Summers are busy, there’s no doubt about it. After spending the winter in near hibernation, many of us North Country foks try and pack as much outdoor fun into the warm weather months as we possibly can.
One of the things I look forward to doing each summer is attending Friday and Saturday night performances by the NY Times and Boston Globe-featured Theatre Under the Stars right here in Waterville Valley. Last summer I missed the entire season because I was “too busy.” Each week I would say to myself, I’ll make it to the next show…well, the next show…OK, the next show.
Suddenly the 2010 season ended. I was mad at myself for not making the time to watch New Hampshire’s only professional outdoor classical theatre company perform Shakespeare as Willy himself intended!
This summer was different. I vowed to see every single show. I almost did it! I saw The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Original Practice Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, The Winter’s Tale, and Interactive DDDracula. The only show I missed, unfortunately, was Half-Baked Hamlet.
It is closing weekend for Theatre Under the Stars. The last shows of the season are Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 & 13.
Friday night is the hysterical audience-decides-the-plot spoof, Interactive DDDracula, at the Brookside Theatre Complex on the lower level of Waterville Valley’s Town Square. House opens at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.
The final show of the season is on Saturday, Aug. 13, a double feature benefit for the Marc P. Decoteau Award where a monetary prize is given to further the artistic endeavors of area youth. The award is named in honor of the theatre’s first kid camper, Plymouth High School graduate Spc. Marc Paul Decoteau, who gave his life in service to our country in January 2010. For this special night only, seating is by advance reservation only. House opens at 3:45 p.m. The Kids Camp show, “Hamlet & His Friends/Taming of the Shrew, Jr.,” starts at 4:45 p.m., followed by the final professional show, “The Winter’s Tale,” from 6:30-8 p.m. After the show there will be a Kids Camp potluck dinner and awarding of the Marc P. Decoteau Prize. Ticket prices are a minimum $10 dollar donation for age 12 and up (kids under 12 are $5) with all proceeds going to the Marc P. Decoteau Award/Kid Camp Scholarship Fund. Theatre space is limited. Call 603-726-0098 ASAP to reserve your tickets. Payment is due day-of at the door.
Founding/Producing Artistic Director, Donna Devlin-Young just told me that over 2,500 people have seen some form of their seven different evening Main Stage shows or four different Sugar-Coated Shakespeare Family Matinees.
Don’t be like me last summer – regretting that I missed seeing a city-worthy play in our very own backyard!
Photo taken at Interactive DDDracula.