Acting 101

September 2022- Mondays – Cape Ann YMCA sign up is open! Begins next week.

An introduction to the basics of professional acting taught by professional actress Heidi Dallin. Learn acting techniques, develop stage presence and build self-confidence through theatre games, pantomime, improvisation, public speaking, and storytelling!

Acting 101 is designed to provide young people an outlet to discover their creative potential through building self confidence, and developing communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as introducing them to skills necessary for professional theatre.

Ages: 6-12 years old. Mondays 4-6pm.

Wizard of Oz showtime – TICKETS ARE ON SALE! Theater at the Cape Ann YMCA #GloucesterMA

Theatre at the Cape Ann YMCA  – A new Summer Tradition!

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to The Cape Ann YMCA production of The Wizard of Oz featuring a cast of young actors from the YMCA Summer Performance Camp on Thursday, July 21 and Friday July 22 at 4pm at the Cape Ann YMCA! The beloved family musical is  directed by Heidi Dallin with music direction by Rin Wolter, Set, Costume and Prop Design by Sarah Vandewalle, Choreography by Tyler Garofalo, Stage Manager Jenny Hersey, Sound Design by Treely Dowd and Production Assistants TS Burnham, Julia Drost and Martina Gallo. 

Tickets are on sale!!

The QR code is here

Follow The Yellow Brick Road this summer to the Cape Ann YMCA and join a NEW Summer Performance Camp!

News from the Cape Ann YMCA-

The Cape Ann Y is launching their first ever all ages Performance Camp. This four-week performance camp for young people age 5 to 17 years old runs from June 27 through July 22 and culminates in two public performances of the classic beloved musical The Wizard of Oz at the Cape Ann YMCA at 4pm on July 21 and July 22.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from theatre professionals in all areas of production including acting, music, dance and scenic, prop and costume design while developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills as they are introduced to the skills necessary for professional theatre. The production offers a wide range of roles for all actors to discover their creative potential and shine. Based on the classic novel and award-winning motion picture, The Wizard of Oz follows the story of Dorothy, a young girl from Kansas, as she travels to the magical land of Oz to find the true meaning of “home.” 

Production Team Director: Harvard University graduate and award winning actress Gloucester’s Heidi Dallin 

Music: West Parish Music Teacher, Gordon College graduate and accomplished musician Rin Wolter 

Set, Costumes, Props: Tufts University graduate and Wellesley College Theatre Director Sarah Vandewalle

Choreography: Summerstage alum and Manchester Elementary School Teacher Tyler Garofalo

Stage Manager: Manchester native Emerson College graduate and Summerstage alum Jenny Hersey

Production and Choreography Assistant: Gloucester native and recent Dean College graduate is…Ts Burnham

“Many of you remember Ts as a longtime student of Heidi Dallin and the daughter of Holiday Delights choreographer Carol Burnham known for creating  the Holiday Delights  Nutcracker Football Dance! I’m so excited to have Ts on the team this summer! Plus other special guests!”

Heidi Dallin

For more information on Performance Camp go to:

The Y offers flexible pricing for the camp. Please check it out:

Contact Camp Director YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Specialist Heidi Dallin for more information: Email: Phone:  978-729-1094

Heidi Dallin | YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Specialist

Cape Ann YMCA

Summer Performance Camp! Follow the yellow brick road to Cape Ann YMCA #WizardofOz #GloucesterMA

We hope you can join us in Gloucester this summer for a great performance opportunity. We are launching The Cape Ann Y’s first ever all ages 4 week Summer Performance Camp.  All participants(age 5-17) will be in a production of The Wizard of Oz at the CAY. There will be two public performances at the end of the final week.(July 21 and July 22 @ 4pm) 

The camp will be led by a professional adult production team and participants will learn about all aspects of professional theatre and producing a show!

Heidi Dallin

  • Director: Gloucester native and award winning actress Heidi Dallin
  • Music: West Parish Music Teacher Rin Wolter
  • Choreography: Manchester Memorial Teacher  Tyler Garofalo
  • Set, Costumes, Props: Danver’s Sarah Vandewalle
  • Stage Manager: Manchester’s Jenny Hersey
  • Production & Choreography Assistant: Gloucester’s TS Burnham, recent college graduate with a degree in theatre 


Performance Camp Details here: The sign up details are here

Print the broadsheet for Cape Ann YMCA Summer Performance Camp 2022 – Wizard of Oz

Spend February vacation at the Cape Ann YMCA perfecting your acting and performance skills!!

Reminder from Cape Ann YMCA

“It is official. We have a terrific schedule of February Vacation Acting, Scene Study and Performance Classes for ALL ages at the Cape Ann YMCA! Classes are divided by age. We have a class for 5 to 9 year olds and a class for 10 to 17 year olds.”

  • Acting Intensive and Scene Study Workshop for 10 to 17 year olds An intensive professional theatre training program designed to provide young people with an outlet to nurture their creative potential through developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as introducing them to the skills necessary for professional theater and performance. The intensive 4-day workshop will include audition preparation,  character preparation, scene study, storytelling, public speaking and confidence building training. Sign up here
  • Professional Acting Basics for 5 to 9 year olds!
    A four day intensive workshop is an introduction to the basics of professional acting and performance for ages 5 to 9 years old. Learn acting, develop stage presence and build self-confidence through theatre games, pantomime, improvisation, vocal and physical expression, scene study and storytelling. Sign up here

Both classes are taught by Gloucester native Heid Dallin, an award-winning professional actress.

According to Dallin who recently wrapped up directing Annie Jr at Manchester Essex Middle School,

“After the incredible excitement I saw from young people on the stage and in the audience at the performances of Annie Jr it was clear that live theatre is back for young people on Cape Ann. They are eager to get back on the stage and perform! And now they can spend their February vacation acting!”

-YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Specialist Heidi Dallin

courtesy photos

Contact Dallin at 978-729-1094 or with questions

Holiday Delights Showtime today! Cape Ann YMCA of the North Shore Theater Co. at Ames Hall- friends and family only

It’s Cape Ann YMCA showtime at Ames Hall in Salem matinee time. Good luck to the cast and crew! Heidi Dallin adds a small reminder: “The tickets for the 2021 Holiday Delights are closed to the public. Friends and family only. Stay tuned for holiday scenes from Holiday Delights later this week!”

photo caption: Cape Ann YMCA of the North Shore Theater Company on location at Ames Hall in Salem. Dress Rehearsal! And the Actors Perspective!

photo caption: A neat and organized backstage

photo caption: The March sisters living room waiting for Little Women Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth!

Families love the North Shore Theater Company at the Cape Ann YMCA.

Contact Heidi Dallin | Cape Ann YMCA (P) 978-283-0470 (E)

YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Company | Holiday Delights Showcase #CapeAnn

Heidi Dallin shares the handy flyer with all the scoop!

Rehearsals Fridays and Saturdays October 29-December 11, 2021

Performance December 12

Contact Heidi for more information phone (978) 729-1094 |

Print out and share!

Kids Halloween Festival at Stage Fort park a monster bash #gloucesterMA

Mayor Romeo Theken and friends, Gloucester 2021 Halloween Festival at Stage Fort Park was a smash. Congratulations to the party planners, Roseanne Cody, Jamie Margiotta, volunteers, generous sponsors and partners. All of Stage Fort Park was in use on this beautiful autumn day. I forgot to take a picture at the dog park but it was busy and festive, too.

Enjoy a few snapshots of the Gloucester Halloween Festival Stage Fort Park 2021. How fun to see not one, not two, but three tractor hayrides looping Stage Fort Park.

Mayor Romeo Theken cues the crowd

See Jimmy Dalpiaz GMG post from the prep at City Hall readying for this big event

Breaking news: Heidi Dallin establishing YMCA of the North Shore Theater Company at Cape Ann Y offering inclusive professional theater arts training and performance opportunities #GloucesterMA

Happy winds of change-

“Theater at the Cape Ann YMCA kicks off with a Holiday Delights Performance Workshop during which student actors can learn the basics of professional theater as well as be part of a Cape Ann holiday tradition.

The 7 week session culminates in a workshop performance of scenes from Holiday Delights for family and friends at Ames Hall in Salem.  Set in Gloucester, Holiday Delights is a festive evening of stories, music and movement recounting the special traditions that other cultures and families experience as seen through a young child’s magical journey on Christmas Eve to discover what is really important during the holiday season.

Theater training at the Cape Ann YMCA provides young people an outlet to nurture their creative potential while developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills as well as introducing them to the skills necessary for professional theatre. The YMCA of the North Shore Theater Company– NOW Offering Theater Training Performance Opportunities at the Cape Ann YMCA!”

Heidi Dallin | YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Specialist

Theatre Kids Save the dates –

  • For the first week only: 5-9 year olds will meet Friday, October 29 from 4-6 pm for a skills workshop and intro to the play
  • 10-18 year olds will meet Saturday, October 30 from 10 am to 12 pm for a skills workshop and intro to the play. 
  • Please note the workshop meets Fridays, 4pm-6 pm and Saturdays 10am -12pm. However, student actor schedules will vary according to their roles and the scenes being rehearsed. All participants must wear sneakers to each session. 
  • The workshop performance of Holiday Delights will take place at 2 pm on Sunday, December 12 at Ames Hall in Salem.

Contact Heidi Dallin | Cape Ann YMCA (P) 978-283-0470 (E) (W)

YMCA of the North Shore arts programs

Heidi Dallin | YMCA – Theater training classes coming here and beyond

Dallin is also running a program at Manchester/Essex Middle School. Look for their “Annie” notices soon!

Cape Ann YMCA is open! #GloucesterMA

Cape Ann YMCA open with limitations due to the pandemic. Website has the latest news.

Look forward to hearing about any Mark Mitchell youth sports direction there. What a wonderful coach and teacher!

Gloucester Crossing | Halyard apartments and new YMCA progress July 2020 #GloucesterMA

See more from March 2020 here


July 2020 (apartments will have view of historic Net & Twine)


March progress at Gloucester Crossing and great view of Strong Group historic Net & Twine building

March 2020

Great view back to 1884 historic Gloucester Net & Twine factory and big chimney_ since 1932 Strong Group leather and other ancillary businesses_maplewood Avenue_Gloucester Mass_20200303_c ryan

Sweeping drop view across construction sites to Gloucester Net & Twine building, Strong Group

About the future Glen T. Macleod Center Cape Ann YMCA (opening fall 2020) here


About Gloucester Net & Twine building –

Besides the leather factory (founded in 1932), Strong Group businesses on site for three generations of the Cutter family include advertising and product and promotional projects. Prior to the leather business, the historic factory was built and incorporated in 1884. Gloucester Net & Twine quickly ramped up as a major ancillary supplier for the fishing industry. It’s one of the largest oldest factories still standing and was placed on the National Historic Registry in 1996. Eight volumes of historic plan books for Gloucester Net & Twine Company are in the collection of Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum. 

Gloucester Net & Twine Company is included in the National Park Service maritime history trail in MA. Gloucester is one of the cities with the most sites–only Boston has more. Besides this historic factory building, other Gloucester sites on the maritime trail include: Our Lady of Good  Voyage, East Gloucester Square Historic District, Man at the Wheel, Schooner Adventure, Ten Pound Light,  Eastern Point Light Station, and Annisquam Harbor Light Station. – C. Ryan, July 2016

Calling all grandparent caregivers! Sawyer Free library hosting a fascinating program with community partners just for you

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Libary Childrens Services Tuesday April 24, 2018 5:30-7pm 

“Opening Doors, Opening Hearts: Grandparents raising Grandchildren Cape Ann: Guest speakers Deborah Doucette author of Raising our Children’s Children: Room in the Heart and Colleen Pritoni, Director of Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.”

This original & innovative event is hosted by Sawyer Free Library Childrens Services in collaboration with community partners like: Cape Ann Museum,  Cape Ann YMCA, Senior Care, The Open Door, Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, WIC, Pathways, NS MVP, and Backyard Growers.


YMCA 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann at Cruiseport draws huge crowd

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YMCA teens help host & work the fundraiser

Taste of Cape Ann YMCA Ryan and Wood teens help out Cameron checking if they need anything 20171109_182526
“All set here,” Cameron checking in on the booths

photos: teens help the annual fundraiser run smoothly (click on photos to enlarge and see captions)


Who Brought the Magic for a great cause?

I don’t think that there are many individual YMCA or towns that could pull this fundraiser off so well. They don’t have Rick Doucette and the rest of the great staff in Gloucester or such a ridiculous abundance of local foodie establishments and culture. Here’s a list of Gloucester, Cape Ann and North Shore great eats and drinks establishments that participated this year:

1606 Restaurant, Beauport Hotel, Gloucester; Azorean Restaurant, Gloucester; Cake Ann, Gloucester; Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester; Cape Ann Foodie Tours, Gloucester; Captain Carlos, Gloucester; Classic Cooks Catering, Gloucester; Feather & Wedge, Rockport; Ipswich Ale Brewery; Italiano Restaurant & Bar, Gloucester; Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant, Gloucester; Latitude 43, Gloucester; Liquor Locker Gloucester; Mile Marker One Gloucester; Mojo coffee Beverly Cape Ann Farmers Market; Mom’s Kitchen Gloucester; Passports Restaurant Gloucester; Pigeon Cove Ferments; Pigeon Cove Tavern & Emerson Inn By the Sea, Rockport; Riverwalk Brewing Company, Newburyport; Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Gloucester; Sea Glass Restaurant @ Castle Manor Inn, Gloucester; Seaport Grille, Gloucester; Stones Pub & Eatery, Gloucester; Sugar Magnolias, Gloucester; Virgilio’s Italian Bakery, Gloucester

Dazzling fine food, desserts and drinks were at every turn. Feather & Wedge, 1606 Restaurant, Mile Marker One, Classic Cooks, Azorean, Sea Glass Restaurant, and Sugar Mags served winning main dishes. To die for desserts and specialty drinks were abundant. Virgilios cannolis were gone fast!

photos: Great fun taking snapshots at all the booths. (Apologies to Liquor Locker! The only photo that didn’t come out.)


Live Entertainment – Jerome Music

Sounds of Taste of Cape Ann thanks to fine musicians were John Jerome on guitar and vocals, and Steve Jerome on drums. Cameron sat in as a back up drummer.


Wouldn’t happen without the 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Institution for Savings and Cruiseport Gloucester

Presenting Sponsors: Beauport Financial Services, Robert Stewart PC, Tom Davis CPA

plus all the participating restaurants, hotels, specialty food and liquor businesses, and  local business support for all those gift basket raffles

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Congratulations Essex Heritage on a big 20 year anniversary! And about that 2017 Trailblazers ballot? Go KIM SMITH!

Congratulations Essex Heritage on 20 years of leading Essex County by helping us connect, celebrate, and preserve our exceptional cultural and natural resources!

Essex Heritage hosted Scaling Up! conference at Peabody Essex Museum October 7 2016. I took the group portrait on site intentionally– “Intersections” by ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA “meditation on what is universal in our shared human experience…”   L-R : Annie Harris, Chief Executive Officer, Essex Heritage;  Bob McIntosh, Retired Associate Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service; Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director for Cultural Resources, National Park Services; Brent Mitchell Senior Vice President, QLF/Atlantic Center for the Environment; and Emily Bateson, Coordinator, Practitioners’ Network for Large Landscape Conservation

Essex Heritage established the Essex County Scenic Byway and annual Trails and Sails weekends. They bring stakeholders together as they did with Scaling Up at Peabody Essex Museum. They have partnered, supported and funded dozens of ideas and projects in Essex County including in Gloucester and on Cape Ann. Let’s do something easy that they’re asking in return.

Please help Essex Heritage narrow down that big, big list of worthy Essex County contenders for a special shout out at the 20th Anniversary Gala.  It’s up to us to choose which 4 Trailblazers will get a toast at the Essex Heritage’s milestone 20th Anniversary Gala on April 5, 2017. This idea is a very Essex Heritage thing to do: reflecting on what’s fine and good and sharing it around.

No surprise, I’m going all in Gloucester for this ballot.

Yes, they are all wonderful and deserving nominations, and you’ll recognize favorites throughout the county. BUT this isn’t an everyone gets an award type of deal. You have to narrow it down to one in each category; –  thankfully else Joey might need to add an arts rant 🙂 post.

Here’s the rundown as I see it. For Category 2 “connecting people to place” it has to be Kim Smith. She is a one of a kind and exceptional artist. Kim is inspired by the people, wildlife and the natural world all around us. Right here. We are so, so fortunate that she shares her visual experiences and art every day.

And she has memorably captured nearly ALL of the other nominees in photo or film!

Here’s the crib sheet breakout through a Gloucester lens:

1. Who is the best at Preserving the special region? CHOOSE ONE

Schooner Adventure, Gloucester

Cape Pond Ice, Gloucester


Good job to Cape Ann Trail Stewards, Essex County Greenbelt, Great Marsh Coalition, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge,  Thacher Island Assoc…

2.Who is Best at Connecting People to Place? CHOOSE ONE

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Cape Ann Museum

Discover Gloucester

Gloucester HarborWalk

Schooner Thomas E Lannon

Kim Smith

Stage Fort Visitor Center


Also love Trustees, Ipswich Visitor Center (go Kerrie Bates :)), Rockport Art Association, North of Boston Convention and Visitors, but …go Kim!

3. Who is best at advancing our educational mission? CHOOSE ONE

Maritime Gloucester, Gloucester

Kestrel Education Adventures, Gloucester


also love Essex Shipbuilding, Buttonwoods, and Wenham Museum  

 4.Who is the best at Building and growing our future? CHOOSE ONE

Vote YMCA of North shore (includes Gloucester)


also love Peabody Essex Museum, Brooksby Farm, Russell Orchards, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Essex County Community Foundation,  and Community Preservation 

Read more about it in the Boston Globe David Rattigan article

Continue reading “Congratulations Essex Heritage on a big 20 year anniversary! And about that 2017 Trailblazers ballot? Go KIM SMITH!”




Our Community Celebration event honors community members who make an impact every day.

Do you know someone who is making a difference in our Cape Ann community? The Cape Ann YMCA wants to hear all about them and thank them for all they do!  The Y is accepting nominations for its second annual Community Awards in the areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility and, new this year, the Mayor’s Youth Exemplary Award.

Join us Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:30 am
Cruiseport Gloucester (the event sponsor)
6 Rose Square, Gloucester.
Complimentary breakfast will be served.

Cape Ann Y Executive Director Tim Flaherty said, “This event is a great way for our Y to honor those people in Cape Ann who join us in our commitment to strengthening our community by providing  essential programming regardless of one’s socio-economic situation. Last year, the honorees included Maggie Rosa and Ed Shoucair of the Gloucester Education Foundation, Erin Canniff of the Rockport Public School System and the Reverend Tom Bentley of the Trinity Congregational Church.  We can’t wait to see who gets nominated and selected this year.”

It’s easy to nominate:

Please submit all nominations by 5:00pm on February 28th for consideration by the Y’s selection committee. For more information, please contact  Brian Flynn at