Winni Playhouse to stage Aladdin

MEREDITH — The fabled hero Aladdin, a beautiful princess, a golden lamp, and an evil magician named Abanazar will all be making appearances at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse this holiday season when they present Aladdin, a family holiday musical from Friday, December 19 through Saturday, January 3.

Featuring sensational songs, dynamic dance, silly slapstick and mysterious magic, this zany and interactive show will be a treat for audience members of all ages and families are encouraged to come as a group. The show is specifically written with jokes that will appeal to young children, along with double entendres and humor aimed directly at adults. A mixture of favorite pop songs, coupled with classic musical theatre tunes, will also have wide appeal.

This new version of Aladdin is written and directed by the Playhouse's Artistic Director, Neil Pankhurst. It will encourage kids to get involved in the action, asking them to "boo" the villain, cheer the hero and help the cast along the way. Says Pankhurst, "the show will be fun, silly, and interactive. Parents who worry that their four year old can't sit quietly in the theater should rest assured that Aladdin will keep them interested, engaged, and shouting at the stage – on purpose!"

Audiences expecting A Whole New World will soon learn that this isn't Disney's Aladdin. This version of Aladdin goes back to the original tale which is actually set in China, not the Middle East. The sets, designed by Dan Daly, and costumes by designer Danee Grillo, are decidedly Asian-themed.

The cast includes favorite professional actors from the Playhouse's summer productions, plus some talented locals. The Playhouse was delighted to team up with three local dance schools whose students will be performing in the children's dance chorus. Local dancers from Lakes Region Dance in Moultonboro, The Studio in Meredith, and Edgewater Academy of Dance in Gilford will all share the stage with talented professional and local actors.

Aladdin will run for twelve performances over the holiday period with different performance times to accommodate many different family's schedules. Tickets cost $19 for adults and $16 for children. A family pack of six tickets is available for $84. Balcony tickets for all performances run $12 per person. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at

120914IrwinDrive4URSchoolFolo: 3X Class 2015 Irwin Test drives raised $1,300 for Class of 2015

LACONIA — Irwin Automotive put on Ford's Drive One 4 UR School event on September 25. The concept was simple, Irwin Ford encouraged all members of the community to come out and test drive a new Ford at Laconia High school and for every test drive Ford motor company donated $20 to Laconia High School Senior Class. As a result Irwin Ford Lincoln was able to raise $1,300 for the senior class.

"We’re thrilled to be able to support the Senior Class with Drive One 4 UR School," said Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive. "We’d like to wish them the best of luck and glad to help in any way we can." 

Ornament workshop for Country Village Quilt Guild

MOULTONBOROUGH — A Yo-Yo tree ornament workshop will be presented by Karen Sticht during the Country Village Quilt Guild meeting on Wednesday, December 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the Moultonborough Life Safety Building.

All participants are invited to bring fabric, hand sewing supplies, and a decorative button for the top of the tree. Circle patterns, pipe cleaners, corks, and anchor beads will be supplied.

Pemi Fish and Game Club to hold annual New Years Day Trap Shoot

HOLDERNESS — The Pemi Fish and Game Club will hold its annual New Years Day Trap Tournament on Jan. 1, starting at 9 a.m. at the club's trap range off Beede Road.

There is a $30 entry fee for the event. The format, which is subject to change, calls for a 100-bird event as follows: one round of standard 16 yard trap, one round of wobble trap, and one round of doubles trap.

A $100 first-place prize will be award for the highest score. Shooters will be "bracketed" according to their scores, giving all a chance at winning additional cash prizes.

Coffee and hot chocolate available at the field. All are welcome to contribute snacks and food if they would like.

Those who would like additional information may contact George Hollingsworth at (603) 344-6931, or Andrew Engler at (603) 217-7278 (cell) or (603)744-9026 (home).