THE 2018 ANNUAL GALA

From Main Street to 42nd Street

July 13
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
on the Colby-Sawyer College Quadrangle

Help us celebrate the Barn’s 86th Summer Season. Enjoy delicious food, great music, and fabulous entertainment by our 2018 Acting Intern Company and Junior Intern Company.

$85/person for individuals, or $135/person for “Event Patron” attendees. As always, a portion of the ticket cost will be acknowledged as a tax-deductible donation. For tickets call (603) 526-6710, stop by the Box Office, or email tickets@nlbarn.org.

 

 

Sponsored by our great friends at Colby Sawyer College and MJ Harrington & Co.


And don’t forget to place your bids for our

ONLINE AUCTION!

Head to www.32auctions.com/nlbarn2018 to see all of the amazing prizes on offer, from Hamilton tickets, to Valet Parking at the Barn, we’ve got something for everyone!

Ticket prices account for only 60% of our annual revenue needs. The funds raised through this auction will help keep our prices affordable, our performances outstanding, and our beautiful old Barn in good condition. So bid high and support your favorite summer theater!

Lerner and Loewe’s

Camelot

Book and Lyrics by
Alan Jay Lerner
Music by
Frederick Loewe

Original Production Directed and Staged by Moss Hart
Based on The Once and Future King by T.H. White

June 13-24

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The most legendary love triangle of all time soars into musical life in Lerner & Loewe’s award-winning classic. The idealistic young King Arthur dreams of creating a kingdom based on honor, dignity, and “Might for Right,” but his principles are sorely tested when his beautiful queen falls in love with his strongest knight. Featuring classic melodies of the Great American Songbook, including If Ever I Would Leave You, The Lusty Month of May, Camelot, and more.

Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Camelot Business Sponsors


Director: Russell Garrett++
Choreographer: Jesse Factor
Music Director:
Shane Parus
Fight Director:
Paul West

Stage Manager:
Kristin M. Herrick*
Assistant Stage Managers: 
Brian R. Sekinger*, Kyla Mermejo-Varga & Kelsey Koga

Scenic Designer: Brad M. Carlson+
Lighting Designer: Cecilia Durbin+
Costume Designer: Emily Kimball
Sound Engineer: Ben Montmagny

Guest Artists:
King ArthurFred Rose*
LancelotAndy Tighe*
Merlyn/PellinoreAdam Zeph
Tom of WarwickCharlie Cloud

Musicians:
Keyboard 2: Robbie Cowan
Drums: Laura Hamel
Trumpet: Jane Sykes
Reeds: Jordan Standlee

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association +Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists
++Denotes membership in Stage Director’s and Choreographer’s Society


Program Notes

by Tom DeMille

In short, there’s simply not a more congenial spot, For happily-ever-aftering then here in Camelot

It would be logical to assume that lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe were a British bred team given the settings of most of their musicals, be it ancient Scotland in BRIGADOON or Victorian England in MY FAIR LADY. In fact, both were American citizens, though of widely different background and temperament. Ironically, although the setting for their last success was Fifth Century England, CAMELOT has become the nostalgic and romantic symbol for a Twentieth Century American presidency.

Lerner was born in New York City into a wealthy family in the retail business. Educated at private schools, he was a classmate and friend of John F. Kennedy at Harvard, where he wrote musical parodies for Hasty Pudding. A handsome and flamboyant gentleman, he was married continuously from 1940 until his death 46 years later, but to eight different women! One ex-wife with a sense of humor summed it up with the comment that “marriage is Alan’s way of saying goodbye”. Fritz Loewe was born in Germany, the son of a well-known Viennese musician. He arrived in New York on the eve of the Great Depression and for the next 15 years played the role of starving artist. All this changed in 1942 when Lerner & Loewe met on the way to the Men’s Room at the Lamb’s Club, Fritz saying to Alan “I understand you write lyrics” to which Alan replied “well, I understand you write music”. Not the cleverest dialogue perhaps, but as the world of music would soon find out, understatement in its highest form.

Their first big hit was l 947’s BRIGADOON which was followed by the modest success of PAINT YOUR WAGON. In 1956 they presented their master work, MY FAIR LADY, and after a detour to Hollywood for the film GIGI, the pair turned their attention to the legend of King Arthur. T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King” provided the source material. The Arthur legend has roots dating back into antiquity with Sir Thomas Malory’s work, “The Hoole Booke of Kyng Arthur & His Noble Knyghtes of the Roundetable”, being first published in 1485. Arthur may or may not be based upon a real person, but he, Lancelot, Guenevere, Merlin and the other characters have gone through many transformations over the years. White and the Lerner/Loewe musical portray the king as a well-meaning ruler, seeking peace and harmony in the world.

CAMELOT opened at the Majestic Theater on December 3, 1960 and ran for over two years, winning four Tony Awards, including one each for Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. Robert Goulet was featured as Lancelot in a career making performance. Revived many times, this is the fifth time it has been presented at the Barn Playhouse. President Kennedy was assassinated less than a year after its initial run. Jackie Kennedy’s statement a few days later that “there will be great presidents again … but there’ll never be another Camelot”, forever joined the administration to the ever evolving Arthurian legend.

SARAH CASE (New London Barn Playhouse Boot Camp Manager) is an arts educator, choreographer, and arts manager. She is a graduate of Columbia University (BA) and Harvard University (M.Ed. in Arts in Education). She trained with the School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Ballet Theater of Boston and performed in musical theater productions around the country. Sarah has taught with the National Dance Institute, the School at Columbia University, and Boston Ballet. She was awarded the Institute of Arts Management Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Dance USA Leadership Institute Fellowship, and served as Managing Director of Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange in Washington, DC. Sarah has most recently worked in the Department of Theater at Dartmouth College and as a choreographer with Northern Stage in the BridgeUP: Musical Theater in the Schools Program. She is thrilled to be bringing the Boot Camp Program to the Barn and supporting the lives and careers of professional and preprofessional students in the arts.


ALEXANDRA CROSBY (Junior Intern Music Director) is a Florida-grown pianist, now local to New York. She studied liberal arts at New York University for two years, and then spent a year away working as an accompanist, music director, and teacher. She is thrilled to be spending the summer with the Junior Intern Company before returning to her studies. Favorite music directing credits include Little Shop of Horrors (NYU), Urinetown: The Musical (NYU), Science Fair (Theatre Row), PITS! The Unauthorized Holes Musical (The PIT). When in New York, Alex also leads worship at Communitas Church NYC. Heartfelt thanks to Alyssa, Mrs. E, Rush, Tara, and her family for their support, encouragement, and love.


KELLEY HO (Junior Intern Assistant Stage Manager & Assistant Director)  has lived in California all her life and she is delighted to spend her summer on the east coast as an Assistant Director and Assistant Stage Manager with the Junior Intern Company. Most of her creative experience lies in stage management, direction, and marching band. She will be graduating soon with a BA in Drama and a minor in Art History at University of California, Irvine. She would like to thank Josh and the Barn for the exciting opportunity and her family, friends, and Michael for their undying support! 


KAYLA MAY (Director of Camps) is native to Pensacola, Florida, and is delighted to be returning to the Barn for her 3rd season as Camps Director. Kayla holds a BA in Acting from the University of West Florida and currently teaches theatre at the high school level. She is a member of EdTA (Educational Theatre Association) and FATE (Florida Association for Theatre Education) and dreams of starting her own theatre company. Aside from theatre, Kayla enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with family, going to baseball games, Disney World, and being outdoors. Love to Nick and the rest of the Barn family.


ANDREW MILLER (Education Programs Manager) has enjoyed many Barn summers since his first one as an Acting Intern in 2011. Previous direction for the Children’s Theater Series: How to Eat Like a Child, The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet. He also assisted with last year’s Bookworms! and Seussical the Musical. Favorite roles on the Main Stage: Hysterium in Forum, Marcellus in The Music Man, and Milt Fields in Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Andrew’s performance career also includes time with Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Ithaca Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, and TheatreWorks USA. He is a proud graduate of Ithaca College, an AEA member, and a born-and-bred Ohio native.


GRACE TARABORRELI (Junior Intern Stage Manager) just recently graduated from Point Park University with a BFA in Theater Production, with a focus in Stage Management. This is Grace’s first season with the Barn. She is thrilled to be here working with such a talented company and production team. Her Point Park University credits include Gift of the Magi (Stage Manager), International Summer Dance (Assistant Production Manager/Stage Manager), Point Park University Conservatory of Dance at the Byham Theater (Stage Manager) and The WHO’s Tommy (Assistant Stage Manager). Some of her other outside credits include the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: Julius Caesar and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Stage Management Intern), Quantum Theater: Red Hills (Production Intern), and Upper Darby Summer Stage from 2012-2015.

Sylvia

By A.R. Gurney

July 11-15

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**NOTE: Sylvia is rated PG-13 for language. Please contact the Box Office at 603-526-6710 with any questions or concerns.**

After 22 years in the suburbs, Greg and Kate are starting a new chapter in their lives with a big move to New York City. But when Greg falls head over heels in love with a street-smart, exuberant Central Park stray pooch named Sylvia, he inadvertently kicks off a splintering war with his wife that threatens to fracture their long relationship. A deliciously dizzy, howlingly funny comedy about love, loyalty, and the joys and pitfalls of genuine human – and canine – connections.

Sylvia is presented through special permission by Dramatists Play Service

Sylvia Business Sponsors


Director: Josh Feder
Stage Manager: 
Rachael Danielle Albert*
Assistant Stage Manager: Kyla Mermejo-Varga

Scenic Designer: Vincent Gunn
Lighting Designer: Kevin Allinder
Costume Designer: Whitney Locher+

Guest Artists:
SylviaTheresa Kloos*
GregJeffries Thaiss*
KateJean McCormick*
Tom/Phyllis/Leslie: David Mavricos
Male UnderstudyAdam Zeph
Female UnderstudyJulia Bain

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association +Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists


Program Note

By Wynne DeMille

What makes Sylvia such a special play is the unique way it explores how we connect with each other in a world increasingly dominated by the tiny screens in our pockets. Well, that, and the fact that star of the play and the titular character is a lovable pooch played by live actress. Since it premiered, Sylvia has had audiences rolling with laughter; one critic wrote that “for anybody who loves both animals and the theater, Sylvia will be a day at the park; enjoying it takes as much effort as watching a kitten with a shoelace.”*

Sylvia is an unconventional love story that recognizes our propensity to give human motives to our trusted animal companions, for they guide us to finding the best in ourselves. How many of us have felt better understood by animal companions than by our family and friends? Sylvia gives voice to man’s best friend in a way that is both endearing and enlightening.

In N.Y.C. in the 1990’s a middle class mid-aged Greg finds Sylvia on a stroll through a park and brings her back to the home he and his wife Kate share. She reacts negatively to Sylvia. After a long discussion they agree to keep her for a few days before they decide what to do. Of course the inevitable happens and Sylvia and Greg bond. They spend hours together walking and playing and he uses this as an excuse to avoid his job. Tensions develop in this 22-year marriage as Kate and Sylvia become committed to seeing the other as an enemy to defeat.

A trip to London for six months is on the horizon and it forces them to make a decision. Sylvia will be given to a nice family on a farm in their state. Audiences face, with Kate and Greg, their final emotions in the tender story of love and good memories. A 1995 N.Y. Times review, Vincent Canby writes; “Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes. But none is as immediately delicious…as is Sylvia.”

This play first opened on May 12, 1995 Off-Broadway. It was nominated for three Drama Desk awards for Outstanding Play, Best Costumes and Best Actress, Sarah Jessica Parker. Tom and I were lucky to see it at the Cort Theatre where it played on Broadway from October 2, 2015 to January 24, 2016, starring a wonderful cast with Parker’s husband, Matthew Broderick, Julie White, Annaleigh Ashford and Barn Alum Robert Sella, who will be joining us to direct this season’s production of 42nd Street. This is the first time it has appeared on our stage. Sit back, relax, and be prepared to be entertained by “a comic masterpiece!”

*Laurie Winner, L.A. Times Theatre Critic, February 20, 1997

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2018 Main Stage Single Ticket Prices

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Adult Matinee Single Tickets
• Wednesday Matinees: 2:00 PM •
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Adult Evening Single Tickets
• Tuesday – Saturday Evenings: 7:30 PM •
• Sundays: 5:00 PM •
Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $31.00
Royal Box Seating: $35.00
Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $37.00
Royal Box Seating: $40.00
Youth Matinee Single Tickets
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Youth Evening Single Tickets
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• Sundays: 5:00 PM •
Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $20.00
Royal Box Seating: $25.00
 Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $26.00
Royal Box Seating: $30.00

• Youth Tickets are available for children 16 and under •


2018 Spotlight Series & Children’s Theater Series

2018 Spotlight Series
Children’s Theater Series
All Seating: $25.00
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Ages 15 and Up: $15.00 **
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** All tickets $15.00 for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


FlexPasses

Note: 2018 FlexPasses are no longer available for purchase.

Each Barn FlexPass is good for 4 discounted admissions in any combination, for any and all shows in the season.  Save between $16-$20 while enjoying the flexibility of ordering 4 tickets to 1 show or 1 ticket to 4 shows!

Adult Matinee FlexPass Adult Evening FlexPass
Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $110.00
Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $133.0
Youth Matinee FlexPass Youth Evening FlexPass
Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $75.0
Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $94.00

• Youth FlexPasses are available for children 16 and under •


2018 Season Subscriptions

Note: 2018 Season Subscriptions are no longer available for purchase.

2017’s The Secret Garden

A Season Subscription is the best possible guarantee that you won’t miss a second of the 2018 Summer Season. Subscribers receive a range of benefits, including:

  • Guaranteed same seats for each 2- and 3-week Main Stage production (Camelot, Little Women, 42nd Street, Newsies, Murder for Two)
  • Preferred seating for the 1-week Main Stage production (Sylvia)
  • FREE ticket exchange privileges up to 24 hours in advance, with preferred seating access as available
  • Advance reservation privileges for the season-opening 61st Annual Straw Hat Revue 
  • Two complimentary tickets for each Spotlight Series Monday-night cabaret performance, with advance reservation privileges
  • 10-20% discount on any additional tickets purchased throughout the season
2018 Evening Subscription 2018 Matinee Subscription
Adult Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $240.00
Youth Orchestra & Balcony: $185.00

All Royal Box Seating: $275.00
Adult Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $215.00
Youth Orchestra & Balcony: $150.00
All Royal Box Seating: $240.00

 

How to Purchase Tickets

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Additionally, tickets for the 2018 Summer Season can be purchased online by clicking here, by emailing tickets@nlbarn.org, or by calling (603) 526-6710 (please leave us a message if you call outside of our regular Box Office hours).

The Barn Box Office will open at our physical location for walk-up, in-person sales on Saturday, May 27. Summer Box Office hours are typically:

Mondays:                           11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesdays – Saturdays      11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sundays:                            11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Box Office will be open one hour before each performance, and remain open for the duration of the show.

Convenience Fees: A convenience fee of $2.50 per ticket for Main Stage productions and $1.50 for Children’s Theater Series is added to online ticket purchases. These fees go directly to our online service provider, and help to cover the cost of our online ticketing services. There are no fees for any purchases made over the phone or in person.

Note: There will be NO PERFORMANCE on Wednesday, July 4. Additional Matinee Performances have been added July 3, July 5, and August 15.

42nd Street

Music by
Harry Warren
Lyrics by
Al Dubin
Book by
Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble
Based on the Novel by
Bradford Ropes
Original Direction and Dances by
Gower Champion
Originally Produced on
Broadway by

David Merrick
Revival Choreography by
Randy Skinner

July 18 – August 5

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The ultimate show-biz musical! Small-town Peggy Sawyer is on the hunt for her big break in a depression-era New York City teeming with savvy chorus girls, imperious aging divas, and cut-throat directors. Bursting with show-stopping dance numbers and countless beloved Broadway standards including We’re In the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and 42nd Street, this Tony Award-winning favorite will knock your tap shoes right off!

42nd Street is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

42nd Street Business Sponsors


Directed by Robert Sella
Choreography Recreated and Adapted by Matthew Kilgore
Music Directed by 
Katie Siegmund
Stage Managed by:
Kristin M. Herrick*
Assistant Stage Managed by 
Brian R. Sekinger* & Kelsey Koga

Scenic & Lighting Designer: Matthew Imhoff
Costume Designer: Becky Bodurtha+

Guest Artists:
Abner Dillon: 
Scott Sweatt
Bert Barry: Edward Tolve*
Billy Lawler:
Spencer S. Lawson*
Dorothy Brock:
Serena Brook*
Gladys: 
Jackie Pageau
Julian Marsh: Ethan Watermeier*
Pat Denning, u/s Julian Marsh:
Chris Cherin
Winnie, u/s Maggie Jones & Anytime Annie:
Aiden Ankli
Ensemble, u/s Billy Lawler: 
Kevin Dort

Musicians:
Drums: Brandon Wong
Trumpet: Jane Sykes
Trombone: Tara Fayazi
Reed 1: Jordan Standlee
Reed 2: Brett Gregory
Rehearsal AccompanistJ. Kathleen Castellanos

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association +Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists


Program Note

“Grab your tap shoes, Francis!”

by Wynne DeMille & Cindy Johnson

As the title suggests, this glitzy musical reflects the energy, bustle, and glamour of New York theatre’s best known address. 42nd Street is a classic showbiz tale, where a “raw kid from the chorus” goes in the revolving door of show biz as a youngster and comes out a star.

Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from Allentown, PA, when she lands herself a spot in famed director Julian Marsh’s next big hit, starring the sultry Dorothy Brock. But, when an injury knocks Ms. Brock off her pedestal, the fallen star is dislodged by the lucky young Peggy. Desperate to climb her way back to the top, Dorothy stops at nothing to try and get herself back on stage, including cozying up to the Texas moneyman producing the musical. Meanwhile, Peggy finds the pressures of center stage overwhelming, but with the help of her friends from the chorus she finds the star inside herself and taps her way into the spotlight. All of these shenanigans and mishaps stand in the way of Julian Marsh putting together the hit show that he’s praying will cement his legacy as Broadway’s greatest director!

This well-loved musical started life as a novel by Bradford Robes. In 1933 it was adapted for the silver screen, with original choreography by Busby Berkeley. Busby created kaleidoscopic, luscious fantasies for the film, helping it earn a nomination for Best Picture at the 1933 Academy Awards and inspired producer David Merrick to adapt it for the stage in 1980. Merrick is remembered as one of Broadway’s most powerful impresarios, and for 42nd Street he assembled a crack team led by director/choreographer Gower Champion, book by Bradford Ropes, and music by the songwriting team of lyricist Al Dubin and composer Harry Warren. The musical can be considered a jukebox musical, of sorts, featuring Dubin & Warren songs not only from the original 42nd Street film but from their other films, such as Gold Diggers of 1933, Roman Scandals, Dames, and Go into Your Dance.

42nd Street proved to be Merrick’s last and greatest producing triumph, a perfect swansong for both Merrick and Champion (who sadly passed away on opening day). As a fitting epitaph to both Merrick’s and Champion’s work, 42nd Street went on to run for 3,486 performances and win Tony Awards for both Best Choreography and Best Musical.

42nd Street has a rich history at the Barn, with the Dames last tapping across the stage as part of our 60th Anniversary Season in 2006. This time, we’re thrilled to have choreographer Matthew Kilgore setting a combination of both Gower Champion’s and Randy Skinner’s award-winning choreography. Not a step has been changed, nothing has been been diluted; you’re getting a true Broadway experience, here in New London! So sit back, relax, and enjoy “those tapping feet” down on 42nd Street!

Gift Certificates

Forever Plaid, 2015

Purchase a gift certificate for our 2018 Summer Season and give an unforgettable gift of music, laughter and award-winning performances.

Gift certificates may be purchased by calling the Barn Box Office at (603) 526-6710, or you may place your order online here!

Certificates are available for the following pre-selected amounts:
$74.00 – average price for two Adult tickets to an evening performance
$133.00 – one Adult evening FlexPass package of 4 tickets
$240.00 – one adult 2018 Season evening Subscription

Or you may select your own amount! Barn Gift Certificates have no expiration date; certificates may be redeemed in a single transaction, or over a more extended period of time.

May Movies

 May 16 • 7:30 PM • FREE

May 23 • 7:30 PM • FREE

*Donations Greatly Appreciated*

Come shake off the cold winter, welcome the spring, and celebrate the 2018 Summer Season. These FREE (donations greatly appreciated) movies are the perfect way to start your summer with the Barn.

May 16: Clue • PG
This 1985 film based on the board game has developed a cult following, and it’s obvious why! This comedic masterpiece packs in the laughs in a hilarious murder-mystery for the whole family. Was it Colonel Mustard with the Lead Pipe in the Library? Or Miss Scarlet with the Rope in the Study? Come find out!

May 23: Disney’s Newsies • PG
Join us for a screening of the original 1991 Disney classic that inspired the award-winning musical coming later in our season! Starring a young Christian Bale, and featuring Alan Menken’s gorgeous songs like “Santa Fe,” this Disney classic is a fan favorite, and we think Barn audiences will love this taste of what’s going to be leaping across the Barn stage in 2018!

2018 Spotlight Series

Tickets: $25.00
Included FOR FREE with your 2018 Season Subscription!

• Select Monday Nights, 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM •

A fresh take on our long-running New London Barn Intern Idols, the Spotlight Series will give Barn audiences the chance to not only hear from the 2018 Acting Intern Company, but experience one-of-a-kind cabarets with Barn alumni and friends.

2018 Spotlight Series Sponsor


July 2: Intern Idols!
• 5:00 PM & 7:30 PM •

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A classic Idols! The Barn’s extraordinary Acting Intern Company splits into two teams to perform competing original musical revues, with audiences voting for the winner. Theme is The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

July 23: Center Stage
• 5:00 PM & 7:30 PM •

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The second performance in our Spotlight Series, Center Stage is a one-night-only cabaret from Barn Alumni, in an intimate, one-of-a-kind performance you’ll only get from the Barn.

August 13: Once a Barnie, Always a Barnie
• 5:00 PM & 7:30 PM•

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In June we introduced you to the stellar 2018 Acting Intern Company, and now it’s time to say goodbye. Join us for an original cabaret before this incredible group leaves the Barn to go out into the world and start their careers!

Disney’s

Newsies

The Broadway Musical

Music by
Alan Menken
Lyrics by
Jack Feldman
Book by
Harvey Fierstein

Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White

August 8-19

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The electrifying David-and-Goliath story of a ragged band of New York street urchins who took on publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst and their whole corporate establishment. Adapted from the 1992 Disney film and based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this Tony Award-winning musical features an Alan Menken (Aladdin, Little Mermaid) score, exhilarating dancing, and non-stop thrills. A massive Broadway hit, now making its New Hampshire premiere on our stage!

Newsies is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Newsies Business Sponsors


Director: Keith Coughlin
Choreographer: Roy Lightener
Music Director:
Robbie Cowan
Stage Manager:
Brian R. Sekinger*
Assistant Stage Managers:
Kristin M. Herrick* & Brian Lynn

Scenic Designer:
Lighting Designer:
Costume Designer:

Guest Artists:
To Be Announced

Musicians:
To Be Announced

*Denotes membership in Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)


Program Notes

by Wynne DeMille

I don’t know what to write or the right way to write it.

Newsies is a musical based on the 1992 film inspired by the real life newsboys’ strike of 1899 in New York City. The show is a great combination of musical theatre and history.  The film did poorly at the box office but it achieved cult classic status on home video and became the most popular Disney musical, not yet adapted for the stage. However, many theatre groups were enthusiastic about the story and their success with audiences led to a limited engagement on Broadway at the Zederlander Theatre, first previewing on March 15, 2012.

A rousing story of Jack Kelly, a 17 year old newsboy and his disabled friend “Crutcie” who dream of leaving NYC one day for the open spaces of the American West.  Kelly lives with other newsboys, young, poor and some orphaned, all trying to scratch out a living by selling newspapers. Jack must lead his fellow “newsies” in a fight for better wages against newspaper giant Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of N.Y. World.  He wants to increase profits so he raises the price “newsies” pay from 50 cents per 100 to 60 cents. This sets up a conflict of the poor newsboys against publishing barons.

The songs are many and the great score tells the story of “poor little kids versus rich, greedy sourpusses….  Speak up, take a stand…that’s how things get better…”So Jack Kelly rallies all “newsies” in the city to get behind him against Pulitzer and Wm. R. Hearst.  It took courage, determination and close friendships to take a stand. The songs chronicle the protest against Pulitzer and his paper and the confrontations with police and strike breakers. The original strike of two weeks encouraged Pulitzer and Hearst to compensate the child labor force as the paper’s circulation went from 360,000 to 125,000.

Newsies with lyrics by Jack Feldman, music by Harvey Fierstein, ran initially for 1,004 performances in NYC in 2012. It was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning for Best Original Score (written for the theater production) and best choreography.

Disney did a live film in 2017 and our former Barn Playhouse stage manager Brae Singleton was fortunate enough to be invited to work on it. This is the first time “Newsies” has appeared in NH or on our stage.   “Just look around at the world we’re inheriting and think of the one we’ll create. So whatever happens … Let’s begin!”

Little Women

The Broadway Musical

Book by
Allan Knee
Music by
Jason Howland
Lyrics by
Mindi Dickstein
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

June 27 – July 8

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Louisa May Alcott’s timeless tale is brought to soaring musical life in an energetic adaptation sure to warm the heart. The musical is seen through the eyes of the daring and tenacious Jo, as she relives her remarkable childhood. We meet the proud and impulsive Amy, the sweet and compassionate Beth, stalwart and devoted Meg, and, of course, Marmee, the emotional core of the family. As Jo journeys through her memories the family’s story come to life, populating their cramped attic with tales of triumph, heartache, and the fantasies Jo wrote to entertain them.

Little Women is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Little Women Business Sponsors


Director: Chad Larabee++
Choreographer: Natalie Wisdom
Music Director:
Robbie Cowan
Stage Manager:
Brian R. Sekinger*
Assistant Stage Managers: 
Kristin M. Herrick* & Brian Lynn

Scenic Designer: Erik Diaz+
Lighting Designer: Cecilia Durbin+
Costume Designer: Emily Kimball

Guest Artists:
Marmie March: Neva Rae Powers*
Mr. Laurence: Craig MacDonald*
Jo March: Talia Suskauer
Professor Bhaer: Elliott Cunningham
Aunt March/Mrs. Kirk: Amy Agostino
 

Musicians:
Keyboard 2/Percussion/Rehearsal Pianist: Katie Siegmund
Reed 1: Jordan Standlee
Reed 2: Brett Gregory
Trumpet: Jane Sykes

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association +Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists
++Denotes membership in Stage Directors and Choreographers Society


Program Notes

By Wynne DeMille and Cindy Johnson

How I need my sisters here;
If I can’t share my dreams, what were they for?

What makes a book or play a “timeless classic?” Who can tell? Certainly not the author, for upon completing Little Women, Louisa May Alcott confessed to her publisher that she deemed it “awfully dull.” Her publisher agreed, until his young niece, Lillie Almy, read it and urged her uncle to publish it.

In the one hundred and fifty years since, the book has never been out of print. Like Lillie Almy, millions of readers the world over have fallen in love with the story of four teenaged sisters coming-of-age in a Massachusetts town during the Civil War.

Ms. Alcott based the autobiographical novel on her girlhood spent with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. She introduces us to the March sisters: lovely Meg; frail Beth; spoiled Amy; and the talented writer Jo, who served as Louisa May’s alter ego. The girls live in “genteel poverty” with their strong-willed mother and role model, Marmie, while their father is off serving as a chaplain in the War.

By emphasizing the sisters’ education, dreams and aspirations, Ms. Alcott challenged 19th century society’s narrowly-defined roles for women. Each character in the story is developed as strong and independent, confronting issues of personal discovery and integrity, heartache, and hope. However, the heart of the story always comes back to Jo. In capturing the warm affection and loyalty the March girls share, Ms. Alcott captures our hearts and brings us into their family circle of love. The transcendental philosophy of the March girl’s rearing helps the novel feel modern, with Marmee dealing with many of the same dilemmas that contemporary parents find themselves addressing with their children today: taming an adolescent’s boastful ego,  supporting your child’s dreams, and learning when to let them fly or fall on their own, to name a few.

Little Women has been adapted for film and television over a dozen times, beginning with a silent version in 1917. Our musical production opened on Broadway in January of 2005 and ran until May of that same year, starring the renowned Sutton Foster as Jo, Maureen McGovern as Marmie, and directed by Susan Schulman. Acclaimed around the world, this is the first time the musical has appeared at the Barn.

So sit back, bask in the love of the March family and enjoy the story that has inspired countless women (and more than a few men!) to push boundaries and dream beyond their horizons.