January 3, 2013
On behalf of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Staff and Board of Trustees we wish you a very happy new year!  We hope that your 2013 will be filled with as many new adventures as ours will!

And our first of many new changes this year is our new format newsletter!  No more clicking on  a link to our website!  Our newsletter is right here in your inbox for you to enjoy.  We are just learning how to use this new program so if you have any feedback, please email

Have a WONDERFUL year!
We are kicking off 2013 in real style with a 2013 Professional Season Announcement Party and Fundraiser at O Steaks and Seafood, on Sunday, January 20th, from 1:00 -4:00 p.m!   This is the year professional and community theatre gets taken to a new level in the Lakes Region as we move into our mainstage theatre in Meredith.  
Your contribution is more important than ever!! Please be a part of making excellent theater and educational experiences a reality for children and adults in the Lakes Region by attending our event on January 20th!  Bring your friends.  Thanks to the generosity of O Steak and Seafood, 100% of your $50 ticket goes to our Capital Campaign where it will be generously matched by an anonymous donor.  In exchange, you will get  a sneak peek at the SIX shows that will be produced in our inaugural season at the Meredith campus.  Fabulous nibbles, a signature cocktail, live music by Lakes Region minstrel Kyle Nickerson, a competitive game of charades and – yes! – strolling balloon hostesses await you at this fun and important event!
For more information, call Tricia at our friends at Boothby Therapy services at 524-9090, or send your check, made out to “Winni Playhouse” to:
Winni P Fundraiser
806 North Main Street
Laconia, NH 03246
Kindly put “January 20 Fundraiser” in the regarding line. Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

You can also reserve online at

Due to the transition from Weirs Beach to Meredith over the next month a physical box office will be difficult to maintain, so we have set up an online option for purchasing tickets for Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn which we will be performing at Interlakes Auditorium in February! You can order your tickets at any time... Check it out!

We are so proud of all our NH Theatre Awards finalists for 2012!  Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on January 26th at the Stockbridge Theatre.  

And the Winnipesaukee Playhouse (professional) finalists are:
Best Production - Drama/Comedy
Epic Proportions
Best Director - Drama/Comedy
Epic Proportions - Neil Pankhurst
The Last Night of Ballyhoo - Bryan Halperin
Best Actor - Drama/Comedy
Epic Proportions - Alex Jacobs as Phil
Best Actress - Drama/Comedy
Epic Proportions - Rebecca Turner as Louise
Best Supporting Actor - Drama/Comedy
Epic Proportions - Shabazz Green as Various
Epic Proportions - Dan Lendzian as Benny
Best Supporting Actress - Drama/Comedy
Epic Proportions - Tonya Free as Various
The Last Night of Ballyhoo - Cathy McKay as Reba Freitag
Best Costume Designer
Epic Proportions - Lesley Pankhurst

Finalists for the Winni Players (community) are:
Best Production - Drama/Comedy
To Kill A Mockingbird - Winni Players
Best Director - Drama/Comedy
To Kill A Mockingbird - Bryan Halperin
Best Actor - Drama/Comedy
To Kill A Mockingbird - Steven S. Richmond as Atticus Finch
Best Actor - Musical
Man of La Mancha - John Piquado as Cervantes/Quixote
Best Actress - Drama/Comedy
To Kill A Mockingbird - Tamara McGonagle as Jean Louise
Best Supporting Actor - Musical
Man of La Mancha - Rodney Martell as Sancho
Best Supporting Actress - Drama/Comedy
To Kill A Mockingbird - Jennifer Summers as Mayella
To Kill A Mockingbird - Jaydie Becket Halperin as Scout
Best Scenic Designer
To Kill A Mockingbird - Dan Daly
Best Sound Designer
Man of La Mancha - Neil Pankhurst and Charles Fray
To Kill A Mockingbird - Charles Fray
Best Lighting Designer
Man of La Mancha - Wallace J. Pineault
To Kill A Mockingbird - Neil Pankhurst
One of the new opportunities our Meredith campus will afford this summer is “Busker Alley” – the opportunity for performance artists of all types to share their talents with our audiences.  Utilizing our beautiful outdoor amphitheatre, we are offering the chance to artists to provide a half hour of pre-show entertainment from 6:45-7:15 in advance of our evening performances at the new Mainstage Theatre!  Each night a different act could be featured and the list of performers and their appearances would be promoted around the theatre, on our website and in our summer program.  Audience members will be encouraged to come early, bring a picnic dinner or buy a boxed dinner from our concession operation, and enjoy the live performances as an appetizer to the main course – our professional production.
Entertainers could put out the proverbial hat for donations, market upcoming performances, sell CDs and merchandise and still move on to an evening gig elsewhere in the Lakes Region!  Performers of all types are encouraged – musicians of all types, jugglers, magicians, singer/songwriters, dancers, improv troupes – basically any person or small group that can provide 30 minutes of quality outdoor entertainment.   Intimate and acoustic acts are preferred – we don’t want performances that will blast the campus or the neighborhood, but some low amplification may be possible. 
If interested, performers should contact Executive Director Bryan Halperin at and send a demo or weblink of what you can do!  Our staff and some trusted local musicians will be vetting your materials to ensure that the quality of the performers will be consistent with all the programs the Playhouse offers.  Scheduling of specific dates will begin in February so get your information to the Playhouse as soon as possible.  Any questions, contact Bryan at the same e-mail address.
Please spread the word!  We have over 60 performances scheduled from June – Labor Day weekend and would love to make you a part of our summer season and have as many nights filled with outstanding Buskers as talent allows!
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