Gloucester Stage season begins with ‘Spring Awakening’

Gloucester Stage kicks off its season with the musical “Spring Awakening.”
Gary Ng
Gloucester Stage kicks off its season with the musical “Spring Awakening.”

TEEN ANGST: Gloucester Stage kicks off its season with the musical “Spring Awakening” through July 14.

The landmark musical follows a group of late 19th-century German students from adolescence to adulthood, including sexual awakening in an atmosphere of repression.

The show won eight Tony Awards in 2007, including Best Musical.


“Spring Awakening” is directed by Eric C. Engel, artistic director of Gloucester Stage, with musical direction by Catherine Stornetta and choreography by Jodi Leigh Allen.

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The cast of 13 includes three Gloucester Stage veterans: Melody Madarasz, Paul Farwell, and Amelia Broome, playing all the adult roles.

The other 10 cast members are making their Gloucester Stage debuts: Lydia Baldwin, Jordan J. Ford, Meghan LaFlam, Sarah Oakes Muirhead, Ross Mumford, Mary Nepi, Andrew Oberstein, Chris Renalds, Phil Tayler, and Daniel Scott Walton.

The show contains explicit language, sexual situations, and brief nudity and is not suitable for children.

Tickets are $40, $35 for students and senior citizens.


For reservations and a schedule, call 978-281-4433 or visit

PROM REVISITED: More than 20 hit songs from the 1950s and 1960s are featured in the musical comedy “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” at the Stoneham Theatre Friday through July 28.

The show is set at Springfield High’s 1958 prom, where Suzy, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Betty Jean — aka The Marvelous Wonderettes — are performing for their classmates.

The Wonderettes’ friendships and rivalries are told through classic hit songs such as “Mr. Sandman,” “Lollipop,” “It’s My Party,” “Leader of the Pack,” and “Respect.”

In Act II, audience members join the women at their 10-year reunion. There are more classic hit songs and lots of nostalgia, including the opportunity to vote for prom queen.


The show stars Laura Graczyk, Lee Harrington, Tess Primack, and Brittany Rolfs. Direction and musical staging is by Nick Sulfaro, and musical direction is by Jim Rice.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $48 for orchestra premium; $44 for standard orchestra; $42 and $40 for senior citizens. Call 781-279-2200 or visit

YOUNG THESPIANS: Workshop Arts Inc., which provides an after-school theater program at Newbury Elementary School, recently recognized the young participants.

During Theater Workshop’s second annual awards night, the achievements of the sixth-grade class were celebrated.

There were performances of some favorite moments from the past year, as well as People’s Choice Awards for favorite costume, dance, and memorable line.

Awards were also given for Legendary Volunteer, Linda Gershuny; Creative Achievement, Tracey Smith; and the Golden Clipboard was given to Triton seventh-grader and intern Finlay McIsaac.

The evening ended with a tribute to Marin Emery, who is retiring from her position as stage manager after seven years.

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Golf journalist and historian Gary Larrabee of Wenham has written his ninth golf history, “Sensation at Salem.” The book takes the reader back to Babe Zaharias’s 12-stroke victory at the 1954 US Women’s Open at Salem Country Club. In addition to highlighting Zaharias’s career, the book covers the club’s rich championship history. Larrabee is visiting regional golf courses for informal signings of his book.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: Recent watercolors by Ann Jones are on exhibit in the historic Hall-Haskell House gallery in Ipswich 1 to 6 p.m. daily from Tuesday through Sunday. Jones paints landscapes — often plein air — of familiar New England scenes, but her work includes still lifes and figures . . . “Silk Metal Glass: Art to Wear,” the next exhibit in the Summer Artists Series at Rocky Neck Gallery in Gloucester, opens Wednesday and runs until July 23. A reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Curated by the gallery’s jewelry artist Deborah Way, the show features three renowned Gloucester artists working in silk, metal, and glass: Camilla MacFadyen, Mer Anderson, and Beth Williams. MacFadyen prints on fabric and her art to wear collection features seaweed print scarves, silk wall hangings, and clothing. Anderson creates a clean, modern style of jewelry working in sterling and other metals. Williams combines glass, gold, and silver in her contemporary jewelry.

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