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Hats Off to a Successful Fundraiser!

The Colonial Theatre hosted its most successful and well-attended Annual Fall Fundraiser Gala this November, 2017. Hats Off to the Past, Present & Future raised just over $27,000, all of which will go towards The Colonial Theatres’ Education and Outreach Programs. It was the most financially successful Gala in the last 8 years! A huge thank you to all those who contributed.

Overall, it was a wonderful night filled with lots of fun. Be sure to check out our photo albums dedicated to the event, located on our Facebook Page. Big thanks to Steve Holmes Photography for taking pictures and setting up his photo booth. 



We are grateful to Kristin’s Bistro & Bakery for the delicious food and DJ Wade Garrett of Wade the Great Entertainment for providing music and emceeing the event as well!

If you missed this year, don’t fret! Attend next year’s date on Saturday, November 10th, 2018!

by Meridith King, 2017/2018 Marketing Intern





The Colonial Theatre Announces 2017–2018 Season 

The Colonial Theatre is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 SEASON!

Beginning in September of 2017, The Colonial’s 2017-2018 season will bring the cultural spirit of the community to life with world-class entertainment opportunities that include comedy, popular music, dance and family shows, and student matinees in our historic theatre in downtown Keene, New Hampshire.

“We are extremely proud of the exciting and diverse line-up of performances we have planned in 2017 and 2018,” says The Colonial Theatre’s Executive Director, Alec Doyle. “There truly is something for everyone coming this season!”

The Colonial will play host to a number of American icons in the coming season, including legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash (September 28), five-time GRAMMY Award winner Wynonna and The Big Noise (September 29), and American folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie (May 18). Musical genres of all styles will be represented with Get the Led Out (September 9) and their passion for the music of Led Zeppelin; perennial classic­-rock favorite, America (November 10); the king and queen of banjo, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn (November 18); Grammy winning instrumental artist Chris Botti (December 1); silver-voiced tenor Ronan Tynan with a special Holiday concert (December 16); and the fierce fiddling duo, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy (February 16).

Theatre goers of all ages will enjoy the hilarious comedy of Tape Face (October 11); the acclaimed performances of Japanese Taiko drumming by Yamato – The Drummers of Japan (January 20) and the extraordinarily realistic dinosaur puppets Of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live (March 15). Family-friendly dance, music and movement performances take center stage with  the jugglers, acrobats, aerialists and clowns of Nimble Arts Cirque: Flip, Fly Fun (October 15); the cherished holiday classic presented by New York Theatre Ballet, The Nutcracker (December 9) and the internationally successful Irish Dance show, Rhythm of the Dance (March 31).

The Colonial Theatre is once again proud to partner with The Metropolitan Opera to present the Met Live in HD’s 2017–2018 season. Broadcast in high definition on the largest screen in the Monadnock region, Met Live performances offer awe-inspiring singing and orchestration, lavish costumes, and spectacular scenery.

In addition, five productions will be presented for local students as a part of The Colonial’s Student Matinee Series, which serves as a key part of The Colonial’s vision to excite, educate and challenge audiences of all ages. Serving more than 8,000 students each year, this educational outreach program introduces children to live theatre while tying into curriculum-based topics such as literature, music, social studies, science and math.

The Colonial Theatre is grateful for the support of its 2017–2018 season underwriters: C&S Wholesale Grocers and True North Networks, as well as its individual and corporate Colonial Members. Like most nonprofit organizations, The Colonial Theatre relies on donations for part (40 percent) of its operating budget. Now more than ever, the support of members is crucial to the continued success of The Colonial.

Tickets for the Colonial’s 2017–2018 season will be available to current, new and renewing members from June 27 through July 10, and to the general public on July 11. New or renewing members or members who upgrade a full level during The Colonial’s Summer Membership Drive—which is taking place now through September —will be entered to win two free tickets to every 2017–2018 Colonial main-stage performance.

2017-2018 Season Preview Sale is on NOW!

Tickets for three Fall 2017 shows are on sale now to Colonial Members!
GTLOGet the Led Out
Saturday, September 9  |  8:00 PM

Get The Led Out is a group of professional musicians who are passionate about their love for the music of Led Zeppelin. It’s been their mission to bring the studio recordings of “the mighty Zep” to life on the big concert stage. This is not an impersonator act but rather a group of musicians who were fans first, striving to do justice to one of the greatest bands in rock history! Simply put, Get The Led Out delivers the goods!

tickets  $40/$36           
On sale to MEMBERS ONLY June 5 at noon.
On sale to the general public June 9 at noon.


NashAn Evening with Graham Nash
Thursday, September 28  |  7:30 PM

The Colonial Theatre is honored to present legendary singer-songwriter GRAHAM NASH in what is sure to be a memorable evening. Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with The Hollies. He was also inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame twice, both as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is also a GRAMMY Award winner. Presented by DSP Shows

tickets  $82 (Gold Circle)/$62/$52            

On sale to MEMBERS ONLY June 5 at noon.
On sale to the general public June 9 at noon.

WynonnaWynonna and The Big Noise:
Roots and Revival Tour

Friday, September 29  |  8:00 PM

Once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline,” Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. A five-time GRAMMY winner, she has received countless charting singles, including 20 No.1 hits. Wynonna, along with her band The Big Noise, will be exploring the past, present and future of Wynonna’s extensive 33-year career.


On sale to MEMBERS ONLY June 5 at noon.
On sale to the general public July 11 at noon.



To purchase tickets online:
Click the button above,
then enter your log-in ID and password.
Click “Tickets” at the top of the page.
Type “20172018MEMBER” into the Pre-Sale Access Code box and click “Add Code.”
 Scroll down the page, find the event and purchase tickets.

Please note: You must use the email associated with your ticket buying/membership account at The Colonial Theatre in order for the access code to work. If you need to have an email added to your account or if you have any other questions, please call the box office at 603-352-2033. 

Tickets for the entire 2017-2018 season, which will be announced soon, will go on sale to
Colonial Members on June 27 and to the general public on July 11.

Stunt Dogs are coming to the Colonial Theatre on May 12!

The Colonial Theatre in Keene, NH presents “The Stunt Dog Experience” at 7:30pm on Friday, May 12.   Chris Perondi is the Stunt Dog Guy and his famous stunt dogs are out of this world! Director Chris Perondi has been entertaining audiences of all sizes since 1999. He has produced over 3,500 shows in his career. Over 2,000 have been stage shows for major theme parks such as Silver Dollar City in Branson-MO, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge-TN, Stone Mountain Georgia, Worlds of Fun in Kansas City-MO, Valleyfair Theme Park, Long Island Wildlife Park, and Knotts Berry Farm in Southern California.   The Stunt Dog Guy has a cast of performers and dogs that will delight audiences of all ages. He guarantees high energy excitement from beginning to end. The experience has amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, athletic feats, and is the most entertaining show of its kind.

Audience members will meet a cast of professional performers along with over a dozen talented pound pups. The show is one-of-a-kind and brings forth pet adoption awareness. All the dogs have been rescued from pounds and shelters from across the country. The mission is to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, encourage spay & neutering, and encourage people to spend more time with their pets.

Don’t forget Diggy the human sized canine mascot! Diggy is always trying to be a part of the show in some silly way. He starts off trying to convince you that he is the real star of the show. You’ll laugh as he tries his paws at jumping rope like the real dogs and then begs to do the famous Evil Knievel stunt. With a little motivation Diggy finally realizes he needs to be a team player and becomes the best helper ever.

Every show includes interactive crowd participation. It’s not just a show, it’s an experience! Audience members will chant “Dog gone fun!” and be involved in the excitement of the production. The show will include showdowns that will be judged and won by audience applause. Don’t forget the athletic feats! From world class Frisbee catching dogs, the Extreme Canines triathlon, weave pole challenges, to the famous high-jumping phenomenon, the audience will witness the most athletic and talented dogs in the world.

These stars have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, David Letterman, the Tonight Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Animal Planet’s Pet Stars, Good Morning America, the CBS Early Show, and much more. They have also starred in commercials and have been featured on the news and in magazines all across the country.  Tickets can be purchased online at The Colonial Theatre’s website – – or through the box office at 603-352-2033.

The World’s Leading Chinese Acrobatic Troupe Comes to The Colonial Theatre!

Danny Chang’s Golden Dragon Acrobats twist more than the imagination

Copyright Amitava Sarkar

The spellbinding artistry and amazing athletics of The Golden Dragon Acrobats will thrill audiences and children alike at the Colonial Theatre on Friday, April 14 at 7:30.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The company’s reputation is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form. World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and beauty.

The ancient art of acrobatics has developed into one of China’s most popular art forms. As well as evolving into many forms of performance – dance, opera, martial arts and sports – acrobatics has served an important role in the cultural exchange between China and Western nations. The citizens of China continue to present their acrobatic art for the world today, to portray their hard-working nature and set forth an example of the rich traditions of Chinese culture.

The group’s founder, producer and director, Danny Chang, is one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. He began his training at the age of eight with his family’s acrobatic school in Taipei, and began performing with its touring wing, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, at age ten. He is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Medal for International Faith and Goodwill by the Republic of China’s Coordination Council for North American Affairs.

Performing feats on chairs stacked 10 stories high; the troupe has traveled to all 50 states and to more than 65 countries on five continents. The Golden Dragon Acrobats have received two prestigious New York Drama Desk Award nominations for its Broadway performances. Their recent 5-week run at Broadway’s New Victory Theater in 2014, marks the only acrobatic troupe from China chosen to perform twice at this prestigious venue.

“When the Golden Dragon Acrobats come to town, the wonders stack up,” reviews The New York Times. “Cathedrals of contortionists in backbend rise before your eyes, body by body. Human obstacles, which tumblers flip over, widen in person-size increments. The thrill is escalation. These touring acrobats from China know how to keep topping themselves.