An Evening of Big Band Swing at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse!

freesebrothersPut on your dancing shoes and step back in time for an elegant evening reminiscent of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, as the Winnipesaukee Playhouse is transformed into a ballroom for a night of Big Band music, dancing, and delectable refreshments to benefit a local charitable causes. Continue reading

“Winni” Playhouse is Ready for an Exciting Summer Season

 

Visitors enjoy a performance at "Busker Alley," the Winnipesaukee Playhouse's outdoor amphitheater.

Patrons enjoy a pre-show performance at “Busker Alley,” the Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s outdoor amphitheater.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is gearing up for a great second season at its new campus in Meredith, NH, where the well-respected non-profit organization plans to offer its professional summer lineup, as well as educational programs, youth camps, and community productions for Lakes Region locals and visitors alike!

The Playhouse’s five-show professional season begins June 25th with The Foreigner by Larry Shue, “a farcical brew of misunderstandings, misconceptions, and mishaps,” followed by The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer adapted by Laura Eason, Any Other Name by George Brant, and Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson. Continue reading

Winnipesaukee Playhouse Enjoys Successful First Season in New Home

The new main stage theatre of the Winni Playhouse.

The new main stage theatre of the Winnipesaukee Playhouse.

When the Winnipesaukee Playhouse moved from its small, storefront location in Laconia to its new one-of-a-kind performing arts campus in Meredith this past spring, the directors predicted a small increase in attendance for the first season in their new home. What they got was a show of support that far exceeded their expectations!

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse was founded in 2004, becoming so successful that it soon outgrew its intimate Weirs Beach theatre of 84 seats. With sights set on a bigger venue, the Playhouse assumed ownership of the former Annalee Doll Complex in Meredith in 2008, and put into action a plan to renovate the complex into a “Tanglewood type of setting” for their theatre and workshops. The 11-acre campus now boasts a state-of-the-art main stage theatre, nature trails, an outdoor amphitheater, picnic tables, and plenty of parking. Continue reading

Lakes Region Summer Theatre Still Going Strong

Dan Roach and Amy Prothro in “It Had to be You” at The Barnstormers Theatre.

Although it’s almost time for “back to school,” there’s still a lot of summer still left to enjoy. Summer theatre is a long-standing tradition in the area, and our local Lakes Region playhouses are ending the season in style with top-quality performances that are sure to keep you warm well into fall!

Founded in 1931 by Francis Cleveland, The Barnstormers in Tamworth is one of the longest-running professional summer theatres in the country. The Barnstormers is now one of three Equity theatres in New Hampshire and is the only theatre in the world that maintains the summer theatre tradition of eight plays in eight weeks. During July and August, the theatre features plays that are considered the “gems of American and British theatre.” This weekend, guests can catch the final performances of the madcap comedy, It Had To Be You, which runs until August 18. Next week is the last show of the season—Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, running August 21-25. “The Foreigner is an amazing play that incorporates comedy, drama, farce and a hint of darkness,” says Artistic Director Bob Shea. Continue reading

Construction of Winni Playhouse’s New Campus Well Underway

Artist's rendering of the Winni Playhouse's new main stage theatre at the Meredith Campus.

After nearly two years of planning and fundraising, the new theatre at the Meredith Campus of the Winnipesaukee Playhouse is on its way to becoming a reality. Construction on the new building, which will house the main stage theatre, began in the spring and is moving along without any delays this summer, bringing the entire campus project well past its halfway point.

The “Winni” Playhouse was founded in 2004, becoming so successful that it soon outgrew its current location, an intimate Weirs Beach storefront that seats 84. With sights set on a bigger venue, the Playhouse assumed ownership of the former Annalee Doll Complex on Reservoir Road in Meredith in 2008, and put into action a three-phase plan to renovate the complex into a “Tanglewood type of setting” for their theatre and workshops. Continue reading

Meredith Celebrates Summer with Arts Alive!

Although the spring season was a little slow-blooming this year, summer is just around the corner, and the Lakes Region will soon be bustling with vacationers and families enjoying all that New Hampshire has to offer.  Meredith Village is getting in on the action a little early, with an event that gives visitors and locals alike a preview of some of the exciting activities that are available nearby—Arts Alive!

On Saturday, June 4th from 1 – 3 p.m., The Mill Falls Marketplace will host Arts Alive!  This mini festival will feature performances and presentations by local arts, nature, and entertainment specialists, including The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and Mr. Phil the magician.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is planning to offer drop-in drama classes for kids and quick theater games to give children and their parents a taste of what the Playhouse offers for families.  The performers will also give a brief presentation of select songs from their Fall 2010 musical, Really Rosie, as well as excerpts from the Shel Silverstein April Vacation Camp.  Kate Wisnioski, Education Director at the Playhouse, will be on hand to answer questions about classes, workshops, youth theatre productions, and summer camp.  She will also have information about their upcoming Pirates and Princesses of Winnipesaukee event, as well as the Playhouse’s professional summer season and summer theatre camp.

Beth Moore, one of the educators at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, will have some small animals that people can see up close, including bats, minks, and turtles.  She will also have props, such as pelts and bones, to help people learn about and better understand animals.  According to their website, the mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (SLNSC) is “to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world.”  The Center’s presentations are a fun way to connect with nature and learn a little along the way!

For a little magic, don’t miss Mr. Phil.  This popular NH magician will be at the Marketplace dazzling folks of all ages with his tricks and stories.  Mr. Phil has been performing since he was twelve, and since then, he has combined his experiences of being a camp counselor, Clown Camp, Early Childhood Education training, and working in a daycare to fine-tune his art.  Mr. Phil creates “magical mayhem” by mixing the art of magic with storytelling, along with a bit of o?-beat comedy.  Could there be a little balloon magic here, too?

The weekend is looking great!  What better way to spend it than by Lake Winnipesaukee with some fun activities for the whole family in beautiful Meredith Village?  Kick-start your summer with Arts Alive!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Kids Photo courtesy of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse
Mink Photo by  Peter G. Trimming at Flickr.com

The Winni Playhouse is Moving to Meredith!

Audience members enjoy strolling the grounds before a performance at the proposed main stage theatre in Meredith

Audience members enjoy strolling the grounds before a performance at the proposed main stage theatre in Meredith

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, founded in 2004 by siblings Lesley Pankhurst and Bryan Halperin along with their spouses, has followed a vision of bringing quality entertainment and arts education to The Lakes Region, and has quickly become a cultural destination in New Hampshire.  In fact, the Playhouse has been so successful it has outgrown its current location in Weirs Beach and is setting its sights on a new state-of-the-art venue in Meredith, NH.

Since its very first show, The “Winni” Playhouse has garnered community support and critical acclaim for its award-winning productions and educational programs, and for providing year-round opportunities for locals and visitors alike.  The current intimate Off-Broadway style theatre, which seats 84, is no longer able to meet the increasing demand for tickets.

In response, the Playhouse is planning to develop a theatre campus at the former Annalee Doll factory on Reservoir Road in Meredith.  The completed campus will have increased seating capacity in the main theatre, as well as expanded classroom space, administrative offices, lobby, concession, and bathroom facilities.  The plan also includes an outdoor performance space, eating area, and nature trails. Continue reading