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Nosferatu Haunts Sandwich Town Hall

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From: The insider’s guide to going out on Cape Cod

By: Sam Houghton, February 17, 2012

On Saturday, February 18, the Sandwich Town Hall transformed back into its origins as an early 1900s film auditorium with a special screening of the silent classic film Nosferatu, complete with a live piano accompaniment.

Continuing its celebration of the oldest running Town Hall in Massachusetts the volunteer group Friends of Sandwich Town Hall (the recent winners of the 2011 Massachusetts Historical Commission Award) presented the film, accompanied by John Read on the piano.

Dressed in traditional flapper garb, silent film enthusiast Liisa Niemi gave a brief introduction on the history of the genre and the story and themes of Nosferatu.

Nosferatu dates back to 1920s Germany when director F. M. Murnau adapted, without authorization, Bram Stroker’s Dracula, portraying the haunting story of a young Mr. Hutter and his stay at the vampire Nosferatu’s eerie mansion in Transylvania.

Although this first-ever vampire movie may feel slow compared to those made later in the century, Nosferatu is rife with historical significance.

Around the same time that Nosferatu was released, Sandwich Town Hall was a hot bed for silent films.

“This is our way of bringing back the spirit of community to the Town Hall,” said Friends of Sandwich Town Hall member Bill Daley.

“We have never done this before, but it should be fun for the whole community.”

Whether or not Nosferatu originally played in the Hall, Daly is not sure, but he is pleased with the selection of a film regarded as one of the best in the silent genre.

Pianist John Read, a Yarmouth Port local, has over 30 years experience entertaining as a musician. He attributes his success as a silent film accompanist to his passionate knowledge of 30s and 40s pop songs and the live organ music from early soap operas.

Read and Niemi have hosted silent movie events for the past few years around the state. In addition to her introduction, Niemi will share her collection of antiques and vintage clothing at the event, a passion that she gained from her grandmother, an original flapper girl and antique collector.

The Friends of Sandwich Town Hall is a group created to maximize the potential of community building within the Hall. After a recent restoration project to the building, the group aims to host regular events similar to the viewing of Nosferatu.

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Let’s put on a show! Friends celebrate Sandwich Town Hall restoration

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 https://www.wickedlocal.com/capecod/news/x1408200084/Let-s-put-on-a-show-Friends-celebrate-Sandwich-Town-Hall-restoration#ixzz21ElRKahE

In Sandwich, ‘Our Town’ will help preserve Town Hall

 

By Craig Salters
Posted Sep 13, 2011

SANDWICH —

Sandwich spent a considerable amount of time, talent and treasure to restore the historic Town Hall and a group of residents is organizing to help keep the building in tiptop condition.
“We’re just starting,” is how Selectwoman Linnell Grundman describes the status of Friends of Town Hall, which will dedicate itself to both maintaining and improving the building.
Such a citizens group was always intended by the committee that oversaw restoration efforts, Grundman said. The idea is to raise funds for some items, such as additional lighting or backstage curtains, that are certainly wants but might not necessarily be town needs in this time of budget uncertainty.
“We want to maintain and enhance the space,” said Grundman, who added that the group has yet to officially meet but that those seeking more information could contact Patrick Ellis.
While it may be new, the preservation group already has a fundraiser planned for it thanks to Theatre of Sandwich, in which Grundman is also involved. The theater group will present a staged reading of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Tickets are $15 and all funds raised will go to the Friends of Town Hall.
The classic story of life in a small New England town at the turn of the 20th century was chosen, Grundman said, because its themes might resonate with a Sandwich audience. In addition, she said, the play does not require sets and is instead reliant upon its use of language. “The story is told through the words,” Grundman said.
As a result, the staged reading offers a chance to demonstrate what the restored Town Hall has to offer residents. Said Grundman: “It’s a great piece to produce in a hall that was built for live sound.”
Built in 1834, Sandwich Town Hall was one of the first town halls built in the Commonwealth. For decades the second floor meeting room served the town as the site of town meetings and was also used for school performances, lectures, dances and other community activities. Beginning in the 1930’s, it was used for the storage of public records.
The building was rededicated in October of 2010 following a 15-month, $3.1 million restoration project financed through funds from the Community Preservation Act.
Sandwich selectmen began holding their regularly scheduled meetings there this spring.

Sandwich spent a considerable amount of time, talent and treasure to restore the historic Town Hall and a group of residents is organizing to help keep the building in tiptop condition.
“We’re just starting,” is how Selectwoman Linnell Grundman describes the status of Friends of Town Hall, which will dedicate itself to both maintaining and improving the building.
Such a citizens group was always intended by the committee that oversaw restoration efforts, Grundman said. The idea is to raise funds for some items, such as additional lighting or backstage curtains, that are certainly wants but might not necessarily be town needs in this time of budget uncertainty.
“We want to maintain and enhance the space,” said Grundman, who added that the group has yet to officially meet but that those seeking more information could contact Patrick Ellis.
While it may be new, the preservation group already has a fundraiser planned for it thanks to Theatre of Sandwich, in which Grundman is also involved. The theater group will present a staged reading of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Tickets are $15 and all funds raised will go to the Friends of Town Hall.
The classic story of life in a small New England town at the turn of the 20th century was chosen, Grundman said, because its themes might resonate with a Sandwich audience. In addition, she said, the play does not require sets and is instead reliant upon its use of language. “The story is told through the words,” Grundman said.
As a result, the staged reading offers a chance to demonstrate what the restored Town Hall has to offer residents. Said Grundman: “It’s a great piece to produce in a hall that was built for live sound.”
Built in 1834, Sandwich Town Hall was one of the first town halls built in the Commonwealth. For decades the second floor meeting room served the town as the site of town meetings and was also used for school performances, lectures, dances and other community activities. Beginning in the 1930’s, it was used for the storage of public records.
The building was rededicated in October of 2010 following a 15-month, $3.1 million restoration project financed through funds from the Community Preservation Act.
Sandwich selectmen began holding their regularly scheduled meetings there this spring.

Read more: In Sandwich, ‘Our Town’ will help preserve Town Hall – – Wicked Local – Cape Cod https://www.wickedlocal.com/capecod/news/x371954413/In-Sandwich-Our-Town-will-help-preserve-Town-Hall#ixzz21EnDpemM