The Portsmouth Vaudeville Project:

Music Hall Follies: A Vaudeville in 9 Acts

MaD Theatricals production sizzles with music, dance and song, celebrating the artistry and creativity of vaudeville, America's most popular form of entertainment in the beginning of the 20th century. With poignant revelations and provocative commentary, "Music Hall Follies" captures the whimsy, humor, pathos, and drama of one of America's most beguiling creations -- vaudeville. The Music Hall Follies premiered with special guests Bill Irwin and Fayard Nicholas on June 28, 2003, at The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH.

4 Theatres: Remembering Portsmouth in the Age of Vaudeville 
an historical documentary film

Clara’s Dream A Jazz Nutcracker 

Performed to sold-out audiences since its premiere in December 2000, this high-voltage adaptation of Tchaikovsky's fairy tale ballet The Nutcracker is a uniquely American jazz tap celebration. 

MaD Theatricals has transformed the treasured masterpiece into a percussive dance party for the whole family. Virtuosic tappers dance the enchanted story of the "Jazz Nut" with tap styles from Irish and African to Bebop, Latin and Lindyhop. Add the swinging Paul Arslanian jazz sextet, and like magic, Clara's Dream comes to life as an effervescent new classic with rhythm and pizazz

Off the Beaten Path: A Jazz & Tap Odyssey

Fusing heritage with innovation, Off the Beaten Path: A Jazz & Tap Odyssey weaves a narrative inspired by the writings of Rachel Carson, pioneer of the modern environmental movement, into a celebration of her legacy.  Featuring  original music by Paul Arslanian, choreography by Brenda Bufalino, Drika Overton, and Josh Hilberman, and improvisations as well as re-stagings of two of Brenda Bufalino’s master concert works, The Flying Turtle and Haitian Fight Song (music by Charles Mingus), JTO is a compelling journey for audiences of all ages to experience.
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Portsmouth Percussive Dance Festival