The Longwood Players

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Upcoming shows

Poster for Solemn Joy and Sudden Spark: On Being a Parent (Or At Least Trying)

Solemn Joy and Sudden Spark: On Being a Parent (Or At Least Trying)

A Summer Artist Spotlight featuring Katie Pickett and Todd Yard

Music direction and accompaniment by Karin Denison

Friday, September 7 at 8pm

Saturday, September 8 at 8pm

Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea

Our annual Summer Artist Spotlight will be performed at Chelsea Theatre Works in Chelsea, MA, on Friday September 7 and Saturday September 8, 2018 at 8pm. Long-time Longwood favorites Katie Pickett and Todd Yard join each other on stage for the first production of our 21st season! Musical direction and accompaniment by Karin Denison along with a few special guest artists.

About the Performers

Katie Pickett

Katie Pickett has been seen with Arlington Friends of the Drama (9 to 5, 25th Annual...Spelling Bee), Arts After Hours (Next to Normal), Burlington Players (Great American Trailer Park Musical), Hovey Players (Falsettos), Quannapowitt Players (Chicago), Needham Community Theatre (Titanic), The Footlight Club (Violet), Stoneham Theatre (A Christmas Carol), and Speakeasy Stage (Hot Star, Nebraska). In addition, she has performed in six shows with The Longwood Players (Songs for a New World, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, A New Brain, She Loves Me, and Nine) as well as directing their 2010 production of City of Angels

Todd Yard

Todd Yard first worked with The Longwood Players in 2010 in their production of City of Angels. Since that time he has been a regular in their winter cabarets and has designed all of their production poster art for seven years. Other local credits include Barnum (PT Barnum) and The Wild Party (Burrs) with Moonbox Productions, Company (David) and Gypsy (Uncle Jocko) at Lyric Stage, Man of La Mancha (The Governor) at New Repertory Theatre, Spamalot (King Arthur) and The Wild Party (Burrs) at The Footlight Club, Carousel (Jigger) and Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim) at Reagle Music Theatre, and La Cage Aux Folles (Albin) and Ragtime (Tateh) at The Umbrella. Up next he will be debuting at SpeakEasy Stage in Fun Home in October. Todd is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

Karin Denison debuted her musical theatre chops leading a summer stock production of Oklahoma (in North Dakota) in 1993. Since arriving in the area she's been on the piano not only at Longwood, but also with Arlington Friends of the Drama, The Vokes Players, Fiddlehead Theatre Company, churches around greater Boston, and a countless number of cabaret shticks. She couldn't be more thrilled to be joining Todd and Katie for this production. Karin is an avid singer as well, and is a member of the choir at Trinity Church in the City of Boston and the early-music ensemble Canto Armonico.

Guest Artists


Emma Boroson


Matthew Corr

Ben Jamieson

Abby Seidel

 

Poster for Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

by Moisés Kaufman

Directed by Veronica Haakonsen

November 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 @ 8pm

November 11 @ 2pm

Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea

In early 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of Wilde's young lover, left a card at Wilde's club accusing him of being a "posing somdomite." Wilde sued for criminal libel. The defense denounced Wilde's art and literature as immoral, leading the prosecuting attorney to declare, "It would appear that what is on trial is not Lord Queensberry but Mr. Wilde's art!" In the end Queensberry was acquitted, and evidence that had been gathered against Wilde compelled the Crown to prosecute him for "gross indecency with male persons.” Using transcripts from the actual trials, Wilde’s own writings, and excerpts from autobiographies and other historical documents, this play reconstructs the three trials that Oscar Wilde endured. In addition to Wilde and Queensberry, characters ranging from Queen Victoria to London's rent boys, to a present-day academic are assembled to explore how history is made and how it can be so timely revisited in the theatre.

We are looking for 9 versatile actors to play multiple roles. There are around 50 characters represented in the play including: Oscar Wilde, Queen Victoria, Lord Alfred Douglas (Wilde’s lover), the Marquess of Queensberry (Wilde’s accuser), George Bernard Shaw, lawyers, judges, prostitutes, newspapermen, rent boys and more! All ethnicities and gender identities welcome.

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Poster for A Night at the Cabaret 2019

A Night at the Cabaret 2019

February 1 and 2 at 8pm

Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea

Our annual Night at the Cabaret winter fundraiser will be performed at Chelsea Theatre Works in Chelsea, MA, on Friday February 1 and Saturday February 2, 2019 at 8pm. Enjoy food and drinks as your favorite Longwood legends perform classic musical theater songs.

Stay tuned for more information!

Poster for Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance

Music by Arthur Sullivan

Libretto by W. S. Gilbert

Directed by Kaitlyn Chantry

May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 @ 8pm

May 12, 18 @ 2pm

Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea

Frederic, orphaned at a young age and mistakenly apprenticed to a rather ineffectual band of pirates, falls in love with Mabel, whose father is the very model of a modern Major-General. Caught between love for Mabel and piratical duty, Frederic sets in motion a hilarious sequence of events with pirates chasing daughters, daughters chasing police, and police chasing pirates. Will love win the day? Ready your funny bones and set sail to find out.

Join us in an intimate black box setting as 10 actors take on more than 30 roles in Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved tale of duty, courtship, and piracy!

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