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. mkizer@plymouth.edu 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

THE GAIETY SCHOOL OF ACTING

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

PSU PERFORMING-ARTS PICNIC!!

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.https://www.mtishows.com/into-the-woods 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

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.

Little Women Auditions

LITTLE WOMEN AUDITIONS (SIGN UP FORM AVAILABLE NOW) Little Women auditions will be Tuesday, November 30 from 5:30-8:00pm in Silver room 131Callbacks & Dance Call, will be Thursday, December 2 Callbacks from 3:30-4:50pm in the Recital Hall and Dance Call 5:00-5:30 in the Dance Studio.Casting will be posted on/by December 3rd PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS:Please prepare an approximately 1 minute/ 32 bar cut of a song that is in the style of, but not from, the show and a one-minute monologue of your choice. Be prepared to do a range check or to briefly vocalise as part of your audition. *Please note this production will begin rehearsals over ‘Early Spring’ semesterFirst Rehearsal: Monday, January 10 (rehearsals during Early Spring will be Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm with a lunch breakRegular Semester Rehearsals (until Tech) will be Tuesday/Thursdays 3:30-9pm, Wednesdays 4-8pmOpening: Thursday, February 24Closing: Saturday, February 26 About the ShowLittle Women: Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of the adventures of the four March sisters is brought to vivid musical life in ‘Little Women.’ The story follows the lives, loves, and tribulations of the sisters growing up during the American Civil War. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy live in Concord, Massachusetts with their Marmee while their father Read More

Standardized Patient Training Courses

Happy Tuesday! As you go through the registration process, I welcome you to consider becoming a standardized patient. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn how to work with pre-professionals in the medical field using your acting skills. It’s a great way to make money when you’re in-between gigs after college. Many teaching hospitals and training institutions hire standardized patients. Additionally, we are the only college/university in North America who offers a minor in standardized patient training. SP skills training is happening next semester on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please consider signing up. Only pre-requisite is Acting I. Thanks! Have a great day! Fran

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

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.

Spring Musical

Happy first day back!  Some of you may have seen…since there is a poster up in the lobby, that the spring musical will be Little Women. I will be directing, and the illustrious Hannah Murray will be the Musical Director!  The show goes up February 24-26, audition and rehearsal details will be forthcoming later in the semester.  Always -Jessie Chapman