Articles for February, 2011

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