Mill City Productions celebrates 10 years
NORTH ADAMS -- What began 10 years ago as a group of Drury High School alumni rehearsing plays in spaces around the city has blossomed to much more.
Mill City Productions President Liz Urban said the nonprofit, community theater group is more than a creative outlet for people -- it’s also a family.
"Over the past decade, we have all experienced and shared in each other’s joys and losses, supporting each other every step of the way," Urban said on Friday.
The Mill City family has had a busy decade, having produced 21 one-acts, 12 plays, six cabarets, and eight book musicals.
MCP will celebrate its 10th birthday this weekend with "MCP Ten: The Reprise of a Decade" at its home in the Western Gateway Heritage State Park’s Building 4.
The show, which opened on Thursday, continues Saturday at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. show on Sunday.
Co-directors Marissa Carlson and Michael James Roy described the show as a reunion of sorts.
"It’s no one’s first show with MCP," Roy said.
Carlson and Roy both conceived the idea of summer cabarets in 2008, with the idea of having company alumni return for an intensive, week-long mounting of a production.
"Act I will honor all of our book musicals," Roy said. "The audience will see some of our favorite numbers ... Act II is a celebration of the summer cabarets we’ve done."
Carlson and Roy said they both reached out to alumni near and far, as well as fans on social media, to pick favorite performances.
"We asked what would they want to see, and what were the best things we’ve done," Carlson said.
Urban said it is gratifying to see so many company members return for the summer cabarets for one week.
"It makes me realize we have something very special that not all community theaters are able to achieve," she said.
The future location of MCP is uncertain as plans for a proposed redevelopment of the Western Gateway Heritage State Park, which the theater has called home since 2008, don’t include a performance space.
But Urban said she’s not worried about the company disbanding.
"We started out without a permanent home and could certainly operate that way again if need be," she said.
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If you go...
MCP Ten: The Reprise of a Decade
When: Thursday, July 31 to Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m.
Price: $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors
Where: Western Gateway Heritage State Park Building 4, 115 State St., North Adams
More information: www.millcityproductions.org.