Photo by Gary Ng

Photo by Gary Ng

For Immediate Release:

March 23, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Ogunquit Playhouse Children’s Theatre Camps Offer Training for Ages 5 to 16

The Ogunquit Playhouse Children's Theatre Camps are filling up fast. Register your aspiring thespian today for either the Rising Star Camp for children ages 5 to 8, Center Stage Camp for children ages 8 to 10, or the Junior Players Camp for ages 9 to 16. These programs offer theatrical training in a supportive and nurturing environment, and no prior training or skill level is required to participate.

Rising Star Theatre Camp combines fun and educational games with instruction for children ages 5 to 8. The directors bring performing arts to life for youngsters new to theatre by teaching basic staging, music and choreography with an emphasis on group performance. By emphasizing the group aspects of performance, students are encouraged to grow at their own pace with no pressure. Speaking roles are available and students may choose to audition for larger roles if they wish. Students attend camp Monday – Friday from 9:00am-Noon with a performance for family members and friends on Friday at 11:00am in the rehearsal space located behind the Playhouse. There is currently space available for all camps: Cinderella – If the Shoe Fits, June 26 – 30 and August 14 – 18; Tweet, July 10 - 14; Circus Jamboree, August 7 – 11.

Center Stage Theatre Camp is especially designed for children ages 8 to 10. This exciting program is the perfect step up from the Rising Stars for campers to continue to explore and develop vocal, movement and acting skills. The culminating production will provide a more challenging, yet developmentally appropriate, theatrical experience. It will incorporate a higher level of individual responsibility, perfect for the young performer who enjoys being center stage! Limited space is available for the production of Willy Wonka Kids, July 24 – 28.

Junior Players Theatre Camp is for students from ages 9 to 16, and will identify, strengthen and enhance each student’s performance skills, self-esteem and self-expression. Students receive training in dance and choreography, improvisation, acting, staging and vocal work while preparing to perform before a live audience. Each of the sessions culminates in a fully staged production on the Playhouse’s main stage! Registrations are now being accepted for Disney’s The Lion King, Jr., for ages 9 to 14, camp session: July 3 – July 16 (2 weeks) with performances on Saturday, July 15 at 10AM and 1PM and Sunday, July 16 at 10AM, and an additional camp session, also for ages 9 to 14, on July 31 – August 13 (2 weeks) with performances on Saturday, August 12 at 10AM and 1PM and Sunday, August 13 at 10AM; Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr., camp session is SOLD OUT, performances are on Saturday, July 22 at 10AM and 1PM and Sunday, July 23 at 10AM; Fame the Musical, Jr., camp session: August 14 – 20 (1+ week) with performances Saturday, August 19 at 10AM and 1PM and Sunday, August 20 at 10AM.

For more information or to register visit: www.ogunquitplayhouse.org/camps.  For additional information about Children’s Theatre Camps please contact Mark Ford at 207.646.2402, ext. 261 (voicemail only) or mford@ogunquitplayhouse.org.


Photo by Gary Ng

Photo by Gary Ng

For Immediate Release:

March 9, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

The Ogunquit Playhouse Receives Three IRNE Award Nominations for The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Ogunquit, Maine –The Ogunquit Playhouse is proud to announce that it has received three Independent Reviewers of New England Award (IRNE) nominations in the large theatre category for its 2016 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame including Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Actor in a Musical. The IRNE Awards honor the best of the previous year’s actors, directors, choreographers, designers and companies across the full spectrum of large, mid-size and fringe theater companies in Boston and New England.

Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical is Bradley Dean, who joined the cast for his Ogunquit Playhouse debut as Claude Frollo. Adam Koch and Richard Latta are nominated for Best Set Design and Best Lighting Design for their work in transporting audiences to fifteenth century Paris and inside the cathedral walls made famous by Victor Hugo’s classic novel. The Ogunquit production was helmed by director Shaun Kerrison and also starred F. Michael Haynie in his Playhouse debut as Quasimodo, alongside a cast of Broadway veterans, including Sydney Morton, Christopher Johnstone, and Paolo Montalban.

Bradley Dean gave a critically acclaimed performance as the menacing Claude Frollo in the Ogunquit Playhouse production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and has appeared on Broadway in A Little Night Music, The Last Ship, Company, Doctor Zhivago, Spamalot, The Story of My Life, Evita, Jane Eyre, Man of La Mancha as well as many Off-Broadway, National Tours and regional theatre productions.

Adam Koch designed an all new set exclusively for the Ogunquit production that reached out over the audience, complete with areas for Quasimodo to venture. Mr. Koch previously designed sets for the Ogunquit Playhouse productions of Sister Act and Saturday Night Fever. He has designed sets for theatres across the nation, including the landmark outdoor production of Carousel and The Sleepy Hollow Experience for Serenbe Playhouse; the original Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theatre; Hello, Dolly! for Ford’s Theater; Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (2008 Helen Hayes nomination), and See What I Wanna See for Signature Theatre; and Bat Boy for 1st Stage for which he received a 2015 Helen Hayes nomination. His Off-Broadway credits include Rooms: A Rock Romance, Loaded, We the People, Pinkalicious and Freckleface Strawberry.

Richard Latta created the bold and dramatic lighting which swept the audience back in time and created the atmosphere for this beloved classic. A 30 year veteran of the Ogunquit Playhouse, Mr. Latta previously created the lighting for Playhouse productions of Sister Act, Victor Victoria, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Million Dollar Quartet, Saturday Night Fever and White Christmas at the Music Hall, in Portsmouth, NH. His recent work includes Sister Act for North Shore Music Theater; Ain't Misbehavin' for Alabama Shakespeare Festival; El Posada Nunca Se Termina projections at the Chicago Lyric Opera; A Christmas Story; Hasbro Toy Fair 2016; and Newark Arts Ballet 2016. His previous work includes Cabaret at Engeman Theatre, Maltz Jupiter, and the Ogunquit Playhouse; projection research for the opera Moby Dick in Houston, SF, Sydney and the Kennedy Center; Thurgood and The People In The Picture on Broadway; and Fiddler on the Roof for both Engeman and the Ogunquit Playhouse.

“We are honored to be nominated along with some of New England’s best theatres by this year’s IRNE Awards! We are extremely proud of the exceptional creative team and wonderful cast who made it possible for The Hunchback of Notre Dame to be recognized by the IRNE nominating committee and want to extend our congratulations to Bradley, Adam and Rich. I am thrilled for Bradley Dean to be recognized for his debut performance here at the Playhouse, and equally delighted for Adam and Rich to be lauded for their creative work,” Bradford Kenney, Executive Artistic Director at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards were founded by Beverly Creasey of the Journal Newspapers and Larry Stark of Theater Mirror in 1997. The IRNE Award ceremony is New England’s largest theater arts recognition program, recognizing the work of playwrights, designers, actors, choreographers and directors among small, mid-size, small and fringe theater companies throughout the previous year. The IRNE Awards recognize the extraordinary wealth of talent in the Boston and New England theatre community. The IRNE Award ceremony will take place on Monday, April 11, at 7:30 pm (doors at 7 p.m.), at the 1200 Hotel Ballroom (The Holiday Inn) in Brookline, MA, just outside Kenmore Square.  All are invited, the event is free and open to the public – but registration is required due to space limitations.


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For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2017

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

(207) 646-2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org

The Venerable Ogunquit Playhouse Celebrates its 85th Anniversary Season with a North American Premiere, a World Premiere, a Global Sensation and Broadway Hit Shows!

The Ogunquit Playhouse, one of the Northeast’s cultural jewels and a cornerstone of America’s theatrical heritage, is celebrating its 85th Anniversary Season, and, true to its legacy, the 2017 season will be filled with the newest and brightest musicals, world and national premieres and a timeless classic, all complete with top-notch professional casts and creative teams direct from Broadway, Los Angeles, and London. The milestone season runs from May 17 to October 29 and will feature the American and the world premieres of two brand-new musicals, From Here to Eternity and Heartbreak Hotel. It also includes one of the biggest international hit sensations of all time, Mamma Mia!, which will run for an unprecedented seven weeks. Rounding out the 2017 season are Bullets Over Broadway, the delightful and hilarious musical based on the acclaimed Woody Allen film, and Ragtime, one of the most powerful musicals ever adapted for the stage. The season will stretch to the holidays once again with the return of the hit show White Christmas in collaboration with The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The Ogunquit Playhouse is honored to be collaborating with legendary lyricist Tim Rice (Evita, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aida and more) and the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival on the continued North American rollout of the new musical From Here to Eternity.  The musical is based on the acclaimed novel by James Jones with lyrics by Tim Rice, book by Donald Rice and Bill Oakes and music by Stuart Brayson. Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Producing Artistic Director Brett Smock introduced the musical to American audiences in a very successful premiere production in 2016. As part of its development path to Broadway, Tim Rice and Brett Smock will collaborate with the Ogunquit creative team to mount this compelling new musical.  

Also in the lineup for the Ogunquit Playhouse 85th Anniversary Season is the world premiere of the brand new musical Heartbreak Hotel from the creator of the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet. The show tells the story of Elvis Presley’s rise to stardom during the years leading up to the day of the famous recording session at Sun Studios. The story focuses on Presley’s journey from an unknown musician to the cusp of his super-stardom and the people who influenced him along the way, complete with some of his biggest hits.

“As we enter our 85th Anniversary Season, we are very focused on the legacy we are proud to preserve and its future so that it endures for generations to come. We are thrilled to bring a mix of pure entertainment along with some of the most compelling stories ever created for the stage, including two exciting new shows to American audiences,” said Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney. “This year seems to be the perfect time to share one of the greatest stories ever adapted for the stage, Ragtime. With its beautiful score, it tells the emotional story of three families set against the turmoil and swiftly changing culture of early twentieth century America, when immigrant families were striving to find their place in a new world. Heartbreak Hotel tells the story of a young Elvis Presley and the groundbreaking music he brought to the popular culture during the height of the civil rights movement. It is a true rags to riches tale set within a time period when America was once again challenged with changing times. And, we are so very honored to be working with the great Tim Rice on the development of his musical adaptation of one of the most influential World War II stories, From Here to Eternity.”

Season ticket packages are on sale now and the only way to guarantee the best seats for the best price to these five exciting shows. Prices start at only $240 for a five-show package and $149 for a three-show package. Gift certificates and Flex Passes are also on sale. Individual tickets are on sale exclusively for Ogunquit Playhouse members beginning Wednesday, March 1. Three-show subscribers pre-sale dates are March 3 and 6. Individual tickets sales begin March 7 and prices start at $52. White Christmas tickets will be on sale through the Music Hall beginning April 14. To learn more about becoming a member, or to purchase subscriptions, ticket packages and gift certificates, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.com or call the Box Office at 207-646-5511.

The international hit sensation Mamma Mia! opens the Ogunquit Playhouse season May 17 and runs for seven weeks through July 1. Over sixty million people from around the globe have fallen in love with the characters, the enchanting story and ABBA’s timeless music that makes Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! This sunny, funny show unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with the magic of ABBA's timeless hit songs that include “Super Trouper," "Dancing Queen," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "Take a Chance on Me," "Thank You for the Music," "Money, Money, Money," "The Winner Takes It All," and "SOS," combine to make this enchanting show a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

The 1920s come roaring to life with showgirls, gangsters and more in this musical adaptation of Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath's madcap film Bullets Over Broadway on stage July 5 to July 29 and directed by Jeff Whiting. Hailed by Time Magazine as “Musical Theatre Gold!,” Bullets Over Broadway is the hilarious musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show, filled with tap dancing gangsters, saucy showgirls, big laughs, and colorful characters including an aging diva, a savant hit-man and Sally Struthers as the dog-toting comedienne Eden Brent. A young playwright in desperate need of financial backing for his next show accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a mobster looking to please his ditzy, talentless girlfriend. Loaded with songs that made the '20s roar, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features the Broadway sets, William Ivey Long’s Tony-nominated costumes, and hits from the decadent decade, including "Let's Misbehave," "'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do" and "There's a New Day Comin'!" This is one big, splashy and wildly entertaining show that is sure to knock 'em dead. 

The season continues with the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime, on stage August 2 to August 26. At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing... and anything is possible. This sweeping musical portrait of early twentieth century America tells the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair... and what it means to live in America. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Called by Time Magazine “A triumph for the stage,” “Intoxicating” by the Associated Press, and "Explosive and thrilling!” by Bloomberg News, this acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other show.

From the Tony-winning creator of Million Dollar Quartet, we are proud to produce the world premiere of Heartbreak Hotel, on stage August 30 to September 30. This brand new tribute to the "King of Rock ‘n’ Roll" is the prequel to Tony-winning, record-setting, smash hit Million Dollar Quartet that became the greatest selling show in Ogunquit Playhouse history. This tender story follows Elvis Presley in the early years of his bourgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis’ career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months. This world premiere musical features hit songs from the King himself as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music, with chart-toppers including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Tutti Frutti,” “That’s All Right Mamma,” "Shake Rattle and Roll,” and, of course, “Heartbreak Hotel.” This is where the story begins“…take a walk down lonely street."

Closing the landmark season is From Here to Eternity, on stage October 4 to October 29. The Ogunquit Playhouse is honored to be collaborating with Tim Rice and the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival on the rollout of the North American premiere of the epic new musical From Here to Eternity, based on James Jones’ acclaimed novel with lyrics by Tim Rice, book by Donald Rice and Bill Oakes and music by Stuart Brayson. Set in Hawaii in the weeks before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, this epic tale follows the powerful story of two U.S soldiers, the soulful Private Prewitt and ardent Sergeant Warden, as they embark on doomed and dangerous love affairs with the wrong women. As the infamous date of December 7th approaches, the claustrophobic world of the four lovers and the desperation of the soldiers of G Company splinter amidst an escalating war. The compelling story of men at war along with a fantastic new score is not to be missed.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse:
The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May 17 to October 29. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.

Contact Info:

Cheryl Farley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
207.646.2402 ext. 215
cfarley@ogunquitplayhouse.org