North Shore Children’s Theatre (NSCT) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, founded by Nicole Poirier, Patricia Manalo Bochnak, and Andrew Harwood. In fall 2010 we produced our first full-scale musical theater production of “Beauty and the Beast” with a cast of 26 actors. Rehearsals were held at an afterschool studio space in Salem, Massachusetts.
Oh, how times have changed! Our most recent production of “Beauty and the Beast,” in spring 2017, included 130 young actors and a staff of NSCT alumni, including Rachel Lurie (Belle 2010) and Kate Resnek (Babette 2010).
NSCT moved to Marblehead in the summer of 2016, and we began successful partnerships with several local schools—Marblehead Community Charter Public School, Village School, and Veterans School. We have slowly built our children’s theater to a large community of 500+ families—and we’re still growing! We now produce more than ten performances a year, including large shows every fall and spring, a winter workshop, a summer performing arts program, and a fundraiser musical revue show, “A Night at the Tonys.” We also offer classes in musical theater, dance, acting, and singing.
We believe that through theater education, children develop self-confidence, empathy, and respect for themselves and others, and learn to work as a team toward a common goal. We hope to continue to share our love and passion for the performing arts with children and audiences of the North Shore for years to come!