Articles for the ‘Winter 2011’ Category

The Un-Common Theatre Company Proudly Presents “The Secret Garden”

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The Un-Common Theatre Company is proud to present the Tony award winning musical “The Secret Garden” at the Orpheum Theater, Foxboro over the weekend of April 1st.

Based on the classic children’s novel by Francis Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” tells the haunting story of a young girl’s struggle to free the inhabitants of a gloomy Yorkshire mansion who are emotionally imprisoned by a tragic memory. Through her tenacity, human courage and her profound sense of dignity, young Mary Lennox, sent to live in the sorrowful house following the death of her parents from cholera, brings her departed aunt’s neglected garden back to life, along with the spirit and soul of her long grieving uncle and the health of her fragile, bedridden cousin.

Director Michael La Fleur brings the heart and soul of this emotionally charged musical to life through pure theatrical staging, intriguing illusions, and haunting visual imagery. Guided by the whirling, gliding ghosts of her past, and with the help of a handful of unforgettable characters, Mary’s story unfolds in dark visions of haunted hallways, a moving, dancing maze, portraits that come to life and, through some simple but artistically realized, creative stagecraft, a breathtaking garden that blooms before the audience’s eyes.

Esther Zabinski, Music and Orchestra Director, leads the talented cast of 29 through the beautiful and sophisticated musical score.

“The Secret Garden features Deirdre Pedersen of Westborough as Mary Lennox; Johnny Fullerton of Mansfield as Archibald Craven; Katie Beckvold of Abington as Lily Craven; Andrew Purdy of Franklin as Colin Craven; Sarra Forti of Middleboro as Martha; Sean Neary of Mansfield as Dr. Neville Craven; Ryan Larkin of Mansfield as Dickon; Olivia Losiewicz of Mansfield as Mrs. Medlock; and Corey Cadigan of West Bridgewater as Ben Weatherstaff.

Completing the talented cast are:

From Foxboro: Jonah Philibert (Fakir), Erin Van Dell (Mrs. Shelly)

From Mansfield: Katie Armstrong (Alice), Michaela Buccini (Mrs. Winthrop), Alex Fullerton (Lt. Wright), Lloyd Hewitt (Capt. Albert Lennox), Abbey Johnston (Claire Holmes), Logan Marks (Major Holmes) and Kelly Newton (Rose Lennox)

From Needham: Sara Curtin (ensemble), Erin Lipman (ensemble), Ava Marinelli (ensemble), and Kate Oetheimer (ensemble)

From Norfolk: Sarah Gibson (Ayah), Julie Lugten (ensemble), and Emily Walsh (ensemble)

From North Easton: Tim Andrew (Major Shelly)

From Norton: Elizabeth Riley (ensemble) and Abigail Sitte (ensemble)

From Westwood: Marybeth Hogan (ensemble)

Performances will be held at The Orpheum Theatre, Foxboro and are recommended for audiences age 8 and older. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors and students and may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or order online at and search for “The Secret Garden”. For Un-Common member or group sales please call The Un-Common Theatre Co. at (508) 698-3098.

For school groups, the Un-Common Theatre Company is offering a special school performance on Friday, April 1 at 9:30 am. Tickets are $10 each which gives schools a remarkable deal for the quality of this fully orchestrated theatrical production. To make reservations for this special offer, call Nancy at (508) 261-9892.

The Un-Common Theatre Co. is currently in its 31st season of providing a safe, exciting and creative place for children and adolescents to develop life skills through exposure to the professional theatrical experience. For more information on the Un-Common Theatre Co. and “The Secret Garden” please visit their website at

Un-Common Theatre Co announces a new date for the Improv Soup March Show.

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The show will be held on Friday March 11th at 7.30pm at the Burrell School Auditorium.

Improv Soup, the Un-Common Theatre Co.’s improvisational comedy troupe, is made up of teenagers from all over southeastern Massachusetts. Improv Soup was started in 1998 by Christa Crewdson, who remains the Soup director to this very day.

The Soupians perform one Friday a month at 7:30 P.M. at the Burrell School Auditorium, 16 Morse St. in Foxboro, Ma. Tickets to a night of fabulous improvisational comedy cost a mere three bucks for students and seniors and five bucks for adults!

This year’s Troupe consists of:

From Foxboro, Ma: Tyler Appel and Jonah Philibert

From Mansfield, Ma: Michaela Driscoll, Ashley Goverman, Lloyd Hewitt, Emily Levine, Eric Pederson, Catherine Saba, McKenzie Shea and Sarah Shear

From Sharon, Ma: David Getz, Rachel Kopel, Josh Levitt and Ethan Parets.

From Weston, Ma: Maisy Halloran

The remaining dates for the 2010-11 Season of Shows are:

April 29th, 2011

May 20th, 2011

June 17th, 2011

For more information check the website at or call (508)698-3098

Summer Drama Program Leader Boys & Girls Club of Worcester (MA)

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester seeks a qualified instructor for our summer day program 2011. Successful applicant will be trained and experienced in techniques of child drama that emphasize the development of the whole person — intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially — through improvisation and other imaginative, interactive exercises. Minimum requirement: Bachelor’s degree with emphasis on theatre and/or theatre education. Master’s degree preferred.
BEGINNERS –Ages 8-12 [9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., July 18 – 29, 2011 – Two Weeks]
Basic exploration of resources—voice, speech, movement, imagination, communication—culminating in a showcase presentation at end of session.
TEENS –Ages 12-18. [9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., August 1 - 19, 2011 – Three Weeks]
Improvisation, characterization, memorization, communication applied to a theatrical production at end of session.
The curriculum and showcase presentations may either be based on scripts or created by the student ensemble, at teacher’s discretion.
Technical support (set building, sound, lights) will be provided by qualified volunteer. One classroom assistant is also provided.
Stipend– $3,500 for entire program (about 100 hours total).
The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants must complete a multi-state criminal background check. Bilingual candidates are preferred.
Send resumes to Katie Roy no later than April 15, 2011
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
65 Tainter St., Worcester, MA 01610

ATTENTION Middle and High Schools Pioneer Drama Service Offers Grants

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Because Pioneer Drama Service believes so strongly in the power of theatre to make a difference in a student’s life, we are awarding a total of $5,000 of grants in the form of Pioneer Drama Service credit. Qualifying middle and high schools may apply for a grant consisting of a credit in the amount of $100 to $500.  This grant is intended to strengthen or create a sustainable drama experience for students in a school and must be used to stage at least one theatrical production during the 2011-12 school year.


  • Grants are available to accredited public or private schools in the US and Canada.
  • The majority of participants must be of middle or high school age.
  • Applicants must have a designated faculty member sponsor for their theatre program.
  • The drama program must receive $500 or less annually from the school or district. Schools with no prior drama program are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants may request an amount between $100 and $500 to be used toward the production of a play or musical. Additionally, these funds may be requested for other Pioneer Drama Service resources, such as texts, instructional DVDs or makeup.
  • All material purchased with grant funds is to remain school property and not the personal property of the faculty sponsor or administrator.
  • Mail a cover letter with three copies of the application, postmarked by June 30, 2011.
  • A performance must be staged and all funds used by June 15, 2012.
  • Grant recipients must write a follow-up report and submit digital photos as well as a copy of the performance program by June 30, 2012.

How to Apply: Go to the website for complete information and an application.

Deadline:  June 30, 2011

Maximum Award:  $500 credit at Pioneer Drama Service

Number of Awards: Varies

Effective:  August 15, 2011 through June 15, 2012 (2011-12 school year)

More Information: Steven Fendrich, Publisher, Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.,

PO Box 4267, Englewood, Colorado 80155-4267  Ph: 800-333-7262  Fx: 303-779-4315 Email:


University of New Hampshire Summer Day Camps

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Registrations begin March 1 for UNH’s 2011 Theatre & Dance Day Camps. These programs offer training in creative arts, theatre, movement, production, performance and dance. The skilled and experienced instructors have theatre and education degrees and/or are state certified to teach grades 3-12. They provide a supportive atmosphere in which talents and creativity are encouraged.
Primary Drama Camp

July 11-15 • Entering grades 3-5 • 8:30AM-4:30PM • $245
This production is based on the NH Children’s Library 2011 summer reading theme, “One World, Many Stories.” Through drama, music, movement and art, primary students showcase their natural acting impulses. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to enroll. A showcase is performed for families and friends on July 15, at 3:00 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre. Free tickets for the final performance will be available; the total number for each student’s guests is subject to enrollment size. Enrollment: 12-25. Registration is due by June 20.
Junior Acting & Playwriting Camp
July 11-15 • Entering grades 6-8 • 8:30AM-4:30PM • $250
The play’s the thing… This is our most creative camp! Students and director explore a central theme and create characters, scenes and situations that make up an original (often hysterical) production. Students create monologues, scenes, even movement and dance to add to the piece. A performance showcase is presented for families and friends on July 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre. Free tickets for the final performance will be available; the total number for each student’s guests is subject to enrollment size. Enrollment: 12-16 students. Registration is due by June 20.
Junior Musical Theatre Camp
August 8-19 • 2-week Series • Entering grades 6-8 • 8:30AM-4:30PM • $375
During this 2-week series, students receive musical theatre training in performance and production. The series concludes with a performance of a musical production. Focus is placed on technique in music, acting, and choreography. Musical theatre classes incorporate character development, movement, choreography, scene study and singing. Students are exposed to the audition process on the first day and everyone is cast as a singer, dancer and/or actor. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to enroll. The final performance is presented for families and friends on August 19, at 4:00 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre. Free tickets for the performance will be available; the total number for each student’s guests is subject to enrollment size. Enrollment: 18-30. Registration is due by July 18.
Advanced Drama Academy
August 8-19 • 2-week Series

Entering grades 9-12 • 8:30AM-4:30PM • $395 for 2 weeks or $200 for 1 week.
This two week drama intensive focuses on all aspects of the dramatic arts. Students will participate in acting, voice, movement, elements of design, stage combat, choreography and audition techniques in small group sessions. Students may enroll for one or both weeks. There will be a student showcase on August 19 at 7:00 p.m. which will feature selected performances or designs chosen by each student. Enrollment: 18-30. Registration is due by July 18.
Dance Intensives

July 18-29 • 2-week Series • 8:30AM-1:30PM • $300
JUNIOR DANCE INTENSIVE • entering grades 5-8
SENIOR DANCE INTENSIVE • entering grades 9-12
So, we think you can dance! Dancers in grades 5-12 are invited to participate in our popular Dance Intensive Summer Series. This unique program, offering an array of dance disciplines and styles, will be taught by skilled dance professionals, including faculty, alumni and students from the acclaimed UNH Dance program. For two weeks, students will study many different dance forms and receive 45 hours of inspiring classes, improving their technique in all genres: ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip hop, aerial, contemporary, modern and partnering. Junior Prerequisite: Formal dance training of 3-5 consecutive years is recommended; beginners with at least one year of dance will also be welcomed. Senior Prerequisite: Formal dance training of 5-8 consecutive years is recommended; more advance dancers and those experienced in stage performance and/or dance competition will also be welcomed. Registration is due by June 27.
Aerial Dance Intensive
July 11-15 • 1-week Series • 9:00AM-11:00AM • $150
JUNIOR AERIAL INTENSIVE • entering grades 5-8
SENIOR AERIAL INTENSIVE • entering grades 9-12
For students who wish to explore the exciting genre of aerial arts in depth, this week-long intensive focuses on the technique, vocabulary, safety and the unique structure of aerial dance. Enrollment: 12-20 students. Registration is due by June 20.
ENROLLMENT • CANCELLATIONS • REFUNDS: Registration begins March 1, 2011 and is due 3 weeks prior to each camp’s start date. Full tuition is due with the registration form. After the registration due date, tuition is nonrefundable. Programs fill quickly and students are often placed on a waiting list; however, in the unlikely event that the minimum enrollment is not met by the registration due date, students will be contacted about camp cancellation and a full refund will be mailed. If the enrollment minimum has been filled by the due date, and the class is not yet full, then students will be enrolled until the first class date, as space allows. After the registration deadline, confirmation and an information packet will be mailed to you.

Contact: To register or to request a brochure, call 603-862-0093 or email

HARWICH WINTER THEATRE presents Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

February 18- March 20, 2011. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM Sundays at 2PM* (except Sunday March 13 at 5PM) The story of the three years in which Buddy Holly became the world’s top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of his greatest hits including “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “Oh Boy”, “Not Fade Away”, “Everyday”, “Rave On”, “Maybe Baby”, “Raining In My Heart”, Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba”, and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” Mary Arnault directs with musical direction by Bob Wilder and choreography by Suzette Hutchinson. For reservations call the Box Office at (508)432-2002 or website Tickets are $25 and $15 for under 21.

Harwich Junior Theatre is located at 105 Division Street, W. Harwich, MA (Cape Cod), 02671. Box office is 508-432-2002, or you may order tickets online at

NETC to Host Regional Community Theatre Festival in Concord NH

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Concord, NH—On March 5, 2011, the best community theater productions from around New England will meet in the Concord City Auditorium in Concord, NH, for the bi-annual Regional Community Festival. This event will showcase the best productions selected from state level competition. They will compete for the right to represent New England in the National Festival to be held in Rochester, NY this coming June.

Concord’s resident community theater, the Community Players are hosting this event in the beautiful and historic Concord City Auditorium.

The Bear, an one-act comedy by Anton Chekhov, will be performed by Arlekin Productions of Newton, MA, one of the organizations representing the Bay State. The Wellesley Players, who were selected to represent the New England during the last cycle in 2008, will perform the well- loved comedy/drama, Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling.

Milford Area Players of Milford, NH will perform an adaptation of George Orwell’s thought- provoking Animal Farm. The other group representing the Granite State is M+M Productions, who will be performing the searing true-to -life drama of a New Hampshire native involved in the Civil Rights struggle in the Deep South, titled Six Nights in the Black Belt, by Lowell Williams.

The Center Theatre of Dover-Foxcroft, ME, will be performing another eagerly anticipated original script exploring sexuality titled The Fag Variations.

There is clearly an excellent cross section of theater from comedy to drama. Each one-act show will be sure to please any audience.

Each show will be adjudicated by a panel of three theater professionals from around the region. Carol Nesbitt founder of Sandwich, NH, Kelly Morgan faculty member of Dean College Franklin, MA,,and Joan Fuess of Albany, NY.

There will be two performance session each containing multiple shows. The curtain rises on the first session at 9am and the 2nd session will begin at 1pm.

Tickets for either or both sessions will be available at the door. Each session will be $15 or $24 for both sessions.

The Concord City Auditorium is located at the junction of Prince and Green Streets in Concord, NH.

For more information call Chuck Emmons at 603-891-0734 or contact via e-mail at

Harwich Junior Theatre Winter Classes

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Harwich Junior Theatre, Harwich, MA, is accepting enrollment for winter classes! Open House on Saturday, January 29 from 10 AM – Noon at the theatre! Call 508-432-2002 x 12 for more information, or visit the theatre’s website at

Advertise with New England Regional Festival

Monday, January 24th, 2011

The  2011 New England Regional Festival  ( NERF),  an exciting festival of theater workshops and performances from around the region , is scheduled for March 4-6, in Concord , NH,.  Space for display ads in its program is available.

Your ad will be seen by theatre fans and participants from all across New England.  What an excellent opportunity to advertise your products and services to an enthusiastic theater audience!


Price                        Approximate Size

Back or Inside covers (front or back page):                            $200                               4.75” x 7.75”

Entire (full) page:                                                                 $100                               4.75” x 7.75”

Half page:                                                                             $ 60                               4.75” x 3.9”

1/4 page (business card size):                                          $ 35                               4.75” x 2.0”

Preferred mode of submission –

Electronic .EPS, .JPG, or  .TIF file

This is the preferred format since we can drop the ad directly into our page layout program.  This method provides high quality reproduction.

The next three formats may be submitted in any combination to form your ad.  Readability of your ad may be affected by the quality of your submission.

Camera-ready photostat

Word-processed copy

Business card, Letterhead, or other identity piece

(Please note that printed pieces with Screened images (dots) do not reproduce well.)

Deadline for submissionFebruary 18, 2011.

Send electronic files of copy to  .

Mail check made payable to New England Theatre Conference:

215 Knob Hill Drive

Hamden, Connecticut

Need more info? Contact Chuck at or 603-891-0734.

Thank you for your support!

NH NETC Board Members Featured in SPOTLIGHT

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Subscribers tot the AACT newsletter Spotlight will want to check out the coverage of the New Hampshire state festival in Milford, NH, in September.  Photos of Board members Patricia White and Bevie Lord appear on 33 of the January/February edition of Spotlight,