Youth Theatre


Next Production  ~ Spring 2017


Full Production! (aka, not the Jr. version)

Play Dates:  March 24, 25 & 26, 2017



Event Dates: January 21 & 22, 2017   (Just completed and the show is now fully cast)

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The North Shore Players of Danvers holds auditions for their Youth Theatre production of Honk! with music by George Stiles and book by Andrew Drewe. Auditions are open to all young actors, dancers and singers ages 5 to 18, for this musical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Ugly Duckling. Auditions are at Hogan Auditorium, (600 ft. west of the ) 450 Maple Street, Danvers, Saturday January 21 from 2PM-5PM with callbacks on Sunday January 22 from 2PM-6PM. Alternate audition times are available for those with conflicts. More information at

Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song. Please provide piano sheet music in the same key that you will be singing in. The audition will consist of singing and some cold readings from the script. Not all will be invited to callbacks. Please be prepared to provide all conflicts at the time of your audition.

Honk! performances will take place at the Hogan Auditorium on March 24, 25 and 26, 2017. Rehearsals will be Saturdays from 2-5PM and Sundays from 2-6PM throughout January, February and March, plus a full rehearsal tech week March 19-23. The show is produced by Samantha Gambaccini, directed by James Tallach, and music directed by Marcia Groome.

The North Shore Players are a 501©3 non-profit. We have been in Danvers for 50 years.

Contact producer Samantha Gambaccini at for more information.



4. We need a lighting designer and a light board operator who knows it well enough. Parent volunteers will be required to assist, but we need a leader.
4a. Dry tech is Saturday March 18th, a required rehearsal date for this person.
5. We need a costume designer. Again, parent volunteers will be required to assist, but we need a leader who knows our inventory. Marcia and I have other connections to pull and borrow from in Salem and Rockport, so some fun travel trips may be involved.
6. We need a props master. Same as above with parents. Someone who enjoys hunting for the fun things.
7. I would like some of the board to volunteer to run the front of house on performance nights: March 24, March 25 and matinee March 26th. Again, parents will assist but we need our board member team to show leadership.
8. There are some key days that I am unavailable to oversee the production that I would like some coverage on: Sun Jan 22, Sat March 18, Sun March 19. If you'd like to be a "board member overseer" at the theater on these days, please let me know.
Please email me if  you'll accept one of these roles.




Most recent production (March 2016):


 Seussical the Musical  (recent play)

(Youth Production)
Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the books of Dr. Seuss


Seussical cast 3-small

(Regular cast)


Seussical junior cast

 (Junior cast)

 Vision of Seussical  (Director's)

The message of Seussical is that imagination and child-like problem solving can triumph over intimidating adult obstacles. This show will show that triumph through the transformational use of color and the secret weapon: the costume box (see set design).

This show will be double cast, using both a teen and children’s cast. The teens and children will work and rehearse alongside their respective double cast member to learn blocking and lines. Each cast will perform twice, and the opposite cast will watch from the front two rows of the audience when not performing. The hope is that the teens will mentor the younger children. The idea of mentor-ship serves two purposes: firstly, it will give the teens inspiration for their roles in acting like imaginative characters. Secondly, it will give the children someone to look up to and reference for character choices and learning parts.

Director Stephanie Morey-Barry link: RealSchool of Music

Press Release by Linda Greenstein:


North Shore Players youth featured in direct the imaginative “Seussical the Musical” on March 10, 11, 12 & 13 at the Hogan Regional Center Auditorium in Danvers.

The family-friendly show features many of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters including the Cat in the Hat. The youthful cast from across the North Shore brings the joy of Seuss’ world to life with music, dance and humor.

“Seussical is a great show for all ages,” said Director Stephanie Morey Barry. “On the surface, it's an entertaining story with many unique characters and fun plot twists. But on a deeper level it is a show about resilience, being true to yourself and finding your place in a community. There are so many great messages in this show, but the messages are done in a way that doesn't come off preachy or self-righteous. Every character is rich and dynamic but also fun to watch.”

Imagination takes stage

“When I think of this show, three words come to mind - imagine, dream, believe,” commented Music Director Marcia Groom of Salem.  “I feel this is such a timeless work for youth theater because not only are we given permission to explore our imaginations and dreams but most importantly to always believe in and be yourself, truly accepting others for who they are.”

“This year we decided to do something different with our youth production,” said Morey Barry. “We have both a teen and children's casts working alongside each other. I love working with this diverse multi-age group because they both bring something extremely vital to Seussical.”

“The theme of this production is ‘imagination,’ explained Morey Barry who is also a teacher at the Real School of Music. “JoJo brings the entire show to life from what he imagines coming out of his toy box. The children help to inspire the teens with their imaginative minds and openness to try anything. The teens inspire the children with their hard work and professionalism throughout the project. There are so many fantastic opportunities for mentorship during this production!”

Noah Greenstein of Boxford is stage manager and Lucy Keller of Beverly is producer.

Saturday's Opener


Sunday's Opener


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