Little Church Theater Has Big Plans for 10th anniversary season (449 w/ 1 col Sharon Paquette)

HOLDERNESS — At a preview party held May 16 in Holderness, The Little Church Theater announced its 10th Anniversary Season and introduced its 2013 Director in Residence.
"An exciting year is ahead for The Little Church Theater as we celebrate our 10th anniversary," said Lisa Lovett, Executive Director. "We are delighted to announce that Meredith Village Savings Bank will be our 2013 season sponsor. This year, audiences will be treated to three feature plays, a children's workshop and performance, our popular eco-friendly Project Greenway, an exhibition of artwork by area high school students, a barbecue and street dance featuring a popular local band, and the season will culminate with our 10th Anniversary Celebration Cabaret."
''Sharon Paquette has been retained as Director in Residence," announced Monique Devine, chairman of the Little Church Theater Board of Directors. "Sharon brings 25 years of teaching and a lifetime of theatre to The Little Church Theater. An actress, director, and teacher, Sharon is currently Adjunct Theatre Faculty at Plymouth State University. She has trained at the world-renowned Shakespeare and Company and brings their education techniques, honed over years of practice, to share with the participants of The Little Church Theater's Young @ Art workshop."
Young @ Art is a summer workshop and is designed to familiarize high school actors with the language, stories, characters and ideas in Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare meant his works to be performed, not just read, so participating actors will be "doing" Shakespeare as well as "doing" his time period. The workshop will culminate in three performances of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).
Paquette will also direct The Little Church Theater's first musical, "Nunsense," as well Neil Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue." These two plays will be the season's major adult theatrical productions, and each will offer several performances over two weekends.
"Houseguests," an original comedic play, written and directed by Holderness playwright, Jessica Hoffmann Davis, will premier June 27; this play draws strongly on locale, nostalgia, the timeliness of relationships, and timelessness of love.
For the fourth year, The Little Church Theater will be holding its popular Project Greenway, a design competition that requires the incorporation of recycled, repurposed, and/or reused material into the construction of apparel and accessories. This year's theme is Celebration and competitors are urged to incorporate some form of 10 into their creations.
Throughout the summer, an exhibition of artwork by Squam Lakes area high school students will be on display. Also celebrating the season a barbecue and street dance featuring a popular local band, The Uncle Steve Band, will be held August 9. The last event of the season is the 10th Anniversary Celebration Cabaret.
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Sharon Paquette (Courtesy photo)