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December 29, 2011

The 'Lobstah Crackah'

A Cape Ann adaptation of a holiday classic has once again brought some magic and laughter to the stage, with a multi-generational cast of locals in the first ever presentation of "The Lobstah Crackah" at the Cape Ann Theater, affectionately known as The Annie.

This is the same company that brought Cape Ann "Song of the Sea" and "Greasy Pole — the Musical," which drew sold-out houses last June while St. Peter's Fiesta played out across the square.

This spoof of "The Nutcracker," created by Director Henry Allen, features locals, ranging in age from 5 to 80.

Allen provided the following synopsis: When Uncle Drawsumbuttah arrives at the mayor's house for the annual holiday party, he brings with him his own flavor of Cape Ann magic.

Along the way, playgoers will meet Madame Mayor Kirkbaum and her family, the fearsome Gull King, the Lobster Pot Fairy, Waltzing Whales, Dancing Scrod, the LobstahCrackah Prince and much, much more.

The final week of the play runs tonight through Sunday, Jan. 1. The show only runs about 45 minutes, so it can be combined with other activities or dining out in town.

Allen's plays and musicals are inspired by local folklore and history, and this is another example of his community theater in action.

"This is a new Cape Ann holiday tradition," said Allen. "There's so much heart in this. They all worked so hard."

Allen said there is a reason that his shows feature a cast that spans generations.

"It's important that we share the arts with the broad spectrum of ages in the community," Allen said. "The arts are a pillar of Cape Ann and it's important that these kids grow up seeing that. Everybody can participate and enjoy, and everyone believes in the importance of expressing ourselves and using our creativity."

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