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PSU's acclaimed TIGER company holding auditions

PLYMOUTH — TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility) at Plymouth State University is holding adult cast auditions for their professional touring company. Those interested should contact TIGER Tour Manager Pam Irish at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an audition time.

TIGER is a professional theater company at Plymouth State University, presenting productions to help children, schools, parents and communities deal proactively and positively with social issues and concerns facing children in schools today. Based on the anonymous writings of New Hampshire school children, TIGER incorporates live actors, puppets, theater, movement and music into its productions to try and reach school audiences with important messages children need to hear. Supported by the PSU College of Graduate Studies, TIGER is a collaborative effort between the M.Ed. programs in Integrated Arts and Counselor Education.

TIGER tours throughout New England each Wednesday–Friday from October through May. Rehearsals usually begin in early September. Since its debut in 2002, the company has toured to more than 400 different schools, some repeatedly, performing for more than 350,000 children across New England.

Current productions are: Bully Free You and Me for grades K-4, K-8 and 5-8.This program tackles the difficult issue of bullying in our schools through empowering the bystander. Let Your Star Shine! for grades K-6 encourages children to accept others, regardless of their differences. Just Between Friends, grades K-6 deals with conflict resolution and enhancing positive relationships between young people in schools. TIGER Teen Theatre, grades 5-8, features a group of talented high school actors addressing social issues relevant to middle schools today. Green TIGER helps children understand how important it is not to bully the environment.

Co-founder and Artistic Director, Trish Lindberg is professor of education and integrated arts and coordinator of the M.Ed. in integrated arts program at PSU. TIGER productions are created from children's writings by Lindberg, the TIGER actors and several composers who work with the educational theatre company.

TIGER has also won an Emmy for their television pilot, TIGER Takes On Bullying, performed at the state level for the New Hampshire Department of Education, regionally for the New England Theatre Conference (NETC), nationally for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), and Internationally for the National Drama International Conference at Durham University in Durham, England, the ASSITEJ International Festival of Children's Theatre in Cairo, Egypt and most recently at the IDEA World Congress 2013 in Paris, France.

For more information about these auditions or about booking a TIGER performance at a local school, contact TIGER Tour Manager, Pam Irish at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 535-2647.

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Ludacris and Juicy J Rolling Out to Meadowbrook

GILFORD — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook is excited to welcome Ludacris on July 26 with special guest Juicy J. Tickets are on sale Friday, May 2 at 11 a.m. To order call 603-293-4700 or log on to www.BankNHpavilion.com.

Recording artist and actor Chris "Ludacris" Bridges first gained worldwide acclaim in 2000 with his debut album, Back for the First Time. Ever since, his unrivaled lyrical prowess, dynamic performances and timeless hits including "Stand Up," "Get Back,", "Number One Spot," "Money Maker," and "My Chick Bad," have solidified him as one of music's best entertainers and led to the sale of more than 20 million albums domestically.

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Gilford Community Band readying for Summer Concert Series

GILFORD — Lyvie Beyrent, director of the Gilford Community Band is preparing the repertoire for the band's upcoming Summer Concert series. The concert are scheduled to take place every other Wednesday beginning June 25 and running through Aug. 20. The concerts are held at the Weeks Bandstand. The final summer performances will be on Aug. 23 in the Old Home Day Parade at 10 a.m. and the evening 8 p.m. concert prior to the Old Home Day Fireworks.

Beyrent's focus is to provide well balanced programs which will include an assortment of contemporary, Broadway, traditional and march pieces. Rehearsals for the summer season will begin on Wednesday, May 14, from 7-9 p.m. Rehearsals will continue each Tuesday during the concert season. They will be held in the High School band room.

New members of all ages are welcome, from school-age to adult musicians. For more information email Beyrent This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the GCB website at http://gilfordcommunityband.com/Members.htm, or the Facebook page for additional information.

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Foster grandparent program for Taylor Community

LACONIA — Dr. Laura Robertson of Audiology Specialists in Laconia recently returned from a four-day conference in Orlando, Fla., and shared some of what she learned with the Foster Grandparents group at their April meeting held at the Taylor Community.

"(Robertson) spoke to the group early last winter and they thoroughly enjoyed her energy and ability to make a complex topic easy to understand. They were more than happy to have her back again", remarked Anne Sanuth, Foster Grandparents Program Coordinator.

Robertson applauded them not only for their volunteerism with program, one of four run by The Friends Program, but for staying active and connected. Foster Grandparent volunteers work with children at schools, childcare centers, Head Starts and after-school programs in central and southern New Hampshire, with those who qualify receiving a stipend in exchange.

Explaining benefits they may be unaware of, Robertson pointed out to members of the group, "A recent study showed that women in Baltimore who volunteered to help children in kindergarten, showed better walking speed, better memory function and better social connections. As Foster Grandparents, you are engaging in similar activities and, I expect, reaping the same benefits."

The group learned that mental processing ability and skills can increase into the 70s, making it possible for someone with hearing loss to compensate by figuring out words they missed. Because of this they can often hide their hearing loss from those around them. As cognitive abilities decrease with age it becomes increasingly difficult to continue to compensate in this way.

They were surprised to find that loss of memory and lack of hearing are intricately related.

"Short-term memory requires the ability to process information, but our brains can only process so much at a time. When you're relying heavily on your cognitive skills to complete the information that was missed or heard incorrectly, the capacity to process information in to memory is limited," explained Robertson.

Several in the group have at some point been care providers for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's, so they were particularly interested to hear of data indicating that Alzheimer's patients often show a decrease in forgetfulness when they start wearing hearing aids. Care providers report that, as a result, their burden is lessened within about six months of the hearing aid fitting.

Dr. Robertson has provided hearing care to residents of the Lakes Region since 1992. More information about Audiology Specialists is available at its website at or by calling 528-7700.


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