|Theatre@First is an all-volunteer community theatre based in Somerville, MA. Founded in 2003, we fill a vital niche in the vibrant Davis Square arts scene. We draw upon the talents and support of individuals and organizations throughout the community to provide opportunities for our participants and audiences to experience quality live theatre in a variety of local venues. For more about our recent history, see our In the Press page.|
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London, England, 1883 – Mary has been Mrs. Hawking's protege for two years now, learning the ropes of championing the downtrodden women of London with the intent of one day taking her mistress's place. When Mrs. Hawking is injured in the line of duty, the press for Mary to master the trade becomes all the more urgent as a dancer in the St. Petersberg ballet approaches them to solve the murder of the prima ballerina. But as the team hunts down the truth, Nathaniel's determination to be of use in his aunt's work has consequences he doesn't expect, and Mary begins to realize the heavy cost of taking on the life Mrs. Hawking leads. Learn more at www.mrshawking.com.
Performance: June 10, 2016
The play is set in New York City in the late 1990s. Sara is starting a new life; Callie is stuck in a rut. Their friendship leads them both to explore new possibilities, and ultimately to romance. But when their first date is interrupted by tragedy, Callie must decide whether she is finally ready to make a true commitment.
Auditions: July 12–13, 2016
Performances: September 23–October 1, 2016
In You're Killing Me Already! by Andrea Aptecker, best friends Gertie and Sylvia live in a Jewish senior village filled with oddball characters, unexpected romances, and fierce competitions. In a world of joy and heartbreak, how do you find your courage and open your heart before it's too late? Join these butter-hoarding, tango-dancing, pastrami-whispering seniors on a funny and touching journey.
Performance: Thursday, July 28, 2016
The Spanish Tragedy was written a few years before Hamlet, and shares some common elements. This funny, gory, tragic play will be performed in various locations throughout Tufts Park in Somerville, with the audience following the actors. The show has been awarded a grant by the Somerville Arts Council.
Performances: August 19–28, 2016
Theatre@First was recently featured on MassRealty.com, a top site for Somerville, MA real estate. Read more at "All-Volunteer Theatre Enriches Somerville Arts Scene."
Love our shows? Want to take the memories home? You can visit the merchandise table at every Theatre@First show for a selection of T-shirts, copies of the Never After video and other fun favors. You can also purchase the custom script for the 2010 revival of The Margaret Ghost online at Lulu.com.
The mission of Theatre@First is to work together to provide a fun, friendly, and creative theater experience for cast, crew, and audience alike. We welcome volunteers at all levels of experience, without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, body type, age or disability. We encourage a supportive environment in which to work, play, grow, and explore new areas of the theatre arts. We offer affordable and eclectic performances to the community, aiming to surprise, delight, entertain, and educate our audiences.
Theatre@First is part of the Massachusetts Community Theatre Corporation, a non-profit arts organization recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)3.