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A Successful Fall Fundraiser

Live entertainment performed by Opera To Go 

The Colonial Theatre’s 2018 Fall Fundraiser Gala, “Dynamic Duos and Stellar Solos,” inspired great memories and brought in just over $26,000 in support, all of which will help underwrite the Theatre’s Education and Outreach Program.

Our very own Mary Poppins, Director of Education and Community Egagement Vicky Pittman, and Keene State College Music Lecturer Matthew Leese came to celebrate!

With 102 in attendance, The Colonial was able to reach their fundraising goal, which could not have been done without the love and support of the attendees.

Thanks to our stage crew and all the other countless employees for making the stage look fabulous!

According to Director of Development Eric V. Weisenberger, the night turned out very well. “I was extremely pleased with the collaboration of staff and the community,” said Weisenberger. “The stage looked amazing and I enjoyed seeing new and familiar faces.”

The Colonial is very grateful for all who supported this year’s event and wishes to thank the following:

  • Bergeron Construction Co., event sponsor
  • BarCraft Boot Bars, event sponsor
  • G.A. Perry DDS Keene PLLC, event sponsor
  • G&R Roofing, LLC, event sponsor
  • Quality Care Collision, event sponsor
  • The many local businesses for their donations
  • The Dynamic Duos Event Committee
Not only did the food look great, it tasted even better! Thank you Kristin’s Bistro & Bakery

A huge thank you to Kristin’s Bistro & Bakery for such delightful food. Many thanks also to Wade The Great Entertainment for providing the event with fantastic musical throwbacks, a lively spirit to get the party going and for serving as the event’s Auctioneer. Finally, thank you to Steve Holmes Photography for giving the gift of making moments last forever with his talented photos of the night.

This event was truly a night to remember. Be sure to save the date for next year’s fundraiser on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

By Caitlyn Doherty, 2018/2019 Marketing Intern

2018 Kristallnacht Commemoration at The Colonial Theatre

On Thursday, November 8, at 7 pm, city and local leaders will join the Keene community for the annual Kristallnacht Commemoration at The Colonial Theatre. “Hope and prevention” is the message as we stand with survivors of Kristallnacht and make a conscious choice not to forget.

The Keene community has become a model for other communities regarding Kristallnacht Commemoration. Tom White, Coordinator of Educational Outreach at the Keene State College Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies program and a commemoration developer, said he and others are fortunate to have support and engagement from the community.

With an accepting and unique leadership in this community, White said NH State Senator Jay Kahn, Keene Mayor Kendall Lane, Keene Fire Chief Mark Howard,  Keene Police Captain Steven Stewart, Elsa Worth of the Keene Interfaith Clergy Association, and Henry Knight from the KSC Cohen Center will all be in attendance. “It is quite unique to have these leaders publicly stand up to declare that they will not forget and that their work now is informed by the knowledge of what happened then,” said White.

Kristallnacht occurred on November 9, 1938. The pogrom, or anti-Semitic violence and attacks against Jewish communities, planned by Adolf Hitler’s Chief of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, was carried out by the Nazi party’s “security apparatus.” 267 synagogues were burned or destroyed, 7,500 Jewish businesses were vandalized or looted, and at least 91 Jews were killed. There was extensive damage done to Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes as well while countless German citizens, police officers and fire brigades stood by and did nothing to protect them. Jews were penalized after Kristallnacht for the violence inflicted upon them and were held responsible by insurance companies to pay for all of the damage to their properties and synagogues.  

Throughout the evening, the community will hear from relatives of Holocaust survivors, who serve as a reminder of why these stories should be remembered. Victims of genocide and discrimination will also be commemorated. The evening will include performances from the Keene Middle School Choir and MOCO Arts dancers.

As the event ends, White said, “…one generation will light a candle and pass it to a younger generation who will lead the community from the theatre in silence, reflecting on not only the plight of others but also on how we might be able to prevent discrimination and violence in our community in the future.”

In a time where the world still sees inflicted violence and discrimination against groups of people, there is no better opportunity for the Keene community to come together and remember. “The commemoration asks the community to live as better people informed by what is at stake,” said White.

“Memory can inspire us to be a spark of light, of hope, in our world,” said White.

Please join The Colonial Theatre on Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 pm, as we come together to remember, to create, and move forward as a community. This event is free and open to all.

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.