A Note from the Artistic Director:
Welcome to the Newton Theatre Company!
Since our first show in 2013, we've been very busy! Over the past five years, we have been working diligently to achieve our mission statement of bringing to life classics in innovative ways and finding original pieces of literature to adapt for the stage. Since I started this company, our audiences have doubled in size, as has our acting company of regulars. We are always on the look out for more creative involvement - on or off stage, as well as a larger audience pool, so please be in touch!
We had a busy 2016-2017 season!
Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim started us off with full houses of young audiences in November, and we staged our first musical, the delightful You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown in February.
On our newly purchased platforms we performed Moliere's The Bourgeois Gentleman or The Would-Be Hipster in May. What a blast to update this 17th century play to disco-era New York City!
In June, Newton Theatre Company partnered with the Newton High Schools and Newton City Health and Human Services for a special evening of The Monologue Project: Voices of Color. Written and performed by Newton students of color, this powerful piece provided an opportunity to hear their stories.
We finished up our season on the Theater Steps of Newton City Hall, with Aeschylus' Oresteia, an adaptation of The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides, completing the House of Atreus cycle that we had begun with Agamemnon in the summer of 2016. Many folks commented on how magical the performance was as this story of justice played out on their very own city hall steps.
Our 2017-2018 season will be announced in the coming weeks. With new authors and continued themes from past seasons, this is sure to be one for the books.
Please support us by sharing our Facebook page, website and most importantly, coming to our next show!
Hope to see you there!
Melissa Bernstein (Artistic Director) founded the Newton Theatre Company (NTC) in 2013 and has directed all NTC shows including Wonder, Our Town, The Song of Achilles: Parts I and II, The Imaginary Invalid, Junie B. Jones and That Yucky Blucky Fruitcake, The Importance of Being Earnest, Agamemnon, Junie B. Jones and that Meanie Jim's Birthday, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Bourgeois Gentleman (or The Would-Be Hipster), and The Oresteia. She is founder and Executive Director of the Newton Youth Players, housed in the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall. Since beginning the program in 2006, she has directed over 50 productions involving close to one thousand youth actors. From 2005-2007 she founded and led the Fingerpaint Players, a traveling children’s theatre troupe housed at Newton North High School. Other shows directed include Iphigenia at Aulis and The Boys Next Door in Boulder, Colorado. Melissa holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MFA in Playwriting/Theatre Education from Emerson College and a BA in Theatre from SUNY-Binghamton.