In 1987, the North Country Center for the Arts transformed the paper mill in Lincoln (the former industrial center of the community, officially closed since 1980) into the Papermill Theatre, and produced its first professional mainstage season. Productions of the inaugural season included Carnival, Harvey, Deathtrap, and Cabaret.

Over more than two decades, the Papermill Theatre would perform over 80 professional productions in the historic paper mill building and establish a reputation for excellence, winning many New Hampshire Theatre Awards and becoming a vibrant center for the arts in New Hampshire and New England.

After years of success in the restored paper mill building, NCCA played its final summer season in the Papermill Theatre in 2009, producing Smokey Joe’s Cafe, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and On the Town.  That fall, the paper mill was demolished, making way for the new facility that would house the NCCA performing arts companies of Lincoln — Jean’s Playhouse.

Read the full history of Jean’s Playhouse here.

  • Almost Maine
    Jean's Playhouse
    Thursday, September 05, 2019 to Saturday, September 14, 2019

    by Jogn Cariani “Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in ...

  • Cinderella
    Jean's Playhouse
    Thursday, August 01, 2019 to Saturday, August 17, 2019

    Music by Rodgers, RichardBook by Oscar Hammerstein IILyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred ...

  • The Fantasticks
    Jean's Playhouse
    Thursday, August 22, 2019 to Saturday, August 31, 2019

    Book & Lyrics by Tom JonesMusic by Harvey Schmidt “There’s always time to remember this romantic fable about a boy, a girl, their two fathers and a love that grows with each season. “Try To Remember” a time when this romantic charmer wasn’t enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to ...

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
    Jean's Playhouse
    Thursday, June 20, 2019 to Saturday, June 29, 2019

    by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleAdapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson “An ancient family curse, a desolate moor, a spectral hound and a deranged killer on the loose. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the most celebrated Holmes story of all, a masterpiece of mystery and suspense. And Lord it’s scary – really, really, scary. The story of Sherlock Holmes’s investigation into the monstrous beast terrorizing the dark and dangerous moors has gripped people’s imaginations since it first appeared in print in 1901. Peepolykus have taken all the familiar elements of ...

  • Titanic the Musical
    Jean's Playhouse
    Thursday, July 11, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019

    Story and Book by Peter Stone;Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston “The sinking of the Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of the twentieth century. A total of 1,517 souls—men, women and children—lost their lives (only 711 survived). The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world—called, in fact, the “unsinkable” ship—should have been lost during its maiden voyage is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared to contrive it. “But the catastrophe had social ramifications that ...

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