Published: 3/29/2022 8:03:42 PM
Modified: 3/29/2022 8:02:47 PM
The New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild will hold its statewide festivals on April 1 and 2 in two locations.
The Stockbridge Theatre on the Pinkerton campus, 44 N. Main St., Derry, will host eight schools for its festival, with rehearsals and performances split between Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, Bedford High School and Windham High School open the first block of performances with shows. Bedford will present “4 a.m.” at 3 p.m. and Windham has “Maniac Manor” at 4 p.m.
Later that evening, “Eurydice” will be staged by Exeter at 7 p.m. and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream … In Space!” by Salem at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, the day begins with Coe-Brown’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” at 10 a.m. with followed by Concord with “When She Had Wings” at 11 a.m.
Concord’s selection is a play told in sound, movement and words by Suzan Zeder, with original music by Concord senior Christopher Renaud. It focuses on a young girl named B, just B, who is 9 and not excited about turning 10. She believes she used to be able to fly and wants to remember how. When her treehouse is hit by lightning, she’s visited by a stranger. She speaks in squawks and occasionally the call letters of Amelia Earhart’s missing plane.
The afternoon block of Saturday shows will be John Stark at 2 p.m. presenting “I Don’t Want to Talk About It.” Lastly, Pinkerton Academy will present “Men on Boats” at 3 p.m.
At the Kingswood Festival, held at the Kingswood Arts Center, McManus Road, Wolfeboro, six schools will showcase their work.
After having time to hold technical rehearsal on Friday, schools will perform for their peers (and the public) on Saturday.
Pittsfield Middle High School will kick off the day at 9 a.m. with “Anonymous,” followed by Plymouth Regional at 10 a.m. with “Three Tables.”
The next block of shows are Kingswood Regional with “The Yee-Ha!Ha! Revue” and Portsmouth Christian with “Arlecchino’s Big Mistake” at 1 and 2 p.m., respectively.
The final pair of shows begins at 3:30 p.m. with Franklin High School’s “The Chili Haunts Me Still” and at 4:30 p.m. Gilford High School’s “Almost, Maine.”
Tickets are $7 for a two-show block or $15 for the full day of performances.
Judges will review the shows at the end of the festival and offer comments and accolades to the student performances.
For more information, visit nhetg.org.