PORTSMOUTH — The Prescott Recreation area Arts Festival will present “Little Shop Of Horrors” in summer 2023. Event leaders announced the musical Thursday, months earlier than usual, making visions of warm summer nights dance in heads on a cold first night of December.
The particular festival unveiled its 2023 show choice at a party at The View at Pepperell Cove in Kittery Point, Maine.
“We are excited, so thrilled to announce the summer time musical, ” the arts festival’s Executive Director Courtney Perkins said. “We’re doing it earlier this year than typical. This will give us a longer runway to promote the musical within more, fun ways and engage with the community. inch
Perkins gave the example of the particular festival’s entry in the annual Gingerbread Contest organized by the Portsmouth Historical Society, which depicts the “Little Shop associated with Horrors” and was kept under wraps until the festival’s announcement. And with the particular early reveal, the festival’s tree in Strawbery Banke’s Candlelight Stroll can now have a “Little Shop of Horrors” theme.
Securing the rights as soon as you can is what’s actually important because it’s so competitive, ” Perkins explained. Once the festival had the rights to produce “Little Store of Horrors, ” why not announce it and begin promoting this as soon as possible, Kendrick said.
Perkins noted “Little Shop” has a history with the particular festival, having been produced in 1987 plus 2001, but this is the first time the Broadway revival version will become done in the park.
“As someone who grew up in the ’90s, with a steep music theater background, it’s long been a favorite of mine, and a favorite of many, inches Perkins stated. “It’s upon the top list of musical theater shows. We’ll end up being doing the Broadway revival edition. ”
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The choice was also guided by what the event has heard from its audience.
“We’re responsive to our audience who have told all of us they want family-friendly, yet not just kid-specific displays, ” Kendrick said. “We are thinking about exactly what we’re hearing. There’s enough camp content in this for the kids, but sufficient content with regard to adults, too. We’re taking a balanced approach to family-friendly. ”
Directors, choreographer of the particular summer music announced
The particular festival also announced Tom Alsip will certainly direct the summer musical, Kathy Fink will be the production’s musical director and Mary Beth Marino will become the musical’s choreographer. All three performed the same roles regarding the festival’s production associated with “Footloose” this summer.
“That’s our own core artistic team, inch Perkins mentioned, noting the particular festival will be beginning immediately to build out the rest of the production team.
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Alsip is an assistant professor of Theater and Dance and movie director of the particular musical theater program from the University of New Hampshire.
“He’s a delight to work with and is an excellent collaborator across different groups of people, from the actors to the technical staff to the administrative personnel, ” Perkins said. “He gets the best out of everyone… We’re very fortunate to continue our relationship with him. ”
Alsip first saw “Little Shop” at 9 or 10 years old inside Mobile, Alabama, when his father carried out the role of Mr. Mushnik in a community theatre production.
“It’s got this particular built-in energy to it that’s great. I’ve always wanted to do it, inches Alsip said. “I love all the particular zaniness in it, but I want to take it to the second level for this manufacturing. I want to find all the heart that’s in there, as well. ”
In his second year directing with Prescott Park, Alsip stated he loves working along with the celebration. “For me, it’s about the community, the outreach. Theater requires an target audience both pragmatically and philosophically, ” he said. “Prescott Park, in its culture plus energy, does it more successfully than any I’ve worked with. ”
Fink said the particular Broadway revival version of the musical has “much more instrumentation, sax, trumpet, and more harmonies. It’s a more interesting version from the show. ”
A St . Thomas Episcopal Church administrator, Fink associated with Dover furthermore works for that UNH music theater program, on high school musical programs and teaches piano. She loves to perform intended for and be involved in the festival because “I love to play music in one of the particular Seacoast’s most beautiful places with wonderful musicians and performers. inch
On the value of the particular arts festivity, “There’s something truly magical about being at the park, playing for all ages plus all demographics. I can look down from your stage and see the family having a picnic basket enjoying the particular show, inches she mentioned. “It’s access to art, which is really critical and essential if we’re going to foster the next generation of audience. A child might come for their first experience of movie theater, next they might go in order to a camp, next they may take a lesson, and then they’re off on an audition. ”
At the reveal party Thursday, John Tabor, chairman of the festival’s board associated with directors, spoke towards the room of sponsors and supporters.
“I need to thank you from the particular bottom of my coronary heart. If not to get you, the people who supported us within 2020, when we didn’t have a season, we could not have come back almost all the way for 80, 000 people in 2022, ” Tabor said noting the financial dilemma the pandemic shutdown presented pertaining to the happening, which presented a scaled back season in 2021 and returned with the full slate of performances and concerts come early july.
After Mariah Morgan, a member associated with the festival’s board of directors plus principal associated with Stout Heart, unveiled the particular festival’s choice for its next musical, longtime Seacoast performer Kevin Mahaney of Dover and Tia Apicella of Newton, accompanied by Fink, sang “Suddenly Seymour, inch a song through the music.
“Little Shop of Horrors” will have a cast associated with approximately 12 actors and one to two puppeteers, Kendrick said. The festival plans to declare audition times on social media and on its website at prescottpark. org next week with auditions taking place in the new 12 months.