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A bunch of actors, a director, and a stage manager sit around a rehearsal hall, scripts in hand, pretending to be... a bunch of actors, a director, and a stage manager sitting around a rehearsal hall with scripts in hand.  Such was the scene when the Winni Players Community Theatre group began the process of rehearsing Laughing Stock, a love letter to New England summer theatres written by Charles Morey. 

Set at “the Playhouse” a fictional, barn-like summer theatre in New Hampshire, Morey’s comedy features a down-on-its-luck theatre company which hopes its current season – Dracula, Charley’s Aunt, and Hamlet – will turn around its fortunes.  The hapless but hopeful Artistic Director, Gordon Page (played by Gilmanton’s Ray Dudley), does his very best to make the best art he can despite working with small budgets, diva actors, clueless directors, and a demanding donor.  Add to that special effects that don’t quite go as planned, costumes which don’t quite make sense, lines that don’t quite get learned, and apprentices who don’t quite stay awake, and you have a recipe for comic disaster. 

The Winni Players’ production is directed by Johanna Halperin and, in addition to Dudley, features local actors Daniel Adams, Ursula Boutwell, Katie Dunn, Bryan Halperin, Rodney Martell, Ken Chapman, Barbara Webb, Lynn Dadian, Suzanne Banister, Michael Baker, Chelsea Parent, Prezley Adair, and Christopher Gray-Romano.

Performances will be this Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm with a matinee on Sunday at 2pm.  Tickets are $18 for the orchestra and $12 for the balcony.
Laughing Stock is the hysterical journey from rehearsal room to opening night!  This is your chance to learn the laugh-out-loud backstage secrets of the theatre world!

For tickets, call (603) 279-0333 or:

Season Announcement Party
We hope you will pencil in Saturday, December 5th at 5:30pm for our annual Season Announcement Party!  More details will be coming soon!
Dancers ages 8-12
We are holding auditions for dancers ages 8-12 to feature in ourprofessional holiday production, Sleeping Beauty.

Auditions will be held on November 7th at 3pm. Ballet and jazz experience are required and the audition will consist of a warm up, ballet segment, and jazz segment. 

Dancers will rehearse primarily on weekends with dance rehearsals on December 5th and 6th and 12th and 13th. Tech dress rehearsals will be held on December 16th and 17th. Dancers will be featured in 3-5 performances spread out over the 12-performance run from December 18th through January 2nd. 

For more information, click here.

To register for an audition, email
Community Theatre
The Winni Players are searching for actors and assistant stage managers to take part in a unique and exciting 24 hours of theater this November 20-21.

Four directors and their casts will work to create four entirely new 10-15-minute plays from given prompts including setting, situation, and a stage direction.  Devising each play, rehearsing, and performing will all take only 24 hours.  Casts and teams will be randomly drawn on Friday evening with the show Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 pm.  This event is open to participants 14-years to adult.  Once assigned, teams will choose their rehearsal schedules for the 24-hour process, but should plan to be at the Playhouse throughout the process.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in acting or assistant stage managing for this unique event, please send a headshot, or recent photo, and resume (just a list of past theatre experience will do!)
 to Brett Billings at as soon as possible.
Community Theatre
The Winni Players are holding auditions for Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Audition Dates:
Sunday, November 15th, 1-3pm
Thursday, November 19th, 6-8pm

Performance Dates:
February 4th-7th, 2016

More information will be available shortly on our website.
Education Department
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is excited to announce this preview of the 2016 season: the first Education Department production of the year will be Romeo and Juliet. One of Shakespeare’s best known titles, this universal story of love and hate will run February 12-14, 2016 (Valentine’s Day Weekend).  For more information about the production—including a rehearsal schedule— email

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 5:00 – 8:00
Friday, December 4, 2015 5:00 – 8:00
Callbacks (by invitation) are Sunday, December 6, 2015 12:00 – 4:00

Those auditioning do not need to attend both nights, but will schedule an appointment for one night or the other.  Auditions are open to actors age 13-18.

Shassan Najjar's Photo of Homs Syria from Reuters
Congratulations to the cast of Spooky Tales on Stage for their spooktacular final presentations of this unique workshop experience!
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