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Apr 24, 2019








One of the biggest nights of theater this winter will be the New Hampshire Theatre Awards. P.T. Sullivan photo.

6 events on stage
Year of Awesome 2016

By Kelly Sennott

Now that the holidays are over, local theater companies are free to jump into the new year with lesser-seen work, including quite a few New Hampshire premieres. Here’s a small taste of what you can expect this winter and early spring.

First on the list of locally-written shows is the Leddy Center for the Performing Arts’ (38 C Ladd’s Lane, Epping, 679-2781, Candid Candidate by Donald Tongue of Londonderry, which happens Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. The story is topical, revolving around two candidates, Bob Roberts and John McCoy, who emerge as the winners of the Iowa Caucuses and eagerly head east for the next round in the presidential election season — the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary — until an unscripted candid moment leaves them fighting for political survival. The show features Chris Demers, Deirdre Hickok Bridge, Larry Pizza, Jane Paradis-Button, Jackie Coffin, Aaron Compagna, Jake Lamontagne and Christina Kostoulakos. Tickets are $20, available online, by calling or at the door.
The 14th Annual New Hampshire Theatre Awards — i.e., the Tony Awards for the Granite State — is at the Capitol Center for the Arts, (44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. Special award winners include Elaine and Bruce Gatchell of the Leddy Center for the Performing Arts (Francis Grover Cleveland Award for Lifetime Achievement); Shelly Hudson (“Matty” Award for Vision and Tenacity); and Palace Youth Theatre (Children’s and Youth Theatre Award). The rest of the awards — Best Actor, Best Costume Designer, Best Director, Best Musical, etc. — will be announced the night of the event, during which attendees will sport award-worthy garb. Visit for updates, including nominees.
The Community Players of Concord has Calendar Girls by Tim Firth, directed by Steve Lajoie, on its schedule for Friday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. This show is The Full Monty for women, centering around  two friends, Annie and Chris, who want to raise money for a new settee for a local hospital waiting room. They decide to do this by persuading four friends to pose nude with them for an “alternative calendar” with a little help from the hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. Before they know it, word spreads, and soon crowds of press descend on the small English village. Tickets are $14 to $16. Visit
This winter and spring also mean a host of Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester,, 668-5588) premieres for its mainstage season. First up is Nunsense A-Men, which hits the stage Jan. 22 through Feb. 13, and afterward is Rock of Ages, which runs from March 4 through March 26. Mainstage tickets are $25 to $45.
Theatre KAPOW’s winter show is Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones, and it’s at the Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. The show is an Olivier Award-winning play that tells of a movie location shoot in Ireland. Two actors, Rich Hurley and Peter Josephson, will play 15 roles. Tickets are $20; visit
The New Hampshire Theatre Factory also produces an original play, Lost in Wonderland, with music, book and lyrics by Joel Mercier. The show is a musical adaptation of the famous Wonderland books and will be performed by New Hampshire Theatre Factory youth (the company’s Stage Setters) at the Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry, on Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 26, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Visit 

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