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Fine place when you’re in college and need some summer stock experience. Be prepared to be overworked and underpaid and deal with some wild management. Beautiful area though and you’ll meet a few incredible artists working there.
Okay, okay, hear me out. I worked here AGES ago. 2015 and had just graduated from college. It was the WORST experience. Housing was unlivable (I’m talking bugs, mattress on the floor,etc) we were told not to cash our checks at the end of the summer because the check “Might not clear”. I was never paid my full salary on time because “if I got paid the full amount that I negotiated than other actors wouldn't get paid…” When I tell you it was a nightmare. There was one day that we discovered someone wasn’t at the theatre for a performance because he didn’t come on stage. That’s when people knew he wasn’t in the building…because he missed his entrance!! We didn’t have a sign in sheet that summer and it was a complete mess.
Anyway, hopefully it has gotten better. Even though I have also heard some shit about what it’s like to work there recently as a POC and it’s not the vibe.
you will undoubtedly work with some incredible people, make best friends, and create lifelong memories. That being said, this is a very typical non union summertsock. Shared housing, typical summer stock pay, and long days filled with rehearsal. The owner deeply cares about the arts and bringing them to the community and puts together really incredible talent, but has to work within a very limited budget. Expect to be on a typical summer stock schedule except no extra duties (no cleaning, no actor tech, just performing!). I will always recommend this for artists starting out who want to build their resumes and network with some incredible directors and performers. I know so many incredible people who started out here and I think its a perfect job for college students and recent grads or if you want to play a dream role. The directors brought in are truly amazing. Its in a beautiful part of New Hampshire and downtown Meredith is absolutely adorable. The local community loves the theatre and there is so much to love about this area.