The theatre also brings a variety of programs—bullying prevention, poetry, the art of listening—to schools throughout the Cape. “Education is one of our cornerstones,” says Tamara Harper, director of education and community outreach for Harwich Junior Theatre. “What the kids get isn’t just about acting; it is about communication, cooperation, and articulation.”

This summer, some favorite performances make return appearances. In a nod to nostalgia, Cinderella, the first play ever put on by Harwich Junior Theatre, opens on June 24. An all-time audience favorite, Always Patsy Cline, returns for weekend performances this summer. “Believe it or not,” said Schuessler, “for just about every play an audience member will come up to me and say, ‘That is the best play you have ever done!’”

May 2011 The recent acquisition of the Harwich Recreation Building gives the organization more space for performing, rehearsals, and a continuing education center. “We want to keep it going for future generations,” Schuessler says. “And we want to play to a full house. I hope we created a place where people feel welcome when they walk through the door.”

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