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NHTP Winter Newsletter

January 07, 2020

2019-2020 MainStage

January 10 to January 26, 2020
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm


NHTP starts 2020 with a fresh family favorite packed with laughs, thrills, romance, some singing, and immortal characters like Robin Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian. In this fun new adaptation by comic genius playwright Ken Ludwig, Maid Marian is the real hero leading Robin to fight against the tyrannical government. And wow, is she good with a bow and arrow!  Sherwood tells the enduring story of a hero of the people who takes on the ruthless powers that be. So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two - you won’t want to miss a moment of this fast-paced swashbuckling adventure. 

Sherwood:The Adventures of Robin Hood is made possible thanks to the generous support of our show sponsors Lead Paint Clear & Simple and Wheelabrator Technologies. The NHTP 2019-2020 Season is supported by the NH State Council on the Arts and the NH Charitable Foundation.

We are very pleased to announce we met and surpassed our goal for the Home Improvement Campaign and raised a total of $5,500!  That means over the next three months, we will replace the raggedy banner out on Islington Street with a real sign, invest in some electrical and safety upgrades backstage, and give the lobby a fresh look to make it a more comfortable space for our patrons. Our season theme for 2019-20 is Can one person make a difference?  Please know you do make a difference and your generosity is deeply appreciated.  

NHTP's Elephant-in-the-Room program on the Opioid Crisis Effect on Families, A Wider Circle by Mary-Ellen Hedrick, returned to the Medallion Opera House in Gorham NH in September.  All the panelists from our previous engagement there returned for the discussion with an audience of all ages, including a hundred middle school students. A Wider Circle was also featured in December at the annual Behavorial Health Summit sponsored by the NH Providers Association. Using applied theatre techniques, NHTP actors stayed in character following the reading and joined in the discussion facilitated by Tim Barretto. Additional Elephant-in-the-Room programs will be available for touring in the spring of 2020. (Photo of cast in Manchester, NH Above)

Seacoast Sessions, with host Kathleen Somssich, offers audiences a rare opportunity to see and hear master performing artists in an intimate setting, and with the help of a moderator, learn about their professional histories and how they mastered their craft. 

Sunday, February 2 @ 2:00PM
Accompanied by Jim Dozet on Guitar


A variety of workshops and masterclasses for all ages are available at NHTP starting in January. Full details of cost, dates, and times are available online at www.nhtheatreproject.org. Scholarships and other financial assistance are available.

The acclaimed NHTP Youth Repertory Companies which offered performance opportunities for youth for over two decades has expanded into Theatremakers, a performance training course that engages with groups of young people, teaching them to make contemporary performance while considering the world around them. Theatremakers, led by Meghann Beauchamp and Robin Fowler, will use Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland as a jumping-off point for theatre games and scene study.
 January 27 thru March 2 with a performance on March 6
Ages 7 - 11 meet Mondays 4:00pm - 5.30pm
Ages 12 - 17 meet Wednesdays at 5:00pm - 6:30pm


Adult Comedy Performance Training with Stephanie Lazenby
Our Couch To Mic program has been a huge success with brave new performers taking to the stage in front of a packed theatre. We are bringing the program back this time for a special Valentines Day Show - are you ready to make people laugh?
Tuesdays, 7.00 - 8:30pm
January 14 - February 11, 2020
Open Mic Performance Tuesday, February 11
Fee $150 

This three-hour workshop led by teaching artist, Eric Schildge,  is an exploration of the vocal, physical, and rhetorical elements of the art of persuasion.  Participants will use mindfulness techniques, improvisational exercises, and short scene work to explore how individuals leverage their relationships, reputations, and status to influence one another. 

Open to community members and theatre practitioners, no experience necessary, please wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fee:  $50


 Since 1988, New Hampshire Theatre Project has been providing nurturing professional environments for youth, artists and community members to be inspired and transformed through the art of theatre. NH Theatre Project is located at 959 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 

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