Stagehand Strike cancels North Shore Mustic Theater show

BEVERLY, MA — Wednesday night “Mamma Mia!” The show at Beverly’s North Shore Music Theater was canceled after stagehands went on strike in the late afternoon.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said workers were upset about the low pay.

Stagehands walked out of production around 4:15 p.m. during the morning dress rehearsal of what was to be the first night of the show. The union said unionized cast and musicians followed the stagehands into the work action and the remaining cast and crew refused to cross the picket line.

Stagehands chanted outside the theater and hoisted signs – among them “Have the UNDERPAID time of your life!”

“Machinists and technicians say they love the North Shore Music Theater and take tremendous pride in delighting audiences with fantastic productions day in and day out. They just want to be compensated appropriately for their skills and expertise. the union said.

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(Scott Souza is a Patch Editor covering Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott. He can be reached at Twitter: @Scott_Souza.)