.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're in the midst of a busy 2017-2018 season!
Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying started off with full houses of young audiences in November. Our cast, which included both returning and new actors of all ages, brought Barbara Park's beloved characters to life with just the right blend of humor and sincerity.
Our February production, an original adaptation of Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome, pushed the boundaries of our creativity. Using newly purchased risers, we were able to create an entirely new playing space within the Newton Cultural Center. This innovation, coupled with inventive blocking and lighting choices, made for an incredibly fresh and evocative take on a New England classic.
This June, Newton Theatre Company continues our partnership with the Newton High Schools and Newton City Health and Human Services to continue our Monologue Project. Written and performed by Newton students of color, this powerful piece provides our city's youth with the chance to share their stories, and make their voices heard.
In July, we conclude our season back on the Theater Steps of Newton City Hall, this time with Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis. This production brings us back to the beginning of the Trojan War and includes characters that are both familiar and new to Newton Theatre Company audiences.
We hope that you'll continue to enjoy our work throughout the season. With new authors and classic themes, it's sure to be one for the books. For more information, like our Facebook page, or subscribe to our email list!
Hope to see you at our next show!
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.
Newton Theatre Company is a program of The Newton Pride Corporation, a 501C3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible.