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        New Life News

JANUARY 8, 2020



In September of 2019, New Life Fine Arts premiered their original musical stage production of Esther: For Such a Time as This written by David K. MacAdam at the Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center. The eight performances were met to rave reviews of over 4500 audience members.

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 6:30-9:30pm New Life Fine Arts will host open auditions for an encore run of this production at the New Life Ministry Center, 221 Baker Ave, Concord, MA. Many of the original cast and crew will be returning, but there are some key roles that will need to be filled and we are always looking to add more voices to the ensemble. This is a great opportunity to get involved and become more acquainted with the NLFA family, and you’ll be introducing yourself to us for future production consideration.

PLEASE NOTE: We are especially looking to fill roles for Queen Vashti (soprano), Young Hadassah (female age 9-12), Meres the Counselor (baritone), and other minor adult speaking roles and ensemble players (especialy sopranos and altos). We are also in need of good dancers and acrobatic talent. We will not be casting any other children under the age of 13 except for Young Hadassah.

Performances will be held at the Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center, 344 Main St, Groton, MA on April 17, 18, 24 and 25 @7:30pm and April 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 2:30pm.

Rehearsals will begin on Thursday, January 30th and will take place every Thursday from 7-9:30pm at the New Life Ministry Center in Concord. Saturday rehearsals from 9am-1pm will be added in March. The entire cast may not be required at every rehearsal EXCEPT DURING APRIL (see below). A more detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided before the first rehearsal.

Tech Rehearsals, Dress Rehearsals and Performances at the Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center will take place in April with a few days off in-between for Holy Week and Easter activities:

Sunday, 3/29, TBD               STAGE CREW: Load Sets Into Truck
Monday, 3/30, 3-10pm        STAGE CREW: Load In at Groton
Tuesday, 3/31, 3-10pm        STAGE CREW: Setup at Groton
Wednesday, 4/1, 3-10pm     STAGE CREW: Setup at Groton
Thursday, 4/2, 3-10pm         STAGE CREW: Setup at Groton
                          7-10pm         Full Cast Rehearsal (in Concord)
Friday, 4/3, 3-10pm               STAGE CREW: Setup at Groton
Saturday, 4/4, 9am-1pm      Full Cast Rehearsal (in Concrod)
                          10-11pm       STAGE & TECH CREW: Setup at Groton
Sunday, 4/5, 12-11pm          STAGE & TECH CREW: Setup at Groton
Monday, 4/6, 3-10pm           STAGE & TECH CREW: Dry Tech 1 at Groton
Tuesday, 4/7,  3-10pm          STAGE & TECH CREW: Dry Tech 2 at Groton
Wednesday, 4/8, 3-10pm     STAGE & TECH CREW: Catch-Up Day (if needed)

Monday, 4/13                    3:30-11pm                           Wet Tech 1*
Tuesday, 4/14                    3:30-11pm                           Wet Tech 2*
Wednesday, 4/15              3:30-11pm                           Dress Rehearsal 1*
Thursday, 4/16                  3:30-11pm                           Dress Rehearsal 2*
Friday, 4/17                        3:30-11pm                           Show 1 (7:30pm)*
Saturday, 4/18                   12:30-11pm                         Show 2 (2:30pm)
                                                                                           & Show 3 (7:30pm)
Sunday, 4/19                      12:30-6pm                           Show 4 (2:30pm) 

Thursday, 4/23                  3:30-11pm                           Dress Rehearsal 3*
Friday, 4/24                        3:30-11pm                           Show 5 (7:30pm)*
Saturday, 4/25                   12:30-11pm                         Show 6 (2:30pm)
                                                                                           & Show 7 (7:30pm)
Sunday, 4/26                      12:30-11pm                        Show 8 (2:30pm)
                                                                                           & Load Out

* Call Time—3:30 Crew, 5:30 Cast


You will be assigned a time block for your audition after you register. Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis so the sooner you register the better chance you have of getting your preferred audition time.

If you have questions about the audition process or the show, or would like to volunteer in a tech position (i.e., stage crew, makeup, sound, costumes, props, etc.), please email info@newlifefinearts.org

And please help spread the word by forwarding this audition notice to anyone you think might be interested. Thank you!

The NLFA Casting Team

DECEMBER 17, 2019

Dear New Life family,

I am more than pleased to announce that Peter Vantine has been appointed to serve as Production and Development Manager with New Life Fine Arts. Peter and I have worked together on NLFA projects for the past four years, and his gifts complement the rest of the NLFA team. He has served as music director, arranger and orchestrator for “Scrooge”, “Luther”, and “Esther”. I have been especially cheered by observing his organizational and administrative talents in bringing tasks to completion. Peter’s wife, Laurie, rightly calls him, “Mr. Efficiency”.

I will be transitioning from Producing Director to Artistic Director to make room for this needed position. Peter’s administrative gifts have been proved as he served and helped develop ministries with First Loved Ministries, North Shore Community Baptist Church, Middleton Congregational Church, and Covenant Christian Academy. He has also pioneered his own music ministry work through Prayerful Improvisations and Vantine Music. Join me in welcoming Peter to the NLFA team!



David K. MacAdam
Artistic Director

p.s. If you have any questions or greetings for Peter, you can email him at pvantine@newlifefinearts.org