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Playhouse Players is the community theatre company of Jean’s Playhouse that was started in 2012 with the opening of the Jean’s Playhouse facility. The company showcases talent of all ages from the White Mountains region and produces entertainment the whole family can enjoy. In addition to bi-annual productions, the Playhouse Players meet every other month for get-togethers and educational workshops.
The Playhouse Players’ next production is The Art of Dining, May 19-21, 2017. Cal and Ellen are the owners and sole staff of a small, elegant gourmet restaurant. Cal’s main preoccupation is paying back the $75,000 it cost to start it up, and that means packing in the customers. Chef Ellen is preoccupied with the food’s quality and stopping Cal from sampling the ingredients. The diners act out their own private dramas over dinner and their conversations are exquisite burlesques of contemporary attitudes. There’s a sensual middle aged couple who go into paroxysms of ecstasy just reading the menu and then there’s three crass chic young career women. Finally, there’s Elizabeth, a maladroit, shy and neurotic writer who’s dining with her prospective publisher. Her actions and conversation are unintentionally hilarious and a delicious example of how not to act and what not to talk about while dining.
“A spicy compote of social satire, slapstick zaniness, sight gags and the funniest play I’ve seen in a long time.-Village Voice
Join us for auditions on Sun, March 19, 3-5 pm & Tues, March 21, 6-8 pm!
Previous Playhouse Players Productions:
The Dining Room, May 13-15, 2016
By A.R. Gurney. A richly humorous theatrical tour de force in which six performers portray a wide array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom, and the now neglected room which was once a vital center of family life.
Plaza Suite, December 13-15, 2015
Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. In the first act, a suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before… and was yesterday their anniversary, or is it today? This tale of a marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little diversion. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where her guests- and her groom- await.
Blithe Spirit, May 1-3, 2015
The supernatural comedy. Lincoln-Woodstock’s community theatre group the Playhouse Players stage the Noel Coward comedy about wives (of this world and otherwise) fighting over one man! Following a séance with the quirky Madame Arcati, Charles Condomine finds that his late wife Elvira is back and determined to have him to herself–much to the dismay of his current wife!
Lincoln: A Tour through Time, July 28, 2014
Part of Lincoln’s 250th Celebration, A Tour through Time takes us back to 1764 and the granting of the first land charter through Franconia Notch all the way up to the opening of Loon Mountain and the boom of Lincoln’s development. Join James Avery, Nathan Kinsman, Simon Tuttle and more as we celebrate Lincoln’s history and the men and women who made the town what it is today!
A Christmas Carol, December 5-22, 2013
Miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge meets the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley, and three spirits who teach him the true meaning of Christmas!
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, May 11-19, 2013
Set in Roman times, Forum tells the story of Pseudolus, a slave who must obey his domineering mistress, his master (“That Dirty Old Man”, one of the show’s musical numbers, will tell you all you need to know about him), and their idealistic son named (appropriately) Hero. Pseudolus yearns to be free- until, one day, his young master agrees to grant him his freedom in exchange for the girl of his dreams (who just happens to be the young virgin in a house of courtesans living next door!). Come and enjoy an evening of musical farce full of togas, dancing girls, mishaps, chases, disguises… and hilarity!
You Can’t Take It With You, March 8-17, 2013
The Sycamores are a completely normal family- if a normal family played Beethoven on a xylophone, kept snakes in the living room, learned ballet from an angry anti-Stalin Russian immigrant, and never paid a day’s worth of income tax, that is! One day, the youngest daughter Alice comes home to announce that a gentleman will be calling on her- the boss’s son at the company where she works, as a matter of fact. When Alice and Tony get engaged, nothing can spoil their happiness, except perhaps the prospect of a meeting between Tony’s parents and Alice’s well-meaning but over-the-top and slightly insane family!
A Christmas Carol, Nov 30-Dec 16, 2012
The Playhouse Players debut production and start of a Jean’s Playhouse tradition! Miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge meets the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley, and three spirits who teach him the true meaning of Christmas!
Want to get involved? Stay in the loop on all the Playhouse Players upcoming shows, workshops and auditions or submit your information to volunteer with the company!
Learn about the rest of the Jean’s Playhouse companies to get a better idea of the diverse and high quality theatre and events offered in Lincoln!