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The Piano

“The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind.”

Sandwich Town Hall Ceremony,
10:00 am, Saturday, February 27

THpiano200A special ceremony was held at the Sandwich Town Hall at 10 am, Saturday, February 27, to thank the F. Daniel Haley Family for their generous gift of $10,000 to the Town of Sandwich for the Preservation and Maintenance of the Sandwich Town Hall’s historic 1894 piano.

            Frank Pannorfi, Chairman of the Sandwich Board of Selectmen, thanked the F. Daniel Haley family for their gift which was made “in memory of their beloved wife and mother, Jill Haley (1959 – 2015)” who had a life-long love of music. Daniel Haley’s aunt, Nan McCann, was Sandwich’s first music teacher. A brass plaque in memory of Jill Haley will be placed on the piano with this quotation: “The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind.”

            Jane Ellis, a friend of the entire Haley family, sang Old Cape Cod, and was accompanied by a pianist on the historic piano. Jill Haley was an outstanding athlete and grew up in Sweden where she was a member of Swedish National Ski Team.

            Present were the entire Haley family: Daniel Haley; his oldest son Colin with his wife Rachel and their sons Kaj, Jack and Joey; his son Kaj; and his daughter Linnea.

            Friends and acquaintances of the Haley Family, members of the Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust, and friends and supporters of the historic Sandwich Town Hall piano were in attendance. 

           We also want to thank all those who made such generous contributions at our piano fundraiser “Tempo & A Teapot” on April 19, 2015.

READ ARTICLE IN THE ENTERPRISE: “Memorial Gift Will Help Restore Piano”


Pianist Ruth Weaver performs at a FUNdraiser Tea to restore the Grand Old Girl, the historic Sandwich Town Hall piano. Manufactured in 1894, this is the very same Frederick piano used to accompany silent films in Town Hall in the early 1900s!

In the early 1900s 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. Its serial # 11860 confirms that it was made in 1894.

This very same piano is still in use today!

Jacob Doll was one of the larger and more successful piano manufactures of the early 20th Century. Jacob Doll established his firm in 1871, building very high quality upright, square, and grand pianos. Jacob Doll passed away in 1911, and the firm was taken over by his sons, thus forming the Jacob Doll & Sons Piano Company. The company manufactured nearly every essential component of their pianos according to a contemporary newspaper account.

The Sandwich Town Hall piano was played by local residents, Minne Bunker, Eva May Harlow, and Mary Haines Morrow, to accompany the silent movies. The projectionist, one of whom was Bill Wimmer, 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.

Four years ago the “Save the Town Piano Committee” raised over $5,000 to restore the historic Town Hall piano that had served for nearly a hundred years at silent movies, dances, and concerts. Restoration included refinishing the mahogany exterior case, replacing pedals and damaged strings, and ensuring that the historic piano would once more serve the Sandwich community.

Recently, we have found that the piano has required re-tuning after every use, and experts have informed us that a full historic restoration is required to bring the piano up to contemporary standards for upright pianos. To do this we are seeking and encouraging funding by Sandwich residents, the Sandwich Community Preservation Committee, the Sandwich Cultural District, the Officers and Selectmen of the Town of Sandwich, and all who seek to preserve this unique part of Sandwich’s history. The cost of a full restoration of the piano is currently estimated to be $16,000.We welcome your support by a tax-deductible gift to the Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust, a federally-recognized non-profit organization and by the support and encouragement of the community organizations to which you belong.


FROM: Dolge, Alfred, Pianos and Their Makers: Development of the Piano Industry in America
Since the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia, 1876, Covina Publishing, Covina, CA, 1913

Among the men in the piano trade who carved their success unaided and by the force of sheer determination JACOB DOLL stands pre-eminent. Born at Rohrbach in the Grand Duchy of Baden Germany in 1849 Doll left the fatherland just as soon as he had gone through the public schools arriving in New York at the age of fourteen. He found employment in a woodworking establishment the main business of which was to prepare lumber for piano manufacturers.

The author became acquainted with Doll in 1869 while manufacturing portable music stands. Doll was then driving a delivery wagon for the mill in which the lumber for these music stands was prepared. Although he had not yet reached the age of twenty Doll was even at that time planning to start in business on his own account. A hard worker, by nature economical without being penurious, he accumulated sufficient money to start a planing mill of his own in 1871. His patronage came almost entirely from piano manufacturers and consequently Doll had a splendid opportunity to get well acquainted with the ins and outs of the piano business at that time.


Progressive and ambitious he began in 1875 the manufacture of entire piano cases adding to this business also the making of covered strings. By 1884 he had so thoroughly picked up and studied all phases of piano making that he felt encouraged to start a piano factory. The much broader field which he found for his activity developed all the latent forces in Doll’s remarkably forceful nature.

Adopting new methods of manufacturing as well as in selling pianos, he met with most substantial success and when one after the other of his five sons entered the business and became his assistants, his operations assumed dimensions which in the course of time made the firm of Jacob Doll and Sons one of the leading factors in the piano industry of the United States.

Wrapped up in his business affairs to the extent of excluding any ambitions for prominence in public life, Jacob Doll was also intensely devoted to his family, providing for his five boys all the opportunities of a higher education and likewise watching with loving care and a free hand the development of his five daughters. He died on November 13, 1911, leaving a fortune of over two million to his family. The great business founded and built up by him is successfully carried on by his sons every one of whom has been trained by his father as a practical piano maker.

In 1904 the business was turned into a close corporation and the eldest son, OTTO DOLL, was elected vice president, and since his father’s death is acting president. GEORGE DOLL is the treasurer of the company with JACOB DOLL JR. as his assistant who is also the general superintendent of the factories while FREDERICK DOLL has the management of their nine retail stores assisted by the youngest son. CHARLES DOLL who joined his brothers in 1910 and was elected secretary in 1911. Jacob Doll and Sons have been among the pioneers in the manufacturing of player pianos and have always made a specialty of coin operated electric pianos. The continued success of the concern is a telling illustration of the great results which can be accomplished by harmonious team work.


FROM: The Purchaser’s Guide to the Music Industries, 1922, The Music Trades Co., NY

DOLL & SONS INC JACOB Incorporated with a capital of $1,000,000 all paid in. Otto Doll, president; Frederick Doll, vice president; George Doll, treasurer; Jacob Doll Jr., secretary and assistant treasurer. Make the Doll & Sons piano and player piano. This concern is one of the largest and most enterprising manufacturers in the piano industry devoted to the manufacture of pianos of the highest grade. They have an extensive finely equipped up to date plant with all the latest improvements at Southern Boulevard Cypress Avenue and 133rd Street, New York. Have one of the largest factories devoted to the manufacture of pianos and player pianos in the East. Have retail warerooms at No. 112 West Forty-Second Street, New York City with branches at Newark, NJ, Paterson NJ, Jersey City NJ and Brooklyn NY. Manufacture grands uprights and playerpianos. This business was started in 1871 by the late Jacob Doll who passed away on November 13, 1911, after a brilliant and notable career. He left as a monument to his memory this plant capable of producing 15,000 pianos annually. To the far sighted policies of the founder of this business his sons, the present officers of the company, are indebted for their exhaustive schooling as mechanics, as before being admitted to partnership in the firm, they were obliged to master every detail of construction. As these sons have practically had charge of this business for a number of years, no institution in the trade possesses a membership whose individuals are more earnestly devoted to the advancement and increased prestige of their business or where family pride enters so thoroughly into the manufacture of their instruments.

While the members of this house have already an enviable reputation for making pianos of the highest standard, the family pride enters so thoroughly into their manufacturing department that they are continually at work improving their instruments in every possible way with the result that their pianos to-day stand higher than ever in the history of the house, the small details being looked after as carefully as the big points in piano construction. Their instruments contain many patented improvements exclusively their own and practically every part of their piano even to the hardware is manufactured in their own plant so as to get the best and most economic results. Their player pianos are of the same high standard as their regular pianos. The same policy is adopted in that they make even their own player actions which are recognized as of superior merit and are exclusively used in their own player pianos. All their instruments are manufactured absolutely under the supervision of the members of the family and no instrument bearing their name leaves the factory without a thorough inspection by some member of the family. Financial and commercial standing unquestioned.


A division of Jacob Doll & Sons Incorporated with a capital of $100,000. Manufacture the Frederick piano at their large finely equipped plant at Cypress Avenue and Southern Boulevard, New York City. The capacity of their factory is 3000 instruments per annum. The piano is manufactured to meet the demand for a thoroughly reliable piano that can be sold at a popular price and can be absolutely guaranteed to the customer by the dealer. It is recognized as one of the most popular pianos in the trade and for over thirty years has had a very big increase of sales every year. Has an exceedingly even well balanced scale of good tonal quality. Manufactured of fine material and workmanship with exceedingly attractive case designs. It can be classed as one of the most popular instruments in the trade. A perfect player piano which was put on the market a few years ago has attained the same high popularity as that of the Frederick piano. Concern in the highest financial and commercial standing.


Town Hall Radio Musical Show September 19


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


When: Sat Sep 19th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Sandwich Town Hall | 145 Main Street | Sandwich


The Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust will present “The 3rd (not so) Annual Sandwich Town Hall Radio Musical Show” on Saturday, September 19, at 7 PM as the inaugural performance on the Glass Town Stage at town hall.

This lively musical variety show will feature local town personalities singing, dancing and doing comedic routines as a “rhubarb” radio show. The format of the program will be that of a local old time radio show complete with commercials, master of ceremonies, a larger-than-life announcer and bossy stage hands, Bob King and Tobin Wirt, telling the audience when to applaud and when to laugh.

Featured will be 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 will play the announcer and selectman Patrick Ellis will play the part of the master of ceremonies.

Performers also include Carol McManus in “Carol’s Literary Nook Readings for a Mad World,” Christine Norton reprising her role as Annie, and Mickie McManus with tap dancing. Other locals will be showcasing their talents with the help of pianist Marge Dolby.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Sandwich Town Hall and Splash Stationers.

The mission of the Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust is to support the continued stewardship of the town hall, to assist the town manager and staff as a resource for volunteers, events, and programs, to provide, if feasible, funds for special purposes, and to make recommendations for the perpetual protection and enhancement of the Sandwich Town Hall as a major cultural, functional, and historic asset of the Town of Sandwich and the commonwealth. The building features community events, meetings, movies, shows, talks and tours.

Harold Lloyd’s Famous Clock Routine


A great time was had by all on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7PM. The feature film was “Safety Last” with Harold Lloyd’s famous clock routine.

The short “Coney Island” with Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton was also shown.

Piano-player extraordinaire John Read and “Flapper” Lisa Niemi were terrific!

This comedy classic was highly successful and critically hailed, and it cemented Lloyd’s status as a major figure in early motion pictures. It is still popular at revivals, and it is viewed today as one of the great film comedies.

The film’s title is a play on the common expression, “safety first,” which places safety as the primary priority to avoid accidents. Lloyd performed some of his climbing stunts despite losing a thumb and forefinger in an accident while making a film four years earlier.


Our Town


August 15, 16 & 17, 2014:

Our-Town-300Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” Live at Town Hall

Hosted by

The Sandwich 375 Committee & The Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust

Directed by Melinda S. Gallant

Sandwich Town Hall Auditorium

Tickets $15 at Splash Stationers,

Heart of Stone & Titcombs Book Store

OUR TOWN–The simple story of a love affair is constantly rediscovered because it asks timeless questions about the meaning of love, life and death. In the final moments of the play, the recently deceased Emily is granted the opportunity to revisit one day in her life, only to discover that she never fully appreciated all she possessed until she lost it. “Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you,” she says as she takes her place among the dead.

By Randy Hunt, August 17:
Congratulations to the cast, crew and director of the community production of Our Town at the Sandwich Town Hall last night. They played to a packed house. If there are any tickets left for this afternoon’s matinee, grab ’em up.

Cast: Janet Moore, G. Jason Santos, Braden Misiaszek, Liam Prendergast, Cathy Ode, Pat Farrell, Daniel Souza, Sophia Perkins, Andrew Lisset, Hannah Carrita, Robert McManus, Dillon O’Connor, Jeanne Prendergast, Jud Ode, Todd Herrmann, Carol McManus, Jim Coogan, Drew Lisset, Harold Weeks, Jim Ellis, Jane Ellis, Mary Ellen Anderson, Kathy Catania, Bob King, Tobin Wirt, Frank Pannorfi, Bill Daley, Trish Daley

Crew: Michael Kristy, Jim Ellis, Anna Rohlf

Director: Melinda Smith Gallant

Tech Assistants: Paula Johnson, Rob Vinciguerra, Michael Dubois

By Melinda Smith Gallant:

Nice job done by all…big parts …little parts…thank you all.  Sold out at Our Town…great 2nd night performance!

More Reviews:

Pamela Wills:  Great show Melinda, et al, we loved it!!!

Shelly Janczak:  Loved it…. Wiped tears at the end.

Denise Dever:  Great show Melinda. I really enjoyed it..wonderful cast! I’m with Shelly…tears as well!


Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’ is a local love for Sandwich

It was directed by Sandwich resident Melinda Gallant and was produced with over 20 Cape resident cast members as an event for the Sandwich 375 celebration.

Wicked Local photo by Emma Gauthier | From left: Janet Moore as the stage manager and shopkeeper, Hannah Carrita as Emily Webb, and Daniel Souza as George Gibbs.

By Emma Gauthier
Posted Aug. 27, 2014 @ 1:21 pm
“People always ask me, ‘Is there any professional theater on Cape Cod, or is it all amateur?’” says Carol McManus, a Sandwich resident and proud local theater actress.

She sometimes gets a little annoyed with the question. “People want to see good theater, which might translate to professional theater for them. But by and large, community theater is excellent on the Cape and Islands,” she says.

McManus recently played Mrs. Louella Soames in “Our Town,” a three-act play written by Thornton Wilder in 1938, about Grover’s Corners, a small town in New Hampshire. It details the daily life of its inhabitants — through birth, marriage, and death — and asks the audience to consider the value in what they might see as their own mundane lives.

It was directed by Sandwich resident Melinda Gallant and was produced with over 20 Cape resident cast members as an event for the Sandwich 375 celebration.

“Our Town” is the definition of a community theater production: local folks of all ages getting together with a vast array of experience and a limited budget to put on a couple of shows in a very short amount of time. Most cast members work full days and then attend rehearsal at night, working some more to perfect their roles. The cast members for this production of “Our Town” only had about five or six weeks to rehearse, with three rehearsal sessions per week, says Gallant.

Even though they all come together for the curtain call, their reasons for performing at the local level are rather diverse.

Pat Ferrell of East Falmouth has been involved in several aspects of community theater for over 30 years on Cape Cod, including acting, directing, and costume management. She says that she loves the wonderful people she gets to work with.

“It’s where I found my friends,” Ferrell says. “It’s great sharing something that we all love and creating something together, and it’s fun.”

For Hannah Carrita, community theater is a passion as well as a stepping stone for her future career as a Broadway actress. At 19, she’s already performed in over 30 shows, predominantly in musical theater.

“I always liked being the center of attention and, as I got older, I liked being someone else for a change,” Carrita says.

She says “Our Town” was her first non-musical show, adding that there was “something special about the cast” and that “there was a lot of trust between everyone.” Carrita also enjoyed learning from more experienced cast members who were in Broadway and film.

Janet Geist Moore, who played the stage manager in the production and has been involved in film, Broadway and TV in the past, says this was one of her first experiences with community theater.
“I didn’t have many expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised with everything,” she says. Compared to her experiences in larger productions, she says that the main differences were with the budget for costumes and set design and with rehearsal time. In smaller performances, there was only about three hours a week of practice, as opposed to six or more with professional acting, she says.

But as far as the product is concerned, she notes it was “of good caliber, and the bare bones aspect brought out the play better.”

McManus has been a part of her fair share of theater guilds and acting groups throughout her 30-year acting career and encourages those who are interested in trying theater in any way to try it, as different organizations are always looking for people to get involved.

And, for anyone still concerned about the quality of “amateur acting,” McManus says:
“Lots of people in community theater would do very well on Broadway. Do you know where the word ‘amateur’ comes from? It means ‘for the love of’…and if you didn’t love it, why else would you do it?”

The Sandwich Town Hall Radio Musical

November 2, 2013:


An Evening of Fun and Pure Entertainment

On November 2 at 7pm in the Sandwich Town Hall, the Friends will present another episode of Sandwich Public Town Radio at 1637 on your radio dial, “SPiT” Radio Hour featuring the kings and queens of entertainment from beautiful downtown Sandwich. So forget all the government closings, the bad week at work, and network news–come to have a great laugh.

This “rhubarb- style” 1940’s radio show with an updated twist has plenty of entertainment for the entire family. In the style of “A Prairie Home Companion” SPiT Radio Hour features local talent. Dave Read, local radio personality plays himself the ever witty announcer. Patrick Ellis, former selectman, hosts the show as master of ceremonies. There will be music, singing and comedy plus the audience becomes the SPIT Radio “rhubarb” audience participating in “cheers and boos” as the various acts perform.

The cast includes Bob King, Tobin Wirt, The Ellis Family Singers including Kathy, Jimmy and the matriarch at 90 years young, Jane. Also in the cast is Chris and Ethan Bailey, Celia Krefter, Jason Santos, and Nancy Wendlent and Maria Marasco. Plus Sandwich Community Televisions’ Paula Johnson and Michael DuBois will be providing realistic 1940’s sound effects for the show.. Marge Dolby will be tinkling the ivories of the restored piano. Melinda Gallant is directing.

The Sandwich Town Hall Radio Musical

The variety show known as the “Sandwich Town Hall Radio Musical” will bring the venerable “Prairie Home Companion” format; songs and skits by a variety of acts with a combination of down home and witty flavor, to the beautifully restored Town Hall building.

Performed by a lineup of local singers, actors, comedians, and tale spinners, the show will be on Saturday, November 2 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 and are available at Town Hall and Splash Stationers, 126 Rte. 6A. A limited amount of tickets will also be available at the door until sold out.

The idea of a show sprung from Patrick Ellis of the Friends of Town Hall, who enlisted the help of Melinda Gallant. “It started out as a variety show,” says Friends member Bill Daley, “but melded into a live radio show as a way to better entertain the audience.”

Many of the performers have appeared on stage before, and some are band members.”

“Most of the performers are seasoned,” adds Gallant, “and if not are fast learners.”

The inspiration for the evening’s final form was taken from Garrison Keillor’s long running “Prairie Home Companion.”

“It will be a ‘live radio show,’” in Daley’s words, “with an announcer, and a host, and people on stage doing the props.”

Live sound effects will be provided by Sandwich Community Television .

(Adapted from an article in The Broadsider about our first Radio Musical.)

Here’s the complete article:
By Anthony Basile

Posted Nov 03, 2011

Sandwich —

The newly restored Sandwich Town Hall is a historical throwback, a fresh updating of a classic style.

The inaugural event held in the building by the new Friends of Town Hall aims for that same blend of the historical and the now.

The variety show known as the “Sandwich Town Hall Radio Musical” seeks to bring the venerable “Prairie Home Companion” format; songs and skits by a variety of acts with a combination of down home and witty flavor, to the restored building.

Performed by a lineup of local singers, actors, comedians, and tale spinners, the show’s two performances on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 will effectively begin the Town Hall’s new life as a performing arts venue.

The idea of a show sprung from Patrick Ellis of the Friends of Town Hall, who enlisted the help of Melinda Gallant. “It started out as a variety show,” says Friends member Bill Daley, “but melded into a live radio show as a way to better entertain the audience.”

With Gallant signed on by director, the search was on for local talent to fill the bill.

The acts brought in were gathered through personal connections of Ellis and Gallant. In Gallant’s words, “Some of the acts came through word of mouth; however most were known to Patrick and me.”

With the cast assembled, it came time to polish the acts for their big days, sewing together their individual talents into a nonstop radio-style production. “There was one walk through,” reports Daley, “and there will be one full dress rehearsal. Many of the performers have appeared on stage before, and some are band members.”

“Most of the performers are seasoned,” adds Gallant, “and if not are fast learners.”

The inspiration for the evening’s final form was taken from Garrison Keillor’s long running “Prairie Home Companion.”

“It will be a ‘live radio show,’” in Dailey’s words, “with an announcer, and a host, and people on stage doing the props and sound effects.”

One of the stars of the evening is the building itself, the newly restored Town Hall getting its public moment to shine. “The idea began in September as a way to begin the community into the restored Town Hall,” says Daley. “There have been a series of meetings since that time to bring it from an idea to a show.” Tickets revenue will go toward the continued maintenance of the building, built in 1834.

While the upcoming show is the first post-renovation show at the Town Hall, the Friends have plans to make entertainment a permanent part of the building’s character. “The idea is to continue this use of the Town Hall as a gathering place for the Community of Sandwich,” says Daley. “I suspect that there will be more shows in the future.”

With a new gathering place in a classic building and an organization interested in making it an enjoyable place to congregate, the people of Sandwich have plenty to look forward to. At the end of all of the planning and rehearsals, a new chapter in Town Hall’s long life will begin.

Read more: Let’s put on a show! Friends celebrate Sandwich Town Hall restoration – – Wicked Local – Cape Cod

A Grand Night for Singing

Press Release – It’s a Grand Night for Singing at Sandwich Town Hall

For Immediate Release:

Contact: David Kuehn, Executive Director

Cotuit Center for the Arts

Phone: (508) 428-0669




“It’s A Grand Night For Singing” encore performance at Sandwich Town Hall

Cotuit Center for the Arts in partnership with the Glass Town Cultural District Presents “It’s a Grand Night For Singing: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein” in a special encore performance Saturday, March 9 at 7pm.

Melinda Gallant, of Sandwich, directs this musical revue of  solos, duets, and medleys from 11 shows, including all the big hits: “Oklahoma,” “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I,” and “Carousel,” and some lesser-known shows like “Allegro,” “ Pipe Dream,” and “Me and Juliet.”

“A Grand Night for Singing” opened on Broadway in 1993; it was originally presented cabaret-style at Rainbow & Stars at the top of Rockefeller Center. The musical tells a story through song; there is no dialogue, but the tales are familiar: “boy meets girl; boy loses girl; girl meets boy; boy finds girl; some girls are left out; some find true love.”

On the program are such favorites as “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “Honey Bun,” “The Gentleman is a Dope,” “If I Loved You,” Kansas City,” “This Nearly Was Mine,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”

“This is marvelous music, beloved by all,” said Gallant, “and the arrangements are superb, very rich, harmonious, and beautiful to listen to. The show opens on Valentine’s Day, perfect for this music and this setting. It is all about love—love of music, love of people.”

Music direction is by Henry Buck and choreography is by Melissa Morin. The show stars Maria Marasco, Stephen Colella, Laura Shea, Elizabeth Moore, and Anthony Texiera.

“Henry Lee Buck, the music director is only 23, but he really knows his stuff,” said Gallant. Buck is a resident of Bourne and he will also be music director for the Falmouth Theatre Guild’s spring production of “The Music Man.”

This is Melissa Makarewicz Morin’s debut as a choreographer. “She has many innovative ideas and helping to make the show sparkle,” said Gallant.

Maria Marasco is the leading lady. A GED teacher at the county jail by day, Marasco is new to local community theater, but has, according to Gallant, “the most spectacular soprano voice—it just fills the theater. She is an unbelievably graceful actress, with great phrasing.”

The Lodger @ Sandwich Town Hall

capenewsnetWhen: Sat Nov 10th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Sandwich Town Hall | 145 Main Street | Sandwich

After the success of last year’s silent screening of Nosferatu, Sandwich Town Hall, restored to its original 1800s structure, has taken upon themselves to continue the tradition. Alfred Hitchcock’s, The Lodger, is playing tonight, a suspense thriller. It involves a serial killer on the loose in London murdering blond haired women.

The other films in the Sandwich Silent Series will be Sunrise with Janet Gaynor which will be screened on February 9 and Charlie Chapman’s Modern Times on April 20, both shown at 7PM.

Tickets for all movies in the series are now  available for at Town Hall, 130 Main St. from 8:30 – 4:30, Monday – Friday and at Splash Stationers, 126 Rte 6A, 10 – 5, Monday – Saturday. Tickets are $5 per show and all funds will be used to benefit the 1834 Sandwich Town Hall.

Thornton Burgess Society Gala @ Sandwich Town Hall

capenewsnetWhen: Sat Oct 20th
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: Sandwich Town Hall | 145 Main Street | Sandwich

The Thornton W. Burgess Society’s annual fundraiser “An Evening for Green Briar” will be held at the Historic Sandwich Town Hall on Saturday, October 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.

The evening will begin with wine and hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction with items ranging from area restaurant gift certificates to Boston Duck Tour and Cape Cod Symphony tickets, to limited edition prints and oil paintings.
Momo’s Food Emporium of East Sandwich will be catering a buffet sit-down dinner with; desserts will feature some of the Green Briar Jam Kitchen’s jams and jellies.
Auctioneer Arthur Ratsy will auction off the Live Auction items, which include Four Loge Tickets for a Boston Bruins Game plus choice of a Zamboni ride or Bench Assistant experience. Carver Al Jordan, who has been named New York Wildlife Sculptor of the Year multiple times, has donated a one of a kind work of art.  Another item up for bid is spending a day with Representative Randy Hunt at the Massachusetts State House, Boston, which includes lunch with the Representative.
This gala, not to be missed, also features acclaimed Cape-area jazz musicians Roy Campbell, Daniel LaPage, Laird Boles and Michael Dunford in the Cape All Star Jazz Band. Their prodigious credits include stints with artists ranging from Milton Berle to Bo Diddley.
Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by phone at (508)888-6870 or on the day of the event at the Sandwich Town Hall. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to further the development of the Thornton Burgess Society’s Educational Programs. The Society would like to thank our event sponsors: Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust, Oyster Harbors Marine, The Horsley Witten Group, and Sunderland Printing.

“Twelve Angry Men” @ Sandwich Town Hall


When: Fri Sep 28th
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Where: Sandwich Town Hall | 145 Main Street | Sandwich

In the first of what is hoped to be many happy collaborations, the Cotuit Center for the Arts is bringing a performance of “Twelve Angry Men” to the Sandwich Town Hall stage Friday, September 28 at 7:30 PM.

Reginald Rose wrote this acclaimed play as well as the 1950’s TV drama it is based on. In 1957, shortly after this powerful story of human nature was performed on television, it would become a highly acclaimed movie.
The story is simple but profound: twelve men sit in a court house room in 1954 deciding what their verdict will be concerning a homicide case.
Tickets for the play are $15 and can be purchased in advance through Cotuit Center for the Arts by phoning their box office at 508-428-0633 or at  There will be a concession provided by the Friends of Sandwich Town Hall at the performance.