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Let the party begin! The Colonial is celebrating its 90th birthday (and two decades as a nonprofit performing arts center) and everyone is invited. We will be hosting special events throughout the year, including a birthday open house in January, and we want you to join us. Stay tuned for updates. During this anniversary season we will continue to expand the cultural landscape of the Monadnock region. You will find many outstanding performers in the pages of this publication, most of them making their first visit to The Colonial. Staying true to our vision, we are proud to present exceptional and innovative performing arts programs aimed at exciting, educating and challenging audiences of all ages. We encourage you to help us realize our vision by joining the collective experience of Colonial Membership. There are no two ways about it – Member support is essential to our existence and future growth. To enhance your experience we are pleased to introduce a new benefit – rolling membership. No matter when you join or renew, rolling membership allows you to receive continuous benefits for an entire twelve months from the date you enroll, as opposed to our current system where benefits expire at the end of the season regardless of when you joined. For 90 years it has been The Colonial’s privilege to present a myriad of the world’s greatest artists, providing our audiences with everything from life changing performances to sheer, unabashed amusement or fun. Thank you for making our vision a reality for our community. As always, I look forward to seeing you at The Colonial.

Alec Doyle Executive Director

The Colonial is celebrating our 90th anniversary in the 2013-2014 season. stay tuned for a special announcement of birthday festivities and events!

2 C&S Wholesale Grocers, Markem-Imaje and The Mountain are proud to be Season Underwriters and invite you to share in their support of The Colonial Theatre.

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2013 – 2014 SEASON AT A GLANCE SEPTEMBER Classic Albums Live: Abbey Road Children’s Stage Adventures: Oliver Twist

September 21 September 28

OCTOBER Menopause: The Musical North Shore Comedy presents Jimmie Walker Bubble Mania

October 2 October 12 October 27

NOVEMBER Gregg Allman KRISTALLNACHT World Blues WITH TAJ MAHAL Blues Brothers: The Official Revue

November 2 November 7 November 8 November 23

DECEMBER Keene Pops Choir: Angels Among Us New York Theatre Ballet: The Nutcracker Brian Regan

December 1 December 7 December 12

JANUARY Apple Hill String Quartet North Shore Comedy Hair Bela Fleck with Brooklyn Rider

January 17 January 18 January 29 January 31

FEBRUARY Rhythm of the Dance Keene Lions Club presents Seussical!

February 15 February 21-23

MARCH North Shore Comedy presents Dueling Pianos The Chieftains Todd Oliver & Friends: Dogs Gone Wild

March 8 March 11 March 29

APRIL Jim Belushi & The Chicago Board of Comedy Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles Keene Pops

April 4 April 19 April 27

MAY Momix: Botanica

May 2


Classic Albums Live: Abbey Road Saturday, September 21 • 8:00pm $42/$38/$28 Remember when you used to listen to an entire album? Classic Albums Live does. For the first time in popular music, iconic albums are recreated live on stage, note for note – cut for cut. Not imitation, not impersonation, just an awe-inspiring live reproduction of classic albums, the soundtracks of our lives. Don’t miss The Beatles last recorded album, Abbey Road, live on stage. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Clarke Distributors and TPI Staffing Group.


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Children’s Stage Menopause: The Musical Adventures: Oliver Twist Saturday, September 28 • 3:00pm $15 Adult/$10 Youth The story of Oliver Twist as you’ve never seen it before – featuring a cast of dozens of local school children! An original musical adaptation of the classic Dickens’ tale of the orphaned boy whose good and sturdy spirit sustain him through the difficult and exciting times of growing up in Victorian England. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by The Main Street America Group.

Wednesday, October 2 • 7:30pm $52.50/$48.50/$38.50 The hilarious celebration of women and The Change! Stand up and join the sisterhood! This hilarious musical parody will have you cheering and dancing all night. Set in a department store, with a soundtrack of classics from the sixties, seventies and eighties, the ladies makes fun of their hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges and realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage! Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Frazier & Son Furniture.


North Shore Comedy presents

jimmie walker Best of North Shore Comedy Saturday, October 12 • 8:00pm $23

Jimmie Walker personifies the great American success story. His catch phrase “Dyn-o-mite!” is part of the modern vernacular, and he became such a major celebrity in the 1970’s that Time Magazine named him “Comedian of the Decade.” Despite Jimmie’s considerable, long standing success on the big and small screens, stand-up comedy remains his first love – check out this show and find out why!

Saturday, January 18 • 8:00pm $23 The best cure for cabin fever! Featuring Robbie Printz, Rob Steen and Will Noonan. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Frazier & Son Furniture and Monadnock Radio Group.

Dueling Pianos Saturday, March 8 • 8pm $23 A high energy, interactive, all-request rock and roll event. Bon Jovi to Billy Joel – YOU make the requests and YOU sing along!

Bubble Mania Sunday, October 27 • 2:00pm / $19 Adult/$15 Youth

“Carle creates masterpieces out of thin soap...” –The Boston Globe Family entertainment meets artistic achievement in a show loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, music and the untamed qualities of beautiful spherical liquids. You have to see to believe these creations that grow from intricate and imaginative bubble art forms to people “trapped” inside bubbles. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Northeast Delta Dental.


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Gregg Allman Saturday, November 2 • 8:00pm $79 Gold Circle; $67/$63/$49 Founding member of the one and only Allman Brothers Band, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman is a gifted natural interpreter of blues-rock. His soulful and distinctive voice is among the defining sounds of American music, with with instantly identifiable tunes like “Whipping Post,” “Statesboro Blues,” and “Midnight Rider” among others. On sale to members July 1, to the public August 28.


Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by People’s Linen Service.

World Blues featuring the

Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela, & Fredericks Brown featuring Deva Mahal

Friday, November 8 • 8:00pm / $55.50/$51.50/$41.50 A celebration of American blues music’s global influence from three very diverse points of view. Anchored by iconic folk-blues legend and Grammy winner Taj Mahal, a master of global styles – from Mississippi Delta blues to Hawaiian stylings to African rhythms. Vusi Mahlasela is simply known as “The Voice” in his home country, South Africa, celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice; Fredericks Brown are renowned for their energetic live shows, rich harmonies and beautifully crafted songs. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Liberty Mutual Insurance.


Blues Brothers: The Official Revue

Saturday, November 23 • 8:00pm / $39.50/$35.50/$25.50 Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Paul Shaffer present the one official duo approved to don the hat and sunglasses and walk in the legendary footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues – and they’re coming to Keene. Capturing the infectious humor and unbridled spirit of the Blues Brothers like no one since Belushi and Aykroyd, and backed by a powerhouse band, they’ll give you a night to remember, packed with classic hits from the Blues Brothers catalog (“Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago” and more). Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Liberty Mutual Insurance.

“ Infectious and unbridled energy... it blows the roof off.” –The Chicago Sun Times 8

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New York Theatre Ballet: The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 7 • 2:00 & 4:00pm / $29 Adult/$25 Youth

“…an invaluable company…” –The New York Times First transformed from fairytale into magic by composer Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa in Russia in 1892, there have been many different versions in the years since, running the gamut of theatrical entertainment, but the New York Theatre Ballet’s version has been described as “bite-sized ballet” – the the perfect one hour length for families and children to be exposed to this holiday classic. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by True North Networks, LLC and The Kingsbury Fund.

Brian Regan Thursday, December 12 • 7:30pm $56.50/$52.50/$42.50 Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country and his non-stop theatre tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005. It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow Brian’s fan base. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian Regan consistently fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations.


Hair Wednesday, January 29 • 7:30pm / $60 Gold Circle; $49/$45/$35

“The ultimate American rock musical!” –The New York Times Let your hair down and let the sun shine in – the original Broadway rock musical that defined an era comes to Keene! A joyous celebration of youth and a poignant search for truth, peace and love in Viet Nam War-era America continues to strike a resonant chord with audiences of all ages. With chart topping hits (“Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” and “Easy To Be Hard”), Hair tells the story of a group of politically active hippies living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting the Viet Nam War. Contains brief scene of nudity. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Silver Direct.

Apple Hill The Chieftains String Quartet Tuesday, March 11 • 7:30pm Friday, January 17 • 8:00pm $37 Adult/$29 Student & Youth The Apple Hill String Quartet has earned accolades from around the world for their interpretive mastery of such traditional repertoire as Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven and Ravel – along with their special dedication to seldom heard masterworks and contemporary music. On-stage performance; seating is limited. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Cheshire County Federal Credit Union and RiverMead.


$85 Gold Circle; $72/$68/$49

Six time Grammy winners, The Chieftains are now recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention. They have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. The range and variation of their music very quickly captured a much broader public, making them the best known Irish band in the world today.

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BÉla Fleck with Brooklyn Rider Friday, January 31 • 8:00pm / $47.50/$43.50/$33.50

“A virtuoso of the banjo, Béla Fleck has been pushing the boundaries of his instrument for over 30 years.” –The New York Times Known for his wicked banjo playing, Bela Fleck performs his new quintet for banjo and string quartet – along with other music from his popular repertoire – with Brooklyn Rider. A group at home in both clubs and concert halls, Brooklyn Rider has appeared in venues as varied as Joe’s Pub, the Library of Congress, the SXSW Festival, and UMS’s Chamber Arts Series. The members of Brooklyn Rider are part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and their “down-to-earth demeanor… demystifies contemporary classical music and invites everyone into the tent.” –Time Out New York

The National Dance CompAny of Ireland presents

Rhythm of the Dance

Saturday, February 15 • 8:00pm / $47.50/$43.50/$33.50 A dance and music extravaganza, Rhythm of the Dance features a wealth of talent derived from all areas of Irish life in an epic show that relives the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Combining traditional Irish dance and music with modern technology, it’s a show that has been seen by more than five million fans in 33 countries. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Savings Bank of Walpole.


Jim Belushi & T Board of Com Friday, April 4 • 8:00pm / $69 Gold Circle; $59/$55/$45 With more than thirty years of experience and as an alumnus of “Saturday Night Live” and Chicago’s famed “Second City” (not to mention TV’s popular “According To Jim”), Jim Belushi now brings to the stage an improvised comedy sketch show featuring members of the Chicago Board of Comedy. “Our show is not a passive, sit-back-andwatch experience. Most of the fun we have on stage comes from our inclusion of the audience… It’s less a ‘show’ and more a party.” –Jim Belushi. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Entergy VT Yankee.

Todd Oliver & Friends: Dogs Gone Wild Saturday, March 29 • 2:00pm $29 Adult/$25 Youth Have you ever met a talking dog? Get ready because when comedian and ventriloquist Todd Oliver takes the stage, you’ll meet three of them – Irving, Lucy and Elvis. These little dogs are making crowds across the country howl for more when they get behind the microphone and turn everyday canine experiences into knockout comedy. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Korvin Appliance.


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The Chicago omedy Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles Saturday, April 19 • 8:00pm $39/$35/$25 By blending their extraordinary vocal and musical talents, Hotel California faithfully and accurately reproduces the sound of the Eagles studio recordings while delivering a modern, action-packed performance that brings this timeless music into the new millenium. Come sing along or just listen to “Take It Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” “Hotel California” or more than a dozen other hits. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Frazier & Son Furniture and TPI Staffing Group.

Momix: Botanica Friday, May 2 • 8:00pm / $46/$42/$29

Botanica: “ the IMAX version of dance theatre... a savvy mix of puppetry, strobe lights and multi-media.” –Star Ledger

Momix transports audiences from their everyday lives to a fantasy world through its trademark use of magical lighting and imagery, thrilling fans in over 22 countries and on stage, screen and television. Momix combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props and pure talent to create an entertaining multimedia experience. Support for the 2013-2014 season is provided in part by Hamblet Electric, Turmoil, Filtrine and Clark-Mortenson Agency, Inc.


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MET LIVE IN HD 2013 – 2014 SEASON Tickets for Met Live performances on sale to: Met Members August 16 Colonial Theatre Members August 19 General public August 21 Individual ticket prices: Adult: $25 Met/Colonial Theatre Member: $22 Student: $15

Met Live subscription prices: (10 shows for the price of eight): Adults: $200 Met/Colonial Theatre Members: $176 Students: $120

Eugene Onegin • Tchaikovsky / 1:00pm

October 15

The Nose • Shostakovich / 1:00pm

October 26

Tosca • Puccini / 1:00pm

November 9

Falstaff • Verdi / 1:00pm

December 14

Rusalka • Dvorak / 1:00pm

February 8

Prince Igor • Borodin / 12:00pm

March 1

Werther • Massenet / 1:00pm

March 15

La Boheme • Puccini / 1:00pm

April 5

Cosi Fan Tutte • Mozart / 1:00pm

April 26

La Cenerentola • Rossini / 1:00pm

May 10

student matinee series Teacher From The Black Lagoon & Other Stories December 4 • 9:45AM & 11:45AM

Mermaid Theatre: Leo Leonni March 12 • 9:45AM

Doktor Kaboom May 8 • 9:30AM

My Heart In A Suitcase May 20 • 10:00AM

Eat Like A Rainbow 14

JUNE 4 • 10:00am

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community & regional Partner events Kristallnacht THURSDAY, November 7 • 7:00pm / FREE

The Colonial is pleased to present, in conjunction with the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, this annual remembrance of the lessons of the holocaust.

Keene Pops Choir: Angels Among Us SUNDAY, December 1 • 3:00pm / $12

Keene Pops Choir SUNDAY, April 27 • 3:00pm / $12

Join the Keene Pops in December for a concert that will enhance the holiday season through song. In April, another uplifting and joyous concert to be enjoyed by all ages!

Keene Lions Club FRIDAY, February 21 • 7:30PM / $24/$22 SATURDAY, February 22 • 1:00 & 7:30PM / $24/$22 SUNDAY, February 23 • 1:00PM / $24/$22

After Annie, the Keene Lions Club leaps (no lizards!) from Hooverville to Whoville with Seussical! The Lions bring your favorite Dr. Seuss characters – The Cat in the Hat, Mayzie LaBird, Horton, The Wickersham Brothers, Yertle the Turtle, Sour Kangaroo and, of course, Cindy Lou Who – come to life! All show proceeds benefit the Lions Club charities.


JOIN, RENEW OR UPGRADE YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY Individual Membership Levels and Benefits Platinum / $10,000

This premier group of supporters enjoy an exclusive benefits package custom designed to meet their personal needs. Please contact Eric V. Weisenberger, Director of Development, for more information.

Gold Star / $5,000 All Angel benefits, plus:

• Seating of your choice reserved up to 48 hours prior to all performances • Four additional tickets for any live event (ten total; excludes special engagements) • Invitation to exclusive recognition events

Angel / $2,500 All Benefactor benefits, plus:

• Additional 10% discount on all live events (20% total) • Two additional tickets to any live event (six total; excludes special engagements) • Opportunity to name a seat

Benefactor / $1,000 All Patron benefits, plus:

• Two additional tickets to any live event (four total; excludes special engagements) • Two gift Supporter Level memberships to give to friends First 90 new • Incremental billing available for your convenience

PatRon / $500 All Sustainer benefits, plus:

or renewing members to be entered into a raffle for one of three $90 gift certificates!

• Two tickets to any live event (excludes special engagements) • Two gift Friend Level memberships to give to friends • All additional convenience fees waived (not for online purchases)

Muse / $360 All Sustainer benefits, plus:

• Recurring monthly charge of $30 to your credit card • Rolling membership year (based on sign up date) • 2 for 1 tickets to any single live event

Sustainer / $250 All Supporter benefits, plus:

• Ticket exchange privileges • Exclusive opportunity for artist Meet and Greet (when available)

Supporter / $125 All Contributor benefits, plus:

• 10% discount on ALL live events (limit eight tickets per event) • Lost ticket insurance • Colonial Film Society (discounted rate of $5.50 for film admissions)

Contributor / $85 All Friend benefits, plus:

• Two film passes • 10% discount on selected live events, including: Children’s Stage Adventures: Oliver, Bubblemania, Nutcracker, Hotel California

Friend / $50

• Subscription to The Colonial Marquee newsletter and e-newsletter • Advance ticket notice and sale t • Lobby and Annual Report acknowledgement


For questions regarding membership, contact Eric V. Weisenberger, Director of Development at or call 603/357-1233, ext. 104.

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ORDERING INFORMATION Our History. Our Future. Our Theatre. The Colonial Theatre is thrilled to be celebrating its 90th birthday this season! We could not have come this far without the continued support we receive each year from our members, who act as the community curators of our non-profit performing arts center. Your purchase of a membership helps bridge the gap between income from ticket sales and production costs so that we can continue to offer spectacular, entertaining, thought-provoking experiences while preserving our landmark venue.

PLEASE NOTE: Members-only buying period ends JULY 31 ROLLING MEMBERSHIP Beginning with the 2013-2014 season, The Colonial Theatre will initiate a rolling membership year. Rolling membership will provide continuous benefits to members for an entire calendar year, regardless of when they join, renew or upgrade. Membership Advantages Tickets on sale to MEMBERS ONLY July 2 – 31. At the Contributor Level, Members receive a 10% discount on SELECT shows; at the Supporter Level and above, Members receive a 10% discount on ALL shows. Members receive advance notice of added shows, as well as priority seating. The Colonial Box Office All seats are reserved. All sales are final. For group sales, please contact Tim Horgan, Audience Services Manager, at 603/357-1233 X107. In Person 95 Main Street Open noon to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday and during film and live events on Saturday and Sunday. By Phone 603/352-2033 $3.00 per ticket convenience fee. By Mail $5.00 per order convenience fee. Use enclosed order form and mail to: The Colonial Theatre PO Box 77 Keene, NH 03431 Online Tickets for the entire 2013-2014 season will become available online at for members only on July 2 (to the general public on August 1). Convenience fees apply.

Preservation and Maintenance Fee A $2.50 Preservation and Maintenance Fee is included in the price of each ticket. This fee helps fund the long-term maintenance, restoration and improvement of our historic theatre. The Colonial Theatre is listed on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. Student Matinee Series Please contact Vicky Pittman, Education and Special Projects Manager at 603/357-1233 x109 for complete information. Student Rush Tickets A limited number of student rush tickets may become available two hours before curtain. For details or to purchase rush tickets, please inquire at the box office. Special Needs The Colonial Theatre welcomes anyone who wants to share in the theatre’s experience. Integrated and dispersed accessible seating is provided to patrons with disabilities, their family and friends. Please note that some events have noise levels and mature content that may not be appropriate for all audiences. You are urged to contact us in advance to discuss individual access requests at 603/352-2033. House Policies Latecomers will be seated according to the discretion of the house manager. EVERYONE including youth (17 years old and under), children (12 years old and under) and babes in arms must have a ticket to enter the theatre. Video, audio, and/or photography of any performance is not permitted. Inclement Weather If an event is presented as scheduled, we are contractually obligated to pay the performers. Therefore, we are unable to offer refunds or exchanges.


Mission The Colonial Theatre is an historic performing arts center, which brings the cultural and creative spirit of our community to life.

Vision The Colonial Theatre will be the model regional performing arts center; exciting, educating and challenging audiences of all ages.

2013 – 2014 Media Sponsor

2013 – 2014 Preferred Lodging Partner

We gratefully acknowledge these additional supporters of our 2013 – 2014 season

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