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School for Wives opens NHTP’s 2014-15 Season

New Hampshire Theatre Project presents

The School for Wives by Moliere

Arnolphe (Jamie Bradley) lectures his prospective bride Agnes (Gabrielle Archambault)

November 14 – 30, 2014

Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 pm, Sundays @ 2 pm

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 Moliere’s “school” is still in session!

New Hampshire Theatre Project’s 26th season opens with The School for Wives, written by Moliere and translated by Richard Wilbur. Considered to be one of the finest examples of Moliere’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

Arsenic & Old Lace

Mortimer & ElaineNew Hampshire Theatre Project’s Senior Youth Repertory Company

presents

ARSENIC & OLD LACE

By Joseph Kesselring

May 16-25, 2014

Directed by Robin Fowler & Genevieve Aichele

 A hilarious and macabre comedy to tickle every funny bone!

 Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm, Sundays at 2 pm

$20 General Admission, $16 Students & Seniors (member discounts apply)

SPONSORS

Diverse Networks, LLC

People’s United Bank

Cherylanne Williams

For reservations & information:  Call 603-431-6644 ext. 5, or email reservations@nhtheatreproject.org

Aunties on couch

Cops & Jonathan

The Sheriff of Nottingham

The Sheriff of Nottingham

The Sheriff of Nottingham

New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Junior Repertory Company presents The Sheriff of Nottingham!

April 4-6, 2014 – Friday & Saturday @ 7 pm and Saturday & Sunday @ 2 pm

Tickets: $10 General Admission or $30 for a Family of 4

For reservations & information:  Call 603-431-6644 ext. 5, or emailreservations@nhtheatreproject.org

New Hampshire Theatre Project is proud to present The Sheriff of Nottingham, a new work by Michael Megliola and the NHTP Junior Repertory Company, under the direction of Meghann Beauchamp.

Robin Hood is known by many as a heroic outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor but many of the details of the story are often ignored. Who was Robin and how did he come to be? With a fresh look at this beloved story, Michael Megliola has written a new play from the perspective of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Caught between loyalty to the absent King Richard (missing for 6 years while fighting a Crusade) and demands from the greedy Prince John (who is acting King), the Sheriff finds himself playing a cat and mouse game with one Robert Fitzooth (aka Robin Hood), Marion Fitzwalter (aka Maid Marian) and a band of merry men!

Written collaboratively with the Junior Repertory Company members, The Sheriff of Nottingham promises high adventure for ages 6 to adult.

Company members include Portsmouth residents Sebastian Logue, Leo Megliola, Colleen Spear and Annika Strand; along with Caylie Cocola-Pope of Berwick, Russell Doucet of Newcastle, Cayden Glenn Wixson of Kittery, and Elizabeth Nee of Rye.  The Company is directed by Meghann Beauchamp, assisted by Rachel Vilandre from UNH, and interns Van Wile of Portsmouth High School and Isabel Smith from Exeter High School.

Celebrating its fifteenth year, 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.  NHTP’s Senior Repertory Company will be presenting Arsenic & Old Lace coming up May 16-25.

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Intelligent Theatre Festival 2014

 NHTP Intelligent Theatre Festival

A Festival of Playreadings & Community Discourse

March 21-30, 2014 

Check out article in the Portsmouth Herald!

"Easter Comes To Spain on a Sunday" at Langdon House, ITF 2013

“Easter Comes To Spain on a Sunday” at Langdon House, ITF 2013

WEEKEND #1 – Women Who Break the Rules

Friday, March 21, 7 pm – Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw

 Saturday, March 22, 7 pm – The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl

Sunday, March 23, 2 pm – Lettice & Lovage by Peter Shaffer *

WEEKEND #2 – Deadly Games

Friday, March 28, 7 pm – Laconia Dodgers by Michael Fischer

Saturday, March 29, 7 pm – The Deadly Game by James Yaffe

Sunday, March 30, 2 pm – Prion by Tom McCarron & Dennis Kleinmann

* All readings are held at the West End Studio Theatre except Lettice & Lovage on March 23, which will be held at Langdon House, Pleasant Street, Portsmouth

SPONSORS: Frank & Gillian Aguilar, Shellie Yarnell & Andrew Schwartz, Hannaford PortsmouthThe DistrictGranite State Growler Tours

Tickets: $10, or $50 for Festival  – Call 603-431-6644 ext 5, or email reservations@nhtheatreproject.org

Back by popular demand!  The Intelligent Theatre Festival, which premiered in April 2013, is expanding to TWO weekends of provocative scripts and screenplays.  Each reading is professionally directed by members of the NHTP resident company. Designed to expand awareness of NHTP’s mission of collaborative theatre, Festival readers are a team of professional actors, students and community members – all of them donating their time and talent. The ITF offers audiences a chance to hear and discuss interesting, thought-provoking plays that might not otherwise be produced in the seacoast area.  The 2014 Intelligent Theatre Festival is dedicated to the late Frank Aguilar, NHTP supporter and frequent audience member.  Frank’s wife Gillian will be reading in The Deadly Game, one of Frank’s favorite scripts.

In a staged reading, seated actors face the audience and read directly from the script, without memorization or movement. No costumes, lights, sets, or special effects – just the words, allowing audiences to hear the playwright’s art in its purest form.

Women Who Break the Rules is the theme of the first weekend of playreadings. The Festival opens on Friday, March 21, with Mrs. Warren’s Profession.  Written in 1894, George Bernard Shaw’s feminist play was shocking in its portrayal of a woman going into business for herself.  On Saturday, March 22, CJ Lewis directs the NHTP professional company and guest artist Lysa James from NYC in The Clean House, a bittersweet comedy about a Brazilian maid who wants to be a stand-up comic, the gifts of cancer, and the vagaries of love by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl.  Wrapping up the first weekend with a special matinee performance on March 23 at the historic Langdon House, Genevieve Aichele and Kathleen Somssich read Peter Shaffer’s hilarious comedy about a tour guide who makes up alternative history, Lettice & Lovage.

 The second weekend of the Intelligent Theatre Festival is filled with Deadly Games. On Friday, March 28, NHTP presents The Laconia Dodgers, a new comic screenplay about students in the early 70’s whose college escapades are overshadowed by the possibility of being drafted to fight in Vietnam, and the different choices each one makes. LA screenwriter Michael Fischer will be on hand for the discussion.  Saturday, March 29, NHTP presents The Deadly Game by James Yaffee, adopted from the novel Trapps by Friedrich Durrenmatt.  In this engrossing mystery, an American traveling salesman is caught in a bizarre game when three retired men of law in Switzerland amuse themselves by prosecuting strangers who drop in.  Bringing the Festival to a close on March 30, Robin Fowler directs Prion by local writers Tom McCarron and Dennis Kleinmann.  Part science fiction, part teenage coming-of-age story this exciting screenplay has been a finalist in the Vail Film Festival, Cinequest Film Festival and NH Film Festival, and won an award at the 2013 New Hope Film Festival.

“A fabulous night of good work,” wrote one audience member at last year’s Intelligent Theatre Festival.  “Please, please do more of this,” said another.

Finding the Prince

FINDING THE PRINCE

Conceived & directed by Genevieve Aichele & CJ Lewis

January 10-26, 2014 –  Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 pm, Sundays @ 2 pm

Tickets $24 general admission, $20 students & seniors

For reservations, call 603-431-6644 ext 5 or email: reservations@nhtheatreproject.org

READ THE REVIEWS!

“A truly artful, vivid, erudite work that is beautifully presented… imaginative, creative and thoroughly engrossing” –  Spotlight Magazine

“Lyrical and meditative… sensitively explores the nuances of life in deployment, and suggests story and communion as their balm” – Phoenix!

Blair Hundertmark & Kyle Milner in Finding the Prince

Blair Hundertmark & Kyle Andrew Milner in Finding the Prince

SILVER SPONSOR – Gail Adams Music  Studio

BRONZE SPONSORS –  Harman Law Office, Saunders & Silverstein, Pat Spalding

INKIND SPONSOR – When Pigs Fly

Written by Genevieve Aichele, CJ Lewis & Shay Willard

Starring Robin Fowler, Heather Glenn Wixson, Josh Goldberg, Blair Hundertmark & Kyle Milner.

Film & video elements by Shay Willard, lighting design by Meghann Beauchamp, costume design by Maura Suter, props by Lindsey Nelson.

Finding the Prince, running January 10-26, is an NHTP company original, created and directed by Genevieve Aichele and CJ Lewis, with video design by Shay Willard.

Inspired by the true stories of veterans, this original script explores the fate of three soldiers and a journalist who are lost in the desert and discover a copy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book The Little Prince.  Their individual stories evolve as they explore, both individually and together, some of the same themes that resonate in the beloved classic. How do our narrow worldviews limit possibility? Are “matters of consequence” more important than the “secret place of tears?”  How old must we be to truly understand how to love?  How do we face death with courage, humility and openness of spirit?

 

Youth Repertory Company Mid-Semester Scene Study

NHTP Youth Repertory Company Mid-Semester Scene Study

Friday & Saturday, December 6 & 7

7:00 pm

Donations cheerfully accepted!

Reservations recommended.

Senior Repertory Company directed by Genevieve Aichele & Robin Fowler

Junior Repertory Company directed by Meghann Beauchamp, assisted by Rachel Vilandre.

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Six Characters in Search of an Author

#3 for Web

Read the Spotlight and Portland Phoenix reviews!

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

Directed by Blair Hundertmark

Runs through December 1, 2013 – Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays @ 2 pm

Tickets $24 general admission, $20 students & seniors

For reservations, call 603-431-6644 ext 5 or email: reservations@nhtheatreproject.org

Six abandoned characters plead their tragic tale as reality blurs in this mind-bending comic-drama!

Starring Gabrielle Archambault and Peter Josephson (pictured above) with CJ Lewis, Heather Glenn Wixson, Kate Kirkwood, Robin Fowler, Kyle Milner, Eric St. Cyr, Linda Chase, Fred Calcinari, Van Wile & Gabrielle Iafolla.

SPONSORS

The Edgewood Centre

Pamela & James Patrick Kelly

 

Dreaming Again Sept 2013

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Dreaming Again – ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY!

Thursday, September 26 at 1:00 pm

Admission $5, reservations required.  Recommended for ages 10 to adult.

Call 603-431-6644 ext 4, or email NHTP reservations.

Commissioned by the NH Humanities Council in 2011, Dreaming Again features stories from over 40 refugees and immigrants to New Hampshire over the past 100 years.  Poignant and hilarious, the original production was so enthusiastically received that we’ve brought it back for a tour to schools throughout New Hampshire September 22-October 4, in collaboration with Peterborough’s Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center.  The current cast includes NHTP company members CJ Lewis, Heather Glenn Wixson, and Peter Motson, along with guest actors Dan Acor and Adobuere Ebiama, and musicians Cynthia Chatis and Theo Martey.  Join us for this ONE SPECIAL PERFORMANCE IN PORTSMOUTH.

Audience comments from the first production of Dreaming Again:

What you have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary! I love when theatre – art of all kinds – gives us a way to think about what’s important – pressing and pertinent and difficult to resolve.

What a magical, special theatre evening it was, one of those things you don’t stop thinking about.    I hope there are many, many many, many people out there who are going to see this because we all have so much to learn!

A Midsummer Night’s Cruise

Thanks to everyone who made  A Midsummer Night’s Cruise on  July 23 such a fabulous success! Special thanks to the cast & crew of  the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and to all our sponsors:  Flatbread CompanyAvellino’s Italian Kitchen & DeliLindt & Sprungli, MoJo’s BBQ Grill & Tavern, and Trader Joe’s. All proceeds from A Midsummer Night’s Cruise will benefit the NH Theatre Projects education programs.

After a rainy day, Mother Nature blessed us with two hours of a spectacular sunset.  Thanks to Stephen Gianotti and Meghann Beauchamp for these stunning photos!

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NHTP receives $3,390 from The Fabulous Find!

Thanks to all who shopped and donated to the Fabulous Find during the month of June.  NHTP was awarded $3,390!!

Fabulous Find

The Fabulous Find, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a boutique style resale shop on Route One in Kittery which partners with different worthy, local non-profit organizations each month. All proceeds donated during the month of June were donated to New Hampshire Theatre Project, Pontine Theatre/West End Studio Theatre, and Garrison Players Arts Center.