Play Readings

Professional actors read exceptional plays — with no costumes, props, sets, or special lighting. Join us monthly in the spring and fall for our beloved play reading series at The Music Hall Loft. The Play Reading series is presented with support from: The Fuller Foundation,
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The Ragpicker’s Dream, part of Vintage Christmas


Long-lost loves and unexpected homecomings mingle with poetry, song, and outrageous laughs when The Ragpicker’s Dream returns to the stage of The Music Hall Loft as part of this year’s “Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth”.

Once again, STAGE FORCE Founder Kent Stephens has adapted a range of pieces from sources as varied as Kenneth Graham’s The Wind in the Willows and John Waters to create an evening that runs the full range of feeling this special time of year evokes: poignancy, nostalgia, humor and touches of the miraculous and ridiculous.

This beloved annual event features the talents of top performers Doria Bramante, CJ Lewis, James Sears, Kathy Somssich, Kent Stephens, and Susan Poulin, who brings along her outrageously funny alter-ego, Ida LeClair, to share a few down-to-earth reflections on the joys of the holiday season.

Patrons of the Saturday performance will enjoy the opportunity for an extra-special treat. The show ends just in time for those attending to gather in the Loft’s lobby bar to enjoy a perfect view of Portsmouth’s annual Illuminated Holiday Parade, one of the most popular events of the season.

Saturday, December 6th at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $18. To book, visit The Music Hall Box Office at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, call 603.436.2400, or visit

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