Congratulations to Advice To The Players' Angela Smith!


Advice To The Players is pleased to congratulate Angela Smith on being awarded Best Actress in a Professional Drama or Comedy at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards on January 25th. Angela received the award in recognition of her role as Cassius in Advice To The Players' March production of Julius Caesar, directed by Caroline Nesbitt. Other Advice To The Players finalists in the Theatre Awards included Candace Clift (Best Actress for Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing), John Schnatterly (Best Actor for Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing), and Mark Woollett (Best Director for Much Ado About Nothing), as well as Much Ado About Nothing for Best Production.

The Sandwich-based professional Shakespeare company is no stranger to the New Hampshire Theatre Awards; during the ceremony's twelve year history it has regularly garnered acting wins for members of the company and numerous special awards for excellence in production.

Smith, a long-time New Hampshire resident and recent addition to the roster of the Actors Equity Association (the national labor union representing stage professionals), said she was thankful to Caroline Nesbitt for giving her a chance to play the part of Cassius, a character who was historically male and is most often played by a man.

“Casting a woman in this role,” said Smith, “and costuming the production in modern dress, allowed us to use a classic text to take a fresh look at the changing role of women in society, especially in places of power. I was honored to be a part of this process, to have shared this production with such a fantastic group of actors, and to be a part of a company that I'm very, very proud of.”

Smith will be returning once again to a major role in Advice To The Players' March 2014 production of Richard III. She'll be taking on the role of Lady Anne, wooed by Richard in a famously difficult scene. Joining her on stage will be ATTP favorites Bob Bates and Mark Woollett, as well as several newcomers to the company drawn from the ranks of New Hampshire's professional actors: Dan Beaulieu, Artistic Director of Portsmouth's Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, will be taking on the title role as Richard III, and Sharon Paquette, Valerie Rigsbee, and Gary DuBreuil, each well known to stages in New Hampshire and elsewhere, will also be taking on major roles.

Advice To The Players will be hosting a Richard III kick-off party at The Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich on February 19th. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served, and the pub will be taking drink and food orders as well. Gather, mingle, talk to members of the Advice To The Players production staff, board of trustees, and actors from Richard III. ATTP ialso holding a meet and greet for students who are interested in participating in Richard III at The Community School in Tamworth on Thursday, February 6 at 1pm.

More information about Advice To The Players, including upcoming events and productions, can be found at

Photo – Angela Smith in the role of Cassius in Advice To The Players’ Julius Caesar. Angela won Best Actress in a Professional Drama or Comedy at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards.

Photo by Duane Dale

Shakespearian Idol! - an ATTP Fundraiser

Back by great demand on The Barnstormers stage . . . Advice To The Players' 2013 Fall benefit . . . Shakespeare Meets the Musical Madness of the 21st Century in . . .

Shakespearian Idol

You be the judge!

Come see Romeo serenade Juliet in 21st century song, and much more! Listen to the Judges Wax Poetic on Contestants’ Best Efforts! Witness the Winner's Delight!

On Saturday, October 19th at 7:00 P.M. contestants will gather at the Barnstormers Theater in Tamworth to compete for prizes in Shakespearean Idol! a fall benefit for Advice To The Players. You, the audience will help decide who rates the fame and fortune, and stuffing the ballot box is encouraged!

Shakespearian Idol was a huge hit last year! Inventive Scene-and-Song Pairings in the competition included:

  • Lady MacBeth's "Screw your courage to the sticking-place" paired with "Man I Feel Like a Woman" (Shania Twain)
  • Titania and Bottom, "What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?" with "It's Now or Never" (Elvis Presley)
  • Mercutio's Queen Mab speech, with "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (Procol Harum)

Whatever will the contestants come up with this year? Come and see! It's sure to be a wild time!

Celebrity judges will be announced soon!

Want to do more than watch and vote?

For a chance to take to the stage and make your own Shakespearean Scene-and-Song Pairing, send an email to or call 603-968-7952. Limited performance slots! Contact us soon!

Saturday, October 19th, 7:00 PM The Barnstormers Theatre, Tamworth, NH $10 suggested donation

ATTP Presents: Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado Poster August 9-11 & 15-18 at 2pm on the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage August 13 at 7:30pm, in the Sandwich Town Hall Theatre Tickets: $20 adults, $10 Seniors and Students, at Mocha Rizing, Sandwich; at the door; or by calling 603-986-6253. 12 and under free, thanks to a grant from the Alfred Quimby Trust.

One of Shakespeare's most mature comedies, Mich Ado About Nothing combines sparkling wit with earnest clowns and an epic battle of the sexes. Much Ado just might be the world's first romantic comedy with juvenile hijinks, broken hearts, and the playful and profound love affair of Beatrice and Benedick - Shakespeare's couple-of-a-certain-age, who are "too wise to will peaceably".

Starring returning favorites Candace Clift and John Schnatterly, and directed by former Artistic Director Mark Woollett.

ATTP Presents: Midsummer Mirth - A Shakespeare Comedy Cabaret

Midsummer Mirth - A Shakespeare Comedy Cabaret

mirthWebPoster500 Friday & Saturday, July 26 & 27, August 2 & 3 7:30pm at the Sandwich Town Hall Tickets $10 at the door or call 603-986-6253

An evening of music and hilarity, culminating in a second act which has to be seen to be believed: The Life and Death of that Dastardly Villain, Richard III, a.k.a The Bunch Back'd Toad, our hilarious melodrama adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III, complete with audience cue signs ("Boo! Hiss!" and "Hurray!"), top hats, twirled mustaches, and innocents tied to the railroad tracks!