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Are You A Fan of American History?

History buffs are going to love The Interrogation of Nathan Hale by Captain John Montresor.  Based on real-life events, David Stanley Ford’s thoughtful and intense script captures the final hours of Nathan Hale before he is executed as the first spy in the service of America.  Through the eyes of young Hale and Montresor, a career soldier in the service of King George, we explore the naive optimism of those who sought independence from what was then the richest and most powerful nation on Earth. For this performance, out theater is transformed into Montresor’s campaign tent on Manhattan Island as…

NATHAN HALE-OUR FIRST REHEARSAL!

Rehearsals started on a brand new Bluff City Theater season this past Tuesday in St. Louis.  Director A.S. (Alex) Freeman brought the creative team together for some “table work” on The Interrogation of Nathan Hale.  This is a first read-through of the script and discussion about the characters, themes and ideas the actors will be working with. Bringing a new production to the stage in just two-and-a-half weeks is an enormous challenge, but one that professional actors and directors manage to pull off for every show.  It starts with getting everyone used to the material and their co-stars, then proceeds…

Our Season Opens With a Story About The First American Hero…

The Interrogation of Nathan Hale by Captain John Montresor Of HRM Expeditionary Force This powerful story is set in the tent of Captain John Montresor, an Engineer in the British Army who carried 21-year-old Nathan Hale’s dying declaration letter to his family under a flag of truce.  Because of this, we know a lot about the young man who became the first to be executed as a spy in the service of America.  In the hours leading up to his death, Montresor interviewed Hale as a means of trying to understand the motivations of those who would seek independence from…

The Interrogation of Nathan Hale Leads Off a Stellar New Season in Hannibal!

Reprinted from Hannibal Magazine-March 2019 “I am so satisfied with the cause in which I have engaged that my only regret is that I have not more lives than one to offer in its service.” It is reportedly with these words that 21-year-old Nathan Hale went to the gallows as the first American spy to die in the service of this new country. A Captain in the Connecticut militia, Hale responded to a call from General Washington for someone to go behind enemy lines on Long Island and report on enemy plans. He was the only volunteer. Within days, he…

Listen to Mary Griffith’s Interview with Tom Chapin

  Tom Chapin was interviewed live on Tuesday by Quincy’s own Mary Griffith on WTAD 930 AM.  Listen now to find out more about Tom, his storied history and his upcoming concerts this Saturday, February 9th at HLG University in Hannibal. Tickets are still available for both the Family Concert at 1 p.m. and An Evening with Tom Chapin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.eventshannibal.com or call 573-719-3226.

  With 27 albums and 3 Grammys in a career that spans five decades, Tom Chapin may be the most successful children’s entertainer in America today! Families love his brand of smart, catchy and relevant songs about things that matter to kids. His music is described as “kid-friendly and adult safe” so everyone, no matter the age will enjoy the show. Check out this recording of Tom’s hit This Pretty Planet (featuring Judy Collins).  The Tom Chapin Family Concert takes place this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roland Performing Arts Center at HLG University. Tickets are still available online at…

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There’s still time to subscribe AND get a premium ticket to An Evening With Tom Chapin

Subscribe Now and Save $52! Nathan Hale was just 21 years old when he became the first American to die as a spy. Washington’s forces had been swept off Long Island.  Desperately needing intelligence, he sought a volunteer to go behind enemy lines to report on British plans and strength.  Within a few hours, Nathan Hale had been betrayed by his own cousin, seized and sentenced to hang.  In this remarkable script, David Stanley Ford recreates the hours leading up to Hale’s execution as he is interrogated by John Montressor, a career officer in HRH expeditionary army.  Seen through the…

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Read the Quincy Herald Whig Interview With Tom Chapin Here…

By Edward Husar Herald-Whig Posted: Jan. 26, 2019 9:55 pm HANNIBAL, Mo. — Tom Chapin, a contemporary folk musician and children’s entertainer with a widely recognized family name, will bring his musical talents to Hannibal for two concerts on Feb. 9. Chapin, 73, is a younger brother of the late Harry Chapin, the internationally known singer/songwriter/musician who rocketed to stardom in the 1970s with a series of smash hits, including “Taxi” and “Cat’s in the Cradle.” Tom Chapin is a lifelong musician and performer in his own right. He not only has produced 27 albums of music but also has…

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Still haven’t ordered you 2019 Subscription Yet?

  There’s still time to lock in savings before the New Year! With two World-Premiere original productions, one World-Premiere of a new script adaptation and an evening with one of America’s greatest living folk artists, we’ve packed a lot of experiences into our 2019 Season.  Our fifth season is our biggest and best ever as we celebrate Hannibal’s Bicentennial with our season theme of The American Experience.   Starting with David Stanley Ford’s engrossing two-hander The Interrogation of Nathan Hale by Captain John Montressor of HRH Expeditionary Forces we’re looking at the motivations that led a group of people to rebel…

And the curtain falls on our 2018 Season-Thanks for the Memories…

                                                  As the 2018 Season, built around the theme of Faith draws to a close, we’d like to say thanks to everyone who made this season possible.  To our talented casts and crew, to our volunteers, our sponsors and Producer’s Circle members, our volunteers and especially to our dedicated subscribers, we hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our shows as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing them to you. Over the past four years, we’ve produced 21 shows, including…

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