What is the first show you remember seeing at CCTC/HJT?: “The Arkansaw Bear” was the first play I saw at the theatre, in 1991.
What is your most meaningful HJT experience?: Hard to pick. Jim Byrne gave me one of my first real speaking parts, as a narrator in Charlotte’s Web, when I was about 11. Or maybe receiving the Doane Award the summer I turned 15.
What is your favorite Musical?: Right now? Dear Evan Hansen. Ever? Once On This Island (our production starring Heidi Crawley.)
What drives you to give so much to the theatre? This theatre is the place I felt most at home as a kid, where I met all of my closest friends — as a scared little kid, it was the only place I felt like I had a voice. I want to make sure that legacy is protected and upheld for any kids that need it.
Chair, Marketing Committee
What is your most meaningful HJT experience?: Seeing our daughter Catie on stage for the first time (Francine Freckle in Freckleface Strawberry at age 9!)
What is your favorite Musical?: Pippin.
What drives you to give so much to the theatre? When I thought about the CCTC|HJT community’s warm welcome to us as new members and ongoing encouragement of our kids, I realized how important it is to help the theatre continue to play these roles for the next generation of families like ours. The theatre quickly became an important part of our family after we moved to the Cape full time a few years ago. Since then, our daughters have been on stage, worked as members of stage and production crews, and taken a string of classes. Their experiences in multi-generational casts and being trusted with significant responsibilities have been hallmarks of their time at CCTC|HJT, and such an important part of their growing up.
Anne Marie Doherty
What is your most meaningful HJT experience?: Seeing a children’s show with my grandchild for the first time. That’s how I arrived at CCTC – looking for something to do with him. It was pure magic.
What is the first show you worked on at CCTC/HJT?: The first time I was on stage was in There’s A Boy In The Girls’ Bathroom in 1992 which was directed by Amy Freedman.
What is your most meaningful HJT experience?: I would have to say it’s a tie between the friendships I made over the years at HJT that have lasted until this day and winning the Doane Award in 1999.
Who is your ESSENTIAL jester: Emily Murray and Geoff O’Donnell.
Is there anything important you think we should know about you or your connection with CCTC/HJT? Yes! I have had so many amazing experiences at HJT but this year has been an especially nostalgic time for me at theatre. My niece and nephew were in their first show at HJT and I got to watch them fall in love with the theatre just like I did 25 years ago. It was the best deja vu.
Vice President/Chair, Education Committee
What was your first show?: Peter Pan in 1964. Directed by Aurand Harris. Steve Smith played Peter.
How did you end up at CCTC/HJT: I came to HJT as an apprentice through the venerable Betty Bobp who was the Head of the Theatre Department at Wheelock College where I was a student.
What is your favorite intermission snack?: Popcorn; least favorite snack to clean up: Popcorn.
How did you first arrive at CCTC/HJT? As a parent of two young girls, I loved taking my daughters to see shows from the time they were 5 and 7. This appreciation for the shows led to taking many classes at HJT and then auditions.
If you could bring back ANY show we have done, what would it be? The Emperor’s New Clothes. This was my first play at HJT. It holds a special place in my heart!
How long have you been on the board? I have been on the board 6 years. It has been my goal to increase our fundraising efforts, and we started the Summer Raffle. This year we are doing an Online Auction and have acquired fabulous items!
What is your most meaningful HJT experience?: Having a dream about the stairs to the second floor being rainbow with
the lyrics to Rainbow Connection and getting my friends to help me create them and so much more!
Who is your ESSENTIAL jester: Andrea Healy
What drives you to give so much to the theatre? I grew up at the theatre. I learned so much from the faculty, made life-long friends, and have a career in the arts.
Building Committee/ Governance Committee
What is your favorite CCTC/HJT Production?: My favorite show was Aladdin and his Magical Lamp. It was the first show my daughter, Emily was in. I remember being so proud and happy to see her stage as a fairy. I love looking at the black and white photo of the entire cast.
How did you end up at HJT?: I first became involved with the HJT through Bernice Healy around 1983. She was very active with the theater and encouraged me to bring my children. The theater has inspired many lifelong friendships. It’s a wonderful place for Cape children to meet and make friends with children from other Cape towns and off Cape.
Have you ever performed in a show?: I was in one show, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever(with Joanne Brown) and was terrified every show. The experience gave me new respect for the art of acting!
Treasurer/Chair, Finance Committee/Building Committee/ Governance Committee
What is the first show you remember seeing at CCTC/HJT?: Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse
What is your most meaningful HJT experience?: Hard to pick one … The obvious was seeing my son Charlie on stage, in the moment; hearing him work lines and practice his steps at home; observing the respect given, and example set, by other performers of all ages; watching him sign autographs after previously collecting them. Equally rewarding were glimpses behind the scenes – at the Arts Center (Old Rec), watching him work on blocking and delivery as Rob Zapple (and other teaching artists) envision what’s to come; upstairs at HJT, at warmup as the cast comes together. And then, seeing him give back as a teenager, helping younger actors learn their roles. Now, knowing he understands teamwork, speaks confidently in public, and has other lifelong skills learned at HJT.
Helping Rob and others rebuild the HJT stage on an extremely tight deadline, with short money, was also very rewarding – seeing the project come together with creativity and community, all in the name of safety and HJT’s future.
If you could bring back ANY show we have done, what would it be? Frankenstein – Charlie’s first show – preferably via time travel: same actors, at same ages 🙂
President of the Board/ Building Committee
Kristine Sawyer has been a full time real estate agent on Cape Cod for over 11 years, and has been involved at the Harwich Junior Theatre for years. Originally from the mid-west Kristine quickly fell in love with the Cape and all it has to offer. Kristine has been the president of the board since Spring 2017.
How did you first arrive at CCTC? 25 years ago when my oldest daughter, Stella, first became involved with the theater.
What is your favorite intermission snack?: M&M’s
What is your favorite musical?: Pirates of Penzance
Who is your ESSENTIAL jester: My sister Betsy Lowell – she became the Jester when she put on the costume. Next to her would be Lisa Canto – also, terrific Jester.
Who is your favorite fictional character: Jim Hawkins – ‘Treasure Island’
What was the first show you ever saw (or performed in/worked on) at HJT? Mr. Popper’s Penguins – 1962 – I played “Columbus,” the oldest (tallest) child penguin. My first lines were “Ork, Gork, Gork.” All created through an improv session taught by Betty Bobp (although we did not call it that — the term improv, short for improvisational theatre, had not yet been coined) where we had a mock fight between the two oldest penguins.
What drives you to give so much to the theatre? I grew up in the HJT and have been deeply involved with live theatre my entire life. It is important for children, young adults and adults to learn communication skills, cooperation, collaboration, artistic and creative expression, tolerance for others, working with a group to accomplish what cannot be done alone – good daily lessons for anyone involved in live theatre, or, life.