Watch as Rob Koch receives the Francis Grover Cleveland Award for Lifetime Achievement

On January 21, 2017, Rob Koch was presented with this year's Francis Grover Cleveland Award for Lifetime Achievement at the  Capitol Center for the Arts during the New Hampshire Theater Awards. This is a video taken live at the event.

Rob has been an actor, director or technical support in both professional and community theatre for more than 50 years. He is a founding member of Actors’ Circle Theatre and is currently their Managing Director and is on the Board of Trustees at the Peterborough Players. He has provided a host of theatrical experiences and has fostered educational initiatives by partnering with other Monadnock region troupes, such as the youth organization, Project Shakespeare. He has appeared at The Peterborough Players in productions of Inherit the Wind and Our Town. Directing credits include The Wizard of Oz, Guys & Dolls, Once Upon a Mattress, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Our Town (the Opera) Technical credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Fully Committed, Mr. Pim Passes By, and As You Like It. Besides ACT, Rob has performed with the Antrim Players, Raylynmor Opera, Granite State Opera, The Milford Area Players, Branch River Theater and The Peterborough Players.

The Francis Grover Cleveland Award for Lifetime Achievement honors an individual(s) who best demonstrates quality, scope, and consistency in their positive influence upon theatre in the state, and was named for the founder of The Barnstormers Summer Theatre, the nation's oldest summer stock theatre company, still operating in Tamworth.

2016 New Hampshire Theatre Awards Nominations and Our Gift To You!

Actors' Circle Theatre is proud to share some great news with you this holiday season! Keep reading for a special gift to you, our beloved audience!

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 The New Hampshire Theatre Awards

On December 19, 2016, the New Hampshire Theatre Awards announced the nominees for the 2016 New Hampshire Theatre season. Actors' Circle Theatre was honored with two performance nominees, both from our ninth annual Shakespeare in the Park performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Chris McCartie, this year's show was a rollicking hit with two performances at Depot Square Park and two standing room only performances in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture.

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Our nominees are Heather McCormack (left) who played Titania, Queen of the Fairies for Best Actress in a Drama/Comedy, and Garrett Zecker (right) for Nick Bottom, the Landscaper for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama/Comedy. Congratulations for securing the top ten spot! Good luck to both of you at the awards ceremony on January 21, 2017 in Concord.

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We are also absolutely ecstatic that our Managing Director, Rob Koch, has been honored to be presented with this year's Francis Grover Cleveland Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Rob has been an actor, director or technical support in both professional and community theatres for more than 50 years. He is a founding member of Actors’ Circle Theatre and is currently their Managing Director and is on the Board of Trustees at the Peterborough Players. He has provided a host of theatrical experiences, and has fostered educational initiatives by partnering with other Monadnock region troupes, such as the youth organization, Project Shakespeare. He has appeared at The Peterborough Players in productions of Inherit the Wind and Our Town. Directing credits include The Wizard of Oz, Guys & Dolls, Once Upon a Mattress, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Our Town (the Opera) Technical credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Fully Committed, Mr. Pim Passes By, and As You Like It. Besides ACT, Rob has performed with the Antrim Players, Raylynmor Opera, Granite State Opera, The Milford Area Players, Branch River Theater and The Peterborough Players.

The Francis Grover Cleveland Award for Lifetime Achievement honors an individual(s) who best demonstrates quality, scope, and consistency in their positive influence upon theatre in the state, and was named for the founder of The Barnstormers Summer Theatre, the nation's oldest summer stock theatre company, still operating in Tamworth.

Our Gift To You – A Midsummer Night's Dream!

This holiday season, we are also proud to present our gift to you: the ability to pull out a blanket, set up a little picnic, turn off all the lights, and enjoy our Shakespeare in the Park 2016 performance online in its entirety. Enjoy, and have a happy, safe, and enjoyable holiday season and new year. Share our link far and wide ( https://youtu.be/zVhAARDE1us ) and cheers to ten years in the park this upcoming 2017 season!

Actors' Circle Theatre
Presents

Our Ninth Annual Shakespeare in the Park

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Directed by Chris McCartie

Live at
Depot Square Park
Peterborough, NH

August 6, 7, 13, and 14th, 2016

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A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:

It is unknown exactly when A Midsummer Night's Dream was written or first performed, but it is usually dated 1595 or early 1596. Some have theorized that the play might have been written for an aristocratic wedding (for example that of Elizabeth Carey, Lady Berkeley), while others suggest that it was written for the Queen to celebrate the feast day of St. John. No concrete evidence exists to support this theory. The writing period can be placed between 1594 and 1596, and it belongs to the early-middle period of the author, when Shakespeare devoted his attention to the lyricism of his works.  It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

This has been a hot summer of politics. The steamy weather has been exacerbated by heated rhetoric highlighting the divisions in our society – those of class and economic inequality, of generation gaps, and of gender. This play written over 400 years ago illustrates and examines those same divisions. It has also been the summer of Pokémon GO. Many seeking escape from the reality of the daily headlines have rediscovered the world around them through the “augmented reality” of a game on their cell phones. As we have been rehearsing in the park we have often been visited by those seeking to find elusive fantastical creatures in the bushes and trees along the riverbanks. How much like the hidden world of Shakespeare’s fairies who steal children, lead night wanderers astray, and bewitch mortal eyes. Many of Shakespeare’s comedies contain the plot device in which the characters leave the setting of the court or the city for the forest. In the green spaces of the woods, away from the rules and strictures of civil society these
characters are free to explore new roles and new ideas and, perhaps, to better understand their true natures. Theatre is another space in which this journey of exploration is possible. Thank you for escaping with us today, to this theatrically augmented reality. Now, please turn off your cell phones.
~ Chris McCartie, Director

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The Cast…

THE HUMANS
“Duke” Theseus, state senator from Athens
Michael Redmond

Hippolyta Queen, Executive V. P. at Amazon 
Mia Moravis

Egeus Philostrate, mother to Hermia 
Wendy Almeida

Hermia, in love with Lysander 
Clare Margand

Helena, in love with Demetrius 
Ruth Linehan

Lysander, in love with Hermia 
Josh Bernard-Kriegl

Demetrius, in love with Hermia 
Bryan Hebert

Nick Bottom, a landscaper 
Garrett Zecker

Petra Quince, a yoga teacher 
Carin Torp

Francis Flute, a carpenter 
Peter Eisenstadter

Snout, a waitress 
Alix Woodford

Snug, a housekeeper 
Alana Korda

Starveling, a preschool teacher 
Sarah Katka

THE FAIRIES

Oberon, King of the Fairies 
Jason Barshevsky

Titania, Queen of the Fairies 
Heather McCormack

Puck (also called Robin Goodfellow) 
Eve Pierce

Peaseblossom 
Brenda Galenus

Mustardseed 
Mia Moravis

Cobweb 
Alexis McCormack

Moth 
Courtney DePoyster


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Filmed on location August 7, 2016 and edited by 
David Teubner

Video Encoding, Titles, Design, and Social Media by
http://www.perpetualimagination.com

Director: Chris McCartie

Producers: Rob Koch, Mia Moravis

Costumes: Jazmine Carroll, Veda Crewe, Cast

Sound Design: Chris McCartie

Custom “Nick Bottom” Head: Ruth Linehan

Props: Chris McCartie

Publicist: Mia Moravis

Poster Design: Garrett Zecker, www.perpetualimagination.com

Print Distribution: Hope Taylor; Cast

Program Design and Layout: David Teubner

Facebook and website: Mia Moravis, Garrett Zecker, Perpetual Imagination www.perpetualimagination.com

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Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for updates, and check out all of our Shakespeare In The Park films available to watch online in their entirety, along with many extra production featurettes and interviews!

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MUSIC (used with permission)
The Guardians – Tom Peters
Fairies’ Lullaby –  Eric Svejcar
Up Above – Letter Box
It's All Happening – Huma Huma

Actors’ Circle Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; Rob Koch, Managing Director.

 

Today’s Final Performance Also at Rain Location!

Sunday, August 14th's Shakespeare in the Park performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be held at our rain location… Today was a tough call because of the early threat of rain, but being dry, safe, and in air conditioning is always a better call when it comes to safety and everyone having fun.

Meet us at….

Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture

It is conveniently located just steps from Depot Square Park, across the street from Harlow's Pub:

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Click here for directions from your location.

The show still begins at 5PM, so plan accordingly and arrive early for preferential seating. Yesterday's performance was mostly full, and today's will also have great attendance!

Can't wait to see you there!

Today’s Shakespeare in the Park at our Rain Location!

Saturday, August 13th's Shakespeare in the Park performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be held at our rain location…

Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture

It is conveniently located just steps from Depot Square Park, across the street from Harlow's Pub:

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Click here for directions from your location.

The show still begins at 5PM, so plan accordingly and arrive early for preferential seating.

Can't wait to see you there!

Shakespeare in the Park 2016

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Join us for our 9th Annual Shakespeare in the Park as Actors' Circle Theatre brings you…

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Directed by Chris McCartie

Four Dates!
August 6, 7, 13, and 14

All Shows at 5PM
And Absolutely Free To The Public!

Bring your selfie-sticks, a picnic and beverages, and family & friends to our modern Shakespearean Peterborough. Be entertained while YOLO (trust us, the grammar is correct) and help us find love, cellular reception, and the Pokemon of the fairy kingdom. Great fun is sure to be had!

The Cast…

  • Theseus – Michael Redmond 

  • Hippolyta – Mia Moravis

  • Egeus – Wendy Almeida

  • Hermia – Clare Margand

  • Helena – Ruth Linehan 

  • Demetrius – Bryan Hebert

  • Lysander – Joshua Bernard-Kriegl

  • Nick Bottom – Garrett Zecker

  • Petra Quince – Carin Torp

  • Francis Flute – Peter Eisenstadter

  • Starveling – Sarah Katka

  • Snug – Alana Korda

  • Snout – Alix Woodford

  • Oberon – Jason Barshevsky

  • Titania – Heather McCormack

  • Puck – Eve Pierce

  • Peaseblossom – Brenda Galenus

  • Mustardseed – Mia Moravis

Announcing the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Today we announced the cast of Shakespeare in the Park 2016!

Presenting our fabulous cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream!

  • Theseus – Michael Redmond 
  • Hippolyta – Mia Moravis
  • Egeus – Wendy Almeida
  • Hermia – Clare Margand
  • Helena – Ruth Linehan 
  • Demetrius – Bryan Hebert
  • Lysander – Joshua Bernard-Kriegl
  • Nick Bottom – Garrett Zecker
  • Petra Quince – Carin Torp
  • Francis Flute – Peter Eisenstadter
  • Starveling – Sarah Katka
  • Snug – Alana Korda
  • Snout – Alix Woodford
  • Oberon – Jason Barshevsky
  • Titania – Heather McCormack
  • Puck – Eve Pierce
  • Peaseblossom – Brenda Galenus
  • Mustardseed – Mia Moravis

Stay tuned for more updates as we begin rehearsals!

Auditions – Schedule Update and Audition Sides Now Available!

Auditions for our 9th annual Shakespeare in the Park production of

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Are coming up soon!

SITP Auditions

*NOTE The Sunday audition has been moved to Monday, May 2 from 7:30-9:30 PM.

 

"Thank you for your interest in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream – we can't wait to see you at auditions"

-Director Chris McCartie

 

Auditions will take place on

MAY 2 and 3, 2016

from

7:30 – 9:30 PM

at

Peterborough Town Library
2 Concord Street
Peterborough, NH

 

  • All roles are available
  • Each person auditioning is asked to prepare one of the listed monologues, but it does not need to be memorized.
  • Auditions will also consist of cold readings from other scenes from the play with other actors.

Audition Sheet (these will also be provided at the auditions)

Audition Sides

RSVP to auditions and follow up to the minute news about auditions by visiting and liking

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AUDITIONS for our 9th Annual Shakespeare in the Park!

Announcing auditions for our 9th annual Shakespeare in the Park….

MidsummerNight

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Directed by Chris McCartie

Auditions will be held at
Peterborough Town Library

on 

May 1 from 3 PM-5 PM 
May 3 from 7:30 PM-9:30 PM

Performances will be held on
August 6, 7, 13, 14 2016

This audition is for all roles. Stay tuned for audition sides, audition sheet, and further information that will be right here in the coming weeks!

Read the script online for free at OPEN SOURCE SHAKESPEARE

Watch the last four Shakespeare in the Park Performances by clicking "watch" above!

Watch Love’s Labour’s Lost on our YouTube Channel Today!

Missed our Shakespeare in the Park production this year? Want to forget about the bleak winter and warm up in the sunny park? Want to relive the great time you had this summer and share it with family and friends?

Have no fear! The film of our August 2 performance has been uploaded to the ACT YouTube Channel, and is available for streaming and sharing right now! After this post, access to this video and all of the others are available on the YouTube Channel, and by clicking "Watch!" on the navigation menu above.

Details about our 2016 Shakespeare in the Park production, A Midsummer Night's Dream will be available soon!

Actors' Circle Theatre Presents

Shakespeare in the Park 2015

Love's Labour's Lost

Filmed Live in HD at Depot Square Park in Peterborough New Hampshire

August 2, 2015



Shakespeare in the Park 2015! Love's Labour's Lost was our Eighth Annual Shakespeare in the Park production, directed by long time ACT member Wendy Almeida. Almeida is bringing her years of stage experience to this new, rollicking production performed at Depot Square Park the first two weekends of August 2015. Our communal summer of love was on August 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 5:00 PM, and audiences brought their electric kool-aid, picnics, and friends to our Shakespearean Be-In. 



Let us entertain you on YouTube while you let your freak-flag fly, baby.



Directed by Wendy Almeida

Produced by Rob Koch and Mia Moravis

Film Production by David Teubner

Sets by Chris McCartie



Video Post-Production, Web, Social Media

and Graphic Design by

Perpetual Imagination

http://www.perpetualimagination.com





CAST



Princess of France – Clare Margand

Rosaline – Heather McCormack

Katherine – Eve Pierce

Maria – Ruth Linehan

Jaquenetta, the Wench – Heather Morrison

Ferdinand, King of Navarre – Garrett Zecker

Biron – Kevin Colarusso

Longaville – Eric Jedd

Dumaine – Jason Barshevsky

Don Adriano de Armado – Bert Torsey

Costard, the Swain – Tyler Strickland

Boyet – Gregory Pratt

Dull, the Constable – Emma Keating

Sir Nathaniel, the Curate – Rob Koch

Holofernes, the Pedant – Ben Wise

Forester & Mercade, the Messenger –

Henry "Hank" Parkhurst

Moth – Breanne Swanson



Music Provided By The Youtube Music Library

"Mellow Hipster" by Doug Maxwell

"Orange Blanket" by Jungle Punks

"Strange Precedent" by Silent Partner

"Without A Sound" by Letter Box

Licensed for Free Use Without Restriction



Love's Labour's Lost is one of William Shakespeare's early comedies, believed to have been written in the mid-1590s for a performance at the Inns of Court before Queen Elizabeth I. It follows the King of Navarre and his three companions as they attempt to forswear the company of women for three years of study and fasting, and their subsequent infatuation with the Princess of Aquitaine and her ladies. In an untraditional ending for a comedy, the play closes with the death of the Princess's father, and all weddings are delayed for a year. The play draws on themes of masculine love and desire, reckoning and rationalization, and reality versus fantasy.



Though first published in quarto in 1598, the play's title page suggests a revision of an earlier version of the play. While there are no obvious sources for the play's plot, the four main characters are loosely based on historical figures. The use of apostrophes in the play's title varies in early editions, though it is most commonly given as Love's Labour's Lost.



The historical personages portrayed and the political situation in Europe relating to the setting and action of the play were familiar to Shakespeare's audiences. Scholars suggest that the play lost popularity as these historical and political portrayals of Navarre's court became dated and less accessible to theatergoers of later generations. The play's sophisticated wordplay, pedantic humour and dated literary allusions may also be reasons for its relative obscurity, as compared with Shakespeare's more popular works. Love's Labour's Lost was staged rarely in the 19th century, but it has been seen more often in the 20th and 21st centuries, with productions by both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, among others. It has also been adapted as a musical, an opera, for radio and television and as a musical film.



Love's Labour's Lost features the longest scene (5.2), the longest single word (5.1.30), and (depending on editorial choices) the longest speech (4.2.284-361) in all of Shakespeare's plays.