By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — It’s been a decade of dance, shows, plays, and so much more at Pinkerton Academy.
The Stockbridge Theatre in Pinkerton’s Spaulding Arts and Humanities Building is not only a major venue for the school’s arts and other programs, but also attracts major performers and entertainers from all over the world.
The Stockbridge turns 10 years old this November and the schedule is filling up for another season of shows.
Facilities director Matt Cahoon said the venue is a grand space that has hosted some topnotch acts.
With seating for 881, there is much more to come.
“It’s been a very good 10 years,” he said.
Cahoon has worked at the space for eight of those 10 years, taking on the challenges of bringing shows to the theatre and making sure Pinkerton gets priority for its own needs on stage.
The crowds have been good.
“We had over 37,000 people in here last year,” Cahoon said.
The theater’s calendar can have upward of 265 events listed, he said.
As the anniversary approaches, Cahoon said Stockbridge would continue its successful partnership with Scott Hayward, owner of the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry.
In the past, the Derry theater has hosted Tupelo shows requiring a larger seating capacity. This season there are fiveTupelo shows on the schedule, including performances by Los Lobos, Rita Coolidge and B.J. Thomas.
Returning favorites like Rockapella make stops in Derry every year around the holidays.
A sing-a-long “Sound of Music” event is also planned this November.
Cahoon is proud of the long list of events for children.
“We definitely have something for everybody,” he said.
Cahoon is a theater fan himself. He not only leads the Stockbridge through its busy entertainment schedule, but he works hard on his own theater company and its performances.
He also sits on the board for the Derry Opera House at the Adams Memorial Building in downtown Derry, another venue he hopes to help with getting the audiences in the seats.
“It’s a community resource for Derry,” he said. “I feel very strongly about its continued use.”
Between the Stockbridge, the Tupelo and the Opera House, Cahoon said the area meets space needs for just about any event.
A complete schedule of events is listed at stockbridgetheatre.com or call for information at 437-5210.