, Newburyport, MA


September 6, 2007

Story Time with a twist at Maudslay State Park

The Lookout

Sonya Vartabedian

Watch your favorite childhood stories come to life on the fields of Maudslay State Park in Newburyport as Theater in the Open rolls out Story Time this month.

The theater-in-residence at the park is staging three Sundays of fairy tales starting this weekend. Take a classic fairy take, add a touch of silliness and laughter and mix them together with a group of zany actors and the troupe's show is born. There will be a princess or two, maybe a frog, a king and queen and who knows what else.

Theater in the Open Artistic Director Jeffrey Rath directs. The cast features Victor Atkins, Rachel Ameen, Samuel Day, Aaron Foss, Matt Kiely, Beth Randall, Shelby Steeves and Alyssa Theriault, all of Newburyport; Peter and James Sheridan of Amesbury, and Aaron Foss of Salem, N.H.

Performances are the next three Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5, Allow a 15-minute walk to the play site, which is marked with flags. The productions go off rain or shine. Call 978-465-2572 or visit

CD release party for Port's Dan Blakeslee

Newburyport's Dan Blakeslee heads Downstairs at The Grog in Newburyport tonight with his new CD, "Lincoln Street Roughs."

The full-length album was recorded in a warehouse in Portland, Maine, and in a friend's living room in South Portland. It features the talents of Juliet Nelson of Tigersaw on cello, Dave Talmage of Mill City Ramblers on fiddle, Kris Day of King Memphis on upright bass, Chris Elliott on flugelhorn and Ron Harrity of The Harpswell Sound and Honey Clouds on guitar.

Blakeslee has signed with the Portland-based record label Peapod Recordings, with a new recording to begin in spring 2008.

Tonight's show starts at 8 at the Grog, 13 Middle St. Blakeslee will share the bill with Orange Nichole of Salem and ILYAIMY of Baltimore. For more, contact the Grog at 978-465-8008 or Blakeslee at 603-205-2828 or

'Another Life' for Salisbury acoustic artist

Local singer-songwriter Doug Wynne highlights his new CD, "Another Life," Saturday at 9 p.m. at J. Buck's espresso and wine bar at 32 Elm St. in downtown Amesbury

Recorded primarily in Wynne's home studio in Salisbury, the 11-song CD explores themes of love, war and spirituality in a pop-rock style mixed with global sounds, including Tibetan Buddhist chants recorded during a recent trip to India.

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