Irish Eyes Are Smiling… On You!

Presented by Firehouse Senior Readers’ Theater

Join us at this free public performance culminating the winter session of the Firehouse's popular Senior Readers' Theater Program.

Free and open to public
First come, first served basis
No tickets required

Senior Readers' Theater is performed seated and not memorized. The actors use vocal expression, minimal props and sound cues to help the audience understand the story.


Irish Eyes Are Smiling… On You!
Directed by: Charles Van Eman

Come celebrate the humor, social commentary, and heartbreak of the renowned Irish playwrights, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Brian Friel, and Sean O’Casey.

Senior Readers’ Theater presents scenes from The Importance of Being Earnest, Juno and the Paycock, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Man and Superman, Dancing at Lughnasa, An Ideal Husband, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession.



The Firehouse's arts education program Senior Reader’s Theater is show biz without the stress! Individuals perform while comfortably seated and there is no memorization required. We welcome individuals aged 55 and older, regardless of experience, to participate in the magic of theater.

Together, we explore a script in detail, develop a character, focus on the use of voice and gestures, and finally… perform for the community!

In addition to performing at the Firehouse, this group “takes the show on the road” and performs for Senior Centers and Assisted Living Centers throughout the area.

Instructor: Charles Van Eman

SRT offers three 8-week sessions throughout the year and each session offers two time slots to choose from - Mornings (9-11) and Afternoons (12-2).

2016-2017 SRT Session Dates

Tuesdays, Sept 6 - Oct 25 2016. Public performance on Saturday, Oct 29 @ 1:00 PM

Tuesdays, Jan 17 - Mar 7, 2017. Public performance on Saturday, Mar 11 @ 1:00 PM

Tuesdays, Apr 11 - May 30 2017. Public performance on Saturday, June 3 @ 1:00 PM

Class size is limited to 12 per group and the cost to participate is $75.00 per person. Registration is confirmed by the Firehouse based on capacity and only after payment is received in full.

For more information, please contact Lisa Esposito, Director of Arts Education Programs ( / 978-462-7336)

About the instructor:

CHARLES VAN EMAN: For over 30 years Charles Van Eman worked as an actor in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and Boston. His television and film credits include Drop Dead Diva, 96 Minutes, Unstoppable, Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, Prison Break, Ghost Whisperer, CSI Miami, All My Children, and The Colbys. His most recent stage work has been at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in The Christina Experiment by Deirdre Girard, and at The Actors Studio of Newburyport in The Goat or Who is Sylvia by Edward Albee.

As a writer he adapted Louis L’Amour short stories and a novel into internationally distributed audio dramas for Random House Publishing. He co-wrote 20 episodes of the Atlanta based internet drama series High Rise. His solo plays, Beginners Mind and Jack’s Hat have both been performed in Newburyport. He is the author of two novels, On the Way to Pomona and The Weight of Loss. The children’s play, The Maiden Voyage of Meaghan O’Dell written with Anna Smulowitz is his most recent project.

Firehouse Senior Readers’ Theater is produced by the Firehouse with partial funding provided by Friendship Foundation and New England Biolabs.

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