Striving Artists Theatre Company

Striving Artists Theatre Company

Merry Wives of Windsor Auditions!

Let's face it, Midsummer Night's Dream was awesome last year!!

For our fifth Summer Shakespeare in the Park production, Greg Luzitano has come out of his rather short retirement to direct the really quite silly Merry Wives of Windsor! (This is the one where Falstaff is led on by a couple of married women while the jealous husband tries to catch Falstaff in the act. Guess what ensues? If you said, "Why, hilarity", you're right!!)

Auditions: Monday April 28th from 7-9pm; Callbacks and additional auditions Wednesday April 30th 7-9pm. Auditions will be at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly, MA. Performing the weekends of July 12-27th, we'll bring the show to Beverly, Fall River, and Easton. Rehearsals will begin early May and will be held in Salem, MA. Please prepare a comedic Shakespearean monologue and be prepared for cold readings from the text. If you have any questions, send us a message here for details.

Hope to see you there!

Striving Artists' Second Christmas Album: Spare Ornaments!

After the incredible success of 2012's "Christmas with the SAC Pack", producer and musician Greg Luzitano heads back into the studio to bring another 15 tracks of wintry fun to fans of SAC! Featuring Greg's inventive arrangements, and including performers both from the first SAC Christmas album and performers new to the SAC Recording Studio, this collection is sure to be a favorite for this yuletide season and for years to come!

And for those of you who haven't yet heard last year's holiday double-disc album, choose the "Spare Ornaments/SAC Pack Combo" and receive BOTH albums for $20! That's 66 tracks across three discs! Over 200 minutes of music! Willikers!" The album is set to be released on December 17, 2013, so be sure to order your copy now!

Choose your Christmas CD!

Below you'll find the first single from Spare Ornaments, "O Come Sarajevo", an awesome mashup of "O Come O Come Emmanuel" and "Sarajevo 12/24", featuring the unbelievable Katy Geraghty! Below that, you'll find selected songs from 2012's Christmas with the SAC Pack!

Keep scrolling for a complete track listing for both albums!




SPARE ORNAMENTS:

1. Christmastime is Here Again - Greg Luzitano

2. What Christmas Means to Me - Kelsey Bevins

3. Green Christmas - Caitlin Gabelmann

4. Theme from "Elf"

5. It's Christmas Time - Greg Luzitano

6. O Come Sarajevo - Katy Geraghty

7. Please Come Home for Christmas - Michael Campo

8. Let it Snow - Savanah Shaughnessy

9. Christmas (from "Tommy") - Greg Luzitano

10. Tea (from "The Nutcracker") - Emma Hookway

11. What's This (from "The Nightmare Before Christmas") - Greg Luzitano

12. On Christmas Morning/Mele Kalikimaka - Greg Luzitano

13. Let it Go (from "Frozen") - Jenn Luzitano

14. Spare Ornaments Medley - Greg Luzitano

15. "Love Actually" Suite

Produced by Greg Luzitano


Arrangements by Greg Luzitano


All instruments by Greg Luzitano except:

Steve Lennon: Drums

 and Percussion on Tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, and 11

Emma Hookway: Flute, Piccolo
 on Track 10

Michael Campo: Harmonica on Track 7

Backup vocals by Greg Luzitano

CHRISTMAS WITH THE SAC PACK

Disc 1

1. Our Prayer - Abigail Shaughnessy & Greg Luzitano


2. The Christmas Waltz - Greg Luzitano


3. One More Sleep ‘til Christmas - Greg Luzitano



4. What Child is This - Julie Rackauskas



5. Do You Hear What I Hear - Carol Grossi Smolinsky



6. The Christmas Song - Jennifer Luzitano



7. Silver Bells - Ron Cook & Amy Cook



8. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Johnbarry Green



9. Skating

10. Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch - Rachel Andersen



11. Elf’s Lament - Greg Luzitano



12. Arabic Dance



13. Baby It’s Cold Outside - Greg Geer & Stacey Geer



14. O Holy Night/Ave Maria - Lauren Vien & Kristin Farrell



15. I Saw Three Ships - Brian Heavey



16. O Come All Ye Faithful - Greg Luzitano



17. The Man With the Bag - Julie Carroll 



18. There Was a Little Baby - The Hookway Sisters with Greg Luzitano



19. River - Shannon Baker



20. Angels We Have Heard on High/Away in a Manger - Elizabeth Camboia



21. Give Love on Christmas Day - Madeleine Carbonneau



22. I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Julia Nelson



23. Little Saint Nick - Greg Luzitano



24. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Jackie Marchetti



25. Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season - Greg Luzitano


Bonus Track: Could You Be Messiah - Jon Meer Vera Perez



Disc 2


1. Getting Ready for Christmas Day - Greg Luzitano, Savanah Shaughnessy & Tofer Carlson



2. A Winter’s Tale - Lisa Roumeliotis



3. God Rest Ye Three Kings on the Mountain - Ron Cook & Amy Cook



4. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve - Claire Dickson



5. Children, Go Where I Send Thee - Michelle Mercier



6. Footprints - Shannon Baker



7. Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy - Mary Beth Luzitano & Greg Luzitano



8. Someday at Christmas - Elle Beah Lacey



9. The First Noel - Jeff Destautels



10. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Greg Luzitano



11. Walking in the Air - Matthew Dinda



12. Sleigh Ride - Abigail Shaughnessy & Greg Luzitano



13. Christmastime is Here - Jennifer Perrault



14. Christmas in Killarney - Brian Heavey



15. White Christmas - Nicole Morris



16. Jingle Bells - Savanah Shaughnessy & Abigail Shaughnessy



17. The Christmas Wish - Andrea Luff



18. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Madeleine Carbonneau



19. Christmas is Coming

20. O Little Town of Bleak Midwinter - Stacey Geer



21. Mistletoe and Holly - Mary Beth Luzitano



22. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Sean Murphy and Kelly Murphy



23. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town - Savanah Shaughnessy & Greg Luzitano



24. All I Want for Christmas is You - Jennifer Luzitano



25. Auld Lang Syne - Kelsey Baker


Produced by Greg Luzitano


Arrangements by Greg Luzitano


Greg Luzitano: Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Keyboards, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Melodica, Harmonica, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Sequencing



Steve Lennon: Drums



Bethany Arnold: Saxophone



Lauren Bailey: Cello



Kelsey Baker: Backing Vocals on “Angels We Have Heard on High/Away in a Manger”



Daniel Bryand: French Horn



Ron Cook: Recorders, Acoustic Guitar on “Arabic Dance”



Jeff Desautels: Ukulele on “The First Noel”



Brian Heavey: Bodhran 



Elizabeth Hookway: Trombone



Emma Hookway: Flute, Piccolo



Jessica Hookway: Trumpet



Matt Luzitano: Electric Guitar on “The Christmas Song”



Jake Smith: Electric Guitar on “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, “Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch”



Abigail Shaughnessy: Backing Vocals on “Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch”, “O Holy Night/Ave Maria”, “The First Noel”, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”



Savanah Shaughnessy: Backing Vocals on “Angels We Have Heard on High/Away in a Manger”, "Auld Lang Syne"



Gabrielle Toscano: Violin, Viola 


Jon Meer Vera Perez: Piano, Production, Arrangement on "Could You Be Messiah"


Home for the Holidays

Directed by Mary Beth Luzitano, Home for the Holidays: A Performance of Holiday Stories and Songs was held at the Westport Grange, in Westport, MA. The cast included: Siobhan LaPorte-Cauley, Brian Driscoll, Sarah Lynne Hetman, Kathleen Hilery, Michael Campo, Mary Beth Luzitano, George Luzitano, and more! Light refreshments were served, carols were sung, and memories were shared, making for a delightful day of holiday cheer!

A Midsummer Night's Dream a huge success!

For the fourth year in a row, Striving Artists produced free “Shakespeare in the Park” at several outstanding venues including Beverly's Hale Farm, Fall River Historical Society, and Borderland State Park in Easton. Click HERE for production info, photos, articles, video of Midsummer, and more!

 

MONDAYS AND OTHER PLAYS

Striving Artists is thrilled to announce our first production dedicated entirely to the work of William Donnelly, a superb local playwright whose works have been performed throughout the country. If you've seen our Christmas shows, you're familiar with his writing. Directed by Mary Beth Luzitano and featuring Rebecca Bertrand, Brian Driscoll, Kira Hawkridge, Siobhan LaPorte-Cauley, Greg Luzitano, Mary Beth Luzitano, and Richard Sliwinski, this collection of short comedies is as charming as it gets. Performances Sept 14 and 15 at 8pm, Sept 16 at 3pm, at Westport Grange Hall. General admission tickets available here or at the door.

TAMING OF THE SHREW A SUCCESS

We recently finished our third annual Shakespeare in the Park production, The Taming of the Shrew, earning praise from all who saw it! Photos from all three venues will be posted shortly, along with video of our entire final Easton performance. In the meantime, several articles from The Fall River Herald and The Easton Journal have interviews, photos, and a short video clip from our Fall River performance.

TWELFTH NIGHT - COMPLETE PERFORMANCE NOW ON YOUTUBE!

Our recent production of Twelfth Night was a huge success! Click HERE for video of the entire show, along with more information about the production!

Also, click HERE for an article and photo slide show from our Heritage Park performance. Or read an interview with Artistic Director Greg Luzitano regarding the show HERE.

SAC SCRIPTS 2006-2011

ONLY EIGHT COPIES LEFT! Our new book, collecting over 200 pages of original writing accumulated over the first 5 years of our history, has been a very popular item at our Twelfth Night performances, so order yours before we run out! Available for a donation of $25. Click HERE!