Fire Causes Schedule Shift
At North Shore Music Theatre

Management at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly has announced that due to heat, smoke and water damage caused by a fire at the theater on July 14th, the following changes will be made to the popular theatre’s musical and concert schedule:

“Cinderella” is closing and will be rescheduled for Summer 2006. The production was originally was scheduled to run through July 31, 2005.

The following concerts will be rescheduled (exact dates to be determined):

Ruben Studdard (originally scheduled for August 5)

ABBA Gold (originally scheduled for August 6)

Engelbert Humperdinck (originally scheduled for August 10)

Kenny Rogers (originally scheduled for August 11)

Charlie Daniels Band (originally scheduled for August 13)

The Beach Boys (originally scheduled for August 14)

The following Children’s Summer Musicals will be either rescheduled or cancelled:

Rapunzel (originally scheduled for Friday, July 22)

Super Scientific Circus (originally scheduled for Friday, July 29)

Peter and the Wolf (originally scheduled for Friday, August 12)

All Summer Stages programs and workshops for children will continue to operate at North Shore Music Theatre in the Theatre Arts Academy building.

While theater officials continue to assess the damage, North Shore plans to re-open on August 23 with the new musical “Abyssinia.” The theatre is in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary this season.

The cause of the fire, which occurred after the July 14 performance when the building was empty, was determined to be an accidental electrical malfunction. (Subsequent reports pinpoint a fog machine beneath the stage area.)

The fire spread through the orchestra pit area but was rapidly contained by the efforts of the Beverly Fire Department and surrounding fire departments.

The theatre, in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary season, has established the following options for donations, refunds and exchanges:

1. Patrons may donate the full value of their ticket back to NSMT, and receive a tax deduction for the face value of the tickets.

2. Patrons may redeem their ticket for credit toward another performance.

3. Patrons may receive a refund in full.

Tickets may be returned to the box office after July 18, or mailed to NSMT, PO Box 62, Beverly, MA 01915. For further information, call the Box Office, after July 18, at 978-232-7200 or visit

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