The words “theater” and “cheap tickets” don’t usually find themselves in the same sentence, but they do now!
I’m a big fan of student productions on the Seacoast because I can expose my kids to the art of live theater and not fret about spending $5 on a ticket if, say, they decide musicals are not in their wheelhouse. Starting this weekend and running straight through until summer, there’s plenty to see for pennies on the dollar.
Opening in March & April!
“Shrek The Musical”
Spaulding High School Masque & Dagger Club
- Shows run Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 10, 11, 12 & 17, 18, 19 at 7pm with two matinees running Sunday, March 13 & 20 at 2pm.
- You can purchase tickets in advance at the SHS Auditorium in Rochester or buy tickets at the door.
- Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors and students.
- Visit spauldingmusic.com for more info.
- Special: As part of the Spaulding High School’s drama club performance of Shrek, the cast invites families to a character pancake (and sausages!) breakfast on Saturday, March 19 from 8am-11am! Meet Shrek, Fiona, Lord Farquaad, and fairytale friends! Don’t forget to bring your camera! See here for more info!
Tim Kelly’s “Be My Ghost”
- Join the middle school students for evening of spooky fun for the whole family!
- Showtimes are Thursday, March 17 at 4pm; Friday, Mar 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7pm.
- Tickets are $5 general admission and available at the door.
- Call 603-926-2200 for more info.
Dover High School’s
- Follow the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.
- Showtimes are Friday, Mar 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7pm and Sunday, March 20 at 2pm.
- General admission tickets are $8 and available at the door.
Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio, Jr.”
Dover Middle School
- The classic tale of Geppetto the toy maker’s little wooden puppet who is given new life.
- Shows run Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 7, 8 & 9 at 7pm and Sunday, April 10 at 2pm.
- Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students; the performance takes place at Dover High School.
- Call 603-516-7200 for more info.
Opening this April, you can see “Bye Bye Birdie” at the Rye Junior High School with shows running April 7, 8 and 9 at 7:00pm.
Portsmouth Christian Academy’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” runs May 5-7 with details on tickets and showtimes still evolving. Also, both Oyster River High School and Portsmouth High School typically have student performances coming up in May. Stay tuned for more details.
Other Youth Theater around the Seacoast!
Coming up this summer in June, Garrison Players Arts Center in Rollinsford is highlighting their youth talent with performances of “Beauty & the Beast”. For only $10 per ticket (open seating), it’s extremely economical. Shows run weekends starting June 12-20 and include 3 matinee shows. For info, visit garrisonplayers.org.
The Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine has a long standing tradition of youth summer theater productions and this year is no different. On stage this summer is “Jungle Book”, “Little Mermaid”, “Treasure Island” and “School of Rock”. All seats are only $13 and show run times vary from 40-65 minutes which is perfect for young attention spans. Tickets on sale now, visit ogunquitplayhouse.org.
The Homeschool Theater Guild will bring their production of “Anne of Green Gables” to the Rochester Opera House stage Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27. Tickets are currently on sale and are only $5 advance/ $7 at the door. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com for more information.
The New Hampshire Theatre Project in Portsmouth and the Junior Repertory Company present a full length classical performance of “Well-Behaved Women”, an original script by Youth Rep alumni Jes Marbacher about the women’s suffrage movement which runs April 1-3. General admission tickets are only $12 and can be purchased by visiting nhtheatreproject.com.
Break a leg, kids!