Theatre Season 2024 – 2025

Lucky Stiff Based on the novel, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn… or else his uncle’s gun-toting ex! Directed by Elizabeth Daily.Oct 17 – 19, 2024. Four shows.Hanaway Theatre Eurydice In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story. Directed by Jessie Chapman.Nov 14 – 16, 2024. Four shows.Cheney Studio Theatre Twelfth Night Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a Read More


Now Accepting Applications for the 2024 Summer Season!My name is Wyatt Nyman, and I am the Production Manager for The Glimmerglass Festival. At Glimmerglass, we are committed to educating and mentoring the next generation of theater professionals in an inclusive and welcoming environment. The Festival is a summer destination in Upstate New York where people from across the country and the world come to experience world-class opera, musical theater, and cultural events in a beautiful, relaxing setting. We invite students and early career professionals to apply today for one of our highly competitive paid apprenticeships! All Apprentices are Paid $15.00/hr + OT and Receive Free Housing.  Program OverviewApprenticeship DescriptionsProgram Poster  Why Be an Apprentice at The Glimmerglass Festival?The Spark Notes version!  The Program offers nearly 60 Apprenticeships in 30 different specialties in the Theatre/Opera Industry ranging from positions in Artistic Operations, General Administration, and a wide range of Technical Production opportunities. All earn an hourly wage ($15.00/hr) and are eligible for overtime after 40 hours. All are provided with housing by the company (estimated $750 monthly savings), and have access to transportation to and from work, should they need it, by our Company Management Department.All are given a minimum of one day off per week, 30-60 minute meal breaks every four to six hours, as well as Read More

Cast Lists for Spring 2024

Sincere gratitude to everyone who auditioned! Please initial the copy of this list posted in the student lounge to officially accept your roles. It is my fondest hope that we’ll be able to find time for a read-through before the end of the semester… but we’ll see. Watch your email for updates on that and other things. I’m really excited to work with all of you and to get started on this exciting project!     –Tim Cast list for The Secret in the Wings Ellie Adams Third Blind Queen, Princess Who Wouldn’t Laugh, Allerleira’s Companion/Louise, Swan-Son, one of the Children (Stolen Pennies) Nick Bailey Second Blind Queen, Allerleira’s Father’s Attendant, Swan-Son, King of Silent for Seven Years, Papa Calle Bisaillon Nursemaid, Father of the Princess Who Wouldn’t Laugh, Allerleira’s Companion/Laura, Andrew (Seven Swans), Stranger Lauren Christopher Mother, First Blind Queen, Lady-in-Waiting, Allerleira, Evil Mother (Seven Swans),  one of the Children (Stolen Pennies) Jacob Hepburn First Prince, Suitor Number Five Hundred Sixty-Eight, Silent Daughter, Mama James Kelleher Third Prince, Suitor Number One, Snake Leaves Princess, Swan-Son,  one of the Children (Stolen Pennies), Son of the Third Blind Queen Nate LaPorte Second Prince, Lady-in-Waiting, Sea Captain, Allerleira’s Father, Swan-Son,  one of the Children Read More

AUDITIONS for the Plymouth State University Spring Semester Theatre Productions

The Secret in the Wings, by Mary Zimmerman. STRAIGHT PLAYElizabeth Cheney Studio Theatre, February 29 – March 2, 2024.A frightening babysitter reads from a book of obscure fairy tales.  Dark and mysterious stories come to life with humor and looming disaster. Once Upon A Mattress, by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. MUSICAL.Hanaway Theatre, April 11 – 13, 2024.The classic musical with attitude.  Princess Winnifred, ungainly and brash, competes for the hand of Prince Dauntless, who must marry a “true” princess before anyone else in the kingdom can marry. Tuesday  Nov 28:  Auditions for both shows  4pm-9:00pm. SIGN UP HERE Wednesday Nov. 29:  Dance Call  for Once Upon a Mattress from 6:30-8:00pm. Thursday Nov 30:  Callbacks as needed from 3:30pm – 5:30pm. PREPARE AT LEAST TWO OF THE FOLLOWING: 1.  Monologue:  One selection not to exceed 1½ minutes. 2. A second monologue that contrasts with the first monologue, also not to exceed 1½ minutes. 3.  Song: Choose an approximately 1-minute cut of a golden-age piece of your choosing that compliments the first monologue. Please note that the dance call and a song are required for everyone auditioning for Once Upon a Mattress. Questions, email Matt Kizer, Director of Theatre:

A Minor You Very Much Should Consider

At Plymouth State, we offer a rare and pragmatic minor: Standardized Patient Training. Things you should note: Alumni Grace Gilbert and Lindsey Brunelle recently spoke about the minor briefly as a part of a longer interview. Some footage courtesy of WMUR Chronicle. This is a WMUR article on the program made in 2018: Reposted courtesy of WMUR Chronicle.

JANUARY: Gaeity School of Acting in Dublin

International Study-Abroad Intensive during January Break UPDATE: We recorded this session. It is available for viewing here. Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, September 6, from 10:10 to 11:25 we will be holding a panel discussion. We will be featuring performers who have attended the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. All of the performers featured will be alumni of Plymouth State University. The Gaiety School of Acting was founded in 1986 and trains actors for theatre, film and television. The school is in Dublin, Ireland. This year they are including a Design & Technology component. Please attend our Zoom panel live so that you have the opportunity to ask questions of participants. We will record the session so that any of you who cannot attend will be able to revisit the discussion.

Plymouth State University
Theatre Season 2023 – 2024

War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast adapted by Joe Landry Directed by Jessie ChapmanOctober 12 – 14, 2023 • Hanaway TheatreAn alien invasion throws humanity into chaos in the classic sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds–but all it took to cause real-life panic in the streets was Orson Welles’s 1938 radio adaptation, which listeners took for news. Now, ten years later, the WBFR radio ensemble recreates the colorful events surrounding the infamous evening, including the full original broadcast. Complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects, this radio-play-within-a-radio-play is a thrilling homage to the form’s golden age and timely reminder of what fear can do to a society. Godspell composed by Stephen Schwartz with book by John-Michael TebelakDirected by Elizabeth DailyNovember 16 – 18, 2023 • Cheney Studio Theatre A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. Read More


GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM   Now Accepting Applications for the 2023 Summer Season!   The Glimmerglass Festival is a summer destination in Upstate New York where audiences from across the country and world come to experience world-class opera, musical theater, and cultural events in a beautiful, relaxing setting. We invite students and early career professionals toapply today for one of our highly competitive, paid apprenticeships!   Glimmerglass Apprentices experience growth through practical professional training, hands-on experience, personal mentorships with skilled and knowledgeable professionals, and access to a wide range of workshops and weekly seminars. All Apprentices receive $14.20/hr + OT and receive free housing.     Apprenticeship Opportunities Include:   ADMINISTRATIONBox Office, Communications, Company Management, Development, Events, Finance, Front of House, IT, Operations PRODUCTION A/V, Costume Admin, Crafts, Costume Design, Stitcher, Electrics, Hair & Makeup, Lighting, Prod Admin, Rigging, Scene Design, Paints, Props, Carpentry, Stage Management, Stage Ops, Tech Direction, Wardrobe ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATIONArts Admin, Music Library, Music Operations     Don’t miss this opportunity to join a performing arts company that has made acommitment to offer a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse experience for the next generation of theater professionals! The 2023 Festival includes Puccini’s La bohème, Bernstein’s Candide, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Handel’s Rinaldo and a world premiere youth opera, The Rip Van Winkles.  Click here to explore details about available opportunities and to learn more about how to apply! Read More

Auditions for Urinetown & Silent Sky

URINETOWN November 29 & 30 by appointment.Prepare: Monologue and Song. SILENT SKY November 29 & December 1 by appointment.


Space & Session Workshop Limit Instructors Assistants 1 Session One 9:45-10:45am         1 TOUR: Meet in Silver Lobby Tour of Silver Center 16 Joey Goldberg    1 116/Recital Hall Musical Theatre – Belting Basics 50 Colin Briskey Grace Gilbert, Harrison Christille 1 119/Acting Studio Blow Up the Writer’s Block 20 Niki Tulk Abi Burke 1 121/Dance Studio Stage Movement for Actors 24 Lisa Travis Emma Malloy 1 122/Choral Room Directing a big musical 50 Jessie Chapman   1 131/Classroom Plymouth Players Improv Intensive 30 Plymouth Players   1 206/Costume Shop Fantasy & Deception: Designing Makeup 14 Danee Gosselin Sierra Norko 1 305/Classroom Hum Drum to Hilarious: Shakespeare Out Loud 18 Sara Ann Bailinson   1 Hanaway  Stage Theatre Rigging & the Fly System 16 Bob Bruemmer + Jesse Fredette   1 Hanaway Audience Not Your Grandma’s Acting Games Any Jackson Ploof Kayla OrthmanConnor Butt 1 Loading Dock Tech Olympics 20 PSU Students   1 Studio Theatre Directing from the Inside Out 50 Fran Page Kyle Sidders 1 TOUR: Meet in Silver Lobby Beyond the Scene Shop: Discover the Maker Space 16 Cambria Hobbs   2 Session Two 11:00-12:00         2 TOUR: Meet in Silver Read More

NHETG 2022 Workshop Proposals

Hello, theatre creatures! This fall we are once again hosting the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild conference in October. As usual, the conference will happen on Friday, the day immediately after we open our first Hanaway show. Into the Woods opens and then we have an entire day of hosting workshops on Friday October 7. Most of you know what this is all about from past years of hosting and from attending as students when you were in High School. This is always a great day for us. We will be hosting high school theatre students from all over the state and offering a huge variety of workshops and experiences for the day. If you are interested in hosting a session, please email me as soon as possible. We need this schedule delivered to the guild by September 15. I will be building this schedule starting today (Sept 7). Below are images of the schedules from 2019 and 2021. Things to note include: The Plymouth Players host improv workshops each session 1 – 5. There is a thing that goes on every session called Tech Olympics. The seniors will remember this. It is VERY popular and will be back Read More


At Jean’s Playhouse Directed by Paul Mroczka. Featuring the work of Teddy Wilkins, Sierra Norko, and Elizabeth Daily.Jean’s Playhouse at Exit 32 in Lincoln is providing $20 Student Rush Tickets for Plymouth State University students with a valid ID at the door. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week & next at 7:30 PM and Wednesday Matinees at 2PM. August 25 – Sept. 3. Two hours, including intermission.


Three-week study abroad opportunity for Juniors and Seniors The Gaiety School is once again open for international students! This is a three-week acting program in Dublin, Ireland. It’s right on the river by Dublin Castle. This is a long-standing relationship between Plymouth State University and the Gaiety School. We typically attach this program to one of the performance courses offered in the spring semester. Students who wish to participate are expected to pay the tuition plus airfare. Tuition is approximately €1,950, which includes three weeks of housing. Most years, students are there for the first two weeks on their own and are joined by a PSU faculty member in the final days for the showcase presentation. Niki is expressing strong interest in this, and we expect a visit from an emeritus faculty member named Beth as well. 🙂 Let us know which of you are interested. Gaiety keeps space reserved for us, and we like to let them know our general plans as soon as we can.

Fall Course: Solo in a Suitcase

Acting course culminating in a public performance 13238 TH-4810.01 Acting III Tuesday/Thursday 12:00 – 1:15 This is the first time that this concept has been taught at Plymouth State University. Because it is an unusual concept, we want to be sure everyone who might be interested is aware. We will consider signing students in who may not have all of the prerequisites – please do inquire if you are interested! Acting 3 is the highest-level acting class offered at PSU, readying you for moving out into the professional world. Although we will do some skills work, the focus is that each student will write/create, stage and perform a short solo show, going for 20 minutes. The work on this will begin from Day 1, be deeply developed over the semester, and end with 1-2 public performances—we have tentatively secured approval to show them at the Museum for the White Mountains. Everything you need fits into a small suitcase. No special lighting, no sound effects unless you make them yourself—there will be no tech support. Just you, your body and words, creating a world with your audience. This piece can be a calling card, combined with others to tour or put up a show Read More

Summer Theatre Technician Positions

ATTENTION:Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln, New Hampshire is seeking to fill the following positions: Master Carpenter $350 / weekProps Master – $300 / weekScenic Painter – $300 / week Carpenter Intern – $150 / weekCostume Intern – $150 / week Contract dates differ a little with each position, but are mostly from June 27 to September 4.SOUND OF MUSIC IN CONCERT, CABARET, MAMMA MIA, & THE 39 STEPS. CONTACT: Joel MercierProducing Artistic DirectorNorth Country Center for the ArtsJean’s Playhouse PO Box 1060 Lincoln, NH 03251Business: 603-745-6032Box Office:


Tuesday, May 3, 2PM – 4PM Hi, all!In years past, we traditionally have held a convocation-event for the performing arts at the end of the year.  This year, we invite all Music, Theatre, & Dance students and instructors to a picnic outside Silver in the Amphitheatre area.   We hope to see you there!!!

Theatre Season 2022-2023

As sometimes happens, we suddenly had to rethink directors, calendar positions, and titles.  We had a list of shows that suited the first production slot.    As always, the parameters included calendar time for rehearsals, hitting important dates (such as homecoming), time to build scenery for a given show, appropriate roles to serve current students, vocal parts, necessary creative staff, etc. “The students think we’re doing Into the Woods.”  “I know.”  “Ha ha.”  “It’s not even on the list.”  “You know, if we WERE doing into the woods, it would solve almost as many problems as this show.  Maybe more”  “Yes.”  “Actually, it would be better than this one, and this one, too.”  “Yes.  And better than this one, and maybe better than this one.”  “Hmm.”  “Maybe we should add it to the list.”  “If we end up doing it, some of them are gonna be mad.”  “Yes.”  “Ha ha.” So, to those of you who might feel misled:  Sorry.  Also: ha ha.  😀             – Kizer Into the Woodsby James Lapine and Stephen SondheimDirected by Jessie ChapmanOctober 6 – 8 (NHETG and Homecoming)Auditions in April with limited rehearsals following this spring. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who Read More

Little Women: The Musical

February 24 – 26, 2022 The story that you love. The music you won’t forget. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott Music by Jason HowlandLyrics by Mindi DicksteinBook by Allan Knee Plymouth State is proud to present this masterful work. As a Broadway musical it opened in 2005, receiving nominations for Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. There might be no stories that resonate so deeply with women in America as that of the four March sisters living in refined scarcity in Concord, Massachusetts during the civil war. Alcott’s novel is often regarded as especially dear to young women who have grown up in the New England states. The production under development at the Silver Center for the Arts includes young women with lifelong experiences in this region. Regional Director Jessie Chapman claims Concord, Massachusetts as her birthplace. She has practiced her art throughout New Hampshire for decades. The March Sisters Danee Gosselin has been the resident costumer for Plymouth State University since 2007. She is a New Hampshire native and has made many professional contributions to regional theatre throughout the state. One of the great strengths of the Silver Center and its Read More

Unified Professional Theatre Auditions

Graduating Production Students Are invited to register for the Unified Professional Theatre Auditions! Deadline is January 26, 2022 to submit registration UPTA materials go live on February 4, 2022

Glimmerglass Festival Apprenticeship Program

We have had great reports from alumni about working for Glimmerglass in the past. If you are considering summer work, please take some time and look over these materials that were sent to me by Glimmerglass Production Coordinator Wyatt Nyman.

Online Program for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Printed 8-page programs will be distributed to audience members at the show. Printed programs include a URL and QR Code that point to the online program. The online program includes full company bios and other information and are about 24 pages long.

Recording: Cruise Ship Zoom Discussion 10/19/21

This is the recording of the 75 minute discussion on cruise ship work. It includes in-depth discussion on the benefits and challenges of working on cruise ships, how each panelist got into this work, and many of the unexpected aspects of working in this industry. It was held between the current students of TH2100 Technology for Theatre Professionals, other current interested students, and a panel of alumni from our program from recent history. An email address is listed here for each panelist. The email addresses are visible only if you are logged in to this callboard. Panelists Brady Piper Lynch studied Musical Theatre at Plymouth State (class of ’11) before moving to New York City.   After only two months, she booked a 10-month contract on Disney Cruise Lines, as well as her first off-Broadway show.   Brady played Belle in a new production of A Christmas Carol entitled Three Ghosts (available on Spotify), and then moved to Toronto to rehearse.  In the 2½ month rehearsal process, she learned 5 shows (including The Golden Mickey’s, Toy Story, and Disney Dreams) and understudied three other roles besides her own.  Brady sailed 7 and 14 day cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, Western Mexico, and the Read More

Message from NHETG

Dear Matt and the Legendary P.S.U. Theatre Department,  On behalf of the entire New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild, I would like to extend our sincerest thanks and congratulations for an incredibly successful day.  To be sure, this year had increased challenges, and your staff weathered them admirably.   I can’t tell you how good it felt to walk back into the Silver Center for a day of theater education after a long hiatus.  Speaking as a teacher of attending students, my group had a fantastic day and learned a great deal that will stay with them as they take on future projects.  As always, P.S.U. set the bar high for our students and have given them a great deal to think about.  Congratulations as well on your production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.  A fabulous production, to be sure.  Thank you, Matt, for all of your hard work in setting this up.  We, as a board, are incredibly appreciative of your efforts.  We look forward to our continued attendance to this annual event.   We wish your department all the best for the rest of the year.  Sincerely, Scott GiesslerPresident, NHETG 

Program Bios for Fall Shows, Please!

We have an online tool for maintaining and managing bios.  You will find it in the menus above as well as at the link below.     Please create or update your bio, and assign it to the appropriate show titles. Submit your bio here.

Roundtable Discussion: Working on Cruise Ships

Scheduled: Oct 19 from Noon-1:15PM A group of about six alumni from the PSU Theatre program will be convening on Zoom. The group has extensive past and current experience working in various capacities on cruise ships. We will be discussing how to get into this work, the pros and cons, and anything else that comes up between the panel and attending students. This roundtable discussion is synchronized for the course Technology for Theatre Professionals this semester. However, the zoom meeting will be open for all theatre majors and minors.

Cast List: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Thanks so much for auditioning! As discussed in the audition process, we have not double-cast the entire show. The roles of Lucy and Sally are the only ones that are doubled. We look forward to working with all of you! – Fran, Hannah, Lisa, and Justin REHEARSALS begin the week of 9/13. To accept your role, please initial next to your name on the copy in the lounge. Cast List SALLY BROWN Emily TrubeyGrace Gilbert LUCY VAN PELT Emma Molloy*Joey Goldberg SNOOPY Kyle Sidders SCHROEDER Jackson Ploof CHARLIE BROWN Harrison Christilles LINUS VAN PELT Teddy Wilkin *Dance Captain

Senior Awards 2021

Each year at Plymouth State University, we honor our graduating seniors for their accomplishments and growth during their time in our program. For the second year in a row, we are unable to hold any kind of in-person convocation or social gathering to properly recognize these remarkable people. In lieu of our traditional ceremony, we are again presenting here, online. We are pleased to present this year’s Senior Awards in Theatre (in alphabetical order). The Plymouth Players Award is also included here, at the end.

Posting Rehearsal Schedules

Just like a real bulletin board, anyone can post a schedule here. This will mostly be for stage managers to use. If you have a project or a scene for a class, though, you may post it here. Select + New –> Schedule. Give the schedule a logical name, such as “Music Rehearsal,” or “Stage Kiss.” Your name and the date you posted it will be listed next to the title. The most recent schedules are listed first. Select the appropriate Ensemble for this schedule. If we have three shows in rehearsal, use this to tell us which cast this is for. The Callboard will use this to sort things out. Enter any text you like into the text field. It is just like writing an email or a blog post. More Help on this is Here.