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franklinoperahouse

Winter/Spring

2020

www.FranklinOperaHouse.org


Contents / Calendar

all events subject to change

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

Makin’ Whoopie:

Ida LeClair’s Guide to Love & Marriage February 29

Hiroya Tsukamoto March 7

SPRING EVENTS pp. 14-29

FFT presents

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.

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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.

Franklin, NH


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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!

Festival

of Trees

2019

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FREE ADMISSION

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

603-934-9852

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LLC

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Please remember to thank our

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Tell them you saw their ad!


Jordan Tirell-Wysocki

Trio

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Tickets $14 TO $18

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"This New Hampshire-based combo

excels at sweeping musical beauty."

- Bill Copeland Music News

Saturday

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.

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in advance online or at the door

www.FranklinOperaHouse.org


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$10

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$12

IN CONCERT

Saturday

February 8

7:30 pm

Joel puts on a show you are sure you will never see again.

Every time.

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.

HIROYA

TSUKAMOTO

IN CONCERT

$10

&

$12

Saturday

March 7

7:30 pm

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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

at www.FranklinOperaHouse.org

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Book by

RACHEL SHEINKIN

Music and Lyrics by

WILLIAM FINN

Conceived by

REBECCA FELDMAN

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.

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March 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.

March 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $14 & $16

Reserved Seating

www.FranklinOperaHouse.org

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.

www.MTIShows.com


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sponsored by

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.

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Reserved Seating

Saturday, April 4

7:30 pm

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


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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.

Reserved Seating

$16 adults $14 seniors & students

tickets online at

www.FranklinOperaHouse.org

or call (603) 934-1901 during office hours

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Free Public Showcase

Sunday April 26

at 7:00 pm

Special

Spring Break

Matinee

Thursday

April 30

10:00 am

All Seats

$5

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.

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Annual Districtwide Extravaganza!

May 13-16 at 7:30 pm

May 16-17 at 2:00 pm

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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.

www.MTIShows.com

Book

Dennis Kelly

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

Reserved Seating

Buy Online at

www.FranklinOperaHouse.org

or call (603) 934-1901

Music & Lyrics

Tim Minchin


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LIVE

in concert

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Saturday

May 30

7:30 pm

$14 adults

$12 students

& seniors

The

Harp

Twins

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.

Reserved Seating

www.FranklinOperaHouse.org


FREE

“Thank You”

Community

Concert

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.

sponsored by

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.

Don’t Forget

our annual

Membership Meeting

and Board Election

Thursday, June 11, 6:30 pm

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Celebrity Waiter

Dinner & Auction

to

benefit

Franklin

Opera

House

Saturday, June 27

Franklin Elks Lodge

5:30 pm

Watch for your invitation.


FOH LEGACY SOCIETY

Major Gifts and Planned Giving

managed by

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

changing needs.

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

necessary arrangements.

LEGACY SOCIETY • LIFETIME MEMBERS

Terrance Humphrey Denise Steadman Leigh Webb

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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.

STAR LEVEL

anonymous

SUSTAINING LEVEL

Judith & Kenneth Ackerson Chris Seufert Shirley & Wally Strauch

SUPPORTING LEVEL

Jane Cote & family

Beverley Clarenbach

Carol Hodgdon

Center & Judy Sanders

Chris Keppelman

Christine & George Dzujna

Christine Farmer

Clarence Fife & Diane Kelly

David Liberatore

& Leigh Thomson

FAMILY LEVEL

Adele Chertoff

Allison & Donald Cross

Bea Lemire

Christine Nicoletta

Claude & Almena Bernier

Clayton Gassett

Dan & Karen Darling

Dean & Deborah Mansfield

Deborah Steadman

& Paul Duncanson

Diane & Jim Hersey

Don & Eileen Oliver

Eliza Conde

Ethel & Robert Abbott

Geraldine and Roger Iliff

Gerard Desrochers

Heather Burchyns

& Violet Canton

Jeff & Valerie Perkins

Judith Cookman

Linda & Ernie Smith

Marcia Feener

Donna Gilbreth

Dorothy & Maurice Tandy

Gail & Ted Starkweather

Geoff & Susan Martin

Iris Ianno

Jean Boynton

Joan Coburn

Katherine Zink

Lisa Lovett

Mark Dotter

Mary & Scott Brown

Mina Ayers

Peggy Fafara & Duane Bauer

Peter & Deb Heath

Rita & Bob Norander

Sally & Mark Bussiere

Warren & Betty Cate

Wes & Wendy deSousa

William Keyser

Susie & Gary York

Nancy Reycroft

Ned Gordon

Nicolette & Oscar

Gala Grano

Robert & Denise

Montambeault

Ron & Sophia Lessard

Theresa Dionne

Tom & Lorrie O’Donovan

Valerie Blake

Yvonne Weglarz

Emily Burr

ASSOCIATE LEVEL

Steven Foley

Annette Andreozzi

Arnold & Edythe Adams

Bridget Barker

Bura Langlitz

Constance Forest

Dan Cerat

Denise Hervieux

BASIC LEVEL

Kenneth Krajcik

Violet Ellsworth

Jackie O’Rourke

Janet Cerat

Jeanette Marcucci

Joan Haney

Joan Shanelaris

John Masse & Josh Bradley

Kathleen Gianoulis

Kathryn Stober

Deborah Gilbert

Hilirey Makely

Marie Brackinridge

Rosemary Mellon

Lillian Machos

Wickstrom Household

Lesa Lakeman-McDonald

Lucianna Natkiel

Maj Desautel

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BECOME A MEMBER

(membership period is one year beginning on date processed)

Membership level/amount:

Memberships are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Be a part of

preserving and

improving this

historic resource

for the benefit

of our entire

community.

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

Name: __________________________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip Code: _______________________________________________

Email: ________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________________________

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

Steve Foley

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

Alicia Humphrey

Denise Steadman

Judith Ackerson

Ernie Smith

Sue Bitetto

Peter Heath

Jule Finley

Nicollette Gala Grano

Chris Seufert

Allison Cross

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

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GOLD Sponsors

Beck & Bellucci

Need a venue for your next event?

Consider renting the

Opera House.

It may be the

perfect place for

your next meeting or

event! Our rates are

affordable and we can

assist you with sound

and projection.

See our website

for rates and

more information.

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Business Members and Sponsors

as of October 15, 2019

SILVER Sponsors

Franklin Savings Bank

Grevior Furniture

BRONZE Sponsors

A.W. Frost Agency Inc.

Granite State Assurance

Chubbles

BOOSTER Members

Benson Auto

Franklin Footlight Theatre

Granny Judy’s Kitchen, LLC

LRG Healthcare

PARTNER Members

Asian Delight

Franklin Veterinary Clinic

ADVOCATE Members

Black Swan Inn

Foy Insurance

Franklin Elks Lodge #1280

Franklin Storage

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

AutoServ CollisionCenter

May Garden

Rowell’s Services

Seufert Professional Association

Webster Place Cemetery Association

Pizza Chef Of Franklin

Stencils Online

The Baptist Church

The Franklin Studio

The Golden Crest

Thibault - Neun / Paquette - Neun

Funeral Home

Meridian Lodge 60

Franklin Area Lions Club

Tiffany’s Salon


Music in the Park Series Sponsor


For fastest and best choice of seats,

purchase online at

www.FranklinOperaHouse.org

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

(603) 934-1901

www.franklinoperahouse.org

©2019, Franklin Opera House Restoration Committee, Inc.

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