”THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME” FOR ARTS IN MOTION THEATER COMPANY
NORTH CONWAY, NH–Arts in Motion Theater Company’s search for a permanent home has come to a happy ending with the signing of a long-term lease at the Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse. Residents of the Mount Washington Valley and visitors to the region alike have enjoyed countless classics by Shaw and Shakespeare, original works, and Broadway musicals on its storied stage. As its resident theater company, Arts in Motion (AIM) will continue the Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse’s tradition of serving as a center of the Mount Washington Valley’s performing arts while introducing a new and exciting variety of year-round programs and events.
While celebrating the organization’s 20th anniversary, AIM’s Board of Directors identified a critical priority for the next 20 years and beyond: a permanent home. AIM has over the past two decades positively influenced the lives of countless children and adults–whether on stage, backstage or in the audience. In the last year alone, AIM participants numbered over 200 with more than 5,000 audience members at several different venues ranging from Jackson to Fryeburg, Maine. “While we are so grateful for the venues who have hosted AIM over the past years, we are delighted now to have a wonderful space of our own,” says AIM President Paula Sullivan Jones. This agreement will help alleviate scheduling challenges and budgeting restraints freeing up critical resources to focus on AIM’s ultimate vision: creating an accessible year-round live theater that will keep North Conway a premiere destination for professional and high-quality community theater, arts and entertainment.
AIM plans to begin using the theater immediately while simultaneously making any necessary upgrades and repairs. With a viable business model for consistent year-round schedule, AIM will continue to produce the quality shows for which they are known, while expanding to establish a full schedule of plays and other events, conferences and fundraisers throughout the year. Additionally, AIM will explore opportunities for collaboration with other area performing arts groups, businesses and non-profits–including the popular Mt. Washington Valley Theatre Company–who have interest in using the Playhouse for their own productions. With a history of successful partnerships with a number of non-profits and businesses throughout the Valley, AIM is well-positioned to steward the Playhouse through unprecedented growth.
In the upcoming weeks, AIM will announce exciting plans for their 2013 season, as well as other programs which will support arts and arts education in our community. Ms. Jones says, “This is absolutely a dream come to life for Arts in Motion, and we are honored that the Eastern Slope Inn has entrusted us with continuing the great legacy of the vital and historic Playhouse. It’s our biggest production yet!”
Arts in Motion Theater Company is a community theater education and production company which provides youth and adults of the greater Mount Washington Valley area with opportunities to learn basic performing arts skills while promoting the development of self-esteem, creativity, and self expression. AIM not only brings affordable, high quality entertainment to the Valley’s residents and visitors, but also gives community members the opportunity to participate in its diverse productions. For more information on AIM, its programs and productions, and volunteering opportunities please call (603) 786-7325 or visit our website at www.artsinmotiontheater.com.