History of Actorsingers
Actorsingers has several different awards that are presented when the time is right by the Board of Directors
Actorsingers has been producing exceptional community theatre since 1955!
Due to coronavirus, for the first time in Actorsingers history the children's March production, Mainstage Spring production and all summer productions 2020 (Teens, Fringe) were cancelled. A/S website 3.0 goes live (May 29)
Renovation work on Actorsingers Hall completed. A/S website 2.0 goes live (July 18th).
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.
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.
The Junior Actorsingers splits into two divisions, and West Side Story is the first production mounted by the new teenage division.
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.
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.
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.
Actorsingers produces its first adult summer theater production, Baby, mounting the production in the basement theater at 14 Court Street.
Actorsingers makes its last mortgage payment on 219 Lake Street. Ownership of the land and building is complete.
Actorsingers produces its first original production, The Saints of 17th Street, performed at Liberty Hall in Lowell, MA.
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.
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.
Mame is the first Actorsingers production to offer three performances at the Keefe Auditorium.
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).
Actorsingers continues to grow, requiring a move to a larger venue. Little Mary Sunshine is performed at the Fairgrounds Elementary School to standing ovations.
"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.
The adult production company performs Gilbert & Sullivan's Gondoliers. A junior production company is organized and performs The Frog Prince.
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.
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.