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July 03. 2013 3:05PM

Rehearsals begin for ACT ONE's Festival 2013


"Director Danielle Howard and the cast of ON GOLDEN POND - Clockwise from top left: Danielle Howard, Matthew Sullivan, Leslie Trentalange, Alan Huisman, Carol Davenport, Michael Stailey, and Todd Fernald" (Courtesy)

Artists' Collaborative Theatre Of New England (ACT ONE) is gearing up for a terrific Festival 2013, with ten mainstage shows and four concerts, running August 8 through October 13 at the at the West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth, NH.

Festival 2013 will open with the summer classic, On Golden Pond, by Academy Award-winning writer, Ernest Thompson. "We're very excited about this show," explains Executive Director Stephanie Nugent. "Danielle Howard is directing an incredible cast. And thanks to the generous support of our show sponsor, Cutter Family Properties, we can work with the full set in place at our studio at the Salmon Falls Mill in Rollinsford. All this - and the first matinee has already sold out!"

Seacoast favorites Carol Davenport and Alan Huisman will portray Ethel and Norman Thayer; Leslie Trentalange, who starred in last year's Sylvia, plays daughter Chelsea. Newcomers Michael Stailey and Matthew Sullivan play father and son, Bill and Billy Ray, and Todd Fernald rounds out the cast as Charlie, the local mailman.

ACT ONE's Festival 2013 will also include Arlene Hutton's unforgettable 1940s wartime romance, Last Train to Nibroc, and Generic Theatre's production of Little Gem by Irish playwright Elaine Murphy, 2012 Spotlight award-nominee for Best Play. Solo artists Roland Goodbody and Liz Korabek-Emerson will be featured, as will Festival favorites Susan Poulin, Leslie Pasternack, and James Haller. Jason and Marjorie Crigler will present Defying the Odds, the inspirational story of Jason's recovery from a devastating brain injury and his return to health and his music.

Festival 2013's concert series will feature Ed Gerhard, Don Campbell, John Perrault and singing duo, Curt Bessette and Jenn Kurtz. More Festival information is available at www.actonenh.org. To request your copy of the Festival 2013 brochure, please email steph@actonenh.org or call 603.300.2986.

The West End Studio Theatre, located at 959 Islington Street, is an air-conditioned 60-seat theatre with wheelchair accessibility and off-street parking. Reservations are highly recommended. Call 603.300.2986.


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