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Advice to the Players receives General Excellence Award

At New Hampshire Theatre Awards, Feb. 5

Student actors (left to right in photo) Sianna Streeter and Alex Butcher-Nesbitt celebrate with Advice To The Players’ Acting Artistic Director Mark Woollett at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards. Advice To The Players won the award for General Excellence. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
February 11, 2010
"Being recognized with the annual award for General Excellence acknowledges our company's willingness to take risks, even in such an uncertain economic climate." says Acting Artistic Director Mark Woollett. "It is an honor that our little company richly deserves and we accept it with pride."

It was a successful year for Advice To The Players, who arrived at the awards ceremony with six nominations from two Shakespeare productions, Henry V and The Winter's Tale. Three of those nominees, Sound Designer Patrick Hornig, and actresses Heather Hamilton and Lisa Thompson, finished in the top three.

"By presenting these plays our director, Caroline Nesbitt, took some big risks," continued Woollett. "These two dynamic shows are not performed as often as some of Shakespeare's other plays and that can scare off potential audience members."

Advice To The Players is back on the boards in March with its production of Hamlet, which will be at the Inter-Lakes High School Auditorium in Meredith on March 18 and 19 and at The Salyards Center for the Arts in Conway on March 20 and 21. The production features recent Plymouth State University graduate Andrew Codispoti as the Danish prince.

"Hamlet is an audience favorite," remarked Managing Director Rebecca Boyden, "especially with the schools. I'm anticipating a lot of interest in this show." Boyden is in charge of fundraising for Advice To The Players and recently announced a Matching Grant opportunity for those interested in 'Doubling their Dollars for Drama.' "We are thrilled that an anonymous donor has offered us a $2,500 match. Between now and April 1 all donations to the company will go toward meeting that match."

This year Advice To The Players is offering two weeks of student focused rehearsal for the youth participants in Hamlet. Held after school from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., they provide the young actors with voice and movement training and a deeper understanding of the text. The rehearsals start on Feb. 15 and any area student age 13 and up is welcome to come and participate. Mark Woollett is directing the production, and invites interested students to come to the first rehearsal at the Sandwich Town Hall at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15. Anyone who wants to participate but can't come on Monday can call Mark at 413-822-9064 or send an e-mail to attp@cyberpine.net. Additional information about Advice To The Players can be found at www.advicetotheplayers.org.

Martin Lord & Osman
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