Casts reprise notable moments from 2017 showsBy JULIA ANN WEEKES
NH Weekend Editor January 17. 2018 12:23PM
CONCORD — Producing companies that garnered the most New Hampshire Theatre Awards (NHTA) nominations — including both community and professional productions in 2017 — are:
• Peacock Players, 32, for “Grease,” “Heathers: the Musical” and “Peter and the Starcatcher”;
• Actorsingers, 28, for “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Drowsy Chaperone”;
• The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, 24, for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Godspell,” “High Society,” “Inherit the Wind,” “Lord of the Flies” and “The Graduate”;
• Theatre KAPOW, 23, for “Exit the King,” “Living in Exile” and “Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical.”
• Peterborough Players, 19, for “Doctor’s Dilemma” and “The Producers.”
Saturday’s 7 p.m. NHTA awards show at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord will highlight some of the shows that drew crowds across the Granite State last year. Here are some of the theater groups on the lineup: The Riverbend Youth Company in a medley from “Guys And Dolls”; Windham Actors Guild in “One Night In Bangkok” from “Chess~The Musical”; theatre KAPOW in a medley from “Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical”; Actorsingers in a medley from “Jesus Christ Superstar”; Community Players of Concord in “In A Place Of Miracles” from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”; and Majestic Theatre in “Nine Percent Chance” from “High Fidelity.”
Performers to recap 2017 roles include best actress nominee Amy Agostino as Diana from Nashua Theatre Guild’s production of “California Suite”; best actor nominee John-Michael Breen as Benjamin from The Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s production of “The Graduate”; best actor nominee Mike Perry as Max from Majestic Theatre’s production of “Lend Me a Tenor”; best actress nominee Elsa Keefe as Molly Aster from the Peacock Players production of “Peter and the Starcatcher”; and best actor nominee Jess Putney as Melissa from the Andy’s Summer Playhouse production of “Melissa, So Far.”
In addition, Kathleen Palmer, former arts and entertainment editor at the Nashua Telegraph, will receive the 2018 Kevin Riley New Hampshire Theatre Hero Award.
The 2018 Francis Grover Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award will be given in memory of Tom Demille for his dedication, along with that of his wife, Wynne, to the New London Barn Playhouse.
In an announcement of the award recipient, the theater award’s Facebook page had this to say: “Entire generations of “We cannot underestimate the impact that Tom and Wynne’s love and care of the New London Barn Playhouse has had on thousands of peoples’ lives,” said the playhouse’s artistic director Emerita Carol Dunne after Demille’s death in February 2017. Tom’s belief in and support of the Barnies was personal, and it was limitless.”