New London Barn Playhouse Ends Historic 85th Season with 2017 Moss Hart Award and Other Accolades

The New London Barn Playhouse has capped its historic 85th summer season by becoming the 2017 recipient of the New England Theatre Conference’s (NETC) Moss Hart Memorial Award for Professional Excellence, for its August production of All Shook Up. This is the second Moss Hart Award won by the Barn in as many years.

According to the NETC, “the Moss Hart Memorial Award has a two-fold purpose: to honor the memory of MossHart, dramatist and director, for his wit and sensitivity, for his unconquerable enthusiasm for life and for his work in the theatre; and to recognize and encourage outstanding theatrical productions throughout New England of playscripts that present affirmative views of human courage and dignity, that have strong literary and artistic merit, and which in their productions, exemplify fresh, imaginative, creative treatment within the intent of the playwright. The New England Theatre Conference, in making the annual Moss Hart Memorial Award, seeks to encourage artistic growth and the highest standards of excellence in theatre.”

 

The Cast and Crew of All Shook Up

The 2017 Moss Hart Memorial Award recognizes the Barn’s production of All Shook Up, which was directed and choreographed by DJ Salisbury with music direction from Robbie Cowan. All Shook Up brought together Barn veterans and newcomers to create a one-of-a-kind experience that thrilled audiences. Sharing the stage with our stellar 2017 Acting Intern Company were beloved Barn favorites and seasoned Broadway professionals who brought life to the Elvis Presley score. Featuring over 150 individually-created costumes from Costume Designer Beau Hamilton, a whimsical scenic design from Brad M. Carlson, and inventive lighting from Cecilia R. Durbin, All Shook Up was an enormous crowd pleaser, ultimately becoming one of the top five bestselling productions in Barn history and garnering extraordinary word-of mouth in the region.

The Barn previously won the Moss Hart Memorial Award in 2016, for its record-breaking production of Crazy For You. On winning for a second consecutive year Producing Artistic Director Keith Coughlin stated, “We at the Barn are honored to accept this award. It recognizes the hard work and dedication of the whole team, both on and off stage, that helped make All Shook Up and the entire 2017 Summer Season possible. Each year we set the highest possible artistic standards for ourselves, and we are proud to be recognized by the New England Theatre Conference in this way and proud to be a part of this theater community.”

In the three years since Keith Coughlin assumed the position of Producing Artistic Director the New London Barn Playhouse has seen continued growth artistically and throughout the organization. The 2017 Summer Season was one for the record books in several ways:

      • West Side Story broke all existing Box Office records, becoming our bestselling production in history
      • On Golden Pond became our best-selling season-closer in history
      • We enjoyed over 20,000 individual patron visits
      • Over 100 Acting and Technical Interns, Guest Artists, Designers, and Staff were housed and fed over the course of the summer
      • 2017 Summer Camps saw enrollment increase by almost 40% over 2016, introducing over 200 young artists to the magic of live theater
      • The Junior Intern Company presented five glorious Children’s Theater productions, welcoming over 2,000 patrons of all ages to their performances
      • Over $5,000 in tuition forgiveness was distributed across our Education Programs

Additionally, as has been previously announced, the Barn has been deeply honored to receive a $125,000 grant from the Pussycat Foundation, a private foundation affiliated with the legacy of the great Helen Gurley Brown. The gift is part of a larger “Genius Grant” award recently bestowed on the Barn’s Artistic Director Emerita Carol Dunne, whose work at the Barn from 2008-2014 was seminal in transforming the organization into the award-winning regional theater it is today. The Genius Grant has been split in half and directed to both the Barn and to Northern Stage, where Carol has served as Producing Artistic Director since 2014, to honor her extraordinary impact on both organizations, her many years of dedication to the arts in our community and her role as one of the country’s leading female artistic directors.

Looking forward, the Barn is gearing up to ride the momentum from such a successful summer straight into the 2018 season. Details on the upcoming 86th Summer Season will be announced this winter, but subscriptions are already on sale. Visit www.nlbarn.org to see some of the productions being considered and to reserve your subscription today.

Thank You!

Every year we are astounded by the continued support of our community. From the bottom of our hearts, we  want to thank you for continuing to make the New London Barn Playhouse your home for summer theater.

2018 Business Sponsors

2018 Articles & Press

Photos and Video from the 2018 Season

2019 Subscriptions On Sale Now!

Barn Life: 2017

Sneak Peaks, Behind the Scenes Footage, and Exclusive Content for our 85th Summer Season!


The Barn Wins Again!

For the second year in a row, the Barn has been awarded the New England Theatre Conference’s Moss Hart Memorial Award for Professional Excellence! Last year, our production of Crazy for You garnered the top prize. This year, we’re incredibly proud that All Shook Up has been honored!

Click HERE to read the full press release


 

Camps Week Five: Pop Musicals!

Campers in Pop Musicals learned choreography to “C’mon Everybody” from All Shook Up and performed it on the Barn stage.


August 9: All Shook Up Opens!

Our final production with the 2017 Acting Intern Company, All Shook Up is truly  rockin’ the Barn! Enjoy these photos from our celebration on the Porch, and for more production photos click HERE!

The Company of All Shook Up

Keith toasts the Company on their hard work

2017 Acting Intern Julia Bain, Brian Krinsky, Sara Schoch, and Christopher R. Jacobs

Brian Krinsky and the Company of All Shook Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


All Shook Up Rehearsal Preview

Inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley®, All Shook Up has it all: mistaken identities, lovesick teenagers, tyrannical adults, and your favorite hits from Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest heartthrob. Based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, you won’t want to miss this hip swivelin’ musical spectacular!

Camps Week Three: Character Corner, Barn’s Best Musicals, and Tech Week

Campers had a full week working both on and off-stage! In Barn’s Best Musicals campers worked their way through some of the Barn’s biggest hits, from Singin’ in the Rain to Crazy for You! Click HERE for more photos from 2017 Camps!


Children’s Theater Series: Stuart Little

Director Brittany Sue Hines brought the classic E.B. White children’s story to life on the Barn stage with our incredibly talented Junior Intern company.


New London Barn Intern Idols #2: The Piano Man

The 2017 Acting Intern Company saluted the work of the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel. Enjoy these photos, but for more pictures click HERE.

2017 Acting Interns Dalton Bertolone, Elana Valastro, and Peter Garza

2017 Acting Interns Julia Bain, Zack Collins, Dori Waymer, and Robert Cueva


Children’s Theater Series: Romeo and Juliet

The Junior Intern Company did the Bard proud with a stellar production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by former Acting Intern Company Member Andrew Miller (2013). Click HERE for more photos!

Junior Acting Interns Dory Psomas as Tybalt and Robin McDonald as Mercutio

Junior Interns Hayden Christensen as Romeo, Kate Packard as Juliet, and Company


July 19: West Side Story Opens!

Director Keith Coughlin and Assistant Director/Choreographer Michael D. Jablonski toasted to the hard work of the cast and crew that made West Side Story possible! Enjoy these photos from the night, and click HERE for Production Photos!


Children’s Theater Series: The Snow Queen

The second show in the Junior Intern’s Children Series is The Snow Queen, an adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Click HERE to see more photos from the production!


The 2017 Annual Gala and Online Auction

Thank you the entire community who came out to support the Barn, and help us raise over $10,000 to support the New London Barn Playhouse!

Sarah Case, Chairman of the Board Steve Ensign, Business Manager Beth Perregaux, Artistic Director Keith Coughlin, and a future Junior Intern

Eve Burton, 2017 Acting Intern Company member Nick Case, and Board Member John Finck


July 12: Souvenir Opens!

This hilarious and heartwarming story of artistic passion and one woman’s quest to pursue her dreams stars Barn favorite Sara Schoch as the delusional diva Florence Foster Jenkins.

Sara Schoch stars as Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir

Artistic Dirctor Keith Coughlin toasts to the hard work of the creative and production team that put together Souvenir


4th of July at The Barn


New London Barn Intern Idols #1: Audience Choice!

The winning theme that YOU voted on was At the Movies: Songs of the Silver Screen. Click HERE to see more photos from the show!

2017 Acting Intern Company members Nick Case (Penn State) and Robert Cueva (Dartmouth)

2017 Acting Intern Company members Liza Couser (Dartmouth), Julia Hemp (Penn State), Nadina Hassan (Baldwin Wallace), and Dori Waymer (Florida State University)


The Secret Garden:

Kailey Boyle performs “Hold On”

For photos and more from The Secret Garden, check out this album!


The Secret Garden: YCN Interview with 2017 Acting Intern Company Member Kailey Boyle


The Secret Garden: An interview with Costume Designer Emily Kimball


June 24: Strawberry Festival

Members of the Junior Intern Company performed selections from their first production, Bookworms!, at the New London Historical Society as part of the 2017 Strawberry Festival festivities.


June 21: Welcoming the 2017 Junior Intern Company

Director of Education Josh Feder welcomed the 2017 Junior Interns with an Ice Cream Social, where they met their mentors in the Acting Intern Company and learned about what they would be doing this season!


June 14: GODSPELL Opens!

For more photos from GODSPELL, check out this photo album!

The Company of GODSPELL

The Company of GODSPELL, with Director Carol Dunne and Barn Artistic Director Keith Coughlin


June 8: 60th Annual Straw Hat Revue Opens!

Here are just a few of the pictures from this year’s Straw Hat Revue. For more, check out this photo album!

2017 Acting Intern Dalton Bertolone

2017 Acting Interns Elana Valastro and Kailey Boyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2017 Acting Intern Company


June 2: Open Rehearsal with Lake Sunapee Region Center for the Arts

We welcomed members of the community into the Barn for intimate look at the creative process. Director Carol Dunne, Choreographer Kyle Brand, and the cast of GODSPELL rehearsed and performed some works-in-progress, and afterwards participated in a Q-and-A with the audience.

Choreographer Kyle Brand gives an adjustment during rehearsal

Director Carol Dunne answers a question during the Q&A Session


GODSPELL 2017: An Interview with

Director Carol Dunne


May 28: Welcoming the 2017 Acting Intern Company

Barn Family and Friends welcome the 2017 Company

This year’s Acting Intern Company are the product of over 1,000 auditions held in New York City, New England Theater Conference, and college campuses across the country. Here are some quick facts about our 2017 Interns:

Average Age

21

Where They’re From

Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin

Male/Female Ratio:

 

Most Represented College or University


May 27: Box Office Opens!

Lines wrapped around the building for patrons to get their tickets to the 2017 Sumer Season!


Click HERE for the 2016 Blog

Click HERE for previous season updates

CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE AUCTION

Place your bids online to support your favorite summer theater! 
Closes TONIGHT at 10:00 PM!


Our 2017 online auction runs through 10:00 pm on July 13, and features a collection of fabulous and unique items: golf packages, delicious dinners, theater and other cultural events, gorgeous handicrafts, vacation destinations, and a handful of extraordinary Barn experiences. 100% of the funds raised through this summer’s auction will go to support the work of the New London Barn Playhouse.

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!

Casting & Hiring

The New London Barn Playhouse employs over 100 positions each summer, including Administration, Artistic & Production Staff, Musicians, and Performers.


Now Hiring: Director of Sales and Marketing

The New London Barn Playhouse has opened a search for our next Director of Sales and Marketing to advance and execute sales and marketing strategies and lead the company’s communication operations. This integral position works directly with the Executive Artistic Director and Director of Operations to serve an organization that is a unique and beloved part of our community. Core responsibilities include overseeing all marketing for the Barn, maintaining the Barn’s presence online, managing and and implementing sales strategies and plans, and overseeing all aspects of the Box Office operations and Box Office staff. 

The ideal candidate possesses strong writing and organizational skills, with sensitivity towards patron and client needs. He or she should have excellent communication skills, capability working with various online/website and social media platforms,  and experience using a collaborative approach to manage and inspire staff. We are also looking for an individual with a positive attitude,  powerful individual initiative,  deep appreciation of fun, and love of the arts and arts communities.

A complete job description is available at www.nlbarn.org/hiring. Interested parties please submit resume, cover letter, and three references (preferably via email) to:

Keith Coughlin, Executive Artistic Director
New London Barn Playhouse
P.O. Box 9
New London, NH  03257
keith@nlbarn.org


Now Casting!

Acting Intern Company Auditions

New London Barn Playhouse seeks non-Equity performers for its Acting Intern Company. The 2019 contract runs from May 26 – August 18 with the possibility of casting in the final show of the summer, which runs until September 1.

Acting Interns form the foundation of the company and play leading roles and/or chorus in each show alongside AEA actors. Compensation is $1,200 for the summer plus EMC points. Tech work is required 3 mornings a week, basic housekeeping chores are assigned, and participation in load-ins and strike is mandatory. Each Acting Intern will be offered a leading role for the season and will audition for the available roles in remaining shows. They will also perform in three original musical revues throughout the summer.

Local Actor Auditions

In addition to the Acting Intern Company, the New London Barn Playhouse seeks local talent each season for a variety of roles in the Main Stage season. Both Non-Union and Equity Performers interested in auditioning  should send their headshots and resume to casting@nlbarn.org. The New London Barn Playhouse operates under an SPT Agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.

The Barn participates in the following auditions:

  • A1 Auditions in New York, New York Learn more at the A1 Auditions Website.
  • New England Theater Conference Auditions in Natick, MA Learn more at the NETC website.
  • Local Auditions: Local AEA and Non-Equity Auditions will be held in the spring. Send headshot and resume to casting@nlbarn.org to apply for a slot.
  • New York City EPAs: Time and date TBA.

Junior Intern Auditions

Auditions will be held in Spring 2019.  Check back for more details on audition location. Please sign up for an audition after March 15 by emailing at education@nlbarn.org. For auditions, please prepare a short passage of a song, as well as a poem/monologue of your choice (each should be under a minute).

For teens interested in a Backstage Junior Internship, please sign up for an audition slot to interview with the staff. 

If you cannot make these auditions, please email education@nlbarn.org for more information or to learn how to audition at another time.

Directors, Designers & Production Staff

The New London Barn Playhouse continuously accepts resumes for future employment of Production, Design, & Artistic Staff.  Positions may include Scenic Designers, Costume Designers, Lighting Designers, Stage Managers, Carpenters, Stitchers, Wardrobe, Sound Technicians, Master Electricians, Choreographers, Box Office & Administrative Staff.  Specific openings are posted on Playbill.comBackstage Jobs & Artsearch as early as January.  Interested applicants are encouraged to refer to these ads, however, please feel free to address questions or comments to Keith Coughlin, Artistic Director, at keith@nlbarn.org.

Musicians

The New London Barn Playhouse typically hires a Main Stage Associate Music Director, a Junior Intern Company Music Director, and at least three additional musicians for the summer season.  Specific openings are posted on Playbill.comBackstage Jobs & Artsearch as early as January. Interested applicants are encouraged to refer to these ads; however, please feel free to address questions or comments to Keith Coughlin, Artistic Director, at keith@nlbarn.org.


If you have questions about auditioning, please email casting@nlbarn.org.

If you have questions about applying for a position on our production staff, please email production@nlbarn.org.

If you have questions about becoming a musician with us for the summer, please email keith@nlbarn.org.

The New London Barn Playhouse is an Equal Opportunity Employer to all persons regardless of age, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity and/or expression.

THE 2017 SUMMER SEASON

 CLICK HERE to purchase 2017 Subscriptions and FlexPasses online.


60th Annual Straw Hat Revue
June 8-11

June 8-9 @ 7:30 pm
June 10 @ 5:00 pm & 7:30 pm
June 11 @ 5:00 pm

 Meet the 2017 Acting Intern Company! A time-honored and beloved Barn tradition ushering in the start of the summer season. Complimentary tickets available beginning May 27, via phone or in-person sale only. Tickets go quickly!

Straw Hat Revue Business Sponsors


June 14-25

Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Originally produced on the New York stage by Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan, and Joseph Beruh

A timeless musical celebration of friendship, compassion, tolerance, and love. The Gospel according to St. Matthew unfolds on our stage, bursting with the music of our most famous Barnie, Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Wicked). A deeply compelling story for all ages and for all times.

Godspell Business Sponsors


June 28-July 9
Buy-Now-Transparent

Book & Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the beloved Victorian classic. Lonely and spoiled, an orphaned girl sent to live on the windswept Yorkshire moors with her reclusive uncle unexpectedly discovers the magic of the natural world. An enchanting tale of redemption and renewal for the whole family.   

The Secret Garden Business Sponsors


July 12-16Buy-Now-Transparent

by Stephen Temperley

A majestically awful opera singer and her long-suffering accompanist take center stage in this hilarious play about the infamous Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy New York socialite whose earsplitting singing was matched only by her unconquerable delusions of greatness. A funny and poignant look at artistic passion, the meaning of music, and the true source of beauty in our world.

**NOTE: Raymond Sage, one of two members of the cast of Souvenir, has been taken ill and will be unable to perform. Elliott Cunningham will be stepping into the role of Cosme McMoon, performing with script in hand. Elliott is a Barn veteran, most recently seen in last season’s Shrek The Musical and Crazy for You. Music Director Kathleen Castellanos will accompany on piano.**

Souvenir Business Sponsors


July 19-August 6
Buy-Now-Transparent

Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins.
Book by Arthur Laurents; Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins.
Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince, by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

A profoundly innovative American masterpiece, featuring unforgettable dancing and a Bernstein-Sondheim score widely acknowledged as one of the greatest of all time. A pair of star-crossed lovers struggle to survive in a city disfigured by violence and hate. As powerful, heartbreaking, and relevant as ever. 

West Side Story Business Sponsors


August 9-20
Buy-Now-Transparent

Inspired by and featuring the songs of ELVIS PRESLEY®
Book by Joe DiPietro

The ultimate jukebox musical, featuring the hip-swiveling melodies of the country’s most iconic rock ‘n’ roll heartthrob. A small-town girl with big dreams joins forces with a motorcycle-riding stranger to bring the power of rock ‘n roll to a sleepy Midwestern backwater. Includes classic tunes like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock”, “Come On, Everybody”, and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.

All Shook Up Business Sponsors


August 23-September 3
Buy-Now-Transparent

by Ernest Thompson

A funny and bittersweet story about the complex, deeply felt ties binding one American family together. The tranquility of the idyllic New Hampshire lake where Ethel and Norman Thayer have spent the past 48 summers is about to be broken by the arrival of their daughter and her entourage. Love, family, and the passage of time intertwine in this Tony Award-winning play.

On Golden Pond Business Sponsors


New London Barn Intern Idols!
July 3, July 24, & August 14

– MONDAY SHOWS; PERFORMANCES AT 5:00 and 7:30 PM –
Idols! Tickets go on sale Saturday May 27, 2017

A Barn favorite! Our extraordinary Acting Intern Company splits into two teams to perform competing original musical revues around different themes, with audiences voting for the winner. The talent, creativity, and sheer fun of it all will blow you away. Whether your taste runs to Oklahoma, Mamma Mia, or Glee, it’s all in Idols. Don’t miss it!

85th Season Idols! Themes
July 3 ▪ Audience Choice: A first for the Barn. Cast your vote in June for that Idols! theme that you’ve been dying to see! Whatever the winning theme, it’s guaranteed to bring the house down.

July 24 ▪ The Piano Man: A rock ’n’ roll celebration of the tough kid from Hicksville, Long Island who grew up to become the magnificent Billy Joel.

August 14 ▪ Interns’ Choice: The 2017 Acting Intern Company puts together their very own farewell revue.

New London Barn Intern Idols! Sponsor


Children’s Theater Series at the Barn

The 2017 Children’s Theater Series consists of 5 shows performed by the Barn’s own Junior Intern Company. Click here for Series details, or here for more information about the Junior Intern Program.

THE 2017 ACTING INTERN COMPANY

 

Joseph Allen, Penn State UniversityJOSEPH ALLEN is delighted to join New London Barn Playhouse for the summer. Originally from Salem, Oregon, Joseph is an upcoming senior in the musical theatre program at Penn State University. At PSU he has been seen in Little Women, Be More Chill (by Joe Iconis), Hair, Dogfight, Titanic and American Idiot. Regional: Huck in Big River, Gypsy (Sharon Playhouse) and Something Wicked This Way Comes (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Hot N’ Cole (Sarasota Opera House), and Forever Plaid. For Cam.


Julia Bain, Ithaca CollegeJULIA BAIN is a recent graduate of Ithaca College’s Musical Theatre program. Past Ithaca credits include Jenny in Company, Tilly in She Kills Monsters, Woman 1 in Songs For A New World, Swing in How to Succeed…, and Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi.  She also recently appeared as Paulina in Green Gables: The Musical at The Hangar Theatre. She is beyond excited to be spending the summer in New London! www.juliabain.com


Dalton Bertolone, Hartt School of MusicDALTON BERTOLONE is thrilled to be spending his summer at The New London Barn! Dalton is a California native and a recent graduate of The Hartt School with a BFA in Music Theatre.Some of his past credits include West Side Story (Big Deal) and How to Succeed… at Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Hair (Tribe/Claude us) at Playhouse on Park. The Spitfire Grill(Joe Sutter), Curtains (Bobby Pepper), Titanic (Wallace Hartley), The Robber Bridegroom (Big Harp), and Company (Peter) at The Hartt School. Dalton wants to thank his family for their never-ending amount of love and support. www.daltonbertolone.com


Kailey Boyle, Baldwin Wallace UniversityKAILEY BOYLE just completed her freshman year studying Musical Theatre at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, then snuck in a quick visit home to Middleton, WI. Kailey was last seen on stage in Lizzie (Lizzie Borden) at Playhouse Square and Bring It On (Campbell Davis) at the Beck Center for the Arts. Other favorite credits include Once Upon a Mattress (Princess Winnifred), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Little Women (Joe March), and Anne of Green Gables (Anne Shirley). Last summer Kailey was a finalist at the National High School Music Theater Awards. Kailey is grateful for her BWMT2020 family, her Mom, Dad, and brother Jack.


Nick Case, Penn State University

NICK CASE is thrilled to be spending his summer at the New London Barn! Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, Nick is a rising junior Musical Theatre major at Penn State University. Previous credits include American Idiot (Chase), Falsettoland (Mendel), and ‘Swonderful (Harold Lloyd) at PSU; and Sharon Playhouse’s Big River (Ensemble) and Gypsy (Ensemble). Many thanks to the faculty here at the Barn, fellow Barnies, and my family for their endless love and support. Philippians 4:13.


Zachary Collins, Ithaca CollegeZACHARY COLLINS would like to welcome to you all to the New London Barn! As a first time Barnie, he is extremely excited to be working with such a renowned company. He is a Junior Musical Theatre Major at Ithaca College, originally from Folsom, California. His past/favorite credits include Bride/Hartley in Titanic: The Musical and Man 1 in Songs for a New World, both at Ithaca College, and Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie with El Dorado Musical Theatre. When not performing in a musical setting, he alo works as an EmCee at corporate events across the country, most recently at Cisco Live in Las Vegas. He would like to thank his family and friends for the endless support!


Liza Couser, Dartmouth CollegeLIZA COUSER is delighted to be with the Barn this summer. She is a Wisconsin native and a recent graduate of Dartmouth College. Favorite credits include Dartmouth’s Urinetown (Hope) and Chicago (Mary Sunshine) and most recently a run of Mamma Mia at Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT. Last summer, Liza studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Summer Shakespeare intensive. She is so grateful to her family for their love and support, and to everyone at the New London Barn for this opportunity!


Robert Cueva, Dartmouth CollegeROBERT CUEVA is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College from Bedford, NH. Last summer, he studied Shakespeare at the London Academy for Music and Dramatic Arts. The summer before that, he studied the stars of the southern hemisphere at an observatory in South Africa. As a physics and theater double major, he has had the opportunity to explore his love for both the arts and sciences. During his time at Dartmouth, Cueva enjoyed acting in a variety of shows ranging from student written plays to fully produced musicals—his favorite role being Bobby Strong in Urinetown: The Musical. Cueva is truly honored to join the Barn this summer; he would like to thank his family, Keith, Sarah, Carol, and all else who have helped him reach this point.


Elijah Dawson, Baldwin Wallace University

ELIJAH DAWSON is a rising sophomore at Baldwin Wallace University and is thrilled to be making his debut here at New London Barn Playhouse. Some previous productions Elijah has been in are Bring it On: The Musical (Ensemble), West Side Story (Shark Swing), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Baron), Catch Me If You Can (Roger Strong). Elijah would like to thank God and his family for always supporting him.


Peter Garza, Ithaca CollegePETER GARZA is a rising senior Musical Theatre Major at Ithaca College. Favorite roles include Eliades in Anna in the Tropics, Antonio in The Rover, and Tom in A Chorus Line. Peter has danced in, staged, and co-choreographed several large concerts with Ithaca College Dance faculty with styles ranging from ballet to contemporary musical theater. He was last seen as a ballet ensemble dancer in Opera Ithaca’s production of Cinderella at the Hangar Theatre.  Peter is excited to return to the role of Chino, having previously played it at Interlakes Summer Theater, in addition to Pablo in Sister Act and an Ancestor in The Addams Family.  Peter is grateful for his friends and family for their continued love and support, and excited for the opportunity to work with these artists this summer.


Nadina Hassan, Baldwin Wallace UniversityNADINA HASSAN is ecstatic to be joining the New London Barn Acting Intern Company this summer! She is a rising sophomore music theatre major at Baldwin Wallace University. Nadina hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan. During her freshman year she starred as Maria (West Side Story) and performed as a Swing/Cheerleader (Regional Premiere of Bring it On). She has also played Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Sandy (Grease), and Belle (Beauty and the Beast), among others. Nadina is immensely grateful for her family’s unwavering support and love.


Julia Hemp, Penn State UniversityJULIA HEMP is absolutely blessed to be a part of the New London Barn family. As a rising senior B.F.A. Musical Theater major at Penn State, her recent performance credits include: Sharon Playhouse’s Gypsy (Dainty June), Penn State Centre Stage’s American Idiot (Libby/Extraordinary Girl Cover), Titanic (Caroline), and 110 in the Shade (Hannah/Ensemble). You also might have seen her performing with several classmates in the Cole Porter revue, Hot ‘n’ Cole, at the Sarasota Opera House in Florida. She hopes that you will enjoy summer season! Many thanks to everyone for their support!


Jacob Roberts-Miller, Pace University

JACOB ROBERTS-MILLER is ecstatic to be joining the New London Barn this summer. He is a rising junior Musical Theatre major at Pace University. Some favorite performances include Bobby in A Chorus Line at Pace (directed by Baayork Lee), Ned Danes in Murder At The Gates at Pace New Musicals (Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, directed by Whitney Mosery), Clown 1 in The 39 Steps, and Franky Epps in Parade. He would like to thank his family and friends for their support, as well as the community of New London, for their warm welcome.


Elena Valastro, Cornell UniversityELANA VALASTRO is thrilled to be with the New London Barn Playhouse! From South Burlington VT, she is a recent graduate of Cornell University with a BA in Performing & Media Arts and a minor in Science & Technology Studies. Cornell credits include The Glass Menagerie (Laura), Pippin (Leading Player), Far From Canterbury (Agnes), The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Gin), and various dance shows with the Edge of the Gorge Dance Co. Elana has been seen regionally at Saint Michael’s Playhouse in Fiddler on the Roof (Chava), Spamalot, and Sister Act, as well as at the Mirror Theatre in Annie Get Your Gun (Winnie Tate) and Kiss Me, Kate. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support!  


DORI WAYMER is beyond grateful to be a part of New London Barn’s 2017 season! Originally from Atlanta GA, Dori is a rising senior pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre from Florida State University. Favorite credits include Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), A Chorus Line (Connie), All Shook Up (Lorraine). Many thanks to her friends and family for their ongoing love and support.

Alumni Updates

The Barn has a rich history of actors, technicians, designers, and even dietitians that stretches back to 1933. As we look to the future of what the New London Barn Playhouse can be, we are excited to include the many Barn Alumni who have added to the Barn’s story on that journey.

Stay in contact with the Barn by filling out this short, five minute form. We want to hear your Barn story! Occasionally, we’ll feature alums in Alumni Updates.

Tom DeMille

1938-2017

We grieve the loss of our beloved longtime Board President Tom DeMille,
who passed away peacefully on February 24, 2017.

Words cannot fully convey the depth of what Tom gave to the New London Barn Playhouse over his decades of dedicated commitment. He was the beating heart of the place. Come May each year, he would seem to be everywhere at once: hanging up posters, hammering in nails, rehearsing for a show, running meetings, handing out tickets, chatting with patrons. The artistic excellence and financial stability that the Barn has achieved over the past ten years stand as a testament to his sure-handed, understated leadership. And you will never find a kinder boss. Anywhere.

We have lost a leader, a father, and a friend.

 

We are  proud to dedicate our 85th Summer Season to the memory of Tom DeMille, as a  reflection and a celebration of the incalculable impact of a life well and generously lived in the arts. The best way we can thank him is to make it the most beautiful season we’ve ever had. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
We love you, Tom. Watch over us. We’ll try to make you proud.

HONORING A LEGACY: THE DEMILLE FUND

Established in support of the New London Barn Playhouse
Honoring Tom and Wynne DeMille’s decades of commitment to our theater

tom_porchsignFor decades, Tom and Wynne DeMille cheerfully rolled up their sleeves and did whatever was needed to keep the Barn moving forward. Successfully leading a non-profit professional theater in a 200-year-old barn means expecting the unexpected, and Tom knew that better than anyone. Whether it was the basement flooding, skunks in the orchestra pit, a Kitchen Manager quitting in the midst of dinner service, or a housing contract falling through mid-May, Tom remained unflappable: calm, composed, and armed always with an unsinkable sense of humor. 
In honor of that legacy, contributions to The DeMille Fund will be simply designated as general-purpose gifts and directed wherever they happen to be needed most. It may be badly-needed capital improvements, or plane tickets for a musician from California, or a plumber’s bill, or new bunkbeds, or any one of a million critically important other things. Whatever it is, you can be sure of one thing: Tom would have taken care of it. 
To make a gift to the DeMille Fund, please click here or send your gift to us at PO Box 9, New London NH 03257. Please remember to designate the fund if sending a check.

Noted Attorney who loved family and the arts passes at age 78
Tom DeMille Obituary

ladder-tomThomas W. DeMille of New London, New Hampshire, died at home surrounded by his loving family on February 24th, 2017. Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on October 9, 1938, he was the son of Thomas Martin and Margaret (Ashmore) DeMille. Tom achieved great success as an attorney and later as a preserver, protector and rejuvenator of historic treasures, significantly of summer stock theaters.

Tom graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University in 1961 and was awarded a Juris Doctor Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Connecticut, School of Law and made a Member of The Law Review in 1969. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S Army Signal Corps and stationed at Fort Monmouth, N.J., where he met his love of fifty-five years, Winifred S. Cleaver, a brand new Registered Nurse. Just as in the musical South Pacific, it was love at first sight “across a crowded room,” which led to marriage a few months later.

After military service, Tom & Wynne relocated to Enfield, Glastonbury and eventually Old Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he was one of the Founders of the prestigious law firm of Updike, Kelly and Spellacy, P.C. Regarded as the preeminent real estate counsel in Connecticut, Tom played the leading role in the construction of major projects across the State, particularly with respect to the development of Regional Shopping Centers. He served as Government Affairs Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

mystery-tomVery active in the affairs of his adopted community, Tom served multiple terms as Town Attorney, President of the Wethersfield Historical Society and Founder and President of the Wethersfield Preservation Trust. He chaired the successful conversion of the old High School into the award-winning Keeney Memorial Cultural Center. Also deeply involved in the Greater Hartford cultural scene, Tom served as an Elector of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Chair of the Greater Hartford Chamber Orchestra and on many programs sponsored by The Greater Hartford Arts Council.

Tom and Wynne participated in the amazing rebirth of Old Wethersfield in the 1970s and 80s, restoring, among others, the 1774 Captain Josiah Buck Homestead, on the Wethersfield Cove, raising sons Tom and John, along with Wynne’s Arabians, beloved dogs and assorted barn cats.

Tom DeMille sang God Bless America in front of a live audience at age 3 and became hopelessly hooked on all things theatrical! This fascination led to singing gigs with his brothers and numerous roles with community groups and in college musicals. His theatrical adventures were interrupted by forty years of practicing law which is very much like acting (except you have to write your own material).

From their summer home in New London, New Hampshire (the 1794 Josiah Brown House which they had restored over the years), Tom & Wynne had the privilege of working for decades with theatrical legend Norman Leger who, against all odds, had managed to keep the nationally known summer theater, the New London Barn Playhouse, alive as other theatres fell by the wayside one by one. Upon their retirement to New London in 2003, the DeMilles were able to play a more instrumental role in the successful effort to turn The Barn into a non-profit corporation.

tomThe New London Barn Playhouse continued to thrive under Tom’s direction. Money was raised, deficits were eliminated, Art Deco Seats were refurbished, air conditioning and many other physical improvements were added. But it is the area of artistic performance where the miracles really occurred. First with Carol Dunne and now under the artistic leadership of Keith Coughlin, the New London Barn Playhouse has become the acknowledged leading producer of musicals in the State of New Hampshire and was recently awarded the Winner of the Moss Hart Award for Professional Excellence throughout New England. All this, plus Tom got to play favorite old-guy character roles in over twenty plays at the Barn and the Newport Opera House. “We cannot underestimate the impact that Tom and Wynne’s love and care of the New London Barn Playhouse has had on thousands of peoples’ lives,” says Dunne. “Tom’s belief in and support of the Barnies was personal and limitless.”

But through all his successes, the most important part of Tom’s life was his family. The relationship with wife Wynne and children Tom and John was extremely close for his entire life. He was blessed to be able to see the birth of six grandchildren and experience with them a significant part of their lives. He was most happy to be able to spend many, many summers and holidays with all of them, giving them rides in his classic Model A, swimming or golfing with them. He would travel to South Carolina or Massachusetts to see his grandchildren’s plays, sporting events, or family celebrations.

Besides Wynne, Tom leaves behind son Tom (Andrea) grandchildren Ethan, Cameron and Jason DeMille of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; son John (Carolyn) and grandchildren Emma, Sarah and Alex DeMille of Medfield, Mass., Brother William DeMille (Ann) of Abington, and sisters Lois DeMille of Marlboro, Meg Whitehead (Craig) of Ashland, and Tom’s sister- in-law Evelyn Smith-DeMille, wife of his late brother Jack. Tom’s extended family includes beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins who have been an important part of his life.

2017
60th Annual Straw Hat Revue
GODSPELL
The Secret Garden
Souvenir
West Side Story
All Shook Up
On Golden Pond
New London Barn Intern Idols!


2014
57th Annual Straw Hat Revue
A Little Night 
Music
Damn Yankees
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Over The Pub
Kiss Me, Kate
Dial “M” for Murder
New London Barn Intern Idols!


2011
54th Annual Straw Hat Revue
Shakespeare in Hollywood
A Funny Thing Happened…Forum
NL Barn Intern Idols!
Guys & Dolls
Almost, Maine
The Drowsy Chaperone
Chicago
The Man Who Came to Dinner
 


2008
51st Annual Straw Hat Revue
I Hate Hamlet
Godspell
A Grand Night For Singing
Evita
Thoroughly Modern Millie
My Fair Lady
Fiddler on the Roof
Unexpected Guest


 2005
48th Annual Straw Hat Revue


2002
45th Annual Straw Hat Revue 


1999
42nd Annual Straw Hat Revue 


 1996
39th Annual Straw Hat Revue


1993
36th Annual Straw Hat Revue 


 1990

33rd Annual Straw Hat Revue

2016
59th Annual Straw Hat Revue
Brigadoon
How to Succeed…
Shrek The Musical
The 39 Steps
Crazy for You
Don’t Dress for Dinner
New London Barn Intern Idols!


2013
56th Annual Straw Hat Revue
The Student Prince
The Music Man
Singin’ In The Rain
A Legendary Romance
Les Misérables
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
New London Barn Intern Idols!


2010
53rd Annual Straw Hat Revue
Harvey
The Pirates of Penzance
Side By Side By Sondheim
Hello, Dolly!
Sleuth
Hairspray
Carousel
Picasso at the Lapin Agile


2007
50th Annual Straw Hat Revue
Barefoot in the Park
Little Shop of Horrors
Always Patsy Cline
Annie Get Your Gun
Cabaret
The Odd Couple
Cats
Amadeus


 2004
47th Annual Straw Hat Revue


2001
44th Annual Straw Hat Revue


1998
41st Annual Straw Hat Revue 


1995
38th Annual Straw Hat Revue 


 1992
35th Annal Straw Hat Revue


 1989

32nd Annual Straw Hat Revue

2015
58th Annual Straw Hat Revue
Gypsy
The Sound of Music
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Steel Magnolias
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Forever Plaid
New London Barn Intern Idols!


2012
55th Annual Straw Hat Revue
Ragtime
Oklahoma
Legally Blonde
Our Town
Hair
The Mousetrap
New London Barn Intern Idols!


2009
52nd Annual Straw Hat Revue
Leading Ladies
She Loves Me
Suds
South Pacific
Art
The Producers
Anything Goes
The Fantasticks


2006
49th Annual Straw Hat Revue
Stage Door
Grease
Forever Plaid
The Secret Garden
La Cage Aux Folles
West Side Story
Camelot
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife


 2003
46th Annual Straw Hat Revue


 2000
43rd Annual Straw Hat Revue


 1997
40th Annual Straw Hat Revue


 1994
37th Annual Straw Hat Revue


 1991
34th Annual Straw Hat Revue


 1988

31st Annual Straw Hat Revue

 

2018 Production Photos

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2018 Straw Hat Revue

Camelot

Little Women

Sylvia

42nd Street

Newsies

Video from the 2018 Season