“Winni” Playhouse is Ready for an Exciting Summer Season


Visitors enjoy a performance at "Busker Alley," the Winnipesaukee Playhouse's outdoor amphitheater.

Patrons enjoy a pre-show performance at “Busker Alley,” the Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s outdoor amphitheater.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is gearing up for a great second season at its new campus in Meredith, NH, where the well-respected non-profit organization plans to offer its professional summer lineup, as well as educational programs, youth camps, and community productions for Lakes Region locals and visitors alike!

The Playhouse’s five-show professional season begins June 25th with The Foreigner by Larry Shue, “a farcical brew of misunderstandings, misconceptions, and mishaps,” followed by The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer adapted by Laura Eason, Any Other Name by George Brant, and Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson.

Performances for all shows are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30pm. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse has added an extra matinee per production, so now each run will have matinees on the first Thursdays and Mondays at 2:00pm.

New for this season, the Playhouse is expanding their offerings for patrons. There are now three free educational opportunities for each production: How’d They Do That? backstage tours with the technical director every first Thursday of each show, Symposium, a pre-show, hour-long session with a theatre instructor or expert on the topic of the play every Tuesday of each show, and Talk-Backs, a post-show discussion with cast and crew on the second Wednesdays of each show. These sessions promise to be quite informative!

Continuing their partnership with Magic Foods Catering, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse will offer patrons the opportunity to order light dinners before each show at their concession stand with a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, beer, wine, and desserts, and the Playhouse has expanded the picnic area to include deck seating this year.

“Patrons really do enjoy the new location,” says Lesley Pankhurst, Marketing Director at the Playhouse. “On selected nights we have free pre-show entertainment on the outdoor stage and it’s very popular for people to come early, purchase dinner, and enjoy it outside listing to musicians or whatever act we have outside. We have a small nature trail off the back deck, which takes around 5 – 10 minutes to loop around, and it’s currently decorated with nature poetry from the Elementary School.”

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s youth summer camp program will be moving temporarily to Inter-Lakes Elementary School this year, as the building the organization had been using for the educational programs was recently torn down to make way for a new, on-site education building to be constructed in the near future.

For more information or to contribute to the ongoing efforts to bring an amazing theatre experience to the Lakes Region, please visit the Winnipesaukee Playhouse website at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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