December 5, 6 at 8 p.m. and November 30 and December 7 at 2 p.m..

Season tickets for all five shows are $65 and are on sale now. To purchase season tickets or single-show tickets or to request a brochure, contact the Theatre at the Mount box office at 978 630-9388. Tickets may also be purchased online at http://theatre.mwcc.edu

Those who appreciate Thornton Wilder’s, Our Town, will love to experience The Mount Players’ production of his one-act play, The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden. As per Wilder’s forte, this play is filled with honest human interaction set in a relatable setting to everyone: a long road trip with the family.

Originally performed in 1931, The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play at the Circle in the Square Theatre in 1993. Now in 2013, theatre goers will have a chance to see another revival of Wilder’s work by The Mount Players, in their first production at Mount Wachusett Community College.

The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden will be performed in the Mount Wachusett Community College Theatre on Tuesday, November 19 at 12:30 p.m. The show is open to the public and admission is free.

The story follows Elmer Kirby, “Pa,” Kate Kirby, “Ma,” and their children, Arthur and Caroline, as they hit the highway to visit their recently married daughter, Beullah, who lives in Camden and who unfortunately lost her baby during childbirth. As the play rolls along, the Kirbys reminisce about past good times and appreciate the blessings in the present, while talking, laughing, and sometimes crying. The scene never leaves the Kirby’s family car, and although not much changes, Wilder put all of human nature into that one vehicle for audiences to see.

Alumni Art Exhibit. “Ceramic Head” by Chris London.

Mount Wachusett Community College continues its 50th anniversary celebration in October with an alumni art exhibition and a special performance of Shout: The Mod Musical for alumni, students, the college community and friends of the college.

An evening of the arts will take place Thursday, Oct. 10 featuring an alumni reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the East Wing Gallery and a special performance of Shout at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the Theatre at the Mount performance have been rolled back to the 1960s price of $6. Admission includes the alumni reception, the art exhibit and performance.

Set in the 1960s, Shout tracks five groovy gals as they come of age during the liberating days that made England swing and features chart-topping hits such as “To Sir with Love,” “Downtown,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love me,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Goldfinger.” Members of the ensemble cast of include Fatima Elmi, Shani Farrell, Melissa Gates, Alison Laverdiere, Chelsea Young, Katrina Caouette, Amanda Feeley, Amanda Lawton, and Olivia Ryan.

Theatre tickets can be purchased online at mwcc.edu/tam or at the box office, 978-630-9388. Additional performances of Shout will take place through Oct. 13

The art exhibition will include the work of more than 30 alumni of MWCC’s art program and the opportunity to reminisce and reconnect with former professors and classmates.

“During my studies at Mount Wachusett Community College in the early 90’s, I was a painting major and an art history minor,” said Alex Magay, director of the art department at The Winchendon School and a member of the MWCC art department advisory council.

“I studied painting under John Pacheco, Gene Cauthen and Jean Tandy. They provided me as a young artist with direction and insight that would fuel my artistic development, and insight, for many years to come. My experiences in Gardner at the Mount helped prepare me to pursue and complete my next two degrees at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.”