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Jul 23, 2019








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Companies around the state are putting effort into producing new or lesser-known shows. For something a bit smaller, the Community Players of Concord present Jim Webber’s Dancing Among the Wildflowers on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road, Concord, Tickets are $16.50. For something more free-form, Working Title Productions presents the Granite State Playwright’s Workshop on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m., also at the Hatbox, which is inspired by the 24-hour theater festivals and brings together actors, directors and playwrights to rehearse original, new plays over the course of a weekend and perform them Sunday. The kids are doing newer, quirkier pieces, too. The Community Players of Concord’s Children’s Theatre Project puts on Shining Princess of the Slender Bamboo on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord; tickets are $13. After their performance of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Oct. 14 through Oct. 23, at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua, the Peacock Players perform Aida with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, Nov. 11 through Nov. 20, also at the Janice B. Streeter Theater. Visit for ticket information.

Stage Shows


32. The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, kicks off its mainstage 2016-2017 season with Sister Act, based on the movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, running Sept. 9 through Oct. 1. The show, with book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, lyrics by Glenn Slater and music by Tony- and Oscar-winner Alan Menken, tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life is turned upside down after witnessing a crime. Cops hide her in the last place anyone would look: a convent. Tickets are $25 to $45. The other big mainstage show this fall is The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which runs Oct. 21 through Nov. 12.

33. New Hampshire theaters come together on Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, for the 45th Annual New Hampshire Community Theatre Association Festival. The event is a day of short plays by local community theater groups. The Community Players of Concord performs Dancing Among the Wildflowers by David Preece; the Nashua Actorsingers performs Gloria in Excelsior by Joel Iwaskiewicz; the Windham Actors’ Guild will perform The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeleine George; the Nashua Theatre Guild performs Used Car for Sale by Lewis John Carlino, and Bedford Off Broadway performs Derek’s Song by Kim Cassette and Larry Pizza. An all-day pass is $20, available at the Audi box office. Call 891-0734.
34. Theatre KAPOW presents an irreverent remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner’s play Stupid F—king Bird, at the Derry Opera House, 64 E. Broadway, Derry, with shows Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. It contains Chekhov’s story of love, art and a hapless bird but gets a contemporary face, following a battle between young and old on a country estate. The show is recommended for audiences ages 14 and older. It is directed by Matt Cahoon and stars Tomer Oz, Mark Marshall, Carey Cahoon, Emily Karel, Deirdre Hickok Bridge, Wayne Asbury and Peter Josephson. Tickets are $20. Visit
35. The Milford Area Players presents Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan this fall at the Amato Center for the Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, with showtimes Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. The play, directed by Vicky Sandin, takes place in 1972, after Nixon ended the Vietnam War, achieved diplomatic breakthroughs with Russia and China and was on the brink of a landslide re-election — until he decided to cover up a third-rate burglary, which turned into one of the largest scandals in American history. The production is a dramatic recreation of the interviews English entertainer David Frost conducted with Nixon in 1976, which took place over a month, blending history, journalism and entertainment. Visit for more information and ticket prices.
36. The Nashua Actorsingers bring viewers back to times of big bands, big guitar solos and big hair with Rock of Ages, with book by Chris D’Arienzo, which features hits from bands like Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and Twisted Sister, and songs like “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “The Final Countdown,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The show, directed by Paul Metzger and musically directed by Amanda Morgan, happens at the Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua, on Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available later this season; visit
37. The Broadway tour of the cult classic Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical Rent by Jonathan Larson stops at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., to celebrate 20 years since its inception. The play follows a group of friends and artists struggling to make a home in the East Village of New York in the early 1990s in the midst of the AIDS epidemic. It features iconic songs like “Seasons of Love,” “Light My Candle,” “I’ll Cover You” and “Goodbye Love.” Tickets are $35 to $100. Visit or call 225-1111.
38. The Community Players of Concord present Once On This Island Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. The show, directed by Bryan Halperin and with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, tells the story of Ti Moune, a poor island girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. It’s an Olivier Award-winning musical with Calypso-inspired music, dancing and a message about how arbitrary differences often divide humans unnecessarily. Tickets are $20. Visit 

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