Written by Alec Kerr
Advice to the Players is offering three Shakespeare camps this summer for children and teens.
Kids 8 to 12 years old will spend mornings in July creating a lively, magical rendition of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" when they enroll in Advice To The Player's Snapdragon Shakespeare Camp (July 15 to 26 from 9 a.m. to noon). Richard and Marion Posner, directors of Snapdragon Theater Guild and Tamworth Learning Circles, will lead young actors in character development, stage skills cooperative games and just plain fun, outside at the Sandwich Fairground Stage.
Older thespians (12 to 15) in Shakesperience will work with visiting director Candace Clift on a range of skills in a dynamic exploration of Shakespeare's words, stories, and themes. Improv, clowning, text work, and even some stage combat provide keys to theatrical adventure and summer fun.
And for those older teens who want advanced training and performance experience, Advice to the Players offers a 4-week Young Players Practicum with Mark Woollett and Candace Clift: three days of individualized intensive actor training followed by participation in Advice To The Players' mainstage productions (Aug. 9 to 18) of "Much Ado About Nothing."
Arts in Motion
Arts in Motion, who have recently moved into the historic Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse will be presenting their second Murder Mystery Train Dinner in collaboration with Conway Scenic Railroad June 1 and 15. Entitled "Till Death Do Us Part," the murder mystery has a wedding theme with patrons invited to a fictional wedding where things go terribly wrong.
The train departs promptly at 6 p.m. Plan to board early and enjoy a cocktail in one of our beautiful dining cars. The fare includes First Class seating for the three-hour train excursion, a four-course dinner, live theatrical performance, taxes and gratuities. Beverage service is additional.
Tickets for the event may be purchased directly from Conway Scenic Railroad at $125 per person. Call (800) 232-5251 for reservations or more information.
Located in the historic village of Tamworth, The Barnstormers Theatre has been a New Hampshire tradition since 1931. As one of New Hampshire's three Equity theaters, it offers professional summer theatre with a new show each week during July and August. The theatre is air-conditioned with tiered, comfortable seating, handicap accessible and boasts a state-of-the-art hearing assistance system.
This year's season includes:
"The Full Monty"(July 7 to 13), book by Terrence McNally and music and lyrics by David Yazbek, based on the popular English film of the same name.
"Boeing Boeing" (July 16 to 20), by Marc Camoletti.
"Other People's Money" (July 23 to 27), by Jerry Sterner.
"Ten Nights in a Barroom" (July 30 to Aug. 3), adapted by Fred Carmichael from the Famous Temperance Drama by William W. Pratt.
"Steel Magnolias" (Aug. 6 to 10), by Robert Harling.
"Moon Over Buffalo"(Aug. 13 to 17), by Ken Ludwig.
"The Unexpected Guest" (Aug. 20 to 24), by Agatha Christie
"The Spitfire Grill" (Aug. 27 to 31), by James Valcq and Fred Alley.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. For more information to purchase tickets, call 323-8500 or visit http://www.barnstormerstheatre.org.
M&D Productions has set out to change the concept of community theater to be "theater for the community." As a theater group they attempt to provide a mix of groundbreaking and challenging productions along aside more familiar and popular classics. This summer they have three shows:
"Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" (May 30 and 31, June 1, June 6 to 8 and June 13 to 15), by John Patrick Shanley.
"On Golden Pond" (July 11to 13, July 18 to 20 and July 25-27), by Ernest Thompson.
"Sylvia" (Aug. 15 to 17, Aug. 22-24 and Aug. 29 to 31), A.R. Gurney.
Curtain is 7:30 p.m. for shows. For more information or tickets call the box office at 662-7591.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 21:58
Written by Alec Kerr
"Agnes of God," which is playing Thursday through Saturday for the next three weeks, centers on Agnes (Natasha Repass), a novice nun who is accused of murdering her baby, a baby in which she claims she never saw and has no memory of giving birth to. Dr. Martha Livingstone (Christine Thompson), a court-appointed psychologist, has been sent to the convent to determine if Agnes is sane.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 18:08
Written by Alec Kerr
For a further clarification of the meaning of meta see M&D Productions' production of "[title of show]," which opened Thursday at Your Theatre in North Conway and is playing Thursday through Sunday for the next two weeks.
Jeff (Chris Madura) and Hunter (Paul Allen) are a pair of theater geeks in New York stuck bouncing around dead-end jobs. They stumble upon a theater festival requesting script entries and, even though they only have three weeks before the deadline, they decide to write something. As they struggle to think of something to write about, they begin to write about the struggle to think of something to write about.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 16:18
Written by Alec Kerr
CONWAY — Arts in Motion Theater Company's search for a permanent home has come to a happy ending with the signing of a long-term lease at the Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse.
Residents of the Mount Washington Valley and visitors to the region alike have enjoyed countless classics by Shaw and Shakespeare, original works, and Broadway musicals on its storied stage. As its resident theater company, Arts in Motion will continue the Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse's tradition of serving as a center of the Mount Washington Valley's performing arts while introducing a new and exciting variety of year-round programs and events.
While celebrating the organization's 20th anniversary, Arts in Motion's board of directors identified a critical priority for the next 20 years and beyond: a permanent home.
"While we are so grateful for the venues who have hosted Arts in Motion over the past years, we are delighted now to have a wonderful space of our own," Arts in Motion president Paula Sullivan Jones, said.
This agreement will help alleviate scheduling challenges and budgeting restraints freeing up critical resources to focus on Arts in Motion's ultimate vision: creating an accessible year-round live theater that will help in keeping North Conway a premiere destination for high-quality community theater, arts and entertainment.
Arts in Motion plans to begin using the theater immediately while simultaneously making any necessary upgrades and repairs. With a viable business model for consistent year-round schedule, Arts in Motion will continue to produce the quality shows, while expanding to establish a full schedule of plays and other events, conferences and fundraisers throughout the year. Additionally, the company will explore opportunities for collaboration with other area performing arts groups, businesses and non-profits including the popular Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company — who have interest in continuing to use the Playhouse for their own productions. With a history of successful partnerships with a number of non-profits and businesses throughout the Valley, Arts in Motion is well-positioned to steward the Playhouse through unprecedented growth.
Arts in Motion will kick off their season with a showcase in early April, followed by an exciting 2013 season — as well as other programs which will support arts and arts education in our community — which will be announced in the coming weeks.
"This is absolutely a dream come to life for Arts in Motion, and we are honored that the Eastern Slope Inn has entrusted us with continuing the great legacy of the vital and historic Playhouse," Jones said. It's our biggest production yet."
For more information on Arts in Motion, its programs and productions, and volunteering opportunities call 786-7325 or visit www.artsinmotiontheater.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 19:19
Written by Alec Kerr
Directed by Dennis O'Neil, "Of Mice and Men," which opened Thursday, Feb. 7, at Your Theatre in North Conway and is playing Thursday through Saturday for the next three weeks, is marked by rich and fully developed performances across the board from the large ensemble cast.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 16:51