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Grandmother Auditions Scheduled

We’re already gearing up for next season. Auditions for “Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Grandmother,” the first show of our 69th season, will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 18.

This musical shows modern grandmothers in a whole new light through musical vignettes. The cast calls for five women and two men. “Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Grandmother” features book and lyrics by Lois Wyse and Sheilah Rae and music by Robert Waldman.

Actors of all experience levels are encouraged to audition. Please prepare a musical selection (16-32 measures). An accompanist will be provided. A CD player and speakers to connect to electronic devices will also be available, if needed.

Please e-mail info@hanoverlittletheatre.com with any questions.

New Board Members Elected

Two new board members were elected at the Hanover Little Theatre Annual Meeting on June. Suzanne Williamson and Chad Zepp will officially join the board on July 1.

Williamson has appeared onstage in Bingo! The Winning MusicalThe Oldest Profession and the upcoming Funny Business as well as backstage and on lights for several productions. She will fill a newly-created At Large Board Member seat through June 30, 2019. Zepp, who was most recently seen in Incorruptible and has also worked in many off-stage roles, will fill the final year of a seat vacated by Courtney McDougall.

McDougall’s seat came open when she was elected as Second Vice President to replace Jeremy Slagle, who has stepped down from the board. The new seat for Williamson came open when the board voted to make the Immediate Past President a non-voting position on the board., Heidi Hormel will continue in that position as an ex officio member of the board.

The full board elected for 2017-18 is:

President Brian Shea
First Vice President Duane Bull
Second Vice President Courtney McDougall
Treasurer Brandon O’Donnell
Secretary Nicole Merkel
Facilities Director Skip Tananis
At Large Board Members Charlie Beard
Leslie Breighner
Sally Chase
Erin DiNello
Bonnie Raubenstine
Suzanne Williamson
Chad Zepp
Immediate Past President (ex officio) Heidi Hormel

The board also approved two other bylaw changes – one eliminating membership cards and the other adjusting the quorum necessary for a meeting of the general membership.

Lineup for 2017-18 Announced

Murder, mayhem and music will fill the Hanover Little Theatre’s 69th season, announced yesterday at the theatre’s annual meeting. The four plays planned for 2017-18 feature marital mix ups, family frustrations and a sleuthing star.

The theatre, located at 360 Blooming Grove Road, will hold ticket prices steady at $15 per show. Information on memberships and season tickets for the new season will be available soon.

Most membership plans feature ticket vouchers that can be used for any show as well as early access to seating choices. Money-saving season tickets provide the same seat to each performance as an additional option. Single ticket purchases are available online or at the box office for no additional fee.

Take a look at the upcoming season:

  • Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Grandmother: This musical revue shines a new light on modern grandmothers through humorous and heartwarming scenes. Watch and laugh as grandmothers debate what name they want to be called, their availability as baby-sitters and much, much more. The show will run Sept. 8-10, 14-17, 2017.
  • The Game’s Afoot: Broadway star William Gillette, known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, throws a Christmas party, but the main course is murder when a party guest is found stabbed to death. Non-stop danger and hilarity follow in this Ken Ludwig play as Gillette steps into Holmes’ shoes to try and solve the crime. The show will run Nov. 10-12, 16-19, 2017.
  • Rumors: Just before his 10th wedding anniversary party, the Deputy Mayor of New York passes out from taking Valium after unsuccessfully trying to shoot himself in the head, and his wife is nowhere to be found. Their friends try to cover up the circumstances from arriving guests, but miscommunication and confusion fuel this Neil Simon farce. The show will run April 20-22, 26-29, 2018.
  • The Sensuous Senator: From the same authors of Sex Please, We’re Sixty and Sin, Sex and the C.I.A., this political farce descends into bedlam when a presidential candidate running on a “morality” platform finds himself trapped in his house with his wife, girlfriend, a lady of the evening, two colleagues and a nosy reporter. The show will run July 13-15, 19-22, 2018.

Members Invited to Annual Meeting

All members are invited to the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Hanover Little Theatre at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the theatre, 360 Blooming Grove Road. Members will be voting on bylaw changes and the board of directors at this meeting.

There are three bylaw changes being proposed. The first will eliminate language regarding membership cards because these have not been used for many years. The second will reduce the needed quorum for a meeting of the membership from 15 to 10. The final change will remove the Immediate Past President as a voting member of the board and add a seventh At Large Board Member. The Immediate Past President will remain an Ex Officio member of the board.

The slate of officers for 2017-18 is: Brian Shea, President; Duane Bull, First Vice President; Courtney McDougall, Second Vice President; Brandon O’Donnell, Treasurer; Nicole Merkel, Secretary; Skip Tananis, Facilities Manager; Leslie Breighner, Sally Chase and Suzanne Williamson, Two-Year At Large Board Members; and Chad Zepp, One-Year At-Large Board Member. Heidi Hormel will remain as Immediate Past President.

The board will also announce the shows, directors and performance dates for the 2017-18 season, our 69th year of acting up. This outstanding collection of titles was approved at the May Board meeting.