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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 Page 5 o A Frank De Pas( uale Venture  The Witches of Eastwick Casts a Lovely Spell in Ogunquit Ogunquit Playhouse through September 27 th ~ Theatres have found it challenging in recent years to fill seats, particularly with a younger audience. That is why you are seeing few original productions staged today. The extremely high costs of mounting a play means few investors are willing to risk their money on something new. Revivals with big name stars are one way of attracting a crowd. The other, and most popular way is to take a well known movie and transfer it to the musical stage. This seems to be working. More tra- ditional theatergoers such as me have not been thrilled with this change. This year when I saw the lineup for the Ogunquit Playhouse, I was disappointed to see that all of the productions were based on movies. I have now seen three of these plays and have to admit my opinion is beginriing to change. These have not been Mamie Paris, Nancy Anderson and Sara Gettelflnger. movies that are being performed live, but plays based on the movies, and in the cases of "Billy Elliot" and "The Witches of Eastwick', movies that were not musicals and have had original scores written for them. The other, "Mary Poppins" had its original score updated and added to. I have not been disappointed by any of these shows. Last week I saw "The Witches of Eastwick," not a play I was particularly excited about seeing, and I was in for quite a pleasant surprise. To begin with, the score written by Dana P. Rowe was just fantastic. From "Words, Words, Words" to "Dance With The Devil" every song worked beautifully. I could not find a flaw in any of the cast members. The three witches played by Nancy Anderson (Sukie), Sara Gettelfinger (Alexandra}, and Mamie Parris (Jane) were cast perfectly. All had terrific voices and played off each other with ease. Sally Struthers in the role of Felicia showed why she is welcomed back year after year to the Ogunquit stage. For those who only remem- ber her as Gloria from "All In The Family," you haven't seen even a bit of her in- credible stage talent. She has a great voice and amaz- ing comedic time. She can have an audience roaring with laughter with just a glance and a raised eyebrow. As good as this cast is, you will have to be prepared to be blown away by James Barbour (Daryl Van Home). I last saw Barbour in the role of Officer Lockstock in the original "Urinetown" in NYC in 2000. I have never forgotten that performance or his voice. Barbour has only gotten better with the time that has passed since then. Without exag- geration, I can say James Barbour has the finest voice in musical theatre today. He swaggers and struts across the stage with impeccable timing. It is an experience to see him and Ms. Struthers work together as they are two seasoned professionals. Space prevents me from discussing the rest of this outstanding cast, but I do have to mention Lily Ramras as the Little Girl. She is funny, and I think the audience was in agreement with what happened in her final scene. I am sure she learned a lot working with such great talent and has a very promising future in theatre. Lighting, scenery, and acoustics were all up to the usual top-notch standards I have come to expect from the Ogunquit Playhouse. The Playhouse continues to put on pro- ductions that rival anything seen in New York. Do I wish they could tackle something original? Yes. But, in a sense, many of these productions are originals. I highly recom- mend "The Witches Of Eastwick," it is a bewitching good time. Caution: There is some strong language and suggestive scenes, so it may not be suit- able for young children. Nancy Anderson, Jennifer Hickman (standing), Mamie Paris, and Sara Gettelflnger. 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Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Noon to Midnight at the HarborArts Shipyard Gallery, Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina Presented in Association with We are Music and Soul Clap Records East Your Art Out! HarborArts Festival 2014 is the fourth annual anniversary celebration of the HarborArts Shipyard Gallery. Under the bright sun, HarborArts welcomes people of all ages from East Boston and all over the region for live music, pop-ul galleries, installations, and activities the whole family can enjoy. As the sun sets, we'll dance the night away under the stars, with sweeping views of the Boston Skyline! Featuring performances by Soul Clap, TIGERMAN WOAH!, DJ Bruno, Max Pela & CRUZZ (UNITY), Randy Deshaies, BOSQ, Cloud Factory Band, The Frotations, John Hanifin Band, Age of Soul, DiverCity, and Mass Jammin Commission, with DJ Ryan Brown and General Motor spinning set-breaks from 12:00-7:00 pm! Sponsored by: Soul Clap Records, We Are Music, Narragansett Brewing Co, Lagunitas Brewing Co, Angry Orchard Cider, Yelp, Uber, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, East Boston Main Streets, East Boston Chamber of Commerce, Future Bos- ton Alliance, KC Arts Brokerage, East Boston Savings Bank,, Rhythm Superfoods, Grain Woodshop, The Boston Harbor Association, ZUMIX and others. HarborArts Mission: As a non-profit public art institution, we are dedicated to fostering cultural engagement through visual, literary, and performing arts. We embrace the unique challenge of transforming Boston's historic, work- ing shipyard into a meaningful space for creativity, discov- ery, inspiration, and education within East Boston's diverse economic and ethnic community. HarborArts is a platform for dialogue, setting the stage for global impact through accessible collaboration and environmental stewardship. Admission is free. Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina is located at 256 Marginal Street, East Boston. Visit HarborArts web site at for complete details. HarborArts, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 2014 Columbus Day Calendar of Events 2014 Columbus Day Celebration Sponsored by the East Boston Veterans Council SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014 Honorary Chief Marshall, Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston Chief Marshall, Francisco A. Urena, Commissioner of Veterans Services for The City of Boston CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Saturday 9/20/14: Dueling Pianos 6-10 pm. Don Orione Hall, Gladstone Street, East Boston. Italian Buffet, Cash Bar. Contact: Joe Ruggiero 617- 590-3035 and Buddy Mangini 857-615-2549. Wednesday 9/24/14: Jail Day 10 am- 12 pm. Central Square, East Boston. Contact: Clark Moulaison 617-699-712 I. Saturday 10/4/14: Beauty Pageant. Suffolk Downs, Topsider Room. Contact: Joe Ruggiero 617-590-3035 and Beverly Richards 617-567-1660. Sunday 10/5/14: Columbus Day Mass 8:30 am. Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston. Light Refreshments. Wednesday 10/8/14: Spaghetti Luncheon II:00 am. Spinellis, Day Square, East Boston. Contact: Buddy Mangini 857-615-2549, Joe Ruggiero 617-590-3035 or Rosalie Petralia 617-567-4312. Friday 10/10/14: Columbus Banquet 5:30 - 10:00 pm. Spinellis, Day Square, East Boston. Contact: Buddy Mangini 857-615-2549. Sunday 10/12/14: Columbus Breakfast 7:30 am doors open. Spinellis, Day Square, East Boston. Contact: Joe Ruggiero 617-590-3035, Buddy Mangini 857-615-2549. Sunday 10/12/14: Columbus Day Parade I:00 pm. Generai Chairman: Albert "Buddy" Mangini 857-615-2549 (C), 617-207-9314 (H)