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‘Forum’ to be staged at Plymouth State in March

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart) March 5–8 in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Forum) is a bawdy, sassy romp in ancient Rome, packaged in a traditional love story. The musical was inspired by the farces of the Roman playwright Plautus and is infused with fun, vaudevillian sketches. It is recommended for mature audiences.

The scene for Forum is a Roman street with three adjacent houses: the brothel of Lycus, the house of Senex and the house of Erronius. The musical tells the tale of Pseudolus, a scheming slave of the house of Senex, who is desperate to obtain his freedom. Pseudolus devises a deal with his master, Hero, in which he will become a free man if he can win the heart of the virgin beauty, Philia, for his master. Of course, it cannot be that easy—everything that can go wrong does, and hilarity ensues.

Forum gives student actors and staff an opportunity to look at a different style of theatre from what they most often experience. Created during the Golden Age of Broadway, Forum is a big-scale production with orchestra and lots of brass, and a non-contemporary sound. Director Fran Page '05 says that at Plymouth State, while the musical will stay true to the original lines and songs, it will take on some new twists. For example, Marcus Lycus, a "procurer and seller of female flesh," is portrayed as a gay man. Page says, "Our production looks closely at the style of physical humor and schtick that is embedded into the piece. I like to say that audience members should come prepared to laugh and enjoy themselves thoroughly. We have more schtick than you can shake a stick at!"

Page, a teaching lecturer at Plymouth State University, holds a B.A. from Plymouth State and an M.F.A. from Goddard College. He has many years of experience in bringing traditional and socially charged theatrical works to audiences.

The production staff includes faculty and staff members Lisa Travis, choreographer; Emily Jaworski, music director; Matt Kizer, lighting designer and Danee Grillo, costumer.

Marjorie Salvatore, a senior theatre arts major from New London is the set designer. Zach Glennon, a junior theatre arts major from Meredith is stage manager; and Leo Curran, a junior theatre arts major from Braintree, Mass. is assistant stage manager.

The cast includes Sam St. Jean, a junior theatre arts major from Goffstown as Pseudolus; Hayden Stearns, a senior theatre arts major from Windham, Conn. as Senex; Olivia Opal, a senior theatre arts major from Hampden, Mass. as Domina; Nick Kalantzakos, a junior theatre arts major from Andover, Mass. as Hero and Adam Beauparlant, a sophomore theatre arts major from Merrimack as Hysterium.

Also Matt Bouvier, a senior theatre arts major from Hudson, Mass. as Erronius; Jakob Stone, a junior theatre arts major from Harrisville as Miles Gloriosus; Roland DuBois, a sophomore theatre arts major from Gilford as Marcus Lycus and Chelsea Merritt, a senior interdisciplinary studies major from Plainfield, Conn. as Philia; along with a number of courtesans, house boys and Proteans.

Performances are March 5–6 at 8 p.m. and March 7 and 8 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and $18 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Ticket are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:12

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Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd annual Youth Concert to be held on March 22 in Meredith

MEREDITH — The Meredith based Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra invites all young people to its 2nd annual community outreach "youth" concert. A wonderful friend of the orchestra, Susan Satnick, is again this year sponsoring the "youth" concert.

It is the aim of the orchestra to share the experience and joy of music with young people. The shortened performance is especially programmed to expose a young audience to the joys of making music, sharing musical talents with other musicians, and watching a live performance. Both a student vocal group and a student woodwind ensemble from the Concord Community Music School will join the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra in this "young peoples" concert.

This special concert – an inspirational collaboration for young people – is "free" to all children and students and only $10 for adults. The concert is being performed Sunday afternoon, March 22 at 3 p.m. It will be held at the Inter-Lakes High School Community Auditorium. NH. Tickets are available online at www.LRSO.org/tickets and from the Innisfree Bookshop and the Mobil station across from the town docks in Meredith; Greenlaw's Music in Laconia; and Bayswater Books in Center Harbor. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door one hour before the performance.

The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization that provides classical, Pops, and Youth music performances for Central New Hampshire during the traditional concert season.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:01

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Prescott Farm accepting applications for pre-school

LACONIA — The Prescott Farm Environmental Center is now accepting registrations for its long-anticipated Nature-Based Preschool! "Fledglings" which will open in September for children ages 3-5 and will be a fully-licensed educational program that will promote a developmentally appropriate foundation of skills while immersing children in the natural world and all it has to offer.

The hope is for children to become life-long learners and make meaningful connections to nature as they continue to increase their understanding of the world around them.

For more information, including curriculum and activities, policies and procedures, schedule options and tuition rates and payment plans, interested people should read through our Parent Handbook. When you are ready, fill out and send us your Registration Form - these will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those who have questions can contact Cathy Duffy, Education Director. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:58

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Financial aid counselor available to help students in Belmont, Gilford & Laconia

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce that, effective February 18, Doreen Richards, our new Financial Aid Counselor, will be available at Belmont, Gilford and Laconia High Schools.

Dr. Richards will be on each of the high school campuses, on a weekly basis. It will be her job to assist in navigating students through the sometimes-tricky waters of the financial aid and scholarships application process for post secondary education. Beginning in March, Dr. Richards will be at Belmont High School on Tuesdays from 11 am to 3 pm, Laconia High School on Wednesdays from 11-3 and on Fridays at Gilford High School for the same time period. The FAC will also be available, by appointment, for parents of students as well. Appointments for parent may be made during or after regular school hours.

On Tuesday, February 17th, members of the guidance departments for each of the participating schools met with the new Financial Aid Counselor (FAC) as well as the Executive Director and president of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation. The team met to discuss how to integrate this new position in with the guidance offices. The group is hoping to have Dr. Richards serve area students in a variety of ways including: help with filling out FAFSA forms for financial aid, offer scholarship advice and scholarship research information, help with completion of any applications or other forms requested by colleges, offer college and career guidance as it relates to the finances available to students and their families, advise parents and students about the meaning and implications of awards letters from colleges as they come in to students. It is hoped that the FAC will also serve as a clearinghouse of information for the guidance departments in each school about college applications, filing dates and independent scholarships available both locally and nationally. Additionally, Doreen hopes to be available over the summer for students and their families if students decide to change their first choice school for any reason.

The Financial Aid Counselor position is a concept funded by an anonymous local resident. The donor approached the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation over the summer with a generous idea: to help college-bound students with their financial planning and offer a service, through LRSF, as a complement to the services offered by local high school guidance offices. The donor is aware of the skyrocketing cost of a college education over the past decade. These costs represent a burden, which both students and parents carry for years and can have a profound impact on a student's future financial status with respect to buying a house or a car, or just finding a position that will allow the individual to pay back the monies owed. The donor has also seen this financial burden impacting parents of students as they approach retirement age with a large debt over head.

Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation has been assisting college and post-secondary students with scholarship opportunities for nearly 60 years. Executive Director, Joan Cormier, welcomes this opportunity to have this service as a complement to all that we presently do for students in the area. She is pleased that this donor has stepped forward to fund a position that will hopefully further assist area students and is pleased to have this grant position under the LRSF umbrella.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:53

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