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• The park goes dark this summer: The New Thalian Players, who have presented theater in the park for the last five years in Manchester, will not present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as planned this summer. The inability to raise funds was cited as a reason for cancelling this summer’s show, according to a statement on the group’s website (newthalianplayers.org). Christopher Poulin, president of the Players in 2008, was in charge of The Wizard of Oz production in 2008 and had a budget of $40,000, which included lights, security, restrooms and other costs needed for the production. The statement said the group plans to focus its fundraising efforts on a production for next summer.
• Lions and tigers and bears, oh my: The Wizard of Oz will be performed at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon Road in Milford, on Friday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 22, at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 23, at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for kids and are available at svbgc.org. The performance is a production of the Riverbend Youth Company of the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valleyand is directed by Tom Partridge.
• Soap auditions: The creators of MyTV’s Proper Manors, a 26-episode soap opera that will begin shooting in August in the Seacoast area, are still looking for cast members. Auditions will be held on Monday, May 24, in Derry, by appointment/invitation only from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The story centers on a group of teenagers and their families. Actors should submit headshot and résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the role in the subject. All other questions should be sent to Pietro D’Alessio at email@example.com.
• Raffle and history: The Artists’ Collaborative Theatre Of New England (ACT ONE) will hold a slide presentation called “The History and Lore of the Isles of Shoals” on Sunday, June 6, at 3 and 7 p.m. Filled with stories of fishermen and pirates, ghosts and grand hotels, this informal 75-minute talk is designed as a companion piece for this August’s theater production, Celia Thaxter & the Isles of Shoals. Tickets cost $10, and each person attending will receive one free raffle ticket. The winner of the raffle, which will be drawn at the end of the 7 p.m. show, will receive two tickets to all 14 shows and concerts during the Festival of Fun, which opens Thursday, Aug. 5, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 10, at the West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St. in Portsmouth.— Adam Coughlin