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M&D Playhouse Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

M&D Playhouse is pleased to present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr., the third in our 2017 series of eleven plays about relationships.  This musical is presented by our Theater Arts Studio students and is directed by Mary Bastoni-Rebmann.

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Based on the original Broadway production that ran for 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awaards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice.  Book by Linda Woolverton.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self.  But time is running out.  If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. is presented Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, March 16 – April 1 at Your Theater, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. All performances begin at 7:30 PM.

Enjoy food and beverages from our Culture Cafe during the performance.  The Cafe opens 45 minutes prior to the performance with light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer and liquors available.

To reserve seats, please visit www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

M&D Playhouse Presents Its 7th Annual Oscar Party

M&D Playhouse will be presenting its seventh annual Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Beef and Ski, located at 2633 White Mountain Highway in North Conway.

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Alec Kerr, film and theater critic for the Conway Daily Sun, will be providing trivia throughout the night, with the opportunity to win prizes for the most correct answers. Guests are suggested to don evening wear or come as a favorite actor or character, but be prepared for the paparazzi. There will be a prize for the best dressed. Food will be provided by Taste of Thai, Via Roma, Bavarian Chocolate Haus, and Beef and Ski.

Visit oscar.go.com/nominees to see the nominees and begin preparing for the event. As always, the person with the most accurate guesses of who will win at the Oscars receives the grand prize package.

Prizes have generously been donated by Mount Valley Mall Cinema 7, Mystery NH and NH Sports & Gaming Outlet.

This is a fundraiser for M&D with a suggested donation of $12.

For more information, please visit http://www.mdplayhouse.com/ or call (603) 733-5275.

M&D Playhouse Presents 84 Charing Cross Road

84-charing-cross-roadIt all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene’s sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84, Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm and charming long-distance friendship lasting many years.

M&D Playhouse is pleased to present 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD, the second production in our 2017 series of eleven plays about relationships. The production will be presented February 16- 26, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM with Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM at Your Theatre, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. 

Written by Helene Hanff and adapted for the stage by James Roose-Evans, this wonderful show is a dramatization of business letters between a young struggling writer in New York and an antiquarian book store in London. In a sense, these are also love letters. The play takes place over a twenty year period, beginning in 1949 when Helene Hanff (played on Broadway by Ellen Burstyn) first writes Marks & Co. and ends in 1969 with the death of Frank Doel, the delightfully dusty supplier of so many old volumes to Helen.  This production is directed by Ken Martin.

Enjoy food and beverages from or Culture Café during the performance.  The Café opens 45 minutes prior to the performance with light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer and liquors available.

To reserve seats please visit our website at www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

About M&D Playhouse’s Upcoming Performance of “Clever Little Lies” on January 28th

CONWAY – On Saturday, January 28 at 6 p.m., prior to M&D Playhouse’s performance of “Clever Little Lies,” an artist reception will be held at 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, for local artist Rosemary Gerbutavich.

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Gerbutavich has been a lifelong lover of the visual arts since childhood. Following her retirement from nursing, Gerbutavich has been able to pursue watercolor as her primary medium. Although she has attended many group lessons and worked from home through the years painting with oils and acrylics, her lifelong infatuation with the transparency and fluid movement of colors that watercolor expresses, has drawn her into this new medium where she thrives.

Gerbutavich’s art approach is bright, bold colors with a whimsical expression which reflects her personality in both life and in art. She is best known for her technique of constant layering, adding various elements while building up texture and colors. She attends workshops with local as well as nationally acclaimed artists, in the endless quest of new interesting techniques. A juried member of the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association, and a galleried member of the Ellis River Art Gallery in Jackson, NH, Gerbutavich has received numerous awards, including the 2016 First Place in 2-D Art at the Art in the Park Exhibition. Her work has been featured throughout the Valley, including displays at The Met and the Conway Library.

There is no cost to attend the reception, which will offer refreshments and a cash bar. However, tickets for “Clever Little Lies” are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

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For more information, call (603) 733-5275 or visit www.mdplayhouse.com.

Open Auditions for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. at M&D Playhouse Theatre Arts Studio

CONWAY – M&D Playhouse’s Theatre Arts Studio will be holding open auditions for its first youth-oriented show of the 2017 season, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr., as directed by Mary Bastoni, on Sat., Jan. 14 and Sun., Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. at 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.

Based on the original Broadway production, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton.

There are parts available for individuals ages 6 through 18. Visit http://www.mdplayhouse.com/auditions/ for a detailed list of available parts and specific vocal requirements.

Performance dates are Thursday through Saturday, March 16 through April 1. Please arrive between 2 and 3 p.m. to be assigned an audition slot.

For additional information, please contact Mary Bastoni at ising4pc@yahoo.com.

3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Gala at M&D Playhouse

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Start 2017 in style at the Third Annual New Year’s Eve Gala organized and sponsored by the M&D Playhouse and Pam Memmolo, with additional sponsorship by Marjory Taylor & Dean DeMaster and The Valley Originals. This event is a fundraiser for M&D Productions.

Attend for a night of dining and dancing, with catering by White Mountain Chalet and Caterers and dance music provided by Al Shafner. Additional food has been provided by Tuckerman’s Tavern, Vito Marcello’s Italian Bistro and M&D’s board of directors.

Doors open at 7:30pm. There will be a cash bar throughout the evening, as well as a cocktail hour with music by Heather Pearson, and dinner immediately following, with music provided by Miss Maybell and Slimpickin’s.

Tickets are $50 per person with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Black tie optional.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the box office at (603) 733-5275, visit www.mdplayhouse.com or speak with a member of M&D’s board of directors. Happy Holidays!

Artist Reception and a Performance of The Dixie Swim Club

On Saturday, September 24 at 6 p.m., prior to M&D Playhouse’s performance of “The Dixie Swim Club,” an artist reception will be held for local artist Sandi Poor.

Poor, a member of the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association and artist in residence at the Ellis River Art Gallery in Jackson, has been a student of watercolors for the past seven years, and became a “Juried Artist” with the MWV Arts Association in 2013. She has exhibited at The Met, Darby Field Inn, the Bernerhof Inn, and Conway Library. Self-taught, Poor has attended many local and nationally acclaimed workshops, and participates in Friday Painters Group.

Poor’s passion for drawing and painting began at an early age, with the arts being an important part of her life. She finds watercolor to be the best medium for expressing her love for all things artistic, and is fascinated by the transparency and blending of colors that allows her spontaneity and control. Many of her projects begin with sketching to determine values, composition and colors. Poor enjoys painting a myriad of subjects including landscapes, flowers, figures, and most recently, musical themes. Semi-retired as a healthcare consultant, Poor has pursued her life-long dream of becoming an artist, and works to continue her growth, knowledge and technical abilities in watercolor with ongoing workshops and fellowship with other artists.

There is no cost to attend the reception, which will offer refreshments and a cash bar. However, tickets for “The Dixie Swim Club” should be booked ahead to ensure a seat. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

For more information, contact (603) 733-5275 or visit mdplayhouse.com.

M&D Playhouse is pleased to announce the opening of its Theatre Arts Studio (TAS), with a lineup of fall curriculum.

M&D Playhouse is pleased to announce the opening of its Theatre Arts Studio (TAS), with a lineup of fall curriculum. Taught by some of the area’s most renowned and respected actors, directors and performers – including Mary Bastoni-Rebmann, Rich Russo, Kevin O’Neil, Carol Hanson, and Jane Wilcox Hively – TAS classes and workshops aim to encourage the love for and art of acting for all ages and levels of experience.

The fall semester begins on Wednesday, September 14th, with two six-week “Fundamentals of Acting I” classes for both adults and youth, taught by NH Theatre Awards 2016 Best Actor award recipient, Kevin O’Neil. The semester continues on Saturday, September 24th with Mary Bastoni-Rebmann and Rich Russo offering back-to-back workshops on successful auditioning strategies and techniques for musical theatre and stage. Additionally, there will be classes offered on the art of improvisation, a theatre appreciation class, and a class for actors ages 5-7 showcasing their creativity with a performance for parents.

As stated by Cindy Sauerwein, chair of M&D’s educational committee, “Now that the Theatre Arts Studio has its own dedicated space to promote the learning of theatrical arts for all ages, TAS and M&D Playhouse are excited to provide a respite from busy lives, encourage imagination, and allow the growth of creativity in a safe and nurturing environment. The theatrical arts are important in today’s world, it’s stressful living in this age of non-stop information fed to us by our smartphones – especially for our children.”

Registration for the fall classes and workshops is now open. Further information can be found by emailing info@mdplayhouse.com, visiting www.mdplayhouse.com, or calling the theater at (603) 733-5275.

M&D Playhouse presents “The Last Five Years”

M&D Playhouse will be presenting “The Last Five Years” by Jason Robert Brown as directed by Mary Bastoni, and starring Matt West and Emy Holden (of Fryeburg, Maine), Thursday through Saturday, June 9 to 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein (West), a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt (Holden), a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie’s is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect.

Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance and can be ordered by called (603) 733-5275 or visiting www.yourtheatre.com.