MEREDITH — Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy, the much-loved March sisters of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, will be brought to life onstage by The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Teen Ensemble on January 17-19.
Adapted by Marian de Forest, this production of Little Women features 12 local performers between the ages of 12-18. It is a "coming of age" drama set during the American Civil War for which the girls' father is away serving as a minister to the troops. The family, headed by their beloved mother, Marmee, must struggle to make ends meet, with the help of their kind and wealthy neighbor, Mr. Laurence, and his high spirited grandson Laurie.
Alcott's novel was loosely based on her own family. Written at the urging of her publisher, Little Women was a departure from the typical books for young people at the time. It was an immediate critical and popular success, selling out its first printing and inspiring a sequel. There have been several successful film adaptations of the novel and it is still popular reading material today.
The Playhouse's production is directed by Brett Billings with a set by Josh Jansen and period costumes by Lesley Pankhurst. It features live musicians, also teens, who will be performing period-appropriate music.
Tickets for Little Women cost $14 for the orchestra and $10 for the balcony. They can be reserved in advance by calling (603) 279-0333 or visiting www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org. Performances will be Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and they take place at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, 50 Reservoir Road in Meredith.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 07:23
LACONIA — The 9th annual Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. day is on Sunday, January 19 at the Laconia Middle School. It will open at 3:15 p.m. and close at 6:30 p.m.
The Family Violence Prevention Council and New Beginnings join the Laconia Human Relations Committee and the Refugee Connections Committee in sponsoring the event.
The program opens with a brief segment from Dr. King's memorable I have a Dream Speech, at 3:30 pm in the all-purpose room.
The guest speaker is Rashida Mohamed, a Domestic Violence Advocate for the Manchester Police Department. She will speak at 3:45 p.m. Ms. Mohamed was working in Dr. King's tradition when she was forced to flee her native country, now the South Sudan, because of her civil rights work on behalf of women. She, her husband, and two daughters arrived as immigrants in Manchester in June of 1999.
Ms. Mohamed's first job was with the International Institute of NH in Manchester. She then became the Shelter Manager for the Manchester YWCA for seven years. She is just now completing five years in her role as a Domestic Violence Advocate for the MPD. She is a board member for PPNNE, the New Hampshire Women's Initiative, and the Ujima Collective. Ms. Mohamed will speak to this broad range of experience and service. She will be introduced by Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams, chair of the Family Violence Prevention Council. There will be discussion following her presentation.
Students from the Appalachian Teen Project will join in supporting the celebration by greeting visitors and helping with the set-up.
A pot-luck supper in the cafeteria at 5 pm will feature many ethnic foods now a part of this annual celebration. Following the supper there will be line dancing with Thomas Chiappisi of Center Sandwich.
Those attending are urged to bring a dish to share and enjoy the celebration. Drinks will be provided.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 07:18
LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College will be offering new graphic design and media arts workshops for the Spring Semester 2014. They are Adobe Illustrator, Basic Video Capture and Editing, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign. Each of the new workshops will be taught by one of two graphic design and media arts specialists, Mike Place (Tilton), and Gail Beane (Laconia), LRCC graphics and media arts professors and LRCC honors graduates themselves who have worked extensively in the industry.
"I am elated to be able to offer the Adobe Illustrator, Basic Video Capturing and Editing, and Adobe Photoshop workshops personally," says Place. "It is great to open our multi-million dollar laboratories to the community-at-large."
"I am also happy to offer the Adobe InDesign workshop to the general public," says Beane who is a Graphic Design Adjunct Professor at the College. "Increasing the knowledge base of the Lakes Region community and beyond is a great thing."
Workshop specifics follow:
Adobe Illustrator Workshop
Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based Illustration tool used to create clean, crisp graphics that are infinitely scalable to any size. This twelve-hour workshop takes you on a project-based tour of the basic tools, techniques and concepts in creating vector art with Adobe Illustrator. Basic abilities, such as opening and saving files on a computer are necessary.
The instructor will be Michael Place, a Graphic Design and Media Arts professor at LRCC. The workshop will be held on Wednesdays, January 22, January 29, February 5, and February 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $200 for all four evenings.
Basic Video Capture & Editing Workshop
This two-day eight-hour workshop is designed to help beginners with capturing and editing video. Whether the participant's camera is a DSLR, cell phone or anything in-between, the objective will be to help demystify menu settings and assign desired capture formats. Workshop attendees will learn how to load video onto a computer and open into a video editing program. Apple's iMovie will be used to create basic edits, add Titles and Credits, and output of a finished video ready for YouTube will be an end product.
The instructor is Michael Place. The workshop will be held on Saturdays, February 8, and February 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at a cost of $150 for both days.
Adobe Photoshop Workshop
Adobe Photoshop is known throughout the world as the number one photo editing software. This twelve-hour workshop takes you on a project-based tour of the basic tools, techniques, and concepts that every digital artist should know.
The instructor is Michael Place. The workshop will be held on Wednesdays, February 19, February 26, March 5, and March 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at a cost of $200 for all four evenings.
Adobe InDesign Workshop
Adobe InDesign is a powerful desktop publishing software used to create posters, brochures, magazines, flyers, and books – just to name a few. This twelve-hour workshop is project-based, bringing you through basic steps of page layout combined with time-saving techniques for a more efficient and productive workflow.
The instructor will be Gail Beane, Graphic Design Adjunct Professor at the College. The workshop will be held on Mondays, March 24, March 31, April 7, and April 14, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at a cost of $200 for all four evenings.
For more information or to register for any of the four new workshops, call LRCC at (603) 524-3207. One may also call the College toll-free, 1-800-357-2992.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 07:14
MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) will hold the third in a series of public workshops relating to the Lakes Region Plan on Friday January 31, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center.
The "Natural Resources in the Lakes Region" workshop will provide an opportunity for commissioners, local officials, and other interested persons to hear presentations on major topics including land conservation, agriculture, forestry, water infrastructure and watershed management, followed by break-out sessions where participants will identify key issues and brainstorm projects and implementation steps. Information from the break-out sessions, as well as the presentations, will inform the development of the Environmental and Water Infrastructure components of the Lakes Region Plan.
"These topical workshops provide our member communities and stakeholders with the opportunity to have a direct input into the development of the Lakes Region Plan," stated Jeff Hayes, the new Executive Director of the Lakes Region Planning Commission.
The Lakes Region Plan is part of the Granite State Future (GSF) project, a statewide project among all of the regional planning commissions coordinated by the Nashua Regional Planning Commission and funded through a three-year grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Each of the state's nine regional planning commissions is responsible for developing a regional plan.
Some of the objectives of the GSF are to identify important local assets that contribute to lasting prosperity; capitalize on and incorporate shared values and opportunities included in existing plans and research; plan for public infrastructure investment through an open and transparent process; direct capital investments toward locally identified needs; and conserve our natural, social and financial resources.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:34
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