Seacoast Repertory Theater Talks About Surviving During Pandemic
So glad to see that theater is still alive and well in Portsmouth! This is such a cool story from NBCBoston.com.
The Seacoast Repertory Theater was recently featured on NBC's digital series, "Rebound." Marketing Director, Brian Kelly, explains what happened when the pandemic hit and how they had to cancel over 100 shows. They were doing a performance of 'A Chorus Line' at the time. On a good day, Brian said, it's difficult to economically sustain a theater, but they were able to create what Brian called, "almost a TV Studio," and as they say... the show must go on! They were they only theater in the country to live stream a musical during this pandemic.
Right now, they are streaming, "The Bus Stop," a new play by Najee A. Brown. Just when I was going to ask why theaters don't do NEW theater anymore, the Seacoast Rep makes it happen with this new show!
Oh, they'll have all your favorites returning next year. I am looking forward to Urinetown. One of my favorites of all time.
Seacoast Repertory Theater has been around for a long time. Here's a bit of it's history, according to their website:
The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts was founded in 1985 by Eileen and Roy Rogosin of Los Angeles, who moved to the Seacoast to start a performance school and company. They established PAPA in the Button factory on Islington street. In 1986 they took up residency in a late 19th century brewery warehouse on Portsmouth’s historic Bow Street that housed the Theatre by the Sea, converted into theatre space by Joseph Sawtelle and the Bow Street Theatre Trust in an effort to improve the culture and economy of Portsmouth. In 1988 it became the Seacoast Repertory Theatre.
If you'd like to make a donation to Seacoast rep, just click here and be a part of keeping the arts alive and well here on the Seacoast.
Check out this video from a few years ago from the Seacoast Rep: