Grease Auditions!

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Saturday June 11th from 10a.m. to 12 p.m. and Saturday June 18th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m

at The Academy Playhouse, 120 main Street, Orleans

If you cannot be at either date, please call 508-255-3075 to make an appointment.

Please prepare a vocal solo and a short monologue. All roles are open.

Night of New Works

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Night of New Works

May 6th & 7th @ 8pm
Tickets – $21

After a few years hiatus, Night of New Works is back!
This year we will be featuring Josh Delaney, Patry Francis, Doug Karlson, Dan McCullough, Jacquline Mitchard, Greg O’Brien, Deborah Swiss, and Jill Titleman. They are all local artists, writers, and playwrights – and we are very excited to hear some of their pieces on our stage.

Be sure not to miss this special event!

For tickets call:
508-255-1963
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An Evening of Recognition

On Sunday, January 31, The Academy Playhouse board members hosted a special recognition event to thank our actors, tech crew, and staff members for their hard work and dedication towards The Academy Playhouse and The Academy School. Also, the initial designs for the new Academy Playhouse building were unveiled. Thank you all for a wonderful evening of fun and food!

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Thank you John Fallender for capturing this wonderful event!

Abbie Gardner Plays the APA!

Mark Your Calendars & Join us April 18th at 8pm as Abbie Gardner takes the APA stage for a night full of great music and fun!

 

ABBIE GARDNER BIOGRAPHY
Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own!
“Abbie Gardner shows her prodigious writing chops in her album, Hope. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie.”
— Richard Cuccaro, Publisher, Acoustic Live
Her background is as varied as the songs she writes.  Abbie has listened to the sweet sound of high lonesome harmonies since her first bluegrass festival at the age of three. Her father, Herb Gardner, is a swing jazz and stride pianist and dixieland trombonist. Watching him laugh as he went off to “work” every day was her first introduction to the joy of being a musician. Abbie’s first full-length recording, My Craziest Dream (2004) is an album of jazz standards featuring her father on piano. It earned her an entry in the 2009 Hal Leonard book “The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide.” Abbie studied classical flute growing up, but once she started playing Dobro in 2004 she found her main instrument. She traveled to Lyons, CO and Nashville, TN to study with Rob Ickes and Sally Van Meter. Always keen on following the vocal part and trying to find the one really perfect note, instead of a dozen okay ones, Abbie is quickly compiling an extensive discography of recording credits. Her own CDs include Honey on My Grave (2006), Bad Nights/Better Days (2008, with Anthony da Costa), and Hope (2011), which features three different kinds of slide guitar (dobro, lap steel and National bottleneck). Abbie has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, with such accolades as; 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (2nd place), 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for “The Mind of a Soldier” and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for “I’d Rather Be.” “The Mind of a Soldier” was also featured on Lufthansa Airlines in 2010. Abbie has had the honor of being part of the songwriting faculty at the 2010 and 2011 Swannanoa Gatherings and assisting at Reso Summit, Nashville’s Resonator Conference, for the past several years. She wrote and released a song per week for a year as part of the 2013 Real Women Real Songs project and is excited to tour as a solo act in 2016.