What a WONDERFUL season 2017 was!!! I think this year’s cast was one of the most amazing group of singers, dancer, actors, and comedians you have assembled!! Your leads are ALWAYS incredible as are the secondary role performers. This season it seemed that the ensemble consisted of performers, BOTH male and female, who were so talented and accomplished that that ANY ONE of them could have EASILY handled a lead role!!
Thank you again for making our summer in NH more special by adding the joy of theatre to my schedule!
— Kathie Medeiros
The music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons comes to life in the Lakes Region this Columbus Day Weekend! Presented by The Interlakes Summer Theatre, and proudly sponsored by the Common Man Family, “Oh, What a Night!” features a score of over 20 Frankie Valli hits performed by a group of 13 professional singers and musicians from all over the country! This tribute concert, created by Patrick Dorow of Portsmouth, will star Will Stephan Connell as Frankie Valli, with Nick Moulton, Laurence Katz, Jared Thomas Roberts, and Brandon Timmons as the Four Seasons, and feature a live 8-piece band. We hope to see you at Interlakes Theatre to re-live hit tunes like “Walk Like a Man,” “Oh What a Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Grease,” and so many others!
All performances will be held at the Inter-Lakes Auditorium at One Laker Lane in Meredith. Shows are Saturday, October 6th at 7:00pm, Sunday October 7th at 2:00pm & 7:00pm, and Monday October 8th at 2:00pm. All tickets are $25.00 and though they may be purchased at the door, it is best to call 603 707-6035, or order online at interlakestheatre.com, as seating is reserved.
On Wednesday, August 15th at 2:00, The Interlakes Theatre will open it’s final show of the Season, “Disney’s Newsies” for a one week only run August 15th through Sunday August 19th. This was a recent Broadway show based on the Disney film. It will be directed and choreographed by Chaz Wolcott, who also directed “Cats” last season. Chaz was a member of the Broadway Tour cast and brings all his experience of the original to this production. The show tells the story if the paper boy strike at the turn of the century and features non-stop musical dance and song numbers. This show is family friendly!
Just before the opening of the last ILST mainstage production, the Interlakes Children’s Theatre division will present “Lion King, Jr.” which will feature 25 local youths. ICT is a non=profit organization which offers a free summer theatre program. The students work with theatre pros and learn to put up a show on a summer stock schedule (10 days) The shows are Staurday Aug 11th at 2:00 and Sunday Aug 12th at 11:00. Tickets for Lion King, Jr, are $10.00 and can be purchased on line interlakestheatre.com, on the phone 603 707-6035, or at the door, One Laker Lane, Meredith.
The cast of Lion King, Jr. at Interlakes Children’s Theatre at Interlakes Community Auditorium, Aug 11th at 2:00 AND August 12th at 11:00.
Michael Stoddard, Born in Franklin, will be appearing as Albin/Zaza in Interlakes Summer Theatre production La Cage aux Folles, Aug 1-12th 603 707-6035.
Laughter will be streaming from the Interlakes Summer Theatre beginning August 1st as “La Cage aux Folles,” a story of love, family and acceptance, makes its way to the stage. Making his Interlakes acting debut in the role of Albin is Michael Stoddard. Born and raised in Franklin, New Hampshire, he went through the public school system, then on to Plymouth State University where he received a BS in Musical Theatre Performance and a Masters in Theatre Education and Integrated Arts. After moving to several different cities, he settled in Miami, and is the Director of Theatre at the Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay.
Stoddard has performed in a number of roles, Lord Farquaad in “Shrek,” Jamie in “The Last Five Years,” and Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast” among others. He was the Director and choreographer in 2017 of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Interlakes Theatre. He has directed a variety of shows, such as “9 to 5” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” His philosophy as a director is, “theatre should nourish our creativity and do so with bold invention and originality.”
In “The Last Five Years” which is a tender look at people falling in and out of love, a review noted, “he is powerfully energetic as the man who experiences the same five year relationship in brief snippets. His energy is more than enough to handle the role.”
As a sophomore in high school, Stoddard enjoyed both baseball and basketball. He had no interest in the theatre. A friend of his spoke about trying out for a school play, “Once Upon a Mattress.” Stoddard said why not? In one scene he was required to sing. He realized that while small in stature, his booming voice produced beautiful music. Under the watchful eyes of one of his teachers, June Granger Finley, he refined and grew his talent.
After graduation, he relocated to New York and worked a variety of jobs, from a waiter to wearing informational costumes strolling around Times Square. He also found it increasingly difficult to take the stage without using meditation. It was at that time he began the move towards directing. Today finds him teaching, and spending summers on the road either acting or directing. He is back home once again this summer, enjoying the beautiful New Hampshire weather, spending time with his family, cheering the Red Sox on, and starring with Mikey LoBalsamo in the hilarious “La Cage aux Folles.”
The Interlakes Summer Theatre will Present the Jerome Kern/Hammerstein musical “Show Boat” starting July 18th thru July 29th. Shows are Wednesday thru Saturday 7:30, Sundays at 5:00 and matinees on Thursdays at 2:00.
This classic score features songs like “Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man”, “Bill”, Make Believe”, “Old Man River”.
The cast will be lead by director/choreographer Brian Feehan and Music Director Alexander Tom. ILST Company favorites Julia Suriano(Maria, Eliza Doolitle), Mikey LoBalsamo (too many to name), Victoria Benkowski (Bloody Mary), Austin Carroll and Kristine Palka (returning from 2018 Co.) with newcomers Ryan Bloom as Gaylord Ravenal and Earl Hazell as Joe.
For tickets call 603 707-6035 or visit our website at InterlakesTheatre.com.