PAPA Presents: Smile

July 27-28 

The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts’ Student Works program is proud to present the Teen Workshop production of Smile!

A touching and satiric musical, Smile follows the intrigue and exploits onstage and behind-the-scenes as Santa Rosa, California plays host to the Young American Miss Pageant. This little known collaboration between theatrical legends Howard Ashman (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line, They’re Playing Our Song) is brought to the stage at PPMtv by a team of 30 of the Seacoast’s talented and hardest-working teen actors, designers, and directors.

Smile is the inaugural production of the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Art’s brand new Student Works program, which gives students the opportunity to develop and lead programming while working closely with adult mentors. The program is under development by the Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s Director of Youth Programing, Seraphina Caligiure, and longtime PAPA student Joshua Goldberg.

Showtimes are Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm, at PPMtv.

Tickets are a $15 suggested donation. Limited tickets are available below, or through our box office at 603-433-4472. Box office hours are Tuesday through Sunday 12-6pm plus showtimes.

The show is rated PG-13.

Directed by Joshua Goldberg


Brenda Freelander | Caelan Jordan
Big Bob Freelander | Sam Rogers
Robin Gibson | Kaylin Moriarty
Doria Hudson | Teagan Burke
Ted Farley | Justin Lahue
Tommy French | Liam Blanchard
Dale Wilson-Shears | Liam MacNeil
Maria Gonzales | Eloisa Newcomb
Shawn Christianson | Laura Riggle
Sandra-Kay MacAffee | Rachel Goldberg
Valerie Sherman/Dance Captain | Rhianwen Watkins
Cookie Wilson | Madison LaForce
Heidi Anderson | Sarah Poole
Trudi Johnson | Kiera Allard-Hardy
Dana Simpson | Lilly Hirsch
Kimberly Lyons | Sophie Hallé
Debralee Davis | Keeley Burke
Kate Gardner | Grace Stafford
Mother/Carol | Emma Joanis
Robin’s Mother/Louise/Judge/Joanne Marshall | Jesse Kelley-Derzon
Father/Tony/Judge | Zachary Demers
Daddy/Photographer/Judge/Janitor/Musical Director | Finnian Mattingly
Little Bob Freelander | Caden Schroeder
Brother/Freddy | Ryan Scarlotto


This production is staged at Portsmouth Public Media Television, located at 280 Marcy Street in Portsmouth. The doors will open one half hour prior the show. Limited parking is available on nearby streets or at the Parrott Ave Municipal Lot. Handicap seating is available with prior notice.

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Musical based upon the screenplay by Jerry Belson

“Smile (Ashman)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Smile thanks our generous Kickstarter donors, and is proudly sponsored by:

Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts is sponsored by: