Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT

The stars - and a sold-out crowd of 650 loyal supporters - braved another New England winter storm to attend the North Shore Music Theatre's Save Our Theatre benefit on Tuesday, February 3 at the elegant Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Massachusetts. The evening, hosted by venerable stage veteran and NSMT crowd pleaser David Coffee, exceeded expectations, raising $45,000 for the beleaguered musical theater landmark.

Performers lending their voices to the benefit included special guest stars George Dvorsky and Dick Decareau, taking their night off from the Boston stop of the national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to support one of their favorite regional theaters. Dvorsky has starred at NSMT as Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate and Harold Nichols in The Full Monty. Decareau also appeared in Kiss Me, Kate as Baptista and most recently stole audiences' hearts as Wilbur Turnblad opposite Paul Vogt as Edna in Hairspray.

Also singing a hopeful tune for the cause were local and national NSMT alums Peter S. Adams, Gordon Baird, Leigh Barrett, Maureen Brennan, Mary Callanan, Andrew Giordano, Cassandra Marsh, Robert Saoud, and Kathy St. George. The NSMT Orchestra led by Jay Daly also performed, as did the theater's Youth Performance Academy's Rising Stars David Lucey, Alexandra Nader, and Presilah M. Nunez.

Efforts to raise the $4 million needed to mount the 2009 season at the 55-year-old Beverly, Mass. theater-in-the-round continue in New York City next week with benefit concerts at Joe's Pub on February 9 and The Theatre at Saint Peters on February 10. Broadway's Aaron Lazar and Robert Newman of CBS-TV's The Guiding Light are among the many notable NSMT veterans appearing these two nights. For more information or tickets please call the NSMT Box Office at 978-232-7200 or visit www.nsmt.org.

PHOTOS by Jan Nargi

Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT
Kathy St. George sings You Made Me Love You

Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT
Peter S. Adams and Robert Saoud

Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT
Peter S. Adams sings From the Back Row

Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT
Gordon Baird comes to save the day as Lancelot

Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT
Leigh Barrett sings of Possibilities from The Navigator

Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT
Maureen Brennan kids with The Man I Can Love

Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT
Mary Callanan, Maureen Brennan and Andrew Giordano

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Mary Callanan reaches for a dream

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Emcee David Coffee is no Scrooge at this benefit

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NMST Orchestra leader Jay Daly

Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT
David Coffee

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Davide Fellows, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at NSMT

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Chitty and Kiss Me, Kate co-stars Dick Decareau and George Dvorsky

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Dick Decareau reprising Timeless to Me

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George Dvorsky signs The Full Monty poster for the live auction while former employee Mike Ceceri volunteers to lend a hand

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George Dvorsky and Andrew Giordano team for Lily's Eyes

Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT
George Dvorsky shows his risque side with a song called Entering Marian

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George Dvorsky with BWW's Jan Nargi

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George Dvorsky singing Lily's Eyes

Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT
Andrew Giordano and George Dvorsky

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Andrew Giordano delivers Yestin and Kopit's Phantom

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Kathy St. George

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Former Producing Artistic Director Jon Kimbell with Jay Daly

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Leigh Barrett

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Cassandra March and Peter S. Adams relaxing backstage before the show

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Pianist Cassandra Marsh singing an original composition

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Robert Saoud belting out Johnny One Note

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Kathy St. George as Judy Garland and Mary Callanan as Barbra Streisand

Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT
Kathy St. George, Robert Saoud and Leigh Barrett

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Jan Nargi Jan Nargi is owner and creative director of JMN Publications, a marketing and public relations firm based in Boston, Mass. She provides consultation, communications, and writing services to clients in the health care, entertainment, financial, retail, manufacturing, non-profit, and sports industries. As a freelance writer, Jan has had hundreds of articles published in business and high-tech magazines. Theatrically, she has reviewed, written, directed, acted, produced, sung, danced, managed publicity, pounded nails, and designed lighting and sets. Jan has even acted in the occasional B-movie, playing a zombie, a psycho shrink, and a clueless news reporter. You may visit her on the web at www.jmnpublications.com.


 
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