Published DateMEREDITH — The Lakes Region is about to get its first glimpse at thearea's premiere performing arts campus. After many years of planning, and a full year of construction, the new Winnipesaukee Playhouse campus will open with a weekend of activities on June 1 and 2.
Located on the site of the former Annalee Doll Complex at 50 Reservoir Road in Meredith, the new campus boasts a state-of-the-art theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and 11 wooded acres which include a covered bridge and nature trails.
The opening weekend, called A Celebration of Theatre, kicks off on Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. with the Playhouse's playwriting festival: Playwriting Project 201.3. Eleven plays, written by local adults and teens, will be performed in rotation on the outdoor
amphitheatre from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Each play will be performed twice on Saturday and once again on Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m. The plays are directed and performed by members of the Winni Players, the Playhouse's community theatre group.
Audience members will get their first chance to enter the new theatre building at a Gala Fundraiser on Saturday evening beginning at 6 p.m. The fundraiser includes hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, tours, socializing, desserts & more. Entertainment
includes the musical stylings of Krisanthi Pappas, performances by the Playhouse's professional, community and youth theatre participants, and a celebration of the Playhouse's history.
Tickets to the gala cost $75 per person and are available online at www.winniplayhouse.org or by calling the Playhouse at (603) 279-0333.
The entire community is welcome to tour the theatre at a free Open House on Sunday, June 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Open House also includes games and activities for kids, a live broadcast from WLNH, a costume photo booth, food, ticket giveaways and more.
RSVPs are not required for either the Playwriting Festival or the Open House.