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M&D Playhouse Presents “Dirt”

M&D Playhouse is pleased to present Dirt, the sixth production in their 2017 series of eleven plays about relationships.  This drama, written by Bruce Gooch, explores the ravages of old age, painful estrangement among family members, and our lifelong connections to home and nature.

The play is best described by Rogue Machine Theater: “When an estranged son returns home and finds his father fighting to hold onto his mind, they are thrust into a struggle to control their land and the memories it holds.  Dirt explores how we forge our identities through our connections to our home, to our past, and to each other.”

Dirt-Poster-663x1024.jpgHere’s what reviewers elsewhere have said about Dirt:

Dirt is an extremely interesting play; a fine work filled with poetic imagery, expressing the grandeur, beauty, and mystery of the circles of life and death, nature, and man’s place in the world.  An estranged son returns home to aid his mentally declining father – a farmer fixated on his land, his need to work, and his identity inseparable from the regular changing seasons and nature’s inevitable flow around him. Dirt…offers a serious contemplation on each of us trudging toward our own end.”   — Review from stagehappenings.com 

“It’s a very primal play about growth and death, the cycles of land and building relationships.”     — Review from dcnews.com

The M&D performance of Dirt is directed by Eric Jordan and will be presented June 22 – July 2, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM with matinees Sundays at 4:00 PM at Your Theatre, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.

Guests can enjoy food and beverages from the theater’s 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 our website at www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

 

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M&D Playhouse Presents ‘Avenue Q’

Visit M&D Playhouse in North Conway on scheduled dates in May and June to experience the production, Avenue Q. Avenue Q is an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and is based upon a Book by Robert Lopez and Jeff Whitty, and the winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. M&D Playhouses’s adaptation of this play is directed by Christopher Bellis and is the fifth production in their 2017 series of eleven plays about relationships.

Avenue-Q-PosterThe laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned.

Avenue Q is presented at M&D Playhouse Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May 18th until June 3 at Your Theatre, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway in North Conway. All performances begin at 7:30 PM.

Guests may purchase food and beverages from M&D’s Culture Café during or before the performance. The Café opens 45 minutes before performances and offers light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, and liquors.

For more information about M&D Playhouse and Avenue Q, or to reserve seats, visit www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

 

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.

Auditions For “The Jacksonian” at the M&D Playhouse March 12th and 13th

CONWAY — M&D Playhouse will be holding auditions for “The Jacksonian” by Beth Henley, as directed by Eric Jordan, at 1857 White Mountain Highway in North Conway on Sunday, Mar. 12, at 6 p.m. and Monday, Mar. 13, at 6 p.m.

jacksonianSet in Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch moves into the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee, a treacherous bartender, and his now-estranged wife. Revolving around the night of a murder, “The Jacksonian” brims with suspense and dark humor and unearths the eerie tensions and madness in a town poisoned by racism.

There are two male roles and three female roles available:
Rosy Perch
, female, 18-29. Must be able to look and play 16. Daughter of Bill and Susan. Off-balance, gawky and shy, but decidedly not a victim: has a manic energy and can be a real player when necessary. Perceptive about weaknesses of others. Devoted to her parents and desperately wants things as they were. Because of her acne, unused to attention from men.

Bill Perch, male, 40-60. A proud dentist and current resident at The Jacksonian Motel. Separated from Susan and father of Rosy, he’s lost control of his family and practice. Wants to repair both, but can’t seem to keep things from going further downhill. Has a buried temper, but intent on avoiding pain, for himself and others.

Eva White, female, 30-45. Awaitress and maid at The Jacksonian Motel. A high school drop-out, beaten down but full of fire. Talkative, blunt, harsh, passionately racist. Desperate to get married, she’s looking for a fairy-tale ending, and might be strong enough to force it into being. Has her eyes set on Fred.

Fred Weber, male, 35-50. A bartender at The Jacksonian Motel. Charming, manipulative, but also downright wacky, a womanizer and a vicious thug with a checkered background, including time as a carny. Considers himself “a man with appeal,” and certainly has an eccentric flair. Has made promises to Eva in exchange for an alibi. Menacing but also seriously peculiar, he believes wholeheartedly in his own righteousness.

Susan Perch, female, 40-60. Bill Perch’s wife and mother of Rosy. An upper-middle-class lady, with an instinct for making things more beautiful than they are. Subject to violent and sudden mood swings. Proper, but can be provocative, even barbed. Still somewhat in love with Bill, she is filing for divorce, furious that he allowed her doctor to perform a hysterectomy, a betrayal she thinks she may never recover from.

Performance dates for “The Jacksonian” are Apr. 20-30.

For more information about M&D Playhouse, visit www.mdplayhouse.com, email info@yourtheatre.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.