White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Friday, August 17, 2018

"A Broadway Musical Review," Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA


Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) Owners and Guardians Bob and Sandy Malone brought another cabaret style songfest to the Barn Stage for a one-night-only performance. The performers are members of the 2018 summer stock resident company at PBT and have come from all across this country and even one from "down-under" to share their creative performance talents with us.

Produced by: Bob and Sandy Malone
Production Manager: Joshua Patino
Hosted by: Jordan Stam
Music Director and Keyboard: Asher Denburg



It may be kind of a stretch but, the man in the suit at left above looks like one of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road. Alas, it is not a Beatle. It is PBT co-owner and guardian Bob Malone lending a hand with the parking lot duties before the show. PBT is a hands-on family enterprise and the Malones are always personally on hand helping to make the patron experience a smooth, personal, professional, and magical one. Their approach seems to work well. And I am not alone judging by the constant series of sold out shows year after year. People around here like this place, like the shows, like the owners, like the performers, like the spirit, and they like coming back again and again!



Listed above on the handbill are the tunes, the Broadway shows they came from, and the performers in this review. (Sorry about the creases in the paper - I folded it up and stuck it in my pocket to take home without thinking). The following images are in order of occurrence in the show.



I didn't make it to a full rehearsal like I usually do to capture a few special photographic moments - instead, these are taken from my audience seat with my silent point-and-shoot pocket camera perched on my leg for stability and to avoid annoying other patrons. (It is seat L-2 in case you are wondering).

I don't often capture this angle of view. It's a good reminder of the ambiance that an almost 150-year old barn with wide-hewn lumber can exude. I can hear and feel the hundreds and thousands of performers and patrons whose life paths have traveled through this venerable facility, one of the original barn summer stock theatres in the United States.

PBT... "was founded in 1937 by Dr. Franklin Trask and has been a rigorous summer stock training ground for generations of actors. Some of PBT alumni include Paul Newman, Pat Carroll, Sandy Dennis, Dan Blocker, Jean Seberg, Al Brooks, Rob Reiner, Kitty Winn, Peter Gallagher and Jennifer Coolidge." Source: PBT

By the way, the red  Chevrolet truck in the image above is a restored 1937 model in commemoration of the founding year.






































These musical review shows provide another opportunity for these fine young performers to showcase their talents and additionally provide local residents with a joyous summer evening filled with music, creativity, and the infinite promise of youth. That's pretty special in my book.

In recent past years, PBT also offered  Broadway Musical Reviews and you can access my blogs about them as follows:

7/13/2017 at this link.
8/14/2017 at this link.
8/20/2016 at this link.
8/12/2016 at this link.

You can contact Priscilla Beach Theatre by phone at 508-224-4888 or online for tickets!  You'll be glad you did. It is extraordinary that we have such a wonderful and magical venue right here in Manomet - your support and attendance are important.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Blueberry Pickin' at Landers Farms, Ellisville, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA



This shiny, new galvanized bucket hung around my neck on a cord. (Thanks, Louise).  It was easy therefore, to pick the berries from the bushes with both hands and deposit them directly into the bucket thus maximizing speed and efficiency. Unfortunately for the bucket, it was even easier for the berries to go from the bush directly into my mouth - which most did.



There's always one - the early developer, the over-achiever, the one to get eaten first - there might be some wisdom in that statement.



Again, another illustration of the magic and beauty of nature's bounty.



After all that pickin' (and eatin'), it was time to walk along the surf in the setting sun of a New England summer day on White Horse Beach.


Monday, August 13, 2018

"The Snow White Variety Show," Final Dress Rehearsal, Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA


Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) recently completed the fourth of five shows of the 2018 summer season Children's Workshop series with, "The Snow White Variety Show." Produced by Bob and Sandy Malone, this production is "a riotous fairytale romp told from seven very different perspectives. It is set in the TV studio for the show Real Talk with Fairytale Legends."  (Source: PBT)

Owners, Guardians, Producers: Bob and Sandy Malone
Production Manager: Joshua Patino
Director: Carly Ameling
Stage Manager: Christian Roach
Production Assistant: Devina Sabnis
Costumer: Jordan Stam
Lighting Designer: Olivia LoVerde

The following moments were captured during the final dress rehearsal, are not posed, and are in order of occurrence in the show. (Click on an image for a higher resolution version if your device supports that action).

























































Priscilla Beach Theatre has been educating young actors for more than 70 years. They offer a spring production, five summer productions, and a fall production for the Children's Workshop series.

The Barn Stage, a 240-seat venue, is in its 81st season and is cited as the oldest summer stock barn theatre still operating in America. The original barn was built in 1875 and much of that structure remains in place today.

You can contact Priscilla Beach Theatre by phone at 508-224-4888 or online for tickets or information about the Children's Workshop series and Barn Stage main productions.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Blue Thistle, Amy's Garden, Bartlett Pond, White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA



When the blue thistle blooms, I know it is the middle of summer and the long, slow slide to winter is beginning.



As soon as the starburst appearance starts changing to little flowers, the bees are happy to visit.



They enjoyed this one.














A stunning flower at any stage!


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

"Bye, Bye, Birdie," Final Dress Rehearsal, Part 3 of 3, Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA


This is part three of a three-part series about "Bye, Bye, Birdie" that recently opened at Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT).

Part 1 is at this link.
Part 2 is at this link.
An earlier dress rehearsal is at this link.
An earlier promo is at this link.
The entire 2017 PBT season review is at this link.
The 2014/15 restoration of PBT is at this link.

The following images were captured live during the final dress rehearsal and are in order of occurrence in the show, picking up from where part two ended.  Many images are similar since an individual performer may look better in one image than the other and some performers will use these images to share with family, friends, and/or, to build their resumes. Cast members hail from many parts of the country and bring their extraordinary talents to this venerable theatre as part of this summer's Resident Company. They are an extraordinary bunch of talented, trained, spirited, hard-working, aspiring young people and I am happy to be able to support them in this photographic way.

(Click on an image for a higher resolution version if your device supports that action).



























































































































































































Note: In many theatre images, when viewed on a small screen cellphone, the skin tones and other parts of an image may be over-saturated. More normal views can be achieved when viewing on a larger laptop or desktop screen.

Support local live theatre in our community! Come out to PBT.  There are two more productions this season, "Damn Yankees" in September, "Dames at Sea" in October, and the 2019 season has already been announced and is listed below.  Tickets for 2019 will be available starting in December.

2018 Season

"The Last Five Years" in May,
"The Drowsy Chaperone" in June,
"Guys and Dolls" in July,
"Bye, Bye, Birdie" in August,
"Damn Yankees" in September, 
"Dames at Sea" in October.

2019 Season

"Life Could Be A Dream" in May,
"Heathers the Musical" in June,
"Hairspray" in July,
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" in August, 
"[Title of Show]" in September,
"Young Frankenstein" in October.




Priscilla Beach Theatre is an incredible jewel in our community - thanks to Owners, Guardians, and Producers Bob and Sandy Malone who brought this place back from the brink and turned it into a modern, fantastic, and magical performing arts venue.

You can contact Priscilla Beach Theatre by phone at 508-224-4888 or online for tickets!