Torn Ticket Reunion
In 1974, three alumni of the student-run musical theater group, Torn Ticket, decided the show must go on after Tufts. Mitchell Maxwell, A75, Joshua Secunda, A73, (then known as Albert Feldman), and Paul Harman, A74, started a summer stock production company at the Priscilla Beach Theater (PBT) in Plymouth, Massachusetts. For the next three summers, they ran five shows in 10 weeks in the barn theater, performing one show at night while rehearsing the next week’s show during the day.
Left photo: Mary Ann Hubbard, AG75 (right) at PBT; Right photo: Carol Rosegg, A76, Charles Lovejoy, A76, Jonathan Levin, A75 at PBT
Mary Ann (Saloschin) Hubbard, AG75, went from her graduate studies in classical drama over to the “dark side” of musical theater in a 1973 Torn Ticket production of Company—and followed her friends to PBT. She remembers camping out in “rustic housing” next to the barn where, she says, “raccoons would just wander into the buildings and sometimes into your bedroom.”
She recalls a production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in which Snoopy’s song about little birds flying in to visit him was inadvertently accompanied by bats flying around the stage, with the actors desperately trying to ignore the flapping to stay in character. “It was the kind of thing I think you can only do when you’re young,” she says with a laugh.
Forty years after Tufts’ first summer of music by the sea, Hubbard organized a Torn Ticket/PBT reunion. Fortunately, the poorly kept barn had been saved from demolition by Bob Malone, a Plymouth resident who caught the acting bug while volunteering at PBT with Tufts students when he was 13. About 25 alumni made it back to the beach theater last summer, where they spent the evening singing song after song from old productions.
PBT barn before (left) and after (right) renovation
Hubbard is hoping for an even bigger turnout of Torn Ticket graduates next July, when Malone plans to officially reopen the barn theater with a production of Fiddler on the Roof. “Being part of Torn Ticket was a really formative experience for all of us,” says Hubbard, now an editor and announcer for public radio in Boston. “The reunion was just wonderful and I’m looking forward to what’s yet to come.”