GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

March 14, 2013

Theater in the Open announces new season

Spring lineup starts with princesses and pirates

By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — NEWBURYPORT — Theater in the Open, the acting company at Maudslay State Park, has announced its schedule of outdoor performances for this season. The free family shows are held at the park on Curzon Mill Road. Park in the main lot and follow the “Theater in the Open” flags. Audiences should allow 10 minutes to get to the site from the parking lot. There is a $2 parking fee. For more information call 978-465-2572.

Spring

“A Princess Pirate Panto!”

Directed by Edward Speck

Saturdays and Sundays, June 1 to 23, 2 p.m.

Hit the high seas in search of adventure, buried treasure and maybe a dance number or two. Dust off your eye patch and tiara: it’s time to boo the baddies and cheer on the goodies at the “Princess Pirate Panto.”

Summer

Family Hour in the Open

Bring the kids, the dog and the picnic blanket out to beautiful Maudslay State Park. On the third Saturday of every month, Theater in the Open will be joined by many good friends in the community to present storytelling, song, dance, fairytale-theater and a fun group activity, all right in the park.

Dates: May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21

Time: 11 a.m.

Circus Smirkus: TBA

The youth circus troupe will return to Newburyport this summer. Stay tuned for more details.

“Orpheus”

Saturdays and Sundays, July 20 to 28; Aug. 10 to 18, 4 p.m.

Veteran director Stephen Haley interprets this classic myth in his inimitable ensemble style.

Autumn

“Canterbury Tales”

Directed by Beth Randall

Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 7 to 22, 4 p.m.

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Middle English poem is part of the literary canon. But, did you know that it also hilarious, touching and thought-provoking? Theater in the Open will dust off the classic and bring it to life with music, spectacle and humor. Join in the pilgrimage to Canterbury and hear some entertaining stories on the way.

Maudslay is Haunted

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20

Rain dates: Oct. 26 and 27

Gates are open from 2 to 4 p.m.

Admission: $5; children age 3 and younger are free

Theater in the Open’s notorious annual haunting of Maudslay! Join a cast of all ages for a one-hour walk through eerie vignettes, spooky sketches and haunting scenes, all in the autumn grandeur of Maudslay State Park. Discover parts of the park you never knew existed. Bring the whole family for a variety of tricks and treats. This family event intended for all ages.