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An Oz Story


New Hampshire Theatre Project  Youth Repertory Company

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Original Musical by Josh Goldberg, Ella McGrail and Corrie Owens-Beauchesne
Directed by Meghann Beauchamp
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Saturday, July 4 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, July 5 @ 11 am & 4 pm
Friday, July 10 @ 7 pm
Saturday, July 11 @ 2 pm & 7 pm

Sunday, July 12 @ 11 am
Fun for the whole family!
General Admission $10, $30 for a family of  four

 Reservations highly recommended!

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An Oz Story:  This whimsical new musical was adapted from L. Frank Baum’s original book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Portsmouth High School student Josh Goldberg, age 15, along with fellow students Ella McGrail and Corrie Owens-Beauchesne. Directed by Meghann Beauchamp, this delightful production is suitable for all ages and will introduce a whole new generation to Baum’s classic tales.

Cast members include Cayden & Jemma Glenn Wixson of Kittery, Elise Gillis of Newmarket, Daelen Kenney and Isabel Flemming of Hampton Falls, Liev Manck of Nottingham, Henry Minicucci of East Kingston, Alexia Montesano of Barrington, Elizabeth Nee of Rye, Isabel Smith of Stratham, along with Josh & Rachel Goldberg, Amelie Logue, Corrie Owens-Beauchesne, Colleen Spear and Abi Wool, all of Portsmouth. Ms. Beauchamp is assisted by Mary Langley, Kelsey Gallagher and Van Wile.

Along with pre-professional theatrical training, NHTP’s Youth Repertory Company gives teens the opportunity to participate in productions based in classical literature. Although everyone knows the famous film, many young folks today are unfamiliar with the original 14 fantasy novels about the mysterious land of Oz. As one of L. Frank Baum’s plucky characters says, “Never give up – no one knows what’s going to happen next!”


Intelligent Theatre Festival 2015

NHTP Intelligent Theatre Festival 2015

The third annual Intelligent Theatre Festival features community play readings and discussions.  This year’s readings will be held at the Portsmouth Museum of Art in their new space at 909 Islington Street!

Playwright Amy Merrill - The Square

Playwright Amy Merrill – The Square

June 12, 7 pm – The Square, by Amy Merrill

        June 13, 7 pm – Dinner at Eight, by Kaufman & Ferber

General Admission $10

The Square is a new script by Boston playwright Amy Merrill, about the difficulties of veterans adjusting to civilian life after serving time in Iraq and Afghanistan. An Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Ms. Merrill teaches a course on war writing. Her first play, The TV War, was about a Vietnam vet and Agent Orange. It was produced in the Boston area at the same time as the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial was being dedicated in Washington. The Square includes some of the same themes as her earlier play – the challenge of transitioning home and the effects of war on marriage – but also focuses on an event the veteran witnessed at Nisour Square just before he returned home. Directed by CJ Lewis, The Square’s cast will include Jonathan Rockwood Hoar, artistic director of Veterans in Performing Arts. NOTE: For updated news about Nisour Square, read the latest New York Times article.

Saturday, June 13 – Dinner at Eight is a classic comedy of manners by George Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Best known by the movie adaptation featuring Jean Harlow, John and Lionel Barrymore, and Marie Dressler, Dinner at Eight will feature a large cast of community members bringing the misadventures of 1930’s New York socialites to life.

From the 1933 film Dinner at Eight

From the 1933 film Dinner at Eight

NHTP’s Intelligent Theatre Festival was created in 2013 with the mission to engage artists and audiences in a collaborative conversation about the art of playwriting and theatre, showcase the works of local and contemporary playwrights that NHTP is unable to present in a fully realized production, offer community members and professional artists the opportunity to work and learn together, and to promote theatre presentations in alternative spaces.

Previously featured ITF readings in 2015:

April  19, 2 pm – Contra Dance, by Caroline Nesbitt

      May 23, 2 pm – An Oz Story, by Josh Goldberg at NHTP

NHTP Youth Repertory Company – Rhinoceros

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Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco

Directed by Robin Fowler

May 15-24, 2015
Fridays & Saturdays @ 7 pm, Sundays @ 2 pm

   $20 General Admission, $16 Students & Seniors

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BRONZE SPONSOR: People’s United Bank, INKIND SPONSOR: Flatbread Company

New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Youth Repertory Company will present Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist classic, Rhinoceros, on May 15-24. One day, the residents of a small provincial French town begin to experience unsettling brushes with a rampaging rhinoceros. While others find these attacks shocking and problematic, the simplistic, kind-hearted protagonist Berenger is seemingly disinterested. Events begin to take a strange turn as Berenger’s friends, co-workers, and his romantic interest become tangled in this web of “rhinocerotic” intrigue and he is forced to choose sides.

Directed by Robin Fowler, Rhinoceros is a play that from its inception has challenged the status quo. One of the major influences of absurdist theatre, Ionesco’s play still resonates with its themes of blind conformity, totalitarianism, metamorphosis, love, despair, and death. The illogical comedy of Rhinoceros hits on many touchstones of the human experience, feeling both familiar and incredibly alien at the same time.

Established in 1999, the NHTP Youth Repertory Company is an auditioned company which offers intense acting training, master classes with guest artists, and the opportunity to perform in a professional production of classical dramatic literature. As preparation for Rhinoceros, Youth Repertory Company actors have studied the work of a number of absurdist playwrights along with Ionesco, including Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, and Tom Stoppard.

Rhinoceros features actors Joshua Goldberg, Sebastian Logue, Corrie Owens-Beauchesne, Annika Strand, Bailey Weakly and Van Wile – all of Portsmouth – along with Maria Christian of Eliot, Jemma Glenn Wixson of Kittery, Sophie Jordan of Epping, Daelen Kenney of Hampton Falls, and Isabel Smith of Stratham.

Production staff for Rhinoceros includes director Robin Fowler, a Youth Repertory Company alumni, set and lighting design by Meghann Beauchamp; costume design by Rachel Vilandre; and board operation by Brennan Donnell, also an alumni.

NHTP Spring Fling – May 2, 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended & donated to NHTP’s Spring Fling Fun(d)raiser, raising over $2500!!

Congratulations to Jeffrey Reaume, winner of the wine raffle!

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Spring Fling Fun(d)raiser

To benefit New Hampshire Theatre Project

Saturday, May 2, 6-9 pm

Women’s City Club, Portsmouth

Dance to the music of Honest Millie!

with Valerie Blachly on bass, Lee Ann Ames on sax & clarinet, Agnes Charlesworth on keyboards, Carol Chaplin on drums, and Ellen Carlson from High Range on fiddle

$35 admission

includes light refreshments & 2 drink tickets

Silent auction featuring unique May Baskets!

SPECIAL FEATURE – WINE RAFFLE!

$10 raffle ticket

Chance to win 40 bottles of wine, plus Cuisinart wine cellar!

SILENT AUCTION

May baskets chock-full of gift certificates & goodies!

Yoga!  Pilates!  Reiki! Books!  Theatre!  Fashion! Beer & Brewing! Music!

Gift Certificates from The Music Hall, Act One, Neoteric Dance & PMAC!

Become a character in James Patrick Kelly’s latest novel!

Art from Marie Aichele, Randy Armstrong, Meghann Beauchamp, Kim Bernard, Skyler Clark-Hamel, Terry Farish, Tess Feltes, Heather Glenn Wixson, Michele Macadaeg, Mike Nelson, Rebecca Rudolf, TJ Wheeler & many others!

 

 

Galileo’s Pendulum & Freedom of Thought

Galileo’s Pendulum & Freedom of Thought

by Michael Megliola

Junior Youth Repertory Company


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April 10-12, 2015

Friday & Saturday @ 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday @ 2 pm

Tickets: $10, or $30 for family of four

Sponsored by Learniverse LLC

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Goblin Market – March 20 to April 4, 2015

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by Polly Pen & Peggy Harman

Goblin Market is a beautifully composed, thought-provoking production unlike anything you’ve ever seen! – The Spotlight

A daring, grown-up fairy tale – beautiful and transfixing! – The Sound

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Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 pm, Sundays @ 2 pm

Reservations & Ticket Information

Read the feature story in the Portsmouth Herald!

New Hampshire Theatre Project’s 26th season continues with Goblin Market, an intimate chamber musical featuring award-winning actors Heather Glenn Wixson and Linette Miles as sisters who find their bonds of love tested by temptation. Based on Christina Rossetti’s most famous poem, the play is rich with evocative images, haunting music, vivid language, and a fantastic journey that follows the plight of two sisters inexplicably drawn to a dark glen where they encounter a band of mysterious “goblin merchant men” who offer them what they most desire and what they most fear. Director Danielle Howard, in her first production at NHTP, describes Goblin Market as “part fairytale, part memory, and a feast for all the senses.”

This little known musical gem had its start at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City in 1985 and quickly moved to Off-Broadway where it would go on to receive five Drama Desk nominations and the BEST PLAYS Special Citation for Musical Composition and Adaptation. Music director Peter Motson describes the music of Goblin Market as “an eclectic score that combines Pen‘s original haunting and poignant melodies with snatches of Brahms and Antonio Lotti.” Along with Motson on keyboard, the production will also feature Cathryn Norris on violin, Vicky Myers on cello, and Dave Hamilton on synthesizer and percussion.

Jeanné McCartin is designing the lovely Victorian costumes, with set, lighting and prop design by Meghann Beauchamp.

Goblin Market is sponsored by:

SILVER SPONSORS: Gail Adams Music Studio, Duy Bui Music Studio, & Roland Glenn

BRONZE SPONSORS: Full Circle Community Thrift Store, Saunders & Silverstein LLP

I Am My Own Wife

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New Hampshire Theatre Project presents Doug Wright’s

I Am My Own Wife

January 16-February 1, 2015

Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 pm, Sundays @ 2 pm – Add’l Show: Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 pm!!

Check out the reviews in Spotlight and The Sound!!

Audience Members say:

Bravissima!  Masterful direction, incredible performance – a tour de force!

Stunningly directed & acted!

Breathless talent!!

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CLICK HERE for reservations & ticket information!

INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTISTS – CJ Lewis & Genevieve Aichele with Jess Marbacher at PPMTV 

New Hampshire Theatre Project’s 26th season continues with I Am My Own Wife, an extraordinary one-man show starring award-winning actor CJ LewisI Am My Own Wife explores the astonishing true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transvestite and celebrated antiques dealer who successfully navigated the two most oppressive regimes of the past century – the Nazis and the Communists. Critics have acclaimed Doug Wright’s morally complex tale as an “intriguing meditation on what it takes to be a survivor.”   The original Broadway production won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 2004 Drama Desk Award, and 2004 Tony Awards for Outstanding Play & Outstanding Solo Performance.

I Am My Own Wife is directed by NHTP artistic director Genevieve Aichele, assisted by Robin Fowler. Set design is by Cary Wendell, lighting design by Meghann Beauchamp, costume design by Maura Suter, and sound design by Rachel Neubauer.

SILVER SPONSORS – Pamela & James Patrick Kelly, Pat Spalding

BRONZE SPONSORS – Harman Law Offices, Cherylanne Williams

INKIND SPONSORS – Lindt & SprungliWhen Pigs Fly

NHTP celebrates with First Night Portsmouth

NHTP celebrates New Year’s Eve with First Night Portsmouth

NHTP artist Meghann Beauchamp will sing in the New Year with Jeremiah Messer in “A Little First Night Music.”  Join them for an eclectic mix of reworked soul tunes, old standards and some contemporary tunes with a twist!  Performances on December 31, 8:30 & 9:30 pm, at West End Studio Theatre.

NOTE First Night button required for admission.  For Pro Portsmouth information, click here!

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Youth Rep Scene Study 2014

Youth Rep December Scene Study

School for Wives opens NHTP’s 2014-15 Season

New Hampshire Theatre Project presents

The School for Wives by Molière

November 14 – 30, 2014

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General Admission – $26 online/credit card, $24 cash/check

Students & Seniors – $22 online/credit card, $20 cash/check

Reservations are recommended.

Call 603-431-6644 ext. 5 or email:  reservations@nhtheatreproject.org

350 years later Molière’s “school” is still in session!

Check out our lovely School for Wives raffle basket!

Read the Review in Spotlight Magazine!!

New Hampshire Theatre Project’s 26th season opens with The School for Wives, written by Molière and translated by Richard Wilbur. Considered to be one of the finest examples of Molière’s comic writing and a classic example of farce, The School for Wives created quite a scandal when it was first performed in 1660. Thematically provocative for its time, the play pokes fun at the male dominance and hierarchy of the French renaissance period.  Though the male tries to create the perfect ignorant wife, his fate is that he shall never have her and she outsmarts him at every turn. He is the bumbling fool, and she gets her true love. For fans of classic dramatic literature, this production promises a delightful combination of hilarious comedy, heightened style, and a provocative look at society’s gender mores.

The School for Wives is directed by NHTP resident artist Blair Hundertmark, recently returned from another summer season at the Barnstormers Theatre (America’s Oldest Professional Summer Stock Theater) where he directed the hilarious farce One Man, Two Guvnors and Ken Ludwig’s popular romantic comedy Be My Baby. The School cast includes local favorites Gabrielle Archambault, Jamie Bradley, Becky Rudolf, Robin Fowler, Todd Hunter and Paul Strand, along with newcomer Josh Paradis. Also new to NHTP, lighting and set will be designed by Wallace Pineault of Manchester and New England College. Actor Gabrielle Archambault will double as costume designer, while Robin Fowler and Rachel Vilandre will stage manage.

SILVER SPONSOR – The Edgewood Centre

BRONZE SPONSOR – Diverse Networks, LLC

INKIND SPONSOR – Kilwins Portsmouth

MEDIA SPONSOR – PPMTV