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!
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.
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.
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
Our Ninth Annual Shakespeare in the Park
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Directed by Chris McCartie
Depot Square Park
August 6, 7, 13, and 14th, 2016
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
“Duke” Theseus, state senator from Athens
Hippolyta Queen, Executive V. P. at Amazon
Egeus Philostrate, mother to Hermia
Hermia, in love with Lysander
Helena, in love with Demetrius
Lysander, in love with Hermia
Demetrius, in love with Hermia
Nick Bottom, a landscaper
Petra Quince, a yoga teacher
Francis Flute, a carpenter
Snout, a waitress
Snug, a housekeeper
Starveling, a preschool teacher
Oberon, King of the Fairies
Titania, Queen of the Fairies
Puck (also called Robin Goodfellow)
Filmed on location August 7, 2016 and edited by
Video Encoding, Titles, Design, and Social Media by
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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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.