Ghost Stories

***A Dive In Productions event***

The Halloween season is upon us and we're ever so pleased to invite you to join us around the campfire for a night of ghostly fun. Your host for the evening, Meghan Flynn, has gathered together some of the Seacoast's favorite performers to share in a night of comedy, music, poetry, and more.

Performances by:
Stranger Than Fiction Improv and Comedy
Jules Good
Tim Goss
Ro Gavin
Alex Roitman

MC: Meghan Flynn

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Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

Adapted and Directed by Bretton Reis

***Players' Ring production***

"It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils..." -Victor Frankenstein

As the leaves fall and the days grow darker, join us for Mary Shelley's masterpiece of horror. You may know the story of Frankenstein's blind ambition and his grotesque creature, but you've never seen it told quite like this. The world premiere of a nightmarish adaptation from award-winning writer/director Bretton Reis, "Frankenstein" will chill you to the bone.

This show is included in our subscription packages 

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The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Book by Betsy Kelso, Music and Lyrics by David Nehls

Directed by Patrick Dorow

When Pippi "the stripper on the run" comes between Dr Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her toll collector husband, the storms begin to brew – and we ain't talkin' about any old Florida hurricane! With an outrageous and electrifying score, written by David Nehls from a book by Betsy Kelso, the show may deal with spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy and other problems indigenous to life in a "mobile home community", but it is the colorful characters and lasting friendships that are the heart of this irreverent musical comedy.


Please note The Great American Trailer Park Musical contains strong language, tacky outfits, big hair, adultery, 80s nostalgia, road kill, a stripper on the run and spray cheese – everything a musical should be!

***A Patrick Dorow Presents production***

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Run, Turkey, Run!

An Original Musical by Miles Burns

Based on the book by Diane Mayr

Based on the children's book by Diane Mayr, this Thanksgiving musical is sure to show another side of the holiday. What side you ask? The Turkey's. You've heard of a wild goose chase, but not a wild turkey chase! It is the day before Thanksgiving, which is a terrible day when turkeys stop living, so Turkey may not be giving thanks unless he can think of a way to escape. Clompity-clomp, here comes the farmer... and Turkey is off on his adventure. Along the way he meets delightful friends that show him what Thanksgiving is really all about.

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Discovering Magic

with Andrew Pinard

Presented by Absolutely Magic

Andrew Pinard's Discovering Magic has been a Players' Ring tradition since 2014. Andrew will act as the tour guide to the impossible and absurd, inviting audiences to explore the mystical and magical world of perception and deception. Members actively participate in the performance (socially distanced, of course), making every show a unique, interactive experience. Leave the mundane world behind and enter a magical realm where nothing is what it seems. See why NH Magazine has recognized his work three times in the "Very Best of New Hampshire" issue. Every performance is unique, and this year it will be even more so.

“Magic occurs when audiences are engaged emotionally and intellectually in a gentle tug of war between what is possible and what may be possible.” Pinard continued: “I think of the experience as transcending reality. The main tools in my bag of tricks are imagination and expectation, both of which are provided by the audience! Add a dash of psychology, a splash of technology, a bit of choreography, a gallon of showmanship and an enthusiastic, engaged audience and you have a unique experience that will be remembered forever.” When asked about the show he replied, “I look at each performance as an episode in a series. This year, expect some new surprises and some old favorites as we explore the world on our quest to discover magic.”

Don’t miss the chance to experience the magic.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts has referred to his “impressive ability with sleight-of-hand.” After attending the premiere episode of Discovering Magic, Rick Broussard, Editor of New Hampshire Magazine, wrote: “Your show is remarkable, Andrew. Anyone who hasn’t seen it owes it to themselves to go.” Others have said, "The perfect balance of amazement and humor.” and “Excellent show! Engaging, humorous and constantly surprising! A wonderful evening!”

After experiencing the show in 2018, Jeanné McCartin of Seacoast Online wrote that Andrew Pinard’s “show is more akin to that of a tempered Victorian parlor artist, up close and intimate, but with a decidedly contemporary take, and lots of humor. … Pinard is a showman with an engaging presence. … There’s lots of sleight of hand, seemingly psychic or supernatural bits, and some truly mesmerizing feats. The sleight of hand is coupled with interesting historical tidbits, storytelling, audience participation and laughs. … The magic is there, but the real key to this show is Pinard’s warmth, his skill at insinuating a sense of friendship. He’s just ribbing buddies, showing off a few tricks, pulling everyone together.”

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A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Directed by Jenry Towle

This year marks the 28th anniversary of featuring the classic tale of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol at the Player's Ring. The well known tale of compassion and redemption is reimagined this year, with a new adaptation by Jenry Towle. After Ebenezer Scrooge dismisses his clerk for the evening, a ghostly tale begins to unravel all Scrooge thought he knew or remembered. Can this one night change the life of a miserly, stubborn man? Filled with music, magic, and some of the finest talent on the seacoast, join us this December to celebrate the season.

The classic Christmas tale by Charles Dickens, reimagined and newly adapted by Jenry Towle, with music, magic, and some of the finest talent on the seacoast. Join us this December to celebrate the season.

***Players' Ring production***

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The Toymaker's Apprentice

By Martin McGeachy
Directed by Jen Towle

Toymaker Gideon has put out a search for a new apprentice for his workshop. Two children from the village, Jack and Libby, apply for the job as apprentice to Toymaker Gideon.. Gideon can’t decide which youngster would make a better toymaker, and decides to hire them both for one year to see which of the two will best live up to his workshop's motto: "The Best Made is the Best Played". Each child gets an equal chance - but who will have what it takes to win this position? An original script by Martin McGeachy, The Toymaker's Apprentice is fast-paced, filled with music and hijinks, that celebrates the value of hard work, practicing fair mindedness, and the power of imagination.

***Players' Ring production***

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And the Winner Is

By Mitch Albom

AND THE WINNER IS is a comedic play that tells the comic story of Tyler Johnes, a self-obsessed movie star, who is finally nominated for an Oscar, then dies the night before the awards. Outraged at his bad luck and determined to know if he wins (even though he’s dead), he bargains with a heavenly gatekeeper to return to earth for the big night. Along the way, he drags his agent, his acting rival, his bombshell girlfriend and his ex-wife into the journey, in a wildly twisting tale of Hollywood, the afterlife, and how we are judged.

***DoGo production***

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The Mouse and the Lion 

An Original Musical by Miles Burns
Based on Aesop's Fables

The Mouse has stumbled upon some bad luck and some big trouble so he decides to pack up and relocate, because his mama didn’t raise no fool. While searching for the perfect spot to lay low, The Mouse happens upon The Lion. The Lion is very unfriendly and very unhappy, due to some recent bad luck of his own. They both need help and have no idea how helpful asking for help can be. Adapted from Aesop’s Fables including Androcles and the Lion, this story of humility, honesty, and friendship is filled with great music and laughs. The Mouse and the Lion was originally to be produced in April 2020 at The Players Ring, and we are excited to finally be bringing it to the stage.

***An Upside Arts production***

 

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I Love You Because

Book and Lyrics by Ryan Cunningham

Music by Joshua Salzman

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE is a modern musical twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set in New York City.

I Love You Because follows Austin Bennet, a young greeting card writer whose life is turned upside down when he finds his girlfriend in bed with another man. Forced back out into the treacherous New York dating scene, Austin meets Marcy, whose spontaneity is matched only by her ability to drive him insane.

A comedy that explores the rules and nuances of dating because sometimes love is learning how to love someone, not in spite of their differences, but because of them.


Please note The Great American Trailer Park Musical contains strong language, tacky outfits, big hair, adultery, 80s nostalgia, road kill, a stripper on the run and spray cheese – everything a musical should be!

***A Jonesing for Theatre production***

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Places You Go

By William Ivers

Directed by Marina Altschiller

It’s Spring of her senior year. Maddy Weare, a promising young musician destined for Juilliard, is in the hospital having been in a car accident, escaping with only minor injuries. As she sleeps in her hospital bed, her divorced parents, Rick and Deb Weare, enter and immediately begin playing the blame game while bullying the young intern, Dr. Hughes, as he attempts to care for Maddy the best way he knows how. Tensions escalate after Maddy wakes and reveals several dark truths that cause the family to spiral into turmoil, showing what people are willing to do to protect those they love and what destruction can occur in the process.

***A New World Theatre production***

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Chicken Little

An Original Musical by Joshua Goldberg

The sky is falling! Or at least, Chicken Little thinks so. The outcast of Feather Glen, teased for his extreme caution, he only really wants one thing: to be anonymous. But when he brings his concerns to King Foxy Loxy, Chicken Little is thrust into the spotlight. With his newfound fame, Chicken Little is sure to make a few good friends… and foes.

***An Upside Arts production***

 

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Peter and the Starcatcher

A Play by Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson​

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

***An Upside Arts production***

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Jesus Christ Superstart

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Tim Rice

timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events, but seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.
The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire. The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.”

***A Dive In Productions (Company in Residence) show ***

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Moonglow

By Jack Neary

Directed by Jack Neary

It’s 1967. Ray Healy is a music teacher and a marching band leader in his parish. At 50, he’s single, he’s highly respected, and he leads a quiet life. Arlene Hodge, 45, assists him with the marching band, and would like to get closer to him. She’s heard a rumor that he had been married years ago, but that’s something he never discusses. As one of his students says, Ray is a “big question mark.” Arlene sets out to answer that question, and when she does, she finds herself embroiled in a dilemma she never thought she’d have the courage to confront. But she believes Ray is worth it. Question is, does Ray believe that himself?


Peripheral characters include a funny, smart-as-a-whip music student, plus Ray’s first wife, and a neighborhood mom with a sharp tongue who has her own designs on the music teacher.

It’s a play about choices made at a young age which perhaps irrevocably affect an individual’s later life. The question asked along the way is… what will survive? Love or a man’s strict belief system? In 1967, this was a real question. And, in some ways, it remains a question today.

***Players' Ring production***

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Children of the Grim

By Pitter Pill

Directed by Billy Butler

Bitter Pill's newest play with music, Children of the Grim, is a neo-gothic musical staging of original and traditional children's stories, nursery rhymes, and folk songs. Suitable for macabre children of all ages, Bitter Pill uses classic story-telling, puppetry, circus, and music to create a unique theatrical experience. Stories and songs from 17th century nursery rhymes, Mother Goose, Brothers Grimm, Kafka and Kipling as well as brand new original tunes. Children of the Grim is a sardonic alternative to the usual sugar-coated children’s theatre and the Bitter Pill ensemble is just weird enough to engage all ages.

***A Bitter Pill production***

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Pricing Information

Musicals

  • Adult - $28
  • Senior, Student - $25

Plays

  • Adult - $25
  • Senior, Student - $22

No ticketing fees

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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The well-being of our audiences, artists, and staff is paramount, so we have been closely monitoring the evolving CDC guidance on COVID and its impact on our local community. 

As a result, the Ring is implementing the following protocols:

●All patrons must present either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the theatre

Proof of vaccination can be easily provided by:

• Showing your physical vaccination card or a photo of your card.
• Using Bindle, an easy-to-use free app that keeps your information private and secure.

If you are not vaccinated or cannot verify your vaccination for any reason, proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test within 72 hours or antigen test within 24 hours) is required and can be provided by:

• Showing a photo or email of negative test results from a clinic, testing center, medical professional, or a time-stamped photo of an at-home test. 

• Using the Bindle app (it is easy to upload results from a lab or from an at-home test).

●CDC-approved masks must be worn at all times in all areas of the theatre, regardless of vaccination status.

●If on the day of the performance you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact us at 603 436-8123 for an exchange.

We will continue to evaluate these policies and updates will be posted at playersring.org. If you have any questions, please email info@playersring.org. 

Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe.

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