An exciting challenge from the NCCT Board!

92We hope you’ve already heard that the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation gave us the opportunity to receive a $2,500 grant if we raised $2,500. Thanks to our generous donors, we’ve already blown that goal out of the water by raising almost twice what we hoped for! But there is still a need for funds to help improve NCCT.

To help us continue raising those much needed funds, the Board has pledged to donate $2,000 if we raise an additional $2,000 by December 31, 2013. That’s right, we’re putting our money where our mouth is. We truly believe in what we as an organization do and what we plan to accomplish in the future. By donating to NCCT now, your gift will effectively be doubled to help us fund our strategic planning efforts, our investment in infrastructure, and all the activities we already support.

Every size gift helps and counts toward our goal. You may give online using our secure website at ncct.org/donate or send a check made out to NCCT to NCCT, PO Box 462, Lebanon, NH 03766.

Thank you for supporting NCCT.

Sincerely,
The NCCT Board of Directors
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Want to see FREE Theater in 2014?

NCCT is looking for people interested in seeing FREE theater in 2014!

For the past several years NCCT has participated in the New Hampshire Theater Awards (NHTA). In order for our shows to be eligible to be nominated for awards, we must send our own adjudicators to see other theater productions throughout NH – that includes both community theater as well as professional performances such as those by New London Barn Playhouse. The more trained adjudicators we have as an organization, the fewer performances each of our adjudicators have to attend.

If you are interested, please contact our NHTA Liaison Linda Neubelt (linda@lyme.com) for more information. To learn more about the NHTA go here.

There will be four training sessions for the upcoming season:
Wednesday, January 8th from 6:30pm-9:30pm
@ “Jewish Federation – Manchester Community Theatre Players” at 698 Beech St, Manchester, NH
Saturday, January 11th from 9:30am-12:30pm
@ “Winnipesauke Playhouse” 50 Reservoir Road Meredith NH  
Wednesday, January 15th from 6:30pm-9:30pm

@ “Peacock Players” Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St. Nashua, NH
Saturday, January 18th from 9:30am-12:30pm

@ “Garrison Players Arts Center” 650 Portland Avenue, corner of Rte 4/Roberts Rd. Rollinsford, NH

Thank you: A Letter from NCCT’s President

In this season of Thanksgiving I wanted to stop and say a few words about why I am thankful for NCCT.

I had never heard of NCCT when I moved to the Upper Valley in 2000. I discovered it in 2008 right before auditions for the 35th Anniversary show. What I didn’t realize at the time was that my cousin, Jon Korpela, had been in NCCT’s very first production, The Music Man, in 1973. That unexpected family connection makes this organization even more important to me and I am very aware of the responsibility I have taken on as President.

Since dipping my toes in the NCCT water during the 35th Anniversary show, I have now jumped in with both feet. I learned to tap dance for 42nd Street, been nominated for NH Theater Awards as Pitti-Sing in The Mikado and as Nancy in Oliver!, cleaned up (and moved) the costume shop and produced the benefit show after Hurricane Irene, eaten meat pies in Sweeney Todd, become a Teen Advisor for our incredible Teen Program, and played a nun in The Sound of Music.

Every single one of the activities I have been involved with in NCCT have happened because of hundreds of volunteers putting in thousands of thankless hours to make magic happen. And it IS magic.

  • When you walk into the Lebanon Opera House and onto the stage for the first time, it is magic.
  • When you’ve been at the first chaotic run through of a show and then see the production actually come together, it is magic.
  • When you see a loved one come out of their shell to sing and dance in a way you never thought possible, it is magic.
  • When you experience a standing ovation, whether on-stage, behind the scenes, or in the audience, that, my friends, is magic.

It is also an incredible amount of work.

And because of that I am thankful for you. If you are reading this, you have most likely had something to do with our 40 years of success. You are what make NCCT happen. You have put in long hours rehearsing, building, sewing, organizing, chauffeuring, directing, chaperoning, painting, applying make-up, doing hair, catering, producing, ushering, and offering your financial and moral support. Along the way you may have torn your hair out, cried, hollered in frustration, had a nervous breakdown, and wondered why in the world you got yourself into this situation. But then you realize just how many of your friends are NCCT friends, how many of your favorite pictures are of characters you or your family members played, and how many amazing memories you have because of your participation with NCCT. Despite the hard work, it is worth it. And that is magic too.

I am thankful that I get the opportunity to help steward this organization into the next 40 years. And that I get to work with you in order to do it. To help us assure that we can continue as an organization, please consider making a donation to our NH Charitable Foundation Challenge Grant to help us continue to be a place where magic, through hard work, happens.

Thank you,
Amy Fortier
NCCT President

Flashback Friday: 1980

We got…cling cling fssss…steam heat! In 1980 we produced 3 shows – The Pajama Game, The Tree Spirit’s Problem, and The Tavern. We’re missing records from The Tree Spirit’s Problem and The Tavern. If you know anything about either productions, or are willing to share programs or posters, for us to keep or scan, please email info@ncct.org.

1980 The Pajama Game

1980 The Pajama Game