“Upstaged”: a sitcom about a small town’s newest resident
Come one, come all, to the premier of the pilot episode of the locally written, filmed and produced sitcom “Upstaged”, at the Bellows Falls Opera House, April 18, 2013. The show is free, doors opening at 7 pm, show starts at 7:20 and will conclude with a short Q & A session with the actors, writer, director, editors and videographer.
The story follows exploits of a failed theater actor/director/producer from NYC (Harold Howard-Hartwell) who, after his last show flops, decides to leave the city behind and settle in a small farming town in New Hampshire. His ultimate plan is to make the town over into an artists’ colony, garnering him the fame and respect he so desperately desires. But first he needs to get the town on board with his plan. To that end, he decides he needs to produce a play, casting the townspeople to show them that theater can be a great experience. Here in his new town, Harold believes he will finally be a big fish in a small pond, however he soon learns that the pond is more like a fish bowl and he realizes as auditions for the play get underway, he is unprepared to deal with the variety of personalities in this small town.
The show was created, written and directed by Gail Golec, filmed by Jacob Stradling and edited by Alex Stradling. It was filmed over the course of 10 months, using locations in Walpole (town hall), Acworth (Acworth Store) and Saxton River, VT (Pleasant Valley Brewery) and starring local actors from the Walpole Players (Mike Wright, Sarah Manning, Ray Boas, Fran Kemp, Carolyn Norback, Tara Sad, Jean Kobeski, Kathy Reilly, John Luther, Jim Baucom, Tom Winmill, Peter Eisenstadter, Jordan Mitchell-Love, Seth Lauritsen, Gwen Edson and Gail Golec).
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