Arts & Culture Event Notices

NEMPAC Community Music Theatre Troupe Plans for Spring Production of Willy Wonka!

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) Children’s Music Theatre Troupe is planning their Spring Production of Willy Wonka, a stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

This Community Theatre program teaches young performers the fundamentals of Musical Theatre through a combination of singing, acting, and dance. The Troupe meets for weekly rehearsals throughout the year and has two annual productions and one summer production.

Our Winter Program begins Friday, January 17th, 2014 and will feature a showcase performance on March 7th, including casted, choreographed scenes from Grease!, The Little Mermaid, and more to be announced. This performance will also feature our new prep program, KIDS! Music Theatre, for ages 4 – 6.

NEMPAC Director Sherri Snow comments, “Our community theatre program will serve over forty children in our community this spring. We are very excited to influence the lives of so many children in our neighborhood through our creative arts programming!”

Last December, the Theatre Troupe featured a wonderful musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol“. The musical was performed on December 13th and 15th by twenty-two youth actors, between the ages of 7 – 13,  from the North End and surrounding neighborhoods.  The show was quite the hit, and all of the performers did wonderfully! The venue of the Boston Harbor Community Church provided an intimate, family-friendly stage, with a creative set design. Elizabeth Carey carried the troupe through the show as “Scrooge” and was visited by three, clever spirits;  Sarah Connolly as Ghost of the Past, Samantha Everett as Ghost of the Present, and Annie Bugbee as Ghost of the Future. A complete list of our cast can be found below.

Alia Roberts, NEMPAC’s choreographer and stage director for this production, wrote the script for this special musical adaptation. Music Director, Alex Dietrich, chose fitting holiday songs and carols to insert into the script to create the musical. The Troupe ended the production with a group dance number “Winter Wonderland”!

For more information or to register: Scholarship Funding is available for families in financial-need.

Open Discussion Meeting: Monday, January 13th 5p.m. Director, Sherri Snow, will be holding an open discussion for parents already involved in this program, or anyone who is interesting in becoming involved on Monday, January 13th at 5p.m. at NEMPAC. We’d love to hear your ideas, thoughts, ways you can help, and feedback on this developing community theatre program in the North End. Please contact to rsvp.

Elle Miller, Meade Daily, Maya Riley, Ariana Galvao, Chiara Haskell-Occhipinti
Elle Miller, Meade Daily, Maya Riley, Ariana Galvao, Chiara Haskell-Occhipinti
Jack Marenghi, Meade Daily, Grace Connolly
Jack Marenghi, Meade Daily, Grace Connolly

A Christmas Carol Cast:

In order of appearance:

Scrooge                                                Elizabeth Carey
Bob Cratchit                                      Vera Jacobson
Rose                                                      Elle Miller
Man 2                                                    Emma Perez
Fred                                                       Meade Daily
Jacob Marley                                      Rynne Daily
Ghost of the Past                               Sarah Connolly
Nan                                                         Maddie Health
Young Scrooge                                   Fiona Shine-Duncan
Belle                                                       Grace Connolly
Adult Scrooge                                    Grace Abbott, Nicholas DiMambro*
Ghost of the Present                        Samantha Everett
Tiny Tim                                              Nicholas DiMambro, Jack Marenghi*
Anna                                                      Emma Perez
Beth                                                       Chiara Haskell-Occhipinti
Mrs. Cratchit                                      Riley Leech
Martha                                                 Norah Coburn
Sammy                                                 Maya Riley
Lisa                                                        Elle Miller
Mary                                                     Chiara Haskell-Occhipinti
Sally                                                     Ariana Galvao
Ghost of the Future                        Annie Bugbee
Person  1                                             Cecelia Faller
Person 2 (Sam)                                 Greg Marenghi
Person 3                                              Fiona Shine-Duncan
Person 4                                              Rynne Daily
Person 5                                              Maddie Heath
Man 3 (Sam)                                       Greg Marenghi
Man 4                                                    Grace Connolly
Man 5                                                    Cecelia Faller

*Denotes Sunday Cast

About the NEMPAC Musical Theatre Troupe:

Offered to ages 7– 13, we teach young performers fundamentals of Musical Theatre through a combination of singing, acting, and dance. They will learn about proper stage/theatre etiquette and behavior on and off the stage. Their levels of confidence, leadership skills, and respect for the stage will be enlightened!

New Prep Program:

Kids ages 4 – 6 will use their imaginations to groove to music, dance and theatre! Kids will participate in improvisation and acting games, and learn a few Broadway songs for our favorite musicals. They will be invited to perform in a spring show! This class prepares these young actors for our Children’s Music Theatre Troupe (ages 7 – 13).(after-school pick-up available at Eliot School at 3 p.m.).

Summer Program:

Music Theatre Program for Ages 5 – 13

Monday – Thursday 9a.m. – 4p.m.

Friday: 9a.m. – Noon

July 7 – 11th, 2014

July 14 – 18th, 2014

Additional Program Weeks: August 25th – 29th

Registration Opening in Late February