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Stagestruck! Live Theatre & Your Child

Stagestruck Your Child and Live TheatreJune 2014 –

What makes theatre so different from a movie? Find out more below and learn where in Central New Hampshire you can bring your family to see a show or even learn to be an actor or work backstage.

Give your child the gift of a life-long love of live theatre! With a ticket in hand and an usher to show you the way, you and your child will find your seats amongst a hushed audience. The orchestra will strike up the overture as the lights dim to highlight the velvet curtain that will soon reveal the tale about to take place. Since ancient times, theatre has been a significant form of story-telling. From the re-telling of events, myths, and a variety of entertainments, people for thousands of years have congregated to spectate. But what makes live theatre so different from that of movies and television?

Indoors, outdoors, in period, or modernized, your little thespian will be introduced to endless tales of old and new from far and near. Talented actors bring to life colorful characters to tell their stories of love, adventure, and courage. Whether an intricate or simple scenic set, the environment will change to mold the mood and progression of the play. Live theatre envelops song, dance, and story-telling all in one all right in front of you and your family. You will be immersed in the world and story unfolding in front of you.

How lucky we are to be in New Hampshire, sandwiched between two major theatre hubs– New York and Boston. Within New Hampshire your family has a wide variety of exciting plays and musicals for you to choose from without leaving the state! From the Jean’s Playhouse in the White Mountains of Lincoln to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, theatre houses have shows to please everyone of every age and interest. In addition to evening shows and matinees, many have children’s theatre.

Summer seasons have terrific family-friendly options to offer! You may enjoy seeing classics like The Sound of Music, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, Seussical, or The Little Red Hen. Theatre houses have a knack for producing vibrant shows meant for younger audiences, and are normally priced much lower than a larger main stage production.

Fiddler on the RoofYour child may even have an interest to be on the stage instead of watching. Plenty of theatres, camps, and conservatories offer different types of camps and classes for kids from introductory to being a part of a theatrical production. The Lakes Region offers a variety of camps for kids of all ages. Check out what is available for your child below this article.

It’s not just acting, classes and camps offer a wide education in dance, musical theatre, voice, and technical aspects of theatre- covering everything that is involved in a play, not to mention valuable social skills. These classes can spark interest and give your child a boost into future productions, school extra curricular, or just a great hobby. Knowledgeable mentors and teachers will provide activities and guidance; who knows where this chain reaction of creativity will bring your child!

Whether it be in the audience, onstage or backstage, you and your child will have a truly unique adventure in the theater. Right in front of you stories will unfold, right in our local community! With tales as old as time, and songs to whisk you away to far-off lands, you will certainly be ready for the second act. Get your family some stage time instead of screen time this summer! Visit our Facebook page to win tickets to see The Cat in the Hat at the Rochester Opera House on June 8th!

Theatre Camps for Children in the Lakes Region

Rochester Opera House in Rochester - June through August 2014
Classes for Ages 4 - 12 & 13 and Up

Introducing kids to Broadway-style performance with acting, dancing and singing. Four camps through the summer: Broadway Kids I & II, Spotlight on Musical Theatre and Acting Out.

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The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith - July & August 2014
Ages 5 - 15

Offering full-day and half-day camps, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse is offering two age brackets and a variety of themes to please everyone involved. The first classes begin July 7th and run in two-week intervals.

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Advice to the Players in Sandwich - July & August 2014
Ages 8 and Up

Advice to the Players offers Shakespeare Drama Camps featuring voice, movement & stage techniques, combat & Elizabethan dance, improv, clowning and much more.

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If You Want to See a Show, Check Out Some of Our Local Theaters!

The Cat in the HatRochester Opera House
Rochester, NH
Offers great kid's productions under their Arts & Education Program. Don't Miss the Cat in the Hat on June 8th 2014! Visit our Facebook page to win ticketsClick here for their Summer Schedule.
The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe Winnipesaukee Playhouse
Meredith, NHDon't Miss The Adventures of Tom Sawyer from July 23rd - August 2 2014. Free Education Programs for Tom Sawyer include a Backstage Tour on July 29th and Post-Performance Q & A with the cast and director on July 29th. Click here for their Summer Schedule.
Seussical the MusicalThe Village Players
Wolfeboro, NHDon't Miss Seussical the Musical from Nov 14 - 23rd 2014. Click here for their Summer Schedule.
toadfinalweb-260x300The Barnstormers
Tamworth, NHDon't Miss Toad of Toad Hall from July 29 - August 2nd 2014! Click here for their Summer Schedule.
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