March 1 || 8pm
Stranger Than Fiction, New Hampshires funniest improv troupe, presents an evening of improv comedy with special guest Brady Carlson, host of NHPR's Weekend Edition and author of Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders.
Sincerely the book title could describe the whole evening... except for the interactive comedy time battle featuring dead presidents! That's really happening... or your money back. No, really.
Tickets are available through our box office at 603.433.4472 or online.
It's time to vote for the show you want to see for our prime-time Viewers' Choice show August 5th-28th. We've picked some big Broadway classics to duke it out in the court of public opinion. Look at your choices. Pick your favorite. Vote responsibly.
The first collaboration of famed partners Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! set the American musical theatre standard. Set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn-of-the-20th-Century, the spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl. The road to true love is anything but smooth, but there is no doubt that these two romantics will succeed in making a life together. As the road to romance and the road to statehood converge, Curly and Laurey are poised to spend their new life together in a brand new state: O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A - OKLAHOMA!
The Secret Garden
This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.
Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women, follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested - her friend Professor Bhaer tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.
In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there.' Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favorite.
The Light in the Piazza
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara-a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman-loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. As THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own hopes as well.
Vote at the link: Viewer's Choice
There's trouble in Grimme Falls, and there's only one person who can solve it. Just don't call her little.
Meet Red Hood: the new kid in town, Red is feeling pretty lost, and between her busy mother, her senile grandma who’s convinced herself that she's a spy, and her lack of friends, she has no one to turn to. And just when it seems like things couldn't get any worse, the Mayor is framed and jailed and his daughter Avery Woodington, the most popular girl in school, makes it her business to try and ruin Red’s life. With the help of the Assistant Mayor’s son, Peter Wolfe, will Red be able to save the day?
Seacoast Repertory Theatre and the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts is pleased to present a family-friendly original play by student Joshua Goldberg with music by Miles Burns.
Tickets are available online, or through our box office at 603.433.4472.
The Speakeasy by the Sea is open again for A Very Jazzy New Year. Come join some of Seacoast Rep's best performers for an evening of smokey, sultry, jazzy fun featuring Fourth Street Jazz.
Performers include Kevin Mahaney, Rachel Pantazis, Linette Miles, Alden Caple, Jess Andra, Ben Bagley, and host Seraphina Caliguire.
Doors open at 6:30. Per usual, we'll have special wine selections and cheese plates by South Street and Vine.
This event is open to the public. $10 selected donation.
So if you are looking for gently used designer clothing, jewelry, home accessories, furniture, music and books, stop by 139 State St., Kittery, ME. Anything you spend or donate there will directly benefit our theaters.
There's not a single person in the world that wouldn't be made better by a little bit of high-quality improv instruction. Whether you're an aspiring comedian looking to get into the format, a professional looking for a confidence-boosting hobby, or just looking for a way to meet other cool, funny people and have fun times, Stranger Than Fiction's classes are just what the doctor ordered.
Stranger Than Fiction Improv and Comedy, New Hampshires most acclaimed and longest-running improv troupe, is pleased to offer two levels of classes for January in association with the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts. Check them out!