10th Annual Salem Arts Festival

The Salem Arts Festival returns for its 10th year with a weekend full of family-friendly programming devoted to the arts in our community. The event kicks off at 6:00 pm on Friday June 1 with viewings of art in Old Town Hall and live music outside in Derby Square. The rest of the Festival will be located throughout Derby Square, Artists’ Row, Front Street, and within Old Town Hall and will feature live musical performances, belly dancing, public art projects, a vibrant street fair and more.



The festival celebrates various art forms and gives attendees of all ages creative ways to create art. Featured art styles will include but are not limited to painting, photography, sculpture, installation, dance, music, writing, film, new media, performance, theater, poetry, culinary, and visual art. Also planned for the event are local food pop-ups, a mural slam, and vendors specializing in handmade, locally sourced, and ethically crafted goods.



The Salem Arts Festival will also celebrate this year’s featured community art project: “Bee to Brick.”This installation features playful swarms of several hundred “bees” around the festival area, created entirely out of recycled plastic bottles and other reusable plastic pollution. Over the past few months, community groups and locals of all ages have created hundreds of bees in an effort to increase awareness of the critical role pollinators play in sustaining our ecosystem. After the project, the bees will be transformed to “bricks” that will be used be students from the Phoenix School for their “Bottle Brick Project.” Bottle bricks are recycled plastic bottles stuffed with trash until they are compact enough for use in building projects, such as benches or walls.



The Salem Arts Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets, and would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors and volunteers. The Salem Arts Festival is just one part of Salem Main Street’s effort to promote Salem’s downtown neighborhood as a destination for attractions, community projects, dining, shopping, and cultural events throughout the year. For more information about the Salem Arts Festival visit SalemArtsFestival.com or follow the event on Facebook.

“Enter Laughing” by Joseph Stein

Stage-struck David Kolowitz denies his parents’ wishes for a druggist in the family and leaves his devoted girlfriend Wanda when he is enlisted (and paying for) a slot as the “leading man” in a third-rate theatrical company. His baptism of fire is a hilarious first performance where everything that can go wrong, does. The March 1 performance is a “Salem Night” with Salem residents receiving free admission. Tickets for all others are: $20 general/$15 seniors and students 18 and above/under 18 admitted free. Tickets and information: salemstatetickets.com or 978.542.6365.

Event takes place at Salem State University at the Sophia Gordon Center at 356 Lafayette Street.

The Wondertwins: To Hip Hop with Love

The award-winning dance duo The Wondertwins present “To Hip Hop with Love.” With an eclectic soundtrack of music ranging from legendary rappers Busta Rhymes and KRS One, to the classic voice of Sammy Davis Jr., and poetry by Maya Angelou, the evening is a kaleidoscopic view of African American entertainment traditions. The performance, part of Salem State’s 2018 Hip Hop Summit, will be followed by a conversation with The Wondertwins, Billy and Bobby, McClain, moderated by assistant professor of dance, James Morrow. January 27, 7:30 pm. Tickets: $20/$15/under 18 free. salemstatetickets.com / 978.542.6365.

Salem Dance Ensemble presents “The Other Side of the Crowd

The Salem Dance Ensemble presents its end of semester concert, “The Other Side of the Crowd”. Performances will take place in the new Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts on Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 17 at 2 pm.

The evening will include original choreography by faculty and students as well as a new work, “YES INDEED!” by world-renowned choreographer and dancer Bill Evans. It will feature students Samantha Aucello, Cameron Decas, Amanda Drogani and Micaela Plankey. Evans has been working with the Salem State dance department students since the start of the fall semester as an artist-in-residence.

Bill Evans is a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient who founded his Bill Evans Dance Company in 1975. He is noted for the creation of a modern dance technique that has influenced hundreds of dance teachers and dancers around the world for more than 30 years.

Tickets for the concert are: $20 general/$15 non-SSU students over 18 and seniors/under 18 admitted free. Purchase online: salemstatetickets.com or by phone in advance at 978.542.6365.

This performance is sponsored by Salem State University’s Music and Dance Department and Center for Creative and Performing Arts (salemstate.edu/arts).

A Christmas Carol, Starring Jonathan Kruk

Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk’s solo show of “A Christmas Carol” began in 2011 at the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, a dramatic retelling of Charles Dickens’ “perfect haunted holiday tale of hope and redemption for all.’

Fans compare Jonathan to “an elegant Robin Williams,” possessing “a Patrick Stewart-like presence,” and ‘the charm of Alistar Sims.” The show runs one animated hour.

Musician Jim Keyes warms up the house with a lively singalong of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Keyes accompanies Kruk on a vintage Hammond organ, violin, harp, bells and a can of rusty chains.

$25 at the door, or online.

A Very Grinchy Holiday Special

Gallows Hill Theatre presents:
A very Grinchy Holiday Special!

Join us at Gallows Hill Theatre for a fun re-telling of the classic tale with music, audience interaction, Max the dog, The Who family and Thing One and Thing Two!
A great holiday show for all ages, featuring Erik Rodenhiser as The Grinch.
After the show, kids can meet The Grinch, and take pictures with the cast!

Treats and a raffle included as well!

Tickets: $15 (ages 6 and up), $5 (ages 5 and under) or $52 for a family of 4, are available online.

Hot Spot Cabaret

Hot Spot Cabaret – The musical comedy revue offers something for everyone.  Music from the 1940’s through today is featured in the show.  Adult comedy and skits are also featured and always tastefully done.  Rousing songs aren’t in short supply either.

The show is a live production featuring 7 seasoned performers and a pianist and percussionist.  Hot Spot has been performing throughout the area for several years at such places as Christine’s Show Club in Dennis, Quincy Center Dinner Theatre, The Cape Plaza, Montvale Plaza Dinner Theatre, The Canoe Club, and many local clubs and organizations.

Tickets: $45, includes three-course dinner and the show. Available online in advance. ($25 for the show only).


Fair is foul, and foul is fair” proclaim the witches in Macbeth, Shakespeare’s classic tale of greed-soaked ambition. Set in a stark Scottish landscape, this adaptation displays the witches in a refreshingly original light, as witnessing the ambition and desperation of Macbeth, and the cunning and ruthlessness of Lady Macbeth. The witches are portrayed as agents of human beings, not their instigators, and so they and the audience get drawn into the humans’ conspiratorial plottings. Supernatural and unnatural forces come to the aid of Macbeth and his wife. Our protagonists are not so much seduced by the witches’ words as they are compelled by their own greedy ambitions and primitive fears to make inhuman choices in their quest for power.

Macbeth is also the story of an age – an age that included anxiety about witchcraft and the demonization of women as witches, as weavers of catastrophe. This adaptation incorporates parts of The Witchby Shakespeare’s contemporary, Middleton, and is directed by Professor Kate Amory, creator of D.arc Water and Ghosts of Troy.

Amory is joined on the production team by Professor Michael Harvey (scenic and lighting design), Ryan Blaney ’17 (sound design) and new theatre faculty Professor Jerry Johnson (costume design.)

This production contains adult language and subject matter and is intended for mature audiences. Tickets available at SalemStateTickets.com.

$20 general
$15 seniors and non-SSU students 18 and up
Under 18 admitted free
Salem State students admitted free with ID


November 30-December 2, 7:30 pm and December 3, 2 pm

December 7-9, 7:30 pm and December 10, 2 pm

For access and accommodation information, visit SalemStateTickets.com.

Haunted Dinner Theater Presents: “Be Witched”

Everyone knows that Salem is famous for it’s witches, but what happens when one of the most famous witches of all time, Samantha Stevenson, comes to town to host a party for her husband’s co-workers? Chaos ensues! To help our characters sort through the madness several of the audience members will be playing minor roles, telling their own tales as well as giving necessary clues to discovering the mystery of who’s behind the mayhem. Before the evening gets underway, you’ll feast on our legendary buffets. While you’re doing so, you’ll have a chance to work with your table mates to solve clues AND interrogate suspects! At the same time, family-friendly special effects will complete the evening. So jump back in time and meet the famous characters from the original television series that you know and love while joining us for a spooktacular evening filled with suspense, magic, and dinner!

Tickets must be purchased in advance ($59.95 for adults and $39.95 for kids). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit HauntedDinnerTheater.com.

Please note that most of our performances will be at the Hawthorne Hotel, but on 10/20, 10/27 and 10/28 we will be performing at Finz Seafood.

The Cripple of Inishmaan

The Cripple of Inishmaan is an outrageously dark comedy set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934. As word is spread by Johnnypateen – a man who mistakes gossip for news – that a Hollywood movie is going to be filmed on the neighboring island of Inishmore, young Cripple Billy wants desperately to be in the film. Cripple Billy is determined to cross the sea, audition for the director, and, hopefully, be whisked away to America. As word of his plan spreads throughout the rumor obsessed island, the inhabitants of Inishmaan quickly resent Cripple Billy’s audacity of hope. In this wonderfully unpredictable play, playwright Martin McDonagh gives us a world in which people are comically mean-spirited and resentful of anyone who hopes for a life that makes their lives look small by comparison. McDonagh writes in the tradition of the best Irish tales, with biting humor and a strong dose of reality. Directed by Bill Cunningham.

Tickets are $20 general/$15 seniors and students 18 and above/under 18 admitted free.
salemstatetickets.com or 978.542.6365

Professor Wunders’ School of Magic

This special show is just for families and children who want to enjoy Salem without being scared! Meet a friendly wizard as he takes you through the wonderful world of magic, wizardry and Halloween fun! A live, interactive stage show for the whole family, with magic, comedy, audience participation and some fun special effects. Children’s admission includes a magical glow ring! You can take pictures with Professor Wunders after the show.

This show sells out quickly, so buy your tickets now! Tickets: $10 Ages 5 and up. Free for ages 4 and under. For tickets and additional information visit GallowsHillSalem.com.