Sink your Teeth into "Dracula" October 16-19 at Plymouth State University's Silver Center

PLYMOUTH — Get a jump-start on Halloween horror as Plymouth State University Theatre presents Dracula, by Steven Dietz, October 16-19 in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Dracula is a classic tale of horror based on Bram Stoker's novel, in which Professor Van Helsing and his brave comrades must hunt down and destroy the profoundly evil Count Dracula. But the Count is exceedingly resourceful and has unusual powers that confound and frustrate his antagonists.

Co-director Elizabeth Daily, professor of theatre, says that at Plymouth State, the classic story will be told with twists and turns, as Dracula is seen in deeply shadowing light and illuminating darkness in a new adaptation that restores the suspense and seduction of Stoker's novel. As Dracula begins to exert an otherworldly will upon the residents of London, they try to solve the mysteries created by the vampire's machinations. In a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate, they resolve to conquer the would-be vanquisher. Rich with both humor and horror, this play graphically paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker's famous vampire.

Daily says, "Dietz's play is fast paced and multifaceted. We intend to utilize gore, choreographed movement and sound/music/lights to produce an eerie and otherworldly atmosphere for this play. Dracula gives us unusual flexibility in casting, and we have cast a woman in the title role, and another as scientist Van Helsing. We are allowing females to take on these usual male-cast roles to give the play a different perspective on the relationships and power structure within the 1897 Victorian male-dominated society."

Co-directing with Daily is PSU alumnus Robin Marcotte, who has served both as an artist in residence and a teaching lecturer at PSU. Marcotte was also managing director of the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts before returning to New Hampshire.

Cast members include theatre arts majors Meg Anchukaitis, a senior from Walpole, Mass. as Dracula; Evan Grande, a senior from Kingston, Mass. as Jonathan Harker; Haley McKenney, a senior from Marshfield, Mass., as Lucy Westenra; Karielle Anzaldi, a junior from Newton as Mina and Chase Perkins, a senior from Manchester as Dr. Seward. Also, Hayden Stearns, a senior from Windham, Conn. as Penfield; Katrina Chamberlain, a senior from Candia as Dr. Johanna Van Helsing; Catherine Jacobs, a junior from Milton as Maid; Leo Curran, a sophomore from Braintree, Mass. as Waiter, and Jaclyn Goodrich, a junior from Exeter and Cindy Wade, a senior from Jefferson as Vixen.

Interdisciplinary majors Chelsea Merritt, a senior from Plainfield, Conn. and Darcy Graham, a senior from Manchester are also portraying Vixen.


Performances of Dracula are October 16 and 18 at 8 p.m., October 17 at 7 p.m. and October 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults, $18 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at




Scenic Design by Professor Matt Kizer. (Courtesy photo)

Gilford Town Clerk has absentee ballots

GILFORD — Absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election are now available at the Gilford Town Clerk's Office.

Registered voters who will be prevented from voting during polling hours due to work commitments, religious observance, disability, or military service may apply for an absentee ballot.

Ballots may be obtained in advance at the Town Clerk's Office, filled out and retained with the Town Clerk until voting day. Regular business hours at the Town Clerk's office are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, to accept absentee ballots (in accordance with state law).

Returned ballots must be delivered in person by the voter (no other person may deliver on the voter's behalf) or by Postal Service mail (and received by Election Day, Nov. 4).

The Clerk's Office will be closed on Monday, Oct. 13, in observance of Columbus Day, and on Thursday, Oct. 16, for office training.

Those who want more information or who have questions can contact the Town Clerk's Office at 527-4713 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.




Meredith Legion to host meat bingo on Sat.

MEREDITH — American Legion Post 33 will host a meat bingo event on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. at the Post at 6 Plymouth St. The event is sponsored by the American Legion.

The purpose for this benefit is to help raise funds for emergency repairs to the canteen. Come see how meat bingo works, help in an important fund raiser, and have fun.

No smoking will be permitted during this event.

Freese Brothers Big Band performance at Winnipesaukee Playhouse on Oct. 18

MEREDITH — Feel the beat, tap your feet, or hit the dance floor as the Freese Brothers Big Band beckons you to sink into the timeless music of the legendary Ellington, Basie, Miller, and Sinatra, as well as other swing and jazz legends.

On Saturday evening, October 18, make your way to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse at 50 Reservoir Road in Meredith. Arrive at 7 o'clock for an array of complimentary delicious refreshments in the beautiful ambiance of the Playhouse; a cash bar will also be available. By 7:45, sashay your way into the theatre where the nineteen piece Freese Brothers Big Band with two featured vocalists will be assembled, ready to guide your travel through the decades of big band sounds. The vocalists, New Englanders of note, are Norm Blanchette, a performance veteran of the 18th U.S. Army Band and now the conductor of the NH National Guard Band, and Liz Beaton, whose career includes other New Hampshire big bands and stints with New England's finest, the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, Presidents Reagan and Bush, Grammy winner Smokey Norful and sports celebrities including Ted Williams.

The Freese Brothers, Jack, George, Courtland and Bill had been playing together for many years when they put together a group of talented musicians for a performance for a private party on the M/S Mount Washington in 1982. They thought it would be a one-time gig, but word got out, more performances were requested and "Before we knew it, we were a big band," said Jack. The brothers have recruited band members over many years and fill New Hampshire with a mix of Big Band and Swing classics, as well as top tunes of every decade since the Big Bands were the rage in the forties. They have also added contemporary tunes, specially arranged for Big Band performances.

In a unique twist, two entities will benefit from this major event. The organizer of this event, Temple B'nai Israel, will contribute the net proceeds of the Freese Brothers Big Band performance to Lakes Region Community Services ( which offers comprehensive support to individuals and families living with developmental disabilities. And the Freese Brothers Big Band will make a contribution to their Scholarship Fund to help train young musicians from New Hampshire's high schools to continue the Big Band tradition in the future. Buying tickets to this concert is a two-fold charitable investment. This program is the third and last of the 2014 TBI "We Care" series.

Tickets are $25 per person and includes delicious refreshments and soft drinks. Wine and beer are available at the cash bar. There are only 200 tickets available so order them today at and jive down memory lane to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse for a special evening and add to your best memories. For discount pricing for groups of ten or more, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..