MEREDITH — On Sunday, January 19th the community theater branch of the Winnipesaukee Playhouse will be holding an information night for all community members interested in finding out more about its special Spring Production. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the new Winnipesaukee Playhouse theater.
From May 1-4, 2014 the Winni Players, along with the youth and teen ensembles of the Playhouse, will be performing Tony Kushner's play But the Giraffe in conjunction with the historically important musical Brundibar by Hans Krasa and Adolf Hoffmeister with new lyrics by Tony Kushner. This unique production is a little different than other Winni Players' productions. For the past 6 years the group has performed staged readings of Holocaust themed plays for Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year the Players are producing a full scale production of these two plays in lieu of a staged reading with all performances followed by talkbacks with the cast and audience and educational displays of historic material in the lobby.
Brundibar was performed 55 times in the Terezin concentration camp by Jewish children during WWII. Many of the children did not survive the war. Director Bryan Halperin says, "Performing Brundibar is a way for the Lakes Region community to remember the lives lost in the Holocaust while coming together to build our own community by sharing this experience. The nice thing about Brundibar is that is can be an introduction to people, including kids, about the Holocaust without the fear and horror of many Holocaust stories. Brundibar is a fable, about bullies, and teaches people to work together to stand up against tyranny, an appropriate lesson for any commmunity."