Streetcar Company’s Barnum cast learning circus tricks from a pro

MEREDITH — Erin Lovett Sherman ran off and joined the circus. Luckily for the Streetcar Company, the longest running community theatre company in the Lakes Region, she came back.

In addition to her work as the Artistic Director of ARTSFEST, and the Director of Youth and Outreach Programming and Circus Arts Coach at New England Center for Circus Arts, Erin is putting the cast and crew of Barnum, Streetcar's latest production, through the paces of being part of the circus.
The Streetcar Company is bringing Barnum, a Circus Musical, to the stage at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium May 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and Erin has her work cut out for her. In addition to the usual work memorizing lines, perfecting songs, and figuring out where and when to be, the cast working with Erin is learning stunts, magic, dance and yes, even swinging from the rafters. They couldn't have a better instructor, as Erin is a dancer, aerialist, performing artist, choreographer, educator, and director.
Erin is not alone in bringing this production to the local stage. As a community theatre group, Streetcar is fortunate to have lots of local talent and volunteers to work with, as the show's director Jessica Alward and Producer Raelyn Cottrell, can attest to. You will not want to miss Bo Guyer bringing the character of P.T. Barnum to the limelight, Chris Fernandez as the Ringmaster or the soulful blues being sung by Cecilia Zarella.

Dr. Merrithew moves from Speare Memorial Hospital to Primary Care office


PLYMOUTH — Dr. Dana Merrithew has returned to his primary care roots, joining the patient care team at Speare Primary Care. Well known in the community, Dr. Merrithew has most recently been a familiar face as one of the hospitalists at Speare Memorial Hospital—a hospital-based physician responsible for coordinating a patient's care in the hospital.

Trained as an internal medicine physician, Dr. Merrithew is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with an additional certification in Geriatrics. After earning both his bachelor's and doctorate from Boston University, he completed his residency at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston. Of particular clinical interest to Dr. Merrithew is helping patients with chronic disease management, including diabetes, COPD, and dementia.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Merrithew to Speare Primary Care," notes Practice Administrator Chuck Hulse. "Specializing in geriatric medicine, and being a long-term resident of central New Hampshire, Dr. Merrithew brings another level of confidence and comfort to our patient population, and assuring their continuity of care."

Located at Speare's medical office building at Boulder Point in Plymouth, Speare Primary Care offers expanded care options for patients of all ages. Adds Physician's Assistant Britt McDonald, "This is the community where we live, work and play and it is important to people to have access to the care they need, when they need it, in the community where they live from providers they know. We offer that at Speare Primary Care." Speare Primary Care is accepting new patients. Call 536-1881 to schedule an appointment.

Science center’s annual clean-up day is on April 18

HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will hold its annual Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to prepare the trails, grounds, and Kirkwood Gardens for opening day on May 1.

Volunteers should wear old clothes and work gloves because some projects are messy or dirty, such as painting, pruning, raking, and sweeping. Most work is outdoors, so participants are asked to dress for the weather. Extra leaf rakes are helpful. Volunteers and staff share a complimentary picnic lunch at noon. Groups and families are welcome.
To register contact Volunteer Coordinator Carol Raymond at 603-968-7194 x22 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sant Bani School plans concerts for April 10 & May 8

SANBORNTON — Sant Bani School's concert series has brought world-class performers to its Studio Theater for more than a decade, and the school is pleased to announce two concerts for the spring season.
On Friday April 10, The Kenny Werner Trio will perform for the students during the school day and for the public at 7 p.m. Just back from an Italian tour, Kenny Werner is a dynamic pianist and composer. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications has long impacted audiences around the world. Kenny was awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for his seminal work, "No Beginning No End." The New York Times describes him as "a well-seasoned pianist who tempers fearsome technique with abundant wit." The Village Voice calls him "an ebullient stylist ... his solos start evenhandedly and become wooly rides into the darkness."
On May 8, there will be a switch from jazz to classical with I Musicisti, a group of musicians from the Boston area who perform at venues throughout the region, presenting "Sensational Soirées" designed to cap the day for lovers of great music.
Last spring's Delfeayo Marsalis concert at Sant Bani School was sold out. Tickets for the Kenny Werner Trio are $15 and can be reserved by calling the School at 934-4240.