2017 Mainstage Season
January 27 – February 19 A moving Pulitzer-Prize winning comedy, Driving Miss Daisy is the story of the relationship between a strong-willed, well-to-do Jewish woman and her black chauffeur over 25 years in post-war Atlanta. The relationship begins rocky as the two test each other’s boundaries and confront inherent prejudices, but an unlikely friendship blossoms as the two become each-other’s closest friends and confidantes.
No objectionable content, suitable for all ages
March 10 – April 2. A story of one woman’s quest to be beautiful set against the backdrop of the 1960’s. Facially disfigured from a childhood accident, Violet sets off on a cross-country bus trip to find a televangelist she believes can heal her, and finds friendship, unexpected romance, and the adventure of a lifetime along the way. Winner of a Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Musical and nominated for four Tonys, Violet delights with a variety of musical styles and touching harmonies.
Contains some adult language. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
May 5 – May 28. The Winner of our Viewer’s Choice competition by a wide margin, Rock of Ages is a crowd-pleasing, feel-good burner about a time when hair was big, guitar solos were monstrous, and everything was just a little bit weirder. This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others.
June 23 – July 30. Welcome to the funniest show on earth. Monty Python’s Spamalot is a hilarious musical romp ripped straight from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, coconut shell galloping sounds and all. Join King Arthur and his idiot Knights of the Round Table as they search for the Holy Grail, except with way more musical numbers than the movie.
September 15 – October 8. Based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre is a five-time Tony-nominated musical adaptation by composer-lyricist Paul Gordon and writer John Caird. Like its namesake Jane Eyre is a hauntingly beautiful gothic romance that explores religion, sexuality, and feminism through powerful music and storytelling. Don’t miss this wonderful period drama.
Suitable for all ages.
December 8 – December 31The Wonderettes are back, and just in time for the Holidays! We hope you like iconic 60’s versions of classic holiday tunes like “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town” and more. Join our original cast from 2016 hit “The Marvelous Wonderettes” as they hop back into action, this time to save the Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party when things go amiss. A great production for the whole family!
2017 Homegrown Series
November 2 – November 12 Seacoast Rep’s Homegrown Series shifts the focus to the playwright. A project where local writers can showcase their work to a broad audience in a professional setting. A fully produced play with a cast of local professional actors, and directed by Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s Associate Artistic Producer, Jamie Bradley, the Homegrown Series is the bridge from workshop production to published play. The Homegrown Series has an “independant film” feel to it. Actors and designers from all over New England help give legitimacy to the piece by lending their talent and passion to the project. Local theatre professionals come together to bring you a play you’ve never heard of that will instantly become one of your favorites. The Homegrown Series doesn’t just to bring you the next Neil Simon or David Mamet, but shows you they’re living right next door.
2017 Theatre for Young Audiences
December 14 – 23. One Holiday show was not nearly enough, which is why we’re staging A Charlie Brown Christmas with a mixed cast of professional adults and talented young PAPA students. Lovingly and faithfully adapted from the hit television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a surefire hit for the entire family and Snoopy too! Get breakfast and then come see this perfect holiday show.
2017 Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts
April 6 – 15. Our PAPA students will work closely with our professional production team of Violet and produce their own version. Students will get personal instruction from our professional cast and crew, in addition to attention from our expert instructors, and will bring Violet to vivid life while expanding their skills.
August 3 – 13. We would never take a shot at a broad, classic musical comedy like Spamalotwithout giving our students a chance to work on their comedic skills. Join our talented and hilarious PAPA students as they take on Monty Python in close conjunction with the professional Mainstage production. Guaranteed to make you laugh.
October 13 – 22. Our students take on Thornton Wilder’s 1938 masterpiece about love, life, and death in the small New Hampshire town of Grover’s Corner. Narrated by a sentimental stage manager, Our Town strips life of its walls and secrecy and lays the human spirit bare across the stage. Students will have a chance to hone their acting technique with one of the greatest plays ever written in and about America.
2017 PAPA Workshop Productions
Our workshop productions are bespoke musicals written by our artistic director himself with our students’ specific talents in mind. Join us for these totally unique productions by the young students of the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts. Audition and enrollment information can be found here. Ages 7-15
2017 Red Light Series
Weirdos rejoice! Our Adult Alternative Series is coming back in a big way in 2017 under the leadership of the Mad Men of Oopsy Daisy Inc., the hit duo behind Mainstage hits Avenue Q, Reefer Madness, and 2016’s sold out run of The Rocky Horror Show. Normal people be warned: nothing here is what you’ll expect, and there’s a standing content warning for every Red Light show.
They’ll be producing at least two weird, cool things per month under their full creative control, and we think you should definitely subscribe. Here’s what they’ve got planned so far:
Speakeasy by the Sea Cabaret Series
February 12, April 23, June 4, September 24
Our Speakeasy by the Sea is reopening next year. Join Seacoast Rep’s best performers as they sing songs of their choosing in our intimate lobby.
Stranger Than Fiction Improv
Mostly Wednesdays except in the Summertime. The Seacoast’s best, funniest, teaching-est, experimental-est improv troupe is back in 2017, and this time you can subscribe if you want to. Also this time shows are on better days that are not Tuesdays. Join Stranger Than Fiction Improv and Comedy for cool shows like Wheel of King, Hogwarts Improvised and more, all made up right on the spot based on audience suggestion.