Ring in the New Year with The Park Theare

  • The Park Theatre is hosting a New Year's Eve party on Thursday, Dec. 31, billed as a who’s who of entertainers from the Monadnock Region and beyond. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/30/2020 3:58:41 PM

This will most certainly be a New Year’s Eve unlike any before. Getting all dressed up and going out to a party is something people really look forward to on Dec. 31, and there will be a lot of folks missing that social and celebratory time this year.

But you can still get all fancy, pour a glass of champagne and enjoy some rocking festivities to ring in 2021 – all from the comfort of home.

The Park Theatre has put together quite the lineup for its live streamed party this Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. and it’s something you won’t want to miss. From music and magic to on stage entertainers and a few special surprises, The Park Theatre is pulling out all the stops to make this a New Year’s celebration to remember.

Billed as a “who’s who” of entertainers from the Monadnock Region and beyond, the show, hosted by The Park Theatre CEO & Managing Director Steve Jackson and a few surprise co-hosts, will be a 90-minute mix of live performances and recently taped sets.

Entertainers scheduled to perform include Lisa Bostnar, Michael Doku, Chris Fitz Band, Green Heron, The Kelly Girls, Mill City Rags, Monadnock Chorus, magician Ben Pratt, Raylynmor Opera, Project Shakespeare, Ken Sheldon (a.ka. Fred Marple), Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio, and Bernie & Louise Watson. And more surprise guests are set to appear as well.

“We’ve got a wide range of entertainment,” Jackson said. “It’s a lovely mix, just like a variety show.”

Jackson said one special addition to the night is a behind-the-scenes reading of a new web series “Cries Of Valor In Defiance” by Ernest Thompson, writer of the screenplay “On Golden Pond”, read by Thompson, Bostnar and Gordon Clapp.

“It’s a little extra bonus that we’re throwing in,” Jackson said.

Most of the music is previously recorded, as to avoid some of the glitches that can happen over a livestream, Jackson said. But all of it is recently taped and “most of it has never been seen before,” he said.

There will be a virtual “Ultimate 50/50 Raffle” in honor of the fundraising event. Tickets start at $10 and multiple purchases receive bonus tickets. The winning ticket will be drawn live on the program, and the winner will receive 50% of all raffle ticket revenue. Raffle tickets are on sale now at www.park2021.com. It is not necessary to attend the streamed party or be present at the drawing to win. Winner will be notified by email. Raffle tickets may be purchased only by individuals 18 years or older.

“For us, it’s a good year-end fundraising opportunity,” Jackson said.

Admission to the end-of-year fundraiser is by a tax-deductible donation, $25 minimum, and good for an entire household. Tax-deductible donations may be made online at the New Year’s Eve Party section of The Park Theatre website, https://theparktheatre.org/ or http://our.show/parknewyear. For questions, call The Park Theatre’s box office at (603) 532-8888. All gifts help The Park Theatre prepare for its grand opening in 2021.


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