A second summer of Shakespeare in Lynn Woods

The Paul Madore Chorale invites the public to participate in four sessions of its SummerSing concerts in Salem.
The Paul Madore Chorale invites the public to participate in four sessions of its SummerSing concerts in Salem.

BARD IN THE WOODS: Arts After Hours presents the second annual Shakespeare in Lynn Woods with a production of “Much Ado About Nothing” July 27 through Aug. 11.

“It is such a unique theatrical experience,” said Corey Jackson, managing artistic director of Arts After Hours in Lynn. “Most people last year referred to it as ‘cinematic,’ and even 6-year-olds were mesmerized by it as it moved from trail to trail.”

The play takes place near Breeds Pond, off Jackson Path, in a clearing that contains an old bandstand where dances were held in the 1940s. Earlier this summer, volunteers from General Electric in Lynn cleaned up the area and refurbished the bandstand.


The production’s design team has set the Shakespearean classic in the 1890s in Lynn. The set re-creates a beautiful summer estate at the height of Lynn’s industrial boom.

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This marks Arts After Hours’ second collaboration with students of Boston University’s graduate program in directing. Thomas Martin, director of last year’s “Twelfth Night,” serves as artistic director of “Much Ado About Nothing.” Hondo Weiss-Richmond directs.

“It was important to us to give the audience an entirely new experience with this year’s production,” said Martin. “Hondo’s fresh perspective is bringing forth so many exciting new opportunities to delight our audiences this summer.”

“This play is about love and its power to bring out the best and the worst in each of us,” said Weiss-Richmond. “We can’t wait to take audiences on an unforgettable journey as we bring these amazing Shakespearean characters to life.”

The production features a large cast and full costumes, props, and furnishings. It also includes original compositions by Gina Naggar, which will be performed by musicians throughout the woods.


“We’re very excited to have so much new talent in the cast,” said Jackson. “A strong part of our mission is to get more artistic individuals to create in Lynn. Shakespeare in Lynn Woods is the kind of project that draws exceptional talent to our city.”

Parking is available at Lynn Woods’ Pennybrook Road entrance, off Walnut Street. Parking attendants and a box office are set up at the entrance for picking up tickets and picnic meals, available from Walnut Street Café.

Ushers guide people from the entrance to the performance. There is a moderate amount of standing and walking for the audience.

Tickets are $25; a picnic meal costs another $10. Picnics are picked up at the box office an hour before show time and ushers lead patrons to a picnic area. Visitors may bring a blanket or chair.

For show times, ticket information, and directions, call 781-205-4010 or visit


JOIN THE MUSIC: The Paul Madore Chorale invites the public to sing the classics with guest soloists, conductors, and a volunteer orchestra during its 2013 SummerSing.

The four sings are at 8 p.m. on successive Mondays, July 22 and 29 and Aug. 5 and 12, at Old Town Hall, Derby Square, Salem.

There are no rehearsals and all singing parts are welcome. Choral scores are available.

The schedule is: Mozart Requiem, with conductor Max Hobart, July 22; Brahms German Requiem, with conductor David Callahan, July 29; Faure Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria, with conductor William Sano, Aug. 5; and Orff Carmina Burana, with conductor Paul Madore, Aug. 12.

Admission for the SummerSing is a donation of $10; $8 for senior citizens and students.

Call 978-744-4898, e-mail, or visit

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Chef Joanne Chang will sign copies of her books “Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery and Café” and “Flour, Too” on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport. The event coincides with the weekly Farmer’s Market at the Tannery. Chang has four Flour Bakery and Cafes in the Boston area. Her latest cookbook, “Flour, Too,” has more than 100 recipes for at-home eating and entertaining, from brunch treats to soups, pizzas, pasta, and Flour’s cakes, tarts, and other sweets.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Unnatural Selection,” a Tom Hart show of more than 150 painted masks, as well as drawings and paintings, is at Zeitgeist Gallery in Lowell through July 31. . . . “Newburyport — Home Again,” a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Christine Molitor Johnson, is at Michael’s Harborside restaurant in Newburyport, Monday through Oct. 15. Johnson, of Amesbury, grew up in Newburyport and as an artist is drawn back to the local landscapes. The subjects of the paintings include Plum Island, Sandy Point, the Chain Bridge, Joppa Flats, Maudslay State Park, and local marshes. A reception will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 8.

Wendy Killeen can be reached at