Annual Hanukkah Menorah Lighting - Photo Gallery by Social Palates

Salem Children's Charity Annual Fundraiser 2014 - Photo Gallery by Social Palates Photography

Salem Holiday Market 2014 - MEdia Gallery

PHOTO GALLERY BY JOEY PHOENIX PHOTOGRAPHY

12 Days of Christmas - 2014 Salem Edition by Josh Turiel

Merry Christmas, Salem. I wrote this out of love.
— Josh Turiel - All around good guy

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me
A Sully burger at the Shanty

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Two fountains foaming
And a Sully burger at the Shanty

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Three stacks imploded
Two fountains foaming
And a Sully burger at the Shanty

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Four hipsters smoking
Three stacks imploded
Two fountains foaming
And a Sully burger at the Shanty

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Five golden grants
Four hipsters smoking
Three stacks imploded
Two fountains foaming
And a Sully burger at the Shanty

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Six chop suey sandwiches
Five golden grants
Four hipsters smoking
Three stacks imploded
Two fountains foaming
And a Sully burger at the Shanty

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Seven preachers screaming
Six chop suey sandwiches
Five golden grants
Four hipsters smoking
Three stacks imploded
Two fountains foaming
And a Sully burger at the Shanty

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Eight lanes of traffic
Seven preachers screaming
Six chop suey sandwiches
Five golden grants
Four hipsters smoking
Three stacks imploded
Two fountains foaming
And a Sully burger at the Shanty

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Nine schools a chartered
Eight lanes of traffic
Seven preachers screaming
Six chop suey sandwiches
Five golden grants
Four hipsters smoking
Three stacks imploded
Two fountains foaming
And a Sully burger at the Shanty

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Ten chickens clucking
Nine schools a chartered
Eight lanes of traffic
Seven preachers screaming
Six chop suey sandwiches
Five golden grants
Four hipsters smoking
Three stacks imploded
Two fountains foaming
And a Sully burger at the Shanty

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Eleven Councillors squabbling
Ten chickens clucking
Nine schools a chartered
Eight lanes of traffic
Seven preachers screaming
Six chop suey sandwiches
Five golden grants
Four hipsters smoking
Three stacks imploded
Two fountains foaming
And a Sully burger at the Shanty

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Twelve Dunkin’ Donuts
Eleven Councillors squabbling
Ten chickens clucking
Nine schools a chartered
Eight lanes of traffic
Seven preachers screaming
Six chop suey sandwiches
Five golden grants
Four hipsters smoking
Three stacks imploded
Two fountains foaming
And a Sully burger at the Shanty

Enjoy the holidays, everyone!

To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town-Under Milk Wood Review by Joey Phoenix

Chris Martel, Laura Crook and Carloine Watson-Feld  -  Photo by Catherine Bertrand

Chris Martel, Laura Crook and Carloine Watson-Feld  -  Photo by Catherine Bertrand

Time passes. Listen.

Under Milk Wood - Directed by Matt Gray

Story by Joey Phoenix

The bright lights flood the room as the audience streams through the doorway, uncertain of the scene which lies before them. Salem Theatre Companys Black Box on 90 Lafayette Street has been transformed into a 1950s pub, the broadcast site of a radio show thats Dylan Thomass Under Milk Wood. The questions on everyones mind are: Is this a rehearsal?or Why havent these people met before?The answers arent immediately apparent, but that is the intent.

Written over the course of 20 years, the “play of wordsstarted its days as a radio drama before being adapted for the stage. The meta-nature of the setup is jarring at first. The audience watches intently, incredulous that one of the actors is running late. Is he not taking his job seriously? Under Milk Wood is full of mysteries.

The last actor rushes in at the last moment, the on-air sign alights, and we have begun.

To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboatbobbing sea.First voice rings out, the role played expertly by Isaiah Plovnick in his Salem Theatre Company debut. He continues to sweep the audience away with the melody of his voice throughout the remainder of the night.

The enchantment continues when Second Voice, the wonderful Laura Crook, steps in to add to the reverie. Her unfaltering energy adds to the present cadence, and reaches a crescendo in the character of Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard, whose commanding nature drives her two dead husbands to jump-nerved madness.

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Other highlights of the evening include Mark ODonalds sniveling Mr. Pugh, whose penchant for dreaming up ways to poison his wife never fails to produce fits of chuckling in the audience, and Chris Martels dastardly Nogood Boyo, whose wily antics add comedic relief to the sea-salt swarthy nature of the bittersweet tale.

Yet, perhaps the crowning moment of the production should be reserved for the performance of Caroline Watson-Felt, whose Polly Garter interjects the reality of imperfect love into the mix with effortless beauty. When she sings, a hush falls over the room. She makes us believe the longing, the sense of deep loss that Polly and the people of Llarregyb so acutely feel. The sadness is theirs, but weve seen a glimpse into their hearts.

In this production of Under Milk Wood, Director Matt Gray has recreated the layered magic that Dylan Thomas envisioned. The coupled charm of long gone radio days juxtaposed with Welsh village life is a humanistic feast luscious in its complexity. The audience is swept undertow by the myriad voices of the characters whove called Milk Wood home. Salem Theatre Companys Under Milk Wood is the best of the Beat Generation made accessible to the people of Salem, providing an apt metaphor for the significance of individual voices in the history of a region, and proving that places are nothing without the people who loved, lived, and dreamed there.

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