Carpe Diem goes digital
George Hosker-Bouley’s Carpe Diem Inc. goes digital for the winter vacation.
For 17 years, he is supplied “A Dickens of a Christmas!” on the Outdated Salt Restaurant in Hampton; alas, one other COVID sufferer.
Hosker and pals contemplated alternate options and a web based present, of course, was the reply. Hosker nixed the thought of his Outdated Salt piece making the leap, “I did not need to take the identification away,” he says.
That is when “The Invisible Lady,” by Claire Tomalin, got here to thoughts, a e book in regards to the real-life14-year affair Dickens had with Nelly, a lady 20 years his junior. Dickens’ spouse was conscious of relationship.
“So I assumed I might write in regards to the two wives,” Hosker says. “The premise is Nelly has come over for Christmas Eve and the 2 lady have opposing calls for. The spouse needs him achieved with it. The mistress needs to get married.”
“It is an grownup story, not soiled,” he provides. “I consider it because the Underbelly Tour goes to Victorian England.”
“Invisible Lady” was filmed in Hosker-Bouley’s extremely adorned barn; “it appears like Santa Claus threw up in there.” The 40-minute piece stars Sarah Shanahan, Katy Hunt (“you don’t have any concept how humorous, proficient, and loopy the 2 girls might be”), and Hosker-Bouley.
It’s going to function Hosker’s tale-appropriate lyrics put to conventional vacation tunes.
The present shall be obtainable on Carpe Diem Inc.’s Fb Web page (“do not forget the Inc!”) Dec. 14 to twenty. Diem will donate $5 of every $24.99 ticket to the New Hampshire Theatre Undertaking/West Finish Studio Theatre (our second house). Ticketholders will obtain entry all through the play’s run. These with out FB might write email@example.com for tickets.
“That is form of a check. I can not do our common present in February,” he says. “So, if we get any curiosity, I will proceed writing unique exhibits and put them on the market.”
A ‘whirlwind’ 12 months on the Rep
Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s Co-Creative Director Brandon James says this 12 months is a “whirlwind … simply conserving nostril above water and planning for a future that adjustments each single day.”
Presently, the corporate is rehearsing its vacation choices, the “Winter Wonderettes,” introduced on the current 2021 Season Reveal, and the simply posted “Honey’s Vacation Blissful Hours.”
“Honey Punch is the drag persona of Jason (Faria), created a number of years in the past … for the drag sequence. Through the COVID lockdown, we produced two Honey exhibits, ‘Honey Punch and Friends’ a drag queen story-hour with puppets, … and issues like that,” James says. “Then, on Thursday nights, we did ‘Honey’s Blissful Hour,’ a jazz cabaret, with Honey and the three Jazz Cats (who have been too cool for varsity).”
The 2 sequence have been staples throughout SRT’s all-digital interval after COVID-19 first hit.
In addition they gave Honey an Easter particular, a jazz Easter brunch, achieved in “Blissful Hour” type. Its overwhelming success led to the Christmas particular.
“To this present day, it is one of many favourite issues we have ever produced, so hilarious,” he says. “It’s extremely a lot the ‘Blissful Hour,’ however with a vacation really feel, like an outdated vacation TV present particular.”
Any regular 12 months the vacation season would function a mainstage spectacular, which might give the theater (any leisure venue) a monetary increase. COVID-19 nixed that choice.
The silver lining: James and Co-Creative Director Ben Hart get to place collectively an extended dreamed of “Vacation Christmas Particular.”
“We’re simply big followers,” James says. “So this 12 months we are able to lastly try this. … And Honey Punch was the clear alternative.” (https://seacoastrep.org)
Faria to curate Pink Gentle Sequence
Jason Faria (a.okay.a. Honey Punch) has been named the brand new curator of Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s Pink Gentle Sequence.
“It simply occurred. The information was fairly sudden, simply earlier than the (Season) Reveal,” Faria says. “I have not had a whole lot of time to knock it out.”
“Knate Higgins was the primary curator and inventor of it, and his mission was to maintain Portsmouth bizarre. When Mad Males (James and Hart ) took over, they wished to maintain Knate’s mission alive whereas exposing adults to different sorts of theater like ‘Mad Haus,’ and … musicals and performs … like ‘New Mind’ or ‘Merciless Intentions’ (in 2021), exhibits that will not maintain a mainstage run. I plan on persevering with that trajectory.”
Each “Mad Haus” and “Drag Haus” will stay within the lineup. Faria’s unique musical “The Little Prince” will debut as a part of the sequence (Dec. 19 to 30, 2021). “It is not aimed toward adults, however as an alternative choice to what we’re producing on the primary stage.”
Faria plans on taking his time to assume past the requirements. Exhibits in place will stay, however he hopes to make additions.
“I need to simply present those who theater is not only one factor, it is not simply … the stereotypical musical present,” Faria provides. I need to present that stay theater experiences might be edgy and funky.”
Rogers wins movie modifying award
Director, producer, author and educator William Rogers has acquired the Greatest Enhancing Award from the Worldwide, International Nonviolent Movie Competition for “Down River,” a movie conceived of and directed by Flynn Donovan.
“There was one other in the summertime for finest modifying(The Accolade Awards),” Rogers says. “(It) provides to the flurry of Awards Flynn has acquired for his course and the movie has acquired for it as a documentary.”
Along with instructing Broadcasting in Somersworth, Rogers is engaged on his subsequent movie venture on the Smuttynose Murders of 1873.
“It is nonetheless in its improvement stage,” Rogers says. “I’ve initiated and written the venture, and am working with Freddie Catalfo who will produce.”
Savage writes ‘Carol’ adaptation
Chris Savage has accomplished his one-man “A Christmas Carol,” adaptation, which he’ll carry out on the Gamers’ Ring, Nov. 27 to Dec. 20. Savage has saved it true to Charles Dickens’ phrases, however for a number of transitions.
“I am extra slicing than writing – condensing,” Savage says. “Should you learn the entire e book, it might be three hours lengthy. I’ve obtained it slightly below 90 – relying on how a lot smack-acting I do.”
Ring regulars will spot numerous visible Easter eggs, fastidiously chosen by Savage from previous years’ props. Among the many acquainted: Scrooge and Marley’s door, Scrooge’s chair “a basic piece of Ring ‘Carol,'” Cratchit’s desk and extra.
After this, if the coronavirus permits, he is off to Harmony’s Hatbox Theatre to carry out in “The Life Span of a Reality” in February.
“It is attention-grabbing. Lots of it is going to match COVID,” he says. “The characters are speaking over the cellphone with one another for essentially the most half.”
However for now, it is all issues Dickens “the primary focus proper now.” (https://playersring.org)
Painter Gail Sauter strikes south
Painter and instructor Gail Sauter of Kittery, Maine, is a resident of Asheville, North Carolina, as of some weeks in the past; chilly winter months the explanation.
“The realm is wealthy with artwork,” Sauter says. “Like in every single place, it has been hit laborious by COVID, (however it’s) a really lively vacationer vacation spot and there’s all the time lots happening.”
As a Seacoast resident, Sauter helped increase the visibility of Kittery’s artwork group.
“Our home is in West Asheville, … solely over the river from downtown Asheville,” Sauter says. “We now have no plans to maneuver once more, however we will certainly go to New England usually. We now have household there, and consuming lobster with out the sound of seagulls overhead is unthinkable.”
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