Performing Arts

January 30, 2020 by Stewart Ikeda
By Gail GauthierThe Umbrella Stage Company is proud to present a Regional Premiere of the original artistic production of HUNDRED DAYS.This true love story about Abigail and Shaun Bergson is uncensored and heart rending.  The Bergsons tell their memoir in punk-folk music style that at times feels angry then moves into sweet chords.  It is their love story of... Keep Reading »
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January 23, 2020 by Anonymous
Welcome!The weather may be colder and the days may be shorter, but as we turn the page on a new year and head towards the back half of our inaugural season in our new home, I am excited to bring something truly unique and inspiring to the stage here at The Umbrella. Hundred Days, with anthemic folk music by The Bengsons and a book by Sarah Gancher, stands out unlike... Keep Reading »
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November 27, 2019 by Anonymous
There can’t be a very large club of people who, in their lifetimes, have seen their original novels be turned into musicals for the stage. Natalie Babbitt, who was a distant friend of mine, is one of them. Meeting at an event to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the original publication of her classic novel, Tuck Everlasting, we talked briefly about the weirdness... Keep Reading »
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November 20, 2019 by Stewart Ikeda
By Gayel Gauthier August Wilson’s FENCES, one of his 10 plays known as “Century Cycle” that covers African-American history in the 20thcentury, is a riveting, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play (1987).The stage is set in front of a brick family home, where actors perform on the steps and in the yard. There is a wide expanse of other brick home fronts... Keep Reading »
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November 12, 2019 by Stewart Ikeda
The Umbrella Stage Company's newly constructed Black Box theater is a modern, flexible performance space that allows our design teams to design creative and intimate stagings for our smaller-audience productions. To kick things off in our new space with August Wilson's Fences, Dan Daly has created a lovingly researched and rendered version of an African-American... Keep Reading »
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Steve Miller and Lyle Lovett by Jim Sabitus
November 2, 2019 by Stewart Ikeda
Spontaneous Jam Session with Country Superstar Lyle Lovett and Rock Icon Steve Miller Brings the House Down at The Umbrella Arts Center The Umbrella Concert Series came full circle on Friday, October 25, in a surprise-filled performance by four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett.It came as no surprise when Lovett’s return to The Umbrella Concert Series was announced that... Keep Reading »
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October 30, 2019 by Rachel Olson
Our audiences may recognize you when they come to see Fences. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your history here at The Umbrella?I’m a mother of two wonderful children whom I adore.  Aloura (19) is my beautiful, loving & caring daughter and Kymani (6) is my wild 6 year old child.  They fuel me. I am a recent graduate of Fitchburg State University... Keep Reading »
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Actor Damon Singletary
October 22, 2019 by Stewart Ikeda
Actor Damon Singletary is known to The Umbrella audiences from his performance in Angels in America. And though his career as an equity actor has been on a fast-track since then through many memorable roles, he says that taking on the iconic role of Troy Maxson "feels like reaching a pinnacle as an though all of my previous work has prepared me for... Keep Reading »
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October 8, 2019 by Brian
42nd Street continues to receive rave reviews, and Todd Yard's performance as Julian Marsh is no exception. We sat down with Todd this week to talk a little more about the show, his character and what he has been up to since last appearing at The Umbrella in La Cage Aux Folles back in 2015! Check out the interview below and get your tickets today before we close on... Keep Reading »
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October 1, 2019 by Brian
With opening night behind us, we sat down with Elliot Norton Award winner Aimee Doherty to chat about the show, the space, and what it is like playing Dorothy Brock! Tickets for the remaining 3 weekends are going fast, so get yours today! People may recognize you when they see you on stage, but this is the first time you’ve performed at The Umbrella. Can you... Keep Reading »
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