Need something to do during February break? Why not spend it on the stage? The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts vacation camps are structured just like our acclaimed PAPA Summer Day Camps but during February and April school vacations, so the fun can continue year round. Each one-week session culminates in a fully-staged, mini-theatrical performance, open to the public! Our first session is open for registration, so get in while the gettings good!
Tuesday December 15th 8pm
Calling all Muggles! Enjoy an evening of improv comedy starring the Seacoast Rep resident improv troupe, Stranger Than Fiction, including an improvised glimpse at the lives of the first generation of students to attend Hogwarts after the Second Wizarding War with Voldemort.
This full costume, improvised comedy play takes place only months after J.K. Rowling’s brief epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in which Harry Potter’s son, Albus Severus, boarded the train for Hogwarts for the very first time. All aboard!
Tickets are available here, or by calling our Box Office at 603-433-4472.
Eat It Up!: Food Talks
Monday, November 23
Time: 6PM Dinner, 7:30PM Show (Block Six Bar and Lounge open at 6pm for everyone)
$75 for Dinner & Show / $12 Show only ($10 tickets will be available at the door for service industry workers, pending availability)
(10% discount offered on each ticket price to 3S and Seacoast Repertory Theater members)
Eat it Up!: Food Talks, The hit food-focused talk series makes its way to 3S Artspace for a new season of culinary chit-chat.
Eat it Up! began last year at Seacoast Rep as an vehicle for chefs and other food producers to engage with the public in an honest and intimate way. For each show, the guest determines the format, whether it be a lecture, an interview, a demonstration, or a combination of those. Host Brian Kelly acts as interviewer, stage manager, and emcee.
First up on the chopping block is Chefs Collaborative board member and Black Trumpet owner and executive chef Evan Mallett, who will be talking about the challenges of trying to fix a broken food system while dealing with the seemingly exponential increase in Portsmouth-area restaurants, balancing family life, wrestling with language, writing a book in small gaps of spare time, and growing old behind the stove.
Each event will begin with a three-course dinner at 6pm. A special menu will be created by the featured speaker in collaboration with the Block Six kitchen, led by Chef Sam Ostrow. In addition to the pre-show dinner, this year will also see the introduction of a unique musical component. Portsmouth-based musician Nathan Groth will DJ during the dinner hour, infusing his set with live samples of sounds from the kitchen.
A limited number of tickets for dinner and the show are available for $75 per person, and $70 for 3S and Seacoast Repertory Theatre members.
Tickets are available here!
Tuesdays | Oct 20 - Nov 24 | SRT
Ages 6-9 | 9:30-10:30
Ages 9-13 | 10:30-11:30
Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts is pleased to present our first classes for homeschooled children. Students will explore acting, musical theatre, and movement in this performance driven class offered especially for homeschooled students. Together with the instructor, they will work to create a (themed) original piece using songs they know and love, with scenes or dramatic poetry, and movement! Our expert instructors will make sure students get the individual attention they need to find confidence and greatness in themselves.
You asked for it and here it is. We are so excited to announce our Mainstage shows for our 2016 season. We've got a lot to look forward to in 2016. As always, SRT thanks you for the continued support of our little theatre by the sea. See you soon!
Satchmo at the Waldorf | January 22 - February 14
March 1971. Backstage at the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Louis Armstrong, the greatest trumpet player in the world, sits in his dressing room trying to pull himself together following his celebrated performance. Because as long as they clap, Louis will go out there and play. His mind wanders through the amazing journey of his life and his complex relationship with his manager Joe Glaser.
The Marvelous Wonderettes | February 26 - March 20
A musical comedy with a book by Roger Bean. It was recently played off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in New York. The show, which uses pop songs from the '50s and '60s as a vehicle to tell its story, pays homage to the high school Songleader squads of the 1950s. When called upon to perform at their senior prom as a last minute replacement, Springfield High Songleaders, Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, rally together to entertain their classmates in four-part harmony.
Titanic the Musical | April 15 - May 15
Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's musical, Titanic, tells the stories of the people on board the legendary steamer and the men who got them there. Spanning all classes, Titanic captures the stories from the whole range of humanity aboard the ship: from workers in the boiler room to first-class attendants, from the poorest passengers, who scraped together their life savings to purchase third-class tickets to America, to some of the wealthiest men of the Victorian age, including John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim.
Reefer Madness | June 24 - July 24
Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex, and violence. Reefer Madness is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. It contains adult humor, religious parody, and drug use, as well as suggested violence and sexual explicitness. It therefore may be inappropriate for younger performers and audiences.
Viewers' Choice | August 5 - 28
We're feeling indecisive, and it's an election year, so we're going to let you vote on one of our big summer musicals. We'll be putting out a list of candidates for big, classic musicals to duke it out in the court of public opinion. The show with the most votes wins. They're all good shows though, so don't worry. Ballot info will come out soon.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor | September 16 - October 9
Inspired by Neil Simon's early career experience as a junior writer (along with his brother Danny) for Your Show of Shows, the play focuses on Sid Caesar-like Max Prince, the star of a weekly comedy-variety show circa 1953, and his staff, including Simon's alter-ego Lucas Brickman, who maintains a running commentary on the writing, fighting, and wacky antics which take place in the writers' room. Max has an ongoing battle with NBC executives, who fear his humor is too sophisticated for middle America.
Disney's The Little Mermaid | December 2 - 23
The Disney movie we all know and love but this time it’s onstage with even more songs. Ariel falls in love with Prince Eric and sells her voice to Ursula the Sea Witch in exchange for human legs. Joined by Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle and the rest of the fish under the sea, Ariel has three days to make Eric fall for her or else she turns back into a mermaid.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on December 1st. Subscriptions are now underway.
Seacoast Repertory Theatre and Let’s “B” Reel are proud to announce that their award winning Red Light series will be presenting a screening of the cult horror comedy classic Army of Darkness October 21st, 7:30pm. This particular screening will be a part benefit for the Portsmouth Halloween Parade. Let’s “B” reel will be collecting donations for the Halloween Parade following the screening, and will offer interactive ways to donate during the screening. An interactive pre-show will be provided by Timothy Fife and Bunny Wonderland.
“We (Tim Fife) and I have always loved the PHP. After our smashing success with last year’s partnership, we were eager to kick it up a notch this year with one BIG cult film fan favorite” Says Knate Higgins, The Special Series Curator for at The Rep. “Plus, we always want to give back whenever we can”
Army of Darkness is the 1992 Horror Comedy starring cult film star Bruce Campbell. The film gained notoriety as the third installment of the ever popular, Evil Dead Trilogy. Considered the silliest (and most produced) of the three films, Army of Darkness soon found a mass audience appeal after its midnight run on Showtime during the mid 90’s. Combing time travel, demonic possession, and a myriad of one liners, Army of Darkness continues to draw huge crowds to this day.
“We’ve always wanted to tap into the Evil Dead pool, as Knate and I are both huge fans” says Tim Fife, co-director of the Red Light series. “We debated which film to screen, but the folks at PHP all agreed Army of Darkness was the winner, and one that we are extremely happy with.
Let’s “B” Reel presents Army Of Darkness runs one night only October 21st at 7:30pm. Bar is open at 6:30pm. 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 at 603.433.4472.