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A Couple of Upcoming Shows in Lakes Region | Wedding Singer | Drood

I am really excited about a couple of upcoming shows in the region. My goof friends at Franklin Footlight Theatre are putting on the hit musical “The Wedding Singer” featuring up and coming local talents Jake Schaffner and Katie Nadeau.

The show is based on the hit romantic comedy that featured NH’s own Adam Sandler. The show opens at Franklin Opera House July 22nd and runs on consecutive weekends. Visit http:\\ for ticket information.

Next up is a show getting ready to run casting auditions in Laconia.The Streetcar Company is holding casting auditions for Drood – a musical based on the last (unfinished) work of Charles Dickens. Visit http:\\ for further details. Casting nights are Aug 1st and Aug 3rd.

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1 Comment updated October 13, 2011

Franklin Footlight Theatre Opened Urinetown the Musical March 6th

Franklin, NH

Franklin Footlight Theatre presented Urinetown the Musical at the Franklin Opera House this evening to an enthusiastic crowd.  Christie Martin and Liz Patria wowed the audience with their stunning vocal performances and the audience enjoyed the hi-jinks of Officer Lockstock and Officer Barrel as played by Jack Finley and Matt Potter.  Definitely a thumbs up show!

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No Comments updated October 13, 2011

Playing the Role of Pippin Dramatically Altered the Direction of My Life

I have to say I was really drifting through life missing a little purpose (at least in the matter I had become accustomed) when I joined Franklin Footlight Theatre in the summer of 2007.  My friends Kathy, Lee, and Jody all dragged me off to auditions for Footlight’s production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.  I had a blast doing that show and took part in the annual end of summer camping trip with the group.  While there the group suggested I audition for Pippin, a show about which I knew nothing.

The Challenge of Being Cast in the Title Role of Pippin

I had the blessing (tho I hardly called it such at the time) of being cast as Pippin.  I don’t have all that much experience in theatre but I can’t imagine there are too many roles out there that are similar. The character Pippin experiences just about every possible kind of personal failure designed to destroy the will and spirit of a young man, only to be saved in the end by his love for his newly adopted family – and their love for him.

I think Pippin maybe is that rare bit of musical theatre which both has the element of Broadway production pizzazz while also carrying the more heavy tone of drama. On the one hand you can’t get enough of the glittering costumes, choral music and beautiful dancing girls but on the other hand you can’t help but be pulled at the heart by the world machinations trying to undo at a whole the very fabric of the spirit of a young man. I think many an ambitious young man could see Pippin’s struggles and empathize with his plight and how some people are so willing and eager to abuse such young men of ambition.

Becoming Immersed in a Character Role Stays with You for Life

I will always carry a piece of Pippin with me wherever I go, whatever roles I play.  Thank you to Jule Finley and the production team for casting me as Pippin.  You changed my life in much the same way Pippin’s new family changed his. Committing to performing a lead role live on stage demands that you truly step into the shoes of the character you are playing and (for that time in the limelight) being that other person. It is through this media that I experienced what it felt like to carry the joys and woes of this character in a way only others who have had to make the same commitment can understand.

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No Comments updated August 17, 2012