Letter: A Serious Blow to Local Theater

To the Editor:

Bravo to the Valley News for recognizing that Brooke Ciardelli and Northern Stage parting company is a serious blow to theater lovers in the Upper Valley (“Exiting the Stage,” Dec. 9). Many of us got our early exposure watching Broadway productions, and to find that kind of passion and creative force in White River Junction seemed almost too good to be true. I suspect I’m not alone in deciding to wait a season or two to see if the new regime deserves the kind of support I gave freely to Northern Stage under Ciardelli. As an occasional writer about theater, I have only one comment about your editorial: I wish I’d written it.

Norwood Long



Theater Founder Out After 16 Years at Northern Stage

Monday, November 19, 2012

White River Junction — Northern Stage, the Upper Valley’s largest professional theater company, has parted ways with founder and artistic director Brooke Ciardelli, the company announced yesterday. Ciardelli’s departure, which she and company officials said was by mutual agreement, ends her 16-year tenure at the helm of the highly-regarded regional theater that has won awards and attracted Broadway talent to …

Editorial: Exiting the Stage; Northern Stage Loses Its Founder

Friday, November 30, 2012

The reasons for Brooke Ciardelli’s abrupt exit from Northern Stage, the highly regarded theater company she founded in White River Junction in 1997, are a matter of some speculation. To the extent those reasons have a bearing on the future of a company that plays a significant role in the Upper Valley’s artistic and cultural life, they are important to …