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Welcome To Our Cast Page!

This page serves as a central location for the latest info for the cast and crew of "A *New & Improved* Christmas Panto.

The Fringe Theatre operates at The Congregational Church of Needham
 1154 Great Plain Ave. Needham, MA

We will be following any and all national, state, local, and building guidance and may need to enforce masking policies.

Rehearsal Calendar

OFF BOOK DATES:

Note: Once we block a scene or dance, we will run it as much as time and attendance allows at any rehearsal thereafter, even if it's not explicitly on the schedule.

Act 1: Oct. 8th      Act 2: Nov. 12th      Show: Nov. 30th

Rehearsal Guidelines

  • Always bring your script, lyrics and a way to take notes. You are free to work from a digital script, but you are responsible for taking notes on scene & song changes, staging, and choreography.

  • The script, lyrics, music files and videos will be accessible on our Google Drive

  • In the words of Scar: Be prepared! Please review choreography, music, lyrics and lines BEFORE coming to rehearsal.

  • Dance shoes are not required unless otherwise stated but we ask that you at least bring a pair of shoes you can rehearse/dance in separate from those that you wear in from outside.

  • Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the rehearsal so we can begin right on time.

  • Please bring water! There is a water fountain and filtered water dispenser at the church, please bring a bottle or cup (we don’t have cups).

  • Respect your fellow cast mates and production crew at all times.

  • We are on a tight timeline, so we will do our best to use all rehearsal time to learn whatever we have on the schedule and also review and run previously blocked numbers.

We encourage creativity and ideas, Panto rarely turns out the exact way it starts and that what makes it so special - the more we all put in, the more we get out and the better it is for us and our audiences. So let's put on another great show!

Dues

All costs we incur happen well before any tickets are sold. Dues help cover expenses including all costume pieces, accessories & props necessary for their role. We pride ourselves on providing a safe, fun, and creative environment, so these funds cover insurance and rehearsal space and materials. With eventual ticket sales, these funds help us put on an interactive and entertaining performance.

Dues can be paid via check to The Fringe Theatre, cash, on our website via PayPal.

Individual Family 2 Family 3+
$65.00$110.00$160.00

Dues for Individuals

Single member: $65.00

Important Rehearsal Details

  • Cast members cannot miss more than 4 regularly scheduled rehearsals during the season.

  • All Tech Week and Performance Dates are MANDATORY.

  • Rehearsals will be held Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:00pm & Saturdays 9:00am - 12:00pm from 9/7 to 12/7

  • Tech Week: Saturday 12/10, Monday 12/12, Tuesday 12/13 & Wednesday 12/14  (We will not rehearse Thursday 12/15)

  • Performances: Friday 12/16 at 7:30pm, Saturday 12/17 at 2:30pm AND 7:30pm

Our Mission

We are a non-profit theatre group working with the Needham community and surrounding areas. Our annual Panto performances are a great educational and entertainment experience for adults and kids of all ages. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive, supportive, and generally fun group! And while the group as a whole comes to make a figurative family, it's built on a a foundation of literal families. Parents and their children, siblings, and cousins work together on-, back-, and off- stage to help create an amazing Panto show for our audiences.

We’re dedicated to creating a stellar performance in a safe, accepting and encouraging environment and we have set expectations and guidelines to help us do just that.

There is a volunteer requirement for every adult cast member and parent to help with the show. You will only need to volunteer your time once and help with one area of the production. (Ex. help at one dress rehearsal or one performance.) Most of the projects will be closer to show time, including: Set Painting, Prop and costumes - creation and sourcing, Tech week setup. Dressing room coverage, Tickets and Box Office, Publicity and show promotion. Contact us at thefringetheatrepanto@gmail.com to see how you can Get Involved.

Dues for Families (2)

2 members in the same family: $110.00

Dues for Families (3+)

3+ members in the same family: $160.00

Tickets

Tickets for "A *New & Improved* Christmas Panto"
will go on sale October 1, 2022

Subscribe to our Performance Information List to get ticket updates in your inbox.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

​The Fringe Theatre will be following the mask advisory set by the Massachusetts Department of Health: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-mask-requirements#mask-requirements-in-certain-locations-

Effective February 15, 2022: A fully vaccinated individual should wear a mask indoors if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease or is unvaccinated. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask indoors.

Safety Measures
The Fringe Theatre carefully monitors CDC guidelines for COVID-19 on a regular basis. We will continue to update procedures and protocols and encourage you to visit our website for updated information prior to our performances.

Cast and Crew Members
Vaccination is required for all cast members ages 5 and up.
 Masks during rehearsals are optional for cast members who are vaccinated and mandatory for those who are not. Our staff is vaccinated and will continue to wear masks during rehearsals. We encourage our vaccinated cast members do the same. 

During performances, vaccinated cast members will be unmasked while on stage but continue to wear a mask while back/off-stage. Cast members who are ineligible for vaccination at this time, will be required to wear a mask on-stage and off-stage.

Thank you for your patience and kindness as we navigate these stranger than usual times. It has been quite a year, but we are headed in the right direction and we are looking forward to heading there together!

Our Cast (To Be Announced)

Emcee/NarratorTo Be Announced
Ebenezer Scrooge 
Bob Cratchit / Mr. Fezziwig 
Jacob Marley 
Ghost of Christmas Past 
Ghost of Christmas Present 
Ghost of Christmas Future 
Frederick /Young Ebenezer 
Belle / Clara 
Mrs. Cratchit / Mrs. Fezziwig 
Tiny Tim / School Child 
Bob Jr. / School age Scrooge  
Beatrice Cratchit / Child in town 
Martha Cratchit / Young Fan 
Charity Workers/ Person 1 & 2 
Panto Peep / Stage Manager 
Guests (3) / Townsfolk (3) 
Panto Players (2) 

 

Our Crew

Executive Producer, Writer, Director, Choreographer Hope Lanza

Producer, Co-Director,
Co-choreographer

Lauren Crowley
Technical Producer Craig Truax
Assoc. Producer, Assistant Choreographer Carolyn Truax
Music Director Amanda Potts-Samuels
Scenic Designer George Varga
Scenic Construction  
Production Consultant  
Tech Lead  
Stage Manager  
Sound Engineer Tyler Coveney
Sound Operator  
Stage Crew Hope Lanza, Carolyn Truax
Road Crew Dan Crowley, Kevin Lanza
Costume Lead Deb Pettiglio
Costumes and Props Lauren Crowley, Hope Lanza
Box Office Manager  
Sound Equipment

Patrick Dzierzak & Dramatic Sound,

East Bridgewater

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The Fringe Theatre
1154 Great Plain Ave.
Needham, MA

thefringetheatrepanto@gmail.com