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Opinion

July 1, 2013

Theater in the Open deserves our support

To the editor:

One of the great things about a community the size of Newburyport is that individual citizens and small organizations can have a big impact. Theater in the Open (TITO), our amazing, little stage company, is an example. The contribution this nonprofit makes to the area is way out of scale to the size of its resources, reputation, staff or facilities.

Using the true magic of theater, TITO crafts smart, witty, thought-provoking shows that keep adults and children enthralled. Even when costumes are crafted from old clothes, musical numbers are re-purposed radio hits, and “off-stage” is behind a bush, TITO produces excellent theater in the authentic panto tradition. The group showcases the essence of this intimate art form in an era of over-produced, impersonal entertainment.

Teddy Speck with Beth Randall — two local treasures themselves— leads TITO’s talented, multi- generational cast and crew. They deserve all the support we can give them.

Peter Twichell

Newburyport

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