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Theatre Company of Saugus to perform ‘The Comedy of Errors’ during first two weekends in March

(Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued by the Theatre Company of Saugus this week.)

  The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) presents “The Comedy of Errors,” one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Performances are the first two weekends of March 2023.

  “The Comedy of Errors” is a farce about two sets of identical twins who were separated in a shipwreck shortly after birth. Now adults, Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in the town of Ephesus, which happens to be where their long-lost twins, Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus, live. When the Syracusan twins encounter the friends and families of their siblings, a series of mishaps based on mistaken identity result in wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of the Ephesian twins and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness and demonic possession. Eventually it all gets sorted out!

  TCS is pleased to have Waltham resident Francine Davis as the director of the show, and a troupe of talented actors from all over the North Shore of Massachusetts. TCS welcomes some performers new to the group: Reading resident Bryan Deroo as Antipholus of Syracuse, Ryan Marchant from Arlington as Antipholus of Ephesus, Amanda Flicop of Malden as Adriana, David Lee Vincent of Newburyport as the Duke, Roland “Boot” Boutwell of Winchester as Egeon, Shelove Duperior of Malden as the Courtesan and Olga Karasik-Updike of Newbury as the Foreign Merchant. TCS welcomes some returning veterans of its stage to the show: Billy Jenkins of Stoneham as Dromio of Ephesus, Vi Patch of Wakefield as Dromio of Syracuse, John Leonard of Andover as the Map Seller, Kaycee Renee Wilson of Brighton as Luciana, Kathy Rapino of Saugus as the Abbess, Larry Segel of Winthrop as Angelo and Sherri Wilcauskas of Middleton as Nell. Lauren Lyon of Natick is the stage manager.

  Performances of “The Comedy of Errors” are on March 3-4-5 and 10-11-12, 2023, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

  Tickets purchased at the door are $22-$24. Tickets purchased in advance are $19-$21, online at TCSaugus.org/tickets.

  The venue is the American Legion Post 210 at 44 Taylor St. in Saugus, Mass. The performance space is not wheelchair accessible, but it does feature a bar serving alcoholic and soft drinks. Snacks and raffle tickets are available for purchase before the show and during intermission. For more information, see the TCS website at TCSaugus.org.

COVID Safety Policy Update

  Although policies about wearing masks have been loosening up in many places, in theaters we still must ensure the safety of our patrons, members, actors and crew by minimizing the risk of contagion. The TCS home at the Saugus American Legion is not large and social distancing is not possible. Therefore, we will continue to require our audience to wear masks inside (unless actively eating or drinking), although we are no longer asking the audience for proof of vaccination at the door. All the cast members of our shows are vaccinated, will be masked during rehearsals and will be tested prior to performances.

About the Theatre Company of Saugus

  TCS, founded in 1968, is the community theatre serving Saugus, Mass., and surrounding towns. In most years TCS presents four shows, including plays and musicals, and a summer youth theatre workshop.

  In May 2022 TCS presented the musical “Spring Awakening” to sold-out audiences. It received the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters (EMACT) Distinguished Achievement and Special Honors (DASH) award for Best Choreography and was nominated for 10 other awards.

  The TCS production of “Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe” in 2019 was the recipient of EMACT DASH Outstanding Achievement Awards for a Musical in almost every possible category, including Best Show, Direction, Musical Direction, Choreography and Ensemble Cast. The TCS production of “James and the Giant Peach” in 2020 also garnered two awards: Youth Actor in a Play and a Consultant Choice Award for Excellence in Original Music.

  The other recent productions of TCS include “Zombie Prom” (a musical), “Lovely Thoughts and Other Stories” (a short play festival), “Night of the Living Dead,” “There’s No Business Like Snow Business” (a holiday cabaret) and Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

  The TCS Summer Youth Theatre Workshop has produced a number of “junior” musicals, including: “Willy Wonka Jr.,” “The Addams Family young@part,” “The Little Mermaid, Jr.,” “Elf, Jr.,” “Getting to Know…Once Upon a Mattress,” “Honk! Jr.” and “Seussical Jr.”

Bryan Deroo as Antipholus of Syracuse
Bryan Deroo as Antipholus of Syracuse and Olga Karasik-Updike as the Foreign Merchant practice their sword fighting, in rehearsal for William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors.” The play will be presented by the Theatre Company of Saugus on March 3-4-5 & 10-11-12 at the American Legion Post in Saugus. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Larry Segel)

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