Friday, October 12, 2007

"Guest Critic" for the North Shore Music Theatre!!


I always love attending productions of the North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT)

I just have to share that for me - being a Toastmaster is very useful in learning how to write evaluations for other people's speeches and presentations. AND in this case, it helped me to become a "Guest Critic" for one of the largest non-profit theatres in New England !!

Perhaps YOU too can learn to listen, speak, evaluate and even write a review for your local theatre company. I encourage you to join a Toastmasters Club near you!



Sherri Raftery turned 41 on January 9th and is a PTO mom at St. Pius V. School in Lynn, where her nine-year-old daughter Sabrina attends third grade. Sherri is also a soccer mom and team parent for the Saugus "Dynamites", a performer with the Theatre Co. of Saugus and currently serves on several boards in Saugus including the Saugus Cultural Council. Sherri graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts and Communications and completed her Master's Degree in Education with a Concentration in Arts and Learning from Endicott College in 2004. Sherri is the Toastmasters District 31 A-2 Area Governor and the newly elected Lt. Governor of Marketing. Sherri writes poetry and has been published locally.



On Thursday May 31st the newly renovated North Shore Music Theatre located in the wooded area of Beverly, MA in collaboration with many talented artists and guest artists was well received when the house opened with Seven Brides For Seven Brothers to a large, eager and welcoming audience.

This little hidden gem know as the "theatre-in-the-round" had me on a non-stop, merry-go-round ride where the action, singing, dancing and tumbling were exciting and rhythmic to watch, and hear. It was a bouquet of heartwarming numbers and some sexy surprises, especially "Bless Their Beautiful Hides"!! The costumes were "Wonderful Wonderful" colorful prisms and especially complimented the lights.

If "it takes a village to raise a child" then hats and boots off to tall, blond, handsome, burly, big brother Adam, performed by Edward Watts, for raising his brothers out in the Oregon lumberjack woods on his own. When along comes his strong willed, hard working, beautiful new bride Millie, performed by Michelle Dawson, to strip ALL the brothers of their old scruffy headed, scrappy bearded, tattered clothes, rough and "tumbled" mountain man ways.

What better way to shape up a man or even seven men than by bak'n em some homemade muffins and teach 'em some proper manners on how to treat the pretty little lady folk especially when they are "Goin' Courtin'".

Imagine having two sets of suitors? The brothers may have lassoed, and kidnapped their woman who "were spoken for" and "promised to" at first, but it didn't take these ladies long to warm up to the brothers charms and marry them.

The set changes were intricately and smoothly woven into each scene by the entire cast as they set up, removed, or replaced props. The set pieces were also gracefully transitioned as the bunk bed rolled down from one of the house aisles, or the table as it rose up from the stage floor and the trees as they were quickly hoisted down and retracted back up to the ceiling rafters.

BRAVO!! Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was SEP'TUP'ULAR the only regret I have is that there was not a longer curtain call! Applause Applause Applause!!

Respectfully Submitted
Sherri Raftery, M.Ed.
For more information about the North Shore Music Theatre Contact

Stacy Whalen-Kelley, Public Relations Associate,
North Shore Music Theatre
978) 232-7290

North Shore Music Theatre - Operating since 1955, NSMT has evolved into the largest non-profit producing theater in New England, with approximately 350,000 patrons annually. NSMT has gained a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement, specifically in the areas of developing new works and providing outstanding theater arts and education programs. NSMT has received numerous industry awards including IRNE Awards, the Elliot Norton Award, the Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors' Equity, and the Moss Hart Award. NSMT annually produces a six musical subscription series, a production of A Christmas Carol and an acclaimed concert series. With its celebrated Theater for Young Audiences program, a school touring program, and year-round classes for children, NSMT has become one of the region's leading providers of theater arts and education.

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