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42nd STREET Closes at Stoneham Theatre 5/29; SISTERS OF THE SWING Opens 6/30

STONEHAM THEATRE'S SEASON 11: GREAT STORIES

42nd Street

May 5 - May 29, 2011
[the quintessential backstage musical; music by Harry Warren; lyrics by Al Dubin; book by Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble, based on the novel by Bradford Ropes; original direction and dances by Gower Champion; directed and choreographed by Ilyse Robbins.]
Peggy Sawyer is a star-stuck chorus girl from a small town who gets her big break when the star of the show breaks her ankle. Question that taunts audiences throughout: can Peggy rise to the occasion and become a star herself? 42nd Street is one of the biggest, sweetest, and most memorable Broadway musicals of all time.

Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters
June 30-July 24, 2011
[a local favorite returns; written by Beth Gilleland and Bob Beverage; musical arrangements and continuity by Raymond Berg; directed and choreographed by Bobby Cronin.]
The best-selling musical in Stoneham Theatre history is back! Sisters of Swing tells the amazing story of sisters LaVerne, Maxene, and Patty. This musical tour of their lives, careers, and relationships includes "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Apple Blossom Time," and countless other hits that lifted the morale of many a WWII GI.

Background information:

Stoneham Theatre is located at 395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 01890, in the center of town and close to several exits off of Routes 93 and 95. More information regarding Season 11 can be obtained by calling the Stoneham Theatre Box Office at (781) 279-2200, open Tuesday through Saturday 1-6 pm, or online at www.stonehamtheatre.org.

Stoneham Theatre, a professional non-profit theatre, produces a rich mix of high quality work that appeals to the diverse tastes and interests of the region, provides year-round comprehensive arts education for young people, and offers everyone the opportunity to examine the world through the experience of live theatre.

Through the creation of inspiring live theatre, the young company at Stoneham Theatre develops life skills of confidence, self-discipline and collaboration, preparing individuals for future success. Theatre professionals teach diverse year-round programs for ages 3-18, in an inclusive professional theatre environment.

As a nonprofit performing arts organization, Stoneham Theatre depends on the support of individuals and organizations to fulfill its mission of providing quality, affordable and accessible performing arts and educational opportunities to our communities.

Currently running at Stoneham Theatre:
"Always ... Patsy Cline"; created by Ted Swindley and starring Becky Barta.
Runs July 8-25, 2010.
For details, www.stonehamtheatre.org/patsycline09.html

Coming up next at Stoneham Theatre:
The young company's "The Summer Festival"; featuring the work of young performers (grades 1 through high school) involved in the theatre's summer training program. Shows include: "Footloose", "Annie, Get Your Gun", "Crazy For You", "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers", "columbinus", and "Batboy: the Musical".
Runs August 6-15, 2010.
For details, www.stonehamtheatre.org/yc_summer.html.

Stoneham Theatre is also home to the Atelier Gallery, a satellite gallery of the Griffin Museum of Photography, showcasing fine art photography. For more information on the exhibition schedule, log onto www.griffinmuseum.org/exhibitions_atelier.htm. The Atelier Gallery at Stoneham Theatre is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-6 p.m., and one hour before each theater performance. The gallery can be accessed through the theatre's lobby; free and open to all.

Weylin Symes serves as the Stoneham Theatre's Producing Artistic Director.

 


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