Theatre In The Pines has played a vital role in the artistic and cultural life on Cape Ann for the past 22 years. Under the direction of Nan Webber, the founder and artistic director, productions from the experimental The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Boys Next Door to classics such as As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Taming of the Shrew to the popular Crimes of the Heart, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Lend Me a Tenor, have informed, delighted, and entertained us.
When Nan retired from teaching, she knew that she was not going to be retiring from directing, but would have her own studio. She and Margaret Eddie looked through magazines for ideas about studio spaces and found the pre-fab studio which they ordered from a company that makes the structures for greenhouses. Margaret said they could make it work and it would be fun. They hired someone to excavate the site and bought the lumber for the floor. The studio came with an industrial fan for the summer and heater for the winter. Windows were installed in the back and front that would give good ventilation and close tightly in the winter. They collected rugs from all over and pieces of furniture from flea markets and swap shops. The studio was erected in 1987 and has survived hurricanes, snow storms, and nor’easters.
Meanwhile, 77 productions later over the last 25 years, we’re still going strong. We are most fortunate in having Margaret Eddie as producer, Frank Wolcott as technical director and set designer, Carol McKenzie as wardrobe mistress, and Randy Dupps and Steve Rask as house managers. The membership of Theatre In The Pines consists of talented, hard working, and dedicated people who donate their time and energy to ensure that the Theatre continues to thrive.
Theatre in the Pines would like to pay tribute to the entire membership and especially to those members who have been with the troupe for 20 years or more: Barbara Brewer, Frank Wolcott, Susan Barratt Souza, Ben and Sheryl Reed, Mary Rudolph Black, Marjorie Bagley Grace, Rick Doucette, Tony Gentile, and Suellen Wedmore.
Through the years Theatre in the Pines has given benefit performances for Hospice, North Shore Aids Inc., The Children’s Foundation in Chile, The Clamshell Alliance, and Cancer Research. This year a portion of the proceeds from Lend Me a Tenor will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer in celebration of our director’s fifth anniversary as a cancer survivor.
Theatre In The Pines is very grateful and thrilled by the overwhelming support shown by the people of Cape Ann.
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