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Interlakes Theatre Brings Nunsense A-Men

MEREDITH — The Interlakes Summer Theatre is staging yet another "off-season" production, this time with the hilarious Nunsense musical "NunsenseA-Men".

There will be two performances, Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 9 at 3 p.m.

The cast will feature Dan Pivovar and Mikey LoBalsalmo, (two favorites from The Full Monty); AEA actor Kenney Greene, (2013 director/choreographer of Ain't MisBehavin), and newcomers Marc de la Concha and Gregor Smith, all of New York City. Adam Tilford will musical direct, with Kasey Sheehan and Adam Bates as Lighting & Sound Designers.
"This show is so funny", says producer Nancy Barry. "I've wanted to do it for a long time and after catching a production in Portsmouth, I just had to put it on the schedule, especially because I knew I had perfect talent to fill the roles. The show has all the comedy and warmth of the original with the hilarious twist of the characters being played by men. I was also so impressed by the work of Director/Choreographer Patrick Dorow of Patrick Dorow Productions and knew I had to get him to join our team." Patrick will be joining the cast to rehearse in NYC, before coming to Meredith.
If you are familiar with the original Nunsense musical, you will be familiar with the characters, Sister Mary Regina (Reverend Mother), Sister Hubert (Second in Command), Sister Robert Ann (the troublemaker from Brooklyn), Sr. Mary Amnesia (who can't remember who she is and channels a lot through her puppet Sister Mary Annette), and Sister Mary Leo (the Nun Ballerina).
All tickets are $25 and are assigned. Tickets can be purchased online at interlakestheatre.com or by telephone to avoid convenience fee, at 1-888-245-6374. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:26

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Adult Ed offers Daytime HISET Classes

LACONIA — Daytime HISET (High School Equivalency Tests) preparation classes are held at Laconia Adult Education on Monday through Thursday from 8:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. These classes run through June and are free/

The The HISET Test offers adults an alternative to complete a secondary education. It is a HISET Certificate and not a High School Diploma. A HISET Certificate enables you to attend a Vocational-Technical or Community College or apply for a job where a High School education is required. The HISET Test is given by appointment only. Anyone under age eighteen must be enrolled in a HISET Options Program in order to take the HISET Test. Information can be obtained by calling the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.
The HISET Test covers Reading Comprehension in the subject areas of Science, Social Studies and Literature and the Arts. The Math section requires students to be proficient in basic Math, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages in addition to Algebra and Geometry. The Writing section of the HISET Test covers Grammar and Punctuation and a Written Essay. The HISET Test is written at a 10th grade reading level.
For more information about the daytime or evening HISET Preparation classes or the HISET Test, call the Laconia Adult Education office at 524-5712 or drop by Room #108 at Laconia High School.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:00

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ETC 20th Anniversary Production is "Oliver!" January 22-26 at Plymouth State

 PLYMOUTH — The award-winning Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) will present Oliver! January 22-26 at Plymouth State University's Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth. This year marks the 20th anniversary of intergenerational productions by ETC.

Performances are January 22-25 at 7 p.m. and January 25 and 26 at 2 p.m. at the Silver Center.

In honor of the anniversary, opening night of the production will feature a Gala Celebration beginning at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, January 22 at the Silver Center. The gathering will include live music, appetizers and beverages, and a photo retrospective. Special pre-performance presentations at 7 p.m. will include a dedication of the anniversary performance to ETC co-founder Dan Perkins and his family. Perkins is professor of music and director of choral activities at Plymouth State University.

Tickets for the Gala, including a ticket to the opening night performance, are $30-35 for adults, $25-20 for seniors and youth in A and B seating.

Oliver! is an exciting musical theatre adaptation of Charles Dickens' story of an orphan who runs away from the workhouse and ends up in London with a group of pickpockets and their leader Fagin. After a series of misadventures, young Oliver finally finds the love he is searching for and all is well. The familiar songs ("Food, Glorious Food," "Where is Love," "Consider Yourself One of the Family," "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two") and cast of colorful characters including Oliver, Nancy, Mr. Bumble, Fagin, the Artful Dodger and the evil Bill Sykes will engage your spirit and warm your heart.

ETC artistic director Trish Lindberg says Oliver! is a classic story and a wonderful vehicle for an intergenerational cast (this year 113 performers), that provides numerous opportunities for young performers. She says, "I think that the most important theme in this musical is the search for love. Oliver is looking for it ... so are Nancy and Fagin. Finding someone to love is such an important force in our lives. Oliver's journey is very satisfying because we see love triumph over evil."

The cast includes Catriona Stewart, a sixth grader at Holderness Central School in the role of Oliver. This will be her third ETC performance. The Artful Dodger will be portrayed by Sam St. Jean, a junior PSU theatre arts major from Goffstown, who most recently performed in the PSU production of Les Miserables as Enrolras. Robb Dimmick, a professional actor, director and playwright with an M.Ed. in integrated arts from PSU will perform the role of Fagin, which he also performed in ETC's first production of Oliver! 15 years ago.

Nancy will be portrayed by PSU theatre alumna Melissa Furbish who sings in a local band in addition to being a mother and wife. This is Melissa's third performance with ETC. PSU alumnus and TIGER theatre company-regular Chris Gonzalez of Meredith will perform the role of Bill Sykes. Campton Elementary School K-8 music teacher A.J. Coppola will perform the role of Mr. Bumble along side 12 of his students who are in the show. Each of these actors appeared in last year's award-winning ETC production, Marking the Moment, which celebrated the 250th anniversary of the town of Plymouth and earned the was named the 2013 overall winner of the Moss Hart Memorial Award by the New England Theatre Conference.

Children and families will be able to meet some of the characters from Oliver! at a Character Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 25, at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth. The buffet lunch will include sandwiches, salads, and kid friendly foods at a cost of $8 for children 12 and under; $12 for adults.

Tickets for non-opening night performances are $27-22 for adults and $22-17 for seniors and youth in A & B seating. All tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 09:39

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Meredith Area Chamber's New Brochure now being distributed

MEREDITH — The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce announces that the 2014 promotional brochure has arrived from the printer and is now ready for distribution.

According to Susan Cerutti, Executive Director of the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce, the brochure is the centerpiece of the Chamber's marketing program and is aimed at attracting overnight visitors to the area. The distribution of the brochure is primarily out of state with the majority being placed in corporate locations in New England.

The early January arrival and distribution insures that prospective visitors have access to the brochure during the winter months while they are in the planning stages of their summer travel plans. The 2014 brochures will be distributed high traffic tourist locations on Cape Cod and in the Boston area as well as at various travel shows. In addition, the brochure is sent out to inquiries received at the Chamber.

In-state distribution will be at the state rest areas and in selected locations frequented by the traveling public in the White Mountain, the Seacoast, and the Merrimack Valley.

The brochure is an attractive, 24 page, four color guide listing the area's attractions, restaurants, specialty shops, accommodations, and local services. In keeping with the theme of attracting visitors to the area, the brochure features a information about the major events taking place in the area as well as a map showing the major routes into Meredith.

Those interested in receiving a copy of the 2014 Meredith brochure should contact the Chamber at 279-6121. The brochure can also be downloaded from the Chamber's website—www.meredithareachamber.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 09:36

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