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    The Foreigner
    The Importance of Being
           Earnest
    The Adventures of Tom
           Sawyer
    Any Other Name
    Talley's Folly

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THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER OPENS THIS WEDNESDAY!
A Raucous Adventure for the Whole Family!
Tom, his best friend Huckleberry Finn, and sweetheart Becky Thatcher find themselves knee-deep in many raucous adventures in Laura Eason’s family-friendly, fast-paced and fun adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  The play takes to the stage on July 23rd and runs through August 2nd.

Eason’s new adaptation will bring out the child in all audience members as they witness Tom and his friends exploring the thrill of mischief-making, the pangs of first love, the cold shivers of an adventure gone wrong and the excitement of discovering buried treasure.

The production is directed by Bryan Halperin and features William Vaughn (last seen as Ellard in The Foreigner) as the title character.  It includes original music composed for the production by NH-based musician Joel Mercier.  Imaginative and inventive staging will bring audience members swiftly from one adventure to another.  A cast made up of seven actors brings to life the many characters of Tom’s world including Becky, Huck, Injun Joe, Aunt Polly and more.  The company includes Playhouse favorites Adam Kee, A.J. Ditty, Nicholas Wilder, Bryn Austin, Rebecca Tucker and John C. Nagy III.  Toby Miller will be making his Playhouse debut.  The versatile cast will also provide musical accompaniment, on diverse instruments ranging from the banjo to the vibraslap.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is recommended for ages 8 and above. Performances are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, with additional matinees Thursday July 24th and Monday July 28th at 2pm. Tickets for the Orchestra are $29, with Balcony seats for $10. There are also Student Rush tickets available one hour prior to show time, for $20 in the Orchestra, cash only.
Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org
What's in an age recommendation?
Our age recommendation is simply that, a recommendation!  We know that some kids can remain attentive through a play at age 6 while others struggle at 12!  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is great family entertainment.  It runs approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes long and we recommend that parents use their best judgement to decide at what age their children can enjoy live theatre!

Please join us for our FREE Educational Programs in conjunction with each of the five productions.  For The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, events include:


Have you ever wondered "How'd they do that?" or you think you know our secrets and want to prove yourself right? Then come to ...
"How'd They Do That?" Backstage tour 6-6:30pm, Thursday, July 24th

“From the Mouths of Babes”
A Symposium to accompany The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
 
We live in the age of the “young adult” novel: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight, The Fault in Our Stars, and the list goes on. These titles fly off of book shelves when they are released. The audiences interested in these stories, made up of a group much more diverse in age than the bookstore shelf label would suggest, explodes with the inevitable production of slick, high-budget Hollywood films. There seems to be little doubt that many people are completely drawn to the stories told by these films and novels. Much as it may seem so, this is hardly a new phenomenon. Historically, some of the most beloved and enduring stories of all time are told through the eyes of children and teenagers. In addition to Mark Twain’s “big two,” Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer,one may also think about To Kill a Mockingbird or Romeo and Juliet. What makes these stories, no matter the time period, so capable of drawing in audiences of any age? Why do adults, who are able to watch all of the Terminator movies without flinching, cry at the end of Toy Story 3?  This symposium with Winnipesaukee Playhouse Education Director Timothy L’Ecuyer will take on these questions and invite audience members to join in the discussion.

Symposium: Pre-show presentation offering insight on the play 6-6:45pm, Tuesday, July 29th
Make a night of it!  Order dinner from our lobby bar before the presentation and it will be ready and waiting to enjoy once the symposium is done!


Here's your chance to ask burning questions of the cast and director.
Talk-Back Wednesday: Post performance Q&A with cast and director, Wednesday, July 30th

Twain's Own "Tom Sawyer" Boyhood
Mark Twain (whose real name was Samuel Langehorn Clemens), found inspiration for Tom Sawyer from his own childhood.

• Samuel Clemens's family moved to Hannibal, MO when he was four years old
• by the age of 9, Samuel Clemens was smoking, playing hooky regularly, and leading a group of boy "pranksters" 
 â€¢ Huck Finn’s real-life counterpart was a social outcast named Tom Blankenship. Blankenship, like Huck, had no adult supervision and was the object of envy and adoration by the other boys. 
• Aunt Polly is based on his mother, Jane Clemens, Sid on Clemens's younger brother Henry, and cousin Mary on his older sister Pamela
• as a boy Clemens had a crush on Laura Hawkins, who lived across the street
• Injun Joe was a real figure in Hannibal, a troubled alcoholic, but not a thief or a murderer. 
Looking for participants for upcoming Facebook fun!
We love to keep our Facebook fans excited with unique and surprising Facebook fun.  And now, we need your help!  We are looking for participants for our Facebook campaigns for the remaining two shows of the season, Any Other Name and Talley's Folly.
POETRY CONTEST

Any Other Name is the story of a poet who will go to any lengths to garner fame and fortune. 

We can't promise fortune, but we can promise a little bit of fame if you submit an original poem to our Facebook poetry contest.  Education Director Timothy L'Ecuyer and the play's director, Bryan Halperin, will choose their ten favorite poems and we'll post one a day on our Facebook page throughout the run of Any Other Name.
Looking for Romantic Stories

In Talley's Folly, Matt Friedman is determined to woo the reclusive Sally Talley, the girl of his dreams.

We are looking for couples to recount the story of how they met - whether it was funny, touching, thoroughly romantic or uttery incredible.  We'd like to film these as testimonials a la When Harry Met Sally.  
Poetry submissions can be sent to lesley@winniplayhouse.org no later than Wednesday, July 30th.

If you think your love story will fit the bill, please email a brief description of how you and your partner met to lesley@winniplayhouse.org.  Ten stories will be chosen and we will organize filming for you.
Special Event - This Weekend Only!

Our Teen Apprentice Company Presents:

Wiley and the Hairy Man
by 
Suzan Zeder

The Hairy Man is out to get Wiley. â€œHe done got your Pappy and he’s gonna get you,” the swamp seems to gurgle at him. Wiley must overcome him with help only from his Mammy, his dog, and his own smarts. This African-American folktale set in the Deep South is a hilarious family-friendly story about growing up and learning to face our  fears.

Saturday, July 26th at 11am, Tickets $5
On The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Main Stage
SUMMER CAMPERS ARE HAVING A BALL!
We are now in Week 3 of Summer Camp!  So far, campers have discovered how the lion got its roar, raced up Mount Olympus, created crazy characters, sung and danced and made magical masterpieces!

There are still spaces available in the remaining three weeks of camp.  For more information and to register, click here!
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Catching up with some Winnipesaukee Playhouse Summer Company Alumni
We are over-the-moon to announce that TONYA FREE (Summers 2009 -2013, Scenic Artist and NH Theatre Award-Winning Actress) and KEVIN KILLAVEY (Summers 2011-2013, The Complete History of America (Abridged), The Tempest, Noises Off and more) became engaged on July 14th.  

Kevin and Tonya became a couple during our 2011 season and are the second couple to get engaged after meeting at the Playhouse!

We couldn't be more proud to have played a part in bringing together this amazing couple and wish them much luck and love in the future!
DAN LENDZIAN (Summers 2011 and  2012: Butterflies are Free, The Mousetrap and more)
 
Since Dan last appeared here in 2012, he played Willie Conklin and Henry Ford at Austin's Zach Theatre, and The Voice in The Edge of Peace at The Seattle Children's Theatre, for which he was nomintated for a B. Iden Payne Award.  He graduated with an MFA in Acting from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013.  Since 2013, he has been on the faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. In 2014, Dan joined the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival and played Stephano in their production of The Tempest.  His adaptation of Call of the Wild was produced in 2013 in Jamestown, NY.  He is an apprentice Pilates instructor at The Lab in Brooklyn, NY.  Dan says, "I loved working at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, treasure the friends Imade there, and hope to visit the new campus soon."  
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