"Good Heavens, Mrs. Evans"
Proceeds will go toward the restoration of the century-old
Evans carriage barn in what is now Beverly's Lynch Park
Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 2005
Briscoe Middle School
7 Sohier Road
Doors open at 7:00 PM for refreshments / View the Lynch Park Master Plan
Curtain time is 8:00 PM
Tickets are $20, $5 for students of any age
The Lynch Park Advisory Committee is putting on an expanded version of the comedy "Good Heavens, Mrs. Evans"
on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 . It's the astonishing but true
story of how one of the country's wealthiest women decided she'd had enough
of President Taft's summer White House on the grounds of her Beverly
oceanside estate, and decided to evict him.
On April 1st and 2nd you will have one last opportunity to enjoy the
historical comedy, "Good Heavens, Mrs. Evans," about the summers of 1909 and
1910 when all eyes were on Beverly, MA. The summer White House was located
on the property we now call Lynch Park. Meet Marie Antoinette Evans, the
feisty woman who dared to barge in on President Taft's summer plans.
Written by Nancy Brewka Clark and directed by Betty Taylor, the play and two
additional scenes of the Taft children and the Evans' staff are performed by
an intergenerational cast.
A historical slide show of the property with fascinating little know facts
of the property, musical accompaniment, theme baskets for raffle,
information about the park's new Master Plan, and fresh baked refreshments
promise to make this a memorable event. When the play was originally
presented most people lingered with questions and were heard to say, "What
can we do to help?" Many who heard others discussing the performance asked
when would it be done again. This is it!
One hundred per cent of the proceeds will go toward the restoration of the
century-old Evans carriage barn in what is now Beverly's Lynch Park, with
the goal of turning it into a multi-use cultural and community center. Please
consider coming to the play-we'll have live music, fantastic Taft theme baskets
for raffle and the ultimate door prize donated by state Sen.
Fred Berry, TWO RED SOX TICKETS!
Doors open at 7 p.m., curtain time at 8, tickets are $20, $5 for students of any
age, to be held at Briscoe Middle School, 7 Sohier Road, Beverly, MA.
Come early to check out the Lynch Park Master Plan and carriage house
renovations, view the theme baskets and partake of coffee and refreshments.
You can call Beverly Parks & Rec to charge tickets at 978-921-6067 or you
may purchase them at City Hall from June Kelly, Casa de Moda, Parcel Plus,
the Library or the Farms branch, Briscoe or Beverly High School. You can
also call me at 978-922-1435.
I truly hope you can make it. This will probably be your last opportunity
to see this play and learn some fascinating facts about the property now
called Lynch Park. New cast members include mild-mannered reporter emeritus
Tom Clark will be playing crotchety newspaper publisher Al Vittum. Bruce Doig
is sporting a new beard for the part of Mr, Evans and Kerry Zagarella was born
to play the part of Madam Zaza, the fortune teller who advised Mrs.
Evans on how to solve her dilemma. Lisa McFadden-Mrs. Evans, Shaun Hayes
and Nancy Coffey-President and Mrs. Taft, Peter Van de Bogart as Captain
Butt and Marcus Taylor as the newsboy are all returning cast. Written by
Nancy Brewka Clark and directed by Betty Taylor, the play has two additional
scenes of the Taft children and the Evans' staff, all performed by Beverly
All my best,
Joan Fairbank BHS '60
If any of you would like to help us with baking squares, cookies, or other
dessert please respond to Andrea Raymond Stackpole at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may consider being listed in the Program Book as a benefactor for $15.
For a larger ad contact Cynthia Terry at email@example.com
Please help us make this venture a success. Thank you for your support.
If you would like to be involved you may contact Joan Fairbank at
978-922-1435 or the individual chairpersons.
Program Book Advertising: Kathy Healey & Cynthia Burns Terry
Refreshments Chairperson: Andrea Raymond Stackpole
Theme Basket Chairperson: Virginia Currier
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