“Hapenny Magick” open at Warner Town Hall Friday, April 1 – No joke!

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A Little Hapenny Magick

“Hapenny Magick” open at Warner Town Hall Friday, April 1 – No joke!

Anyone who has ever brought a toddler to the Warner Town Hall to enjoy The Festival of Trees during the Holidays, knows that Town Hall has fabulous acoustics. I’ve stood there on many occasions silently admiring both architecture and acoustics, wondering why there haven’t been more theater productions gracing this amazing space.

In the summer of 2013, the Warner Historical Society opened an exhibit “Let Me Entertain You!: Kearsarge Theater Company 1977-1983.” Not only has Warner been the home of great artists and writers, but apparently, the theatrically talented as well. This company put on some much loved standards such as Damn Yankees, The Fantasticks, mysteries such as The Hound of The Baskervilles and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

Fast-forward to this weekend, April 1, 2 & 3, when Warner Town Hall will once again open its doors to live theater lovers with the Sunapee-Kearsarge Intercommunity Theater’s(SKIT) production of Hapenny Magick – a fantastical tail of troll invasions, magic, friendship and the power or working together. Now, Warner will welcome Spring not only with Softball, T-ball and downtown shopping, but for lovers of the performing arts, a chance to relive Warner’s theatrical hay day, with this beautifully staged production.

Hapenny’s Magick’s director is local author and artist Jennifer Carson. Jennifer originally imagined “Hapenny Magick” as a short story. Carson eventually published the story as a delightfully illustrated book – and this is when the story took on a life of its own. Will Ogmundsen – a local, grammy-nominated composer and pianist, became intrigued when his daughter repeatedly checked the fantasy story out of the library. Will read the book that had captured his daughter’s imagination, and a musical was born. Carson and Ogmundsen collaborated, fund-raised, recorded a sound track of fourteen songs and produced a play.

The show features a cast of all ages, and includes many students from the Kearsarge district, as well as actors and singers from SKIT. Local talent includes the owner of Bella Capelli Salon, Terri Pitta. A first-time actor, Terri “..dared a friend to be brave and audition, told her(Warner’s Diana Abarca) I would, if she did, to support her. She did and so with no experience, nor expectations whatsoever, found myself cast as a troll. The experience has been magical – I feel like a five-year-old just in awe of the entire process, and the talent of the cast. I feel honored to be a part of it all.”

Hapenny Magick opens Friday evening, April 1 at 7:00 pm. Performances will also follow on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance at Main Street Bookends, The Foothills, Tatewell Gallery, and Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London. You may also call 526-2910. Tickets are General Admission.

Something wonderful is definitely happening in Warner!

Warner's own Terri Pitta, Owner of Bella Capelli Salon.

Warner’s own Terri Pitta, Owner of Bella Capelli Salon.

Rehearsing The Battle of The Bridge

Rehearsing The Battle of The Bridge

A Little Hapenny Magick

A Little Hapenny Magick

Emma and Mara in costume and ready to rehearse

Emma and Mara in costume and ready to rehearse

Aletta and Callum

Judy and Dave, taking five.

Kearsarge Theater Company production of Damn Yankees, 1980. Photo credit: Warner Historical Society

Kearsarge Theater Company production of Damn Yankees, 1980. Photo credit: Warner Historical Society

Costumes are ready to go.

Costumes are ready to go.

The trolls lurking backstage, ready for the invasion

The trolls lurking backstage, ready for the invasion

Kearsarge Theater Company 1978. Photo Credit: Warner Historical Society

Kearsarge Theater Company 1978. Photo Credit: Warner Historical Society


About Author

Joanna Magoon

Joanna and her family have lived in Warner for 14 years. She enjoys her job in Special Education in the Kearsarge District, her Communications and Illustration freelance work, and her volunteer work as a Costume Designer for a variety of local theater productions.

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