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Les Miserables on Stage at Plymouth State University

PLYMOUTH — Students in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present a musical theatre version of Victor Hugo's famous story Les Miserables, October 24–27 in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.

The Tony Award-winning musical is the ultimate romantic story of oppression, justice, freedom, duty and longing. The Broadway production of Les Miserables premiered in 1987 and remains the fourth longest-running Broadway show of all time.

After spending years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread, Jean Valjean is released and discovers that despite his best attempts to live a good life, it is impossible to leave his past behind. No one will hire the former convict. Against a backdrop of the revolution brewing in France, Valjean finds himself pursued by his former jailor, Inspector Javert. Honor, love and humanity are celebrated in the heart-wrenching finale of this mega-musical with a popular score of beautiful melodies and stirring anthems that includes I Dreamed a Dream, Master of the House and On My Own.

PSU faculty member Sharon Paquette is directing the production, which she says poses a range of challenges, from meeting patrons' preconceived expectations for this familiar show, to getting all 37 cast members on stage for ensemble numbers, to guiding students as they learn the intricacies of blending the music and stage movement. The show is sung all the way through—there is no spoken dialog.

Paquette says that along with music director Professor Kathleen Arecchi and choreographer Lisa Travis, she is pushing the actors to find the grittiness of the story. "We are not sugar coating it at all. Each day we realize how many of the themes in the play and novel are still plaguing our country, and we work with the students to think about that and include those thoughts process in their creation process." She says the students are working diligently, have wonderful ideas and are courageous. "It's their passion," Paquette says.

Principal players in the cast include:

Mike Dodge, a senior music major from Northwood as Jean Valjean; Brad Fernald, a senior communication studies major from Hudson as Inspector Javert; Eben Brown, a senior music education major from Dorchester as Thenardier; and Sam St. Jean, a junior theatre arts major from Goffstown as Enjolras. Also Alyssa Dumas, a senior theatre arts major from Manchester as Fantine; Georgia Noonan, a sophomore music education major from Raymond as Cosette; Olivia Opal, a sophomore theatre arts major from Hampden, Mass., as Eponine and Danielle Aucoin, a junior theatre arts major from Hudson, Mass., as Mme. Thenardier. Nineteen other students depict multiple ensemble roles.

Area children in the cast are Ainsley Towers of Thornton as Gavroche, Mackenzie Jolli of Bridgewater as Young Cosette and Kayla Sassan of Meredith as Young Eponine.

Performances are October 24 and 26 at 8 p.m., October 25 at 7 p.m. and October 26 and 27 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for Lis Miserables are $21 for adults, $17 for seniors and $15 for youth 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 Friday, 18 October 2013 08:12

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Brewster Curvey Scholars meet with benefactors


WOLFEBORO — Over dessert at Brewster Head of School Mike Cooper and wife Andrea's residence recently, James C. Curvey, vice chairman of Fidelity Investments, and his wife, Shirley ,met the three youngest Curvey Scholars. They offered advice to all the scholars as they move into the new school year at Brewster Academy, and Curvey fielded questions from some of the students.

Each year, three incoming local freshmen are awarded Curvey Scholarships, thanks to the generosity of the Curvey family who reside in Alton. This year's freshman scholars are Roy Gardiner of Gilford and Tara Fitzpatrick and Catriona Lennon of Wolfeboro.

Recalling Jim Curvey's commencement speech to the Class of 2013 and his focus on the importance of relationships, one student asked Curvey how his own relationships have shaped him. Curvey talked about the importance of building relationships and making connections in the workplace. ''Find the people that will provide you with the best management that you can learn from, and when you are asked to do three things – do four, ''he said.

Another question for Curvey: does he think technology, such a big part of students' lives today, is positive or negative. He sees both the positives and negatives. ''It changes so fast – while we sleep – and it is filled with opportunity to be creative and entrepreneurial."Take advantage of that, but keep a balance in your lives. Don't forget about the importance of personal relationships." he said.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 07:45

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Italian Night Dinner at St. Joseph Church, Belmont, Saturday, October 19

BELMONT — Robert Leroux Council 10934, Knights of Columbus are hosting its fall Italian Dinner at St. Joseph Church, Belmont, Saturday, October 19, from 5-6:30 p.m.
Dinner will feature Lasagna (Meat or Cheese), Spaghetti, Meat Balls, Salad, Garlic Bread, Rolls, Desserts and Beverages. The cost is $8 per person and $30 for a family of five or more.
St. Joseph is located at 96 Main St., Belmont

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 09:49

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'Tasty Tidbits' to Benefit I-L Community Caregivers

MEREDITH — Can sampling cheeses and other delicious foods help your neighbors? It can at the "Tasty Tidbits" event at Moulton Farm on Saturday, October 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds from ticket sales for the event will go to Interlakes Community Caregivers, a local non-profit that provides assistance to residents of Center Harbor, Meredith, Moultonborough, and Sandwich who need help doing the things many of us take for granted.

The sampling event will feature cheeses from New Hampshire and Vermont cheese makers, food prepared by Moulton Farm's chef, Jonathan Diola, bakery treats prepared by the farm's talented baker, Trish Lutkus, and other products, such as sparkling cider, from northern New England producers.

"Neighbors helping neighbors is something we believe in," says John Moulton, owner of the Meredith Farm. "Interlakes Community Caregivers provides a great service for so many people. We're happy to help by providing a fun and tasty event that also raises funds for this important organization."

"We are truly lucky to have Moulton Farm in our community, not only for their great local produce, but for their support of nonprofits such as ours," indicated Ann Sprague, ICCI Executive Director. "I encourage everyone to come to the event, enjoy some great food, and support ICCI's efforts to help our neighbors."

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased either at Moulton Farm or by calling Interlakes Community Caregivers at 603-253-9275, ext. 3.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 09:47

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