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Winni Players’ 2014 Playwriting Festival is this weekend

MEREDITH — On Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1 from 1-3:30 p.m,. the Winni Player's 2014 Playwriting Festival will be held at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's outdoor amphitheater (inside if it rains). It will feature thirteen local teen and adult playwrights debuting their world premiere one act plays.
The playwrights started last winter in a 10-week workshop led by Playhouse Executive Director Bryan Halperin. Thirteen local residents ranging in age from 13 to 60+ worked for months fleshing out characters, creating plots, and refining dialogue in order to create their unique one act plays.
Their creations cover a variety of genres. Audiences will be laughing at comedies such as The Fairy Godmothers, by husband and wife writing team Brad and Elizabeth Rohdenburg of Meredith, which features some behind-the-scenes castle shenanigans when the new princess is born. The Just Odd League, a tale of washed up super heroes with dubious powers by Cathy Johnson of Gilford, is also laugh out loud funny.
On the other end of the spectrum is post-apocalyptic drama in The End by Alyssa Desautelle from Laconia as well as good old-fashioned family drama in Summer's End by Gilford's Sean Desautelle and The Morals of Merlot by Cali Mitchell of New Hampton.
A theme running through several plays this year is "meta," which means the plays are self-referential or they break the fourth wall (that invisible barrier between audience and stage that usually separates the audience from the fictional world on stage). Both Josh Jansen of Meredith and Shayla Locke of Center Barnstead created writers who must deal with their characters coming to life in And The Thicken Plots and Real or Not, respectively. In Bryan Halperin's The Gnome, art imitates life as four little girls play versions of themselves as they commiserate their lack of being cast in the Festival. The play was written specifically for them after they had all auditioned for other plays, but there weren't enough parts available.
Of course, writing the play is just the beginning. Bringing it to life on stage is when things get even more interesting. About 30 local actors auditioned over two nights to fill the many parts available in the Festival.
Watching auditions and participating in rehearsals also provide new perspectives for the writers. "It was weird to hear the actors say the words differently than how they sounded in my head when I wrote them," commented Jaydie Halperin the youngest playwright in the group, in reference to her play On the Subject of Dragons. She soon learned it was all part of the theatre process to see how actors and directors interpret the written material.
The cost to see all thirteen plays is only $5 (cash or check at the door). Each ticket holder will be entered into a raffle to win a free pair of tickets (a $58 dollar value) to the first show of the Playhouse's summer professional season, The Foreigner, which runs June 25 – July 5. (Must be present to win.) Each Festival ticket can also be redeemed at the end of the day for a $5 discount on a ticket to The Foreigner.
For more information, visit www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org

Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 07:10

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Sportsmen Hosting Spring Fishing Derby at Gunstock

GILFORD — The Belknap County Sportsmen's Association is holding their annual spring fishing derby Sunday, June 1 at Gunstock Pond from 9 a.m. to noon.

No need to preregister---free for all children under16 years of age. Food and beverages are provided free of charge by the Sportsmen's Club and Bank of NH. Trophies awarded for 1st 2nd and 3rd place.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 06:45

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Last Program in Retirement Planning Series for Small Business Owners: Financial Planning

PLYMOUTH  — The Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP) and the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the last program in their Retirement Planning Series for Small Business Owners: Financial Planning on Thursday, May 29, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth.

Rebecca Lackey, a financial professional with Prudential, will host an informative program designed to help the small business owner prepare for planned and unplanned challenges in retirement. Focusing on developing a lifetime income strategy, Lackeywill share her years of experience in financial services and offer attendees best practices to prepare for the future.

Lackey offers investment advisory services to small business owners and individuals as a representative of Prudential Financial Planning Services. Her 24 years of financial services experience, including expertise in Fixed Income and Stock Plan Services with Fidelity Investments, allows her to help clients develop a financial plan to realize their goals. With a BS in Accounting from SNHU, Rebecca and her family live locally to pursue their goals while she serves on the board of the Community Closet and as Treasurer for the local Rotary Club.

This event is offered at no cost to attendees, but space is limited, Reserve a seat by clicking the "Seminars" page on the ECP website www.EnterpriseCenterNH.com, contacting the Center office at 535-3222, or the Chamber Office at 536-1001.


Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 05:59

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Jewett Brook Survey will aid students in brook-related projects

LACONIA — Residents of the Jewett Brook watershed in Laconia and Gilford are being asked to participate in a survey that will assist the City of Laconia and Laconia High School students in their brook related projects. The 10 question survey form has been mailed directly to residents requesting that it be completed and returned by May 28; an on-line option has also been provided.

The anonymous results of the survey will be reviewed at a public meeting to be held on June 4 starting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 216 of the Laconia High School. The meeting will feature a presentation by students of the Laconia High School Honors Biology class on their multi-year study of the brook and Luke Powell of Laconia's Public Works Department will highlight a planned stream bank stabilization project.

Those who would like to attend the meeting can RSVP by contacting the Belknap County Conservation District at telephone number 527-5880 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The survey and meeting coordination is being funded through a grant awarded to the Belknap County Conservation District by the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation.

Jewett Brook, most famous in recent history for its repeated flooding in the vicinity of Union Avenue and Davis Place in Laconia, starts in the uplands of Gilford and travels through Laconia on a course that parallels Gilford Avenue to outlet into the Winnipesaukee River. In recent years the City of Laconia Public Works Department has obtained grants to professionally study the brook. The reports generated from those studies can be viewed on the City of Laconia website. The Laconia Conservation Commission, partnering with various local natural resource professionals, is actively encouraging citizen involvement in maintaining the health of Laconia's water resources.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 10:46

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