by Julia Callbeck / Staff Writer
The Salem Theatre Company started off as a two-show season, which they performed in a high school auditorium, and has come to produce five main stage productions, workshops, stage readings, summer camps and various other events throughout the year. This year alone they have done many productions, including “Medea,” “Private Eyes,” “Angels in America (Part 1): The Millennium Approaches,” “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” “Frankenstein: A Staged Reading,” “Moments of Play” and “Dracula: A Concert Reading.” This month they will show “The Eight Reindeer Monologues” and “Our Annual Soiree: Ugly Christmas Sweater Edition.”
In a statement made by the artistic director of the Salem Theatre Company, Catherine Bertrand, she said, “I have personally been witness to lives being changed – on stage and off – at Salem Theatre Company. I have watched the company grow artistically and physically over the last decade.” Small companies like this one could always use more money, people, and any help they can get. It really feels like a labor of love when you are a part of a production with a small company. Once you get to a more comfortable place regarding money you can start to experiment with different types of theatre and show a wide range of different shows, this will attract all different types of people, which is exactly what Salem Theatre Company does.
Companies like these are so close they are basically family. They work with each other all the time and unlike a boring office job, working with people you love and making beautiful art is fun. Seeing moving performances is what keeps us going back to the theatre. Lovers of theatre and live performance would love any of the productions the Salem Theatre Company puts on, so if you have the time and money, go see one of their productions!
The company is always looking for community members to join the board of directors or to help with sets, ushers, and various other crew member positions. They need funding for their 2017 productions so if you could donate any amount to them it would be greatly appreciated. They have an Indiegogo Campaign going on where you can go on their website and donate money to the company. You can find this campaign at https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/keep-salem-theatre-co-alive , please try to donate whatever you can!
If you care about the arts, love seeing plays and musicals, or just want to help a great company to be able to entertain people and make a difference, please donate to them.