Machinists and technicians on strike at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly
BEVERLY – After the Wednesday afternoon dress rehearsal for “Mamma Mia!” at the North Shore Music Theater (NSMT), dozens of stagehands and stage technicians quit, forcing the October 6 performance to be canceled and jeopardizing the entire duration of the musical.
The workers, who say they love NSMT and take tremendous pride in wowing audiences with fantastic productions day in and day out, refuse to return to work until they are paid appropriately for their skills and expertise.
“While charging customers for the prices of major cities, [NSMT owner and producer] Bill Hanney pays less than a small salary, ”Colleen Glynn, commercial director of IATSE Local 11, said in a statement. “Its operating business model is not sustainable in 2021 and we hope tonight’s cancellation marks the start of a fairer and more sustainable future for the North Shore Music Theater. We are delighted to welcome our beloved audience once again once Bill Hanney realizes that while we may be behind the scenes, we will no longer be exploited in the shadows. “
According to a press release issued by IATSE Local 11, staff members left work at 4:15 p.m. in front of a packed house of subscribers and were followed by union actors and musicians, who say that ‘They won’t be going back to work either. until Hanney recognizes the many contributions of the machinists.
“I love the job I do because, honestly, it’s just fun to use my skills to do magic,” said Myles McMann, IATSE Local 11 member and carpenter at IATSE. NSMT. “You can see the entire show come to life, from the designer’s initial plaques to the finished live show. “
– This article will be updated as more information becomes available.