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Waterville Valley Theatre Honors Fallen Hero with Debut of Play

August 8, 2012

Waterville Valley’s Theatre Under The Stars, which produces the critically acclaimed Shakespeare in the Valley outdoor summer fest, will debut the world premiere of “Mixed Up Merry Wives” on the final night of its seventh summer season – Saturday, Aug. 11.

The plot centers around a group of Shakespeare’s most famous female characters who are attempting to be written into “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”  The play is the brainchild of Waterville Valley Elementary School 6th grader Ellie Knight, who won the opportunity to create the play when she was selected as the 2011 recipient of the Marc P. Decoteau Prize.  The Decoteau Prize is awarded each year by the Theatre Under The Stars in memory of Waterville Valley resident Army Spc. Marc Decoteau who was killed in Afghanistan at age 19.  As a teen, Decoteau was an active member of the Theatre’s Kid Corps.  The Decoteau Prize is awarded each year to area youth to help foster specific artistic endeavors.  As the 2011 winner, fledgling novelist Ellie Knight was paired with noted New York City-based author/playwright John Reed, who mentored her through the creation of the play.

Knight’s show debuts as part of the Theatre’s lauded Double Feature Night on Saturday, Aug. 11.  Proceeds from the evening will support the Marc P. Decoteau Award.

Theatre Under The Stars Double Feature
Gazebo Hill Main Stage (located at the back of Waterville Valley’s Town Square, just behind the Ice Arena)

Saturday, Aug. 11
4:30-5:00 pm: House Opens — General Admission Seating: First Come, First Seated
5:00-5:45: Kid Camp Show World Premiere, “Mixed Up Merry Wives”
6:30-8pm: Final Professional Show, the romantic musical, “As You Like It”
8pm- Awarding of the 2012 Marc Paul Decoteau Prize

Ticket prices are $10 per adult (cash/check) and $5 per child under 12.  All proceeds go to the Marc P. Decoteau Award/Kid Camp Scholarship Fund. Seating is limited for this popular event and is on a first come, first seated general admission basis.  So get there early!

For more info call 603-726-0098 or go to www.shakespeareinthevalley.com.

Youth Campers from Theatre Under the Stars’ 2012 Reach For The Stars “CAN DO” Youth Camp prepare for their performance of “Mixed Up Merry Wives,” a show written by camp veteran and Waterville Valley resident Ellie Knight
Youth Campers from Theatre Under the Stars’ 2012 Reach For The Stars “CAN DO” Youth Camp prepare for their performance of “Mixed Up Merry Wives,” a show written by camp veteran and Waterville Valley resident Ellie Knight

About Jan Stearns

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