Peterborough, NH – Whether or not you’re able to be at the Players 31st Gala and Auction on Saturday, November 2nd, November’s First Friday offers you a chance to join in the party, for free! On November 1st, the Peterborough Players brings a glimpse of the annual auction to downtown Peterborough at the Mariposa Museum as part of the First Friday festivities.
The Players’ auction is always a great party, full of opportunities for attendees to have fun, connect with fellow patrons and actors, and do good for the Players, while having the chance to bid and win some fabulous items. This special First Friday event will offer a sneak peek at the auction entertainment (performed by Players’ favorites Kraig Swartz, Bridget Beirne, and Pedro Ka'awaloa), and have an introduction of the Players’ upcoming Winter Season by Managing Director Keith Stevens. You’ll hear more about what the Players has scheduled to warm you during the coldest months of the year.
In addition, the Players will offer a few lucky people a chance to win tickets to the show of their choice in the 2019-2020 Winter Season, just for attending! Everyone in the First Friday audience will be automatically entered to win tickets, absolutely free.
As November rings in the holiday season, the Players look forward to kicking off the celebrations at their always one-of-a-kind, behind the scenes, First Friday event. Be sure to join in the fun on November 1st at the Mariposa Museum. Admission is free, doors open at 5:30 pm, and the program will begin at 6:00pm. For more information on the Players’ Winter Season shows, the Arts on Screen Season, and more, please visit www.peterboroughplayers.org or call (603) 924-7585.
PETERBOROUGH, NH – The Peterborough Players celebrates the return of their on-stage Winter Season with three selections sure to delight audiences during this cold time of year. A boisterous comedy, a return of a country music legend, and an encounter with one of America’s most revered poets come to life in A Tuna Christmas, Always…Patsy Cline, and This Verse Business December 2019 – February 2020.
The season begins with A Tuna Christmas, a comedy by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, running from December 5th-15th. In this hilarious romp, Players’ favorites and masters of comedy Tom Frey (2 Pianos, 4 Hands) and Kraig Swartz (Fully Committed) portray over 20 different characters – everyone in this tiny, tight-knit, irreverent town of Tuna, Texas. As usual, in Tuna, the annual tree decorating contest is underway, with Vera Carp vying for top prize. Jim Bob is trying to salvage the local theatre production of A Christmas Carol from both the town censors and the wrath of the electric company. Didi is arming the good people in town with protection against the Christmas Phantom, who’s wreaking holiday havoc and may or (may not!) be Bertha’s fresh-from-probation son, Stanley. Welcome to Christmas in the Greater Tuna area – a great way to add a laugh to your holidays. A Tuna Christmas will be directed by Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen.
The Players kicks off the New Year with the return of a country music legend in Always… Patsy Cline, from January 16th-26th. Full of down-home laughs and 27 of Patsy’s hit songs (including Crazy, Walking After Midnight, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, and more) Always…Patsy Cline was created and originally directed by Ted Swindley. In 1961, Patsy Cline was one of the biggest stars in country music. A chance encounter before a concert began the long-time friendship between Patsy and her great fan, Louise Seger. Over beers and bacon-and-eggs, fan and idol became confidants, supporting each other through letters until Patsy’s untimely death at age 30. Patsy and Louise bring the audience on a honky-tonk journey through one of country music’s greatest real-life friendships. Popular company members Bridget Beirne and Lisa Bostnar return as Patsy Cline and her dear friend, Louise. Tom Frey directs.
Rounding out the season is the return of a play that premiered in 2010 at the Players, This Verse Business by A.M. Dolan, from February 6th-16th. The perfect marriage between a treasured American poet and a beloved actor, Emmy-winner (NYPD Blue) and Tony-nominee Gordon Clapp returns for an encore performance as Robert Frost. Following quickly after his performance at Lincoln Center in The Great Society, Clapp will once again breathe life into Frost, poised and waiting for the birth of a new poem. Frost’s endless quest to express life through metaphor – and encourage the reader to find their own meaning of life – is beautifully captured through this intimate moment between actor and audience, featuring timeless Frost classics such as Mending Wall, The Road Not Taken and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
The Players invites you to come warm your winter months with exceptional professional theatre! Winter Season tickets are on sale now. Subscriptions and Barn Door Flex Passes are also available and are a great way to see more for less! Visit peterboroughplayers.org or call the box office at (603) 924-7585 for tickets.
PETERBOROUGH, NH – The first three offerings from the Met: Live in HD in the Peterborough Players Arts on Screen season are an opera lover’s dream. Two Puccini masterworks and a timeless Massenet classic screen at the Players this October and early November. Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera and shown on the big screen at the Players in stunning HD, the programs also include exclusive, behind-the-scenes material that create a one-of-a-kind viewing experience.
The Met: Live in HD screenings begin on October 12th with the dazzling Franco Zeffirelli production of Puccini’s Turandot. The performance is under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and features renowned dramatic soprano, Christine Goerke as the princess. Massenet’s Manon, about the irresistible and tragically beautiful title character who yearns for life’s finer things, is on-screen on October 26th. Soprano Lisette Oropesa stars and Maurizio Benini conducts. Then, on November 9th, Puccini’s glorious Madama Butterfly comes to the Players’ screen, featuring soprano Hui He as the heartbreaking Butterfly and Paulo Szot as Sharpless. All operas start at 1pm.
Audiences for the Met: Live in HD series also have the opportunity to enjoy Opera Bites - delicious treats like hot soups, quiche, sandwiches, wraps and more from Sunflowers Restaurant. Opera Bites are sold before the screening and during intermissions and are a great topper to the opera experience! Items served cost between $4.50 and $10.
Arts on Screen subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now. Tickets for the Special Screening series and the National Theatre Live are $20; the Met: Live in HD is $25. Subscriptions are always a great way to see more for less! Find information about the full 2019-2020 Arts on Screen series on the Players’ website, peterboroughplayers.org, or by calling (603) 924-7585.