The Imaginary Invalid – A Moliere Comedy Newton Theatre Company Performance at Hyde Playground

Imaginari Invalid

Newton Theatre Company (NTC) is a new Boston area theatre company whose mission is to stage excellent works of art in new ways by using talent from around the City of Newton. Our productions are original in that they are reconfigurations of classic works or new stagings of great pieces of literature.

The Imaginary Invalid – A Moliere Comedy
Newton Theatre Company
Melissa Bernstein: Founder and Director

Performance Hyde Playground

Sunday June 21 7:00 pm

In case of rain performance moves into Hyde Gym.

Using a modern and hilarious translation, The Newton Theatre Company performs Moliere’s brilliant satire of the medical profession. Staged in the tradition of a 17th century comedy, this family-friendly production combines humor with song and dance as the ultimate hypochondriac, Argan, plots to marry his daughter off to a young doctor, ensuring a lifetime of medical care. Not to fear – saucy maid, Toinette, is on to him, and zany antics ensue as the characters work in opposition to Argan’s desires.

Attached is a publicity photo for the Newton Theatre Company’s production of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid.

The two actors are Bob Stachel and Jackie Stachel.

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Memorial Day at Hyde Playground

Memorial Day Monday Night May 25th at Hyde Community Center Bandstand 90 Lincoln Street Newton Highlands. Two great events as part of Memorial Day in association with Newton Festival of the Arts and the Hyde Community Center. At 6:00 pm Five Newton (and surrounding area) poets, including a WWII vet, a poet who collected the stories of allied troops who liberated Nazi concentration camps, the son of a two-star general, an Iraq War vet, and the mother of Iraq War vet, will read poetry on the theme of war on Memorial Day. At 6:30 pm The 215th Army Band of the Massachusetts Army National Guard remains one of the nation’s finest military bands. For more than 60 years, the band has performed throughout New England and the world, bringing the Army’s fine musical traditions and goodwill to thousands of listeners.


Memorial Day Poster

Taiwan Day May 2nd 12:00 pm

‘Newton Taiwan Day’ Saturday May 2nd is the 8th Taiwan Day: Festivities kick off at 12:00 pm with a Dragon Dance starting at the Hyde Community Center, continuing down Lincoln which will be closed to traffic, and then back to the Hyde Center, 90 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands.  The fun continues at the Hyde Center Playground, where there will be a dance performance, craft projects for kids, and cultural activities for adults. There will be 50 booths and many give-aways. Admission is free. For more info, contact the Executive Director of the Hyde Center, John Rice at 617-201-7088 or

Taiwan Day parade

Ice Skating in Hyde Playground During the 2015 Record Setting Winter of Snow!

The Hyde Community Center and the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council were responsible for the Hyde Playground ice skating rink this winter and what a winter it was. Our first ice rink was built in 2010 and this year we had our best and longest skating season.

Both the Hyde and NHNAC provided funding for building the rink and maintaining the rink every night. Thank you to Paul Gilbert of Paul Gilbert and Daughters General Contractors who donated many many hours both in setting up the rink and taking down the rink.Thank you to Srdjan Nedeljkovic and family and they were pulling out our rink tarp and getting the rink ready. Thank you to the Newton Fire Department Engine 7 from Newton Upper Falls and they spent a couple of hours filling our rink with water.

This year we hired Mark Beshansky to shave, scrape an water the ice every night and once he started using our snow blower he had to move 100 inches of snow off the ice. Thank you to Mark who spent many a cold night making ice.

Looking forward to the winter of 2016 and next years ice rink, except for the snow!

John Rice

Executive Director

Hyde Community Center


rink build 2015

 Pail Gilbert Building the Ice Rink

skating 2015 no snow

Highlands After School Students having fun skating before our first snow storm

skating 2015 snow

Just like Canada. Hyde Playground Ice Rink surrounded with snow!

Hyde Pizza Social


Hyde Pizza Social: a free community event, Saturday March 21st, from 6 pm to 7:30 p.m., at the Hyde Community Center, 90 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands. Two community groups, the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council and the Hyde Community Center, worked together to plan this fun evening of pizza, family and friends.

While we will offer simple beverages, diners may prefer to bring their favorite beverage and/or salad.

Pizza will be provided by O’Hara’s, Highlands House of Pizza, Four Corner Pizza, Raviolis. Your choice of cheese, cheese or cheese pizza!

For more information contact John Rice at or 617-201-7088

Highlands Soup Social Cancelled

The Highlands Soup Social for tonight January 24th at 6:00 at the Hyde Community Center has been cancelled due to the snow emergency in the City of Newton.

The Hyde Community Center and Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council would like to thank the following merchants who would have provided soup if it wasn’t snowing:

Otake Sushi Bistro

Bakers Best

Bread and Chocolate

Whole Foods

Lincoln 51


Newton House of Pizza

Walnut Market


Just wait in six months the snow will be melted and Hyde Playground will be full of people enjoying another Summer in the Highlands!

Crowd last concert 2014




Ice Skating at Hyde Playground

The Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council and the Hyde Community Center have built a community ice rink at Hyde Playground every winter since 2009. The ice is in great condition but look for the NO SKATING sign when we don’t want people on the ice due to temperature and use. Every night at 7:00 we give the ice a rest and skim the surface with another layer of water.

The two community groups pay for materials to build the rink and for the maintenance of the rink so donations are welcome. For donations call John Rice 617-201-7088

Paul Gilbert and Daughters donated many hours of labor to build the rink and we thank Paul for his community gift! We also thank the Newton Fire Department for filling our rink with water.

Hyde ice rink

Corrected Date for Halloween & Flower Bulb Planting at Hyde Playground


Yesterday’s Hyde email had the incorrect date for Halloween celebration at the Hyde Center and the actual date is Sunday October 26th

Halloween Party 5:00 to 6:00

Parade around the Neighborhood 6:00

Haunted House 6:30 to 8:00 or it ends when we run out of people to scare!


Time to plant the spring flowers at Hyde Garden

We need to plant hundreds of flower bulbs that will make Hyde Garden blossom next April.

Email if you can volunteer on a future Saturday morning planting flower bulbs at Hyde Playground.

After the bulbs get planted Barbara Darnell and Groot Gregory spend many hours all summer planting the annuals, cutting back the perennials and making it the garden that blooms from April to October.DSCN0217

October 2010 when the first flowers were planted in the Hyde Garden.



Highlands Halloween Sunday October 25th

The Highlands Halloween Party is this Sunday October 25th from 5:00 to 6:00.  Children 8 and under with an adult, games and refreshments and parade around the neighborhood.

The Highlands Haunted House is also October 25th from 6:30 to 7:30.  This year’s Haunted House theme is Haunted Newton Highlands Hospital.

Both the Halloween Party and Haunted House are at The Hyde Community Center 90 Lincoln Street Newton Highlands.

The Newton Highlands Halloween Party and Haunted House are sponsored by The Newton Parks and Recreation Department, The Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council and The Hyde Community Center.


Halloween Crew 2012



2012 Halloween Party