cabaret cast poses on stage in dark blue light

Arts Spotlight: Peterborough Players

NICOLE S. COLSON The pandemic gave many arts organizations the time and opportunity to think deeply about their mission and the future. In the case of Peterborough Players, it was a chance to determine the best ways to reach the largest number of theater patrons. Above all, increased access ensures its longevity far past the

a circle of kids play a game in a blackbox theater

Arts Spotlight: Andy’s Summer Playhouse

NICOLE S. COLSON Andy’s Summer Playhouse board and staff provide full access to programming—but it’s the kids who are running the show. “They are running tech boards during the performance, they are building the set and gathering costumes,” said artistic director Jared Mezzocchi.  As its website explains, Andy’s is a youth theater in Wilton that

stage full of kids of all ages in costume

Arts Spotlight: MoCo Arts

NICOLE S. COLSON MoCo Arts is empowering the youth of Keene by helping them find themselves through arts education. MoCo Arts is a family-centered nonprofit arts education organization in downtown Keene. They offer classes in dance and theater for students ages 6 months to 18+ years (select classes for adults). During the summer, MoCo runs

a stage full of kids dancing in different colored costumes under blue lighting

Arts Spotlight: New Hampshire Dance Institute

NICOLE S. COLSON No matter where they come from, their family background or skill level, when NHDI students take the stage at the end of the week and show what they’ve learned to an audience—they are all dancers. The non-profit arts and education organization known as New Hampshire Dance Institute offers year-long, summer and residency

Artists: Find support in the Monadnock Region

Article by Abby Holt Getting discovered as an artist is hard work. While there are a lucky few that wind up in a “right place, right time” situation, most of us have to live up to the starving artist persona. Fortunately, there are ways that we can set ourselves up for success. Many artists find

Family Contradance in Harrisville

Historic Harrisville, Inc.  presents a Family Dance at St. Denis Church, Harrisville, NH 03450. The music and dances will be in the tradition of the New England barn dance. On Sunday, August 14, from 6:00-8:00 pm, Allison Aldrich Smith of Nelson will teach and call delightful dances for all levels of experience. Her accordion playing,

Saturday Nelson Contradance

Dudley Laufman will lead the dancing at a special Old Home Week edition of the Nelson Saturday Contra Dance on August 6th.   On a recent episode of the NH Public Radio program, The Exchange, host Laura Knoy said, “When he raised the roof at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 with his country orchestra,

Pygmalion at the Peterborough Players

Pygmalion is the story of a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle and her transformation into a high-society woman at the hands of Professor of Phonetics Henry Higgins. Higgins’ takes on a bet to train Eliza to pass for a duchess at an ambassador’s garden party by focusing primarily on her manner of speech. This

Sugar River Band plays for Peterborough Contradance

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on August 6th, featuring Tod Whittemore calling with the Sugar River Band.   Caller Tod Whittemore has been calling dances for forty years, having been lucky enough to begin his career at the time when famous callers Ralph Page and Duke Miller were