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Andy’s Summer Playhouse orientations ahead

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Friday, February 08, 2019 12:49PM

Fresh off its win of the 2018 “Best Production in Youth Theatre” honors from the New Hampshire Theatre Alliance, Andy’s Summer Playhouse has announced upcoming orientation sessions for its 2019 season of all-original works, dubbed the “Summer of Rebellion.”

Previous seasons have been themed as the Summer of Identity, the Summer of Adversity, and the Summer of Legacy. The themes provide guidance and context to the professional artists and creative teams who partner with the kids in ensemble fashion to mount the new works.

“We selected this succession of themes back in 2016 to reflect an investigation of who we are as individuals, who we are as an institution, and who we are as a community. As human beings, we first must identify who we are, and in doing so, we are apt to face adversity. This external and internal response to who we are is largely because of our legacy. In truly comprehending our legacy, that’s when we can consciously rebel and re-emerge as something new, innovative, and truly groundbreaking. That’s precisely how I want to walk into our 50th anniversary in 2020,” said Producing Artistic Director Jared Mezzocchi, who was himself as “Andy’s Kid” in the 1990s.

Mezzocchi is back for his fourth season at the helm of the nearly 50-year-old Playhouse.

“The themes do not define the productions. Instead, each production explores facets of that season’s theme,” he said. “It’s a way for the kids and community to really interrogate how that theme surrounds them in their daily lives, but may not be fully conscious to them.”

The Playhouse will offer four mainstage productions this year, including a teen show that features two shows in repertory. A single cast and crew will produce both shows in the same time they would normally produce only one. Additionally, there will be a number of week-long workshops offered throughout the summer, focusing on subjects from playwriting to film to Shakespeare’s text to devising new work. The workshops will culminate in an evening performance on Aug.12, dubbed “The Academy,” showcasing the work created by the kids.

Orientations for the 2019 Summer of Rebellion are free and will take place throughout the region on select weekends every month, February through May. The first orientation will be held on Feb. 16 at Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church. In March, two orientations will be held in Wilton: March 9 at Pine Hill Waldorf School and March 10 at Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Middle/High School. April’s orientation is on April 14 at the Milford Town Hall. The final orientation will be held on May 19, at Andy’s Summer Playhouse, 582 Isaac Frye Hwy in Wilton. All orientations run from 1 to 3 p.m.