MEREDITH — It's just another day on tour for the Kelly Family Circus where backstage life supplies as many laughs, thrills, and dramatic moments as the afternoon's performance.
A young girl's visit to the circus and the surprise romance between two performers has ripple effects on all the members of the circus family including the jugglers, trapeze artists, tightrope walkers and, of course, clowns.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Executive Director Bryan Halperin's dramatic comedy, which runs from August 28 through September 1, is the Playhouse's first ever professional world premiere. The script started out as a short play about a clown and a girl from the Playhouse's 2010 Playwriting Workshop and grew from there.
Halperin had a lot of support from the professional actors who saw something in his work and encouraged him to continue you with it. Actors Adam Kee, Richard Brundage, Tonya Free, and Jaydie Becket Halperin read the play out loud for Halperin two summers ago and that gave him the confidence he needed to bring the script to life and show it to the Playhouse audience.
He says, "I wrote this play with our Lakes Region community and The Winnipesaukee Playhouse audience in mind. I think our community likes plays that make people laugh as well as touch the heart. My goal in everything I do at the Playhouse is to have people leave our campus saying "I'm glad I came today" - I think this play will achieve that."
The actors include Richard Brundage, Adam Hadas, Tonya Free, Alex Jacobs, Adam Kee, and Jaydie Becket Halperin. Although this is Jaydie's first appearance on the Playhouses main stage, she is no stranger to Winnipesaukee Playhouse audiences. Jaydie is thrilled to be appearing onstage with some of the professional actors she has been watching on the Playhouse stage for years. The director, Patricia Runcie-Rice is thrilled to return to the Playhouse for her 7th season.
The Unicycle of Life is the last play in The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's summer season. Pre-show dinners are available at the lobby bar and catered by Magic Foods Restaurant Group, the owners of Canoe in Center Harbor and O Steak and Seafood in Laconia. On selected nights, free pre-show entertainment is available at the outdoor amphitheatre beginning at 6:45pm.
The Summer 2013 season is generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank and Laconia Harley-Davidson. The Unicycle of Life is recommended for ages 12 and above. Performances are Wednesday, August 28 to Sunday, September 1 beginning at 7:30 p.m. with a showing at 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Thursday, August 29 performance will include a post-show discussion and Q & A with the cast and crew.
Tickets are $20 for seating in the orchestra, $15 for seating in the balcony. Student rush tickets can be purchased for best seating available one hour prior to the show for $12 cash only. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603) 279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winniplayhouse.org.