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Andy’s announces 2014 season

Andy’s Summer Playhouse announced its 2014 summer season at the Winter Gala held Sunday at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough. The Alumni Award winner also was announced. Emily Bouffard of Milford, now a student at Keene State College, received that honor.

Producing Artistic Director DJ Potter noted his commitment to providing opportunities for girls and young women (who last year made up more than 60 percent of Andy’s participants) on and backstage in the coming season and to engaging more female writers and directors to mentor the young participants.

“The 2014 season will present stories from history and imagination about women adventurers and artists. There will be roles for girls and boys, and more professional women directors then we have had in recent past,” said Potter. “We are also excited to bring back Andy’s touring production to serve more kids and reach more communities.”

Andy’s Summer Playhouse is a nonprofit children’s theater that has been providing youth ages 8-18 the chance to work with professional artists to create energetic and innovate productions for the past 43 years.

The touring production will be a fourth production in the season, traveling to four or five towns (depending on available sponsorship) outside of Andy’s home base in Wilton. In addition, Andy’s will continue to offer its young Play Lab program and new play festival.

Auditions for all productions will be held March 9, in Temple, and March 15, in Milford.

Audition sign ups are online at andys2014auditions.eventbrite.com.

The schedule is as follows: “The Strongest Girl in the World,” written by Jessica DiGiacinto and directed by Jenny Emerson Foreman. The first rehearsal will be held on June 2 with performances June 28 through July 6.

Little Clara always knew she wanted a different kind of life; a life without rules or limitations, a life of adventure, a life like the performers at Coney Island's famous freakshow. But you can't join the circus without an act. Against the advice of everyone she knows, Clara realizes her destiny — and starts on a journey that will change her, and the world around her, forever.

“The Block,” written and directed by Jared Mezzocchi. The first rehearsal will be held on June 16 with performances July 19. When asked to write a creative story in a summer magazine for school, Eleanor is faced with one of the hardest challenges of her high school life — a writer’s block. From speed writes to associative word games to bizarre character studies, Eleanor leans on her half-made characters to help her understand how her mind can unlock all its mysterious ideas.

“Circumference - Around the World with Nellie Bly,” a touring production written and directed by Shannon Sexton Potter. The first rehearsal will be held on June 23 with performances July 21 through Aug. 2 (approximately). Around the world in 80 days? Sure, why not? It wasn’t always so easy. In 1889 it was downright dangerous, unpredictable, and never been done before. Join pioneer female investigative reporter extraordinaire Nellie Bly as she races to conquer the Jules Verne myth. Alone. With the world watching. Without luggage.

“Phantasmagoria — or — Voices from the Ether,” a musical written and directed by DJ Potter; composed by DJ Potter and Patrick Boutwell. The first rehearsal will be held on June 30 with performances Aug. 8 through 16. In the middle of the 19th century the Fox sisters became famous for communicating with spirits. What started as a kind of local parlor trick quickly became a national phenomenon with young girls all over the United States discovering they too had the gift to speak to the dead. Were the girls telling the truth or just acting out for attention? Either way, one thing was certain, girls across the country had finally found their voice and were going to continue to use it by whatever means necessary.

Alumni Award winner was Emily Bouffard of Milford now a student at Keene State College.

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