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Boston Conservatory Presents Factory Girls

June 3-5 in Lowell, June 9-12 in Boston

(BOSTON—May 11, 2011) The Boston Conservatory Theater Ensemble presents a workshop production of Factory Girls, June 3-5, 2011 (8pm Friday-Saturday, 2pm on Sunday) at the Burgoyne Theater at Lowell High School in Lowell, MA and June 9-12, 2011 (8pm Thursday-Saturday, 2pm Sunday) at the newly-renovated Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. Tickets to the Boston performances are $25 general admission, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for all students with valid ID. Tickets to the Lowell performances are FREE with advance reservations recommended. Tickets or reservations for all shows can be made through The Boston Conservatory Box Office at (617) 912-9222 or http://bostonconservatory.ticketforce.com/.

With music and lyrics by Creighton Irons and Sean Mahoney and book by Maggie-Kate Coleman, Factory Girls is the story of best friends Sarah Bagley and Harriet Farley, factory operatives in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1844. The opportunity to earn high wages and improve their family’s lives draws Yankee farm girls to the “City of Spindles” by the thousands. Even after laboring for up to 14 hours a day, the girls write and publish their own company-sponsored publication, The Lowell Offering, which becomes a worldwide literary phenomenon. When working conditions deteriorate due to competition and economic hardship, Sarah speaks out against the corporation; Harriet, as editor of the Offering, refuses to sacrifice the gains the women have made. The resulting battle rips their friendship apart and alters the course of the American worker.

Factory Girls will be directed by the Conservatory’s Theater Division Director Neil Donohoe with music direction by Steven Jones and choreography by Michelle Chassé.  Donohoe, an alumnus of Lowell High School and former paper boy for the Lowell Sun, has been working with the creative team to refine the script and story that will be presented in his hometown by The Boston Conservatory’s graduate musical theater students.

According to Donohoe, “Like most Lowell natives, I grew up learning the history of the millworkers and hearing their tales of grit and determination. It is a rare and rewarding opportunity to be able to bring this important piece of Lowell history to life using the power of music, dance and theater.”

In addition to the three public performances in Lowell, the Conservatory will provide a private showcase and talkback for Lowell High School students. According to Edward Rozmiarek, Headmaster of Lowell High School, “We are excited to have this opportunity to collaborate with The Boston Conservatory and give our students the chance to witness and participate in the development of a new show that is close to home.”

Factory Girls is presented in Lowell through The Boston Conservatory Community Reserve which was established in 2008 as part of the New Markets Tax Credit program with participation from community development enterprises CEI Capital Management, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, and the Nonprofit Finance Fund. This production is sponsored by the Abbott & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, Richard and Nancy Donahue, and Washington Savings Bank, with support from the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (www.namt.org).

About The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators.  For more information, visit www.bostonconservatory.edu.

Contact

Joyce Linehan 
(617) 282-2510
joyce@ashmontmedia.com

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