Monday, March 8, 2010

The North Shore announces its season

The revived North Shore Music Theatre has announced its first slate of shows - Gypsy (July 6-25), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Aug. 3-22), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Sept. 21-Oct. 10), and A Chorus Line (Nov. 2-21). The theatre will also revive A Christmas Carol over the holiday season. The productions will not be shared, as many expected, with Rhode Island's Theatre by the Sea, which is also owned by William Hanney, who purchased the NSMT property this winter. The new Artistic Director of the operation is Evans Haile, of the Cape Playhouse (who it seems will carry on in both jobs). On the downside, the North Shore won't be offering nearly as many people full-time employment as it once did; in an article in today's Globe, Haile even mentions a skeleton permanent crew of as few as 6-8, backed by a far-larger corps of temporary workers. Still, it's good to have the North Shore back in any way, shape or form. More information on the season is available here.