Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

The New Players Theatre Guild of Fitchburg announces audition dates for the Pulitzer Winning Play, HARVEY to be performed on April 12, 13,14 & 19, 20, 21 at the New Players Theatre Guild Center for the Performing Arts. The audition dates will be Sun: Feb. 17 @ 6:00pm & Tues: Feb. 19 @ 7:00pm and will be held at The New Players Theatre—15 Rollstone St, Fitchburg, MA. There are 6 male roles and 6 female roles of various ages. Some of the major characters are: Elwood P. Down—a friendly eccentric and charming central character of the play; Veta Louise Simmons—Elwood’s sister, embarrassed by Elwood and scared for her daughter; Myrtle Mae Simmons—young, self-centered spinster-ish daughter if Veta; Dr. William Chumley—Esteemed psychiatrist, head of the sanitarium; Dr. Lyman Sanderson—handsome young psychiatrist, infatuated with Nurse Kelly; Ruth Kelly—a pretty young nurse attracted to Dr. Sanderson. Rehearsals for the show will be Sundays, Mondays & Thursdays and will start Sunday: Feb. 24. For more information contact Kevin Baldwin, Director @ or Bob Healy, Producer @

Monday, January 14, 2013

NPTG is looking for a director for our upcoming April play Harvey. If interested please contact the NPTG board of directors at

Picture Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, one-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter Myrtle Mae from future embarrassment.

When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When Elwood shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on the staff, including sanitarium director Dr. Chumley and his medical partner Dr. Sanderson. Only just before Elwood is to be given an injection that will make him into a "perfectly normal human being, and you know what bastards they are!" (in the words of a taxi cab driver who has become involved in the proceedings) does Veta realize that she'd rather have Elwood the same as he's always been — carefree and kind — even if it means living with Harvey.-Wikipedia

Friday, December 14, 2012

First Rehearsal - Monday, December 17th! All Members Welcome!

We will have our first meeting/rehearsal for this year's Cabaret this Monday, Dec. 17 @ 7 PM at the theatre. Jay will be there and some group numbers will be handed out that we can look over. We will discuss solos, duets etc. from past Cabarets and a tentative rehearsal schedule. It should be a lot of fun with some great numbers for us to perform. 
The Cabaret is Feb. 9 & 10 at the Elks and Feb. 16 & 17 at the theatre.
Hope to see you all on Monday.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Next Up At NPTG!

Starring NPTG veterans Bob Healy and Barry Lew! You don't want to miss it!

October 12, 13, 19 &  20, at 8:00 pm
Matinee Performances - October 14 &  21, at 2:00 pm

New Players Theatre Guild Center For The Performing Arts

Order ticket by calling (978) 345-6570

Monday, September 10, 2012

Great Opening, But Back to Work! We Need YOUR Help!

Dear NPTG Members and Friends,

We had a great weekend celebrating our Grand Opening at the New Players Theatre Guild Center For The Performing Arts!  We had a great show, that was well received, the cast had a blast and we had a support staff assembled that couldn't be beat!

It WAS GREAT!  (Revel in that for a minute and wait for it..)  But we are just out of the starting gate!  

The lights hadn't cooled down, before a rehearsal for, "The Sunshine Boys," was on.  

We really want to keep NPTGlee going.  We have auditions for, "Amahl," in a few weeks.  When "Amahl and the Night Visitors," is done, we'll be right into the Cabaret!  We would really like help the Fitchburg Theater Company in any way we can with their productions as well.  They have already been a great help to NPTG.

What I am getting to is that WE NEED YOUR HELP!  It's time to put more of the, "community," into NPTG!  You need not want to be on stage or even know much of anything about stagecraft.  If you are willing to help, you will get all the support you need to learn.

Nearly immediately, we need support personel for, "Sunshine Boys."

We need a producer, stage manager, stage hands, publicity help, house managers, ushers, ticket managers, people to help with set construction, lighting and perhaps sound.

Up until now, all of this stuff has been handled by a, "core" or 10-15 people and they can't do it all; but they would be willing to help more people learn and take part in the joy of doing what we do.

Nancy and Bill may be involved with, "Amahl."  Would someone be interested in helping NPTGlee carry on during their absence?

Please think about what YOU can do, or want to learn more about..  You can all do something that will help and I can pretty much guarantee you will enjoy being more of a part of NPTG.

If you can help with, "Sunshine Boys," drop me a note ASAP!

If you think you can contribute in any of the other ways I've mentioned, e-mail me, along with any questions you might have.

Thanks for your time!!  Please think about it.  WE NEED YOU!

Bill McGrath,

Audition Dates For "Amahl and the Night Visitors" Announced

Audition dates for Amahl will be:
Sunday Sept. 23 @ 2:00pm, 
Monday Sept. 24 @ 7:00pm and
Wednesday Sept. 26 @ 7:00pm. 
Rehearsals will start on Monday, October 22nd.

If you are not familiar with the opera, you can Google it and find several performances of it, including the original telecast of 1951 with and introduction by the composer, Menotti.

The roles are:
Mother--Mezzo Soprano
Amahl--Boy Soprano (A true boy soprano)
Balthazar--Bass (A black man)
Shepherds--Mixed Chorus--Adults & Children
3 Shepherd Dancers

I hope to see you at auditions!

Bob Healy (Director)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Two Shows Only! Semptember 8th and 9th!

Are YOU a Believer?

Send NPTG a tax-free donation and we'll place YOUR name on a star, to be displayed along our main staircase, for everyone to see, as they enter our theater this Fall!

It's NPTG, 15 Rollstone Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Let people see YOU support the arts in Fitchburg!

Check it out! From the Worcester Telegram, Sunday, August 19th!

New Players Guild open house - Worcester Telegram & Gazette -

Saturday, August 11, 2012

NPTG Center Transformation Video Now On Youtube!

Follow this link to see a short video slide show of the transformation of the New Players Theatre Guild Center For The Performing Arts!

Just click on the link below.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

NPTG's Open House: A Rousing Success!

Thanks to all that worked so hard to make the ribbon cutting and open house a rousing success!

Thanks also, to all that attended!  You've renewed our faith that the community is behind us!

Time to get down to business!  Wish us luck!  (Or maybe that should be, "break legs!")