Entertainment returns to Sandwich Town Hall


Theater — and other entertainment — is coming back to Sandwich on a regular basis through the inaugural season of the Glass Town Stage at Sandwich Town Hall.

Through planning by the Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Trust following the building’s renovation, a schedule of 14 events over the next year — including partner events with Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Sandwich Arts Alliance — will help bring back performances to a historic stage. This season includes community theater, children’s theater, art shows, movies and concerts.

A press release notes the history of the upper floor of town hall, which has hosted military balls during the Civil War, school presentations, silent movies, and visiting actors.

That season begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 with “The 3rd (not so) Annual Sandwich Town Hall Musical Radio Show” that will include singing, dancing, comic routines and sketches as a fundraiser for the trust organization. Among the local performers: the Ellis Family singers with Jane Ellis, James (Jimmy) Ellis and Kathy Ellis Knowles; local radio personality Dave Read; selectman Patrick Ellis; Carol McManus, Christine Norton and Mickie McManus; and pianist Marge Dolby. Tickets: $15.

The rest of the season will include Oct 17, John Ford’s silent western film “The Iron Horse” with live piano accompaniment; Nov. 20-22, “Cotuit on the Road Presents Anthony Teixeira Sings Tony Bennett Duets”; Dec. 12: “Sandwich Soul for the Holidays Special”; Cabaret Weekend Jan. 16-18; Feb. 21, “Cotuit on the Road Presents an Oklahoma Sing Along with staged reading”; March 19-20, Think Spring Art Show; April 16, silent film “Doomsday” starring Gary Cooper with live piano accompaniment; April 17, “Town Hall Preservation Trust Spring Piano Tea: Celebrates Poetry Month”; May 21, “May Music Fest”; June 18-20, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”; July 16, silent film “The Wind,” starring Lillian Gish with live piano accompaniment; and Aug. 20, Cape Cod Theatre Company presents The Harwich Junior Theatre Kids.