The award-winning New York Times and Boston Globe featured Theatre Under the Stars continues their “no/low cost” 2014 summer season of Governor Commended professional theatre with the wildly popular return of award-winning shows by Young NH Playwrights. “Romeo and What Julie-et” by 12 year old Hannah Gohr and “The Merry Wives of Seuss” by 8th grader Ellie Knight, are both witty “winks” that poke fun at some of Shakespeare’s most popular shows. Performed as a double feature, both short plays are helmed by NYC-based director Jon Peacock, who has lead the NY State Art Camps and worked at a variety of regional theatres across the US including both the Redlands and Southwest Shakespeare Festivals.
Family friendly fun for any age, all of the professional theatre’s 7 different Main Stage shows are offered in tribute to the military men and women fighting for freedom on foreign soil. From Opening Night on Fri July 4th until Closing Night on August 16th, the 7 week season features the first folio (unrehearsed) approach to the musical “Twelfth Night”, the rarely performed “Measure For Measure”, The Young Playwrights Festival-winning double feature “The Merry Wives of Seuss” and “Romeo and What Julie-et”, the farcically hysterical “A Comedy of Errors”, the laugh-til-your-sides-hurt “audience decides the plot” comedy, “Interactive Dracula”, and the hilariously popular (unrehearsed) “Original Practice Midsummer Night’s Dream” hot off it’s winter seacoast tour where it played to standing ovations. All shows are PG, roughly 75 minutes long, with 6pm house open, 630pm show start.
The no/low cost shows are performed in alternating repertory by three different professional acting companies featuring performers from all over the country. Season Schedule: Every Friday and Saturday night from July 4th- Aug 16th they can be found in their Waterville Valley theatre site, on Gazebo Hill behind the WV Ice Arena. Starting on July 8th-Aug 14th the troupe’s popular “tent tours” travel every week to the following towns: Every Tuesday (7/8-8/12) at the Main St Gazebo Park in Bethlehem, every Wednesday (7/9-8/13) at Manchester’s Jewish Federation on Beech St ($5 tix) and every Thursday (7/10-8/14) at the Greene St Ampitheatre (across from the Sr Ctr) in Plymouth.
The ONLY New Hampshire youth theatre program to receive a Governor’s Commendation for excellence, the theatre’s popular low cost youth theatre day camps also return in 2 different NH towns, In Bethlehem NH: Mon July 7th-Fri July 11th, register thru July 2nd through the Bethlehem Recreation Dept. (firstname.lastname@example.org 603 869-3351 ext 19). In Waterville Valley: Mon Aug 4th-Sat 16th, register thru July 28th (email@example.com 603 726 0098).
All venues have indoor space, so ALL shows at ALL 4 different performance sites are rain or shine. Pack a picnic and a BYO beverage, grab a blanket, cushion or camp chair and come on out to see some award-winning free family-friendly fare while honoring our troops (past and present). For more info (including specific shows each night) call 603-726-0098 or go to www.shakespeareinthevalley.com.