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Northshore April 2016

Northshore magazine showcases the best that the North Shore of Boston, MA has to offer.

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54 | APRIL 2016 If you've grown up in the Northeast, you've likely experienced the bonds of neighborhood and community. That fellowship is inherent in New England's culture, and is the exact sentiment Brian Milauskas, founder of Kidstock Creative Theater and NextDoor Theater in Winchester, is hoping to foster. Milauskas has been running Kidstock Creative Theater, an organization that promotes youth empowerment through the arts, for 24 years. At Kidstock, children and teens can take classes and participate in productions, learning to express themselves and find their voices. In 2008, Milauskas expanded to a warehouse building adjacent to Kidstock and began a new endeav- or—the NextDoor Theater—with the goal of creating a community- oriented professional theater. "I think that giving back to the community you live in is a huge part of what makes a society really vital," BY MEAGAN REILLY Winchester's NextDoor Theater has all the perks of both a professional theater company and a community theater. Personal Place says Milauskas, while sponging burnt-orange Valspar onto a Flor- entine archway—a set piece for the production of A Light in the Piazza. Opening the theater was, for the founding director, "an appropriate extension of everything I've always done and who I was in this town that I live in, to create something that was for everyone." In a season, NextDoor will do anywhere from two to five produc- IT'S A TEAM IN THE SAME WAY THAT THE QUARTERBACK DOESN'T PLAY ON SUNDAY ALL BY HIMSELF ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD BECAUSE HE'D HAVE NOBODY TO THROW THE BALL TO." —BRIAN MILAUSKAS Scenes from the NextDoor show, The Great American Trailer Park Musical photographs by Lucy Milauskas

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