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 2017
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Normal Stories
A blog from
Arts After Hours

Patrons and Artists share their stories about mental illness and the impacts on daily family life.


Next to Normal (June 1 - June 17):  The Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning family drama about a woman dealing with mental illness, and the impact the struggle within her own mind has on her entire family. 


Directed by Adrienne Boris

Music Directed by Bethany Aiken

LynnArts, 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901








CAST

Katie Pickett - Diana
Corey Jackson - Dan
Siobhan Carroll - Natalie
Nicolas Fernandez - Gabe
Matthew Corr - Henry
Alex Grover - Doctor


FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

"I turned to my friend about 20 minutes into the show (who has gone to many AAH Productions with me) and said " Don't you feel like someone should pinch us, how lucky are we that this caliber of a show is a 10 minute drive from our homes!"  - Jan

"WOW!! What a show! This is definitely a must see musical. It might have you in tears so bring some tissue" - Jaime

"Another amazing AAH show. Jess saw it on Broadway with the original cast and was blown away by this cast." - Rick

"WOW. What to say. What an amazing, beautiful, and emotional show." - Mike
AND OUR FIRST REVIEWS

"This is this pundit's sixth viewing of next to normal in as many theatre companies, and the show does not become any easier. It should be breathlessly devastating, and this production will leave you devastatingly breathless. " - Scott C. Forrest-Allen
READ FULL REVIEW HERE



"Adrienne Boris directs this ambitious, challenging project with a deft touch, adding subtle humor when it is most needed. The intimate, claustrophobic LynnArts Black Box space amps up the anxiety level.... The cast, all blessed with wondrous voices, is uniformly excellent." - Bill Brotherton, Lynn Item
READ FULL REVIEW HERE





June 1st (Preview Performance) - 8PM - Discounted Tickets on sale now!

June 2nd (Opening Night) - 8PM - Champagne Toast following the show!

June 3rd - 8PM

June 4th - 4PM - Discounted Tickets for first matinee!



June 9th - 8PM

June 10th - 8PM

June 11th - 4PM - Talkback Following the show!
Discussion with Dr. Mark Alexakos, Chief Behavioral Health Officer and staff from Lynn Community Health Center's Behavioral Health Team.



June 15th - 8PM

June 16th - 8PM

June 17th - 8PM

















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 2016
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Silence! The Musical
By Jon and Al Kaplan and Hunter Bell

Directed by James Tallach
Music Direction by Tim Lawton
Choreography by Nicole Spirito
Assistant Direction by Cassandra Murkison


LynnArts Black Box, 25 Exchange Street

10/7 - 8PM with Guest Cameo by Brian LaPierre, Lynn City Council
10/8 - 8PM with Guest Cameo by Jared Nicholson, Lynn School Committee
10/9 - 4PM with Guest Cameo by TBD

10/13 - 8PM with Guest Cameo by Rick Starbard, Rick's Auto Collision
10/14 - 8PM with Guest Cameo by Seth Albaum, Lynnhappens.com and Upsidemedia
10/15 - 8PM with Guest Cameo by Brendan Crighton, State Representative
10/16 - 4PM with Guest Cameo by Priscilla Strom, Bent Water Brewing Co.

10/20 - 8PM with Guest Cameo by Jim Cowdell, EDIC
10/21 - 8PM with Guest Cameo by Magnolia Contreras
10/22 - 8PM with Guest Cameo by Kathleen McDonald, LEO 
10/23 - 4PM with Guest Cameo by Beth Bresnahan, Lynn Item

10/26 - 8PM with Guest Cameo by Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy
10/27 - 8PM with Guest Cameo by Matt O'Neill, The Blue Ox
10/28 - 8PM with Guest Cameo by Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy
10/29 - 8PM with Guest Cameo by Drew Russo, Lynn Museum/LynnArts






"I spent the day downtown, admiring the work of local artists, howling at an outrageous musical based on Silence of the Lambs" - Bill Brotherton, Daily Item (See Full Review)

"If there is a Hell, and I’m not sure if there is, then sitting through this musical may assure there’s a seat saved for you. It is deeply offensive, crass, disrespectful, tacky and trashy. Equally dubious Heavens forgive me, I loved every minute of this explosive diarrhea of a shit show. We laughed our asses off." - Kitty Drexel, The New England Theatre Geek (See Full Review)

"The word "silence" is an ironic word to use since the Opening Night crowd was literally roaring with boisterous laughter at this hilariously unapologetic parody of the movie Silence of the Lambs." - Scott C. Forrest Allen, Broadway from the Balcony (See Full Review)

THE CAST

Lisa McDonough as Clarice
Chas Kircher as Hannibal
Jeremiah O'Sullivan as Buffalo Bill
Samantha Gambaccini as Catherine/Senator/Lamb
Michael Barry as Crawford/Papa/Lamb
Ariel Sargent as Ardelia/Lamb
Alexander Colacchio as Pembry/Lamb
Ricky DeSisto as Dr. Chilton/Lamb


Winner: 2012 Best Musical Off Broadway Alliance


Silence! The Musical is a hilarious parody based on the Academy Award winning film. Voted Best Musical of 2012 by the Off Broadway Alliance and one of TIME Magazine’s Top 10 shows of 2012, Silence! is sure to have you screaming with laughter. More than naughty at times, the show features a chorus of floppy eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill dances a hoedown, and Dr. Lecter laments behind bars about the life he’d like to lead.  The New York Times remarked on this show as a “hilarious takedown! Makes those naughty ditties in The Book of Mormon seem like trunk songs dropped from The Sound of Music.”







 


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Thomas Martin

Lynn Woods – Pennybrook Road Entrance (106 Pennybrook Road for GPS)

July 29 - 7PM
July 30 - 4PM
August 6 - 4PM
August 7 - 4PM
August 13 - 4PM
August 14 - 4PM

FREE ADMISSION - Reservations encouraged as we only allow 50 people per performance. 

THE CAST

Rory Boyd as Oberon/Bottom
Cassie Foote as Titania/Flute
Cassandra Meyer as Puck
Lisa Burdick as Egeus/Quince
Sarah Mass as Hermia/Starvling
Tim Strauhal as Lysander/Snout
Laura Baronet as Helena/Snug
Nicolas Chuba as Demetrius
Michael Barry as Theseus
Siobahn Carroll as Hippolyta
Sarah Milnamow as Fairy



 One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream revolves around four love-struck youths who must find their way through the forest and to each other, while overcoming the obstacles of the fairies and the will of the Duke.  Love potions are used, tricks are played, and one man (an actor, no less) has his head transformed into that of a donkey!
Please join us for our fifth annual Summer Shakespeare!  We will be returning to Lynn Woods for this delightful romp through an Athenian forest.  The beauty that Lynn has to offer will be on full display as the backdrop to this Shakespearian classic!








The Last Five Years

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

Directed by Adrienne Boris
Music Direction by Joanna Schubert

LynnArts Black Box, 25 Exchange Street




Starring Lydia Baldwin and Dan Prior




May 6, 2016—May 21, 2016
Winner:  2002 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical, The Last Five Years follows two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, an actor, telling her story backwards while Jamie, a novelist, tells his story chronologically.



Named one of Time Magazine’s 10 best shows of 2001, the Off-Broadway smash hit, The Last Five Years, has been one of the most popular plays in the country.  Its continued regional popularity ensured The Last Five Years an Off-Broadway revival in 2013, and a film adaptation starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (SmashSuper Girl) in 2015.





ART
by Yasmina Reza,  translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Fran Weinberg
LynnArts Black Box, 25 Exchange Street



with

Thomas Grenon as Yvan
Anthony Mullin as Serge
Jason Myatt as Marc

The Reviews are in and they LOVE IT! 

"You won’t find a smarter, sleeker production of Yasmina Reza’s award winning ART (translated by Christopher Hampton) than the one at Arts After Hours (running through March 19th). " - Beverly Creasey, Boston Arts Review (Full Review Here)

"In addition to be a delightful chamber dance, an ensemble work in a charmingly intimate theater, the play is evocative drama. This production, though filled with laughs, is also moving and intense, a true tribute to the spirit of Reza’s wonderful work, a small contemporary classic." - Boston Arts Diary (Full Review Here)
Now in its sixth year, Arts After Hours has, with this fine and intimate production, reasserted its capacity to contribute superb theater from its modest perch on the North Shore." - Boston Arts Diary (Full Review Here)



March 4, 2016—March 19, 2016

Winner: Tony Award for Best Play & Olivier Award for Best Comedy

This sharply written comedy, by renowned playwright Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage), is a uniquely funny and moving look at a true test of male friendship. The conflict implodes as a unique piece of modern art purchased by one man threatens to destroy his friendship with the two men who are his closest friends.

ART, a consistent hit with audiences and critics, won major awards in Paris, London, and New York.  Running for 8 years in London and 600 performances in New York, ART featured multiple start studded casts.  This includes:  Albert Finney (Ed Bloom—Big Fish), Tom Courtenay (Pasha—Doctor Zhivago), and Ken Stott (Balin—The Hobbit) in the original London production, and Alan Alda, Victor Garber, Alfred Molina in the original New York production.  ART also featured Judd Hirsch, George Wendt (Norm—Cheers), Joe Morton (Rowan Pope—Scandal), George Segal, and Wayne Knight (Newman—Seinfeld).




SPECIAL EVENTS DURING ART

March 13th, 2016 - Talk Back Post Show with Director, Cast and Artists from Companion Gallery Show.  Moderated by Lee Wayne Mills.

This piece of art in the play itself and those presented in the gallery prior to the performance should spark a lively debate about “what is art?” This conflict resonates in the world of contemporary and abstract artists who wrestle with society’s limited view of what art can and should be. We would also like to address the challenges that contemporary artists face in the world trying to educate, exhibit and sell their work.
 
ABOUT LEE WAYNE MILLS

Lee Wayne Mills has a B.A. degree with honors in Art from Ripon College in Wisconsin. As an art administrator, he has held positions throughout the Washington-Baltimore area: Director of Exhibitions at Maryland Hall in Annapolis; Assistant Director of Montpelier Cultural Art Center in Laurel; and working with the architects and City of Gaithersburg to develop the Gaithersburg Art Barn in Kentlands. He retired to the Eastern Shore, has lived in Rehoboth Beach since 2000, where he owned Coastal Frameshop and Gallery. As an artist, Lee has shown in galleries up and down the East Coast and as far west as Texas. His work is part of numerous public and private collections. He is represented by Gallery 50 in Rehoboth and was recently named Interim Executive Director of the Rehoboth Art League in Delaware.



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 2015
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The Texas Chainsaw Musical




October 9 at 8PM - OPENING SPECIAL $10 OFF
October 10 at 8PM- OPENING SPECIAL $10 OFF
October 11 at 4PM- OPENING SPECIAL $10 OFF
October 15 at 8PM
October 16 at 8PM - Q&A with the Authors, Cast and Crew!
October 17 at 8PM - Q&A with the Authors, Cast and Crew!
October 18 at 4PM
October  22at 8PM
October 23 at 8PM
October 24 at 8PM
October 25 at 4PM
October 28 at 8PM
October 29 at 8PM
October 30 at 8PM
October 31 at 8PM - Closing night Halloween Party - Costumes Encouraged

LynnArts, 25 Exchange Street


Book by Christopher t. Minori, Music and Lyrics by Cory Bytof.
Directed by Arts After Hours Artistic Director, Thomas Martin

TICKETS NOW ON SALE 



Pictures taken at Wednesday and Thursday night dress rehearsals. Arts After Hours production of The Texas Chainsaw Musical runs October 9-31st Thurs-Sun. http://artsafterhours.com for more information.
Posted by Arts After Hours on Saturday, October 10, 2015

The creators describe the show as "the story of a handsome serial killer, his overly affectionate momma, the women he loves, and the pantywaist runt that ruins everything. It is not based on the 1974 horror film, but on the same events that inspired The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, and Silence of the Lambs: Wisconsin serial killer, Ed Gein. In the musical, Eddy Gee has been tormenting the residents of Plainfield, Texas since he was a child. After killing his mother, Eddy snaps and goes on a rampage, but things get problematic when he falls in love with one of his intended victims." Incredibly funny over the top humor and catchy songs. 






AAH Annual Meeting and AAHpreciation Awards
September 12th, 2015 7-9PM
LynnArts BlackBox Theatre, 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA

Arts After Hour's Annual Meeting and AAHpreciation Awards will celebrate a fantastic 2015 and all who made it possible. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this fun evening. Hors d'ouvres will be served. Cash bar (beer and wine). 

The meeting will be short. The fun will be plentiful! 

This year's honorees include:

AAHpreciation Awards to Individuals:

Jane Kelley
David Solimine, Jr.
Jeff Stowell

AAHpreciation Awards to Corporate:

LYSOA - Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy
Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development
Salem Five
Community Credit Union

Board Peer Recognition to Mike Crounse!

We thank all those listed and the many individuals and corporate entities that made our Season shine.



Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Produced by Arts After Hours​

Directed by Christopher Webb
Assistant Directed by Kellie McKay
Stage Managed by Becca Freifeld​
Costume Design by Barbara Crowther

Alexis Scheer - Juliet
Rory Boyd - Romeo
Ron Lacey - Lord Capulet
Sharon Mason - Lady Capulet
Thomas Martin - Montague
Michelle Rubich - Tybalt
Kirsten Salpini - Mercutio
Daniel Moore - Benvolio
Miguel Fana - Paris
Benjamin Zoëy - Friar
Dana Nacer - Nurse
Kellie McKay - Prince

Summer Shakespeare Program conceived by Thomas Martin, Artistic Director of Arts After Hours

July 25th at 4PM
July 26th at 1PM and 4PM
August 1st at 4PM
August 2nd at 1PM and 4PM
August 8th at 4PM
August 9th at 1PM and 4PM

Arts After Hours is proud to present the 4th Annual Summer Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet at Pine Grove Cemetery. The production will take place in the sunken garden, an unused receiving tomb and the front of the beautiful Rhoades Chapel built in the mid-1850s. This Chapel is in need of historic preservation and restoration. Come join us to see this beautiful gem in Lynn, MA and enjoy one of Shakespeare's masterpieces.

Due to the generosity of several Fifth Anniversary sponsors, we will be able to make Shakespeare at Pine Grove Cemetery FREE to the public. 

 Thank you to the City of Lynn Office of Community Development, Salem Five, Community Credit Union, Lynn Housing Authority, Neighborhood Development Associates, and Annmarie Jonah Realtors.


 http://ticketstage.com/AAH


Lynners are falling in love with American History Again!

Friday and Saturday night were met with the loudest laughter we've heard in Lynn since they tried to rename us Ocean Park!

"Hilarious show last night @ArtsAfterHours. Highly recommend The Complete History of America (abridged) for all to see." - Brendan Crighton on Twitter (@BrendanCrighton)

 

  "Tallach’s wild and wooly production has three game actors to lead us in stitches" - Beverly Creasey, Boston Arts Review (Read review here)

 

"I just saw the best play. So funny. Look it up the complete history of American ....abridged" - Donnie on Facebook



"Great show tonight @ArtsAfterHours ! Especially appreciated the Noam Chomsky shout out! #Lynn" - Charlie Gallo on Twitter (@GalloForLynn)

 

"I am proud to be a sponsor of this show! It was great. :) I highly recommend it... The three leads were non stop entertainment. I am thoroughly impressed with what they were able to accomplish. I did not stop laughing." - Sarah MacIsaac, Tastefully Simple

 

"It was hysterical! Go see it!...very fun night!"- Brian LaPierre on Facebook 

 

"What a great show last night! Laughed so hard... Thanks for all you do and congrats on another great show" - Tracey on Twitter (@crowell_t)











Arts After Hours (AAH) will present the comedic play Complete History of America (abridged) March 27 to April 4, 2015 at the Rantoul Black Box Theatre in LynnArts on 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901. Tickets are $25 for premium seating and $20 for regular seating. For tickets please click here or call the box office at (781) 205-4010. The show’s content is considered PG.

  http://ticketstage.com/AAH

 





http://ticketstage.com/AAH


Arts After Hours (AAH) will present the comedic play Complete History of America (abridged) March 27 to April 4, 2015 at the Rantoul Black Box Theatre in LynnArts on 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901. Tickets are $25 for premium seating and $20 for regular seating. For show times, ticket information, and directions please visit artsafterhours.com or call the box office at (781) 205-4010. The show’s content is considered PG.

The three actors in The Complete History of America (abridged) hilariously perform 600 years of history in just 90 minutes. This roller-coaster ride of a show tackles George Washington, Watergate, Baghdad, the New World, the discovery of America, and every topic in between using its own unique and hilariously quirky brand of humor. It answers the most complicated of questions that American History has presented us with, such as “Shouldn’t we call it Amerigo?” and “Why didn’t they also create a Bill of Wrongs?”



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 2014
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Cannibal! the Musical


Written by Trey Parker of South Park and Book of Mormon fame
Directed by Corey Jackson
Music Direction by Mario Cruz
Choreography by Nicole Spirito

October 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 29. 30 31, and November 1st at 8PM.
October 19, 26 at 3PM
LynnArts Rantoul Black Box
25 Exchange Street
Lynn, MA




From the team that brought Downtown Lynn's Evil Dead, the Musical, comes Cannibal! the Musical, the hilarious true tale of Alferd Packer, the first man convicted of cannibalism in the United States. Leave the kids at home, and come enjoy this adventure. We think we know exactly what we mean when we say it will be a shpadoinkle time!










Experience one of Shakespeare’s best known plays staged at Lynn’s High Rock Tower. Henry V is the story of a leader who believes so greatly in his countrymen that he can lead them to the most improbable of victories. Arts After Hours, with an all female cast, will explore what it means to be a warrior and what it means for women to be on the front lines.


There is no walking during the show this year, unlike the prior two years in the woods. You may have to park a fair distance away, but you can drop off people in your party right at the top of Circuit Ave and it's a very short walk from there to the setting of our play.


July 26-August 10, 2014 (Saturday and Sunday ONLY)
Tickets are now on sale!



SPECIAL ROCK OPERA IN DEVELOPMENT BY GEORGE D. SIMPSON AND BRIAN MAES
presented by Arts After Hours and Briola Records
STAGED CONCERT VERSION - 2 NIGHTS ONLY - June 6 &7 8PM

LynnArts Black Box Theatre - 25 Exchange Street Lynn, MA


"The Devil And Billy Shake" by George D. Simpson and Brian Maes
 
  
About the Creators of The Devil and Billy Shake
 
 
Brian Maes is a lifelong career musician, graduate of Berklee College of Music, and Lynn native who has toured the world in various bands, written a billboard top 26 single, produced a billboard charting album, been a lead + backing vocalist, keyboardist, musical director, conductor and opening act for countless well known bands … U2, Aerosmith, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Eddie Money, B.B. King and Deep Purple to name a few …
  
George D. Simpson is a punk rock poet who has been writing songs since childhood about the struggles of the the human condition and life's hard lessons of love, hate, war, peace and God.  Though never having acclaimed recognition on a grand scale, George is well known and appreciated for his skills in demonstrating vivid imagery and strong story line in his writing.



Development of a New Rock Opera
Though George and Brian come from the same area in the North Shore of Boston, they never crossed paths until recently …  

    
George had hoped to work with Brian for quite some time and presented him with the story of "The Devil And Billy Shake" ,which he had been working on for 3 years, while Brian was on tour and doing extensive traveling with "Ernie And the Automatics."  Brian politely declined the offer to work on the Rock Opera with George because he felt that it was too big of a project to take on while having  so many other commitments.   This didn't stop George from trying many times to convince Brian to just read it.  As Brian was getting ready to leave town on tour once again, George suggested that Brian just toss it in his bunk on the tour bus for when he might have some down time.  That is exactly what happened and as Maes began reading the story, he became more intrigued with every page.  He remembers thinking to himself that there was really something strong there on those pages.  
    
When Maes returned home from tour he met with George and they agreed that they would become partners in the project and that Brian would set the story of "The Devil And Billy Shake" to music.  It was also decided that Maes would choose the musicians as well as engineer and produce the recordings when the music was ready.
    Having worked with many of the best players in the Boston area, Brian picked the players that he felt best suited his musical vision of what George's lyrics were suggesting to him.  George was elated and felt that Brian's compositions were exactly what he had been imagining.  Every musician that performed on this music has been very excited to be involved and brought their "A Game" to every performance.  The composition and recording of the music for the Rock Opera has taken Brian and George 2 years which means that "The Devil And Billy Shake" has been 5 years in the making.

    
Now, we bring it to the next phase of development and stage a concert version of the rock opera for you all to enjoy. After each performance, we will have a talkback with the creators and audience. 
 The Story
 
Billy Shake is an American rock star of epic proportions … So beloved throughout the world that the devil himself, known here as Dr. Spark, brings Billy to hell to entertain him and his followers.  Dr. Spark also wants to perform along side him to nurture his own ego and to try to convince Billy that he could have anything he desires if he stays …
    Billy, sing songs for those in the inferno but fights to retain and express his believe in love of God, country and the pursuit of love.
    Dr. Spark, with the help of his sinister singing sodality "The Demonettes," taunt and mock Billy and all he stands for in the hope of leading him astray…
    Does Billy stay?  Does the Dr. win?  Experience "The Devil And Billy Shake" and find out for yourself ...


 

Instrumentalists

Kook Lawry -  Lead Guitar

Tim Archibald - Bass

"Old" Tony DePietro - Drums

Brian Maes - Keys + Percussion

Danny McCarthy - Acoustic Guitar


Cast
George D. Simpson - Dr. Spark
Brian Maes - Billy Shake   
MaryBeth Maes -  Princess Shrill 

Elle Gallo - Hellen 

Terri O'Soro - Shelley

"In this rock opera about the biggest show on (and beyond) earth: good vs. evil, Maes and Simpson have reached a new plateau and favorable comparisons to another famous rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy would not be out of place."
        Carter Alan WZLX



March 7-22
LynnArts
Rantoul Black Box Theatre
25 Exchange St.
Lynn, MA


AVENUE Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious, modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues and themes, it is similar to a beloved children's show;  a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. With songs like Everyone's A Little Bit Racist, It Sucks To Be Me, and You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want, When You're Making Love, Avenue Q is sure to have you laughing and who knows, you might learn something about yourself along the way.


Sean CrosleyPrinceton/Rod
Andy PorterfieldNicky/Trekkie/Bear
Micah GreeneKate/Lucy
Paige ClarkChristmas Eve
J. Michael SpencerBrian
Leeta WhiteGary
Melinda MogelMrs. T/Bear







During the show, collections are made for the "School for Monsters." We will be donating these proceeds plus $5 for each ticket sale if you use the CODES below when ordering your tickets:

Dates and Charities/Promo Code

Fri. March 7…8pm                Girls, Inc - GIRLS
                       
Sat. March 8….4pm               Raw Arts - RAW

Sat. March 8….8pm               Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocac - LYSOA

Sun. March 9…3pm               Centerboard - CENTERBOARD

Thurs. March 13…8pm         All Care VNA & Hospice - ALLCARE

Fri. March 14…8pm              Lynn Arts - LYNNARTS

Sat. March 15….4pm             Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach - BEACH

Sat. March 15….8pm             Friends of Lynn Woods - WOODS

Sun. March 16…3pm             My Brother’s Table - TABLE

Thurs. March 20…8pm         Greater Lynn Senior Services - GLSS

Fri. March 21…8pm              Lynn Museum - MUSEUM

Sat. March 22….4pm             Lynn Housing Authority Scholarship Fund - LHAND

Sat. March 22….8pm             United Way - UNITEDWAY


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 2013
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Talent from throughout the season will be back to sing with Shuffle Mode. Great food, wine, and incredible beers from Clown Shoes Brewery!







Back by Popular Demand! Groovy!
Evil Dead, the Musical

October 2013
LynnArts Rantoul Black Box Theatre
25 Exchange Street
Lynn, MA 01901

Someone obviously didn't say the passages correctly!




Arts After Hours (AAH) will present the Off-Broadway award-winning production Evil Dead, The Musical October 3-31, 2013 at LynnArts on 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 3PM. Tickets are $30 for the Splatter Zone, $25 for the Safe Zone and $20 for the Cheap Seats. Splatter Zone comes with a free poncho! For show times, ticket information, and directions please visit http://artsafterhours.com or call the box office at 781-205-4010. The show’s content is considered R Rated.

Evil Dead, The Musical  is based on the series of films Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness, written and directed by Sam Raimi of Spiderman fame. The musical embraces the campy humor of the films, adapting these cult classics into a highly memorable night of live theater that features all the fake blood you can handle.  In this hilarious show, a group of friends head off into the woods for a fun weekend, but some turn into Candarian demons, while another fights evil to save all mankind. Songs include "All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons," "Look Who's Evil Now," and "Do the Necronomicon."






EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.



This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.






  Backyard Bash - 2nd Night of Summer Concert Series
Presented by Arts After Hours and Ryan's Smashing Life
August 17th
7PM (7PM Cocktail Hour, 8PM Food Served)
590 Washington Street Lynn, MA
presented with and at The Lynn Museum and Historical Society

Featuring
Anthony Migliaccio
The Susan Constant
The Field Effect



Local artists on display

Menervia Akers
Lisa DeJoie
Brian McDermott
Christie Connolly
Bridget Jourgensen
and more...


Food, beer, and wine available!



THE SUSAN CONSTANT ON YOUTUBE!


THE FIELD EFFECT ON YOUTUBE!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.






2nd Annual Shakespeare in Lynn Woods
Much Ado About Nothing
Directed by Hondo Weiss-Richmond
Associate Artistic Direction by Thomas Adams Martin
Original Music by Gina Naggar

July 27-August 11, 2013
Saturdays at 1PM and 4PM
Sundays at 1PM


WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT MUCH ADO -

Review by Rich Fahey from On Boston Stages!

Review by Jules Becker on Bay Windows!


Review by Beverly Creasey on Boston Arts Review!

Lynnhappens.com picked up some culture in the woods opening weekend and wrote a little piece here with some pictures.

"A unique and memorable experience"

"This was such a great experience. Not even much of a Shakespeare fan, but the setting was beautiful and walking around kept me interested"

"A very good experience. Very well done show. Absolutely worth it."

"I would suggest everyone go see this fun and funny performance by very talented people. In addition, I was reminded once again how beautiful Lynn Woods is. Thank you for bringing such great imaginations and professionalism to our City!"


Thomas Martin, Artistic Director, on North Shore 104.9. Skip to minute 14.

Love – it brings out our best, and our worst: Beatrice has sworn off men. Benedick has sworn off women. They’re made for each other – they just don’t know it yet. Young Claudio wants to marry Hero, but the scheming Don John has a plan to ruin everything.

Join us in picturesque Lynn Woods for the wit, mischief and merriment of Much Ado About Nothing, where lovers and villains must all take cover when “little Cupid’s crafty arrow” flies.


Frequently Asked Questions About Our Production of Much Ado About Nothing

- What if it rains?
No problem. If there are showers in the forecast, please check back on this website. We will let you know if the show is cancelled. We will also email and/or call depending on the timing of the cancellation.  If it is cancelled, your ticket gets you in to any of the remaining performances. If it happens to be closing night, we will refund the amount of your ticket.

- Are there seats?
No. You may bring your own chair or blanket to use in the picnic area but once the show starts we recommend you leave them behind and enjoy the show as you move from scene to scene. While there will be a little standing while you watch each scene unfold, you will be in motion to the next scene before long. If you absolutely need to sit at each scene, please bring a suitable chair you can carry easily and our ushers will make sure you can see at each scene.

- Can I bring children?
Yes. While we recommended 12 and above for the material of Much Ado About Nothing, even younger will enjoy the setting of the woods, the 1890s Costumes, and the comedic acting. If you do bring young children, please be mindful of the other audience members and move the children to another area of the woods if they begin to act up.

- Are the paths handicapped accessible?
Unfortunately, this year's location is not completely handicapped accessible. A few areas have rocky terrain.
 
- Is there music?
Yes. Local composer Gina Naggar wrote some beautiful period appropriate music just for this event. Instrumentalists and a few songs from the cast are included in this year's show.


- How much walking is there?
The area you will be walking around is all contained in a small space. In total the audience might end up walking 1/4 mile but it will be broken up by scenes and is very flat terrain.










- Where is Pennybrook Road Entrance to Lynn Woods?

Coming from RT 1 North or South, take the Walnut Street exit in Saugus and head towards Lynn. Follow Walnut Street for about 2 miles passing two sets of traffic lights.  At the third set of traffic lights, turn left onto Pennybrook road and follow it to the end which becomes the Pennybrook Parking Lot.
Coming from 129 in Lynn. Go to the intersection of Boston Street and Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street away from Lynn. It turns into Walnut Street. Right after you see Walnut Street Cafe on your right, bear right to remain on Walnut Street. Go through one set of lights. At your second set of lights turn right on Pennybrook Road  and follow it to the end which becomes the Pennybrook Parking Lot.
Once inside look for a staff member with a black Arts After Hours shir. 



This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.




4th Annual Back Yard Bash (Expanding to Two Nights This Summer!) 
July 13th and August 17th
presented with and at The Lynn Museum and Historical Society

July 13th 7PM

Featuring
Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents
Eddie Japan
and Nick Zaino

Buy tickets

Food on the grill from Lynn Meatland. Beer and wine for sale.


Local artists will have their art on display and for sale including:

Maleeka McIntire (jewelry)
Ken Coder (furniture)

Centerboard's Visionspace Pop-up gallery and shop featuring:

Adam Miller- Visionspace Gallery Director, Mixed-media Fine Art and Illustration

Josh Morrissette- Digitial Illustration, Photography

Michael Karolemeas- Night-time and Wedding Photography

Haig Demarjian- Fine Art, Printmaking

Jordan Walsh- Illustration, Design

Jason Taglieri- Black & White and Color Photography

Alex Comfort- 3D Illustration, Sculpting

Mike Doherty- Painting, Illustration



<a href="http://eddiejapan.bandcamp.com/album/modern-desperation-part-1">Modern Desperation, Part 1 by Eddie Japan</a>



This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.




SIZZLYNN 
2nd Annual Pride BBQ Event
June 15th, 2013
The Lynn Museum
590 Washington Street

Tickets available at door!

DJ Brian Halligan, Performances by:
Veronica Vaughan & Amanda Stevens of Northern Nights

Ticket price includes two food ticket to BBQ and free admission to after-party at Fran's Place.

$20 @ door. Proceeds support Arts After Hours Theatre programming.

June 15th at 2PM-6PM

Lynn Museum, 590 Washington Street, Lynn, MA

After-Party at Fran's Place starting at 6PM


Arts After Hours will host SizzLynn – a neighborhood barbeque celebrating Gay Pride month. The event is 18+.





That Phrase Resonates, Doesn't It? 

 

Are you sick of the bad rap Lynn gets in the press? Have you been digging harder than ever to give Lynn, MA a new outlook, a brighter future?

You're on this mailing list. That tells us something. You are a part of this creation. This month we begin to look towards the summer season of music concerts, our Roofdeck party at All Care VNA, The Back Yard Bash, our Pride BBQ, Shakespeare in the Woods, and bringing back Evil Dead in the fall.

This spring, we're once again asking for the public's help in raising the funds we need to bring more people to our beloved city. Because you are a part of this creation, we have cool takeaways this year for certain donation levels. Mugs and t-shirts, that state with purpose, "I AM LYNN."

It's a phrase that we believe all of you can proudly state as our patrons, performers and/or volunteers. It's a phrase you can state if you were part of building Lynn's past or a part of its' future. It might mean something different to each of you but when you click donate, we want you to scream it out your window!

Here's an easy way to get involved in changing the perception of Lynn in 2013/2014. Donate to our spring appeal and we'll continue the work of providing Lynn with top notch performances in music and theatre.

We hope you will join with many in reciting the proud pledge, "I AM LYNN" and we're looking forward to hearing what that means to each and every one of you.

We thank you in advance for your generosity. Donate now at our wepay site or mail a check made out to Arts After Hours to:

Arts After Hours
589 Essex St, #406
Lynn, MA 01901

Donate

 


The Meet Ball
  June 1, 2013
7PM
All Care VNA RoofDeck
Corner of Market St. and Broad St
Downtown Lynn, MA
Featuring Lynn Meatland Catering

Our Second Annual Meet Ball will be a bit different this year as we bring in some smooth jazz to start off the night and heat it up towards the end with some Salsa beats.  The night will also feature delicious appetizers from Lynn's own Bill Laganas of Lynn's Meatland.  There will be plenty of beer, wine, and sangria at the cash bar.  Guests can also mingle with many of the movers and shakers of Lynn’s burgeoning downtown arts and culture district.  Dress to impress for the red carpet photo shoot.
Proceeds from the event go toward creating more theatre in Downtown Lynn to consistently bring people into the downtown area to promote activity, economy, and culture. “The Meet Ball is about celebrating the diverse group that creates the economy of Downtown Lynn,” says Corey Jackson, Arts After Hour's Managing Director. “Businesses, residents, and artists are all working so hard to make their piece successful. We're look forward each year to getting together to celebrate that success.”




Nunsense A-Men 
by Dan Goggin
An All Male Cast of  Clean Old Nun Fun! 
March 7-23
LynnArts, Rantoul Black Box Theatre
25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901




The Sisters of Hoboken have discovered that their cook, Sister Julia child of God, has accidentally poisoned the dinner and the sisters are in need of some serious cash for the burials. With only enough money to bury 48 of the 52 what are they to do? Well, you'll just have to come to find out. Featuring an all male cast and tunes such as "Tackle That Temptation with a Time Step" this one is sure to please. Respectful, hilarious, and fun for all ages.



CAST

Reverend Mother Regina - James Tallach
Sister Mary Hubert - Nick Raponi
Sister Robert Anne - Tony Feole
Sister Amnesia - Joey T
Sister Mary Leo - Bobby Imperato


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


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HOLIDAY XS

Featuring: Shuffle Mode, Kirsten and Dave & Arts After Hours performing artists


Sat. Dec. 8, 2012
Lynn Museum

6pm: Cocktails
7pm: Full Italian Buffet by Old Tyme Italian
8pm-12m: Music & Dancing

Tickets are $25 each

Join Arts After Hours for our annual gala and help us raise much needed funds to begin our 2013 season of theatre. These funds help us to continue our important mission of driving people in to the Lynn economy through arts and entertainment events all year long.
 


Thank you to our Food and Beverage Sponsors

Clown Shoes Brewery on hand for tastings and their amazing 22oz bottles for sale at the bar including Tramp Stamp, Hoppy Feet, and Lubrication!

Martin Codax Bodega Alabrino and Garnacha wines (90pt) for sale at the bar!

Old Tyme Italian Menu (dinner included with ticket):
Caesar Salad
Chicken, Potatoes and Vinegar Peppers
Tortellini Alfredo (vegetarian)
Sautéed Vegetable Medley
Tiramisu




Evil Dead: The Musical
Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt
Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris, George Reinblatt
Music Supervision by Frank Cipolla
Additional Lyrics by Christopher Bond Additional Music by Rob Daleman

LynnArts, 25 Exchange Street
Lynn, MA 01901

 STAY TUNED for details about our Evil Dead Fundraiser "Army of Darkness Night at High Rock Tower"

Thursday, October 18th at 8PM
Friday, October 19th at 8PM
Saturday, October 20th at 8PM  (with post-show party featuring DJ Brian Halligan)
Sunday, October 21st at 4PM

Thursday, October 25th 8:30PM - Special LynnArts Haunted House Show (Pay What You Can Night)

Friday, October 26th at 8PM
Saturday, October 27th at 8PM  (with post-show party featuring DJ Brian Halligan)
October 28th at 4PM

Halloween Night Special Performance - October 31st at 10PM





We are pleased to announce the cast of Evil Dead:

ASH - Dave Carney
SCOTT - Alex Grover
ANNIE/SHELLY - Sarah Jackson
JAKE - Jeff Mahoney
LINDA - Micah Greene
CHERYL - Melanie Hardy
ED  - Chip Sheeran

Crew of Evil Dead

Producers - Corey Jackson, Jane Kelley, Kirk Hornberger and Mike Crounse
Director - Corey Jackson
Music Director - Mario Cruz
Choreographer - Nicole Spirito
Stage Manager - Becca FreifeldAssistant Stage Manager -  Cassie Murkison
Set Designer - Nick Raponi
Costume Designer - Heather Oshinsky
Makeup Designer - Sydney Robinson
Makeup Assistant - Nola Fafard



Based on the series of films of the same name, Evil Dead: The Musical will be yet another destination on the North Shore for Halloween 2012. Come enjoy all the blood you can handle in this hilarious adaptation as a group of friends head off in to the woods, some turn into Candarian demons and others fight for their lives. They sing songs such as "All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons," "Look Who's Evil Now," and "Do the Necronomicon." Don't miss this groovy, bloody, Ashy musical experience this Halloween in Lynn.

EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.



Shakespeare @ Lynn Woods
Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Thomas Martin

Lynn Woods Pennybrook Entrance
off Walnut Street in Lynn, MA


August 9th 6:30, August 10th 6:30, August 11th 5:00, August 12th 3:00 

August 16th 6:30, August 17th 6:30, August 18th 2:00 and 5:00, August 19th 3:00

Tickets are $20/$15 without picnic and $30/$25 with a picnic included.  Picnics are handed out to attendees at the box office up to one hour prior to showtime. Patrons have their choice of Turkey, Ham, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, or Veggie. Food is all prepared and catered by our friends at Walnut Street Cafe.


Letter to the Editor in Saturday's Lynn Item


The Bard would approve
of theater in Lynn Woods

To The Item Editor:
Thursday was opening night for a new Lynn Woods adventure. Arts After Hours, a valuable downtown Lynn asset, performed a terrific Shakespeare comedy — Twelfth Night. A full standing room only (literally) group of 75 folks were entertained by a talented, comedic group of actors using the backdrop of the woods amphithe- ater and rose garden as a moving stage for their performance.


The comedy story revolves around mistaken identity, misplaced love and enough deception and trickery to show how love does make fools of us all. The professional actors were outstanding in their abilities to bring these situations to the outdoor stage, the vocal strength and overall stage presence made a sometimes confusing story easier to follow. 

Be sure to read the play’s description in the handout given at admission to assist in following the plot and characters and because it is in the woods a good dose of mosquito repellent (especially for nighttime perfor- mances) is highly recommended.
Dan Broderick Lynn
 
 What they're saying on Twitter

From @clinton_bruce
Great job as always. You guys rock! @ArtsAfterHours: @GalloForLynn @kelleythemartin @_kellymcmanus @peter__ali @clinton_bruce

From @KellytheMartin
Awesome show!"@ArtsAfterHours: @GalloForLynn @kelleythemartin @_kellymcmanus @peter__ali @clinton_bruce  






 
What they're saying on Facebook


Michael J. Crounse: It was a FANTASTIC performance, such talented performers!!

Judi Gentleman: Fantastic!

Lauren Robichaud: This was fantastic! We had a great time and the acting was perfect!




An incredibly unique opportunity to see Twelfth Night in the setting of one of the largest municipal parks in the United States, Lynn Woods! Join us on a journey through the world of Twelfth Night as we experience the Rose Garden, Ampitheatre, and sections of the woods as they've never been experienced before.  Show is 90 minutes and there is a very small amount of walking from scene to scene. Live acoustic musicians accompany you on your journey with original compositions by Gina Naggar.



CAST
Viola - Carly Waldman
Orsino - Eric Hamel
Olivia - Cassandra Meyer
Malvolio - Andrew Winson
Maria - Meredith Stypinski
Sir Toby Belch - Jason Myatt
Sir Andrew Aguecheek - Mathias Goldstein
Feste - Alan White
Sebastian - Danny Belford
Curio - Janelle Mills
Fabian - Michael Barry
Antonio/Captain - Zack Murphy




Frequently Asked Questions About Our Production of Twelfth Night

- What if it rains?
No problem. If there are showers in the forecast, please check back on this website. We will let you know if the show is cancelled. If it is cancelled, your ticket gets you in to any of the remaining performances. If it happens to be closing night, we will refund the amount of your ticket.

- Are there seats?
No. You may bring your own chair or blanket to use in the picnic area but once the show starts we recommend you leave them behind and enjoy the show as you move from scene to scene. While there will be a little standing while you watch each scene unfold, you will be in motion to the next scene before long. If you absolutely need to sit at each scene, please bring a suitable chair you can carry and our ushers will make sure you can see at each scene.

- Can I bring children?
Yes. While we recommended 12 and above for the material of Twelfth Night, even younger will enjoy the setting of the woods, the Victorian Costumes, and the comedic acting. If you do bring young children, please be mindful of the other audience members and move the children to another area of the woods if they begin to act up.

- Are the paths handicapped accessible?
Sort of. While we can't promise smooth sailing all around, for the most part you will be on a gravel path and grass. If it rains, it's possible the grass will be tricky to manage. There are two small stairs on the path from the rose garden to the ampitheatre.

- Is there music?
Yes. Local composer Gina Naggar wrote some beautiful period appropriate music just for this event. Musicians on reeds, mandolin, and violin as well as some delightful song from our guide, Feste will accompany the performance.


- How much walking is there?
The area you will be walking around is all contained in a small space. In total the audience might end up walking 1/4 mile but it will be broken up by scenes and is very flat terrain.


- Where is Pennybrook Road Entrance to Lynn Woods?


Coming from RT 1 North or South, take the Walnut Street exit in Saugus and head towards Lynn. Follow Walnut Street for about 1 mile passing two sets of traffic lights.  At the third set of traffic lights, turn left onto Pennybrook road and follow it to the end which becomes the Pennybrook Parking Lot.

Coming from 129 in Lynn. Go to the intersection of Boston Street and Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street away from Lynn. It turns into Walnut Street. Right after you see Walnut Street Cafe on your right, bear right to remain on Walnut Street. Go through one set of lights. At your second set of lights turn right on Pennybrook Road  and follow it to the end which becomes the Pennybrook Parking Lot.

Once inside look for a staff member with a black Arts After Hours shirt who will direct you to the box office up by the Amphitheater. 


August 9th 6:30, August 10th 6:30, August 11th 5:00, August 12th 3:00
August 16th 6:30, August 17th 6:30, August 18th 2:00 and 5:00, August 19th 3:00







Lynda D'Amour 
in Concert

Saturday, July 28, 2012
8PM
Lynn Arts, Rantoul Vault Theatre
25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901

“Ordinary Fool” CD Release party concert with songstress Lynda D’Amour.

Lynda D’Amour makes her debut on the stage of Arts After Hours at LynnArts' Rantoul Black Box Theater celebrating the release of Ordinary Fool, her debut CD.  Ms. D’Amour will be backed by a trio of Boston’s finest musicians; Mark Poniatowski on bass, Mick Lewander on drums, and Jim Rice on piano and Music Director for the event.  Performing song selections from the CD, including some written by Irving Berlin,  Van Heusen & Burke, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Stevie Wonder, and Bricusse & Newley to name a few.  She will also perform song selections from several of her recent NYC shows.
 
Described as possessing a chameleon voice with her interpretations of jazzbluespop, and show tune classics, Lynda’s work has been showcased at venue’s in both Boston and New York City such as Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club, North Shore Music Theater, the Napoleon Room at Club Café, Ryles Jazz Club, Lyric Stage, and New York City’s (Wednesday Night at the) Iguana variety series, and Don’t Tell Mama.

 “ I was especially entranced by Ms. D'Amour's ability to handle such a wide variety of song styles with such ease. “… she presented a flawless rendering of each song. "   - Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline Online









Back Yard Bash
@ Lynn Museum

590 Washington Street
July 14, 2012
7-10PM
$15 - Purchase in advance and get one free food ticket!
Tickets on sale NOW!

The 3rd Annual Back Yard Bash will celebrate local original art, music, food, and wine and further ignite Downtown Lynn's growing arts and cultural district. Admission for the event is $15 per person and includes concert and museum admission. If you purchase in advance you will receive one free food ticket. Tickets can be purchased in advance online through the Arts After Hours website at http://artsafterhours.com or at the box office 781-205-4010. 

Arts After Hours has teamed up with Ryan’s Smashing Life (rslblog.com) to bring together two of the finest bands on the Boston music circuit today, OldJack and Kingsley Flood. OldJack is New England’s best old-time rock and soul band. They are a surefire hit for anyone who loves rock, soul, blues and jazz. Kingsley Flood, with their blend of folk, rock, punk, and Americana, will be the best live set you can possibly see in New England today. Visit rslblog.com for more information and recent reviews of both bands. 

The event will also feature for-sale art and demonstrations The event will also feature art for sale and demonstrations by local artists in jewelry, photography, furniture and more. 

AAH welcomes 

Paula Tennyson Photography
Christie Connolly owner of OASIS Open Art Studio
Jewelry and other creations by Lisa's Designs
Fine hand crafted botanical jewelry and assorted art objects by Elise Mankes
Photography by Brian McDermott
Watercolors by Rolf Flor
Art, furniture and accessories by Ken Coder of Driftwood Ashore 
Henna Body Art by Jeff Pearlstein
t-shirts by Goin' To My Happy Place
OXFORDphoto

AND

Olde Soul Photography will be previewing their upcoming gallery show (Centerboard’s VisionSpace Grand Opening) in the park.

AND

The delicious cupcakes of Cakes by NeeNee!!!! Featuring for the first time ever, the blues, rock, and soul cupcake, The Blue Bazilla!!!! 



 
OpenDTL After-Party

The Meet Ball 
Dress Up for Downtown - Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!
@ All Care VNA & Hospice Roof Deck

Corner of Market and Broad

June 23rd
7:30-10PM
Cocktail AttireFeaturing Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling and Darling Pet Munkee!



The Meet Ball will be the after-party to the first annual openDTL event, a neighborhood-wide open house, which will be held in Downtown Lynn throughout the day.  The Meet Ball welcomes Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein to Downtown Lynn with two of their musical creations, Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling and Darling Pet Munkee.  The night will also feature delicious appetizers from several Lynn restaurants including   our signature sponsor Lynn Meatland as well as Tatiana's Restaurant, Lupita Restaurant, Brother's Deli, D'Amici's Bakery, Wicked Tasty, Rolly's Tavern on the Square and many more.  There will be plenty of beer, wine, and sangria at the cash bar.  Guests can also mingle with many of the movers and shakers of Lynn’s burgeoning downtown arts and culture district.  Dress to impress for the red carpet photo shoot.
Proceeds from the event go toward creating more theatre in Downtown Lynn to consistently bring people into the downtown area to promote activity, economy, and culture. “The Meet Ball is about celebrating the diverse group that creates the economy of Downtown Lynn,” says Corey Jackson, Arts After Hour's Managing Director. “Businesses, residents, and artists are all working so hard to make their piece successful. We're looking forward to getting together to celebrate that success.”

Guests are encouraged to buy tickets online or call (781) 205-4010.


Food includes culinary delights from:

Lynn's Meatland
Tatiana's Restaurant
Lupita Restaurant
Brother's Deli
D'Amicis
Rolly's
Wicked Tasty




You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Based on The Comic Strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa 
  
LynnArts, Rantoul Black Box Theatre
25 Exchange Street
Lynn, MA 01901

May 24, 25, 26, 31 June 1,2, 7,8 at 7:30PM
May 26, 27, June 2, 3, 9 at 3PM

A great time for the whole family, come experience a musical comedy about a day in the life of Charlie Brown. The trials and tribulations of friendship and love in the style of a favorite timeless comic strip.  

“None of the cast is actually six years old. And they don't really look like Charles Schulz' ‘Peanuts’ cartoon characters. But this doesn't seem to make that much difference once we are into the play, because what they are saying to each other is with the openness of that early childhood time, and the obvious fact is that they are all really quite fond of each other.” —Clark Gesner, composer “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”


CAST

Charlie Brown - Nick Raponi
Lucy van Pelt - Kerry Rosen-Moe
Linus van Pelt - David Lucey
Schroeder - Kirk Hornberger
Snoopy - Alex Mangos
Sally Brown - Channa Gilbert

CHANNA GILBERT (Sally) is so excited to play one of her dream roles along side such a talented cast and crew.  Past credits include Val in A Chorus Line, Mae in The Wild Party, Maureen in Rent, Paris in Romeo and Juliet, and The Baker's Wife in Into The Woods.  She would like to thank Christien, Sabrina, and Bobbie as well as her friends and family who amaze her with their undying support. For Grannyson.



KIRK HORNBERGER (Schroeder) is thrilled to be making his debut with Arts After Hours, and to be doing so in a show he has always wanted to perform! Kirk hails from Allentown, PA (yes, like the Billy Joel song) and moved to the Boston area a decade ago via the Midwest, where he received his Masters of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently lives in Winthrop and when not on stage is the office manager for a small health economics and outcomes research firm in Boston. His favorite shows/roles include Jimmy Powers (City of Angels, Theatre III), Anthony (Sweeney Todd, Worcester County Light Opera Company), Prince Dauntless (Once Upon a Mattress, Weston Friendly Society), Cinderella's Prince (Into the Woods, Stratton Players), and Bert Barry (42nd Street) and Sagot (Picasso at the Lapin Agile), both with the Winthrop Playmakers. And, of course, Titanic: The Musical at Needham Community Theatre, where he played Frederick Fleet and in so doing met a certain special person who would take on a more important role in his life than just director/choreographer...Thank you - for many reasons - but mostly for putting up with me on a daily basis!

DAVID LUCEY (Linus) with Arts After Hours: debut. Is excited to be joining the cast for this fun show.  Other Credits: Rocky Horror, Hair, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Turtlelane Playhouse); Into the Woods, Spelling Bee, Curtains, Once on this Island (Newton Country Players); Godspell (Moonbox Productions); Seussical, Mulan Jr., Drood (Northshore Music Theatre); Once on this Island (Blue Spruce Theatre) for which he was nominated for a BroadwayWorld.com Best of Boston Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He would like to thank the production for this opportunity, and his family for undying support and love.



ALEX MANGOS (Snoopy) is insanely excited to be making his AAH debut as well as performing in an amazing show!!!  He grew up in Lynn and now lives in Topsfield, and is always keeping himself busy.  He has been playing piano since he was 5 years old, and got into theater in high school when he played teen angel in Grease.   Other past credits include Brad in Rocky Horror, Louis in Awesome 80s Prom, The Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz, George in Drowsy Chaperone, and Aladdin in Aladdin Jr.  He has also music directed a few shows, including Annie and Once on This Island.  He would like to thank his family and friends (especially Sean) for all the support, and the production team for giving him the chance to play one of his dream roles with such an amazing cast :)

NICK RAPONI (Charlie Brown) is excited to be making his return to AAH alongside such a talented cast. Nick has been seen at Arts After Hours as Mitch Mahoney in last year's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He has also appeared as Tom Collins in RENT, Sammy in The Wedding Singer, Johnny Casino in Grease, The Pharaoh and Reuben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Gladhand in West Side Story, The Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, Sister Hubert in Nunsense A-men, and General Genghis Kahn Schmitz in Seussical the Musical all with the Winthrop Playmakers. Other credits include Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, the role(s) of, Officer Pitman, The Major, and Joseph Bell Titanic the Musical with Needham Community Theater (Winner: Dash Award for Best Musical), the Voice of Audrey II (plant) in Little Shop of Horrors with Wakefield Repertory Theater, Joe Josephson in Merrily We Roll Along, Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Pappa Ge in Once on this Island, with F.U.D.G.E Theater Company. Nick would like to thank his family and friends for supporting him on and off the stage.


KERRY ROSEN MOE (Lucy) is elated to be taking the stage with Arts After Hours after being an impressed audience member for their last two productions.  Kerry hails from suburban New York where she was born into a talented family with a passion for theater.  She started performing at the age of 5 playing the title role in "Annie" in a summer camp production. Since then she has performed in many, many theater productions in New York and Massachusetts.  Most recently Kerry has been seen performing with the Burlington Players where she has played Caitlyn O'Hare in "Over the River and Through the Woods", Jacqueline in "Don't Dress for Dinner", Miranda in "Expecting Isabel" and Karen in "Jake's Women".  Other favorite roles include Smitty in "How to Succeed...", Gooch in "Mame", Little Red in "Into the Woods" (twice), and Ado Annie in "Oklahoma". In real life Kerry is a nanny in Arlington.  And a full-time mom to the most beautiful daughter on the planet, Roslynn.  Special thanks to those at AAH who had anything to do with my getting cast.  And to my wonderful friends and family who offer an unlimited supply of support and love even beyond the pages of facebook. 



CREW

COREY JACKSON (Director): Co-founder of Arts After Hours and Artistic Director for AAH's Stage Productions, Corey Jackson has run several programs including the Downtown Cabaret Series featuring Carolyn Cole and Jan Peters, the Downtown Jazz Series with Rusty Scott, Patrice Williamson, and Elephant Wrecking Ball, and directed last June's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and this January's I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Other directing credits include Last Five Years (Tortoise and Finch); The Scarlet Pimpernel and She Loves Me (Concord Players); The Full Monty and The Music Man (Theatre III); The Shape of Things (SAMM Entertainment); The Boys Next Door (Sudbury Savoyards); Camelot and The Secret Garden (SLOC). Corey was Assistant to the Director for Stoneham Theatre’s Sisters of Swing. He has directed youth programs at Stoneham Theatre, ACTS in Concord, MA, and The Village Theatre Project of Boston where he was also a member of the Company of Artists. Corey is also an active member of the Board of Directors for Citizens for Adequate Housing, author of Downtownlynn.com, and a Product Operations Manager for an enterprise software company. 


MARIO CRUZ (Music Director) Mario is happy to be music directing his first show with Arts After Hours. He is no stranger to theatre, however, with this year marking his 30th year of music directing in and around the Boston area. Some of his more recent shows include Romance/Romance with Vokes Players in Wayland; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Scarlet Pimpernel with The Concord Players (the latter show having been directed by AAH's own Corey Jackson); Sisters of Swing at Stoneham Theatre; and Chicago with Quannapowitt Players of Reading. Mario graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. By day, he is an e-Learning Director for John Hancock's HR Training department www.mariocruz.com

NICOLE SPIRITO (Choreographer) Nicole is thrilled to be choreographing her first production with Arts After Hours.  A graduate of Emerson College, she has been a part of dozens of productions, most recently choreographing Footloose, Grease, and Fiddler on the Roof.  She loves musicals and dancing, and is ecstatic to be able to work alongside such a great cast and crew for Charlie Brown.
JANE KELLEY (Producer): Jane Kelley is thrilled to be branching out beyond The Friends of Lynn Woods Presidency and wife and motherdom.  Her husband, Dan Small and daughters, Lauren and Lindsey Walsh are happy she is embracing a new passion, DOWNTOWN LYNN, and not micromanaging them so much!  A lifelong Lynner, she got her BA in history from Lesley University (it was Lesley College then), after a transfer from Providence College. She is trilled to be a part of Arts After Hours.

COREY JACKSON (Producer): Co-founder of Arts After Hours and Artistic Director for AAH's Stage Productions, Corey Jackson has run several programs including the Downtown Cabaret Series featuring Carolyn Cole and Jan Peters, the Downtown Jazz Series with Rusty Scott, Patrice Williamson, and Elephant Wrecking Ball, and directed last June's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other directing credits include Last Five Years (Tortoise and Finch); The Scarlet Pimpernel and She Loves Me (Concord Players); The Full Monty and The Music Man (Theatre III); The Shape of Things (SAMM Entertainment); The Boys Next Door (Sudbury Savoyards); Camelot and The Secret Garden (SLOC). Corey was Assistant to the Director for Stoneham Theatre’s Sisters of Swing. He has directed youth programs at Stoneham Theatre, ACTS in Concord, MA, and The Village Theatre Project of Boston where he was also a member of the Company of Artists. Corey is also an active member of the Board of Directors for Citizens for Adequate Housing, author of Downtownlynn.com, and a Product Operations Manager for an enterprise software company. 

KEVIN DEANE PARKER (Production Manager) has worked with Arts After Hours since its first theatrical production, stage managing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Aside from his work with AAH, Kevin’s credits include production work with Bad Habit Productions in Boston, Newton Country Players, and Burlington Players.   As Production Manager for Burlington Educational Summer Theatre, run by Burlington Public Schools, Kevin coordinates logistical and technical elements for a program educating close to 100 students each season.  Kevin got his first theatre exposure at Burlington High School, studying under designer Peter Waldron, and stage managing Titanic, The Wizard of Oz, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Kevin has served in various stage management and production roles with the Theatre Department at Northeastern University, studying under Jonathan Carr, Dr. Nancy Kindelan, and Eric Kelley.  Kevin also has worked with New Repertory Theatre as a General Management intern.  He studies Industrial Engineering and Theatre at Northeastern. 

MEREDITH MAGOUN (Costume Designer) is a new import to the greater Boston area. She grew up in Vermont, but most recently called Pittsburgh, PA her home. She holds an MFA in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University(’11) , and a BA in Theater from Smith College (’05). She has designed costumes for shows in Vermont, New York, Pittsburgh, and Boston. She has had the opportunity to work with such noted names as Paul Zimmet, Tina Sheppard, and Gregory Lehane. This is her second time working with AAH! She is excited to be joining the team again and is grateful to be working with the entire team.  She is thankful for the support that her friends and family (Thank you Wubie!)  have given her on her journey. 


STEVE ATWATER (Lighting Designer) graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, MA in May, 2011 with a B.A. in History and Education. After graduation, he worked as an electrician and follow spot operator for North Shore Music Theatre's 2011 season. Recent on-stage credits include "Chip/Carl Dad" in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and "Jeff" in [title of show]. Some light design credits include Carnival!, Pippin, All in the Timing, [title of show], The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Women and Wallace and more. 

JOANNE FAFARD (Assistant Producer) Joanne is extremely excited to be working with this wonderful company again with so many talented people. And hopes the relationship is lifelong. She is on the board of directors of Theatre Company of Saugus and has Directed (Wizard of Oz, Celebration of Love), stage managed (Oliver) and produced many of the shows in the past six years for TCS. She produced TCS' Children’s Summer Workshop and Showcase this past summer and spring. Joanne is the very proud mother of William Fafard , Amanda Allen,  Ashleigh Fafard and Alexis Fafard. She is very happily married to Bill Fafard to whom she owes a debt of gratitude for his love and support! Joanne would like to thank her Mom Joanne Wheeler for bringing her up around the stage and everything it has to offer. Her passion for theater certainly comes from her mom and grandma!



2nd Annual Bourbon Street
February 18th, 7-10PM
LynnArts, Rantoul Black Box Theatre
25 Exchange Street
Lynn, MA 01901


Great selection of beer and wine for sale. Delicious creole classics prepared by local chef Greg Gray of GFB Consulting. (One item free with admission). Pulled creole pork sandwich $5 - Jambalaya $4 - Creole mashed potatoes $3 - Buy all three for $10!

Featuring the music of Elephant Wrecking Ball.

Local artists with work for sale include Jennifer Arbour, Jason Asselin, Elise Mankes and Lisa DeJoie. Art Gallery now showing "On of Of Paper" featuring several artists from the Massachusetts area. Also at the event are vendor Artist & Craftsman Supply of Saugus and Henna Body Art by Jeff Pearlstein.

Buy raffle tickets for great baskets and collect those beads! Show your support by how many strands you can wear during the evening.

Also, we will be announcing the AAH CARD, a special deal to get in to all of our shows in 2012 at an extreme discount. You will only be able to get these at this secret incredible price at Bourbon Street.


Help us raise money to keep our theater programming alive in Downtown Lynn! 







I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
by Jimmy Roberts and Joe DiPietro 

LynnArts, Rantoul Black Box
25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901

January 19th 8PM, January 20th 8PM, January 21st 8PM, January 22nd 3PM
January 26th 8PM, January 27th 8PM, January 28th 3PM, January 28th 8PM


 
Direction by Corey Jackson
Musical Direction by Gina Naggar
Choreography by Danielle Girard
Produced by Corey Jackson, Jocelyn Almy-Testa and Jane Kelley


I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is a musical comedy about the human need to connect with another human being. This musical's journey, from the one-night stand to the person you want to spend the rest of your life trying to change, is a hilarious yet poignant view at the modern relationship. From age 30 and still single to having to date again at age 70, there's something for everyone.



CAST OF ILYYPNC (alphabetical)

Kevin Cirone (Man #1): Kevin is excited to be back with Arts After Hours for the second time!  Most recently Kevin appeared as Jekyll in Theatre III's Jekyll and Hyde. Other credits include Jon in Tick Tick Boom (Tortoise and Finch), The Baker in Into the Woods (Salem Summer Theater), Franz in The Producers (Turtle Lane Playhouse - IRNE Nomination), Cliff in Cabaret (Concord Players) and Jamie in The Last Five Years (Tortoise and Finch).  He has also appeared as Victor in the independent film The Joneses (Bjort Productions), recently debuting at the Boston International Film Festival.  You may also have seen him in a recent TV spot for the Pride Motor Group.



Bobby Imperato (Man #2): Bobby Imperato has been involved with the Boston theater scene since he was a child. He has performed/directed over 100 shows in the past 15 years. Bobby currently works for Bello Productions performing in there hit shows Awesome 80's Prom and Claddagh Bing. When not on stage you can find Bobby teaching theatre to children in many towns in the North Shore area. Bobby is thrilled to once again be working with Arts After Hours. He last appeared in AAH's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee playing William Barfee.




Katie Johnson (Woman #2): A native of Lynn, Katie has recently returned home after obtaining her B.A. in Arts Management from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. After graduation, she began working as the Assistant to the Producing and Artistic Directors of Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA. Recent roles include Widow Corney in Oliver! (Berkshire Theatre Festival) Lucy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Southern Berkshire Community Center) and Ms. Sherman in Fame, The Musical (Barrington Stage Company). She could also be found singing with the Berkshire Music School's Cabaret-To-Go at many events all over the county and stage managing William Finn's Infinite Joy at Joe's Pub in NYC. Before relocating to the Berkshires, Katie could frequently be seen playing various evil female characters with Neverland Express Theatre Company. She is thrilled to join the Arts After Hours family and looks forward to being involved in Lynn theatre once again.

Shonna McEachern (Woman #1): Shonna is thrilled to be back at AAH after playing Rona in ...Spelling Bee last spring.  She was most recently seen in The Phantom Tollbooth with Wheelock Family Theatre and Mary Zimmerman's new adaptation of Candide at The Huntington Theatre. Favorite rolls include Cathy- The Last Five Years, Susan- tick...tick...Boom!, and Yitzhak- Hedwig and the Angry Inch (T&F Theatre), the Baker's Wife- Into the Woods (Salem Summer Theatre), Emma- Jekyll and Hyde (NCT), Lizzie- Baby (TCAN), Percy- The Spitfire Grill (Concord Players), and Tzeitel- Fiddler on the Roof (Reagle Music Theatre).  A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, Shonna sings with cover band Close Enough (www.closeenoughrocks.com).  This spring, she can be seen as Susan in The Full Monty with Stoneham Theatre.  Shonna is happy to work with this talent cast and crew including her favorite costar, Kevin. www.shonnamceachern.com




CREW OF ILYYPNC

Corey Jackson (Producer/Director): Co-founder of Arts After Hours and Artistic Director for AAH's Stage Productions, Corey Jackson has run several programs including the Downtown Cabaret Series featuring Carolyn Cole and Jan Peters, the Downtown Jazz Series with Rusty Scott, Patrice Williamson, and Elephant Wrecking Ball, and directed last June's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other directing credits include Last Five Years (Tortoise and Finch); The Scarlet Pimpernel and She Loves Me (Concord Players); The Full Monty and The Music Man (Theatre III); The Shape of Things (SAMM Entertainment); The Boys Next Door (Sudbury Savoyards); Camelot and The Secret Garden (SLOC). Corey was Assistant to the Director for Stoneham Theatre’s Sisters of Swing. He has directed youth programs at Stoneham Theatre, ACTS in Concord, MA, and The Village Theatre Project of Boston where he was also a member of the Company of Artists. Corey is also an active member of the Board of Directors for Citizens for Adequate Housing, author of Downtownlynn.com, and a Product Operations Manager for an enterprise software company.

Jocelyn Almy-Testa (Producer): Co-founder and VIsual Arts Director of Arts After Hours currently lives and works in Lynn, MA. She received a BFA in Photo Electronic Imagery from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1998, a MEd in Arts and Learning from Endicott College in 2007, and a certificate in Arts Management from UMass Amherst in 2009. She is a curator, writer, arts consultant, advocate, and educator, and maintains a studio focusing on fiber arts and photography. Her writing has been featured in Art Throb Magazine and Making the Art Seen.

Gina Naggar (Music Director):  Gina is very excited to be back for the second musical production of Arts After Hours where she music directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee last June.  She has musically directed numerous shows across Massachusetts, most recently Jekyll and Hyde (Theatre III) Once on This Island (Open Door Theater), Jane Eyre (Theater III) and Forever Plaid (Theater 3 - nomination for Best Musical Director). Other past shows include Guys and Dolls, Rent, Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game, My Favorite Year, The Music Man, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Chicago.  Gina is a classically trained pianist and attended Carnegie Mellon University, and is an active performer.  She can also occassionally be found onstage in a musical.  By day, Gina is a software consultant.

Danielle Girard (Choreographer): Danielle started dancing when she was three years old.  Born in Plattsburgh, New York, her mother owned and operated a dance studio where she learned technique in ballet, modern, jazz, and latin dance.  In high school she started training under instructor Philip Cole in Montreal (focusing on his Graham and African influenced Jazz technique) and at Guibbord's School of Dance (focusing on Chiccetti ballet technique).  Danielle went on to study Music Theater Dance at the University at Buffalo with a concentration in Dance Education and Choreography, before transferring to Fordham University in New York City - where she studied at Alvin Ailey Studios and took part in a work-study program at Steps On Broadway.  She has studied a variety of dance techniques including Graham, Horton, African, Latin, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Ballet.  Throughout her dance career, Danielle has choreographed for high school, college, and community musical productions and dance shows. Her work Jingo, was featured at the University at Buffalo's Student Dance Choreographers' Showcase in 2004.  Most recently, Danielle choreographed Arts After Hours production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in June of 2011, and spent the summer teaching dance and choreographing for a youth production program at Roxbury Community College.  She is happy to be working with Arts After Hours again on this production of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, and hopes you all enjoy the show!

David H. Silber (Lighting Designer): is thrilled to be working with the Arts After Hours team on "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change". This is his first show with the group and he is hoping for many more. David works in various technical theater roles, but most commonly in lighting. Among the shows he currently has in production are Ruddigore with the Sudbury Savoyards, Stop Kiss with the TCAN Players, and Flying High with the North Cambridge Family Opera. More details can be found at http://davidsilber.name/
theater.html.


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2nd Annual Back Yard Bash

August 18th, 2011 7PM
Lynn Museum and Historical Society
590 Washington Street



Join us for demonstrations and unique art for purchase at our 2nd Annual outdoor art party in Downtown Lynn. Celebrate the work of several of our finest local artists while enjoying the music of Black Dog Brother, Mean Creek, and The Cinnamon Fuzz. Pick up some delicious Italian Sausage, Carribbean Jerk Chicken, and Roasted Corn on the Cob cooked masterfully by GFB Consulting's owner, Greg Gray.  Enjoy wine and beer from Turbine Wine Bar and the inspiring fire spining, eating, dancing performance of Spiral Glyphics.









    An Evening with Carolyn Cole
    co-produced by SPIN and Arts After Hours
    Featuring The Rusty Scott Trio


    SOLD OUT!!

    July 30th 7PM
    LynnArts Rantoul Black Box Theatre
    Proceeds to support SPIN and Arts After Hours Arts and Cultural Programming in Downtown Lynn.

    Carolyn Cole is coming back to her roots for a one night only event in Downtown Lynn. From the National Tour of Joseph with Donny Osmond to her most recent work on The Stephen Schwartz Project in Washington D.C., Carolyn has been sharing her fabulous voice with thousands of adoring fans. Company member of Washington D.C.'s No Rules Theatre Co., Carolyn will be starring in the role of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray with Signature Theatre Co., the 2009 winner of the Regional Theater TONY AWARD! Do not miss this chance to see her on her home turf. Proceeds will go towards arts programming in Downtown Lynn led by SPIN and Arts After Hours. 



    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    June 10-19th, 2011 @ LynnArts
    Thank You to everyone for making The Spelling Bee such an amazing success. Stay tuned for NEWS on our upcoming season of theatre for 2011-2012.


    Music & Lyrics by William Finn     Book by Rachel Sheinkin Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
    Additional Materials by Jay Reiss
    Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre

    Direction by Corey Jackson
    Musical Direction by Gina Naggar
    Choreography by Danielle Girard

    Safe for teen and Above

    June 10-19
    LynnArts, 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901 (directions)


    June 10th 8PM
    w/ Guest Spellers
    Mayor of Lynn, Judith Flanagan Kennedy
    Shore.net President,  Lowell Gray

    June 11th 8PM
    w/ Guest Spellers 
    The Blue Ox Owner/Managing Partner and SPIN Executive Director, Mark DeJoie 
    Ward 5 Councilor Brendan Crighton 

    June 12th 4PM
     w/ Guest Spellers
    Chomps the Alligator, Mascot of the North Shore Navigators

    June 16th 8PM
     w/ Guest Spellers
    Lynn Museum Director Kate Luchini
    David J. Solimine, Jr. of Solimine, Landergan & Richardson Funeral Homes

    June 17th 8PM
     w/ Guest Spellers
    Charles Gaeta, Executive Director of LHAND
    Lucy Dearborn, Owner of Lucia Lighting and Design 
    Susan Halter, Executive Director of LynnArts



    June 18th 8PM - special 21+ Adult Bee  (Strong language and adult themes)

    June 19th 4PM
    Matt O'Neil, Executive Chef and Managing Partner of The Blue Ox 
    Stephen Hanley, Owner of Turbine Wine Bar

    Tickets: $20 Adults, $18 Children & Seniors (65+)

    Guest spellers are still being added. Please check back over the next few weeks for more. Get your tickets fast for the shows you want to see. It's reserved seating and the tickets won't last long!

    While the guest spellers have committed to these dates, we cannot guarantee that something more pressing won't come up on the evening of their appearance. There will be no refunds if guest spellers cancel.

    A musical comedy, centered around a children's spelling bee championship, where six quirky kids and their equally quirky adult administrators learn that you don't have to win to be a winner... or, do you? Celebrity guest spellers from around the North Shore will join the nine cast members in what is to be the most memorable two hours you have ever spent in a theatre. Winner of two 2005 Tony Awards including Best Book. Arts After Hours is proud to bring to Lynn, MA this incredible laugh-riot. Buy your tickets today!


    CAST

    Sarah Belliveau - Logainne Swartzandgrubenierre
    Kevin Cirone - Chip Tolentino
    Bobby Imperato - William Barfee
    Corey Jackson - Douglas Panch
    Sarah Jackson - Olive Ostrovsky
    Shonna McEachern - Rona Lisa Peretti
    Michelle Merry - Marcy Park
    Nick Raponi - Mitch Mahoney
    Todd Sandstrom - Leaf Coneybear


    Bourbon Street
    March 5th, 2011 7-9:30

    LynnArts Rantoul Vault Black Box Theatre
    25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA
    Admission $8*
    *Food, wine, and beer sold separately            

                                                  






    Elizabeth McKim
    2011 AAH Award presented to The People's Poet, Elizabeth McKim

    The music of The Kings of New Orleans featuring Elephant Wrecking Ball

    New Orleans inspired cuisine with The Blue Ox twist served by our chef for the evening, Matt O'Neil $5/ea

    Beer and Wine from Turbine Wine bar $5/ea (after-party at Turbine starting at 9:30PM)

    Spiral Glyphics fire spinning outside at 9PM

    Body painting by Stake Airbrushing $10
    Spiral Glyphics


    Matt O'Neil


    Camping's Intents - Elephant Wrecking Ball at Ragemont from Dan Africano on Vimeo.



    Arts After Hours 
    Copyright 2009, Gretjen Helene Hargesheimer
    Sights and Sounds of Cuba

    January 22nd, 2011 7-9PM 
    Admission - $8
    @LynnArts - TLGUTS and the Neil Rantoul Vault Theatre
    25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901

    THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF CUBA SUCH AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS.


    Copyright 2011 Brian McDermott
    Copyright 2011 Brian McDermott

    Copyright 2011 Brian McDermott

    Copyright 2011 Brian McDermott

    Copyright 2011 Brian McDermott

    Copyright 2011 Brian McDermott


    Brought to you by TLGUTS, DowntownLynn.com, LynnHappens.com, Subterranean, and SCI Lynn

    Official Media Sponsor, The Daily Item

    Featuring
    • TLGUTS' In Form: Cuba - Photography by Gretjen Helene Hargesheimer 
      • TLGUTS' Opening Reception from 5-7PM
    • Divinity Dance Studio Demonstration and Instruction 
    • Live Music by La Timbistica, Berkley band awarded Jazz Band of the Year by DownBeat Magazine in 2008!
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    • Incredible Cuban Inspired cuisine from star chef, Juan Gonzales of Fernando's Restaurante
    • Delicious Wine and Beer from Central Square's new hotspot, Turbine Wine Bar
    • Play Dominoes!!! 

    PRESS RELEASE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jocelyn Almy-Testa Director, The Little Gallery Under The Stairs Artistic Director, Arts After Hours 25 Exchange Street Lynn, MA 01901
    Arts After Hours, a collaboration of Jocelyn Almy-Testa (The Little Gallery Under the Stairs), Corey Jackson (DowntownLynn.com) and Seth Albaum (LynnHappens.com), returns to Downtown Lynn for Sights and Sounds of Cuba, Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at TLGUTS and LynnArts Inc.'s Neal Rantoul Black Box Theater, located at 25 Exchange Street in Lynn, MA.
    The third Arts After Hours event will feature an exhibition of photography at TLGUTS by Gretjen Helene, live music from La Timbistica, and a presentation of Cuban dance styles from Lynn's Divinity Dance School.

    Sights and Sounds Cuba marks what the group of organizers hope to be ongoing celebrations of various cultures through presentation of the arts from various locations around the world. “We will continue hosting Sights and Sounds events, and are actively looking for collaborators for future events,” says Jocelyn Almy-Testa. Potential collaborators can contact the organizers through their website, www.artsafterhours.com

    Gretjen Helene, a Boston based photographer who recently traveled to Cuba, will present a series of documentary photographs in the gallery before and during the night's festivities. Helene's documentary exhibition, CUBA: In Form, explores the theme of freedom and autonomy, portrays how the restrictions in Cuba mask the people and culture, and at the same time, reveals glimpses of the human spirit that cannot be dominated.

    “Gretjen Helene is the only artist I have given two solo exhibition opportunities to in the past five years. She is a consummate professional, and a very skilled, insightful photographer,” says TLGUTS director Almy-Testa.

    The event also brings to Lynn the critically acclaimed music of La Timbisitica, a Boston based Latin jazz group which hails from Berklee and was awarded DownBeat's jazz group of the year in 2008. Divinity Dance Studios will also perform a brief demonstration of dance styles and will move around on the floor to help dancers move to the Cuban beats.

    Admission for the event is $8 per person and includes admission to the TLGUTS exhibition. Magnolia Contreras will also present a film of her travels to Cuba during the event. At 9:00 PM, the event moves to Turbine Wine Bar at 56 Central Square for more festivities and the drawing of the 50/50 raffle prize at 9:30. Guests must be present to win.

    Raffle tickets will also be sold at TLGUTS for one of Gretjen Helene's framed photographs which will be awarded at the end of the exhibition in February.

    “The music remains an integral part of the Arts After Hours evening,” says Seth Albaum of LynnHappens.com. "For this event, we are proud to bring to Lynn, DownBeat Magazine's College Jazz Band of the Year in 2008, La Timbistica." “It's important to us to include a performance art piece in each event. This event includes dancers from the Divinity Dance Company, which is located in the Lydia Pinkham building here in Lynn,” says Corey Jackson. "I have no doubt that everyone will be out on that dance floor."

    “A main goal of these events is to bring the community together to celebrate the common thread between all cultures - that is, we all celebrate and express ourselves through the arts,” adds Almy-Testa.

    Jackson also wanted to point out how easy the collaboration was to pull the event together. “It was a very organic process,' said Jackson. “We presented the idea, and people came forward to help.”
    Among those collaborators who helped bring the event together were Danielle Girard (SCI Lynn), Magnolia Contrares, Chris Barber (Subterranean), and the various business owners and artist who are participating in the event, including LynnArts Inc, who is renting the space to the group.

    “The Neal Rantoul Black Box theater is a great space,” says Almy-Testa. “They've upgraded it quite a bit with professional lighting, new seating, and some other bells and whistles. It's a great space to host a community event.”

    "We are also going to begin producing musicals and plays in the LynnArts Black Box Theatre. This event is a great way to get familiar with the venue," says Jackson.

    Juan Gonzales, executive chef of Fernando's Restaurante, will be on hand serving up the most delicious Cuban hors d’oeuvres, Stephen Hanley of Turbine Wine Bar will offer beer and wine from their award winning wine list and the event staff will provide non-alcoholic beverages. Corey Jackson from DowntownLynn.com says, “We are encouraged by Juan and Steve's ongoing participation in Arts After Hours events. Their willingness to continually support these events says to us that we are helping commerce in the area, which is one of our goals.”

    Arts After Hours is sponsored in part by The Daily Item, Ward 5 Councilor Brendan Crighton, the Economic Development Industrial Corporation of Lynn (EDIC), the Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD) and State Representative Steve Walsh.

    For more information and directions, please visit http://artsafterhours.com.

    Street parking is available, and the LynnArts building is located directly across the street from the Lynn commuter rail stop, diagonal from the Daily Item. The MBTA garage is located on Union Street and costs $4.

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    Lynn's Got Sole!

    October 21st! 7-9PM

    @ The Lynn Museum
    590 Washington Street

    Shoe Forms (Lasts) Developed Into Unique Works of Art

    Music by What Time Is It, Mr Fox & 
    Brown Chicken, Brown Cow

    Food by Chef Juan Gonzales of Fernando's 
    Wine and Beer by owner Stephen Hanley of Turbine Wine Bar

    Arts After Hours returns to Downtown Lynn for Lynn’s Got Sole on Thursday, October 21, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Lynn Museum, located at 590 Washington Street in Lynn, MA. The second Arts After Hours event will feature The Shoe Project, an art auction to support several artists from around New England, as they take a prized element of Lynn’s history, the shoe form, and transform it into a unique work of art. The event brings to Lynn the critically acclaimed music of What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? and Brown Chicken, Brown Cow. Admission for the event is $5 per person and includes museum admission. At 9:00 PM, the event will move to Turbine Wine Bar at 56 Central Square for more festivities and the drawing of the 50/50 raffle prize. Guests must be present to win.
    Local and New England based artists Sean Lobdell, Jocelyn Almy-Testa, Chris Barber, Alicia Churchill, Steve Negron, Peter Pizzi, Daniel Arcand, and Jane Von Letkemann Coder were invited to be a part of The Shoe Project, the exhibition and silent auction portion of Lynn's Got Sole. The Shoe Project was curated by Almy-Testa who says, "Some have been reformed as tributes to the history of Lynn, others have a very contemporary feel, others have been reshaped completely. It's a very fitting project as we are paying homage to the creative history of Lynn through contemporary sensibilities to form a new future for the downtown area." Bidding starts at a minimum of $50 per piece.

    Musicians scheduled to perform include What Time Is It, Mr. Fox and Brown Chicken, Brown Cow.  “The music is an integral part of the Arts After Hours evening,” says Seth Albaum of LynnHappens.com. “October’s event has a unique mix of musicians that compliment the incredible display of creativity from our visual artists.”
    Juan Gonzales, executive chef of Fernando's, will be on hand serving up the most delicious hors d'oeuvres and pastries. Stephen Hanley of Turbine Wine Bar will offer beer and wine from their award winning wine list and the event staff will provide non-alcoholic beverages. Corey Jackson from DowntownLynn.com says, “It’s so important to have an active and involved Downtown business community. We are extremely grateful to Juan and Steve for their commitment to the arts in Downtown Lynn.”
    Arts After Hours, a collaboration among Jocelyn Almy-Testa (The Little Gallery Under the Stairs), Corey Jackson (DowntownLynn.com) and Seth Albaum (LynnHappens.com), is sponsored by Ward 5 Councilor Brendan Crighton, the Economic Development Industrial Corporation of Lynn (EDIC), the Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD) and State Representative Steve Walsh.
    For more information and directions, please visit http://artsafterhours.com
    There is parking available along Union, Washington and several of the side streets in the area. The MBTA garage is located diagonally across from the Museum on Union Street and costs $4.
       
    Arts After Hours event will take place on Thursday, October 21, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Lynn Museum, located at 590 Washington Street in Lynn, MA. Admission is $5 per person and includes museum admission. At 9:00 PM, the event will move to Turbine Wine Bar at 56 Central Square for more festivities and the drawing of the 50/50 raffle prize. Guests must be present to win.



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    Thank you to everyone who helped to make our inaugural event such an incredible success! Stay tuned to this site for more on our next Arts After Hours event!



    Back Yard Bash
    AUGUST 12th, 2010









    PRESS RELEASE FROM AUGUST 12th EVENT

    Michiko Imai
    The inaugural Arts After Hours event will take place on Thursday, August 12, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Lynn Museum Park, located at 590 Washington Street in Lynn, MA. This back yard bash will celebrate local original art, music, food, and wine and further ignite Downtown Lynn's growing nightlife. Admission for the event is $5 per person and includes museum admission. At 9:00 PM, the event will move to Turbine Wine Bar at 56 Central Square for more festivities and the drawing of the 50/50 raffle prize. Guests must be present to win.

    Arts After Hours, sponsored by Ward 5 Councilor Brendan Crighton and Economic Development Industrial Corporation of Lynn (EDIC), is a collaboration between Jocelyn Almy-Testa (The Little Gallery Under the Stairs), Corey Jackson (DowntownLynn.com) and Seth Albaum (Lynnhappens.com).
    Daniel Arcand

    The event will feature a for-sale art display by local artists Daniel Arcand (painter), Brian Donnelly (pencil drawing), Michiko Imai (master Japanese calligrapher), Sean Lobdell (painter), and Brian McDermott (photographer).

    Juan Gonzales, executive chef of Fernando's, will be on hand serving up the most delicious hors d'oeuvres. They will cost $5 each and the menu will include The Maya's Miniature Enchiladas, Baby “Chuchitos,” and a vegetarian option. Turbine Wine Bar will offer wine and beer starting at $5 each, and the event staff will provide non-alcoholic beverages for $1 each.

    Sean Lobdell
    Musicians scheduled to perform include the Mirror Neurons and a musical trio comprised of Dave Simmons, Brian Donnelly, and Steve Peabody. In addition, a unique North Shore-based fire performance group called Spiral Glyphics will share their visually stunning talents.

    There is parking available along Union, Washington and several of the side streets in the area. The MBTA garage is located diagonally across from the Museum on Union Street and costs $4.

    Arts After Hours event will take place on Thursday, August 12, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Lynn Museum Park, located at 590 Washington Street in Lynn, MA. Admission is $5 per person and includes museum admission. At 9:00 PM, the event will move to Turbine Wine Bar at 56 Central Square for more festivities and the drawing of the 50/50 raffle prize. Guests must be present to win.
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