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Quality Community Theater on Boston's North Shore
The Quannapowitt Players, Inc. have been in the business of providing quality community theater for 79 years in an volunteer-run converted two room schoolhouse in Reading, MA. Renown for their depth of talent, both in the actors who are featured on stage and the designers who build, light and produce the “magic” on stage, QP provides an affordable alternative in the greater Boston area. Come join us for a performance. We guarantee you will be delighted by the quality and craftsmanship of our performers and designers!
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QP Season Subscriptions
It is time to send in your 2016-2017 Season Subscription! If you have not received an application, you can purchase your subscription on-line, or print an application from our ticket page or call the QP Box Office at 781-942-2212 and we will get an application out to you via United States Postal Service.
There are four great shows for the 2016-2017 season – Laura, The Porch, Lion in Winter and Vanya, Sonia Masha and Spike . Four productions for $70. And QP is doing our Annual Fundraiser Suburban Holidays for the fifth season! $10 a ticket for QP Season Subscribers and $20 for those who are not . See our Season for all the details.
Suburban Holidays V
QP’s Annual New Play Festival Fundraiser
Auditions: October 9 & 10, 2016
Production Dates: November 25, 26, 27 and December 1, 2, 3, 2016
QP’s holiday tradition continues for a fifth season! It’s time for our annual New Play Festival and QP Fundraiser. All new plays – all holidays – all written by aspiring playwrights!
Get Closer ~ Written by Lolly Ward of Portland Oregon
A Teacher’s Carol ~ Written by Brittany Daley of Saugus MA
Ms. Claus ~ Written by Patrick Gabridge of Medford MA
Auld Acquaintance – a short comic mystery ~ Written by Adam Heroux of Reading MA
Liquid Love ~ Written by Robert Scott Sullivan of Brick New Jersey
Secret Santa ~ Written by Amanda O’Donnell of Bedford MA
Pineapple Girl ~ Written by Patrick Cleary of Wakefield MA
A Birthday is not a Holiday ~ Written by Peter Cosmas Sofronas of Wakefield MA.
By Vera Caspary and Georg Sklar
Production Dates: October 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22, 2016
Featuring: John Ardini, Amy Cook, Jenny Fielding, Nick Gould, Anthony Huntington, Rachel Rabinovitz, Brian Shea
Laura was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious and mysterious. No man could resist her charms—not even the tough, respected NYPD detective investigating who killed her so viciously. As he investigates the case he gets to know her through the three men who loved her: the mentor, the fiancé and the infatuated music student. The detective is mesmerized by her portrait, and finds himself seduced by her. Then there is a storm, and the murder mystery takes a new turn! Who was really murdered? Who is the murderer? And why?
Tickets are $20 or $18 for Seniors/Students and can be purchased on-line through PayPal. There is a transaction fee for on-line purchases. For reservations call the QP Box Office. Only checks and cash are accepted at performances.
By Jack Neary
Production Dates: January 27, 28 and February 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 2017
Auditions: November 13 and 14, 2016
It is 2002. It is Labor Day weekend. Three ladies sit on a porch in Lowell. They reminisce, telling each other intimate stories of their long lives, which are interesting, humorous and insightful! Their tales touch on friendship, heartbreak and even Monica Lewinsky! During the course of the weekend, we learn more and more of who they are, about their long-suffering husbands and a mystery from the past. The story is endearing, funny, heartbreaking and triumphant.
A Lion in Winter
By James Goldman
Production Dates: March 24, 25, 31 and April 1, 2, 7, 8, 2017
Auditions: January 8 & 9 2017
King Henry II gathers his dysfunctional family to sort out who is going to take over the throne. Will it be the firstborn, Richard the Lionheart? The middle son Geoffrey? Or Henry’s favorite, the young and impressionable John? His imprisoned wife Eleanor, his mistress Alais, and King Philip of France all have their own opinions on the matter. So Christmas 1183 promises to be a lively one filled with political maneuvering, plotting, back-stabbing, and intrigue.
Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang
Production Dates: May 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 and June 2, 3, 2017
Auditions February 5 & 6, 2017
Christopher Durang is a master of comedic mashups. This time it’s Chekhov’s classic dour character types that get tossed into a modern day blender with a dash of sibling rivalry, a dollop of beefcake, a pinch of naughty and the resulting stew brings more than a cup of laughs. Vanya, and his sister Sonia are stuck in their childhood home, while their sister Masha has been traveling the world as a famous movie star. She returns for a surprise visit her hot young boy-toy, Spike. Throw in a prophetic cleaning woman, an aspiring actress, and a neighborhood costume party, and we’re in for a wacky weekend. A Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation, this hysterical homage to Chekhov’s classic is touching and relentlessly funny, with a delightfully happy resolution!
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