August 9, 2021

City of Salem announces 2021 Summer Performance Series

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The City of Salem will hold a series of free live performances a parks across the Salem, with four different companies performing in nearly twenty humorous, surprising, inspiring, and modern productions that are fun for all ages. Performances will be held in August and September and are free and open to the public.All performances are held outdoors, so be sure to bring your own shade and seats. Picnics are encouraged!

“I’m so pleased to join with Salem’s Public Art program in announcing this series of free performances for August and September,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Public art enlivens and enriches our community in so many respects, and these free performances will add to that in a number of our most cherished public spaces and parks over the coming months. I hope you’ll take advantage of these opportunities – enjoy the show!”

OLDE SALEM STAGE COMPANY – “Much Ado About Nothing”

August 7, 8, 14, & 15 at 6:30pm in Charlotte Forten Park, 289 Derby Street. 

The Olde Salem Stage Company is a new collaboration of passionate theatrical practitioners whose mission is to challenge and inspire audiences with their performances. This summer they will be blending modern and traditional approaches to Shakespeare in their production of “Much Ado About Nothing.”

DRUMATIX – “Rhythm Delivered”

August 21, 22, 28, & 29 at 2:00pm in Charlotte Forten Park, 289 Derby Street. 
In case of rain, performances will be moved indoors at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square.

DrumatiX is dedicated to presenting humorous, interactive, family-oriented percussive content that is accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Using tap dance, body percussion, and creative drumming, DrumatiX has created a new 45-minute interactive, humorous, family-friendly show, “Rhythm Delivered.”


August 28, 29 & September 4, 5, 6 at 6:00pm at The Salem Willows Band Shell, 165 Fort Avenue.

Third Citizen Theatre Company is committed to delivering high-quality productions that reimagine and recontextualize classical works to engage and entertain all ages.  With live, original music, Third Citizen Theatre Company stages a performance of “As You Like It” that reflects contemporary issues while bringing a feel-good comedy to the Salem community. Please note, Third Citizen’s performances have a suggested donation of $20 for general seating.


September 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:00pm in Derby Square, 32 Derby Square.

In case of rain, performances will be moved indoors at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square.

The Ridiculous Project seeks to spread joy to the community by giving audiences a fun and immersive theatrical experience where they are both reacting to and interacting with the story. This summer The Ridiculous Project invites you to join in an exploration of whimsy, magic, and language in a spirited retelling of one of Shakespeare’s most-loved plays, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” transformed into a unique story of their own. “Dream, Love, Escape” brings us into a space together to acknowledge where we have been and to experience both the act and the celebration of a communal process of emerging. Learn more at