Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Valley Radio Reading Service - Springfield, Massachusetts

With the year winding down and the celebrations a couple days away, I'd like to take a moment draw your attention to the Valley Radio Reading Service, which provides a local news source for the blind and vision impaired in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts.

I've been volunteering as a reader for them for over a year, reading local news in a recording booth, and sometimes live.  I've been invited to read from one of my books, so for the past several weeks I've been reading from my novel on the Quabbin Reservoir and the Swift River Valley residents who had to leave their homes to make way for the construction -- Beside the Still Waters.

Community news is a very important aspect of our daily lives, and this is one area where the blind and vision impaired are at a loss.  They are able to get a wide array of national news from television or radio, but community news from daily newspapers -- and also in weekly newspapers of small distribution -- are lost to them.  The Valley Radio Reading Service helps them to connect with their community and to remain a vibrant part of it.  Local events and attractions, club news, meetings, and especially the local obituaries -- all are grist to our mill at the VRRS.  And one novel about the Quabbin.

The readers are volunteers.  But funds are needed constantly to maintain the broadcast equipment, the office, and keep our subscribers to this vital service informed and entertained.  If you care to make a donation, please contact the Valley Radio Reading Service at this website, or write to the VRRS at 44 Hampden Street, Springfield, MA, 01103, or call 413-747-7337.  Tell them I sent you, and thanks.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

For Christmas - Two eBook Offers

This is to announce a Christmas special offer of my book on the career of actress Ann Blyth. 


Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star., eBook version, will be priced at 99 cents for Christmas Day only (Eastern US Time) on Amazon.  That is a savings of $9 for the eBook.  The price of the print book remains the same.

UPDATE:  The sale price will be $1.99 - Amazon will not allow a 99-cent price for this eBook - but this is still a savings of $8.00.  Sorry for the change.  Merry Christmas.

Also for the holiday, our new children's picture book featuring cartoon illustrations by my twin brother John: Bob the Bear's Christmas Party. The continuing adventures of Bob the Bear and his little buddy Pedro the Pelican and their friends, and the complications of trying not to eat all the Christmas cookies. 

May I wish all those who celebrate a very Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Berkshire Theatre Group - A Christmas Carol - Pittsfield, Massachusetts

OPENING THIS WEEKEND!
BTG's 10th Annual 
A Christmas Carol

 
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Eric Hill
co-directed by Eric Hill and Travis G. Daly 

at The Colonial Theatre
Tickets: Adults: $37 Children 16 and under: $27

Sponsored by: Founding Sponsors Blantyre, Country Curtains and The Red Lion Inn, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Greylock Insurance Agency, Berkshire Health Systems, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and Enterprise Holdings Foundation


Performance Dates:

Saturday, December 12 at 7pm 
Sunday, December 13 at 2pm
Thursday, December 17 at 7pm
Friday, December 18 at 7pm
Saturday, December 19 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, December 20 at 2pm and 7pm
Monday, December 21 at 7pm
Tuesday, December 22 at 7pm 
Celebrate the timeless holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol with the whole family and revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols and the wonderment of the season.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Preview: 2016 Cape Playhouse Season - Dennis, Massachusetts





LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
by Neil Simon
June 7-18, 2016
TALLEY'S FOLLY
by Lanford Wilson
June 21-July 2, 2016
THE MUSIC MAN
Book, Music & Lyrics by Meredith Wilson
July 5-23, 2016
THE MAY QUEEN
by Molly Smith Metzler
July 26-August 6, 2016
CABARET
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
August 9-20, 2016
THE MOUSETRAP
by Agatha Christie
August 23-September 3, 2016

The Cape Playhouse
820 Route 6A
Dennis Village, Massachusetts 02638
Box Office 508.385.3911
Administration 508.385.3838

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Giving Tuesday - Valley Radio Reading Service - Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday - Please support us on Tuesday, December 1st!



Our Vision. Your Sight. We broadcast local news and information critical to vision impaired listeners throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Our volunteer-driven organization is on the cusp of making great strides.  We are moving into the 21st century with our technology which will improve reception and give more options for our listeners to hear us.  Our news is more up-to-date with the addition of MassLive reporting and other sources.  We are gaining more local support and greater awareness in the Pioneer Valley.  Our country just celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  We have made progress, but we have a lot more to do. No one with visual and physical challenges should be at risk of further isolation and depression due to lack of community connection, news, and information.

Use this link to donate now!!!!:


Valley Radio Reading Service
44 Hampden Street, Springfield, MA 01103

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday through Monday Sale!

A special "Black Friday" sale is going on now of a limited number of selected books on my Etsy site.  The following paperback books will be half-price through Monday, November 30th. 

Myths of the Modern Man
The Current Rate of Exchange
Beside the Still Waters
Meet Me in Nuthatch

All three of my mystery series:
    Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red
    Speak Out Before You Die
    Dismount and Murder


And my book on the career of Ann Blyth - Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. will be ten dollars off - selling for this limited period at $15.

You may pay by credit card, PayPal, or check on the Etsy website.  If you wish a signed copy, please leave instructions when you check out.

My Etsy site is called Lynch Twins Publishing - and you can find it at this link.  Print books at only this site are eligible, and there is a very limited number being offered, so make your purchase early before they run out. Only a few copies are available.

Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mayflower Compact - Plymouth, Massachusetts



To all our American readers, Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Talk and book signing in Wilbraham, Massachusetts

On this Thursday, November 19th, I'll be speaking at the Wilbraham Senior Center, 45B Post Office Park, Wilbraham, Massachusetts at 1:30 p.m. on my book Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. I'll bring some movie memorabilia from Ann's career, and will have books available for sale and signing.  I'm looking forward to meeting all the Ann Blyth fans at the book club!



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Veteran's Day - Edward Borucki's battle stations - Holyoke, Massachusetts

About three weeks ago, one of New England's last remaining survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor died.  We note Veteran's Day tomorrow by recalling the experience of one man, who spent the rest of his life representing the experience of many on that terrible day.

His name was Edward F. Borucki, and he grew up in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  He had enlisted in the Navy in July 1940, and on December 7, 1941, the "day of infamy," he was stationed on the light cruiser USS Helena, moored in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, that Sunday morning.  He was twenty-one years old.  The week before he had sent his mother presents for Christmas.

Third Class Yeoman Borucki rose at 7:45 a.m., and was issuing passes for Sunday liberty, when ten minutes later the general alarm sounded the Japanese attack.  He recalled for the Springfield (Massachusetts) Republican, published December 6, 2013, his memory of what happened after the general alarm:

I dashed to my battle station, forward battle dressing and damage control on the first deck. I was knocked against a bulkhead as soon as I got there by the force of the aerial torpedo that hit the forward engine room. We shut the water-tight doors and valves while hearing the five-inch anti-aircraft guns, machine guns and bombs being dropped. I was saved by a mere 30 seconds.

We were below deck and could not see the action. After two hours, the "all clear" sounded and we proceeded to the area of the forward engine room where we saw the oil-stained, blackened bodies of the 33 shipmates killed plus many others wounded.


We proceeded to carry out the dead and injured up the ladders to the main deck and to the gang plank to shore and the waiting ambulances and vehicles to carry the dead and wounded to the hospitals."

His hometown paper, the Holyoke Daily Transcript and Telegram the next day, Monday, December 8th, published his photo, as you see here, with a short bio that reads like an obituary.  For some families, it would be weeks before they knew if their loves ones stationed there were living or dead.  The ambiguous last sentence begins, "Borucki will be remembered..."




Edward Borucki survived and returned home in February 1942.  He spent the rest of his life remembering those who were killed and he attended many commemorations through several decades. He was 94 years old when he died in the Holyoke Soldiers Home. 



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

WHITE CHRISTMAS on Stage in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The Ogunquit Playhouse is presenting a special Christmas show at the Musical Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


White Christmas, an old movie favorite, has now become a new stage yuletide tradition.  From the press release:

Building on the great partnership with the Music Hall in Portsmouth, the Ogunquit Playhouse will once again produce a holiday show for the historic theatre. The Irving Berlin classic White Christmas will be presented just in time for the holidays from December 9 to 20.  Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow two beautiful singing sisters to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.” 

Parental Guidelines: G - Suitable for all ages. (There is no official rating system for live theatre. We encourage you to use your judgment based on your child's age and maturity level.)

Buy tickets at the theater website, or call the Music Hall at (603) 436-2400 or in person at the Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Show Dates and Times

December 9 - 20

Wed, December 97:30 PM
Thu, December 102:00 PM
Thu, December 107:30 PM
Fri, December 117:30 PM
Sat, December 122:00 PM
Sat, December 127:00 PM
Sun, December 1312:00 PM
Sun, December 134:30 PM
Tue, December 157:30 PM
Wed, December 167:30 PM
Thu, December 177:30 PM
Fri, December 187:30 PM
Sat, December 192:00 PM
Sat, December 197:00 PM
Sun, December 2012:00 PM
Sun, December 204:30 PM

Thursday, October 29, 2015

KINDLE COUNTDOWN - STATES OF MIND: NEW ENGLAND


Beginning Friday, October 30th and running through November 5th - take advantage of the Kindle Countdown on STATES OF MIND: NEW ENGLAND to purchase this book at a fraction of the cost.  It begins at 99 cents on Friday, increases to $1.99 on Saturday, $2.99 on Sunday, and will raise by increments to its full purchase price by Thursday, November 5th.  

Don't miss your chance to purchase STATES OF MIND: NEW ENGLAND in eBook for a fraction of the regular purchase price.   

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Theatre on Mt. Tom - Holyoke, Massachusetts


I've begun the research in earnest now on a new book about theatre on Mt. Tom in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The above photo is the playbill for the show Mary, Mary, when Hollywood stars Craig Stevens (whom you may remember TV's Peter Gunn), and his wife Alexis Smith, who appeared with a string handsome leading men -- Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Paul Newman among them -- and who would later earn a Tony Award on Broadway, came to the mountain in this romantic comedy. The Mt. Tom Playhouse was a smashing finale to the years of theatre on Mt. Tom, but it wasn't the only incarnation.

Before there was the Mt. Tom Playhouse, there was the beloved Valley Players, a stock company that rigorously produced show after show of a summer and featured some local, and some national Equity players -- including famed writer Madeleine L'Engle (who wrote A Wrinkle in Time), and most especially, actor Hal Holbrook, who played with the company in the early 1950s, and later in the decade brought his most famous character to town in his one-act show Mark Twain Tonight!




Before the 1940s and '50s, however, the mountain saw other performances, a wide and wonderful array of theatre, including WPA performers in the Great Depression, and before that, operetta and vaudeville.




There has been theatre on the mountain since the 1890s when Mountain Park first opened to the city dwellers bellow it's cool, green heights, where with egalitarian sociability, the factory workers mingled with the mansion dwellers and factory owners, all escaping the summer heat of the city.

A playhouse in the middle of an amusement park, up on a mountain, in a New England factory town.  Never has there been a more unusual setting for live theatre.

If you know anyone connected with any phase of theatre on Mt. Tom -- whether they be actors, technical and support staff, or audience members -- especially audience members -- who would like to share their memories of the stage shows on Mt. Tom, please have them get in touch with me.  I will do interviews by email, by regular mail, by phone, or in person.

Thanks.

Jacqueline T. Lynch

JacquelineTLynch@gmail.com

PO Box 1394, Chicopee, MA  01021

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"Lynch’s book is organized and well-written – and has plenty of amusing observations – but when it comes to describing Blyth’s movies, Lynch’s writing sparkles." - Ruth Kerr, Silver Screenings

"Jacqueline T. Lynch creates a poignant and thoroughly-researched mosaic of memories of a fine, upstanding human being who also happens to be a legendary entertainer." - Deborah Thomas, Java's Journey

"One of the great strengths of Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. is that Lynch not only gives an excellent overview of Blyth's career -- she offers detailed analyses of each of Blyth's roles -- but she puts them in the context of the larger issues of the day."- Amanda Garrett, Old Hollywood Films

"Jacqueline's book will hopefully cause many more people to take a look at this multitalented woman whose career encompassed just about every possible aspect of 20th Century entertainment." - Laura Grieve, Laura's Miscellaneous Musings''

"Jacqueline T. Lynch’s Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. is an extremely well researched undertaking that is a must for all Blyth fans." - Annette Bochenek, Hometowns to Hollywood




Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. 
by Jacqueline T. Lynch

The first book on the career of actress Ann Blyth. Multitalented and remarkably versatile, Blyth began on radio as a child, appeared on Broadway at the age of twelve in Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine, and enjoyed a long and diverse career in films, theatre, television, and concerts. A sensitive dramatic actress, the youngest at the time to be nominated for her role in Mildred Pierce (1945), she also displayed a gift for comedy, and was especially endeared to fans for her expressive and exquisite lyric soprano, which was showcased in many film and stage musicals. Still a popular guest at film festivals, lovely Ms. Blyth remains a treasure of the Hollywood's golden age.


The eBook and paperback are available from Amazon and CreateSpace, which is the printer.  You can also order it from my Etsy shop. It is also available at the Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts.

If you wish a signed copy, then email me at JacquelineTLynch@gmail.com and I'll get back to you with the details.


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My new syndicated column on classic film is up at http://go60.us/advice-and-more/item/2047-everybody-comes-to-rick-s, or check with your local paper.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Big E - September 1936 - photos from Yale collection

Yale/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Our last post included photos from this year's Big E, the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  Today's photos are from the 1936 fair.  Both are taken by photographer Carl Mydan as part of the the federal government's Farm Security Administration.  They are part of a collection recently published on the Internet by Yale University.  

The top photo shows spectators at the outdoor horse-pulling contest.  The bottom photo shows cattle judges inside the coliseum. 

Yale/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

The collection provides a wealth of interesting photos from all over the country taken from 1935 to 1944. I hope to include more related to New England scenes in future posts.  

It cannot be too lightly praised or appreciated, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's program of the federal government hiring writers, artists, and photographers to chronicle America as it was in those challenging days.  They have all left us a precious and meaningful legacy.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Big E - New England's Six-State Fair

 
 
This is the last week of the Big E - the Eastern States Exposition - New England's six-state fair held in West Springfield, Massachusetts. 
 


 
 
Don't miss the heart-pounding excitement of racing piglets.  Keep your casinos, this is where the real action is.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Talk on ANN BLYTH: ACTRESS. SINGER. STAR. - Holyoke, Massachusetts

Tonight, Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:30 p.m., I'll be speaking at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, Mass., as part of their Conversations with Local Authors series.  I'll be discussing my book Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star., and will bring along some film memorabilia for display.  I'll also have a selection of my other books for sale and signing.






Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Revolution versus Rebellion - my talk at the Edward Bellamy Homestead




Tomorrow night, Wednesday, September 16th, at 7:00 p.m., I'll be speaking at the Chicopee Historical Society meeting on "Revolution vs. Rebellion" -- a look at how manufacturing change society during the Civil War years and brought about a social and commercial revolution.  The meeting is open to the public at the Bellamy Homestead, 91-93 Court Street, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts.  The site is the home of nineteenth century author and social visionary Edward Bellamy, and is a National Historic Landmark.

On this occasion, a room in the Bellamy Homestead to display historical items is to be dedicated and named for my late sister, Ann Lynch Beebe, longtime treasurer of the Chicopee Historical Society.

On Saturday, September 19th, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., I'll be  signing a variety of my books along with other local authors at the Springfield City Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, Mass., as part of their autumn Author Fair.  

On Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:30 p.m., I'll be speaking at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, Mass., as part of their Conversations with Local Authors series.  I'll be discussing my book Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star., and will bring along some film memorabilia for display.  I'll also have a selection of my other books for sale and signing.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Department Store Shopping



Topps.  
J.M. Fields.
Zayre  (above pictured the one in Agawam, Mass.).
W.T. Grant.
Two Guys.
...etc.  You remember them, the discount department stores where we headed for back to school shopping (or Christmas, or for the first record albums we ever purchased).

Here's the W. T. Grant's in New Bedford, Mass.:



We had our grand stores in New England of course, G. Fox of Hartford, Steiger's and Forbes & Wallace in Springfield, Mass., Filenes, Jordan Marsh -- we've mentioned them before.  But today a brief glance at those less-than-swank, but beloved, discount chains that came with us to suburbia and most of which are gone.  

All of these regional and national chains had their roots in New England, except for Two Guys, which was started in New Jersey. J. M. Fields began in Salem, Mass.; Grant's in Lynn, Mass.; Zayre in Hyannis; and Topps in Hartford, Connecticut.  Another Connecticut chain that spread across the country was the Robert Hall store. 

Here's a commercial featuring the great Les Paul and Mary Ford:


Never again would we be so thrilled by a package of filler paper, or believe the words "bargains galore."

Never again so mesmerized by a blinking neon sign:


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

70th Anniversary of the End of WWII - Dan Gabel's Big Band -Newton, Massachusetts

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on Saturday, September 12th with a special gala, featuring a very special Big Band - Dan Gabel and the Abeltones!

Here from The Greater Boston Vintage Society Facebook page:

Indoor, 8pm--Then head inside for the amazing Dan Gabel and the Abletones ...Authentic Big Band featuring vocalist Elise Roth! This extremely talented band will have you swinging your heart out in no time! Along with the music there will be performances, a high output Lindy Hop contest with prizes, and a genuine 1940’s Army projector playing wartime newsreel films!

Get your tickets in advance! At only $25, this all-ages show is going to sell out fast! Tickets will be $35 at the door if there are any left. Special bonus: Members of GBVS who are in military service or Veterans get in for FREE!!! (must bring proof of service) Free appetizers and snacks will be available for the outdoor portion of the event! Snacks and drinks will be sold inside. There’s plenty of parking, and the hall is right on the T (Green Line-Newton Centre)! See you in 1945!

Bishop Mackenzie Center

1337 Centre St. Newton, MA

For more on Dan Gabel and his Abeltones, have a look at his website for upcoming appearances.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My upcoming talks and book signings...

A notice of speaking dates and book signings in September:

On Wednesday, September 16th, at 7:00 p.m., I'll be speaking at the Chicopee Historical Society meeting on "Revolution vs. Rebellion" -- a look at how manufacturing change society during the Civil War years and brought about a social and commercial revolution.  The meeting is open to the public at the Bellamy Homestead, 91-93 Court Street, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts.  The site is the home of nineteenth century author and social visionary Edward Bellamy, and is a National Historic Landmark.  

On this occasion, a room in the Bellamy Homestead to display historical items is to be dedicated and named for my late sister, Ann Lynch Beebe, longtime treasurer of the Chicopee Historical Society.  

On Saturday, September 19th, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., I'll be  signing a variety of my books along with other local authors at the Springfield City Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, Mass., as part of their autumn Author Fair.   

On Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:30 p.m., I'll be speaking at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, Mass., as part of their Conversations with Local Authors series.  I'll be discussing my book Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star., and will bring along some film memorabilia for display.  I'll also have a selection of my other books for sale and signing.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Let's Talk Torrington - New Arts & Leisure Magazine - Torrington, Connecticut


A photo that I took and posted originally on my Another Old Movie Blog about the Warner Theatre of Torrington, Connecticut, now graces the cover of a new publication devoted to the arts of Torrington and Litchfield County.  It's called Let's Talk Torrington, and is the creation of Edward Cannata, who along with co-publisher Susan Read, are enthusiastic supporters of their community and its rich offerings of art and music.

Each issue features a centerfold map of the town with local businesses and attractions highlighted, and excellent articles on Litchfield County activities, sports, the arts, and health, home, and lifestyle features.

The next issue to be published in September will include an interview with me on my Litchfield-Torrington centered novel, the third in my mystery series: Dismount and Murder, which is set during a horse show.  The annual Litchfield Horse Show was once a staple in the community back in the 1950s when the story takes place.



I'll post more on the next issue of Let's Talk Torrington when it is published.  Have a look at this website to see where you can find your complimentary copy.

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Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. 
by Jacqueline T. Lynch

The first book on the career of actress Ann Blyth. Multitalented and remarkably versatile, Blyth began on radio as a child, appeared on Broadway at the age of twelve in Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine, and enjoyed a long and diverse career in films, theatre, television, and concerts. A sensitive dramatic actress, the youngest at the time to be nominated for her role in Mildred Pierce (1945), she also displayed a gift for comedy, and was especially endeared to fans for her expressive and exquisite lyric soprano, which was showcased in many film and stage musicals. Still a popular guest at film festivals, lovely Ms. Blyth remains a treasure of the Hollywood's golden age.


The eBook and paperback are available from Amazon and CreateSpace, which is the printer.  You can also order it from my Etsy shop. It is also available at the Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts.

If you wish a signed copy, then email me at JacquelineTLynch@gmail.com and I'll get back to you with the details.


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My new syndicated column on classic film is up at http://www.go60.us/govoice/advice-and-more/item/2025-ccc-movie-fan, or check with your local paper.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ocean State Theatre Company Announces Auditions for the Coming Season - Warwick, Rhode Island

Ocean State Theatre Company ANNOUNCES
EQUITY AND NON-EQUITY ADULT AUDITIONS
FOR 2015-16 SEASON

Ocean State Theatre Company announces Open Equity and Non-Equity Adult Auditions for its 2015-16 Season at its state-of-the-art theatre located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, RI on Monday, August 10, Tuesday, August 11 and Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Performers must be available for all rehearsal and performance dates. Local talent is strongly encouraged to audition. All roles are open for the following productions: 

The Addams Family
Day and evening rehearsals/performances September 25 – October 25, 2015
*Note: All roles must be very strong actor/singers who move well. Ensemble must be strong dancer/singers. Please see website for casting breakdown.

Around the World in 80 Days
Day and evening rehearsals/performances October 20 – November 16, 2015
*Note: All roles require various global accents. Please see website for casting breakdown.

It’s a Wonderful Life The Musical
Day and evening rehearsals/performances November 17 – December 27, 2015
*Note: All roles must be very strong actor/singers who move well. Ensemble must be strong actor/singers who move well or strong dancer/singers. Please see website for casting breakdown.
NO CHILDREN WILL BE AUDITIONED AT THESE CALLS.
SEPARATE CHILDREN’S AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE.

Breaking Legs
Day and evening rehearsals/performances January 12 – February 14, 2016
Please see website for casting breakdown.

1776
Day and evening rehearsals/performances February 9 – March 13, 2016
Please see website for casting breakdown.

The Miracle Worker
Day and evening rehearsals/performances March 15 – April 17, 2016
Please see website for casting breakdown.
NO CHILDREN WILL BE AUDITIONED AT THESE CALLS.
SEPARATE CHILDREN’S AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE.

Anything Goes
Day and evening rehearsals/performances April 12 – May 22, 2016
*Note: All roles must be very strong singer/actors who move well. Ensemble must be strong actor/singers who move well or strong dancer/singers. Many small roles will be cast from the ensemble.
Please see website for casting breakdown.

The schedule for Monday, August 10 will be as follows:

9 am - 1 pm Singing Auditions (1-2 pm lunch)
2 pm – Dance auditions begin; 5 - 7 pm Actor only auditions (no accompanist provided)

The schedule for Tuesday, August 11 will be as follows:

9 am - 1 pm Singing Auditions (1-2 pm lunch)
2 pm – Dance auditions begin; 5 - 7 pm Actor only auditions (no accompanist provided)


The schedule for Wednesday, August 12 will be as follows:

9 am – 11 am Singing Auditions; 11 am Dance auditions begin;
11 a – 4 pm Actor only auditions (no accompanist provided)

Auditions will be held at Ocean State Theatre located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, RI. Those auditioning should enter through the main lobby doors and bring their headshot or a recent photo and resume (if available) securely stapled together (back to back).

Acting auditions: Please prepare two brief contrasting contemporary monologues. Note that there may be time to perform one selection only. Some may be asked to stay for cold readings. If interested in auditioning for singing and acting roles, please prepare one brief song and one brief contemporary monologue and attend the “singing” audition time-frame. No accompanist will be provided during the Acting Auditions.

Singing auditions: Please prepare two brief songs (one up-tempo and one ballad). Note that there may be time to perform one selection only. If interested in auditioning for singing and acting roles, please prepare one brief song and one brief contemporary monologue and attend the “singing” audition time-frame. Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided, but will not transpose. No a cappella, tape recorders or CD players accepted. Some may be asked to stay for the dance call. Bring appropriate dancewear and “dance” shoes.

Dance auditions: Please be warmed up and ready to dance when the call begins. Wear appropriate dancewear and have ballet and character shoes. Some may be asked to stay and sing after all have danced. Please prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo musical theatre song. Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided, but will not transpose. No a cappella, tape recorders or CD players accepted.

No appointments necessary. Members of Actors’ Equity may call to schedule a singing and/or acting appointment, please email Robert.Miller@ostcri.org. Equity Members without appointments will be seen throughout each audition day, as time permits on a first-come first-served basis. No appointment needed for dance audition. No appointments will be given to non-union actors. Doors open one hour before each audition.

Please Note: These auditions are for adults only (18 years and older).
        No children will be auditioned at this call. 
    Children’s auditions will be held at a later date.

There are no NYC auditions scheduled at this time. Additional information, character breakdowns and directions are available at www.OceanStateTheatre.org.

The theatre is required to hire a minimum of three members of Actors’ Equity Association for each show.
In both chorus musicals, an additional minimum of two chorus contracts are required.

All ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to attend this audition. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

YouTube Ann Blyth book trailer



This is by way of a book trailer for Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.  The two songs she sings on this video, "My Foolish Heart," from the Oscars in 1950, and the other, "My Golden Harp" (to the tune of "Danny Boy") from a guest appearance on the Louella Parsons radio show in 1951, are selections probably not a lot of people have heard.  The movie magazine covers are always a kick.

Enjoy.  Buy the book.  Did I mention that before?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Valerie Harper & Sally Struthers at the Ogunquit Playhouse - Maine



Now playing at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine: The musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It, with Sally Struthers and Valerie Harper.  Runs through August 15th - More here at their website.

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A summer sale on two of my eBooks runs now through the end of July:




Classic Films and the American Conscience - a collection of essays on classic films in the context of the era in which they were made, and...



Double V Mysteries: Numbers 1 through 3 box set - a cozy mystery series set in New England in the post-World War II era.  A little noir, a little romance, a lot of New England.

Both eBooks are selling at half-price at Amazon.

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Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. 


The eBook and paperback are available from Amazon and CreateSpace, which is the printer.  You can also order it from my Etsy shop. It is also available at the Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts.

If you wish a signed copy, then email me at JacquelineTLynch@gmail.com and I'll get back to you with the details.