The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

Actorsingers has been producing exceptional community theatre since 1955!

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1955

Jim Wood, organist and choirmaster at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua, NH, produces Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado in the church parish hall.  Based on the success of that show, he produces The Bohemian Girl in November of the same year.

1956

Jim Wood and company perform Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury, among others. Also under the direction of James A.Wood with Alice Ohlson Lavois as accompanist, performed its Fall production,, "Naughty .Marietta," one of Victor Herbert's best known works. The operetta was presented in November.

1959

The adult production company performs Gilbert & Sullivan's Gondoliers. A junior production company is organized and performs The Frog Prince.

1961

"Actorsingers" is adopted as the production company name.  The organization becomes incorporated (as "The Actorsingers, Inc."), a slate of officers is elected, and by-laws are written.

1963

Actorsingers continues to grow, requiring a move to a larger venue.  Little Mary Sunshine is performed at the Fairgrounds Elementary School to standing ovations.

1965

Actorsingers performs its first Broadway musical, Brigadoon. Later that same year, a full orchestra is used in place of piano accompaniment for performances of Kiss Me, Kate, the first production to be performed in the Keefe Auditorium at the Elm Street School (at the time, the Nashua High School auditorium).

1970

Mame is the first Actorsingers production to offer three performances at the Keefe Auditorium.

1976

Actorsingers purchases the old St. Joseph School Annex, at 219 Lake Street in Nashua, with a 15-year mortgage.  In the coming years, every monthly payment is made on time, and occasionally members pool their monies to pay things such as the electricity bill.  The Annex becomes home base for storage of costumes, set building, and performance rehearsals.  Eventually it becomes known as Actorsingers Hall. This year also marks the first Actorsingers performance in the Nashua Arts and Science Center at 14 Court Street, which in later years becomes a performance venue for the Junior Actorsingers as well as for adult summer productions.

1978

Kiss Me, Kate becomes the first Actorsingers production to have a repeat production mounted. The Sound of Music and Guys and Dolls eventually surpass this mark with four productions each.

1987

Actorsingers produces its first original production, The Saints of 17th Street, perĀ­formed at Liberty Hall in Lowell, MA.

1990

Actorsingers makes its last mortgage payment on 219 Lake Street. Ownership of the land and building is complete.

1993

Actorsingers produces its first adult summer theater production, Baby, mounting the production in the basement theater at 14 Court Street.

1997

Part of the parking lot at 219 Lake Street is sold to the city of Nashua to provide room for a new fire station next to the property. Junior Actorsingers productions expand to more than one show per year. Hot Hot Fairytales becomes the first Junior Actorsingers show to be performed during the summer months.

1999

The spring production of The King and I marks the first Actorsingers production mounted with the organization's own sound equipment, received through a generous donation.

2000

Actorsingers establishes a scholarship for any graduating high school senior with a history of active participation in Actorsingers-sanctioned shows or functions. This scholarship seeks to encourage volunteerism and community service.

2003

The Junior Actorsingers splits into two divisions, and West Side Story is the first production mounted by the new teenage division.

2005

Actorsingers performs Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar. The production marks the first time a show has been performed in the Keefe Auditorium over the course of two weekends.

2011

Renovations on Actorsingers Hall begins.  Removal of the old asbestos-insulated pipes and radiators (on both the first floor and in the dance studio) is completed.  Demolition of the kitchen begins, to make room for a new (to us, anyway) set of cabinets and appliances generously donated by Mike Ryder.  All of the old first floor lighting and wiring is replaced, with new recessed fixtures and dimmable lights.  The first floor walls are torn down to the studs, and insulation and drywall are installed.

2012

Renovation work on Actorsingers Hall completed.  New website goes live (July 18th).