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Theatre Under the Stars Unveils New “Families First Fun Faire”

Waterville Valley, NH --For its 12th season the Theatre Under the Stars is unveiling the Families First Fun Faire to August 26th in Plymouth and Waterville Valley, NH. Featuring invited acting troupes that work with, are made up of and run by young people, all of the Main Stage shows are “pay what you can” in tribute to the US military. The award-winning New York Times and Boston Globe featured, community-centric theatre is doing something different: In answer to the growing need of local and visiting families:
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Aug 17-20 is the hysterical “Interactive Compleat Works of Wm Shakespeare Abridged” where 3 actresses from the “Valley Girls” troupe at UMass-Amherst play all of the characters in all of Shakespeare’s works in under 70 minutes. Thursday Aug 17th in Plymouth at the Greene St Amphitheatre (across from the Farmers Market at the Senior Center). Fri and Sat Aug 19 and 20 in Waterville Valley at the Women of Grace Amphitheatre, at the base of Gazebo Hill behind the Town Square Ice Arena (Rain: Upper Floor, Town Square).

Aug 24-26 the FREE FAMILY FUN FAIRE concludes with the Young People’s Players--a troupe of 5-18 year old kids-- in a revival of the hysterical original show, "Half Baked Hamlet". Thursday Aug 24th in Plymouth at the Greene St Amphitheatre (across from the Farmers Market at the Senior Center). Fri and Sat Aug 25 and 26 in Waterville Valley at the Women of Grace Amphitheatre, at the base of Gazebo Hill behind the Town Square Ice Arena (Rain: Upper Floor, Town Square).

The Free Family Fun Faire will also feature free Sugar-Coated Shakespeare Matinee performances under the center tent in Waterville Valley’s Town Square every Saturday at 2:30 pm (Aug 12, 19, 26), impromptu Strolling Players performances in and around Main Street Plymouth (Aug 17, 24) and WV Town Square every Friday and Saturday (Aug 11-26), special visits with famous fairy tale characters in WV Town Square and a KID VID FEST on Saturday Aug 26th in Waterville Valley, featuring films made by kids for kids. 

Headlining the shows this year are some familiar and talented faces that have grown up on the Theatre Under The Stars’ stages. Coming on board as Festival Director is Devon Lachapelle, who has been with the company since its very first year (2006). During her time growing up with the company, she was an original member of Young People Players and went on to direct two YPP shows. After receiving her BFA in Film from the prestigious Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Devon has lead the Film Week at the theatre’s CAN DO YOUTH THEATRE CAMPS since they began and will do so again this year. She stars in 2 of the Main Stage shows and co-directs “Half-Baked Hamlet”. The FUN FAIRE’s newly anointed Festival Manager is Shannon Nelson-Maney, a veteran of many productions with TUTS since 2009. Shannon is a sophomore in the Theatre Department at UMASS Amherst where she starred in one of their Main Stage shows this past year. She brings her “Valley Girls” troupe to the Main Stage for “The Interactive Compleat Works” in which she acts and directs, as well as co-directing “Half-Baked Hamlet” and leading the THEATRE WEEK portion of the theatre’s CAN DO YOUTH THEATRE CAMPS. A new face to the company is “Valley Girls” founding member Allyson Waddell, a rising star at UMass Amherst, who has starred in many productions in her young life! She performs in “The Interactive Compleat Works”.

All FAMILY FUN FAIRE shows are G or PG, 60-75 minutes long, with 6pm house open, 630pm show start. For all shows-- general admission seating. House opens at 6pm, curtain at 6:30pm. Indoor spaces means rain or shine! (There are a limited number of chairs for rent at the Waterville Valley site and some concessions available)

Take a beverage of your choice, pack a picnic, bring a blanket, cushion or camp chair and come out to see award-winning low or no cost family-friendly fare that “puts the shake back in Shakespeare” while honoring our troops (past and present). For more info (including show descriptions and schedule) call 603-368 7824 or go to www.shakespeareinthevalley.com.