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.