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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.

We are Healthy Organizational Champion of the Month!

unnamed (2)The Colonial Theatre is the Healthy Organizational Champion of the Month for Healthy Monadnock!

“How about some organic popcorn with that movie or show? We give The Colonial Theatre a standing ovation and Healthy Organizational Champion of the month for switching to using non-GMO oil and organic popcorn in their concessions. In addition to making their concessions healthier, The Colonial Theatre is supporting a local business by purchasing these new items from The Monadnock Co-op. This switch will begin on Wednesday, September 14th at 5:30pm at their Annual Meeting – onstage at the theatre! If you’d like to come, RSVP to Eric V. Weisenberger at by September 9th.

That’s not all! You will see signage inside the building reminding visitors that the establishment is tobacco and smoke free. Staff members of the Colonial Theatre know that many of their customers are children and they want to discourage tobacco use and send the message that we all breathe easier in smoke free environments. ”

The Colonial Featured in Business Monadnock magazine

businessmonadnockThe Colonial is featured in the May 2016 issue of Business Monadnock magazine — and our very own Executive Director, Alec Doyle, is on the cover! In a special section titled “Businesses Over 30” profiling local businesses that have had lasting success, Doyle talks about The Colonial’s role in maintaining the vitality and vibrancy of the arts in the Monadnock region since 1924. “There’s no community you can find anywhere that has a strong business base that doesn’t also have a strong arts base,” he says. “Any community that’s vibrant and attracts businesses and families who want to work, live and play there is always going to have a strong arts base at its core.”

Doyle also cites several key factors that he believes are directly related to The Colonial’s longevity, including the creativity of the theatre’s small staff, the variety of programming the theatre offers for children and adults, and a distinct awareness of the need to stay current and be responsive to audiences and their needs. “Today, audience expectations are different,” says Doyle. “We’re talking about ways to create an experience before and after an event — that’s what people are yearning for. We need to do it while not losing the character that people really value by coming to an establishment like The Colonial.”

Read the full article here.