Saturday, July 22, 5:30 p.m.—SOUTH POMFRET— ArtisTree is excited to announce the opening of The Grange Theatre, a new state-of-the-art 90-seat venue in South Pomfret.
The theatre is housed in the former Teago Grange Hall, which has been extensively renovated while retaining much of its original historic charm. The theatre will also retain the “Grange” name through a special arrangement with the National Grange Association.
Veteran actor Chris Flockton was hired in February 2017 to run the new theatre. Originally from the U.K., Flockton moved to the Upper Valley in 2011 after 17 years in New York City, working in many areas of the entertainment business.
“The opportunity to help build something from the ground up is an extraordinary privilege,” said Flockton. “I can’t wait to share this exciting new space with the community!”
To give the community a sneak peek at the new facility, The Grange Theatre will host an open house on Saturday, July 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All are welcome to join in and celebrate this new community space with facility tours, live music and light refreshments.
The Grange Theatre will officially open in August with The ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival, featuring four musicals that will showcase both local and New York talent. The Music Theatre Festival performances include, a youth production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.”, Aug. 11-13; “Always Patsy Cline,” Aug. 25-Sept. 10; “Godspell,” Sept. 15-Oct. 1, and “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” Oct. 6-22.
Following the conclusion of the Music Theatre Festival, a regular season of plays featuring collaborations between community members and professional theatre artists is being planned, as well as special events, and an increased roster of theatre classes for all ages and abilities.