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August 6th performance in the park!

Join us for a beautiful evening in the park for tonight’s performance of Twelfth Night! The forecast looks absolutely beautiful. The play starts at 5PM sharp at Depot Square Park in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Arrive early for a good spot. We look forward to seeing you there!

August 5 Performance at Rain Location

The August 5th performance of Twelfth Night is going to be at our rain location, Bass Hall at The Monadnock Center for History and Culture. The center is located at 19 Grove St, Peterborough, NH 03458, and is right around the corner from Depot Square Park.

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Please be advised that there is ample seating, but it is limited on a first come, first served basis.

Pay attention here and at our Facebook or Twitter pages for updates on upcoming performances. As always, signage will also point you around the corner to the Monadnock Center if one of the future dates needs to be relocated as well!

Shakespeare in the Park 2017

Shakespeare in the Park 2017 is one week away!

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Save the date for two wonderful weekends of FREE performances at Depot Square Park, Peterborough New Hampshire.

August 5, 6, 12, and 13

All shows are at 5PM sharp.

Bring friends, bring a picnic, and be prepared to have a great time!

As always, updates are always available here and over at our Facebook page.

Presenting the Cast of Twelfth Night

ACT has just announced the fabulous cast for the Tenth Anniversary Shakespeare In The Park!
 

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TWELFTH NIGHT

directed by Chris McCartie!

  • Viola – Kimberley Miller
  • Olivia – Heather McCormack
  • Maria – Sarah E. Katka
  • Sebastian – Bryan Hebert II
  • Sir Toby Belch – Bert Torsey
  • Sir Andrew Aguecheek – Michael Redmond
  • Malvolio – Rob Koch
  • Feste – Carin Torp
  • Antonio – Alana Korda
  • Fabian – Laura Carbonneau
  • Priest – Hank Parkhurst
  • Captain; First Officer – Tyler Strickland
  • Valentine; Second Officer – Mia Moravis
  • Orsino – Chris McCartie

More information to follow as we begin rehearsals and start work on our Tenth Anniversary Production!

Save the dates! Shakespeare in the Park will be, as always, at Depot Square Park in Peterborough, New Hampshire…

Performances will be on  August 5, 6, 12 and 13, 2017, and all performances begin at 5 o'clock.

Auditions for Shakespeare in the Park 2017!

Twelfthnight Audition

Our 10th Anniversary Shakespeare in the Park will be…

Twelfth Night

Directed by Chris McCartie

We are casting for all roles and looking for actors of all experience backgrounds and abilities. You can read the entire text online at Open Source Shakespeare.

  • Antonio, a sea captain, friend to Sebastain
  • Captain, friend to Viola
  • Curio, gentleman attending on the Duke
  • Fabian, servant to Olivia
  • Feste, a clown, servant to Olivia
  • First Officer
  • Malvolio, steward to Olivia
  • Maria, Olivia's woman
  • Olivia
  • Orsino, Duke of Illyria
  • Priest
  • Sebastian, brother to Viola
  • Second Officer
  • Servant
  • Sir Andrew Aguecheek
  • Sir Toby Belch, uncle to Olivia
  • Valentine, gentleman attending on the Duke
  • Viola

Auditions will be held at…

Peterborough Town Library

2 Concord St, Peterborough, NH 03458

on

Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18

Auditions begin at 7 o'clock sharp and run about two hours.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the text, however, you can download and preview all of the audition sides here! Just click on the following scenes and they will automatically download as a PDF to your computer. Bio sheets will be available at auditions. Please come to auditions with any date conflicts you may have with rehearsals – which will likely be one to three nights a week from the end of May through the performances in August.

Performances will be on  August 5, 6, 12 and 13, 2017, and all performances begin at 5 o'clock.

Good Luck, and we look forward to seeing you!

 

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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https://www.facebook.com/ActorsCircleNH/

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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!