Friday, December 10, 2010



February 24, 25, 26 @ 8 PM; 27 @ 3 PM

Gorton Theatre
(Home of the Gloucester Stage Company)
267 East Main Street, Gloucester

         The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays and also, the most abused by modern directors and producers. Over the last fifty years, this evocative fantasy has often been used in performance as a metaphor for all sorts of political and cultural agendas. Too often, lately, Caliban has been made the focus of the story !! I want to get back to Shakespeare's original intent, which was entertaining an audience.
       With Prospero's magic at the center of things and the use of dance and music to heighten the emotional experience, I'd like audiences to leave the theater feeling transported and uplifted by a wonderful what-if- all-things-are-possible ride.

Ray Jenness, Director

Boatswain - Steve Aiello
Adrian - Beth Bevins
Ferdinand - David Cluett
Ariel - Sarah Fader
Miranda - Mia Formichella
Antonio - Travis Joyce
Alonso - Beebe Nelson
Ship's Master - Duncan Nelson
Sebastian - Marc Nelson
Caliban - Nick Neyeloff
Prospero - Jim Robinson
Gonzalo - Joseph Stiliano
Francisco - Ken Stoeffler
Trinculo - Elinor Teele
Stephano - Steve Turner

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

SEASON 2010-2011

"The Two Gentlemen Of Verona" - one woman, three men, something's got to give - November 18 - 21, 2010 at the Gorton Theatre (Home of the Gloucester Stage Company)

"The Tempest" - before there was "Lost"; magic and mystery with intelligence - February24 - 27, 2011 at the Gorton Theatre,

"A Shakespeare Celebration" - Scenes, Sonnets, Songs: mark the Bard of Straford's birthday with words and music - May 6 and 7, 2011 at the stunning new Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport

TBA, May 20,21, 22, & 27,28,29, 2011 at the newly renovated Rockport Community House.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

CAST Benefit Dinner at Alchemy

Please join us for an evening of great food and entertainment at one of the North Shore's finest restaurants. Included in the price of the dinner are wines and a ticket to a performance of Measure For Measure at the Gorton Theatre.

Measure for Measure

Measure For Measure is a dark comedy of lust, intrigue and justice set in sixteenth century Vienna. The story involves, among others, a young man sentenced to death for fornication, his sister, a novice in a nunnery, a self-righteous judge, and the Duke of Vienna who goes about disguised as a monk. The young man's sister pleads for the life of her brother, only to be told by the hypocritical judge that if she will yield her virginity to him, he will spare her brother. The plot really thickens when the meddling, disguised Duke decides he will set things right through a series of bizarre manipulations. Ray Jenness directs the fine cast which includes Steve Aiello, Christina Applegate, Beth Bevins, Kelsey Bevins, Sherri Gray, Gregg McLaughlin, Beebe Nelson, Nick Neyeloff, Nathaniel Punches, Jim Robinson, Matt Schwabauer, Michael Siering, Elinor Teele, Michael Wescott and Jennifer Wilson. The stage manager is David Perrigo; costumes by Susan Frey. Produced by Joseph Stiliano.
Gorton Theatre
(Home of Gloucester Stage)

May 13-15 at 8 p.m.

May 16 at 3 p.m.

$15 general

$10 student/senior

Tickets available at the door

or by emailing

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Shakespeare Celebration

Celebrate William Shakespeare's 446th birthday with us!
April 23, 24 at 8 PM, April 25 at 3 PM
Spiran Hall, 18 Broadway, Rockport

The performance will include scenes, sonnets and songs with English birthday cake and punch afterward. Special guest group 'Leven will treat us to songs of the period with their particular flair and verve.

Tickets are $15, general; $10, student/senior and a special offer of $5 for Cape Ann students 18 years and under. Available at the door or reserve at

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The London City Strolling Players

Left to right: Haidee Elise, Martin Mulgrew, Tara Dowd, Thomas Tillery, Robin Hodges, Karen Walker, Ian Recordon

THE BRITISH ARE COMING! THE BRITISH ARE COMING! The London City Strolling Players to be specific, with their wonderfully entertaining production "Shakespeare A La Carte", brought to the USA by Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe. Performances are at the Gorton Theatre (Home of the Gloucester Stage Company) 267 East Main Street, Gloucester on April 8, 9, 10 at 8 PM and April 11 at 3 PM. This talented company will perform a program of stirring scenes from William Shakespeare's plays plus wry and witty spoofs of the Bard of Stratford's works.
Tickets are $15, general admission; $10, student/senior (65 and over). Reservations can be made at .

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

An Elizabethan Valentine

Rehearsals have started on our February production, "An Elizabethan Valentine" with scenes from Romeo and Juliet ( of course), Macbeth (really!), A Midsummer Night's Dream (other worldly), King Lear (filial devotion) , As You Like It (kinky), The Comedy of Errors (confused), Henry VI, Part 2 (politics and love), and Christopher Marlowe's King Edward II (the eternal triangle). The directors are Ray Jenness, Nick Neyeloff and Joseph Stiliano; featured actors include Ashlee Holm, Matt Schwabauer, Kierstin Searcy, Jonathan Arnold, Sarah Clark, Marcie McKenzie, Steve Aiello, Lisa Landy, Beth Bevins, Wendy Dagle, Bob Stewart and Beebe and Duncan Nelson. In addition to the scenes there will be songs sung by Elizabeth Cheney. Following the performance, pastries and punch suitable for a Valentine celebration will be served. Please come and join us February 12th, 13th at 8 PM and February 14th at 3 PM at Spiran Hall, Broadway and School Street in Rockport. Tickets are $15, general admission; $10 student/senior (65 & over) and may be reserved at . Last season, this production played to sold-out houses so reservations are encouraged.