Weathervane Theatre 2015 Season

Our 50th Season includes plenty of family entertainment, among them some familiar favorites as we share this anniversary summer.

Each year, we try to put together a striking combination of large and small, classic and contemporary musicals along with the fast fun of a comedic romp and a contemporary family drama . . . see one – see them all!

For the kind of Weathervane summer you might anticipate, our 2015 Season offers an example of the kinds of shows we were proud to produce:
Fiddler On The Roof – Smokey Joe’s Cafe – Oleanna – Into The Woods
Lend Me A Tenor
 – The Full Monty – Floyd Collins
Plus our traditional Opening/Closing performances of Bubble & Squeak and  TheBest of

AND a special gala performance featuring retuning alumni: It’s Better in a Barn—Celebrating 50 Seasons


In the summer of 2008, the Weathervane Theatre Alumni Association established the Richard and Terry Portner Fund in recognition of the many contributions the Port- ners have made to the Weathervane Theatre since their association began in 1968.
Nicole LewisBy providing an annual gift of $1,000 to the theatre for spe- cial projects, guest artists, guest directors or guest de- signers, according to the needs of the theatre, the Portner Fund furthers the mission of the WVAA to enlarge creative and financial support for the Weathervane Theatre.

Alumna Nicole Lewis was selected as the 2011 recipient of the fund for her work as guest director of the Weathervane’s production of Race by David Mamet. Nicole made her Weath- ervane debut in the 1995 acting company of Once On This Island. She returned for both the 1997 and 2004 seasons. She recently per- formed in the Broadway and touring productions of HAIR; All My Sons for the Intiman Theater; and the Philadelphia Theater Com- pany’s production of Race. 

Longtime Weathervane board member and Best Friend of the WVAA, Mary Jane Chase, was the recipient of the very first Drummer Boy Award this summer.  In an informal ceremony following the Alumni Show, Gibbs Murray and Jacques Stewart presented MJ with the award, in honor of her many years of dedicated service to the theatre.

Read more: Mary Jane Chase Receives First Drummer Boy Award

NOTE: NHTA: New Hampshire Theatre Awards in Manchester NH  @ Palace Theatre 2/6/2009 gave awards in plays/musicals to professionally designated theatres and community theatres; nominations were selected from all (professional) theatres : each of whom had to select 2 productions-- pre-production, to be be reviewed.  Weathervane selected (in June 2008) VIOLET and RENT.  Both productions went into rehearsal in August 2008.

Managing Director Lyn Winter attended/presented awards the at Palace Theatre Friday night, and endured every amateur NH theatre group reprising their 'finest' moments.  Let me first say that I'm delighted that Lyn's presence was shared by Kit Carter, WV Board att'y and the Carter family, John and Jean Wissler, WV Board members,patrons.  It is significant that the judges of the NHTA commission(?) identified and awarded Weathervane Theatre's RENT the Best Musical production in New Hampshire in 2008 and Jacques Stewart as the Best Director (RENT).  As a measure of Weathervane's artistry, one only need to have seen Kevin Smith Kirkwood's (award-winning) performance as Angel in that production.

Read more: 2 Best 2008 NHTA Awards to Rent!

wv08_portnersfarewellIn 1968, Tom Haas, founding father and artistic director of the Weathervane Theatre, introduced me to a young couple from Minnesota who were teaching assistants at Emerson College in Boston where Tom was a professor in the Theatre department.  Tom felt strongly that Richard and Terry Portner would be the perfect compliment to our fledgling summer theatre (ad) venture.  Both had strong theatre backgrounds and had done The Pajama Game on a USO tour in Germany; Terry played Babe and Richard was Heinzie—and production coordinator for the tour.  Both had served in similar capacities at Deertrees, Emerson's summer theatre in Maine.

Read more: Richard Portner Resigns 40-Year Tenure at the Weathervane Theatre

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WVAA, Inc. 
Board of Directors 

President: Rick Farrar 
Vice President: Rien Schlecht
Treasurer: Jeff Zadroga
Secretary: Colin Keating

Brandi Varnell
Michael Sheehan
Catherine Carter
Laura Manos-Hey
Kellee Marsh
Timothy Breese Miller


Weathervane Theatre Alumni 
Association, Inc.,

P.O. Box 69, 
Gardiner, New York 12525.