Make Your Barn Gift Today!

Producing a full summer season of professional theater is costly. Ticket sales cover only about 60% of our annual operating expenses. The balance comes from the contributions of our patrons and friends – and it is those contributions that enable us to produce extraordinary work. Please consider a gift in support of the music, laughter and fantastic performances that you see on our stage summer after summer.

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The Barn is a listed historical landmark and a priceless cultural resource in our community.
As an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, all donations are tax deductible.


What Does Your Gift Do?

Every gift makes a difference. Your support will help to cover a huge range of expenses associated with our 2017 season, including:

$25: 15,000 heavy-duty steel staples for our staple guns. The scenic and props departments go through tens of thousands of industrial staples in a season.
 
$80: A single body microphone (called a lavalier), worn on an actor’s body as part of the theater’s sound system. We typically replace at least 10 of them each summer.
 
$150: A season’s worth of hot glue for the props department
 
$450: Our 2018 paints budget for 42nd Street
 
$500: A summer’s worth of first aid supplies for backstage, housing, rehearsal room, and front-of-house first aid kits
 
$1,800: New LED lights, to replace our aging fixtures and help the Barn go green.
 
$2,800: A typical week’s worth of food to feed a company of 75+
 
$12,000: Royalties for Newsies 

Barn Life: 2018

Sneak Peaks, Behind the Scenes Footage, and Exclusive Content for our 86th Summer Season!

2018 Summer Staff Universities!

Check out this map of every University represented by our 2018 Summer Staff!

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Elon University Baldwin Wallace University The Hartt School (Hartford) Boston Conservatory Penn State University Carnegie Mellon University Otterbein University Chippola College
Dartmouth College Emerson College University of Northern Colorado Rutgers University Roosevelt University University of Central Florida Western Michigan University Davidson College
Texas A&M University Fordham University Valdosta State University University of California, Berkley University of Illinois Point Park University Northern Illinois University Harding University
Muhlenberg College Bowling Green State University State University of New York Case Western Reserve University University of California, Davis Indiana University University of Alabama University of Rochester

Of the 32 schools represented at the Barn, Rutgers leads the way with three students and one alumna! From left to right: Jenna Swatt (Costume Intern), Brian Lynn (Assistant Stage Manager), Kristin M. Herrick (Stage Manager, g. 2011) and Kelsey Koga (Assistant Stage Manager).

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Penn State is a close second with 3 students – all of whom are Acting Interns! From left to right: Daniel Teixeira, Jake Pedersen, and Graham Hancock.

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                                          Daniel Teixeira  Jake Pedersen  GrahamHancock

Many of our staff underwent long journeys to make it to the Barn, but few more so than our Scenic/Electrics Intern Vivian Santana (left) – who traveled 3,000 miles from UC Davis to join us this Summer! On the opposite end of the spectrum, our Box Office Manager Rylee Pauling (right) is a New London native who lives just 5 minutes away from the Barn!


2017 New Hampshire Theatre Awards

Congratulations to Kim Jablonski and the entire cast of West Side Story on their wins! Kim won Best Supporting Actress for her stellar portrayal of Anita, and West Side Story won for Best Professional Musical!

Congratulations as well to all of our finalists:
– Best Choreography in a Professional Production: Jesse Factor
– Best Costume Design in a Professional Production: Emily Kimball
– Best Lighting Design in a Professional Production: Kyle Toth
– Best Director of a Professional Musical Production: Keith Coughlin
– Best Supporting Actor in a Professional Musical Production: Jason Goldston as Riff
– Best Musical Direction in a Professional Production: Jonathan Parks
– Best Choreography in a Professional Production: Michael Jablonski
– Best Sound Design in a Professional Production: Ben Montmagny

Additionally, our beloved Tom DeMille received the Francis Grover Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award for his service not just to the Barn, but to our wider community. Wynne and the boys were on hand to accept the award, and the NHTA’s created this beautiful movie to commemorate the event:

See you at the 2018 NHTA’s!


On the Road Again…

Barnies on Tour!

The Sound of Music
The hills are alive with Mackenzie Dade (Acting Intern, 2015; Anybodys in West Side Story, 2017) and Danny Marquez (Violinist, 2017) as they tour the country in this gorgeous new production! Mackenzie starred in the Barn’s 2015 production of The Sound of Music as Liesl, and now she gets to understudy it on her first national tour! Danny spent his first summer at the Barn this year year, but audiences will remember his gorgeous playing during West Side Story and The Secret Garden.

www.thesoundofmusicontour.com

 
Waitress
Back in November we caught up with Kyra Kennedy (Acting Intern, 2012) on the first national tour of Waitress the Musical, performing nightly in the ensemble and understudying both Jenna and Dawn. At the Barn, Kyra was featured in Hair in 2012, and in 2017 she came back to star in GODSPELL.
 
In November, Kyra shared this piece of advice for the 2018 Acting Interns: “Take care of yourself (i.e. get sleep when you need it) but also make memories and have fun (i.e. stay up late when you need it) <3”

www.waitressthemusical.com

 

A Chorus Line
Also from our 2017 production of GODSPELL, 2014 Acting Intern Taylor Wright is also hitting the road! Fresh from his run in the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway play Afterglow, Taylor is now touring with A Chorus Line, performing the role of Don nightly and understudying Zach.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Another chance for you to support not one but TWO stellar Barnies! Briana Gantsweg wowed audiences this past summer as the saucy Miss Sandra in All Shook Up and is playing Miss Barley in this hilarious musical. She’s joined by musician Jordan Standlee, who has spent five seasons playing reeds in the pit at the Barn.

 

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and Support Your Barnies!


2017 New Hampshire Theater Awards Nominations

The New Hampshire Theater Awards have announced the nominees for the 2017 Awards, and the Barn leads the pack with a total of 18 nominations!
 
The Secret Garden
  • Best Professional Production of a Musical
  • Best Director of a Professional Musical Production: Richard Roland
  • Best Actor in a Professional Musical Production: Daniel Schwait as Archibald Craven
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Professional Musical Production: Kailey Boyle as Martha
  • Best Musical Direction in a Professional Production: Katie Siegmund
  • Best Choreography in a Professional Production: Jesse Factor
  • Best Costume Design in a Professional Production: Emily Kimball
  • Best Sound Design in a Professional Production: Ben Montmagny
  • Best Lighting Design in a Professional Production: Kyle Toth
West Side Story
  • Best Professional Production of a Musical
  • Best Director of a Professional Musical Production: Keith Coughlin
  • Best Actress in a Professional Musical Production: Nadina Hassan as Maria
  • >Best Supporting Actor in a Professional Musical Production: Jason Goldston as Riff
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Professional Musical Production: Danny Bevins as Bernardo
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Professional Musical Production: Kim Sava as Anita
  • Best Musical Direction in a Professional Production: Jonathan Parks
  • Best Choreography in a Professional Production: Michael Jablonski
  • Best Sound Design in a Professional Production: Ben Montmagny

Winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony on January 20th.

In addition, our beloved Tom DeMille is being honored with the  2018 Francis Grover Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Artistically vibrant, financially strong, and deeply loved by thousands, the New London Barn Playhouse stands today as one of Tom DeMille’s most enduring legacies and a testament to the incalculable impact of a life well and generously lived in the arts.”

Announcing the 2018 Summer Season!

Click HERE to read the full Press Release announcing the 86th Summer Season!

 


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Barn Life: 2017

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the 2016 Blog

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Education at the Barn

The Barn’s mission to create vibrant theater with young artists in collaboration with professionals also extends to the young people in our community. We firmly believe that an education in the performing arts is incredibly important to young people’s creative and social development. Further, the ability to connect with our community is a cornerstone of the Barn’s long history. For these reasons, we are very happy to offer immersive educational programming.

Education comes in many forms: classes, productions, going to the theater, meeting professionals in the field, and many others. This year, we are very excited to be offering our spring intensive, a summer full of camps, as well as our well-established Junior Intern Company, as ways for young aspiring actors, singers, dancers, writers, and theater artists to get involved in their art, and in our theater. Below are some of are current and upcoming offerings.

Junior Intern Program

The Junior Intern Company is comprised of 30 young performers aged 12-18 who, over the course of nine weeks, rehearse, build and perform plays and musicals for young audiences.

Check our the 2018 Childrens Series here. 

Check out our Junior Intern Program page for more information.

Summer Camps

Each summer, we offer five weeks of camps, Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM or 1:00 PM-4:00 PM. Each week will have opportunities for children ranging from age 6 to 11, and will culminate in a performance for family and friends. Camps are taught by a combination of Barn staff, members of the Acting Company, and professional guest artists! Check back in February for an announcement of our Summer 2018 lineup! 

Check out our Summer Camps page for more information.

Musical Theater Intensive

Join us for a weekend of singing, acting, and dancing, all focused on our stellar 2018 Summer Season! We’ll Seize the Day and learn material from Newsies, as well as material from Camelot42nd Street, and Little Women. The 2018 Intensive, Seize the Day: A Newsies Weekend will be March 24th and 25th, and registration is now open.

Check on the Musical Theater Intensive page for more information!

Note: All of our programs are day-camps; these are for campers with local housing, as no on-site housing is available