Theater in the Open provides free, family-friendly theater in Maudslay State Park and is currently working on a production based around the myth of Orpheus.
“Our two missions are really to entertain and educate using art,” Speck said. “Right now, we have 85 students who are learning dance and art and drama, and we try to use different forms of art to create more well-rounded human beings because that’s the experience we all had growing up.”
If you go
What: “Oz Incorporated,” Circus Smirkus’ 2013 Big Top Tour
When: Friday, Aug. 2, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3, at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Where: Manter Field, 81 Central St., Newbury
How much: $21 for adults, $17 for kids ages 2-12. Tickets are available at Eureka Toys at The Tannery Marketplace in Newburyport, online at smirkus.org or by calling 877-SMIRKUS.