The Hippo


Jul 16, 2019








Shawn Zappala, David Sheehy, Jason Roy and Elizabeth Barrington in the fall 2016 community theater production of The Wizard of Oz by One Light Theatre. Courtesy photo.

Other summer productions

Shows are at the Tilton School, and tickets are $22, except for the Schoolhouse Rock (which costs $10)
Big Fish Friday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 2, at 2 p.m.
The 39 Steps Friday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 9, at 2 p.m.; Saturday July 15, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m.
Schoolhouse Rock! Friday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m.
Moon Over Buffalo Friday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 23, at 2 p.m.; Friday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m.
Next to Normal Friday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m.
One Light Theatre revue
Where: Tilton School’s Hamilton Hall, 30 School St., Tilton
When: Saturday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 
Contact:, 848-7979

Introducing One Light Theatre
New company in Tilton kicks off this weekend

By Kelly Sennott

 Bristol resident Jason Roy wants to create a sanctuary for kids with his new company, One Light Theatre.

“The first place I felt 100 percent welcome to be myself was in the world of the performing arts,” said Roy, co-executive director and artistic director of the company. “It’s important to me I’m able to provide youth with that same feeling, that same security, that I was lucky enough to have.”
The aim of the Tilton-based theater is to provide family-style and cutting-edge productions to the Lakes Region, starting with a musical revue Saturday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m., at Tilton School’s Hamilton Hall. Visitors can meet the cast and creative team, win door prizes and check out solo and group performances by the inaugural summer company, made up of professional artists and community members.
After that, One Light Theatre kicks into high gear with a full season of shows, including Big Fish (June 30-July 2), The 39 Steps (July 7-16),  Moon Over Buffalo (July 21 to July 30) and Next to Normal (Aug. 5 to Aug. 7). In addition, it hosts a summer camp that culminates with Schoolhouse Rock! (July 14).
Roy met his partner, co-executive director and program manager David Sheehy, while working on Winnisquam Regional High School’s spring 2016 production, Into the Woods. They were a good team, and through their discussions, they realized they both love theater that tackles tough subjects. 
“We realized there aren’t a lot of theater companies in our area doing that,” said Roy, who also felt moved by the Winnisquam kids. “The students inspired me in a way I haven’t been inspired before, and I could see there were many who could benefit from the same kind of guidance and support I was granted as a child. My goal is to be able to provide that to them.”
To gauge local interest in the prospective company, the pair produced a community production of Beauty and the Beast last summer, drawing more than 100 participants, followed by The Wizard of Oz in the fall. Even though both work full-time jobs — Sheehy as a math teacher, Roy for a local nursing home — they saw there was enough passion between them and eagerness for community theater in the Lakes Region to make One Light Theatre work.
“People were definitely intrigued, and once we started announcing the shows of the season, there was a lot of excitement, especially when we announced … Next to Normal, which is not often done … around here. It’s a beautiful piece and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama,” said Ashley Hanson, One Light Theatre’s marketing director, who will also direct Next to Normal. “People are excited to see faces they recognize on stage as well as professionals they might not be familiar with.”
Auditions for six professional resident artist slots happened this spring and were filled by New Hampshire natives Owen Thomas, Olivia Martinson, Kay Foster, Jack Harding, Heather Hunt and Matthew McGinnis. These paid positions involve performances in most all this season’s shows, sometimes alongside community members depending on the play’s size. Everything — rehearsals, camps, performances — happens at the Tilton School, which seats 200.
“We knew we wanted to do summer stock theater, and that in order to do that successfully, we’d have to have some sort of a theater and have full access to actors,” Roy said. “We designed a business plan and budget for the summer and set out to meet with five local theaters.”
Tilton School offered not only space, but the opportunity to use school resources and build partnerships in terms of educational programming. After the last production in August, the plan is to apply for a 501(c)(3) and prep for two more community theater shows this fall and winter.
For all involved, Roy especially, it’s a passion project; some weeks this season will involve 16-hour days, but he’s seeing equal devotion from the Tilton area, with support from volunteers, local donors and businesses. 

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