Punk rock pirates: Winnipesaukee Playhouse to stage Treasure Island

MEREDITH — When The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Education Director, Timothy L'Ecuyer, began brainstorming ideas for directing kids and teens in an adaptation of the historical, swashbuckling tale Treasure Island, he ended up going down a path few would consider: punk rock pirates. The 1780s will meet the 1980s when Treasure Island sets sail on the Playhouse's stage on March 20-22.

Ken Ludwig's fanciful adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel follows young Jim Hawkins as he takes to the high seas in search of treasure and contends with a band of buccaneers including the brutal Billy Bones, sinister Blind Pew, brash Anne Bonny, and, of course, Long John Silver.

Fifteen local kids will take on the challenge of bringing the tale to life, many of them playing multiple roles from landlubbers to swashbucklers – albeit clad in black leather and studs. Inventive staging will have cast members literally climbing all areas of the theatre.

Says L'Ecuyer, "It has been very rewarding to work with this ensemble of actors to really explore the power of abstraction and deconstruction of such a universally known text. We are all eager to share the results of our exciting process."

Treasure Island sponsored through a unique partnership between The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and New Hampton School. It is suitable for adults and children ages eight and above. Tickets in the orchestra are $14 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Balcony seats are available for $10. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333.

Congregational Church hosting Lenten organ recitals on Fridays

LACONIA — The Laconia Congregational Church will once again be hosting Lenten organ recitals on Fridays at noon. The recitals are free and open to the public. On Friday, March 20 the recital will feature seven local church organists:

Bob Bengtson - Congregational Church of Laconia.

Phil Breton - First United Methodist Church, Gilford.

Kevin Chamberlain - St. Charles Borromeo, Meredith.

Elsie Ivester - South Baptist Church, Laconia.

Larry Leonard - Bethany United Church of Christ, Randolph, Vt.

Bob Narducci - St. Andre Bessette, Laconia (St. Joseph and Sacred Heart) and First Church of Christ, Scientist, Laconia.

Vicki Wood Parrish - First United Methodist Church, Gilford.

Cabin Fever Carnival at Franklin elementary school on Saturday

FRANKLIN — THe Paul Smith Elementary School PTO is holding the "Cabin Fever Carnival" at PSS on Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event will celebrate the end of winter and proceeds will support rebuilding Paul Smith Elementary School's playground.

There will be a variety of make and take craft activities, face-painting, and gym games. Several vendor tables as well as a raffle will be available for the adults.

A $5 registration fee for children over 2 (2 and under are free) with a maximum fee of $20 per family is needed for access to the craft, games and other activities. Proceeds raised will benefit the rehabilitation and expansion of the PSS playground area.

For more information contact: Bonnie Gilbert at Paul Smith Elementary School 934-4144 ext. 211. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Senior Moment-um program on Monday to take up fitness

GILFORD -- Opportunities for improving personal fitness will the topic of the Senior Moment-um program scheduled for Monday, March 23, at 10 a.m. at the Gilford Community Center.

Participants will meet at the center (adjacent to the Gilford Community Church) for an introduction and tour of the center's fitness room, lead by center Director Scott Hodsdon and Mary Flynn. Many of the pieces of equipment, which are from a former Curves facility, allow each person to work out with low impact at his or her own pace and ability. Future use of the room will be available for those who are interested.

The Senior Moment-um program is sponsored by the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department.

More information about the March 23 Let's Get Physical event or RSVPs can be made by calling the Parks and Recreation Office at 527-4722.