From oceaside shacks to mountaintop barns to city parks, New England’s actors, dancers, and singers blow the roof off of summer stock theaters to entertain adults and kids all summer long.
Many light-hearted favorites roll out one summer after another: you can count of finding a production of Shakespeare’s a “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, along with other classic like “The Music Man” and “Mary Poppins.” Serious drama and children’s productions of fairy tales and new kids’ theater also are abundant.
Below is a sampling from our Events pages; more listings are coming all the time.
“Bullets Over Broadway” at Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit. The 1920s comes roaring to life in this madcap musical comedy filled with tap-dancing gangsters and saucy showgirls. (photo above)
"Three Days of Rain" at Theater at Monmouth in Monmouth. A famous architect has died and left a mysterious will, prompting his children to search for answers about their family history.
“Indoor/Outdoor” at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. This quirky, warm-hearted romantic comedy that looks at love and relationships through the eyes of a frisky cat named Samantha.
“Oklahoma” at the Goodspeed in Haddam. This play unrolls passion, laughter and high-kicking choreography in a land where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain.
"West Side Story" at Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton. “West Side Story” – parallel to Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” -- is among the greatest love stories of all time with a brilliant score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
“Saturday Night Fever” at Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton. Get ready for some Night Fever and the nostalgic songs of the Bee Gees! Based on the film that defined the disco generation.
“The Music Man” at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. A con man who ultimately does good by a community in one of America's most beloved musicals.
“Putnam County Spelling Bee” at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis. Six adolescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, dreading the soul-crushing ding of the bell. One of the funniest musicals ever written.
“Twelfth Night” at First Street Common in Pittsfield. One of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies, “Twelfth Night” tells the tale of twins separated by a shipwreck and mischief carried to the extreme.
“Mary Poppins” at Prescott Park in Portsmouth. “Mary Poppins” delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances. See it at a gorgeous riverside park where you can reserve a table, a blanket, or order pizza in advance.
“The Hound of the Baskervilles” at Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith. Your flesh will crawl when the giant, glittering hound turns out to be real, nearby, and dangerous. Fear not, Sherlock Holmes is on the scene.
“West Side Story” at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London. With a Bernstein-Sondheim score considered one of the greatest of all time, this is the story of a pair of star-crossed lovers who struggle to stay together in a city disfigured by violence and prejudice.
“Lost in Yonkers” at the Weston Playhouse in Weston. Neil Simon uses memoir to tell the story of the oddball Kurnitz family, who, after his mother’s death, is left with his stern Grandma, flighty aunt, and uncle, a small-time hooligan.
“Long Day’s Journey into Night” at Weston Playhouse in Weston. Serious business, See the Tyrone family in its battle to bury a lifetime of secrets. Published after his death, this autobiographical story by Eugene O’Neill transfixes audiences.
“Beauty and the Beast” at Theatre by the Sea in Wakefield. A young woman stumbles upon a secluded castle occupied by a monstrous beast under the thumb of a witch’s spell.
“The Producers” at Theatre by the Sea in Wakefield. This Mel Brooks masterpiece is the story of a washed-up Broadway producer and his timid accountant who hatch a scheme to get rich quick by producing a failed show.