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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.

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