custom blend webThe acclaimed Acton-based singing group Custom Blend will be performing a return engagement at the Marblehead Little Theatre at 8:00 PM on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Custom Blend last appeared at the MLT to a sold-out house in November 2011.

This 11-person, semi-professional singing group, which includes Marbleheader Bill Duvel, was formed eleven years ago as an outlet for music and theater friends to express themselves and have fun together singing expertly-rendered close harmony.

Over the years, they have performed throughout New England and New York at many public and private events. Their repertoire encompasses tunes from the movies, jazz and blues standards, doo-wop hits, country music, and chart-topping covers from your favorite pop groups.

By writing many of their own arrangements, they bring a fresh and interesting interpretation of familiar songs. Custom Blend calls their style “a cappella with attitude” because they add a dose of fun, originality, and irreverence to every appearance.

Tickets for this event are $23 for adults; $17 for students & seniors.  Tickets go on sale on-line on December 10 and at The Spirit of ’76 bookstore shortly thereafter.

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Doctor LoveMarblehead Little Theatre’s TNT Playwright’s Collective Presents a Reading of Linda Weltner’s Hilarious New Comedy, DOCTOR LOVE

Now in its seventh year, Marblehead Little Theater’s in-house new play development program, TNT–Totally New Theater! is announcing an exciting new initiative: Donuts & Drama, a Sunday brunch full-length play reading series.

On January 18 , the collective will present DOCTOR LOVE by former “Ever So Humble” Boston Globe columnist, Linda Weltner.

The first act was performed by the Mugford St. Players at the 2009 Festival of Arts to standing-room-only crowds. A new second act now answers the question, “What can a disillusioned marriage therapist do when his mother is desperate to marry him off?”

According to Linda, “the play is erotic without being pornographic. Due to my failing memory, I cannot remember ever having sex with anybody, so writing a play about something I remember nothing about has been a great, but not insurmountable, challenge. And lots of fun.”

Readings are open to the public, and all are welcome to join the collective for coffee and donuts, and post-reading discussion that will help the playwrights shape future drafts of each play.

Additional Donuts & Drama readings will follow in March, May and June. All readings are
scheduled for 11:00 am, and MLT’s doors open at 10:30.

The 2014-15 TNT Playwrights’ Collective includes Judith Black of Marblehead, Shari D. Frost of Marblehead, Anne Lucas of Marblehead, Mary Beth Smith of Rockport and Linda Weltner of Marblehead.

TNT Producer, Shari D. Frost, says creating a home for local playwrights and new play development at Marblehead Little Theatre has been a dream-come-true. Initially conceived as an annual new play festival, Frost expanded the program last year to include year-round monthly workshops.

This year’s TNT  Ten-Minute Play Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 30.

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AnnePoster-webMarblehead Little Theatre Presents

The Diary of Anne Frank

Produced by Lloyd Woodcock
Directed by Anne Lucas

Performance Dates

January 30, 7:30pm
January 31, 7:30pm
February 1, 2:00pm and 7:30pm
February 5, 7:30pm
February 6, 7:30pm
February 7, 7:00pm
February 8, 2:00pm

Adapted from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, edited by Otto Frank. Winner of the 1956 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Critics Circle Award, and virtually every other coveted prize of the theatre. Very few plays have moved the Broadway critics to write such glowing notices, receiving the unanimous acclaim of all the top New York reviewers.

The Cast of The Diary of Anne Frank

ANNE     Olivia Gentes
MARGOT     Stanis Johnson
PETER     Jacob Sundlie
MR.FRANK     Les Tarmy
MRS. FRANK     Gale Argentine
MR.VAN DAAN     Erik Rodenhiser
MRS. VAN DAAN     Ursina Amsler
MR DUSSEL     Ted Merrit
MR KRALER     Bobby Kerrigan
MIEP     Nora Falk

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods Produced by Jim Ernst and Andrea Giangreco Book by James Lapine Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed and Choreographed by Sarah Ernst Performances are March 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and March 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 2:00 p.m. Auditions: Announcement for non-equity performers for principal […]

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Into the Woods – Junior

Into the Woods Jr. Produced by Jim Ernst and Andrea Giangreco Book by James Lapine Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed and Choreographed by Sarah Ernst Performances are March 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 21, 22 at 2:00 p.m. Auditions: Announcement for non-equity performers for principal and ensemble roles in Into The […]

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