The Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC), a two-time Moss Hart Award winner for excellence in community and children’s theater, will take its extraordinary winter program to Concord for the first time Feb. 9. ETC is celebrating its 13th season with the production of Beauty and the Beast,™ Disney’s Broadway adaptation of this “tale as old as time.”
ETC co-founder and artistic director Trish Lindberg said, “We are pleased to reach out to the Concord area community with an outstanding example of intergenerational theatre. We have many alumni and current student’s families in the area and Concord is a city that really supports the arts. We are very excited to be performing there.”
ETC’s Beauty and the Beast features more than 75 community members, Plymouth State University students and area school children, ages 8 through adult. In this photograph, Belle (center) gets to know her new friends Madame de la Grand Bouche (left) and Mrs. Potts (right) [John Anderson photo]
ETC is an inclusive organization interested in outreach to are communities, in accordance with PSU’s mission as a regional comprehensive university.
The organization was founded in 1994 by Dr. Lindberg and her colleague, Dr. Dan Perkins, PSU professor of music, with the support of the University, Plymouth Elementary School, and Friends of the Arts.
The goal of ETC is to produce the highest quality theatre and collaborative integrated arts experiences possible.
The Concord performance concludes an intense month of rehearsals, a Children’s Arts Festival with workshops for students in grades kindergarten through five; an extensive art display incorporating themes from the production, a luncheon with characters from the show, and an Integrated Arts Conference for artists and educators.
Beauty and the Beast is 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. The show features a cast of familiar, colorful characters, beautiful music, dancing, sets and costumes, and promises to be a breathtaking production for the whole family.
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.
Directed by PSU Professor Patricia Lindberg, winner of the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Youth Theatre Director and of the 2003 Youth Theatre Director of the Year Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), the show is choreographed by Stoddard and Amanda Whitworth, with musical direction by Kenneth Roberts.
Lindberg’s work has been recognized by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, which presented her the 1999 Governor’s Arts and Education Award. In 2002 she won the prestigious NETC Moss Hart Trophy for Best Overall Production of 2002 for her international original workA You and Me World. She was also named PSU Distinguished Teacher of 2003, and one of New Hampshire’s most remarkable women by New Hampshire Magazine. In 2004, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named Dr. Lindberg New Hampshire Professor of the Year. She was selected from among nearly 400 top professors in the U.S.
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/.
For additional information about ETC programs contact ETC Managing Director, Sue Keefe, firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (603) 535-2453.