Award-Winning Educational Theatre Collaborative

January 16th, 2007 by Adam

The Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC), A two-time Moss Hart Award winner for excellence in community and children’s theater, celebrates its 13th season with the production of Beauty and the Beast.™ Disney’s Broadway adaptation of this “tale as old as time.”

Performances are Jan. 24–28 at Plymouth State University’s Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth, and Feb. 9 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful country girl, and the Beast, who is actually a young prince trapped in a spell by an evil enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will be lifted and he will return to his former self. But time is running out. If he does not learn his lesson quickly, he will be doomed for all eternity.

Directed by PSU Professor Patricia Lindberg, winner of the 2006 New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Youth Theatre Director and the 2003 Youth Theatre Director of the Year Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the show is choreographed by PSU alumnus Michael Stoddard and Amanda Whitworth, with musical direction by Kenneth Roberts.
The cast features Braden Miles of Newport as the Beast. Miles was a professional actor in New York City for many years and toured with the Broadway touring company of the musical Titanic, as well as performing in many national and regional venues across the U.S.
Belle will be played by Allison Duhamel of Nashua, a senior musical theatre major at Plymouth State University. Michael David Stoddard, a 2001 PSU alumnus, will play the role of Gaston.

The production features many community members, including Melody Funk, art teacher at Holderness Central School as Mrs. Potts; and Dr. Victor Gennaro Sr., a local orthopedic surgeon as Cogsworth. The intergenerational cast of 75 features young people ages 8 to 18, university students and adults from the greater Plymouth community and as far away as Littleton, N.H.
Plymouth performances are January 24–28 at 7 p.m., and January 27 and 28 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $22 for adults and $20 for youth and seniors. Call the box office at (603) 535-ARTS to purchase tickets. The box office is located in the Silver Center on the PSU campus and is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and during performances. Tickets may also be purchased online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=21319.

Two special performances will be held at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on Friday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 – $19.50. Call the CCA box office at (603) 225-1111 for tickets, or order online at https://tickets.ccanh.com/Online/. A preview performance is scheduled Feb. 3 at the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester in conjunction with the Mall’s Kidgits program.

Music Director Kenneth Roberts is music director for several organizations in the U.K., and has conducted and performed as a solo pianist and accompanist at halls, theatres and palaces throughout England, Europe and the United States.

Michael David Stoddard has toured with several companies, and performed inYour Mother! and Best Half Foot Forward in New York City. Stoddard returned to the area to start his own production company, Stoddz Productions, and is pursuing a masters degree in
education at PSU, where he is also a performer and choreographer for the touring company, TIGER.

Amanda Whitworth has danced for numerous companies and choreographers and has taught more than 100 master classes at universities, private and public schools across the nation. Whitworth received the J.S. Seidman Award from her alma mater, NYU–Tisch School of the Arts, the Monticello Award for choreography from Regional Dance America and the Friends of Dance Award from Goucher College. She is an adjunct instructor at Plymouth State University where she is also working toward a Master of Education degree.

ETC is a community arts organization sponsored by Plymouth State University, Friends of the Arts, and Plymouth Elementary School. The performance concludes an intense month of rehearsals, a Children’s Arts Festival on Jan. 13, with workshops for students in grades kindergarten through five; an extensive art display incorporating themes from the production, a luncheon at the Common Man Inn with characters from the show on Jan. 27, and an Integrated Arts Conference for artists and educators also on Jan. 27.

For additional information about ETC programs contact ETC Managing Director, Sue Keefe.