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Sleuth Opens Wednesday on Indoor Stage!
The season continues with Anthony Shaffer’s classic, Tony-winning whodunnit Sleuth which takes to the indoor stage from June 30th through July 17th.
This immensely popular cat-and-mouse thriller pits master crime writer Andrew Wyke against a young rival for his wife’s affections. Revenge is devised and murders plotted as the two plan the ultimate whodunnit. With twists, turns, and a surprise or two, Sleuth has proven itself to be a favorite of this most popular genre.
The production is helmed by DeMone Seraphin, a director who made his Playhouse debut with last season’s acclaimed drama, The Mountaintop. The cast is lead by Florida-based actor Pete Clapsis as Andrew, as well as Thomas Daniels who returns for his third production, the most recent being another spine-tingling thriller, Deadly Murder. Scenic designer Meredith C Brown has given the production a contemporary look, replacing the traditional English manor house with a sleek, modern design. Davis Vande Steeg is the lighting designer, Carly Sponzo is the costume designer, and Neil Pankhurst provides the sound design.
Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm with matinee performances at 2pm on Tuesday, July 6th and Thursday, July 8th.
The production is generously sponsored by Gilford Home Center, Lovering Volvo, and Misiaszek Turpin Architects.
Betrayal Continues this Week!
You have just five more chances to see the first show of the season in our outdoor amphitheatre! Harold Pinter’s Betrayal continues this week with performances Tuesday through Saturday at 4pm (weather permitting!!).
We were delighted to get a sneak peek of Gary Jesseman’s review of Betrayal for the Record Enterprise Newspaper!
Theatre is back, alive and well, in the Lakes Region! In a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, with sun shining and a summer breeze blowing, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal unfolds, from finish to start. I’ll explain in a bit. One of the challenges of performing outdoors, is that Mother Nature occasionally isn’t cooperative. Such was the case last Tuesday when I was scheduled to attend. Rainy and threatening skies prevented the show from going on. So, I rescheduled for last Thursday. I had never attended an outdoor performance, so wasn’t sure what to expect. The result, I have to say was sheer pleasure. A gorgeous woodland setting, comfortable chairs, great sound system and a wonderful production all worked to make it a very pleasurable experience.
Expertly directed by Producing Artistic Director Neil Pankhurst, “Betrayal” tells the story of an affair, from the end to the beginning, in 9 scenes. Each scene is announced by one of the three principal actors. A.J. Ditty (Robert), Krystal Pope (Emma) and William Wilder (Jerry) glide effortlessly from scene to scene as the story of the affair unfolds. Robert and Jerry are best friends, and Emma is Robert’s wife. This begs the question, “how well do we really know the people that live closest to us? Our family members and oldest friends? Deceit, lies and betrayals can be closer than we might imagine,” says Pankhurst in his notes. Performed on a bare stage, the only real piece of set, if you will, is a folding “couch-like” affair, with pillows. This opens to create a bed, 2 couches, two restaurant tables and a mirror. Not only did the actors have to learn a tremendous amount of lines, they also had to create these pieces of set furniture! Speaking of actors, the other cast member is a waiter. This role is played alternately by Jim Gocha and Jim Rogato. Costumes by Lesley Pankhurst are very effective and just right for this production.
A lovely and dramatic piano soundtrack played prior to the performance and during the scene changes. The show is a very tight, fast paced 90 minute gem that is perfect to open their season called “Small and Beautiful.” Pankhurst says he has wanted to produce and direct this show for about 15 years. I am so glad he was afforded the opportunity!
Tickets for both shows (and the entire season!) are available by calling the box office at (603) 279-0333.
What You Can Expect at Our Theatre
You can expect to be seated at a minimum of 3 feet distance from the parties around you. In addition, we require all patrons to wear face coverings for the duration of the performance, both indoors and outdoors. Face coverings should only be removed when consuming food and drink in our concessions area where parties can be separated by a 6 foot distance. We thank you for your understanding as we continue to work towards keeping our patrons and staff safe.
We recognize that regulations and recommendations are constantly changing and updating. We encourage you to visit the COVID-19 protocol page on our website both before booking tickets and just prior to your attendance for the most up-to-date information available.
SUPPORT SOCIAL DISTANCING
In order to ensure patron safety and keep a minimum of 3 feet of distance between groups, we will need to keep two seats empty between parties. We hope you will consider the financial ramifications of keeping seats empty and support social distancing with a $10 tax-deductible donation to sponsor one or both seats on either side of you when you purchase tickets. When our box office staff ask if you’d like to “support social distancing” we hope you’ll say “yes!”. Your donation (at any level) means a lot to us!
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