By Gail McCarthy
---- — A trifecta of theater performances are taking place on Cape Ann this weekend featuring dozens of local actors and promising a lot of laughs. Here is a look at the trio of works:
‘Dividing The Estate’
Theatre in the Pines presents the “Dividing The Estate,” a comedy of epic proportions, this weekend at Spiran Hall in Rockport.
Director Nan Webber said this work is about old resentments and sibling rivalries, which surface as the members of this hilariously dysfunctional family go head to head to see who might claim the biggest piece of the inheritance pie. Set in fictional Harrison, Texas, in 1987, it focuses on disgruntled siblings lorded over by an octogenarian matriarch, who find themselves facing real estate values that plunge and an unexpected tax bill, which impacts their financial health.
Cast members include Scott Hazzard, Kierstin Hazzard, Sarah Clark, Sue Barratt Souza, Rick Doucette, Eileen Fitzgerald, Mark Natti, Patti Natti, Ruth Exama, Alexa Exama, Patricia Richards and Carl Pulkkinen.
Performances are May 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and May 12 at 3 p.m. at Spiran Hall, at the corner of Broadway and School Street in Rockport. Opening night proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Tickets are on sale at The Bookstore, 61 Main St. in Gloucester, and Toad Hall Bookstore, 47 Main St. in Rockport, and at the door.
‘Murder on Rocky Neck’
A witty opera and courtroom drama set in 1870s Gloucester will be unveiled tonight. The original work, titled “Murder on Rocky Neck,” was written by Henry Allen’s Young Playwrights, and includes a surprise ending. The show takes place at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck at 6 Wonson St. in Gloucester, and is appropriate for all ages.
The show features an original score by Derek Dupuis, 16, who also composed the music for an earlier production titled “Song of The Sea.”
The script, which puts the audience as jury, is full of colorful characters with names such as Alicia Linguiça and Old Scurvy Crabwater. The attorneys involved are “Paperwell, Rockwell, Scissorwell and Schute.”
The story begins on a frosty Thursday morning on old Rocky Neck. Artist Richard Bluewall had drowned and the local children pondered how he died, and the story evolves from there and leads to the courtroom.
The ensemble includes Alex Becket, Scott Brown, Emma Cavaliere, Caroline Connolly, Shannon Connolly, Sadie Cook, Timothy Edwards, Olivia Francis, Genna Healey, Jay Healey, Henry Jacques, Shannon Kelly, Belle Muller, Rodney Perry, Matt Service, Peter Souza, Elizabeth Wagner, Brandon Waterman and David Wesson.
The shows run tonight through Saturday, May 19, with shows at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sunday at 2 p.m. Suggested donation for tickets at the door is $20, and $15 for seniors, veterans and students. Seating is limited.
‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’
The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will end its 2012-13 season with a production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” William Shakespeare’s comedy of manners, mores and modes.
The action takes place in Navarre, where young King Ferdidand calls on his courtiers to join him in a pledge to undertake a strict regimen of study and celibacy. However, the nobles are tested in their resolve, as is the king, by the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting. Such a setting provides a scene for some romantic high jinks.
Director Ray Jenness said the fun occurs as disguises, false identities and a masked ball complicate the situation, leaving the king and his men scrambling to recover some dignity and possibly love itself. The director worked to create “a vaudeville,” with the characters trying to outdo the others.
The cast includes David Alvarado, as Longaville; Beth Bevins, Jacquenetta; John Butterworth, Don Armando; Chuck Francis, Anthony Dull; Ashlee Holm, Princess of France; Elizabeth Jelinek. Moth; Luke Miller, Sir Nathaniel; Carly Moulton, Maria; Ian O’Connor, Costard; Dominic Parry, Berowne; Jim Robinson, Holofernes; Matt Schwabauer, King of Navarre; Jessie Sorrells, Rosalinde; Joseph Stiliano, Boyet; David Sullivan, Dumain; Bianca Tocco, Katherine.
“Love’s Labour’s Lost” takes place over two weekends, with shows May 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and May 12 and 19 at 3 p.m. at the Rockport Community House at 58 Broadway, Rockport. Tickets are $15, $10, students; and $5, youth 18 and under. They are available at the door or reserved at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information, visit capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.com and Facebook.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or email@example.com.