North Shore Shows Moved to Shubert Theatre in Boston

Two shows that were to have played the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA have been moved to another; both Camelot and Abyssinia will play the Wang Center's Shubert Theatre in Boston this summer.

After the theatre suffered damage from a fire, North Shore's production of Abyssinia was announced to coincide with the theatre's re-opening on August 23rd.  However, Camelot (which was originally scheduled to run through July 31st, 2005) was pushed back to summer 2006.  With the theatre change, Abysinnia will now run at the Shubert from August 23rd to September 11th, with Camelot's run beginning on September 20th. 

"After hearing about NSMT's fire, we offered The Shubert Theatre to them rent-free. Our mission at The Wang is 'making art — making art possible' and this commitment to NSMT is a way for us to do just that. Not only do they have a new temporary home, but it is also our hope that new audience members will discover NSMT's work for the first time. In recent years, The Wang Center, a non-profit organization itself, has developed collaborative relationships with a number of non-profits," stated Wang Center President and CEO Josiah A. Spaulding Jr.

The cause of the North Shore fire, which occurred after 11:00 pm July 14th when the building was empty, was determined to be an accidental electrical malfunction that occurred underneath the stage surface. The fire spread rapidly through the orchestra pit but was rapidly contained by the tremendous efforts of the Beverly Fire Department and surrounding fire departments.  Fortunately, no one was harmed. 

Abyssinia is directed by Stafford Arima, who recently received raves for directing Ragtime at the Papermill Playhouse.  "Based on the novel Marked By Fire, by Joyce Carol Thomas, Abyssinia was co-written by composer Ted Kociolek and lyricist James Racheff. The story follows Abyssinia Jackson (Shannon Antalan), a young black woman who is blessed with an angelic gospel voice and the amazing ability to heal. But after a devastating tragedy, she loses her faith - and begins a courageous journey of rediscovery and renewal," according to North Shore's website.  Directed by Gabriel Barre, Camelot is the "epic saga of love and betrayal, set to the soaring melodies of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe."

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