CONWAY — Arts in Motion Theater Co. is bringing two musicals to the stage of the historic Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse this summer in celebration of its 25 season. Director Glenn Noble has gathered a great team and cast for these lively productions with choreography by Aimee Frechette, costumes by Patty Hibbert and music direction by Ellen Hayes.
First up is "The Cat in the Hat," a magically witty play based on the all-time favorite book by Dr. Seuss. Show dates are July 6-9 and July 11-16 at 7 p.m. Following "The Cat" is Lewis Carroll's classic children's story "Alice in Wonderland" on Aug. 9-13 and Aug. 15-20. All shows are at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 general admission. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online, or reserved by calling the box office at (603) 356-0110.
"We're excited heading in to our summer season", said Noble, one of the founders of the theater company. "I am always impressed by the level of talent here in our community and we have put together two wonderful casts who will bring these delightful shows to life. We hope to appeal to our local theater audience as well as our summer visitors."
Arts in Motion promotes cultural arts, theater education, live performance and theatrical productions to youth and adults in Mount Washington Valley.
"Celebrating our 25th anniversary in the community is gratifying as we look back on the many, many hundreds of young people who have been introduced to live theater here with Arts in Motion", said Noble. "The performing arts should be a most valued asset in every community and we are proud to continue our efforts to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate either on stage or in the audience."
In addition to the summer shows, Arts in Motion continues Theater-rific, its children's summer theater camp program, for ages 6 to 12. Debra Cottrell of Conway takes the helm as camp director with great plans for six weeks of engaging theater games, lessons, and creative play.
"Theater-rific is fantastic program for youngsters," Cottrell said. "Each child is given the opportunity to discover their creativity, whether as an actor, stage hand or technical crew. Writing the script, building props and sets, and choosing costuming is a part of each camp."
This marks the sixth year of collaboration with Conway Scenic Railroad and Attitash Resort Dining on the popular Murder Mystery Dinner Trains in June and October.
To remain a thriving community theater program, volunteers and sponsors are always needed. All volunteers are welcomed, whether it is in directing, set construction, volunteering in the box office, helping with fundraising, joining as a cast or crew member, reading and selecting plays, helping with backstage and theater improvements, contributing funds or supplies or being an enthusiastic audience member. As the company is a charitable non-profit organization, donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
For more information, visit artsinmotiontheater.com or call (603) 356-0110.