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Winnipesaukee Playhouse Announces Pre-Season Party

Press Releases - January 3, 2013

Anyone who loves a good time will have a chance to beat the winter blues while supporting live theatre in the Lakes Region on Sunday, January 20th, at O Steaks and Seafood during a party to benefit the Winnipesaukee Playhouse.  The event will feature wonderful food, beverages, live music, an auction, balloon hosts and hostesses, and even a competitive game of charades!  The founders of the Winni Playhouse will announce the six shows that will headline the 2013 season – the first professional season at the new state-of-the-art theatre in Meredith.  Tickets are $50 per person.


“By three weeks after the new year, everyone is ready for some fun, so rather than simply asking folks for a donation to support our Capital Campaign, we decided to host a party and make it a great afternoon out,” said Christopher Boothby, Chairman of the Winnipesaukee Playhouse Board.  “We have a dollar for dollar match on Capital Campaign contributions, and due to the generosity of Scott Ouelette and the whole gang at O, 100% of proceeds will go our Capital Campaign to help make this new theatre a reality.”


According to Boothby, all attendees will have a chance to win valuable prizes during the “Support the Winni P for $50 a Pop” promotion. Strolling balloon hostesses will offer helium balloons for $50 each.  Every balloon will contain at least $50 in prizes, but several “super-balloons” will contain hundreds of dollars in prizes.   “We are so fortunate to have the support of many local restaurants, businesses and individuals to make this event a blast,” Boothby said.  “We hope to see both old friends and potential new fans at this mid-winter party.”


The Winnipesaukee Playhouse was founded in 2004 by siblings, Lesley Pankhurst and Bryan Halperin, and their spouses, Neil and Johanna, with the vision of bringing quality arts and arts education to the Lakes Region.  Since that time, the Winni Playhouse has won numerous New Hampshire Theatre Awards for both professional and community productions and was proclaimed the Best Summer Theatre in New Hampshire by Yankee Magazine.   Hundreds of children have participated in weekend and after-school workshops and summer camps that target every aspect of live theatre from script writing, to light design, set construction and production.  The Playhouse has recently moved out of the 84-seat, storefront theatre it occupied in the Weirs for the past nine years in anticipation of moving into their new home at a newly constructed theatre on the site of the former Annalee Doll factory in Meredith.


For tickets to this event, go to or call organizers at 524-9090 for more information. 

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