June 18th, 2015

June, 2015

Four Summer Theatre & Film Camps Offered to New Hampshire Youth

Alchemists’ Workshop is in its 16th year of offering theatre and film camps in Henniker, Weare and Hillsboro New Hampshire.  The camps are for young people ages 6 to 18 and are staffed by professional directors, actors and designers–many of whom are alumni of past camps.

This year’s offerings include a musical, a literary classic and one well known historical story and another almost unknown story–both from the Henniker/Hillsboro area :

Cinderella–the musical favorite July 13 to 18th (9 to 3 Mon. to Thurs. and 2 to 8 pm Fri: and Sat.) at John Stark Regional High School.

Henniker the Center for Deaf Education–a film camp about the remarkable story of early 19th century education in Henniker, July 24th & 25th (9 to 3) at Henniker Community Center and various locales around town.

Jo & Amy–a new adaptation of the literary classic Little Women by former Hillsboro playwright, Karin Eveyn Haug.  A play with music at John Stark Regional High School August 10th to 14th (9 to 3 Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 pm Friday).

Beach Clubs–the arts in education phenomenon that was started in Hillsboro by famed composer Amy Beach during the Depression and  that grew into an international movement with more than 1800 clubs.  A film co-produced with Living History August 14th and 15th (9 to 3 with a rain day Aug. 16th).

Alchemists’ Workshop has won several national and regional awards including the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America’s Aurand Harris award, Dollar General Literacy Award, Sodexo Generation On Award, Youth Serves America’s M. Richard Award and A Points of Light Presidential Youth Service Medal.

This year’s staff includes Fred Sprague of Hillsboro, Mary Armstrong of Harrisville, Dartmouth’s Bob Robertson, Carson and Tom Dunn of Henniker, Jacob Fitts of Weare, former state poet Marie Harris, and  Jordan Vachon and Sandra Kaliscik of Bow.  This year we’re adding adult volunteers (who are free during our camp hours) to our projects with good roles for seniors in particular in each of the camps.

To register for one or more of the camps or for more information about The Alchemists’ Workshop e-mail: dunn.t@comcast.net, call 568-5102 or go to our web site: www.alchemistsworkshop.org.

Submitted by Tom Dunn, Alchemists’ Workshop

Weston, MA Resident to Receive National Theatre Award

Guy Dillaway of Weston, Massachusetts is being honored with the Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award from the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). The award will be presented at an awards ceremony during AACTFest 2015, the national community theatre festival, in Grand Rapids Michigan June 23-27, 2015.

The AACT Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award is presented to individuals above the age of 65 who have faithfully served community theatre on a non-paid basis for over 25 years.

In 1965 the Weston Friendly Society (Weston, Massachusetts) needed an actor to fill a vacated role due to an emergency. Guy Dillaway stepped into that role and has never left! Guy has actively and selflessly promoted the art of community theatre on a volunteer basis for a half century.  He has worked back stage, catalogued donated items, organized props and storage, built cafe tables and a Shakespearian stage to allow the group to perform in the round, designed and helped build sets, and served several terms as president. Guy is the keeper of the keys to the Weston Town Hall where the group performs and is there, come sunshine, rain, hail, or snow, to open the hall for every rehearsal and performance. Community theatre service has become a family affair with his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren all joining in to help.


The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) provides networking, resources, and support to suit the needs of those involved in community theatre. AACT represents the interests of more than 7,000 theatres across the United States and its territories, as well as theatre companies with the armed services overseas.

Submitted by Beverley Lord, NETC Board Member (Community Theatre) and NETC Fellow

NETC Moss Hart Winner and Convention  Presenter

Honored by New Hampshire Humanities Council

The New Hampshire Humanities Council will celebrate 40 outstanding New Hampshire based people who, over the past 40 years, have demonstrated what it means to create, teach, lead, assist, and encourage human understanding – notable writers, filmmakers, teachers, volunteers, civic leaders, philanthropists, and scholars – who over the past 40 years have vastly enriched our human understanding and whose original works and passion for excellence have put NH on the cultural map.

Among those to be honored is Patricia (Trish) Lindberg, Ph.D.

Patricia (Trish) Lindberg is professor of education and coordinates the M.Ed. in Integrated Arts and the CAGS in Arts, Leadership and Learning at Plymouth State University. She is the artistic director/co-founder of the Educational Theatre Collaborative, the Kearsarge Arts Theatre, and the Emmy Award-winning Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility (TIGER), a theatre company that has performed for over 350,000 children regionally, nationally and internationally. In 2007, Trish co-authored a musical with NH composer Will Ogmundson, based on NH author Eleanor Porter’s Pollyanna, which is available worldwide. Trish has won numerous awards including the National Youth Theatre Director Award, the NH State Council of the Arts Governor’s Arts Award, the PSU Distinguished Teaching Award, the Carnegie Foundation NH Professor of the Year Award, an Edie Excellence in Education Award, a Regional Emmy Award, and is a two-time winner of the Moss Hart Trophy given by the New England Theatre Conference.

During the 63rd NETC Convention last Fall, Trish presented a workshop on “Nuts and Bolts: What makes a successful collaboration.” Trish has directed over 100 theatre productions for family audiences, including performances in the US, Europe, Africa, Canada, and New Zealand, blending literature, history and the arts on the stage.

Biographies of all 40 honorees are available at www.nhhc.org/40Over40.php

Submitted by Patricia White, NETC  Fellow

Quannapowitt Playhouse Still

Calling All Playwrights!



QP is still seeking one-act play submissions for our fourth Suburban Holidays production of new holiday plays the for November/December, 2015 Production.

Suburban Holidays explores the theme of the holiday season (in whatever form that means for the playwright) in a town “very much like Reading, MA.” As this festival is being produced in November/December, a preference for date-appropriate holidays (Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, etc.) may come into play; however, all holidays are appropriate material for this festival.

This year’s festival will consist of 4-5 full one-act plays. This means that plays under 20 minutes will not be considered. Plays must be no less than 20 minutes and no more than 45 minutes in length when performed. PLEASE NOTE: If your script is fewer than 20 pages long, the play reading committee will discard it without consideration.

Since this festival draws a large pool of talented actors, plays featuring more than 4 characters will be considered first. Larger cast plays are strongly encouraged!

Preference is given to playwrights from New England, though any playwright may submit. If you are not a resident of New England, your play will be considered, but we do give preference to our area, to increase the chances of having the playwrights visit and see their plays in our festival.

Modern/contemporary plays are given preference. Costuming restraints might not allow for period pieces at this Festival.

Plays must be submitted electronically in MS Word or PDF format, written in standard play format to the festival Producing Director, Patrick Cleary at patrickjamescleary@gmail.com. Paper copies of plays will not be accepted.

Submissions must be received by noon on July 31, 2015.

Submitted by Patrick Cleary, Quannapowitt Playhouse



“NEW | HOME | LAND: Strangers, Newcomers & Neighbors in a New America”

July 10—August 9, 2015 on the Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA

AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS – The Ko Festival of Performance – in its 24th season – is a perennially popular summer experience in Western Massachusetts offering five weekends of theatrical performances, two one-night events, and three 6-day intensive theater workshops.  The five weekend-long performances and the annual KoFest Story Slam event all explore this year’s theme of “NEW|HOME|LAND: Strangers, Newcomers & Neighbors in a New America.”

All KoFest performances, except one special outdoor event, take place in Amherst College’s air-conditioned Holden Theater, located behind the Admissions Office off South Pleasant Street in Amherst, MA. The all-ages event by the Mettawee River Theatre Company is staged on the lawn of the Amherst College Observatory, off Snell Street.  Unless otherwise noted, tickets are priced at: $20 Adults / $16 Students & Seniors. Tickets and further information on the savings that come with the KoFest “Passes & Posses” program are also available at www.kofest.com or by calling (413) 542-3750.  Call about a limited number of $8 tickets.

Ko Festival performances are all are original pieces, created by professional solo and ensemble theatre artists from across the U.S. This year the KoFest artists are all US residents, but were born as far away as Cuba, Thailand and China.

The five weekends feature performances by: Judith Sloan of EarSay (July 10-12)Nadia P. Manzoor of Paprika Productions (July 17-19)Sokeo Ros (July 24-26)Chinese Theater Works (July 31-Aug. 2), and Onawumi Jean Moss (Aug. 7-9), as well as the annual KoFest Story Slam & Benefit Party (July 26).  The works curated for the 2015 season all look at the nature of the immigrant experience of new homes, new lands and examine what “homeland” means in this new America we all inhabit.  Lively, post-show discussions follow every performance and serve as an opportunity for community dialogue on the ideas and issues raised in the piece.  All shows are accompanied by a lobby display that contextualizes the work and audience members will have the opportunity to view or participate in an art installation by visual artist/designer Miguel Romero on their way into the theatre.

KoFest’s outdoor all-ages event on Sunday, July 19 will be Mettawee River Theatre Company’s “OUT OF THE PAST: Celebrating 40 Years of the Mettawee Journey.” A perennial KoFest favorite, this is Metawee’s last year of regular summer touring.  Performed out under the stars, on the Amherst College Observatory lawn, off Snell Street, it will be a night of puppets, masks, live music and a spirit of celebration.

In addition to the performance schedule Ko Festival is now accepting enrollment for three 6-day workshop intensives for performers, writers, storytellers, directors, educators, and all those wanting to kickstart their creativity. Past participants have ranged in age from 18 to 80 and the workshops are taught by expert teachers who are adept at gearing their classes for all levels of experience. Perfect for Story Slam participants, Gerard Stropnicky’s “FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance” is an on-your-feet writers and performers story intensive, designed to release the enormous potential energy already in you and your story; July 20-25. In Jubilith Moore’s workshop, ”ZEN & THE ART OF PERFORMANCE,” experience playing in a deep, articulated, sacred theatrical space; July 27-August 1. The final workshop is IMAGE-OBJECT-PUPPET Creating a Poetic Theatre, with John Farrell participants will use objects, learn principals of puppet animation, and create bunraku style puppets and an original, poetic, devised performance (August 3-8).

July 10—12 | CROSSING THE BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new americaJudith Sloan (EarSay)

A multimedia vision of the future based on 3 years of oral histories with immigrants in Queens, NY. A celebration of resilient people – in search of home.

July 17—19BURQ OFF! Nadia P. Manzoor/Paprika Productions

A show about growing up in London in a conservative Pakistani Muslim home – 21 characters punctuated by fierce Bollywood dance moves and a choice between a burqa and a bikini.

SPECIAL EVENT July 19 • 8:00OUT OF THE PAST: Celebrating 40 Years of the Mettawee Journey Mettawee River Theatre Company

*Location: Amherst College Observatory Lawn, 192 Snell St., Amherst, MA

Our annual favorites in their last year of touring. With live music, masks & exquisite puppets.  Tickets $9 Adults / $7 Children under 12.

Born into a traumatized Cambodian family in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge genocide, Ros finds himself trapped in a ghetto, courted by gangs. A tale of art as redemption, told through hip-hop dance, traditional Khmer dance, spoken-word, storytelling and video.


True stories on “FISH OUT OF WATER” – told, perhaps, by you! Visit kofest.com to see how you can participate.  Coaching available!  All tickets $15. CASH BAR & PRIZES!

July 31—August 2DAY JOBS, OPERA DREAMS | Chinese Theater Works

By and about Peking Opera performers who’ve left China to try their luck in the U.S. On arriving in NYC, the truth is stark – not stardom, but work in restaurants and nail salons. Told through a blend of Peking Opera and personal narrative.

August 7—9SERIOUSLY…WHAT DID YOU CALL ME? | Onawumi Jean Moss

This noted, local storyteller brings the season home with an autobiographical solo that focuses on her resilient migration through the Jim Crow South and the Civil Rights Movement to reclaim her name and cultivate her own Africentric identity.

Funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the MA Cultural Council; the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation; Art Angels; and by local businesses and individual donors.  The Mettawee River Theatre Company Performance is sponsored by the Amherst Montessori School.


July 20—25 | FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance

Gerard Stropnicky

Well-crafted story can bring laughter, or tears, or understanding, or lasting social change. Perfect for Story Slam participants.


Jubilith Moore

Zen is the way to a goal, not the goal itself.  The same can be said for performance. For the inter-culturally curious . . .

August 3—8 | IMAGE–OBJECT–PUPPET: Creating a Poetic Theatre

John Farrell

Use objects. Learn principals of puppet animation, and create bunraku style puppets and an original, poetic, devised work.

The Ko Festival, where the only certainty is surprise!




Submitted by Michaela O’Brien, Ko Festival


August 6 – 8 at 7:30 pm

Matinee August 9th at 2 pm

Performances in the Outdoor Amphitheater

Rain Location and Matinee in the Stuart Black Box Theatre

Tickets at Catamountarts.org

Though May was anything but warm in the Northeast Kingdom, located on the farthest eastern corner of Vermont closer to Montreal than Boston, an intrepid group of actors gathered for auditions for the summer Shakespeare, The Tempest, slated for August 6 – 9.  There was still “frost on the pumpkin” but the snow had melted from the outdoor Greek- inspired amphitheater where performances are held in summer.  To save possible frostbite, the auditions were held inside the rain location, the Stuart Black Box Theatre, which is situated on the first floor of the Morse Fine Arts Center on the St. Johnsbury Academy Campus, 1000 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.

After two nights of auditions, a cast was assembled that ranged in age from rising 9th graders to adults with experience that varied from participants in middle school productions to actors from local community theatre groups, to high school acting students to actors who also take part in the local professional productions.

Known as Shakespeare’s last play before those he collaborated on with John Fletcher, The Tempest, written in 1611, has some masquelike features and is considered by the critic, Harold Bloom, in his 1998 book, Shakespeare; The Invention of the Human, to “share the sad distinction (with A Midsummer Night’s Dream) of being the worst interpreted and performed.”  Bloom feels that the play is often hijacked and used to forward ideological agendas.  Though many from Peter Brooke to George C. Wolfe have had success using the play to express ideas about colonialism, it is the characters and their unique situation that appeal to the director, Janet Warner-Ashley.  “This play is about the roles we play when thrust into situations.  All of the characters are isolated on an island so we can look at their relationships.  Prospero begins as an arrogant father and dictator of his tiny kingdom.  His daughter, Miranda, is a budding teen and is beginning to disagree with his autocracy.  Caliban is like a step-son from a previous marriage who is vilified for his mother’s sins and treated like a monster.  Ariel has amazing powers as a sprite but has had a long history as a victim of abuse by those who have powers as well.  This is a comedy so we get to laugh at the folly of these people but we also, hopefully, see a little bit of ourselves in them so we can learn from their mistakes and their triumphs.”

The Tempest is the fifth Summer Shakespeare done in the outdoor amphitheater in as many years.  Starting with A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2011, Twelfth Night in 2012, Much Ado About Nothing in 2013, As You Like It in 2014, The Tempest takes advantage of the experience of the actors who have earned their chops doing other lead roles.  Director Warner-Ashley, returning for her fifth summer, is thrilled to have such a talented cast and crew with veterans from all five years to very young actors, all working side by side.

Peter Gair is shared with Weathervane Theatre, where he is slated to play Tevya in Fiddler on the Roof.  Peter, who was Oberon and Sir Toby Belch in 2011 and 2012, takes the lead as Prospero.  Nathan Colpitts, our local blacksmith and star of many local productions in Vermont and New Hampshire, plays the drunken butler, Stephano, and has had leads in every summer production starting as lover Lysander in 2011, the Duke in 2012, Benedick in 2013 and Touchstone in 2014.  Local novelist, Travis Barrett, played Malvolio in 2012 and Dogberry in 2013, but he is the much maligned Caliban, this summer.  Ariel, will be played by local musician and artist, Andrea Otto, who was a musician in Much Ado.  .  .   and Celia in As You Like It.  Alice Morrison, a rising senior in high school, began as one of the watch in Much Ado.  .  .  , then played several roles including Audrey in As You Like It but she steps in as Prospero’s daughter Miranda this year.  Logan Samuels is another example of a rising sophomore who began with small roles in 2013 and 2014 but who is the King of Naples, Alonso, this summer.  Local Highland Dancer, rising senior and veteran of three summers, Mariah Rust, returns as Trinculo.  Math teacher and community theatre star, Elizabeth Graziose, who was the Friar in Much Ado, returns as Gonzalo.  Brahms Barrett, Lucas Masure, James Rust, Emma Robertson and Bryan LeBlanc are new to Summer Shakespeare and will be playing Ferdinand, Antonio, Sebastian and a Sprite, respectively.

Jane Vinton, five year veteran of Summer Shakespeare, returns as Costumier, Amanda Allen as Stage Manager and Josh Duncan as Technical Director with Jeremy Baldauf as Lighting Design and Bill Vinton as Producing Director.   Diego Melendez does the poster design and has won several awards for his Summer Shakespeare designs.

Join us under the stars for a magical night of Shakespeare but bring a pillow or a lawn chair, a sweater and a picnic lunch to make the night complete.  Tickets are available at Catamount Arts or at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Submitted by Janet Warner-Ashley, St. Johnsbury Academy, NETC Board Member (Secondary Education)

Copy of May Newsletter

June 4th, 2015
May, 2015
NETC NEWS Ann Marie Shea, editor
The award was created in 1997 to honor the late Aurand Harris (1915-1996) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional theatre for young audiences.
Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award Chair, Jay Di Prima, Steps Down.
Angela Miller-Brown New AH Chair
Dr. Jay DiPrima, guiding light in creating the NETC Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award, has retired from that post.  Many thanks to Jay for his long years of service.  He will be followed by Angela Miller-Brown of Lyndonville, VT, a member of the Youth Division on the NETC Board of Directors.
The award was created in 1997 to honor the late Aurand Harris (1915-1996) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional theatre for young audiences.
When Aurand Harris died in 1996, an NETC Children’s theatre board member contacted Lowell and Nancy Swortzell of New York University, the executors of his estate, to offer a memorial playwriting award in his honor. At the time, Lowell was completing the authorized biography of Harris entitled The Theatre of Aurand Harris: America’s Most Produced Playwright for Young Audiences (©1996 Anchorage Press) and so he readily agreed to help initiate this award. NETC voted to approve this award and at its 1997 Conference in Worcester, both Lowell and Nancy Swortzell addressed the audience in gratitude for this initiative. Numerous breakout sessions were devoted to the memory of the life and works of Harris, including his work with Harwich Junior Theatre. Over many summers, Aurand lived in Harwich, MA on Cape Cod, directing and workshoping his latest plays for young audiences prior to publication.
As the cover notes of Swortzell’s text elucidates, Aurand had three careers – an acclaimed elementary teacher in New York City, a prolific playwright of sixty published plays and a nationally sought lecturer in playwriting. The biography reveals the talent of this dramatist who “prodigiously experimented in forms, themes, subjects, sensitive adaptations as well as originals that are already hailed as new classics.”
Since the initiation of this Award in 1997, twenty-five playwrights for young audiences have been honored. Almost half of these works have been published. This competition is open to all writers with full-length plays for young audiences. The application and its requirements are listed on NETC’s website.  The judging process has been chaired by Jay since its inception and involves both a preliminary evaluation by three readers and a finalist evaluation by three additional readers. Fortunately, many of the finalist readers are editors of established companies for children’s plays. Highly qualified editors from Anchorage Press, New Plays Inc., Dramatists, Dramatic Publishing, Bakers, Jac Publishing have each reviewed and published these award-winning plays. The number of plays submitted each year has ranged from six to thirty-seven.
NETC is seeking volunteers who wish to read and evaluate Harris Competition scripts for this coming year. In the past, volunteers have been chosen from among theatre practitioners throughout New England – directors, producers, actors, writers and publishers of young audience works.
Beginning in mid May through July, preliminary readers will carefully read and prioritize their apportioned scripts for finalist consideration. During the latter part of July through the end of August, finalist readers will provide their critique and ranking of the selected finalist scripts. The Chair will coordinate and assess all of the evaluations and determine first and second place winners (if appropriate). On September 1st, the chair will notify NETC of the winning scripts. Winners will then be contacted and invited to attend the NETC Harris Playwriting Award Ceremony in November. Copies of the script will be disseminated to potential readers selected by the children’s theatre board. Readings of the script may be scheduled as part of the annual conference workshops.
NETC Playwrights Enjoy Minute of Glory at Boston Theatre Marathon

Boston Playwrights Theatre will support the Boston theatre community Sunday, May 10, with its seventeenth annual Boston Theatre Marathon, a day-long celebration featuring 50 ten-minute plays in ten hours.  All proceeds benefit the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatre and theatre artists in times of need.
Some NETC playwrights will have their plays read on Saturday, May 9, as part of the Warm-up Laps (reading of one-act plays), and Sprints (reading of one-minute plays).
Among the Warm-up Laps is Hair of the Dog, by Constance Congden, (2004 NETC Special Award recipient), about Shakespeare’s response to the death of Marlowe.
Featured Sprint playwrights enjoying sixty seconds of fame include Eastern Connecticut State University’s Edmond Chibeau ( Impoverished Scholar Sitting by the Side of the Road Meditating on the Transience of All Things Physical) and NETC dean of College of Fellows and NEWS editor, Ann Marie Shea (Celebrity).
To order tickets and for a complete listing of Sprints, Laps, and Marathon events, go to
Save the date:
Convention 2015
October 22nd – October 25, 2015
Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center
Westford, Massachusetts
Register for the hotel by October 1 and get last year’s rates: $120 includes breakfast (up to four per room)
Program proposal form is available on our website:NETConline.org
We are seeking nominations for the following Board positions:
Executive Vice President
Director of Development
Director of Communications
College Division
One to replace Scott
Secondary Division
One to replace Tom
Youth Division
One open slot
Professional Division
three open slots
Community Theatre Division
One open slot
We encourage self-nomination.  Please send your nominations with a brief statement of qualifications to:  Jamie Taylor: drjtaylorjr@aim.com
MMAS Black Box Theatre (Mansfield, MA)—Upcoming Events in May
Come join us on May 16, as we kick-off the first annual Franklin Cultural Festival.  Relax with friends of the arts and enjoy desserts, as well as a cash bar, and music from FPAC’s Acme Jazz Trio.  The night will also highlight some snippets of several of the performances and demonstrations that will be featured during the festival in July. Your $18 ticket will help offset the costs associated with the Cultural Festival and will give you a great evening. Your support of this effort is appreciated.
On May 21, the Black Box launches a Local Artist Series, shining a spotlight on this region’s bright musical talent. Local singers and songwriters share the stage and tell the stories behind their music for this special evening hosted by WMRC’s Ray Auger! The inaugural performance will feature acoustic sets by Ken Barney, Gay Barboza, Chris Ross and Kate Russo, all 2015 WMRC Local Music Award nominees honored among the best area musicians and recognized for their creativity and contribution to the Greater Milford music scene.
May 29 will be a special evening of Black Box Cabaret spotlighting the vocal stylings of talented FPAC alumni performers! Accompanied by the ACME Rhythm Section, entertainment is presented in an intimate night-club atmosphere. Black Box Cabaret is sponsored by Milford National Bank and Trust.
For more information, go to www.theblackboxonline.com .
OLIVER! Staged by Massasoit Theatre Company—Special Invitation to High School Students
Special HS Drama Reception!
From Massasoit Theatre Company​ (at Buckley Performing Arts Center Large Theatre Brockton, MA)
8 p.m., FRIDAY MAY 15th
To get this special price, use the link at the bottom to get tickets. Once there select ALL student tickets and use the coupon code “HSDRAMA”, even if there are adults in your order. You MAY use this code for parents/guardians and guests!
Full price- $18
Student/Senior- $16
Special HS Drama rate- $14
Reception- 7:00
Showtime- 8:00
Ticket Link:
Boxoffice: (508)427-1234
Jeffrey Potter-Watts (1962-2015), former NETC PresidentJeff Watts
NETC mourns the untimely passing of a former President, Jeffrey Potter-Watts, who after a long struggle with cancer, passed on March 25, in Charleston, SC.  He will be missed by his many friends and students.
Dear Friends, Colleagues & Artistic Associates,
Would you like to:
Stretch your creativity in a supportive environment? Immerse yourself in art? Meet a really interesting group of people?
This year, as part of the KO FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE. held each summer on the beautiful Amherst College campus in Amherst, Massachusetts, we are offering 3 unique workshops. Join us for one, or more, of our 6-day intensives with expert teachers who are adept at gearing their classes for all levels of experience. Past participants have come from as far away as Australia and Germany, from across the country, and from right down the road — and have ranged in age from 18 to 80.
Won’t you join us this summer?  Register before May 15 and get our Early-Bird discount!
For a Complete listing of programs and activities of KO Festival of Performance click on the link below:
To submit articles for the NETC NEWS, email to :
Ann Marie Shea at ashea@worcester.edu

CATS at Theatre With A Twist

June 25th, 2012

Theatre with a Twist Inc. announces its upcoming performance of Cats, The Musical. With a plot based on T.S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and award-winning music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Cats, originally directed by Trevor Nunn,  has become one of the world’s best known and best loved musicals. The show tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as the “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heavyside Layer and come back to a new life.  The show will be performed under the moon at Kimball Farm, 400 Littleton Rd., Westford, MA on July 5,6 & 7 at 8pm. Come early to enjoy all the food and festivities that Kimball Farm has to offer or to watch as the cast transform themselves into Cats. They will be applying their makeup in public which is so fun to watch.  Tickets are $10 Students/Seniors and $12 Adults and will be available at www.theatrewithatwist.org, or at Kimball Farm on weekdays starting Wed June 13th 5-7:30pm and weekends at various times. Look for the TWT table. Tickets can also be bought on the day of the show.  This show is licensed by The Really Useful Group Ltd., 22 Tower Street, London WC2H 9TW. Visit www.theatrewithatwist.org or call 978-263-9700 for more info on this show and all our other productions.  Theatre with a Twist is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) Public Charity Community Theatre Program.

Special Deliveries Musical Showcase in Rutland, VT

June 7th, 2012

RUTLAND, VT – Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre and the Paramount Theatre present an original musical theatre reading and showcase of Special Deliveries, book and lyrics by Harrison Lebowitz, with music by Lebowitz and Kyle de Tarnowsky, on June 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Harrison Lebowitz is the owner of Snow Farm Vineyard and winery in South Hero, and an attorney and writer.   In the early 1980’s, he wrote the book, lyrics and music for a musical comedy entitled, Special Deliveries, which was produced in New York City and featured, among others, Tony Nominee, Marcia Mitzman.  Harrison made many director mandated changes to the material throughout the process taking the musical in a direction completely different from what he intended.  He then de-constructed and re-constructed the book and lyrics to bring the musical back to its roots.    When he finished he put it away.

In 2010, while Harrison was doing a book signing for his most recent novel,  Peter Marsh, a producing director for the Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre, asked if he could look at the musical. After reviewing the work, ART organized a live reading of the script utilizing local actors. This reading prompted Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre, in conjunction with The Paramount Theatre, to produce this showcase reading (and sing-through) as a part of The Paramount’s 30 Center Stage Series (a series dedicated to presenting musical theater pieces during their initial production phase.)

In preparation of this showcase, Harrison brought in musician Kyle de Tarnowsky, who grew up in Richmond, VT, as a collaborator. Kyle obtained his B.M. in Music Composition from Florida State and attended U.S.C.’s program for scoring for motion pictures and television.  Kyle currently lives in Southern California where he writes movie scores. Harrison spends much of his time now in California.

The director, Peter Marsh of Rutland, has directed over 130 productions.  For ART, most recently he directed Almost, Maine, The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket and The Savannah Disputation, Art, and he recently wrote and directed Vermont Writers … in Play.The musical director, Mary Ellen Harlow of Wallingford, recently retired from teaching vocal and choral music at Mill River Union High School, where she was the musical director for musicals including, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors and Kiss Me Kate.   She is on the staff for the Brattleboro Music Center Women’s Vocal Summer Institute, and was musical director for Marble Valley Players production of Guys and Dolls.

The showcase cast are all well-known local actors: Ken Holmes of Poultney, Eric Mallette of Brandon, Malindi Chestnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Caleb Fredette of Wallingford, Julia Dorion of Wallingford, Bonnie Pritchard of Clarendon, Mitch Rosengarten of Shrewsbury, Kim Moyer of North Chittenden, Robin Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Julie Redington of Wallingford, Chris Doyle of Rutland, Laura Steere of Castleton, Kathy Morgan of Rutland and Ian Vair of Rutland.  The musicians are Harlow (piano), Marc Whitman of Rutland (percussion) and Joseph Plotts of Arlington (bass).The showcase is stage-managed and narrated by Bridget Scott of Shrewsbury. Choreography is by Ilene Blackman of Ira and graphic design is by Lyz Tomsuden of Rutland.

Tickets ($15 + tax) are available now by phoning The Paramount Theatre Box Office at 802 775-0903.  Tickets may also be purchased online at www.paramountlive.org and at The Paramount Theatre Box Office at 30 Center Street in downtown Rutland, VT.  For more information about Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre visit the company’s website at www.actorsrepvt.org

Change of Offering at Theatre with a Twist

June 7th, 2012

Theatre with a Twist Inc. Little Stars  (Acton, MA) will perform Disney’s Mulan Jr. instead of Pocahontas, which was originally scheduled for production this fall 2012.  If you have already registered for Pocahontas you will automatically be switched to Mulan Jr. Please email theatrewithatwist@gmail.com with any questions.

Registration is now open for Mulan Jr. Registration fee is $225. Auditions are scheduled for August 2012. Performances will be  Nov 9, 10 & 11, 2012.

Travel back to the legendary, story-telling days of ancient China with this action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s Mulan. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor! Disney’s Mulan Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit. The score includes favorites like “Reflection,” “Honor to Us All,” and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” as well as some new songs.

Disney’s Mulan Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI

Visit www.theatrewithatwist.org to register for this show and all our other productions.  Theatre with a Twist is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) Public Charity Community Theatre Program.

Performances and Summer Classes on Cape Cod

June 7th, 2012

Harwich Junior Theatre (Harwich, MA) has cast Daniel C. Jackson of Birmingham, AL, as the title character in Buddy, openings its 2012 performance season. Buddy is the story of the three years in which Buddy Holly became the world’s top recording artist with a show that features over twenty of his greatest hits, including “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The Day,” “Oh Boy,” “Not Fade Away,” “Everyday,” “Rave On,” “Maybe Baby,” and “Raining In My Heart.” The show runs through July 17.

The rest of the season includes James and the Giant Peach, Anne of Green Gables, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Adventures of a Bear Names Paddington, and Sinatra.

Complete schedules and ticket information can be found at the HJT website http://www.hjtcapecod.org/performances.html.

HJST also offers a full range of class for every age and interest.  Complete schedules, registration forms and class descriptions can be found at http://www.hjtcapecod.org/education.html.

Elaine Foster Perry to be Honored at 2012 Pell Awards in Providence

April 16th, 2012

Theater educator and member of NETC College of Fellows, Elaine Foster Perry, professor emerita , Rhode Island College, will receive the Charles Sullivan Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts, at the Pell Awards celebration Monday,  May 21, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.at Trinity Repertory Company’s Dowling Theater and Pell Chafee Performance Center.

Trinity Artistic Director Curt Columbus calls Elaine an arts educator and advocate beyond compare. “One of the core values of Trinity Repertory Company’s mission is its commitment to education – particularly education in our own community,” said Columbus. “Elaine Foster Perry exemplifies this in a way that few others can – a celebrated force in arts education for over 40 years in Rhode Island and on the national theater scene. Her impact continues to be felt on stages near and far. It’s particularly special that we are able to honor her at this year’s Pell Awards, as Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Viola Davis was one of her students.”

One of Elaine’s students will also be honored,   Rhode Island’s own Academy Award-nominated actress, Viola Davis (Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts ).   Also Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons  will be receive the Pell Award For Leadership in Arts Education, and J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center and Professional Facilities Management,  will receive  Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts.

Now in their second decade, the Pell Awards were established to honor Senator Claiborne Pell and recognize artistic excellence in Rhode Island and on the national level. Pell, who passed away in 2009, worked throughout his career to support the arts and provide new opportunities for artists. He sponsored the landmark legislation that established the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities in 1965

For more information and reservations, contact Trinity Rep at (401) 453-9235.

Theatre with a Twist Stages The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White

March 14th, 2012

Theatre with a Twist Inc./Little Stars will produce The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White on Saturday,  March 24  at 1:30 p.m. and  4:30 p.m., and Sunday,  March 25 at 2 p.m.  Barbara Lennon wrote the book with music by Bill Francoeur, and lyrics by Bill Francoeur and Barbara Lennon. All performances will be at Hale Middle School, Stow, MA.

The tale of Snow White has never felt so fresh and new with this funny adaptation that will make even the most jaded among us laugh out loud! New characters and comedic twists come to life as a modern mom reads the Brothers Grimm tale to her restless children. In addition to the well-known cast of the kind princess, evil queen, multiple dwarves and the morally conflicted Huntsman, this musical introduces us to some fresh new faces such as rhyme-happy ladies-in-waiting and a stick-in-the-mud governmental representative out to ruin everyone’s good time! (He nabs the Huntsman for attempting to kill a wild pig without a hunting license and fines a dwarf for picking a bouquet of state flowers!)

Musical styles of all genres fuse to create a rousing mixture of hip-hop, rock and roll, doo wop and more. With its tongue-in-cheek humor and catchy songs, this show is a “must-see.”

All tickets are $10 and are available at the door.  Visit www.theatrewithatwist.org for more information on this show and all our other productions.

Theatre with a Twist is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) Public Charity Community Theatre Program.

Cape Cod Arts Group Honors Nina Scheussler

March 14th, 2012

Nina Schuessler, artistic director of Harwich Junior Theatre, has been chosen for a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod as part of its Fifth Annual Creative Collaborative Conference and awards ceremony. Schuessler, who has supervised the production of more than 150 plays and musicals over the past 35 years, will be honored on March 20 at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis.

Other honorees include the Cape Cod Theater Coalition for Collaborative Project of the Year; Lee Connolly Weill, of Barnstable High School, for Arts Educator of the Year; and David Willard, of the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, for Community Leadership in Support of the Arts.

This year’s event – held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – will offer another opportunity for the community to learn about current trends in the creative economy and to connect with media and legislative leaders.

For more, visit www.artsfoundation.org or call 508-362-0066

Also HJT has scheduled  a Master Class with Equity actors Jordan Ahnquist and De’lon Grant, who portray Huck and Jim in HJT’s smash hit Big River! This one time workshop will take place on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at the HJT Art’s Center, 265 Sisson Rd. in Harwich Center.

The goal will be to start developing and understanding a basic vocabulary of given circumstances, objectives, obstacles and actions for working on scenes and monologues.

The class is suitable for ages 12-adult. Please pre-register at 508-432-2002 ext.17. The cost is $30.

NETC Honors Collegian Theatre Artists at Regional KCACTF

March 5th, 2012

NETC had a visible presence at the 2012 Region One Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, hosted by Fitchburg (MA) State University, January 24-29.

NETC awarded two cash scholarships to students who excelled in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition.

Tommi May McNally from Suffolk County Community College won the NETC award for Best Comic Actor. Adam Milano of Middlebury College was recognized as Best Scene Partner. NETC president Sabine Macris Klein presented both awards.

In addition, former NETC board Secretary Professor Pam McDaniel accepted the KCACTF Golden Hammer Award on behalf of her company from Western Connecticut State University.  Her production crew was honored as Outstanding Crew Load-In and Load-Out for the Sweeney Todd production Pam had directed and brought to festival. Rafael Jaen, , Co-Chair of KCACTF Region One for Design, Technologies, and Management is pictured making the award to Pam.

Congratulations from NETC to all the outstanding student and faculty artists of KCACTF.