Gloucester Stage ends season with ‘Driving Miss Daisy’

Lindsay Crouse as Daisy and Johhny Lee Davenport as Hoke in “Driving Miss Daisy” at Gloucester Stage.
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Lindsay Crouse as Daisy and Johhny Lee Davenport as Hoke in “Driving Miss Daisy” at Gloucester Stage.

A DRIVING FORCE: The summer season of theatrical productions at Gloucester Stage wraps up with Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” through Sept. 22.

The play — set in the South during the civil rights movement — is about the 25-year friendship between a wealthy, strong-willed, Southern Jewish widow and her African-American chauffeur.

The play debuted in 1987 in New York and ran for 1,300 performances. It earned many awards, including the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for drama.


Uhry won a 1990 Academy Award for writing the adapted screenplay for the film of the same name, which starred Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman.

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Lindsay Crouse, a veteran of stage, film, and television and a summertime resident of Gloucester, plays Daisy Werthan. Johnny Lee Davenport plays the driver, Hoke Colburn, and Robert Pemberton appears in the role of Miss Daisy’s son, Boolie Werthan.

Benny Sato Ambush, who made his Gloucester Stage directing debut last year with “Master Harold . . . and the boys,” directs. Ambush is a professional stage director, former producer, and artistic director of professional theaters, educator, consultant, and commentator.

Tickets are $40, $35 for senior citizens and students. For a schedule of performances and reservations, call 978-281-4433 or visit

YOUNG VOICES: If you are age 10 through high school and like to sing, Chorus North Shore wants to hear from you.


The Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore is a fully funded program that gives young singers the opportunity to learn and perform choral masterworks along with Chorus North Shore, and present concerts on their own.

By establishing the Honors Youth Choir, the chorus has been able to accomplish several goals: provide an avenue for young singers to learn basic vocal techniques and ear training; introduce young singers to a lifelong love of choral music; offer an opportunity for a children’s choir to work with a premier adult chorus and orchestra; and reach out to a new audience in local communities.

The choir is selected by audition and those chosen must attend scheduled rehearsals and concerts. Participation is free.

Auditions for the 2013-2014 season are at 4 p.m. Thursday in First Baptist Church in Rockport and 3:30 Sept. 19 in Ascension Memorial Church in Ipswich, followed by the first rehearsal.

Chorus North Shore’s artistic director, Sonja Dahlgren Pryor, and associate conductor Mary Sepich bring their experience as lifelong educators and musicians to the planning and development of the choir.


Call Pryor at 978-356-4713 or contact Sepich at 978-468-2841 or

AUTHOR’S CORNER: A book launch party for Leigh Perry, author of “A Skeleton in the Family,” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Bestsellers Café in Medford. The book is about Georgia Thackery, who moves into her parents’ house with her teenage daughter when she gets a job at a local college. She reconnects with friends, including Sid, the family’s skeleton. Together, they are determined to find out how Sid died.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: The Stetson Art Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead reopens Sunday with “My HeART,” an exhibit of new works by Marblehead artist Holly Aloha Jaynes. An opening reception will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The exhibit consists primarily of collages, with Jaynes experimenting with a variety of media from rust, fabric, ruined photos, images, and painted papers. She combines different texture, colors, or images to see how an original idea may be transformed to create something totally unexpected. The other portion of the show consists of encaustic paintings, for which hot wax, combined with pigment, resin, and beeswax, is melted and painted on a stable, absorbent, heat-resistant board. . . “A Broad Perspective,” an exhibit of photographs by Jay McCarthy, is at the Newburyport Art Association Wednesday through Sept. 16. A reception is planned for 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. McCarthy specializes in landscape and portrait photography.

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