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!
Nicole Poirier is the Executive director and cofounder of NSCT. While working on her BA in Theatre and English at Salem State, she began the genesis of the company, directing five shows a year. After completing her masters in Child Development at Tufts University she decided to take the company to the next level and reached out to three of the Marblehead Public Schools which now contract NSCT to run their theatre programs. Now NSCT produces over ten shows a year reaching over 400 children each year.
Rachel is the Assistant Director and Associate Artistic Director, and has been with NSCT since its creation in 2010. She started as an actor, starring as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, but quickly moved up in the ranks and joined the staff. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Emerson College in marketing communications, and helps manage NSCT's social media accounts. Some of her favorite NSCT shows are Beauty and the Beast, Once on this Island, Newsies, and Little Women.
Janenne trained at Lorraine Spada School of Dance as a competitive dancer, where she now teaches and choreographs. She graduated from Regis College with a B.A. in Biology and was the president of Regis Dance Company. She has been choreographing & dance instructing at NSCT since 2016. Her favorite shows include Once on this Island, Peter Pan, and Seussical. Janenne loves sharing her passion for dance with the NSCT family.
Kate has been a part of the NSCT family ever since our first production of Beauty and the Beast, as Babette. She has been a part of many NSCT shows, including Winifred in Hocus Pocus, Princess Fiona in Shrek, and Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride. She is currently studying Film & Television at Boston University. Her favorite productions thus far are Honk!, Shrek, Frozen, and Newsies. Kate is thrilled to be working on the other side of the stage, managing shows, and watching NSCT grow and perform.
NSCT has been a part of Kayleigh’s family for as long as she can remember, and she feels
honored to officially be a member of theirs! As an artist, Kayleigh lent a hand with different scenic projects throughout the years, but the first show she designed and executed in its
entirety was The Lion King Jr. This fall she worked on Hocus Pocus, which resulted in creating some of the art she is most proud of in her life. She is constantly in awe of the magic happening at NSCT and is excited to continue creating worlds for the players to exist in.
Jake Lendall is the Production Manager for NSCT. He joined the NSCT team in 2012 and has since created a registration and billing system specifically designed for arts related nonprofits. While the office is where he spends most of his time, he is no stranger to directing and stage management and often takes on those role additionally. Some of his favorite productions include Honk, Aladdin, and Shrek.