Upcoming Fundraisers


Circus Smirkus

Presenting Circus Smirkus is another highlight of the season that has become a highly anticipated area event. It’s also an important fundraiser for us, combining the efforts of two non-profit organizations, both committed to youth arts education.

You have to see Circus Smirkus in action to believe it — these circus stars, ages 11 to 18, bring youthful exuberance and polished circus skills from across the country and around the world. Everyone who enters the big top leaves with a smile on their face, knowing that they’ve just seen something truly special.

Theater in the Open relies on the help of dozens of volunteers to present this event, people who house the performers, hand out flyers, "run" in the Yankee Homecoming Bed Race, work at the shows...there are many ways to get involved. And don't forget the importance of buying tickets and getting 356 of your closest friends to do so, too!

For information about this year’s performance dates, click here


Flatbreads Fundraiser

This event speaks for itself. Watch for announcements for the date and time each year and come out to Flatbreads Pizza in Amesbury to share a meal with friends and support Theater in the Open! We are grateful to Flatbreads for helping by donating a percentage of every pizza sold on that night to our Summer Arts Workshop Scholarship Fund.

This year’s event will be announced in August, so please check back for details. We’ll also have t-shirts and buttons available for sale.

For information about this event, please email info@theaterintheopen.org

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maudslay is haunted

Maudslay is Haunted is Theater in the Open’s notorious annual haunting of Maudslay State Park. This event has grown to become one of our largest annual fundraisers. It's also the perfect way to spend an autumn day in New England. 

Each year, volunteers develop playfully spooky skits, make masks, design costumes, organize food donations, sell tickets, distribute pumpkins, paint faces — the list goes on and on. And each year, more people come out to participate, making this an event brimming with community spirit. This year we reached a new attendance record with over 2,200 visitors.

This all-ages, family event is a one-hour walk through eerie vignettes, spooky sketches and haunting scenes. Admission is $10, additional donations in any amount are appreciated, and children 4 and under are free. We also have warm cider, donuts and other treats for sale.

GATES ARE OPEN from 1:30 – 4 PM. October 19 & 20, 2019. 
RAIN DATE October 26.

For volunteer opportunities and rehearsal schedule,
click here.


Giving Tuesday

We are proud to announce that on Tuesday, November 27th, we raised over $6,000 from over fifty donors. Thank you!

Having been awarded the Gatehouse Curatorship, and with expanding programming in 2019 for our 40th Season, we want to thank everyone who helped us to raise these necessary funds so that we can keep doing the work we all love—free theatre, youth arts education and historic restoration. Join us today by donating here.

For the second year in a row, M.K. Benatti Jewelers in Downtown Newburyport supported Theater in the Open with a $2000 matching donation. Your donation goes that much further thanks to the generosity of M.K. Benatti!

Want to participate in Giving Tuesday 2019? You can start by sharing your favorite photo of a Theater in the Open moment — whether it’s attending a show or attending a workshop — and letting the world know why you love Theater in the Open. Make a donation, upload your favorite TITO photo, tag us on Facebook and Instagram. We thank you for your support!