GILFORD — Due to recent schedule changes at Gilford High School, the Performing Arts Department's spring play, Almost, Maine, will be performed a week earlier than in was originally scheduled.
John Cariani's real romantic comedy about people grappling with love in a small, slightly magical town in northern Maine will now be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 13th, 14th, and 15th at 7pm in the Gilford High School Auditorium. Further, selected scenes from the play will be performed at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy on March 8 at a New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild Regional Drama Festival. After the full-length version of Almost, Maine is presented as Gilford's mainstage production, schools from around the state will present one-act plays at the NHETG State Drama Festival, hosted by Gilford High School on March 28th and 29th.
Almost, Maine by John Cariani was originally performed Off-Broadway in 2006 and has since become a favorite amongst theatres around the country. It's honest characters, charming stories, and clever humor make it impossible not to love. The play is directed by Matt Demko and Sarah Cook, with technical direction by Scott Piddington, and costume design by Tammy Denver and Judy Cook.
Nineteen Gilford High School students create the ensemble of the play. Anna Malek, Dawson Ellis, Kaylee Lemire, Hunter Sanborn, Kyliegh Farley, Tom Pouliot, Sophia Prevost, Cordelia Penney, Alec Medine, Delaney Andrews, Maccoy Bourgeois, Jake Adams, Colin Croft, Emily Hanf, Sean Desautelle, Summer McGaffigan, Ryan Hall, Heather Hunt, and Jack Harding will play the inhabitants of Almost, Maine. The GHS tech crew is collaborating to design the play's set, lights, sound, and props. All tickets for Almost, Maine are $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Gilford Village Store and Greenlaw's Music starting in March.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:41
MEREDITH — The next AARP Mature Driver Safety Program in Meredith takes place at the Meredith Community Center on Wednesday April 3 from 9 a.m. to Noon and then 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Conducted in two 3-hour sessions. The classroom experience emphasizes defensive driving techniques, including new traffic laws and rules of the road to name a few. It points out how to adjust your driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.
There is no test and those completing the course receive a certificate making them eligible for insurance discounts from certain insurance companies serving New Hampshire.
The fee for this one day course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others.
To register for this course call Bob Kennelly at 677-7187 or the Meredith Senior Center at 279-5631.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:38
MEREDITH — New Hampshire State Senators Jeanie Forrester and Jeb Bradley will host a Meet and Greet for Joe Kenney, NH Executive Council candidate for District 1 in the special election on March 11, on Wednesday March 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wicwas Lake Grange in Meredith.
The Grange is located at 150 Meredith Center Road. The public is invited to attend.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:35
PLYMOUTH — The Eagle Pond Author's Series at Plymouth State University will host April Bernard in a free reading at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. Poet John Ashbery said "April Bernard's voice is a voice of one crying in the wilderness, but the wilderness is our populated, all too familiar one, and her psalms are striped with modern despair, loving and knowing."
April Bernard is a teacher, a novelist, an essayist and most famously, a poet. She grew up in New England and was educated at Harvard, following which she moved to New York City to work in publishing. Her most recent collection of poetry is Romanticism, published in 2009.
Bernard has taught widely and was for many years a magazine and book editor in New York City. As Director of Creative Writing, she is a member of the English Department faculty at Skidmore College, and is also on the faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars. Her honors include a Guggenheim award, the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Whitney Humanities Fellowship at Yale University, a Sidney Harman Fellowship, and the Stover Prize. The Whitman Award judge said, "The wit here is corrosive, the ear faultless, the raised voice one to which we cannot but listen."
"I tend to allow my poems to generate their own form," Bernard told Reb Livingston of Post Road. "Once it's on the page I start to see a shape to it and I say organically this wants to be a poem in triplets or this wants to be a poem with really long lines. As I'm revising it I allow it to be the thing it seems to want to be. But it pretty much has to be generated from within. I would say that it's not very conscious, it's really much more an intuitive thing. Although I do actually write formal poems as exercises when I am stuck," she said.
She told Livingston, " ... a poem is capturing a moment of absolute intense emotion. ...It becomes a means of conveyance to hand the poem to somebody else because you can't just hurl the emotion at them. You have to give it to them in a form that is stable and that won't explode. It's like putting dynamite in a nice box and then you hand the box, which is the poem, to the other person and the other person has to unpack it. If you're lucky, they will enjoy the unwrapping. Part of the purposeful difficulty of the poem is to prolong the unwrapping process and to prolong the expectation."
Bernard has published three other poetry collections: Blackbird Bye Bye, Psalms, and Swan Electric. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The Nation and Slate.
Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Authors Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:31