MEREDITH — Fifty-nine local performers, ages seven to over seventy, and numerous behind-the-scenes volunteers are hard at work on The Winni Players Spring production of The Brundibar Project. This special presentation for Holocaust Remembrance Day will be performed Thursday through Sunday, May 1-4 at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith. Performances Thursday through Saturday are at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Each year, the Winni Players, the community theatre branch of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, has presented a staged reading to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance. This year they are instead staging a full-length production made up of the Opera Brundibar along with Tony Kushner’s companion piece, But the Giraffe. Brundibar is an opera for children written by Hans Krasa and Adolf Hoffmeister in 1938 in Prague. It was only performed twice before Krasa and many of the Jews involved in the production were transported by the Nazis to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp.
The music was smuggled into the camp and the opera was performed 55 times between 1943 and 1945 by Jewish children in the camp. The chance to perform was a welcome break from the stark reality of their daily lives. Most of the children who performed were later sent to Auschwitz and murdered, yet their memory lives on through productions of Brundibar.
Despite the sad historical context, Brundibar is a fun and entertaining musical allegory about bullying appropriate for all ages. The plot revolves around two young children who want to buy milk for their sick mother, but the town Organ Grinder, Brundibar, won’t allow them to sing on his street and drowns them out with his organ. Three talking animals enlist the kids of the town to sing together loud enough to drown out Brundibar and “overthrow” the tyrant. Brundibar s often used as a way to introduce children to the subject of the Holocaust because it is not scary, but offers meaningful context to the time period as well as lessons kids can apply to their everyday life.
The production also includes Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright Tony Kushner’s one act play But the Giraffe which Kushner wrote specifically to pair with Brundibar. But the Giraffe imagines how the score for Brundibar may have been smuggled into the camp when a little girl is faced with the decision to pack her beloved stuffed giraffe or her uncle’s musical score in her suitcase when faced with deportation.
Tickets are available online at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333. Tickets are only $10. There will be a lobby display of artwork and historical items from Theresienstadt and the Holocaust, and post performance discussions with the cast and audience led by Humanities experts after each performance.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:20
MEREDITH — After close to three and a half months of rehearsals, the curtain will go up this weekend for The Streetcar Company's presentation of the musical "Les Miserables." The award winning musical will be performed at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 7 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, the 27th, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available at Greenlaw’s Music in Downtown Laconia, Innisfree Bookstore at the Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith, at the door or online at the company website www.streetcarcompany.com. Tickets are priced at $15, and $12 for seniors.
Between its release a few short years ago and now, numerous area community and semi-professional companies have already preformed Les Miz. This huge undertaking for the Streetcar Company has been years in the making. While many members of the group have seen productions of "Les Miz" since it first appeared on Broadway in 1986, awaiting release of the show to community theaters and securing the rights was a long process. Coordinating venue availability, checking the schedules of the directors, accompanist, production and stage personnel all took time.
But finally The Streetcar Company will bring Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, Fantine, Cosette, Marius, Eponine, Enjolaras and the Thenadrdiers along with the dozens of students, "lovely ladies," peasants and convicts that fill out the ensemble to life as they tread the boards and present the much beloved musical to Lakes Region audiences.
These characters portrayed by close to 40 of your friends, co-workers, relatives or neighbors have a support staff of technical personal who have worked just as hard as the cast to produce this show, and Streetcar is sure that audience members will know someone working on stage or behind the scenes.
Taking on the daunting directorial task for "Les Miz," J. Alward has been a show fan since she first saw the musical in New York a number of years ago. She and her family have since seen the production numerous times. Adapting her own ideas and concepts of the show, Alward along with musical director Karen Jordan and accompanist Phil Breton have worked hard to bring out the best in each actor.
Meanwhile, producer Erin Fitzmaurice and assistant producer Raylyn Cotrell, oversee the production staff that includes stage manager Erin Zarella, costumer Becky Guyer, set construction head Aaron Witham, lighting coordinator Lindsey Sullivan and props head Peter Ayer, to name just a few.
The Streetcar Company is a not-for-profit company and all proceed go toward production costs, company sustainability and future shows. The Lakes Region Scholarship foundation has also been a benefactor of production proceeds. The longest running community theater group in the Lakes Region, Streetcar is now joined by a number of theater groups performing in and around the area. As they do, Streetcar is very appreciative of the public's support of live community theater.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:14
MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank has made a $3,795 donation to Genesis Behavioral Health of Laconia and Plymouth, the bank has announced.
As part of the bank's commitment to assisting non-profit agencies in the communities it serves, MVSB matched all 2014 employee contributions to the Lakes Region United Way dollar-for-dollar. The $37,950 in matched funds were distributed evenly to 10 deserving non-profit agencies selected by MVSB employee vote.
"We are so appreciative of this donation from Meredith Village Savings Bank," said Maggie Pritchard, executive director of Genesis Behavioral Health. "With these funds we plan to increase efficiency at our center by converting our paper charts to an electronic medical record. Moving to an electronic medical record will free up space and time at our office, allowing us to improve patient care and better keep up with the demand for mental health and counseling services in our region."
The mission of Genesis Behavioral Health is to provide essential services that enhance the emotional and mental health of our communities. They do this by offering comprehensive mental health services to children, adults, elders, and their families throughout the Lakes Region. They work in collaboration with medical and health care professionals, law enforcement personnel and court officials, school administrators and teachers, social workers and public health officials, and businesses throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton counties.
For more information, visit www.genesisbh.org or call (603)524-1100.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:07
FRANKLIN — The public in the Twin Rivers area will have its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs during a Drug Take-Back event on Saturday.
On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a representative of the Franklin and Tilton Police Departments, along with the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force will be manning the collection site in the lot of the CVS Pharmacy at 861 Central St.
This Drug Take-Back event is a collaborative effort by the Franklin and Tilton Police Departments, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force.
There is no charge for disposing unneeded medications at this event, and participants may do so anonymously.
The hope is that many area residents will take advantage of this valuable opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs. If you are unable to make it on April 26, you can access the Franklin Police Department's Medication Collection Box in the lobby of the department located at 5 Hancock Terrace in Franklin. The Collection Box is available 24/7 and anyone can anonymously drop pills and patches into the box, no questions asked.
"We are glad to participate in the annual DEA Take-Back event as an effort to create awareness of the prescription drug abuse issue, and we are very pleased with the response to the permanent collection box," says Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein. "The simple act of safely disposing of unneeded or outdated prescription drugs goes a long way toward creating a safer environment for our community," states Goldstein.
For more information on prevention of prescription drug abuse and how to talk to your kids about this dangerous problem, click on the link for the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force at www.franklinnh.org.
While over-the-counter and prescription medications can be brought to collection sites, the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or other sharps.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:02
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