WHITEFIELD, NH – June 21, 2021 – The Weathervane Theatre, a professional, award-winning, Equity theatre in Whitefield, NH, is thrilled to announce the 2021 56th Summer Season of alternating rep. Under Producing Artistic Director Ethan Paulini, the Weathervane will present 7 Broadway caliber productions in 10 weeks over the summer and 4 productions over 5 weeks in the fall.
Opening the season on Saturday, June 26 will be the popular favorite Bubble and Squeak. For the third year in a row, this event will be FREE to the public thanks to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. This annual musical revue introduces North Country audiences to the incredible resident company of artists who will bring the productions to life.
Opening the rep season will be Jonathan Tolins’ “hilarious” and “beyond brilliant” (Entertainment Weekly) solo show Buyer & Cellar on Tuesday, June 29th. Sponsored by Eversource Energy Foundation, this outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs stars Jorge Donoso and is directed by Nathaniel P. Claridad.
Opening on Thursday, July 1st is Green Day’s American Idiot. Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum concept album of the same name, this electric-rock musical of youthful disillusion boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. A social commentary on today’s media and political arenas, this timely and timeless Tony Award-winning musical is directed by Broadway’s Christina Sajous, a star of the original Broadway production, and choreographed by Marisa Kirby.
Weathervane’s premiere leading lady Shinnerrie Jackson returns as everyone’s favorite meddlesome matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in the musical theatre classic, Hello, Dolly! opening Monday, July 5. Based on Thorton Wilder’s The Matchmaker with book by Michael Stewart. Bursting with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and an incredible score by Jerry Herman, this production is sponsored by the Bank of New Hampshire, directed by Ethan Paulini and choreographed by Marisa Kirby.
Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and rampant wildfires can’t stop an outrageous cast of characters from taking the Weathervane stage in Disaster!, opening on Monday, July 19th. A loving send-up to 70s disaster films featuring your favorite 70s disco hits (“I Will Survive”, “You’re Still the One”, “Hot Stuff”), Disaster! Is directed by Broadway’s Chad Burris (Frozen, The Book of Mormon, Mean Girls), choreographed by Diane Meck and anonymously sponsored in memory and celebration of Dr. David A. Kenney.
Broadway veteran and Weathervane alum Kevin Smith Kirkwood directs and choreographs the huge hearted, high heeled hit Kinky Boots. Sponsored by Presby Transportation Museum, this Tony Award-winning Best Musical about self-acceptance and acceptance of others opens Monday, August 2nd and features a book by theatre legend Harvey Fierstein and a Tony Award-winning score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper.
Opening on Friday, August 13th is Peter Shaffer’s acclaimed Amadeus. Winner of 5 Tony Awards and 8 Academy Awards, this fictionalized account of the rivalry between famed composers Antonio Salieri (Robert H. Fowler) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Jorge Donoso) is a modern classic wild ride through the trials and tribulations of genius, jealousy, and revenge.
Rounding out the summer Mainstage season is the family friendly favorite The Addams Family opening on Tuesday, August 24th. Sponsored by Mascoma Bank, join Morticia (Marisa Kirby), Gomez (Ira Kramer), and the rest of America’s darkest family as they come to life is this original musical comedy about love, family, honesty, and coming of age. Directed and choreographed by Taryn Herman.
The summer season will close on Saturday, September 4th with the annual tradition Best of 2021. The title says it all, the most popular moments from all of the season’s productions! One performance only at 7:30PM.
The Summer Professional Resident Acting Company includes alums Nicholas Cooper, Jorge Donoso, Liz Flemming, Robert H. Fowler, Carrie Greenberg, Shinnerrie Jackson, Marisa Kirby, Ira Kramer, Grace Livingston Kramer, Jewell Noel, Ethan Paulini and Lew Whitener. Also joining the company are Reanne Acasio, Mathew Bautista, Rendell DeBose, Jos N. Banks, and Mickey White. Appearing alongside the professional company are members of the intern company Nate Blakley, Connor Buonnacorsi, Nicole Fluegge, Matthew Kelly, Ricky Moyer, Nasir Panjwani, Kinza Surani and Sunayna Smith Local company members include Maxwell Gray, Brooke Lavoie, and Sterling Vashaw-Piper.
The resident artists are a mix of returning veterans and new and exciting designers. Rien Schlecht returns as Production Manager/Resident Costume/Scenic Designer. Additional resident designers include alumni Hayley Christensen (Sound Design/Associate Production Manager), Scout Hough (Lighting Design), Nate Lowry (Associate Sound Design), Ira Kramer (Director of Media Production), and Lew Whitener (Photography). Making their Weathervane debuts are Ellen Houlden (Properties Design) and Anna Gautreaux (Scenic Charge). Kelly Bernard serves as technical director. Colin Keating will once again serve as Musical Director with Ben Covello as Associate Music Director.
Tickets and subscriptions are now on sale. They are available by calling 603.837.9322 or visiting our websitewww.weathervanenh.org. The Box Office is open Monday-Saturday at 389 Lancaster Rd. Whitefield, NH. The summer season has performances Monday – Saturday at 7:30 pm with additional 2 pm matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays.