WHITEFIELD, NH - January 19, 2022 - Weathervane Theatre has been approved for a $10,000 Challenge America award to support North Country Shakes. This project will provide accessible theatre to the North Country through a free Shakespeare in the park initiative outside the Weathervane this June. Weathervane Theatre’s project is among 168 projects across America totaling $1,680,000 that were selected to receive fiscal year 2022 funding in the Challenge America grant category. Challenge America grants offer support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations that have limited access to the arts due to geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from Weathervane Theatre that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. “Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield is among the organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.”

After a 20 year absence, Shakespeare found its way back onto the Weathervane mainstage in the midst of the pandemic to much acclaim and has found its way into Weathervane programming ever since.

“After the success of both Brush Up Your Shakespeare in 2020 and Shakespeare workshops offered to enrolled campers in 2021, we could not be more excited to bring North Country Shakes to life. Performances will feature the elements of lights, sound, and music to fully experience Shakespeare’s works how they were meant to be experienced — seen and not heard. We are incredibly thankful to our community for supporting initiatives like this and to the National Endowment for the Arts for continuing to help the Arts thrive in the North Country, said Jorge Donoso, Weathervane Theatre Director of Development.

North Country Shakes is an educational and artistic opportunity for students all throughout Coös County, and surrounding areas, to experience Shakespeare how it’s meant to be experienced — seen and not read. Helmed by Donoso, this new and original adaptation of Shakespeare’s works will bring audiences to the newly constructed Weathervane outdoor stage. Originally built for ‘Picnic with Patchwork’ last season, the stage has become a gathering hub for our community as well as a symbol of love, community, and hope in the region as it was the only place to safely congregate communally at the start of the pandemic.

Performing throughout the month of June, performance dates to be announced soon. Any additional inquiries related to this programming can be directed to Jorge Donoso, Weathervane Theatre’s Director of Development, at jorge@weathervanenh.org

Weathervane’s 57th season opens June 8, 2022 and runs through October 9, 2022. Season productions include Million Dollar Quartet, Eurydice, The Marvelous Wonderettes, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Class Act, Intimate Apparel, and A Chorus Line. Season subscriptions are currently on sale at weathervanenh.org or by phone at 603-837-9322. Please note all phone calls will be returned within 3 business days per the off-season box office schedule.

 

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ABOUT THE WEATHERVANE

The Weathervane Theatre was founded in 1965 by Gibbs Murray and the late Tom Haas and is under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Ethan Paulini. For over half a century, it has presented high quality professional productions of plays and musicals. One of the few remaining alternating rep companies in the United States, the Weathervane is recognized as a historical institution nationwide, boasting among its alumni 2021 Tony nominee Elizabeth Stanley, Tally Sessions, four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn and recent Tony Award Winner Ari’el Stachel. 

 

Weathervane can be found on Facebook at /weathervanetheatre and all other social media platforms @weathervanenh.

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. To learn more, visit arts.gov or follow NEA on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.