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Summer Stages: Summerstock Across New Hampshire

New Hampshire and summerstock are pretty much interchangeable. Across the Granite State, theatergoers will find incredible options for live entertainment. One night they could be in an old barn, where the floors creek and an occasional bat will make its presence known. Then the next night, you're in a brand new, modern facility with air conditioning, comfy seats and a bar.

No matter where you go in the state, you're not far from one of these companies who have prepared for their guests, an evening of splendid live theater. Here is a sampling of those companies and what they have to offer you as you visit the State of New Hampshire.

New London Barn Playhouse

84 Main Street/P.O. Box 9 New London, NH 03257

http://nlbarn.org

The Barn Playhouse opens with the traditional Straw Hat Revue (June 6-9); a musical offering crafted each year to introduce the Acting Intern Company. The Student Prince, Sigmund Romberg's gorgeous 1920s operetta, runs from June 12-23; The Music Man, a family classic for all ages, from June 26-July 14; Singin' in the Rain, simply the best Hollywood Musical of all time, from July 17-28; the World Premiere of the new musical A Legendary Romance runs one week only from July 31-August 4; the classic musical Les Miserables from August 7-18; and Neil Simon's hilarious Laughter on the 23rd Floor from August 21-September 1.

The Junior Intern Company produces the Children's Theater Series throughout the summer with five fully produced shows, four of which appear on the Barn's mainstage with one offering of a FREE outdoor production. This summer, the JIs present Tom Sawyer on June 29th at 11:00am and 2:00pm; That's Princess... With a Pea! on July 11th at 11:00am and 2:00pm; How to Eat like a Child on July 25th at 11:00am and 2:00pm; Much Ado About Nothing on July 27th at 2:00pm (FREE outdoor performance. Call the Box Office at 603-526-6570 for more information); and Into the Woods, Jr. on August 15th and 17th at 11:00am and 2:00pm.

Interlakes Summer Theatre

1 Laker Lane, Meredith, NH

http://interlakestheatre.com

The Interlakes Summer Theatre returns to the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium for its 6th Season under the direction of Artistic Producing Director, Nancy Barry. This professional summer stock company, now deemed a "Small Professional Theatre" by the Actors Equity Association brings professional actors from NYC and around the country to appear in five mainstage productions, as well as a staff of professional designers and technicians to create the magic!

The 2013 summer season includes "Ain't Misbehavin", a sassy, sophisticated, witty celebration of the music of Fats Waller, "Dreamgirls", a glitzy, non-stop, show biz extravaganza of music and dance, "Les Miserables", the world famous musical opera, starring Greg Holt as Jean Valjean, just off the Broadway National Tour, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Interlakes favorite Thom Caska, and "The Full Monty", a funny, touching story of unemployed steelworkers who join together to pave a new road ala "The Chippendales".

There is also a great selection of shows for children, performed by the Interlakes Children's Theatre. Titles include "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast", "Charlie Brown and Friends", and "Pete, The Cat". "Pete, the Cat" is an original musical based on the book, which was voted the winner of the NH Ladybug Award, by NH school children, Grades K-3 and will feature music also written by the author, Eric Litwin.

For schedule, details and tickets visit www.interlakestheatre.com or call 1-888-245-6374.

Jean's Playhouse (Papermill Theatre)

10 Papermill Dr. Lincoln, NH 03251

For exact show dates and times, please visit www.jeansplayhouse.com.

True West (June 13-23): Well-educated Austin and thieving con man Lee are estranged brothers from different worlds who reunite in their mom's California kitchen, where Austin is working out a screenplay deal. But when Lee comes up with his own big idea and steals much more than just the neighbors' TV, challenges are issued, many drinks are downed, and the siblings find that they might not be such opposites after all. This dynamic, darkly funny play by iconic actor-writer Sam Shepard is a tale of brotherly love and competition, Hollywood producers and stolen toasters.

The Complete History of America (Abridged) (June 28-July 28), "What the "Daily Show" might be like if it were hosted by the Marx Brothers" (Boston Herald). From Washington to Watergate, yea verily from the Bering Straits to Baghdad, from New World to New World Order - The Complete History of America (abridged) is a ninety minute rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History, reminding us that it's not the length of your history that matters - it's what you've done with it!

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) (July 3-27), a parody of Big Broadway musical theatre by JoAnne Bogart and Eric Rockwell. One story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. The basic plot: June is an ingénue who can't pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to her rescue?

Rodgers' and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music (August 1-18), Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. Based on Maria von Trapp's autobiography, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, this family-oriented classic tells the tale of a young would-be nun who charms the hearts of her seven young charges as governess to a widowed naval Captain. Enjoy such musical standards as "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Do-Re-Mi", and the title number "Sound of Music", and watch as Miss Maria gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain von Trapp- and the rest of the audience!

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Aug 22-Oct 13), created by David Grapes and Todd Olson, is a loving, lyrical homage to the man, his time and his music. This revue features a vocal quartet- two men, two women- backed by an on-stage jazz trio. The focus is, of course, Sinatra and his prolific life and career, as the quartet performs 57 of the nearly 1,400 songs that Ol' Blue Eyes recorded.

Adventure Improv (June 1-Oct 12) returns to fill out the stellar season, with performances in repertoire with the other five productions! Audiences roar with laughter as our company actors perform from the top of their heads and fly by the seat of their pants, creating hilarious scenes through games and sketches. You can participate by yelling out your ideas or sit back and enjoy all the fun in this family friendly improvisational cavalcade of jocularity.

For exact show dates and times, please visit www.jeansplayhouse.com.

Weathervane Theatre

389 Lancaster Road (Route 3 north)?Whitefield, New Hampshire

Award-winning, professional theatre in NH's White Mountains since 1966 . . . Our resident Acting Company performs in alternating repertory all summer long in new productions of Broadway's best, both classic and contemporary. Plus, enjoy family-friendly children's shows, an intensive day camp for youth, and special events.

Our 48th Season is full of family entertainment. We've produced Annie Get Your Gun and Once On This Island before and we're looking forward to fresh, new versions of both. Ray Cooney, the master of British farce, has long been an audience favorite - we're sure this one, Funny Money, will be, too . . . New to everyone in regional theatre and just released in time for the summer are two huge musicals: Shrek and Les Mis! While Circle Mirror Transformation may not be a familiar title, you'll find plenty to identify with in this gentle comedy of the struggle to be fit emotionally - and to fit in when you feel most like a misfit. And the being the summer of Sondheim in NH (the prolific Broadway giant comes to the state to receive a prestigious award from the McDowell Colony), we just plain love his words and music . . . and we're sure you do - or will - too in the revue show Sing a Song of Sondheim.

Weathervane Theatre: Patchwork Players Shows & Dates

ALADDIN

Book & Lyrics by Guil Fisher; Music by Patrick Spencer

Hop on a flying carpet and visit the exciting city of Franistan in Old Arabia! Meet the adventurous Aladdin and his dancing monkey. You'll meet not one, but two Genies, a Sorceress, Grand Wazir, The Sultan and his beautiful daughter, The Princess. This musical fantasy will delight audiences of all ages.

July 5 and 12, 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Weathervane, July 10, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Colonial Theatre, Bethlehem?July 17, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday TBA

THE PRINCE & THE PAUPER

Book by Guil Fisher; Music & Lyrics by Rollin Wilber

Mark Twain's popular novel tells of the adventures of two young boys, a Prince and a pauper, who exchange roles and stations in life. This musical tale happened three hundred years ago in the very old city of London among English Royalty and the people of the slums.

July 19 and 26, 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Weathervane?July 24, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Colonial Theatre, Bethlehem?July 31, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Tillotson Center, Colebrook

PHANTOMOUSE OF THE OPERA

Book & Lyrics by Bert Bernardi; Music by Gilbert & Sullivan

An adorable version of Phantom of the Opera as performed by the mice that live under the stage at the Paris Opera House. Features fun versions of Gilbert & Sullivan melodies, a powerful diva, the masked Phantomouse, the Mice Squad and the Rat Patrol.

August 2 and 9, 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Weathervane, August 7, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Colonial Theatre, Bethlehem?August 14, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday TBA

AMERICAN EYEBALL 2

Book, music & Lyrics by Jacques Stewart

Eyeball Think 'idol' - but be prepared for a positive learning experience through the magic of theatre: a group of talented actors compete trying to succeed over their own imperfections and feelings of inadequacy. In the process, they discover that it is through sharing - of experiences and themselves - that they all reach a sense of victory, team spirit and personal triumph!

August 16 and 23, 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Weathervane?August 21, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Colonial Theatre, Bethlehem, August 28, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday TBA

INTERN SHOWCASE 2013? August 29, 4:00 p.m., at the Weathervane -

The Barnstormers Theatre

104 Main Street, Tamworth, NH 03886

http://www.barnstormerstheatre.org

The Barnstormers, located in the bucolic village of Tamworth, NH, is one of the longest-running professional summer theatres in the country. The company was founded in 1931 by Francis Cleveland, the youngest son of President Grover Cleveland, Francis's wife Alice and their friend Ed Goodnow - all of whom were involved with theatre on Broadway. Over eighty years later, their legacy continues. Today, The Barnstormers is one of three Equity theatres in New Hampshire and is the only theatre in the world that maintains the summer theatre tradition of eight plays in eight weeks.

The Barnstormers 2013 season is an 8-show menu of hilarious, poignant, mysterious, racy, retro, campy, heartwarming, zany, song-and-dance-filled fare, delicious and filling enough for every taste. Although each show is an entrée into its own world, there are detectable (and delectable) ingredients and spices that run throughout the season.

We open with The Full Monty, an endearing musical in which a group of unemployed steel workers in Buffalo decide they have nothing to lose but their underwear, and nothing to gain but money (lots of it) on a one-night chance to take it off, take it all off. The journey that turns an average bunch of guys into male strippers offering the full monty is filled with high-energy song and dance, new and reawakened love and friendship, and the transformation that happens when you finally are willing to show what you're made of.

Our next performance revolves around more traditional sex objects-three high-flying 60s air hostesses-in the slapstick comedy Boeing Boeing. Or do the girls do the revolving, around the globe, each stopping over in Paris to visit her fiancé, who just happens to be the same guy? Nice work if you can get it, but sometimes 'nice work' turns out to be more than you bargained for . . . a rowdy, hilarious tour de farce.

Up next is a witty demonstration of the term "Capitalist Pig." Other People's Money shows us how the rich get richer and how a smart woman gets her man, in more ways than one, by playing to win. It's a match made in mammon you won't want to miss.

You are aware of the evils of drink, are you not? If not, you'd better catch the musical Ten Nights in a Barroom which will explain to you in a fine and tuneful way that rum is demon and whiskey's the devil. You will also learn that fallen women can have a heart of gold and that love conquers all, at least some of the time.

August brings us back to Buffalo for another wild rumpus courtesy of Ken Ludwig, whose Lend me a Tenor and Leading Ladies provoked intense mirth in Barnstormers audiences in 2011 and 2012. Moon Over Buffalo finds its humor in the on and off-stage shenanigans of a couple of aging repertory actors along with their company, family and friends. There will be plays within plays. Doors will be slammed! People will be mistaken for other people! Love will be lost and found, and we will laugh long and loud. "The play is nothing less than a love letter to live theater," said the Boston Herald.

Most of our plays this season show that love conquers all, at least some of the time. This is true of Steel Magnolias, in which a mixed-age group of southern women share their trials, joys, successes and sorrows with each other, while keeping up their looks with fine hairdos and manicures, and keeping the men in the background.

And how does Agatha Christie manage to keep us sophisticated 21st century folk in the dark? You may think you know who done it in The Unexpected Guest, but you may be wrong . . . Was it the wife or the boy or the mother, or possibly one of the many other suspects who fired the gun that night? Though the truth may be hiding in clues and plain sight, Agatha's story will saunter and wend; she'll keep us guessing until the end.

The season closes, as it began, in song. A heart-warming musical, The Spitfire Grill centers on Percy, a young woman just released from prison, who decides to try her luck, or her fate, in the small town of Gilead. Taken on as a waitress by the no-nonsense Hannah, Percy's relationships with her boss, with the housewife who teaches her to cook, the well-meaning sheriff and others, and the raffle she launches to find a new owner for the Spitfire, slowly awaken the town to a new view of itself, and bring the story, and our 2013 season, to a deeply satisfying conclusion.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse

50 Reservoir Road, Meredith, NH 03253

http://www.winniplayhouse.org

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is a nonprofit organization that serves to develop and stage professional and community-based theatrical productions and to provide opportunities in theatre and the performing arts for the community.

We aim to provide a fun and challenging theatrical environment for all Lakes Region locals and visitors in both performance-based and educational arenas. Whether your interest is to be onstage, behind-the-scenes, or in the audience, The Winni Playhouse has something for you!

Thanks to fantastic community support, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire has now successfully built a one-of-a-kind performing arts campus. We are dedicated to bringing you the best professional and community theatre all year round - year after year.

June 19 - June 29

Noises Off

by Michael Frayn

"The funniest farce ever written!" - The New York Post

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is delighted to open our brand new location with this gloriously funny celebration of life in the theatre! Noises Off follows the on-and off-stage antics of an acting troupe as they stumble from bumbling dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night. Everything that can go wrong does, as actors desperately try to hang on to their lines, their performances and the furniture. Add a slippery plate of sardines and many slamming doors, and you have the most hilarious backstage farce ever written.

Mondays - Saturdays 7:30pm, Monday 2:00pm

Orchestra: $27, 1st Row Balcony: $22, 2nd Row Balcony: $15

Special Student Rush tickets: $17 (Best available - one hour prior to show. Cash only)

TALKBACKS - There will be a post-show discussion and Q & A with cast and crew Wed, June 26th

July 3 - July 13 (special performance July 4)

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure

by Steven Dietz

Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play

The world's greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore. With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of the beautiful Irene Adler-and in doing so, marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime: Professor Moriarty. In this spirited, fast-moving and thoroughly theatrical adaptation, Dietz presents Holmes at the height of his powers-surrounded by all the elements that fans of his exploits have come to expect: danger, intrigue, wit, humor and surprise.

Mondays - Saturdays 7:30pm, Monday 2:00pm - special July 4th performance at 3 pm. Plenty of time to see the fireworks!

Orchestra: $27, 1st Row Balcony: $22, 2nd Row Balcony: $15

Special Student Rush tickets: $17 (Best available - one hour prior to show. Cash only)

TALKBACKS - There will be a post-show discussion and Q & A with cast and crew Wed, July 10th

July 17 - July 27

Barefoot in the Park

by Neil Simon

Neil Simon's biggest Broadway hit!

This light-hearted romance between a straight-laced lawyer and an impetuous free spirit begins where most romantic comedies end - with the marriage! Set in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, it opens with newlyweds Paul and Corie moving into their fifth-floor walkup apartment. Adjusting to married life soon becomes complicated by a leaking skylight, the appearance of her mother, an eccentric neighbor, and all those stairs! Will solving their problems be as simple as taking a barefooted walk in the park?

Mondays - Saturdays 7:30pm, Monday 2:00pm

Orchestra: $27, 1st Row Balcony: $22, 2nd Row Balcony: $15

Special Student Rush tickets: $17 (Best available - one hour prior to show. Cash only)

TALKBACKS - There will be a post-show discussion and Q & A with cast and crew Wed, July 24th

July 31 - August 10

The 39 Steps

adapted by Patrick Barlow from the book by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock

"THEATER AT ITS FINEST... Absurdly enjoyable!" NY Times

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

Mondays - Saturdays 7:30pm, Monday 2:00pm

Orchestra: $27, 1st Row Balcony: $22, 2nd Row Balcony: $15

Special Student Rush tickets: $17 (Best available - one hour prior to show. Cash only)

TALKBACKS - There will be a post-show discussion and Q & A with cast and crew Wed, August 7th

August 14 - August 24

The Fantasticks

Music by Harvey Schmidt, book and lyrics by Tom Jones.

The World's Longest Running Musical

"Try to Remember" when this delightful musical was not entrancing theatergoers around the world. A NY institution which opened in 1960 and is playing there still, it is a fable of "a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall". With its poetic dialogue and a staging that epitomizes simplicity, the tale of youth, learning, love, and growth will mark The Playhouse's first professional musical production.

Mondays - Saturdays 7:30pm, Monday 2:00pm

*Special additional matinee Thursday, August 15th 2:00pm*

Orchestra: $27, 1st Row Balcony: $22, 2nd Row Balcony: $15

Special Student Rush tickets: $17 (Best available - one hour prior to show. Cash only)

TALKBACKS - There will be a post-show discussion and Q & A with cast and crew Wed, August 21st

August 28 - Sept 1 - special times - One Week Only!

The Unicycle of Life

by Bryan Halperin

The Playhouse's first professional world premiere! Special bonus production, one week only.

It's just another day on tour for the Kelly Family Circus where backstage life supplies as many laughs, thrills, and dramatic moments as the afternoon's performance. A young girl's visit to the circus and the surprise romance between two performers has ripple effects on all the members of the circus family including the jugglers, trapeze artists, tightrope walkers and, of course, clowns. Executive Director Bryan Halperin's dramatic comedy looks at life through the colorful lens of the Big Top! Elephants not included.

Wednesday - Sunday 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday 2:00pm

Orchestra: $20, Balcony: $15

Special Student Rush tickets: $12 (Best available - one hour prior to show. Cash only)

TALKBACKS - There will be a post-show discussion and Q & A with cast and crew Thurs, August 29th

Seacoast Repertory Theatre

125 Bow Street | Portsmouth, NH 03801

http://www.seacoastrep.org

Seacoast Repertory Theatre is committed to contributing to the cultural wealth of the Seacoast community through the shared experience of live theatre. Our productions and outreach programs are inclusive and accessible and are created to empower and inspire the imaginations of both audience and artist.

A Chorus Line

March 1 - March 24

Music by Marvin Hamlisch

Lyrics by Edward Kleban

Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante

The Rep welcomes back the world's "longest line". One of the most definitive musicals in theatre history, a Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of countless theatre and Tony Awards, A Chorus Line follows the lives of a line of hopeful Broadway dancers, auditioning for a show they all need desperately. But the catch is they aren't just singing and dancing, they are telling their individual stories of what brought them to the stage. Still as relevant and poignant as it was almost 40 years ago, this high energy, all singing, all dancing, high drama musical is a gem. With memorable songs like "One", "At the Ballet" and "What I Did for Love" and directed by the Broadway revival's own Bryan Knowlton, A Chorus Line is sure to be "One Singular Sensation..."

Rounding Third

April 5 - April 28

By Richard Dresser

A baseball lover's dream! This quick witted and often hilarious play, puts the audience in the dugout and lets them interact with the two little league coaches that tell the story. The constant battle of "are we playing for fun or playing to win" is explored in this off-beat and heartwarming play. A not-to-be missed nostalgic look into the way of the game and all the curve balls life throws at us.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

June 7 - July 13

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by Hugh Wheeler

Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond

Stephen Sondheim's dark, mysterious and uniquely beautiful musical comes to life at The Rep. Set in 19th century London, an unjustly exiled barber named Sweeney Todd returns to seek revenge. Along the way he meets the twisted Mrs. Lovett and the two join forces to bolster Mrs. Lovett's meat pie business and Sweeney's need for vengeance, razor by razor... What ensues is a dark comedy with brilliant music and lyrics. One of Sondheim's best! Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and countless other awards and nominations.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

July 19 - August 24

Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner

Book by John Gordon

Based on Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts

Family-friendly entertainment at its finest! Follow Charlie Brown and the whole gang in this cherished classic musical. With toe-tapping, memorable music, this sweet adaptation brings the Sunday morning comics to life onstage. You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown offers a unique look at friendship, the importance of being kind, and the philosophies of childhood. An excellent choice for the young and young at heart!

Six Nights*

September 20 - September 29

By Lowell Williams

In the spring of 1965, Jonathan Daniels, a twenty-six year old seminary student from Keene, New Hampshire, embarked on a journey that would change not just his life, but the lives of many, from all over the United States. Six Nights tells the story of the last few days of this journey. It's a compelling narrative of drama and music about how to scrape together the courage to face the insurmountable and it will make you think about how one person can make a difference. Jonathan's determination was a testimony to those who witnessed it, and it will be one for you, too.

*(not included in season subscription)

Peterborough Players

55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, NH 03458

http://peterboroughplayers.com

The mission of the Peterborough Players, a nonprofit institution, is to provide professional theatre of high quality to a broad-based audience and to do this within a supportive atmosphere such that professionals and students alike may practice and expand their art. We aim to stage the traditional and the experimental, the classical and the contemporary, celebrating the human spirit and, in the process, entertaining.

The Peterborough Players produces 7 Main Stage shows each season that run late June through September, and two Second Company children's shows that run July and August.

SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE

June 26 - July 7

The Life, Laughter and Love of George Burns by Rupert Holmes

George Burns is back in an unforgettable multi-media production! We discover George in limbo between this world and the next, unable to join his beloved wife and partner, Gracie Allen, until he gives the Command Performance of his lifetime for God. Joel Rooks, who starred in the show's national tour and off-Broadway revival, stars in an amazing performance.

TWO PIANOS FOUR HANDS

July 10 - 21

A play with music by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt

As children, Ted and Richard don't have much in common - except for the shared desire to become classical pianists. But does either of them have what it takes? 2 Pianos 4 Hands follows the dynamic and comical journey of two boys into adulthood, their musical aspirations gleaming like the grand pianos that they play masterfully on stage from beginning to end.

SEAGULL

July 24 - August 4

A classic by Anton Chekhov in a new version by Gus Kaikkonen

In Chekhov's masterwork Seagull, unforgettable characters reveal the passion of everyday life. When famed actress Irina Arkadina visits her family with her lover Trigorin in tow, they become ensnared in a tangle of romance, intrigue and unrequited love. Don't miss a unique opportunity to experience this classic in a whole new way. PG-13

LAUGHING STOCK

August 7 - 18

A backstage farce by Charles Morey

For The Players' 80th Birthday, we present a hilarious and affectionate look into the world of the theatre.

ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR

August 21 - September 1

A comedy by Sir Alan Ayckbourn

The party may be in the living room, but the action (and comedy) is in the kitchen! Three couples, three kitchens, three successive Christmas Eves - laugh as relationships change, fortunes rise (and fall, and rise again), and the social order gets all mixed up. A ferociously funny play by the master of British comedy, last seen at The Players in 1977. PG-13

TALLEY'S FOLLY

September 4 - 15

A romantic comedy by Lanford Wilson

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award as best play of the season, Talley's Folly is one of the best-loved romances of the American theatre. Two wonderful people who don't quite fit in their own worlds come together in this charming, tender waltz of a love story that led off The Players' 1981 season. Rated PG-13

TEA FOR THREE

September 18 - 22

A play by Eric H. Weinberger with Elaine Bromka

Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, Tea for Three humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving - a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. Share the journey of each as she deals with the fishbowl of First Ladydom.

EXHIBITION: GREAT ART ON SCREEN

June 30, October 10

A new series for cinema screens at Peterborough Players!

EXHIBITION is a new theatrical series of events, bringing the world's greatest art exhibitions to cinema screens worldwide. EXHIBITION will feature the world's foremost upcoming art exhibitions, creatively captured especially for the big screen.

Second Company

SNOW WHITE

10:30 am June 29, July 5, 6, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 27

By Marjorie Sokoloff, based on the beloved classic tale

An audience favorite in 2002, this Snow White puts the familiar cast of characters in a whole new light. Join Snow White, all seven dwarves, the handsome prince, the not-quite-so evil-but-certainly-misunderstood witch, a very sassy mirror, and a dancing chicken in a romp the whole family will love!

SCAPINO!

2:00 pm August 24, 27, 30, 31; 7:00 pm August 26

By Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale, based on the Moliere play Les Fourberies de Scapin (The Pranks of Scapin)

This hilarious play is still talked about from its 1982 production at The Players. A must-see for all lovers of madcap comedy and for the child in all of us... age 8 to 108. Molière wrote his play in 1671; this production brings it alive for today's audiences in an extraordinarily stylish and extremely funny way.

Prescott Park Arts Festival

105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 03802

http://www.prescottpark.org

ANNIE

Produced by Prescott Park Arts Festival

The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.

With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Running each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from June 28 through August 25.


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