, Newburyport, MA


July 25, 2013

The Lookout:


They will be led by professor Richard Candee, author of “Building Portsmouth.” The cost of each tour is $10, and space is limited. For reservations, call 603-436-8433.

Veteran actor to teach cold reading workshop

A former “Days of Our Lives” star is teaching an upcoming seminar at The Actors Studio in Newburyport.

Steve Blackwood, who played Bart on the soap opera and appears in the movies “Machine Gun Preacher” and “Cedar Rapids,” will present “Cold Reading Technique” on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Blackwood, who is moving to Newburyport next month, is the author of “The Steve Blackwood Sessions,” a handbook for actors.

He will show participants how to trust their instincts and other techniques. Actors will receive scenes in class and have just a few minutes to look at them before doing cold readings.

To register for the class, which costs $65, call 978-465-1229 or email

Summer Classics Series starts at Actors Studio

The Actors Studio will host staged readings of Ellen McLaughlin’s “Lysistrata” this weekend.

The performances are the first in the Summer Classics Series. The script is a short version of the Aristophanes play and will be directed by Anna Smulowitz and feature live, improvised music by cellist Kristen Miller.

McLaughlin created the script for the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the 2003 Lysistrata Project, a worldwide protest against the Iraq War.

Readings will be held at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the studio in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5, Newburyport. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased by calling 978-465-1229 or online at

Revisit the past to help the future

Take a “Walk Back in Time” on Saturday, Aug. 10, to help out the Music for Music Foundation.

Local garage bands The Shadows and The Reunion Band will perform cover songs from the 1960s and ’70s. Acoustic duo Stellwagen will open the show.

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