Preview: Palace Theatre announces 2018-2019 season

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MANCHESTER, NH – As the Palace Theatre’s professional productions wind down with the finale of 42nd Street, the summer season is on the horizon, which delivers lots of great children’s theater programming and entertainment (click here for more on that).

But it also signals another great season in the works. The Palace Theatre last week announced its upcoming 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series (see below for show descriptions and dates.)

The Palace is more than just a place to see live theater. It’s an important part of the fabric of our city, and functions as a non-profit organization that continues the tradition of creating an affordable and enjoyable entertainment option for families inside a restored grand theater, where history and the lively arts collide.

Did you know that memberships are available for the Palace? By becoming a member you are not only receiving perks and discounts, but will be helping the organization to develop new programs, offer live performances to 25,000 school children a year, and teach youth about the importance of arts education and the joy of performing.

“Our mission is to enrich the lives of all area citizens by providing a top quality stage for a broad range of performing arts. We are committed to achieving our mission through preserving the historic facilities of the theatre, responding creatively to the cultural and entertainment needs of the community and governing in a fiscally responsible and strategic manner,” says Peter Ramsey, Palace President and CEO.

Various membership packages available as listed below. You may also call Tina Kelly at 603-668-5588 or email

Marquee Club Membership Levels

Lead – $75-$249 (fully deductible)

  • Advanced notice of Palace Theatre “Performing Arts Series” Season and exchange privileges (within the same    show title)
  • Access to the Marquee Club during intermission
  • Invitation to member receptions
  • 10 percent discount on Palace Youth Theatre production fees

Choreographer – $250-$499

All benefits at the Lead level, plus:

  • Four complimentary beverages
  • $5 per ticket discount on “Performing Arts Series” shows and select “Tribute Series” performances
  • 10 percent discount on Palace Youth Theatre vacation camps

Director – $500-$999

All benefits at the Choreographer level, plus:

  • 20 percent discount at the Palace Company Store
  • Invitation to 1 private member event per year
  • 2 complimentary beverages (6 total)
  • 2 complimentary tickets to any “Performing Arts Series” show

Producer – $1,000-$3,999

All benefits at the Director level, plus:

  • 2 complimentary beverages (8 total)
  • Private back stage tour of The Palace Theatre for 4 people (contact Tina Kelly to schedule
  • 2 complimentary tickets for you and a guest to attend the season-opening night performance of the “Performing Arts Series” with champagne toast prior to the performance
  • 10 percent discount on costume rentals

Benefactor – $4,000-10,000

All benefits at the Producer level, plus:

  • 1 complimentary reception room rental for your private function including exclusive concierge services for  your special event prior to a “Performing Arts Series” production, including 10 complimentary tickets for the performance (subject to availability)
  • 2 complimentary tickets to any “Performing Arts Series” show (4 total)
  • 2 complimentary Choreographer memberships for gifting
  • Opportunity to name 1 Palace Theatre seat
  • Recognition on the curtain prior to the “Performing Arts Series” show of your choice

* All members receive private concierge service for individual and group ticket purchases, as well as many additional amenities throughout the season! Your private concierge can be reached at: 603.668.5824.*


SEPT. 7 – 30, 2018
A wandering enchantress transforms a cruel and vain prince into a hideous Beast, leaving him only one way to reverse the curse – fall in love with another and earn her love in return. Belle, a beautiful book-lover, encounters the Beast when she arrives at his castle to plead for her father’s freedom, ultimately trading her own for his. As tension over her imprisonment escalates in the town, spurred by Gaston, the selfish lover who seeks Belle’s hand in marriage, the relationship between Belle and the Beast grows, leading to an emotional, and transformative, conflict.


OCT. 19 – NOV. 10, 2018
King Arthur is traveling around England recruiting his Knights of the Round Table. When he and his band of misfit knights finally gather in Camelot, they receive a charge from God to find the Holy Grail. The quest brings King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table to strange places and into the company of strange characters, challenging them to keep their heads on straight or die terribly weird deaths.


NOV. 23 – 25, 2018
Don’t miss this magical holiday tradition with the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater, accompanied by a live orchestra led by Grammy® Award winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams. Set in 19th Century Germany, this classic ballet opens at a charming Christmas party where the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer gives his niece Clara a magical toy that takes her on an unforgettable journey.


NOV. 30 – DEC. 23, 2018
Filled with lively song and dance, special effects, actors from across the country, a live orchestra, and all your favorite holiday music this full-scale professional production is a must-see for family Holiday memories.


JAN. 11 – FEB. 2, 2019
When the orphaned Mary Lennox is sent to England to live with the Cravens, she helps bring life to a secret garden and the home with the help of Martha, a chambermaid, Dickon, a gardener and her cousin, Colin.


FEB. 22 – MAR. 17, 2019
Cliff Bradshaw, an American author working on a novel in Berlin, encounters Sally Bowles at the seedy Kit Kat Klub where she sings. When she is fired by the club’s owner, also her jealous boyfriend, she moves in with Cliff and the two fall in love. As the Nazis begin taking control of the German government, the atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub and the lives of Cliff and Sally begin to change dramatically.


APRIL 19 – MAY 12, 2019
The dancers auditioning for the chorus line of a new Broadway show are asked to tell the director about themselves in order to land a part.


MAY 31 – JUNE 23, 2019
The true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be The Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “The Day the Music Died”. The show features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including “Peggy Sue”, “Everyday”, “Not Fade Away” & much more. The incredible legacy of the young man with iconic black glasses, whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period during the golden age of rock & roll, continues to live is proud to be supported by The Palace Theatre, our longest-running sustaining advertiser.

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