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Gossip: Clay Hill exhibit space, Escape Room news and Castle Pirates

Gossip: Clay Hill exhibit space, Escape Room news and Castle Pirates
12 May
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Exhibit space at Clay Hill Farm

The Veranda Room at Clay Hill Farm, Cape Neddick, Maine, is now also a fine art exhibition space.

“What we’re doing is every six to eight weeks we’ll be featuring a new collection, featuring a local artist,” Event and Outreach Director Jennifer Lewis says.

“It’s just a great way to connect with the art community and showcase local talent in the area. … We’ve always been supporters, but this is the next level to bring artists to the public in a unique way.”

Each exhibit will hold the traditional “meet and greet” at the start of its run. The first and current show features the work of Maine artist Rosalind Fedeli, up through June 12.

The space is curated by Amy Kelly of Talespin Studio, in Ogunquit, Maine. If you are a local artist and interested in exhibiting, call Kelly at 207-467-0590. And if interested in seeing the exhibit, contact Clay Hill at 207-361-2272, or just drop in.

The company has plans for more art-based outreach programs in the works.

Second Bard in the Yard tour

theater.unmasked has pulled together its second Bard in the Yard summer tour, Founding Member Aimee Blesing says.

“So, we are doing ‘Romeo and Juliet’ this summer at thus far three locations, so like a mini tour. We have shows at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Tendercrop Farm, and a show at Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, all new places,” Blesing says. “The shows are all outdoor performances, and we have nine actors that are touring with it.”

The piece, which runs March 8 through 24, will have “a bit of a 1950s theme” to it, and feature songs like “Blue Moon,” and “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.” Blesing will direct.

“The only other thing going on is we’re doing our first Players’ Ring appearance in 2019,” Blesing says. “We’ll be doing ‘Proof’ by David Auburn.”

Senior Repertory has new format

Seacoast Repertory Theatre is playing around with its newly launched Senior Repertory Program, heck, with all its programs, according to Artistic Director Miles Burns.

“Change …. it’s been a long time coming,” Burns says.

For starters, the Senior program is still year-round, but broken into 10-week sessions. “The first performance we did was ‘Love Letters.’ The next one coming up in a month is a cabaret.”

And here, too, is a new twist, he says. The cabaret, directed by Senior Rep Director Tim Hackney, with musical direction by Burns, will commingle the elders group with the Rep’s PAPA Kids, (Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts) program, Burns says. “We’re mixing the two groups for a special show.”

“We’ll mix and merge groups – all groups – to create a healthy, open, learning space, with a cool performance at the end,” he said.

The company is also considering developing a project combining the Seniors with “Mad Haus” and its Mad Men of Oopsy Daisy.

“I think that one of the things we’re doing is not thinking of the different (departments) as a separate thing,” Burns says. “For everyone, we’re giving well-rounded opportunities, not just the same old stuff they’ve been doing. … We’re thinking community as a whole.”

And in the vein of well-rounded opportunity, catch Hackney starring with Jamie Bradley in the Rep’s current production of “The Producers.”

‘Tommy’ in the park

In more Rep news: The company, in collaboration with Prescott Park Arts Festival, will present its production of “Tommy” for a single night in the park on July 11.

“Prescott Park wanted a little bit of programming that wasn’t a concert, but that still had appeal, and we have this theatrical production we’re working hard on that we have to promote,” Director of Marketing and Development Brian Kelly says. “We’ll be doing a variation of it over there, adapting it to that space (on the set of ‘Seussical’).”

It’s still a full production, but will lack some of the Rep’s the aesthetics, lighting and other “specials” the riverside space, and time, won’t allow.

“They have a big space there and the lighting grid is different. … It will still be the Mad Men and their vision, which is really cool, a cross between M. C. Esher and Roy Lichtenstein,” he says. “But you’ll want to go to the Rep (June 29 through July 29), to see its fully produced, space-made, (version). You’re going to want to see the Mad Men’s design up close, (with make up that changes depending on the light on it.)”

Finally the Rep has added a new Drag Show to its summer lineup, for May 20. “An opportunity came up we can’t ignore,” Kelly says. The show will feature a Rapper known as Big Dipper, “who has got quite a following.”

Escape Room turns 2

The Portsmouth Escape Room just marked its second anniversary. “We didn’t mark it, too busy,” owner Javi Kalback says. Instead they’re busy installing a new game room.

It closed “the Basement” in March, which was created for the Halloween season, but extended due to popularity; “People liked it,” she says. “It was scary.”

“Merlin’s Trials” is the latest room, planned for a late May opening.

It is a medieval castle, Kalback says. The premise: Merlin has mentored you. The old king has died. You now need to prove you can be king by passing Merlin’s Trials.

“We started putting it together last year, put it on hold when started building the Roswell Incident, which opened last year – August,” she says. “So, we now have ‘Sunrise Killer;’ ‘Westower Study,’ ‘The Roswell Incident,’ and we’re working on ‘Merlin’s.'” (More info at https://www.portsmouthescaperoom.com/)

‘Pirates’ back at the Castle

The Castle on Charles is bringing back “Pirates of the Castle, “due to popularity” wonder Herman Ejarque says. “We did four nights, in two weeks last year, it sold out. It was very popular,” he says. “So we’re doing it again, two more weekends (May 11, 12, 18 and 19).”

It returns with its original cast Denise McDonough. Mike Morris, Sarah Shanahan, Josh Paul Moore and Doug Decker.

“It was very popular,” he says. “We’re already talking about the fall for a different show, but that’s still in the works.

Susan Poulin, who also proved popular, will return with a new-to-Charles Ida production. And as always, there’s lots of music. More at www.castlenh.com.

ACT ONE brings ‘Immigrant Garden’ to Dover

ACT ONE will present “The Immigrant Garden,” by Caroline Wood at the First Parish Church, Dover, this week on May 11 and 12. The production was presented in ACT ONES 2017 season. Its popularity made it a perfect fundraiser for the family food outreach programs in the Dover area, Founding Artistic Director Stephanie Nugent says. (Call 603.742.5664)

Jeanné McCartin has her eyes and ears out for Seacoast gossip. E-mail maskmakernh@aol.com.

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