CWW: Free Shakespeare in Royalston

A bit far, but I dare you not to love this:

The Tempest – in two acts

July 6th, 2012 at 7 PM

Town Hall, Royalston

Here is our recipe for summer Shakespeare

Royalston Shakespeare Summer Play


  • 25 – 40 youth, ages 7- 16 years, from Royalston and surrounding towns
  • 2 new co-directors*
  • 3 assistant directors
  • one Town Hall
  • some very old lights
  • some very inexpensive sets
  • costumes from Salvation Army
  • loads of support from the people of Royalston, especially the friends of the Library and Kathy Morris, Librarian
  • enthusiasm and dedication of the youth
  • enthusiasm and dedication of the directors

mix with one reduced but not diluted script by Willy Shakespeare


  • Get to know one another by playing theater games.
  • Then learn the story of the play through improv of key scenes.
  • Cast all comers who want them in speaking roles
  • Rewrite script as necessary
  • Rehearse, rehearse,rehearse.
  • Build and paint and practice.
  • Devise, beg , borrow and steal properties, costumes and whatever is needed.
  • Bake in extremes of summer heat

and 10 days later — perform a 1 – 1.5 hour play for community, family and friends.

* volunteer directors: Noah Dawson – Director Yasmine Seghir – Director
Beth Gospodarek – co director and producer
Caleb Chase – Designer
Gibson LaRoche – Designer
Norah Dooley – assistant

Go giraffes, go!

Giraffes are no longer required to stop at the intersection of Webster Street and Hope Avenue:

Regular readers may recall that for several weeks there was a stop sign mounted 11 feet high on that pole above the street name sign (which is mounted at 7 feet).  Whether the stop sign was taken down due to a flash of belated common sense, a twinge of embarrassment or a dash of both, here’s hoping that any future signs will be mounted where drivers can actually see them.

It’s not clear whether the powers-that-be still expect right-turning vehicles to stop there sans giraffe-sign, or should we revert to the unmarked & unofficial quasi-yield/right-turn maneuver that prevailed at that intersection for so many years?

CWW: Free Summer Bowling for Kids

I must confess that I am a candlepin bowling afficionado and have only done “big ball” bowling twice in my life.

But if big ball is your thing, you can sign your kids (age 15 and under) up for free bowling at AMF.  Once you register, you’ll get a weekly voucher for two free games per child per day through September 3, based on lane availability. Shoe rental is not included.

(I will remain faithful to the famously air-conditioned Colonial Bowl.)

CWW: Elm Park and Newton Hill Concert Series

(Note: I’m going to try adding free events to a Google Calendar; you can subscribe to the calendar from this address, view it here, or you can view an embedded version on the main Guide to Cheap Worcester page.)

Friends of Newton Hill Concert Series – Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm

July 10th – Far From Eden

July 17th – Hot Jazz with Dan Gabel

July 24th – Fast Like Rabbits

July 31st  – Ric Porter & the Sons of the Soil

August 7th – Cara Brindisi

August 14th – Chet Williamson

Also, 11th Annual Newton Hill  5K  Race Series every Tuesday in August at 6:30 p.m

Park Spirit Concert Series – Elm Park – Thursdays at 6:30pm

July 12th – Slippery Sneakers

July 19th – Union Jack

July 26th – Toni Lynn Washington

August 2nd – Valvatross

August 9th – Mitch Chakour Band

August 16th – Glenn Stuart Band