93 South Main Street in White River Junction is turning a page. Even as the Upper Valley continues to mourn the closing of Twin State Typewriter, an iconic business that thrived and survived for almost fifty years, Northern Stage has purchased the building and is moving in.
That's because Northern Stage has purposefully grown its Education Department over the past three years and needs to extend its footprint from its nearby Barrette Center home on Gates Street. Its educational offerings now include:
--an expanded BridgeUp: Theater in the Schools program that helps local teachers study and stage Shakespearean and other productions in their classrooms
--the new Boot Camp, which offers professional training and mentorship for students who want to pursue a career in the arts
--the Dartmouth Experiential Learning Term for Dartmouth students who want to study theater in à hands on setting
--a Summer Musical Theater Intensive Program
--Youth Ensemble Studio groups for elementary, middle, and high school students
--adult learning opportunities, including courses offered through OSHER@Dartmouth
The addition of 93 South Main Street will allow Northern Stage to reconfigure its existing space to allow for a second rehearsal studio. It will also provide housing for company members in the building's five residential apartments.
Young artists from this summer’s production of James and the Giant Peach. Photo by Kata Sasvari
Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne says theater "is thriving in the Upper Valley region." Northern Stage's main stage shows, the annual New Works program, its ventures into Off-Broadway theaters in New York City and beyond demonstrate that "Northern Stage can provide an unparalleled educational program that connects our students to the highest quality work." Dunne calls the new space an opportunity for "theater lovers and practitioners of tomorrow." Managing Director Eric Bunge is "so grateful to Wanda and Don (Nalette, of Twin State Typewriter) for working with Northern Stage to make this possible."
The « village » that made it happen: Twin State Typewriter owner Wanda Nalette, Managing Director Eric Bunge, Associate Managing Director Irene Green, Stewart Johnson, friend of Northern Stage, Don Nalette, Al Blum, NS Board Chair, Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne (seated), Linda Cole of Mascoma Savings Bank, Attorney Barry Schuster.
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