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The Streetcar Company to present Les Miserables

MEREDITH — Few people have not seen a presentation of, or at least heard of, the musical phenomenon that is Les Miserables. Based on the novel of the same name by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo, it has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with an English-language libretto by Herbert Kretzmer.

This Tony award winning musical will be presented by The Streetcar Company in late April and its cast and crew represent many area communities including Laconia, Gilford, Gilmanton, Holderness, Moultonborough, Meredith, Tilton and Sanbornton. The company encourages readers to come and support their family, friends and neighbors and especially community theater in The Lakes Region.
Set in early 19th-century France, 'Les Miz' as it is commonly referred to, is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving years in jail for a minor crime . Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew but he is relentlessly tracked down by police inspector Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into the volatile revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.
Les Miz will be presented at Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium April 25th and 26th at 7 pm with a matinee scheduled for Sunday the 27th at 2 pm. Tickets are available now on line at the company website : www.streetcarcompany.com and will be available at Greenlaw's Music in Downtown Laconia and Innisfree Bookshop at the Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith after the 1st of April.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 08:30

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Genealogy workshop scheduled in Wolfeboro

WOLFEBORO —The Wolfeboro Public Library, in conjunction with The Lakes Region Genealogical Interest Group, is continuing its series of genealogical workshops on Tuesday, April 1, at 10 a.m. The workshops, scheduled the first Tuesday of each month, feature methods of genealogical research and address both computer and manual techniques. The workshops are free and open to all.
The April program will feature the second half of a webinar by Megan Smolenyak. Smolenyak, who is recognized as one of today's foremost genealogists, is the chief genealogist for Ancestry.com and author of Who Do You Think You Are, the companion book to the TV series of the same name. Her presentation will be a continuation of what is known as reverse genealogy, or sometimes as forward genealogy.
This particular research technique brings to the family genealogist, by locating living descendants, an opportunity to locate those journals, diaries, obituaries, newspaper articles, old letters and often family Bibles which have thought to have been lost to the annals of family history.
For further information about this event, call 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.

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Dunkin' Donuts to award 11 NH Scholarships

LACONIA — Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, and franchisees from New Hampshire Dunkin' Donuts restaurants continue to demonstrate their commitment to the community by offering $30,000 in college scholarships to 11 deserving New Hampshire students.

This is the 19th year that Dunkin' Donuts franchisees have awarded scholarships to local students who embody the mission to help those that serve others. Dunkin' Donuts franchisees have given more than $430,000 to New Hampshire students to date.

The scholarship program is open to any qualified New Hampshire student and special consideration will be given to students interested in pursuing careers in business, hospitality or food service industries. Scholarship applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Recipients will be chosen based on merit and financial need. Students with a grade point average of at least 3.25 and who demonstrate substantial volunteer or community service are given preference for funding. Other merit factors that will be evaluated include involvement in school activities and work experience. The deadline to apply is April 15.

In 2014, 10 scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500, will be awarded to high school seniors throughout New Hampshire who are enrolling full-time at a post-secondary institution — whether at a four-year, two-year or community technical school. In addition, one $5,000 award will be made to a student enrolling in the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics (formerly Whittemore School) at the University of New Hampshire.

Awards will be announced by the end of April. Recipients and their parents will be invited by Dunkin' Donuts to attend a special event to honor their achievements in June at WMUR in Manchester. For more information on how to apply visit www.dunkindonuts.com/scholarship.


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Bob Bengston taking part in Plymouth Organ Recital


PLYMOUTH — Organ builder Bob Bengston of the Laconia Congregational Church will be one of the featured musicians helping celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Plymouth Congregational Church during an organ/piano concert Sunday, March 30 at 3 p.m.

The white church on the common was destroyed by fire in September, 1983 and a new Austin pipe organ has been installed to take the place of the instrument lost in the fire. Bengston maintains this instrument.

Appearing with Bengston will be organists Ralph Reynolds, PSU Prof. Robert Swift, Exeter Academy chapel organist Rob St. Cyr and the Plymouth church's own organist Fred Doscher of Meredith.

The concert will be followed by a supper.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 08:18

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