Love’s Labour’s Lost is almost ready to hit the stage


Love’s Labour’s Lost
By William Shakespeare
May 10, 11, 17, 18 @ 8PM; May 12 & 19 @ 3 PM
Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, Rockport
Tickets: $15, general; $10 student; $5, youth 18 and under.
Available at the door, or reserve at .

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will end its 2012 -13 season with a production of William Shakespeare’s comedy of manners, mores and modes, “Love’s Labour’s Lost”.

I snuck in to their dress rehearsal (well, not really – I was invited) and snapped some photos to share with you:

Back to the press release:

The action takes place in Navarre, where young King Ferdidand calls on his courtiers to join him in a pledge to undertake a strict regimen of study and celibacy. The court nobles, after reluctantly accepting, are sorely tested in their resolve – as is the king – by the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting.
As each man seeks a way around his vow to forego fleshly desire, and the Princess with her ladies see through the men’s clumsy attempts at wooing, the stage is set for some romantic hijinks. They set out to prove that as the pen may be mightier than the sword, neither is a match for a woman’s sharp tongue. Disguises, false identities and a masked ball complicate the situation, leaving the king and his men scrambling to recover some semblence of dignity and possibly the love of the women they pursue.
Director Ray Jenness, whose deft hand fashioned CAST’s productions of “The Tempest”,”The Taming of the Shrew”, “Measure for Measure”, “I Hate Hamlet”, and “Visiting Lear”, has created “a vaudeville, with the characters taking their turns, all trying to outdo the others. Acknowledged as Shakespeare’s first comedy, it excels at exploiting the foibles and follies of the human condition”.
The cast includes David Alvarado, as Longaville; Beth Bevins, Jacquenetta; John Butterworth, Don Armando; Chuck Francis, Anthony Dull; Ashlee Holm, Princess of France; Elizabeth Jelinek. Moth; Luke Miller, Sir Nathaniel; Carly Moulton, Maria; Ian O’Connor, Costard; Dominic Parry, Berowne; Jim Robinson, Holofernes; Matt Schwabauer, King of Navarre; Jessie Sorrells, Rosalinde; Joseph Stiliano, Boyet; David Sullivan, Dumain; Bianca Tocco, Katherine.

Fr. Matthew Green

Shakespeare Shout!

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe celebrated its (and the Bard’s) birthday with an evening of readings and song from Shakespeare’s works. The celebration was held at the Rockport Community House. There was a good turnout, with all the seats filled. It ended with cake, meat-filled pastries, and delicious punch!

Here is a slideshow of the event:

Don’t forget about their upcoming production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, May 10-12 & 17-19, 2013, at the Rockport Community House

Visit their blog at

Fr. Matthew Green

Tragedy of Julius Caesar – don’t miss it!

Turn off the TV, save money by not going to the movies… and go see LIVE theater right here on Cape Ann!  The talented director, cast and crew of the Cape Ann Shakespeare Company are offering a great production of Shakespeare’s “Tragedy of Julius Caesar”. I was at the dress rehearsal on Tuesday, and really enjoyed it.  They act it out with intensity and emotion that totally blows away the barrier of Elizabethan English.  This would be a great opportunity to help high schoolers see a text they probably have to read for English class, jump off the page and come to life!

Performances February 27 (opening special: all seats $5) through March 2 are at 8 PM; Sunday, March 3 at 3 PM at the Gorton Theatre (home of the Gloucester Stage Company) 267 East Main Street. Tickets, $15, general; $10, student; $5, youth under 19, are available at the door or may be reserved at . More information is available at and Facebook.



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The cast includes David Adams, Jonathan Arnold, David Cluett, Stephanie Cochran, Richard Crowell, Timothy Edwards, Ashlee Holm, Ray Jenness, Ian O’Connor, Craig Owen, Dominic Parry, Matthew Recine, Jim Robinson, Jessie Sorrells, Ken Stoeffler, and Pauline Wright.

Fr. Matthew Green

Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Julius Caesar, coming soon to the Gorton Theater

I had the privilege of attending part of a CAST (Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe) rehearsal (not in costume) for their upcoming presentation of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.  Here are some photos, alternated with the text of their press release.

Performances February 27 (opening special: all seats $5) through March 2 are at 8 PM; Sunday, March 3 at 3 PM at the Gorton Theatre (home of the Gloucester Stage Company) 267 East Main Street. Tickets, $15, general; $10, student; $5, youth under 19, are available at the door or may be reserved at . More information is available and Facebook.

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe presents William Shakespeare’s politically charged drama, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a story of ambition, intrigue, betrayal and assassination. Rome is divided between its support for the military hero, Julius Caesar, and the senate of the republic which sees Caesar’s ambition as a threat to its collective power. Under the leadership of Cassius and Brutus, a faction of senators assassinate Caesar sparking a civil war with his supporters, led by Mark Antony and Octavius.

“This is a story which we are currently seeing played out in many parts of the world: Shakespeare’s play is, unfortunately, still very relevant”, points out Joseph Stiliano, the drama’s director. “We see it in the news,and in the video games that challenge our nimble fingered virtual warriors.Our modern-dress production, though not changing the time or place of the action, stresses its current pertinence.”

Written in Shakespeare’s mid-career, it has a spareness and pace that drives the action to its conclusion. It is less a tale of good and evil, than one of clashing world views between factions that can find no common ground.

The cast includes David Adams, Jonathan Arnold, David Cluett, Stephanie Cochran, Richard Crowell, Timothy Edwards, Ashlee Holm, Ray Jenness, Ian O’Connor, Craig Owen, Dominic Parry, Matthew Recine, Jim Robinson, Jessie Sorrells, Ken Stoeffler, and Pauline Wright.

It was still a rehearsal, of course, so fumbling lines led to some hilarity from time to time…  More photos of the rehearsal are here with other photos from CAST.

Fr. Matthew Green


CAST productions opening tonight!

This Thursday night (opening night) is pay-what-you-like, so it’s a great opportunity to get a taste of live performance of Shakespeare at a bargain price! Not that the regular ticket price of $15 is expensive to begin with…
I was there for some of the rehearsals and it looks like these two plays will be really good!

Fr. Matthew Green

CAST Rehearsals are underway!

The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe is rehearsing for their upcoming productions, “Love on a Midsummer Night” and “Visiting Lear”, adaptations of two Shakespeare classics. They will be performed together as “A night of one-acts, Love On A Midsummer Night & Visiting Lear” on Nov. 1st-4th and 9th-11th at the Gloucester Stage Co.  I got a behind-the-scenes look at a rehearsal at the Rockport Teen Center this week, and even a month before going “prime time”, there is great energy and acting going on! Here are some photos.  These and more can be viewed on my Flickr photostream.


Those involved in “Love on a Midsummer Night”: Andrew Hoover, Matthew Recine, Rachel Sternlicht, Nicole Bauke, Beth Bevins, Dom Parry, Jesse Sorrells, Andrew Millefoglie, and Susan Laniewski, Ken Stoeffler, and Nick Neyeloff.

The cast, crew, etc. of “Visiting Lear”: David Cluett, Stephanie Corcoran, Joseph Stiliano, Susan Lanieski, and Ray Jenness.

Fr. Matthew Green

Don’t Miss “I Hate Hamlet!”

I haven’t seen this yet myself, of course, but I’ve been around the Annie while the troupe was there, and they sure seem to be having fun with the production!  Very often that translates in to the audience having fun too…  I hope to make it to one of the shows.

Fishing Explained Aboard The Captain Domenic

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Inside The Pilot House Of The Captain Domenic With The Sanfilippos

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Nino and Gus Sanfilippo In The Fish Hold Of The Captain Domenic

We will bring you down to show you what it’s like in the fish hold of a dragger in one of the upcoming videos in our 4 part video series with the men who will be representing our community on Mark Burnett’s Expedition Impossible which will premiere June 23 at 9PM.

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Video- Meet The Gloucester Fishermen From Mark Burnett’s Expedition Impossible

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There is one thing I can guarantee you.  Just from knowing how much heart these guys have that you will never hear them utter the words “I quit” or “I can’t”.   You know how on these types of shows you see some dude who inevitably backs down from some challenge because they can’t take the heat?  I’d bet my life you will not see that from our boys from G-Town.

The show will premiere June 23 at 9PM on ABC.  Don’t forget to set your DVR to record the entire season!

The Sanfilippo Boys Will Be Representing The Heart Of Gloucester On Mark Burnett’s Expedition Impossible

The Show which is produced by Mark Burnett, the creator of Survivor, Shark Tank and the Apprentice will premiere June 23 at 9PM on ABC.

I spent the morning with the boys aboard their Gloucester fishing boat the Captain Domenic and we got a whole lot of exclusive video footage aboard the boat.  We talk about the show, we talk about commercial fishing and how it all works aboard the Captain Domenic including taking you inside the pilot house, the deck of the Captain Domenic and down the fish hold where you will see how they care for the fish once it is landed.  I’ll present this as a 3 or 4 part series of videos leading up to the premiere of the show so stay tuned to GMG for all the updates and a ton of pictures of our hometown heros!

Who else is going down in the fish hold to get you guys the inside scoop? 🙂



This One Has Been Killing Me to Keep Under My Hat!!!!


Gus Sanfilippo, 48, Gloucester, MA, fisherman
Nino Sanfilippo, 43, Gloucester, MA, fisherman
Joe Sanfilippo, 44, Gloucester, MA, fisherman

From Lynette Rice On Inside TV

ABC announces cast for ‘Expedition Impossible’ (Yep, its another amazing race coming to you in June!)


Now that Mark Burnett is stealing some thunder away from American Idol with The Voice, is he now hoping to suck a little steam out of The Amazing Race?

You be the judge: Burnett is the man behind a new summer reality show for ABC dubbedExpedition Impossible, which features 13 teams of three players who will travel across deserts, mountains and rivers in the “exotic, fabled Kingdom of Morocco.” Fun? Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed to the competitors, who must find a way to work together to complete the trip. After 10 legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line.  Winners each receive $50,000, a Ford Explorer (nice product placement) and the privilege of never having to be called members of the Fab 3, Mom’s Army, or Grandpa’s Warriors ever again.

You think we’re kidding? Check out the monikers given to the 13 teams, which start the expedition on Tuesday, June 21. (My money is on the fishermen. Not so much for the gypsies):

Here’s Joe Sanfilippo and dory partner Marc Duval Getting In Some Early Season Dory Race Training

and after a hard fought Dory Race Win-

You may recognize Joe Sanfilippo from his interviews down at the dock, he is one of our lobstermen.  If not here he is in the RunGloucester Race-

Here’s Nino Sanfilippo Taking Home The 1998 Greasy Pole Flag-

Here is Joe Sanfilippo’s Chevy pick up truck.

Joe carries the normal stuff that skiff lobstermen carry in the back of their pick up trucks- fuel jugs, water jugs, covered fish totes to put bait in, some random buoys.

What you might also notice in the back of Joe’s truck are the dory oars and bench set up that he uses to train for the upcoming International Dory races. Joe is an avid rower and always a contender to represent Gloucester with his partner in the International Dory Races between Gloucester and Lunenburg.

He lobsters out of a 22 foot Eastern skiff after work and on weekends with his son Ryan.

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Here’s a photo of Joe Rowing in the International Dory Races From GMG contributor Mike Lindberg-