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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 – TheColonial.org – 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.

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The Colonial Theatre to screen “Hidden in Plain Sight”

The Colonial Theatre and the Hundred Nights Shelter are co-hosting a FREE screening of  local filmmaker Greg Pregent’s film “Hidden in Plain Sight” at 7:00 on Thursday, April 13. There will be a panel discussion following the film.

“Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless in Keene, NH” is a 35 minute documentary film produced in 2016. It features the stories of nine homeless individuals and the staff and volunteers at Hundred Nights Shelter and the single men’s and woman’s shelter in Keene, NH. In this film, you will meet a wide range of homeless individuals from young women with children to older single men who have been homeless for years and struggle to get back on their feet to improve their lives. Each homeless person was asked a series of ten questions, highlighting the diversity of circumstances that led them to their current situation.  Leaders, workers and volunteers of the three shelters shared their experience and reflected on how homelessness in Keene may be diminished.

This film doesn’t try to get at the root or solve homelessness in Keene, but rather strives to instill in viewers a sense of compassion and empathy for homeless individuals who only want to improve their lives and be self-sufficient.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity to make donations in support of the Hundred Nights Shelter.

 

The Colonial Theatre to host The Russian National Ballet Theatre

swan-lake-1232-alexander-daev-2014On April 7 the Colonial Theatre will host a Columbia Artists Production direct from Moscow, Russia. Under the artistic direction of Elena Radchenko, a company of dancers from The Russian National Ballet Theatre,  will perform Swan Lake, a full-length ballet in four acts. Swan Lake was composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, 1875–1876. The ballet was premièred 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union’s ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world.

The company, then titled the Soviet National Ballet, was founded by and incorporated graduates from the great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm.  The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies of Russia, and the companies of Riga, Kiev and even Warsaw.  Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with over 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception.

In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by Presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the company.  Ms. Radchenko is the founder of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, and she has focused the Company on upholding the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talents throughout Russia, with a repertory of virtually all of the great full works of Petipa:  Don Quixote, La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Paquita, Coppelia and La Sylphide, as well as productions of, among others, The Nutcracker, Sylvia, and La Fille Mal Gardee.

Spring Swing Dance Party at the Colonial Theatre

The Jive Aces – The UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band – are coming to The Colonial Theatre for a Spring Swing Dance Party on March 24.

charity_08_01The Colonial Theatre in Keene, NH, announces a special Spring Dance Concert featuring The Jive Aces, who are renowned worldwide for their high-energy music and spectacular stage show. Having become the first ever band to reach the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, following up with a performance for Queen Elizabeth as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and performances for both the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations, The Jive Aces have truly established themselves as the UK’s top Jive & Swing band.

Together for over a decade, this extremely popular six-piece group have performed at thousands of festivals, theatres and events throughout the UK, Europe and USA, as well as Japan, Israel, South Africa, Morocco and the Caribbean; 30 countries in all. The Jive Aces are renowned for their high energy Jump Jive music (the exciting sound where Swing meets Rock ‘n Roll) and spectacular stage show.

They combine a mixture of fresh arrangements of swing/Jive/R&B classics – songs made famous by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Big Joe Turner and Sammy Davis Jr – along with a selection of superb swinging originals taken from their studio albums.

The Jive Aces were the recipients of the prestigious “City of Derry International Music Award” for 2006, previous recipients being Van Morrison and Jools Holland. In 2008, they also received a special award from the Variety Club of Great Britain for their contributions to entertainment and charity.

The band has been featured on literally hundreds of TV and radio shows, and are most recently featured playing live every Wednesday night on BBC Radio London’s “Late Nights” show with Jo Good. Other appearances include CNN, ABC’s “Good Morning Los Angeles”, Channel 4’s “Holy Smoke”, BBC Radio 2, “DNA Stories”, “Wakey, Wakey Campers”, JazzFM, “A Swingin’ Christmas” (one-hour PBS Special), an eight week residency the hit Italian show “Niente Popo Dimenoche”, BBC1 TV for “Children in Need”, and many more.

The Jive Aces have released seven studio albums, one dance compilation and also a skiffle E.P.. Their latest, “King of the Swingers: A Salute to Louis Prima”, features guest appearances from Kenny Ball, Ray Gelato, Toni Elizabeth Prima, and more and is on the Golden Age Recordings label. Their music video, “Bring Me Sunshine”, has become a viral hit with nearly 2-million views on YouTube and received 7 film festival awards, including the prestigious “Silver Telly Award”

With their high energy music, bright stage suits, wild stage show, irresistible humor and sheer professionalism, the Jive-Aces will quickly get any audience on their feet – or dancing in their seat! Each and every show is guaranteed to go with a swing!  This is a dance concert, and the expectation is that there will be people dancing in the first six to eight rows closest to the stage. Ticket buyers who wish to sit during the show are advised to purchase tickets no closer than row G. For more information visit www.thecolonial.org, or call 603/352-2033