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Art of Marriage at Meredith church on May 2 & 3

MEREDITH — First Baptist Church in Meredith is sponsoring "The Art of Marriage" event on Friday, May 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., and continuing on Saturday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The program, presented through video and the personal experiences of several local couples, provides an opportunity for couples of all ages and stages of relationship to learn more about what makes marriage work and how to make their marriage stronger. Organizers say the program is relevant for all married couples (whether struggling or not), as well as those who are engaged to be married.

First Baptist Church is located at the corner of Main and High streets in Meredith. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 603-279-8108. Register for this free event at www.theartofmarriage.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:35

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Cactus Jack’s hosting Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday

LACONIA — Cactus Jack's on Union Avenue in Laconia will host the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday, April 29, from 4 to 6 p.m.. Everyone is welcome to attend and the event will include plenty of great food and refreshments served by the friendly staff, along with fun door prizes.

With the summer fast approaching, Cactus Jack's is gearing up for another great season. The restaurant recently launched a new dinner menu, including Baja Grilled Fish Tacos, Grilled Mahi Mahi, and many new options served with their signature Southwestern flair. The new beverage menu also features a great selection of signature margaritas, including the award-winning Chipotle Mango Margarita and a Just Juice Skinny Margarita, as well as guest favorites like the Lemon Drop Martini and Cucumber Melon Fresca.

T-BONES & Cactus Jack's offers a great rewards program called Payback$. Payback$ members earn one point for every dollar spent on food and beverage purchases. Gold Payback$ members, 55 and older, earn two points for every dollar spent on purchases ordered between 1 and 5 p.m. For every 100 points earned, a complimentary $10 Payback$ reward is automatically added to the customer's Payback$ account.

T-BONES & Cactus Jack's of Laconia is a proud member of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, and is excited to host this fun, networking event for the business community.

For more information about T-BONES & Cactus Jack's, visit www.t-bones.com.

For additional information on the event, please contact the Chamber at 524-5531. To register for this event please visit the chamber website, www.lakesregionchamber.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:28

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Winni Playhouse Brundibar performance opens on May 1st

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

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Curtain going up on Streetcar Co.'s Les Miserables

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

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