September 30, 2014

Leddy Center Auditions for Anne of Green Gables!

EPPING–Director Elaine Gatchell announces open auditions for Leddy Center’s fall production of “Anne of Green Gables”, Saturday, June 1.

Children and mid-teens needed for this show are 8-11 year old boys and girls and 14-17 year old boys and girls, for the parts of younger and older Anne Shirley (lead), Dianna Barry (lead), Prissy Andrews, Josie Pye, Ruby Gillis, Tillie Boulter, Gertie Pye, Gilbert Blythe, Charlie Sloan, Moody MacPherson, Gerry Boulter, Tommy Sloan, and Malcolm Andrews.

Adults needed are: Mrs. Rachel Lynde(lead), Mrs. MacPherson, Mrs. Barry, Mrs. Sloane, Mrs. Pye, the minister, Earl the mailman, Cecil, the farmer, Marilla Cuthbert (lead), Matthew Cuthbert (lead), Mrs. Spencer, Mrs. Blewitt, Mr. Phillips, Miss Stacy (lead), and the stationmaster.

Please call Leddy Center office at 679-2781, Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm to make your audition appointment.  Rehearsals begin September 3, and are on Sunday afternoons at 1:00pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00pm.  Shows are October 25-November 13.

Please prepare a song from the show or a song of your choice and bring a headshot to your audition.

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER AT LEDDY MARCH 15-24

Sheridan Whiteside closeup.jpgEPPING– Director Elaine Gatchell presents Kaufman and Hart’s hysterical comedy, “The Man Who Came to Dinner”, for two weekends, March 15-24, and one midweek matinee, Wednesday, March 20, at Leddy Center’s beautiful theater in Epping, NH.
Tickets are $18. and $16., depending upon seating, available on line at leddycenter.org or by calling the box office, Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, at 603-679-2781.

Auditions for “Damn Yankees” at the Leddy Center on February 9th

EPPING—Director Elaine Gatchell announces open auditions for Leddy’s summer Broadway musical, Damn Yankees, Saturday, Feb. 9.  Damn Yankees is the only successful Broadway musical comedy built around the American national pastime of baseball—a baseball story neatly combined with the age-old Faust theme.

Great songs from this nostalgic musical include Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets, You Gotta Have Heart, Shoeless Joe, The Game, among many other familiar favorites.

Characters include: Joe Boyd/Hardy (lead), Meg Boyd(lead), Applegate the Devil (lead), Sister and Doris (friends of Meg),
baseball players(singers/dancers) Henry, Sohovik, Smokey, Vernon, Coach Van Buren, Rocky, Gloria Thorpe (lead), teenagers, Lynch, Welch, Lola(lead), Miss Weston, Commissioner, Postmaster, men and women singers/dancers for Tango and production numbers.

Please call our office Monday through Friday, between 3:00pm and 5:00pm to make an audition appointment.

Please prepare a song from the show; women and girls prepare either Shoeless Joe or Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets, men and boys please prepare You Gotta Have Heart, or The Game, auditioning for Joe, please prepare Goodbye Old Girl,
auditioning for the Devil, Applegate, please prepare Those Were the Good Old Days. Please prepare a dance step(tango or mambo) or one will be taught to you at your audition.

There will be a cold reading from the script.  Headshots are required.

Rehearsals begin May 2, and are on Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 1:00pm.
Show dates are July 12-28, three weekends and two Wednesday matinees.

For a chance at a fun filled spring and summer, just call Leddy Center at 603-679-2781, Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, to sign up for your audition appointment.

Charles Dickens Classic “A Christmas Carol” at Leddy Center!

Director Elaine Gatchell is proud to present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, at Leddy Center’s new beautiful theater at Verdant Pastures on Ladd’s Lane in Epping, NH, November 30 through December 9. Performances are Friday 102_0956.JPGand Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoons and one Wednesday afternoon, December 5, at 2:00pm.

Steve Koch stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this timeless classic presented nine Christmases over the past 37 years by Leddy Center. Dr. Henry Ferrell is Bob Crachit, Melissa Ransdell is Mrs. Crachit, and Matthew Lundergan is Marley. Mark Deyo is Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, and Beth Gauthier is Fred’s wife, Mary. Don LaDuke of Litchfield is the Ghost of Christmas Present and Kathy St. Germain of Fremont is the Ghost of Christmas Past. Noah Anzalone of Fremont is Tiny Tim. Lauren Campbell of Raymond and Greg Dixon of Exeter are Belle and Young Scrooge. Kevin Murphy and Stephanie Johnson of Epping are Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig. Christmas carolers are David McMullen, Melissa Ransdell, Beth Gauthier, Bruce Gatchell, Nen Horan, and Spencer Gregory. Crachit children are played by Michael Rainford, Nen Horan, Ethan Chevalier, Kirsten Bornkessel, and Amy Soraghan as Martha. Noah Dever and Tatiana Brown are Topper and Ruth.
Kassandra St. Germain is Young Fran and Ryan Dever is boy Scrooge.

“A Christmas Carol” is sponsored by D.F. Richard Energy. This production is underwritten by Seacoast Coca-Cola Bottling Company and THE SHARK at 102.1 and 105.3 FM Tickets are $18 and $16.

Call 603-679-2781 or go on line 24/7 at leddycenter.org. to reserve your tickets.
Leddy Center office hours are Monday through Friday, 3:00pm-5:00pm.

Leddy Center is a 501c3NH non-profit arts organization.

“The Wizard of Oz” at Leddy Center!

EPPING—Director and Choreographer, Elaine Gatchell, announces L. Frank Baum’s  classic masterpiece, The Wizard of Oz, will open October 26, and run its magic through November 11, at the beautiful new Leddy Center at Verdant Pastures in Epping. 102_4158.JPG

Ten year old Kirsten Bornkessel, of Lee, will sing and dance her way into your heart as Dorothy in this popular Broadway Musical. The all star cast includes AJ Pratt of Epping as Scarecrow in search of a brain, Eric Savage as Tin Man in search of a heart, Bobby Collinge of Newfields as the Cowardly Lion, and Mike Coppinger of Newburyport, MA, as the great Oz.
Janell Wyman of Newington is Glinda, and Kathy St. Germain of Fremont is the Wicked Witch of the West.

Starring as Toto is the adorable Yorkie terrier, Tyrone Dinardo of Brentwood.  Munchkins, Monkeys, Winkies, Jitterbugs, Crows, Trees, and Ozians make up the rest of the Yellow Brick Road cast with their dancing and singing of all the well-known music from this great musical.  The most popular tune from this musical is Dorothy singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and, of course, “We’re Off to See the Wizard”.

Alison Wood of Raymond has created beautiful scenery in which this tale will unfold. Nathan Amsden is at the keyboard and Bruce Gatchell directs the music.  The Wizard of Oz is sponsored by Core Physicians and McDonalds of Epping and Raymond.

Shows are Fridays at 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays and one Wednesday, November 7, at 2:00pm.

Tickets are $18. and $16. and can be purchased on line at www.leddycenter.org or by calling the box office, Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at 603- 679-2781.

School show performances are at 9:00am and 11:30am on Wednesday, October 31, and Wednesday, November 14.  Reservations for school performances must be made by calling the box office.

Leddy Center is a non-profit 501c3 NH Arts and Education organization.

Auditions at Leddy Center!

Director Elaine Gatchell announces auditions for Leddy Center’s March production of the great comedy, The Man Who Came to Dinner, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, are being held Saturday, November 17, at Leddy Center in Epping.  Kaufman and Hart are the playwrites of Leddy’s hilarious spring production last year, You Can’t Take It With You.

All parts are open and include Miss Preen, Mrs. Stanley, Richard Stanley, June Stanley, John (butler), Sarah (maid), Mrs. Dexter, Mr. McCutcheon, Mr. Stanley, Maggie Cutler, Dr. Bradley, Sheridan Whiteside, Harriet Stanley, Bert Jefferson, Professor Metz, Mr. Baker, Express Man, Lorraine Sheldon, Sandy, Beverly Carleton, Westcott, Banjo, two deputies, six singing boys (these are the only children’s roles)

Please call Leddy Center, Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm-5:00pm, at 603-679-2781, to make your audition appointment. Auditions entail a cold or prepared reading from the script and a head shot. Shows are two weekends and one Wednesday matinee, March 15-24.

Leddy Center is a non-profit 501c3 NH Arts and Education Organization.

MARY GATCHELL PERFORMING AT LEDDY CENTER, OCT. 12!

Mary Gatchell will be performing her great music with her NYC band at the new Leddy Center at Verdant Pastures
on Ladd’s Lane in Epping, NH, Friday evening, October 12,at 7:30pm.

Mary Gatchell is a dynamic singer, pianist, and composer living in New York City with four albums to her credit. She has played in legendary clubs such as the Blue Note, Birdland, Bitter End, CBGB’s, Knitting Factory, Boston House of Blues, Ryles, and many more.

Joining Mary is Ken Dow on bass. Ken currently performs with the Broadway hit Jersey Boys, winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for Platinum-selling Best Original Cast Album as well as 4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  Ken has worked with international film and theatre stars Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt, David Norona (Six Feet Under) and Billy Zane.

Craig Magnano will be on guitar! Craig came to NYC to study and earn his Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He has played for Broadway shows such as Jersey Boys, Wicked, Spiderman, The Lion King, Hairsprsay, Spring Awakening, Next to Normal and Ghost as well as touring and playing in many clubs around the world with his band and as a sideman.

Adam Jackson will be on drums!  A professional musician, Adam has had the pleasure of working with platinum recording group Destiny’s Child, Grammy-nominated Emily King, is currently playing for Atlantic recording artist Laura Izibor, and works on Tony Award winning musical Memphis.  Along with Mary Gatchell, he is also proud to be working with Grace Weber, Takuya Karoda, Dani Elliot, Orly, The Hipstones, Zack Borer, and Cristina Taddanio.

Mary Gatchell in Concert at Leddy Center is sponsored by Bell & Flynn, Inc., Colonial Poplin Nursing Home and Poplin Way Assisted Living, Donna, Gatchell Excavation, Inc., Elisabeth and Paul Gustavson, NAPA of Epping, Roselynn Ice Cream of Epping, and Telly’s Restaurant and Pizzeria in Epping.  Mary Gatchell in Concert is underwritten by Seacoast Coke and THE SHARK at 102.1 & 105.3 FM.

Tickets are $18. and $13. for students. Tickets are available online at www.leddycenter.org or by calling the Leddy Box Office at 603-679-2781, Monday through Friday, from 3pm to 5pm. Leddy Center is a 501c3 non-profit NH Arts and Education Organization.

Leddy Center Welcomes Dan Searl to its Staff!

Leddy Center is proud to announce and welcome our newest faculty member, Dan Searl, to our Leddy Performing Arts School.  Dan will be joining Eric Turner in our guitar department. 

As a scholarship student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, Dan performs regularly in the Boston area, including Boston’s Hard Rock Café and The Palladium in Worcester, MA. He has studied with acclaimed guitarist Richie Hart, as well as Dave Seiler, Mark Shilansky, and David Newsam. Dan composed and performed in Dave Seiler’s Big Band, performing at the renowned Clark Terry Jazz Festival. He has also been featured at countless Music Festivals and venues throughout the northeast. Dan holds the strongest passion for teaching and loves cultivating skill and affection
for music in his many students.  He has taught at many programs including Best Buy’s Fender Endorsed Teaching Program, and the Westford Mentor Program.

“For many, music is a creative release.  It does not matter if you are playing AC-DC or Miles Davis, the elements still apply.  It should always be fun, stimulating, and musical.” says Searl. Dan will be teaching Thursdays at Leddy Center on Ladd’s Lane in Epping NH.

Please contact Eric Turner on Leddy Center’s website, www.leddycenter.org to arrange a private lesson.
Leddy Center is a non-profit 501c3 NH Arts and Education Organization.

Melissa Ransdell joins staff at Leddy Center!

EPPING—Leddy Center School for the Performing Arts announces that registration is going on now for fall classes and private lessons beginning the week of September 10. For information on instructors, how to set up your lessons, and to register online, please visit our website at www.leddycenter.org.MelissaRansdell.jpg

Melissa Ransdell, new to Leddy staff, but veteran of Leddy stage, has been involved in theater her entire life, doing productions in New Hampshire as well as Maine. Melissa has been with Leddy Center since 2004, starting out in Jennifer Cardin’s musical theater classes, and recently playing the lead role in Leddy Center’s “Cinderella” and the leading role of Tzeitel in this summer’s Leddy production of Fiddler on the Roof.  Melissa has done everything from working backstage to starring on stage, to working in the lighting booth for productions at Leddy Center. Melissa has grown up working with the Leddy Center and has moved up right through the system. She is very excited to be making the transition from student to teacher, and to be teaching your children all about theater, while having the time of their lives. Melissa will be teaching Let’s Get Acting for ages 10 and up, on Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30pm.  In this fun class the focus is on acting with a smattering of musical theatre thrown in for those who like to sing and dance, but are more at a beginning level.

If you do not like to sing, you will NOT have to!  You will learn lots of acting games and techniques and learn about character development, role playing, scene study, skits, and improvisation! Students in this class will also learn a play that they will perform on the Leddy Center stage in a recital at the end of the year in May. If you ever wanted to learn how to act and perform on stage, this is the class for you! Ms. Ransdell will also be teaching Mini-Musical Theatre for ages 5 & 6, on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:20. This is a fun class with lots of make-believe and singing and dancing for the little ones culminating with an on stage performance in May!

To register for these classes and all classes and private lessons at Leddy Center, just go on line at leddycenter.org for information and registration forms.

Leddy Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, until Labor Day, from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
Visit or call and register for classes at 679-2781.  Or just go to leddycenter.org and fill out the registration forms online!  Beginning Sept. 10, Leddy Center will be open Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Leddy Center is a non-profit 501c3 NH Arts and Education Organization.

Leddy Center Registration for Fall Classes 2012

EPPING—Leddy Center School for the Performing Arts announces that
registration is going on now for fall classes and private lessons
beginning the week of September 10.  Eric Turner will be teaching
private guitar on Tuesdays and Saturdays at Leddy Center, and
Samantha Case will be teaching private lessons in voice and piano
on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.   Bruce Gatchell will be
teaching private lessons in brass and woodwind instruments on
Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information on instructors, how to
set up your lessons, and to register on line, please visit our
website at www.leddycenter.org.

Jennifer (Cardin) Solomon will be teaching Beginning Musical Theater
for ages 7-10 on Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm.  In this fun and exciting class,
students will be introduced to various theatre games and performing on all levels.
They will learn valuable acting techniques and have the opportunity to
do a lot of singing and dancing as well!  They will also be learning a
mini musical that they will perform in a recital at the end of the year in May,
on the beautiful Leddy stage!

Ms. Solomon will be teaching Advanced Musical Theater for ages 8 and up, on
Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm.  If you have taken one of Miss Jen’s classes
before or have prior performance experience, this is the class for you!
Students will do a lot of the performing and theatre games that they have
learned in previous classes but move at a much faster pace.  There is a lot
more to prepare at home such as songs, monologues, and character studies.
The students will perform in a mini musical on the Leddy Center stage at the
end of the year in May!  Permission is required by Miss Jen to enroll in this class.

Melissa Ransdell will be teaching Let’s Get Acting for ages 10 and up,
on Mondays  from 4:30 to 5:30pm.  In this fun class the focus is on
acting with a smattering of musical theatre thrown in for those who
like to sing and dance, but are more at a beginning level.  If you do not like to sing,
you will NOT have to!  You will learn lots of acting games and techniques
and learn about character development, role playing, scene study, skits,
and improvisation!  Students in this class will also learn a play that they
will perform on the Leddy Center stage in a recital at the end of the year in May.
If you ever wanted to learn how to act and perform on stage, this is the class for you!
Ms. Ransdell will also be teaching Mini-Musical Theatre for ages 5 & 6,
on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:20. This is a fun class with lots of
make-believe and singing and dancing for the little ones
culminating with an on stage performance in May!

Leddy Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, until Labor Day, from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
Visit or call and register for classes at 679-2781.  Or just go to leddycenter.org and fill
out the registration forms online!  Beginning Sept.10, Leddy Center will be open
Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Leddy Center is a non-profit 501c3 NH Arts and Education Organization.

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