By JOHN HOWELL Suggest to Marcia Beagan that there's an opportunity to perform music and she'll plan a show. That is a good thing for the Wethersfield Commons community, which has been invited to the next open microphone at the Gamm Theatre. Gamm
Suggest to Marcia Beagan that there’s an opportunity to perform music and she’ll plan a show.
That is a good thing for the Wethersfield Commons community, which has been invited to the next open microphone at the Gamm Theatre.
Gamm initiated the event as a means of bringing community groups together to share stories. Mentor RI was the first of the groups to participate. Attendees shared stories of mentoring and, as it turned out, did some impromptu singing at Beagan’s urging. Beagan put mentor Doug Schobel up to it. After all, she was his teacher at one point, and what could he say?
The second of the evenings, which are free and open to all those who want to attend whether they are a member of the group or not, was devoted to the Warwick Symphony Orchestra. Many of the stories they told were of their daytime jobs and how they became a member of the WSO.
When Gamm Theatre offered Wethersfield residents the chance to tell stories, Beagan was on it. She hadn’t left things to happenstance, either. In a short time she rallied a number of residents, and soon she had put a program together for the event on Monday, Nov. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the theater just a short way away on Jefferson Boulevard. She’s lined up 12 events to spotlight Wethersfield Commons talent and history.
That’s not to say the audience won’t have the opportunity to chime in with their stories, too.
To get things rolling, Joel Cassola will perform the song he composed about Wethersfield. He will be followed by Gina Viglotti, who will reminisce about the many years she has lived at the condominium complex – one of the city’s first, built in the 1970s.
Beagan is the piano accompanist for many who plan on singing.
That is hardly a surprise, as Beagan assumes that role at many church and school events. She teaches at Hendricken High School and can be counted on, rain or shine, for the Easter morning service held by St. Rita and the First Congregational Church of Warwick held on the beach in Oakland Beach.
In addition to personal stories from Wethersfield residents, Began has lined up a dance performance and musical performance from non-residents.
Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. The free community night is at the Gamm Theatre from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4.