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WINTER EVENTS pp. 4-12
Festival of Trees December 6-15
FFT presents A Gift to Remember December 7-15
Jordan Tirell-Wysocki Trio January 18
Joel Cage, Acoustic Rock Song Stylist February 8
Ida LeClair’s Guide to Love & Marriage February 29
Hiroya Tsukamoto March 7
SPRING EVENTS pp. 14-29
25th AnnualPutnam County Spelling Bee March 19-22
Introduction: The Chicago Experience April 4
New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble April 5
Three Rivers 48-Hour Student Film Slam April 24-26
Durham County Poets April 25
BJ Hickman Magic April 30
District-wide Musical: Matilda May 13-17
The Harp Twins May 30
Carter Mountain Brass Band - free concert June 6
FOH Annual Meeting June 11
Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Auction June 27
A Proud History
Built in 1892, Soldier’s Memorial
Hall has always contained a theater,
known as “The Opera House,”
and has entertained Franklin residents
with fine arts, traveling musicals,
school and community performances,
town meetings, and
even ladies’ wrestling! In the 1960s
the performance space was needed
for city and court administrative
functions, and was lost to time.
But in 2000 it became possible
to reclaim the space for its
original purpose. The Franklin
Opera House Restoration
Committee, Inc. was formed
by a dedicated group of citizens
to restore it to its former
glory and manage its stage
operations and programming.
Next season we’ll celebrate 20 years of bringing affordable quality
arts and entertainment to our community, and look forward to
many more years ahead.
6 Ways You Can Help
Show your friends, your neighbors, and local businesses that you
support community arts.
1. Become a Member
2. Volunteer as an usher, or in any capacity
3 Advertise in our Program Guides
4. Sponsor a Show or Season
5. Join the FOH Legacy Society
6. Lead a Fundraising Event
Meridian Lodge No. 60
Free & Accepted Masons
58 South Main St.
On Christmas Eve, during a snowstorm, a group of strangers
are on a train to Boston from Bangor when the passengers
are suddenly forced to disembark and take shelter in a small
depot in New Hampshire. Former strangers become friends,
find ways to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas and realize
the memory of this night will be a gift to remember.
Better Than Ever!
Friday, December 6
Saturday, December 7
Sunday, December 8
Saturday, December 14
Sunday, December 15
5 pm to 8 pm
10 am to 5 pm
10 am to noon
10 am to 5 pm
10 am to noon
Purchase 25 raffle tickets for $5
Enter to win your favorite tree, wreath, or gift
basket, and everything on, in, or under it!
Tickets also available at all performances
of A Gift to Remember!
Raffle Drawing follows final performance.
All proceeds benefit the Opera House
Franklin Elks Lodge
Franklin Lodge #1280
125 S. Main St.
Franklin NH 03235
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Please remember to thank our
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Tickets $14 TO $18
"This New Hampshire-based combo
excels at sweeping musical beauty."
- Bill Copeland Music News
January 18 7:30 p.m.
Putting a fresh spin on traditional Irish music, the Jordan Tirrell-
Wysocki Trio delivers a dynamic show full of foot-stompin' fiddle
tunes and classic sing-alongs. Fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki is
joined by fellow New Hampshire natives Matt Jensen on guitar
and Chris Noyes on upright bass. Their shows blend traditional
Celtic music with their own original material, drawing on multiple
genres to produce a unique sound. The Trio has appeared live on
NHPR's "The Folk Show," been featured on "NH Chronicle" and
performed regularly at some of NH's best venues, as well as listening
rooms, pubs and Celtic festivals around New England.
in advance online or at the door
Joel puts on a show you are sure you will never see again.
Tickets at the door and online: www.FranklinOperaHouse.org
Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind guitarist and composer...
skilled songwriter, poetic spirit, and engaging story teller.
Saturday, February 29 7:30 pm
Is your “happily ever after” in need of a little fine tuning?
Ida to the rescue! The funniest woman in Maine brings us a
show plumb-chucka-full of hilarious stories and down home
advice on how to keep your marriage sweet, simple and easy.
$16 adults, $14 seniors & students
Reserved Seating tickets online
12 or call (603) 934-1901 during office hours
YOUR LOCAL NEW HAMPSHIRE HOME FURNISHINGS AND MATTRESS STORE!
440 Central Street Franklin, NH 03235
A landmark, family-owned and operated
business in Franklin for 88 years.
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm
Music and Lyrics by
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, Barbara Whitman, James L.
Nederlander, Patrick Catullo
Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless
wit and humor. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling
championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories
from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially
made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life unaffirming
"ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. A riotous ride, complete
with audience participation.
March 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.
March 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets $14 & $16
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeIs presented through special arrangement with
Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Introduction: the name of the first song of the first album, and the beginning
of a musical legacy that spans five decades. Born of a deep
admiration and respect for Chicago’s artists and their early music, this
fantastic band will bring you not only the tremendous catalogue of
Chicago’s music but a reminder of the times and events that shaped
their lives and their writing. Introduction - The Chicago Experience,
pays very careful attention to every musical and vocal nuance, to
deliver what is the most memorable Chicago show of ANY Chicago
tribute band in the United States and Canada!
Come see Introduction and join the Chicago Experience.
Saturday, April 4
Advance Tickets $22 adults, $20 seniors & students
Buy online at www.FranklinOperaHouse.org,
or call (603) 934-1901 during office hours.
Tickets at the door $25 for everyone
416 Central Street (603) 998-2082
Saturday April 25 7:30 pm
Durham County Poets
Hailing from Quebec, lead singer Kevin Harvey and
his band are sonic shape shifters of the first order.
Whether it’s blues, folk, soul, country, gospel or
New Orleans swing, they purvey it with skill,
aplomb and pure honesty.
$16 adults $14 seniors & students
tickets online at
or call (603) 934-1901 during office hours
Ian & Mandie Hagan
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DISCOUNTS FOR SENIORS & VETERANS.
Supporting the Franklin Community Since 1910
Wishing the Franklin Opera House a Successful Season!
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Free Public Showcase
Sunday April 26
at 7:00 pm
Magician BJ Hickman entertains family audiences with
comedy magic, dazzling deceptions, and mind reading
miracles. His audience participation magic shows are
a popular favorite throughout New England.
Annual Districtwide Extravaganza!
May 13-16 at 7:30 pm
May 16-17 at 2:00 pm
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is presented through special arrangement
with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials
are also supplied by MTI.
This Tony Award-winning musical is the captivating masterpiece
from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels
in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and
the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.
$16 adults $14 seniors/students $12 children under 13
Buy Online at
or call (603) 934-1901
Music & Lyrics
By mixing their virtuoso harp skills with
their stunningly complex arrangements
of rock, metal, and soundtrack hits,
HARP TWINS Camille and Kennerly Kitt
have amassed over 1.6 million fans
across their social media sites and
over 95 million views on their
YouTube music videos.
Saturday, June 6, 3:00 pm
To thank you for another great year of support for our Opera House,
we invite you to enjoy some great live music.
The Carter Mountain Brass
Band has 32 members who
have joined together for the
sheer love of playing brass
music at a high level. Named
for Carter Mountain in New
Hampton, NH, this band
reflects the rich heritage of
brass music from the 16th
century through the 19th
century and into the present
day’s modern music.
and Board Election
Thursday, June 11, 6:30 pm
Dinner & Auction
Saturday, June 27
Franklin Elks Lodge
Watch for your invitation.
FOH LEGACY SOCIETY
Major Gifts and Planned Giving
A gift to the Franklin Opera House
Legacy Society in your will or trust
enables you to support the mission of the
Franklin Opera House and make a difference
in the lives of this community and future
generations. A bequest is easy to arrange,
will not alter your current lifestyle in any way,
and can be easily modified to address your
The Franklin Opera House has designated
Independence Financial Advisers (IFA), a wholly
owned subsidiary of the Franklin Savings Bank,
as fiscal agent for donations to Franklin Opera
House Legacy Society. A short and easy phone
call to Paul Gatehouse, (IFA) at (603) 934-8378
will start the process. IFA will then work with your
estate planner or tax advisor to make all the
LEGACY SOCIETY • LIFETIME MEMBERS
Terrance Humphrey Denise Steadman Leigh Webb
Members of Franklin Opera House, Inc.
as of October 15, 2019
We greatly value all members, who demonstrate their dedication to our
organization through contributions both monetary and by volunteering their services.
We apologize if anyone has been inadvertently left off this list due to our printing
deadline. A list of current members is also posted in the Opera House.
Judith & Kenneth Ackerson Chris Seufert Shirley & Wally Strauch
Jane Cote & family
Center & Judy Sanders
Christine & George Dzujna
Clarence Fife & Diane Kelly
& Leigh Thomson
Allison & Donald Cross
Claude & Almena Bernier
Dan & Karen Darling
Dean & Deborah Mansfield
& Paul Duncanson
Diane & Jim Hersey
Don & Eileen Oliver
Ethel & Robert Abbott
Geraldine and Roger Iliff
& Violet Canton
Jeff & Valerie Perkins
Linda & Ernie Smith
Dorothy & Maurice Tandy
Gail & Ted Starkweather
Geoff & Susan Martin
Mary & Scott Brown
Peggy Fafara & Duane Bauer
Peter & Deb Heath
Rita & Bob Norander
Sally & Mark Bussiere
Warren & Betty Cate
Wes & Wendy deSousa
Susie & Gary York
Nicolette & Oscar
Robert & Denise
Ron & Sophia Lessard
Tom & Lorrie O’Donovan
Arnold & Edythe Adams
John Masse & Josh Bradley
BECOME A MEMBER
(membership period is one year beginning on date processed)
Memberships are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Be a part of
for the benefit
of our entire
Join Online Quickly and Easily: www.FranklinOperaHouse.org
or complete and mail this form to
Franklin Opera House, PO Box 172, Franklin, NH 03235
Basic Level ($15) includes voting privileges, invitations to special events
Associate Level ($25) members receive One Opera House Ticket Voucher
Family Level ($50) members receive Two Opera House Ticket Vouchers
Supporting Level ($100) members receive Four Ticket Vouchers
Sustaining Level ($250): Six Opera House Ticket Vouchers
Star Level ($500+): 25% off Opera House tickets
City, State, Zip Code: _______________________________________________
Name as it should appear for publication (if different from above)
I wish for my membership to be anonymous
Check enclosed (checks payable to Franklin Opera House)
Credit card: If paying by credit card, we will call you to process your payment.
We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express
What Does Your Membership Do?
General Membership ... join for as little as $15
helps pay for day-to-day cost of operations, utilities, internet, etc.
Sponsor Membership... sponsor shows
pays for artist fees and licenses, promotions, and show technicians
Business Membership ... program advertising... starting at $50
covers printing and mailing costs and general office expenses.
Contact us if you have specific questions.
Jeff Perkins, President
Leigh Webb, Vice President
Val Perkins, Secretary
Carol Hodgdon, Treasurer
My Personal Thanks
I’m proud to serve the Board of Directors as the
Executive Director of Franklin Opera House. I
share your passion in preserving this historic
venue and fulfulling our mission to foster the
performing arts for all members of our community.
To our patrons, members, and business
supporters... I thank you!
Please feel free to contact me anytime with
questions, concerns, ideas and advice.
Opera House Board of Directors as of 10/15/2019
Nicollette Gala Grano
Committee Chairs and Volunteers
Finance Committee ....................................................... Carol Hodgdon
Concessions Coordinators................Maureen Aube, Sally Bussiere
Box Office ....................................................................................Sue Bitetto
Nominations ......................................................................... Karen Darling
Strategic Planning ...................................................................Steve Foley
House Managers .........Jeff Perkins, Wendy DeSousa, Leigh Webb,
Carolyn Desrosiers, Ryan Clark
Master of Ceremonies ......................................................Leigh A. Webb
Opera House Staff
Executive Director ................................................................. Dan Darling
Operations Management .......................................................Jule Finley
FACT Director ..............................................................................Jule Finley
Beck & Bellucci
Need a venue for your next event?
Consider renting the
It may be the
perfect place for
your next meeting or
event! Our rates are
affordable and we can
assist you with sound
See our website
for rates and
Business Members and Sponsors
as of October 15, 2019
Franklin Savings Bank
A.W. Frost Agency Inc.
Granite State Assurance
Franklin Footlight Theatre
Granny Judy’s Kitchen, LLC
Franklin Veterinary Clinic
Black Swan Inn
Franklin Elks Lodge #1280
Irwin Automotive Group
MANGO Security Systems
O’Rourke’s Brick House
Service Credit Union
Watts Water Technologies
Thrift Clothes Closet
AutoServ of Tilton
Independence Financial Advisors
Seufert Professional Association
Webster Place Cemetery Association
Pizza Chef Of Franklin
The Baptist Church
The Franklin Studio
The Golden Crest
Thibault - Neun / Paquette - Neun
Meridian Lodge 60
Franklin Area Lions Club
Music in the Park Series Sponsor
For fastest and best choice of seats,
purchase online at
You can also call (603) 934-1901
or visit our administrative office
at the rear corner of the building,
Tuesday, 10am to 3pm
Thursday, 10am to 3pm
Friday, 9am to 4pm
Thank You for Your Support
Located in historic
Franklin Memorial City Hall
316 Central St.
PO Box 172
Franklin, NH 03235
©2019, Franklin Opera House Restoration Committee, Inc.