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SANDWICH TOWN HALL PRESERVATION TRUST ANNOUNCES A GLASS TOWN STAGE INAUGURAL SEASON

Sandwich MA: It was in 1834 when it was decided Sandwich MA needed to have a civic Town Hall separated from the local church.  A place to gather the community for meetings and activities of the community. The perfect location was next to the local grist mill at the northern end of lower Shawme Pond. In this area a majestic Greek revival  building complete with stage for performances and orations by local towns people was built. The upper Town Hall floor besides Town Meetings hosted military balls during the Civil War, school presentations, silent movies, and at the turn of the century actor Joseph Jefferson(the George Clooney of his day)  in Rip Van Winkle his most famous role. Knowing all this history, The Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust, after the renovation and restoration of the building, began to think about the use of the historic stage.  What began as an idea in December 2014 has now been realized. 

The Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust (STHPT) is pleased to announce the inaugural season of the Glass Town Stage 2015-16. This inaugural season will feature community theater, children’s theater, art shows, movies and concerts. The STHPT is partnering with various cultural groups around the area including Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Sandwich Arts Alliance.

Melinda S. Gallant

Welcome!

The Town Hall Preservation Trust is proud to produce this exciting program.
What began as an idea in December 2014 has now been realized.  There were five simple goals:

  1. Brand the auditorium, for cultural events as Glass Town Stage
  2. See if a “season” would be appealing to the community and could be financially sustainable
  3. Bring in a variety of arts offerings
  4. Partner with other community and regional arts organizations
  5. Support the economy of Sandwich Village.

Thanks to the Board of the “Trust” for supporting this effort and being the sounding board along the way.  Thanks to my fellow sub-committee members, Melinda Gallant and Joe Carlson for their inspiration, time, and efforts and especially to Melinda for her outstanding management skills. Thanks to the many arts organizations we are collaborating with.  It has been fun to negotiate this effort with you.  Special thanks to the Kathy Coggeshall and all the supportive staff at Sandwich Town Hall for their continuous help and support.  Thanks to the audience for being here.  Curtain up! 

Linell M. Grundman

Chair, Glass Town Stage Committee


Sandwich Town Hall is at 130 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563

Map & Directions

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 

Tickets will be sold in advance for Glass Town Stage performances and events at:
Sandwich Town Hall, 130 Main Street
and
Splash Stationers, 126 Rte. 6A, Sandwich

Tickets will also be on sale beginning one hour before each performance/event at Town Hall.


Here’s the exciting line-up of shows:

(check back here for additional updates)

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Glass Town Stage Cabaret Weekend:

Saturday, January 16, 2016 7pm:

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Jazzing Up the Town Hall, Jazz Concert

Tickets $15

Sunday, January 17, 2016 4pm:

 Sunday Drama Fun presents

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 featuring the talents of Sandwich young people.

Tickets $15

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 


Sunday, February 21, 2016:

Cotuit on the Road Presents

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An Oklahoma Sing Along

with staged reading,

come sing-a-long with the words on the big screen!

Tickets $15

 


Saturday, March 19, 2016 10am-4pm,

Sunday, March 20, 2016 Noon-4pm:

 Think Spring Art Show

in partnership with

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the Sandwich Arts Alliance

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 


Saturday April 16, 2016  7pm:

Another Classic

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With Live Piano Accompaniment!

Florence Vidor & Gary Cooper in

Doomsday

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In Sussex, England after the Great War, former aristocrat Mary Viner (Florence Vidor) and her father, retired sea captain Hesketh Viner (Charles A. Stevenson), live in a small humble cottage on Doomsday, a large and valuable farm owned by a wealthy landlord named Percival Fream (Lawrence Grant). Mary is attracted to another tenant at Doomsday, Arnold Furze (Gary Cooper), a young ex-officer and farmer who works the land with pride as if it were his own. Soon she and Arnold fall in love, but she longs to escape her oppressive poverty.

Tickets Only $5


Sunday April 17, 2016 4-6pm:

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Town Hall Preservation Trust

Annual Tea

In Celebration of Poetry Month

in partnership with

ArtsAlliance

the Sandwich Arts Alliance

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 


Saturday May 21, 4pm:

 May Music Fest

in partnership  with

ArtsAlliance

the Sandwich Arts Alliance

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 


Friday, Saturday June 18, 19, 7pm

 Sunday June 20, 4pm:

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

The classic Charles Shultz musical complete with Lucy, Snoopy, and of course Charlie Brown.

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Produced by the Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust

Tickets $15

For more information email: season@sandwichtownhall.org or call: 508-776-3256 


Saturday July 16, 7pm:

Another Classic

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With Live Piano Accompaniment!

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An impoverished young woman named Letty (Lillian Gish) travels west by train from Virginia.  On the way, she is bothered by the constantly blowing wind. She arrives at her cousin Beverly’s isolated ranch where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad.

Tickets Only $5


Saturday August 20, 10am:

Cape Cod Theatre Co. Home of:

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The Harwich Junior Theatre Kids

Tickets $15


 For more information on the Glass Town Stage Season–

email:

season@sandwichtownhall.org

or call:

508-776-3256 

Sandwich Town Hall is at 130 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563

Map & Directions


RADIO MUSICAL PHOTOS!

September’s Radio Musical was a blast. Thanks to all who came and of course to all the cast and crew. It was a hot time in the old town that night!

Featured were some of Sandwich’s’ favorite local performers including:

  • the Ellis Family singers with the Grand Dame of Sandwich music and Radio Diva Jane Ellis, James (Jimmy) Ellis and Kathy Ellis Knowles.
  • Local real life radio personality Dave Read as the Announcer
  • Selectman Patrick Ellis played the part of the Master of Ceremonies
  • Carol Mc Manus performed in “Carols’ Literary Nook Readings for a Mad World ”
  • Christine Norton reprised her role as Annie
  • Mickie Mc Manus tap danced his way into the hearts of the audience
  • Other locals strutted their talents with the help of Marge Dolby pianist

The Piano, the Projectionist and the Preservation

In 1915 or a little later silent movies began to be shown in the Town Hall and a piano, an upright in the Mission style made by Jacob Doll & Sons for the Frederick Piano Company, was acquired. It was played by local residents, Minne Bunker Wimmer, Eva May Harlow, and Mary Haines Morrow, to accompany the silent movies.

The projectionist turned the film by a hand-crank illuminated by a carbon-arc. A primitive generator located in a garage across the street from the Town Hall provided the electricity. Nonetheless using a carbon-arc projector was dangerous business and likely to set a building on fire. To protect the Town Hall from fire, the projectionist was provided with a urinal and required to remain continuously on duty when the carbon-arc was running. It is said that occasionally the engine of the generator would fail, the screen would dim, and boos and hisses would arise from the audience who had paid a nickel to attend.

 READ MORE ABOUT THE HISTORIC PIANO…

The Sandwich Town Hall reflects over 175 years of Sandwich’s history, government and culture as well as the larger issues of State and National life that have had an impact on the Sandwich community. The Town Hall has been in active use as the seat of Town government for every one of those 175 years. There are few towns that can make this claim.

In 2009 the entire building was restored to its former glory. The second floor ballroom is particularly beautiful with its historically accurate stenciling of tan and brown paint and gold leaf, theatrical stage, balcony seating and fully restored historic shuttered windows. Once again, the second floor is used for movies and theatrical productions.

The Sandwich Town Hall, within the newly designated Glass Town Cultural District, was granted a Preservation Award for Rehabilitation & Restoration by the Massachusetts Historical Commission in 2011.