Streetcar Company to hold auditions for production of musical ‘Barnum’ Jan. 11 & 12

GILFORD — The Streetcar Company announces auditions for huge production of Broadway musical "Barnum'' The life and times of P.T. Barnum. This production requires performers with many types of talent. We will be auditioning for our usual singers, dancers, and actors, but we also will be looking for folks with circus type acts. Jugglers, acrobats, dog acts, fire eaters, sword swallowers, aerialists, you name it. We also need folks willing to take on small roles like bearded lady, strong man, geeks and freaks.

Opportunities are available for people of almost any age. We are casting kids ages 3 and up as circus animals and clowns, older kids as chorus members and adults in all kinds of roles.

Kids acting auditions will be Sunday, January 11th at 3 pm with circus acts to follow at 5 pm on the same day. Sunday evening at 7:30 will be our first open singing, acting and dance audition for folks ages 16 and over. Monday January 12th at 7 pm will be another round of musical and acting auditions as well a chance for us to look at people a second time if we desire.

Please bring your A game and be ready with a short prepared song to sing with the piano as well as a reading from the provided script.

All auditions will be held at the Methodist Church on Route 11A in Gilford. For more information visit our website, or email the director J Alward at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Show dates are in late April and the rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons and evenings, Monday evenings, and Thursday evenings. People are also needed to work on various production jobs. Email or attend auditions to get involved.

Keep the Heat On Auction to Feature Familiar Favorites and Exciting New Items

PLYMOUTH — Neighbors helping neighbors. That's what we're known for in New Hampshire. The Plymouth Area Community Closet (PACC) and the Keep the Heat On (KTHO) Committee are grateful to our generous friends who have responded to the urgent appeal for fuel assistance funds for our neighbors. Tickets for the10th Annual KTHO event on January 14 event are selling fast at Chase Street Market, sponsors are signing on to help in a big way, and new auction and raffle items are coming in every day.

The live auction with Lisa Lovett and Terri Daucher will be the culmination of a fun-filled evening that will include a silent auction, raffle, and buffet dinner supplied by more than 20 of our finest area restaurants and their chefs—all to raise money for local families in need of home heating fuel assistance. The contributions for the raffle and auctions—both silent and live—are truly extraordinary, so be sure to bring your checkbook to KTHO and help us reach this year's goal of $50,000 for fuel assistance.

Do you dream of escaping to an exotic location? You can bid on a photo safari for 2 to South Africa! Something a little closer to home? How about Park-Hopper passes to Disney, or a Nantucket Seaside getaway? For those who revel in our New Hampshire winters, we have lift tickets to your favorite ski areas, a dog sled ride, or an "Alpine Adventure" If you prefer the comforts of home, we have a wide variety of choices, including two original paintings by local artist Cam Sinclair, a cord of firewood, and a whiskey tasting for 6. For the "foodies," we have an international buffet for 8, a special dinner for 4, and a "progressive" dinner.

The silent auction will feature products, services, and gift certificates donated by our many generous area businesses and craftspeople. Too numerous to list, they range from practical (an oil & filter change for your car or a tune-up for your bike) to luxurious (several lovely pieces of jewelry and a beautiful handmade quilt) to exciting (a ride in a seaplane). Once again, PSU's Prospect Hall will provide the ideal browsing venue, and the KTHO decorating committee is planning the most elegant setting ever, with background music by the talented Jim Alba.

There are multiple reasons to go to KTHO: you'll find some fabulous deals in the silent auction, you'll enjoy a delicious meal created by our best local restaurants, and you'll be entertained by the terrific live auction team of Lisa Lovett and Terri Daucher—all for the very important goal of helping your neighbors in need. If you can't be there, please consider joining as a sponsor or auction donor. The need has never been greater, and every contribution helps.

Tickets for the 10th annual KTHO are on sale at Chase Street Market for $35, and are available in numbers. To reserve a table, call Veronica Barbadoro at 536-7207. KTHO is organized and sponsored by the Plymouth Area Democrats, partnered with the Plymouth Area Community Closet in their continued mission to provide assistance to our neighbors. KTHO—and the fuel assistance it helps provide—are entirely non-partisan.


Local resident writes book set in the Lakes Region

LACONIA — Local resident Carolyn White will release her first book titled "Alphabet Road" this month, which will be available as both an e-book and paperback.

White, a transplanted Massachusetts native has been living in New Hampshire for almost 30 years and spent her summer vacations during her first eighteen years of life, camping with her family in Freedom, New Hampshire. As a student in high school she studied an accelerated English Composition class where she flourished in writing short stories. After high school she relocated to New Hampshire and contributed her opinions to numerous Letters to the Editor columns in several local newspapers'.

She had her first short story published in the fall of 1999 in "The Siberian Quarterly"; titled "Puppy Love", a true story of her beloved Siberian Husky. Set in Freedom, at Shawtown Family Campground, now known as Danforth Bay Resort, "Alphabet Road" is an adventure back in time, that travels through White's childhood reminiscent of great friends, amusing antics, places not forgotten and the family of camper's that called Shawtown their home away from home.

Gilford Middle School to stage ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ starting January 29

GILFORD — The family friendly musical, "Willy Wonka Jr." will be coming to the stage at Gilford Middle School this January. This will be the first time this classic, fan-favorite musical will be presented at Gilford Middle School.

After hosting heavily attended auditions in late November, Director Matt Demko, Vocal Coach Sherry Vansteensberg selected a cast of over 100 talented students and began rehearsals right away.

Vocal Coach Sherry Vansteensberg has worked with the singers on the classic music, while choreographer Lauren Camella (a talented 9th grade student) will be providing toe tapping choreography for the great tunes including "The Candy Man." "I Got A Golden Ticket", and "Pure Imagination."

Heading up the technical side of things will be long time GMS art teacher Aaron Witham who has designed and built the set with the help of talented middle school students. Also on hand are high school production assistants who have provided help with costume, props, and publicity. Denise Sanborn, music teacher at GMS and GHS, will also provide vocal instruction to the cast.

Willy Wonka Jr. marks the 5th time GMS Theatre will feature two entirely different casts presenting the same show. The Candy Man and Pure Imagination casts each perform on alternate nights.

Featured in lead and supporting roles are: Cyndal Vansteensberg and Tyler Brown as Charlie, Ryan Witham and Ceci Zarella as Willy Wonka, Sam Sawyer and Charles Purcell as Grandpa Joe, Emily O'Connor and Ella Harris as Mrs. Bucket, Josh Testa and Colby Smith as Mr. Bucket, and Josh Dery and Bryce Cote as The Candy Man.

The Ensemble is comprised of 80 talented GMS Students ranging from 5th to 8th grade.

The Show will be presented on January 29, 30, and 31st at 7:00 pm and January 31 at 2:00 pm. All performances will take place at the Gilford High School Auditorium and tickets will be $5 and can be purchased at the door.