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December 4, 2012

Theater troupe readies new digs for holiday show


Finally, after years of being a gypsy troupe, according to the workshop’s webpage, it found a home in Methuen, Denis Webster-Greene’s hometown. Over time, the shows have evolved from full musicals into concert-style musical productions.

“We’ve been in a whole bunch of surrounding communities, but Methuen is a great town for us,” said Sharon Fluet, a singer with the theater workshop. “They welcomed us with open arms.”

The workshop approached Presentation of Mary about using the Dupre Center, and PMA Head of School Rose Maria Redman said she was happy for the opportunity.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer it to them and to have the community see our venue,” Redman said. “I thought it would be a good fit because it’s the ‘Dupres Sports and Arts Center.’ We wanted to be able to instead of just using it for sporting events, we can let the people see it in a different light.”

Workshop members spent the weekend setting up the stage for the first time, and Fluet, interviewed late last week, said she was excited to see what the new space could offer.

The NRTW will perform two shows, an evening show on Saturday and a matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $25 for the show, or $50 for dinner and a show. Dinner Saturday is at 6:45 p.m., and the curtain goes up at 8. Sunday dinner is at 12:45 p.m., with a 2 p.m. curtain. There will be a cash bar at both shows.

Tickets available by calling (978) 683-3600.

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