FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2008
Christopher Williams, Plymouth State University
Shelly Angers, NH Department of Cultural Resources
Spaces filling up quickly for NH Professional Theatre companies' auditions and interviews
PLYMOUTH, NH— For the first time, professional theatres from across New Hampshire are gathering—at one place and on one day—to audition and interview college students interested in working both onstage and behind the scenes for summer and fall productions.
On April 5, the New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association, in partnership with Plymouth State University (PSU) and the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, will conduct auditions for onstage positions, and interviews for backstage and administrative positions—including box office, public relations and marketing.
Meetings will take place at the Silver Center for the Arts at PSU. Auditions begin at 9:30 a.m. and dance call begins at 1 p.m. Interviews for technical and administrative positions begin at 1:30 p.m. There will be a participant reception from 6-7 p.m.
Initially, the auditions and interviews were open to anyone 18 or older who is currently enrolled at a New Hampshire college or university. Due to overwhelming interest, New Hampshire residents 18 and older who are enrolled at colleges and universities out of state may also participate.
A direct offshoot of the Governor’s Jobs Cabinet, the 2008 New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association auditions will have a direct positive impact on the state’s economy. The 18 participating theatres need to fill hundreds of positions, and the more New Hampshire students and residents employed, the more money stays in the state—and the stronger our workforce becomes as students gain valuable skills.
The New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association has a two-fold purpose. It is a resource for the theatre community, providing information on events, jobs, and theatre news; it is also a source for the public to find information about the Granite State’s professional theatre productions, as well as information on lodging, dining, and other attractions near each member theatre.
Representatives from 14 producing theatres, both equity and non-equity, and from 4 presenting theatres will be on hand to audition and interview for productions to take place in New Hampshire and for national tours during the summer and fall 2008 seasons. They include:
- Advice to the Players; North Sandwich, NH
- Barnstormers Theatre; Tamworth, NH
- Children's Stage Adventures, Inc.; Sullivan, NH
- Hampstead Stage Company; Center Barnstead, NH
- Inter-Lakes Region Summer Theatre; Meredith NH
- Mt. Washington Valley Theatre Company; North Conway, NH
- New London Barn Playhouse; New London, NH
- North Country Center for the Arts; Lincoln, NH
- NorthEast Shakespeare Ensemble (NESE); New London, NH
- Palace Theatre; Manchester, NH
- Peterborough Players Inc.; Peterborough, NH
- Prescott Park Arts Festival; Portsmouth, NH
- Seacoast Repertory Theatre ; Portsmouth, NH
- Shakespeare in the Valley; Campton, NH
- Weathervane Theatre; Whitefield, NH
- The Winnipesaukee Playhouse; Laconia, NH
- Yellow Taxi Productions, Inc.; Nashua NH
- Capitol Center for the Arts; Concord, NH (interviews for production and administrative personnel only)
There is no charge to participate in the 2008 New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association auditions but registration is required. For more information and to register go to: http://oz.plymouth.edu/~mkizer/NHPTA/