Starring Ben Hart of the Broadway International Touring Cast, the laugh-out-loud, Tony Award-winning musical comedy Avenue Q comes to the Seacoast Rep stage for it's Portsmouth debut, puppets and all. And boy is it offensive.
Recent college grad, Princeton (a puppet), receives a good helping of heart-FELT (sorry) life lessons from a bunch of colorful characters (who are also puppets) after moving into a dingy apartment on Avenue Q. Everyone learns and sings and debates what the internet is for.
Our Creative Team, lead by Ben Hart and Brandon Mallard, have been working tirelessly for nearly 6 months creating more than 50 all-original, expressive puppets, entirely from reclaimed, recycled, and up-cycled materials.
Sesame Street this ain't. The show is probably most definitely not appropriate for young children (or young puppets) or easily offended people or puppets. Our puppet heroes say bad puppet words and explore adult puppet themes. Parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children/puppet children. If you are easily offended, you will not like this show. We can't stress that enough.
Avenue Q runs from August 14th 2015 - Sept 13, 2015. Shows are Thursdays at 7:30, Fridays at 8:00, Saturdays at 2:00 and 8:00, and Sundays at 2:00. Tickets available here (be sure to scroll through to August) or through our box office at 603.433.4472. We recommend you get your tickets early. Seats, like the availability of affordable apartments in in New York City, are limited.
Seacoast Repertory Theatre and Let’s “B” Reel are proud to announce that their award winning Red Light series will be presenting the cult classic Donnie Darko July 26th, 2015. For this particular screening, audience members are encouraged to dress up in costume, quote-a-long with the film, and partake in an interactive pre-show with Bunny Wonderland, Timothy Fife and special guests, Lady Luck Burlesque.
“It was Tim’s idea to revive Donnie Darko…” says Knate Higgins, special series curator. “It’s been a long time coming for us, as the crowd has asked over and over again for Donnie Darko. It was a no brainer for the Let’s “B” Reel summer series.”
Donnie Darko (2000) is a dark comedy starring Jake Gyllenhal, Patrick Swaze, Drew Barrymoore. Donnie Darko follows Donnie (Gyllenhal), a troubled teen who is having waking nightmares about time travel, quantum physics and a man in a Bunny suit named Frank. As Donnie follows his dark visions, he soon starts to learn the truth about his family, friends, and teachers. Hip and ever quotable, Donnie Darko smashed the independent film circuit in the early 2000’s, bringing dark comedy/science fiction to a new level of cool. At this screening, LBR is encouraging fans to dress up, and quote the night away in true Let’s “B” Reel fashion.
“People asked for it, and we aim to please!” says Timothy Fife, co-director of LBR. “(Darko) lends itself perfectly for our summer series, we can’t wait to pack the house with loyal fans once again. And yes, there will be a bunny suit…”
Let’s “B” Reel presents Donnie Darko runs one night only Saturday July 26th at 7:30pm. Bar is open at 6PM. Advance tickets are $10, and day of show tickets are pay what you want. Seating is limited and due to high demand, advance purchase is recommended. Tickets may be purchased online at www.seacoastrep.org, in person at 125 Bow Street Portsmouth, NH 03801, or over the phone at603.433.4472.
Big thanks to Minta Carlson and The Sound for the article on our expansion!
photo by Thom Call
"The theater recently leased a 1,200-square-foot space at 1 Raynes Ave. in Portsmouth’s North End and an open house is scheduled for Friday, May 1. The space, a former dance studio, will act as the Rep’s annex, an additional site for rehearsals, classes, and other programs. It’s the next step in the Rep’s reinvention, which began last fall when the nonprofit theater nearly closed due to financial difficulties."
Read entire article here.
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We've opened our first show of 2015! The Pulitzer and Tony Award-Winning Guys & Dolls with music by Frank Loesser blasted it's way onto our stage to excited crowds and standing ovations.
Nathan Detroit is a gambler trying to get a game of craps going, but he's got a few problems: the heat is on, he's out of cash, he's neglected his girlfriend, and the only place that will host his game needs $1000 cash up front.
Hilarity ensues when he tries to win the money off of Sky Masterson, who will gamble on anything, including the heart of the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. The bet takes the show from New York to Havana and back again as dice and punches are thrown and guys and dolls fall in love.
Come join us for this iconic American musical from Broadway's Golden Age. Director Taryn Herman has assembled a cast of some of the most talented performers from around the Seacoast and beyond to bring the dazzling spectacle and gigantic sounds of this show to life. Tickets are available to all performances.
Hannaford Supermarkets awarded Seacoast Repertory Theatre a $25,000 contribution to fund the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts, or PAPA, through 2015.
The PAPA program trains hundreds of children in the performing arts. The grant will cover expenses for teachers, costumes, props, and other production costs associated with the program.
"Hannaford Supermarkets actively supports youth and families in the communities we serve," said Eric Blom, Hannaford spokesman. "We are proud to advance the Seacoast Repertory Theatre's vision, helping build the confidence and skills of young people in the Seacoast Region through participation in the PAPA program and in the performing arts."
The PAPA program holds classes, workshops, day and overnight camps for kids age 6 to 18, training them in acting, singing, movement and stagecraft to help them develop confidence, independence, and work ethic.
“You can see the way this program changes kids for the better,” said Miles Burns, interim artistic director at The Rep and head of PAPA. “Hannaford’s grant to the PAPA program will ensure we can really give this program what it needs to succeed and expand.”
PAPA classes begin Saturday, Jan. 10th and run year-round. For more information, visit www.seacoastrep.org/youth-program.