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Andy’s newest original musical opens Friday

“Phantasmagoria — or Voices from the Ether” —is the next offering in the lineup for Andy’s Summer Playhouse this season. The show explores the tale of two young ladies who become 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 U.S. 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.

Written and directed by DJ Potter, director of past Andy’s premiere musical productions including “Apollo 13,” “Moby Dick,” and “Kung Fu Beach Party.” “Phantasmagoria” features original music co-composed by Potter and musician Patrick Boutwell, a musician and recording artist who is just releasing his latest album “Model Rocket” with his band The Brother Kite.

The contemporary score includes songs such as “Open Your Heart,” “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers” and “I Hate the Sound of My Voice When I Talk to Ghosts.”

Twenty two young actors from across the Monadnock region come together under Potter’s direction to tell this mysterious tale. They will be accompanied by a live band of local musicians.

The design team of Amanda Leslie, Heather Stockwell, Arienne Stearns and Mark Haley, with help from the teenagers in Andy’s apprentice program, have created an environment and visual setting just right for this story.

DJ Potter is Andy’s artistic director and has run the playhouse since 2008. In addition to his work at Andy’s he has worked both on stage and off throughout New York and New England including Sarah Lawrence College, Courthouse Center for the Arts, La Mama ETC, Target Margin Theater, Granite State Opera, Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center and others. He is also a composer and guitarist.

Performances will be held Aug. 9, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 10 at 2 p.m., and Aug. 16 at 4:30 p.m., which is the closing night of the season.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for ages 12 and under.

To reserve tickets, call the box office at 654-2613 or visit www.andyssummerplayhouse.org for more information.

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