The Daily Item and its web site covered the grand opening of the Northeast Arc’s new Black Box Theater in Peabody.

PEABODY — With the sound of Corey and Sarah Jackson belting out “Suddenly Seymour” from the catwalk, the curtain officially rose on performances at the new Black Box Theater.

Located within the ArcWorks Community Art Center on Foster Street, Peabody’s Black Box Theater will provide employment opportunities for local actors, musicians, set builders, ticket sellers, and concession workers, according to Jo Ann Simons, Northeast Arc’s CEO.

“I can’t believe it’s been transformed into this,” Simons said at a donor appreciation reception at the former warehouse space Wednesday evening. “Tonight is a celebration of the Arc’s partnership with the city of Peabody to be a part of the movement to make the downtown a destination. The more restaurants and cultural assets we have, the more opportunities there are for employment, artistic expression, for the community, and for people of all abilities.”

Northeast Arc employs people with disabilities at its inclusive businesses, including the Breaking Grounds Cafe on Main Street, Heritage Caning, Heritage Shredding, and Shine Jewelry.

“We are lucky to have Northeast Arc in our community,” said Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. “What was just a warehouse is now a real theater in the city of Peabody. This is a great new space for all kinds of gatherings.”

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