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The Bard's birthday to be marked in Sandwich

This April marks the 450th Birthday of William Shakespeare and the Sandwich Shakespeare company, Advice To The Players, wants you to join them for an Elizabethan feast accompanied by an evening of lively entertainment. "Shakespeare lovers around the world celebrate his birthday", says ATTP Executive Director Rebecca Boyden "and when approached last year, Don Brown of the Corner House Inn jumped at the idea." The Bard's Birthday, which is a fundraiser for the Shakespeare troupe, will take place on Wednesday, April 23 at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich.

The Elizabethan feast is being prepared by the Corner House, from ideas suggested by British storyteller Marion Posner. When reached at her home in Tamworth, Marion had this to say about the menu she has devised: "Ah, but Shakespeare's supper will be exceeding excellent, with Mistress Quickly's very fine soup, and the doughty Sir John Falstaff's delectable chicken subtled with spices brought from afar by our brave Elizabethan sailors. The dastardly delicious dessert, ladies and gentlemen, is of surpassing indulgence."

To accompany the feast there will be music, dramatic readings and a presentation by the ATTP Youth Players. "Youth programing is central to our mission" comments Andrew Codispoti, who directed Richard III and also serves on ATTP's Board. "These students have all been in our professional productions and we are thrilled to have them as part of our celebration." Josh Nungesser, who was a founding member of Sandwich's student Shakespeare company, Queen Mab Productions, has taken charge of directing scenes for this benefit. Besides Nungesser and Rowan Heard of Sandwich, the students include Marianna Paladino of Tuftonboro and Sandy Trask of Tamworth. They will perform a scene from the company's recent production of Richard III and the gravedigger's scene from Hamlet.

ATTP Board member Frank Paine has organized a line-up of music that will please your ear as much as the meal does your palate. The Mountain Lake Chorale will perform settings of Shakespearean songs by Emma Lou Diemer, as well as P.D.Q. Bach's madrigal parody, 'My Bonny Lass She Smelleth'. The Chorale, which is generously donating its time for this event, is a vocal chamber ensemble based in Carroll County, and is led and accompanied by Leslie McDonnell, who is also the Artistic Director of the Pemigewasset Choral Society and a singer with the New Hampshire Master Chorale. Additional music will be provided by Sandwich residents Carolyn and Chris Boldt, members of the ATTP company who are longtime community singers. Carolyn and Chris will also perform a scene from ATTP's upcoming summer show, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The Bard's Birthday will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 at The Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the Corner House at 284-6219 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Information on Advice To The Players and their programs can be found at www.advicetotheplayers.org

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:40

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Flashlight egg hunt taking place Fri.

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring their Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt on Friday, April 18, at 7:40 p.m. at the Gilford Elementary School.

This program is open to all Gilford children through the 4th grade. All participants must register in the cafeteria prior to the event. The event will be broken into three age groups: Kindergarten and younger, Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-4.

There is no fee for this program, but all participants should bring their own flashlight and basket. For more information, please call the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.



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Breakfast with Easter Bunny set for Saturday at Gilford church hall

Gilford — The Gilford Parks and Recreation and the Gilford Youth Center are co-sponsoring the 5th annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on the morning of Saturday, April 19. The  program will be held from 8-10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Gilford Community Church.

Community members are invited to come enjoy a pancake breakfast along with a coloring contest, door prizes and the opportunity to take your picture with the Easter Bunny.

Parents are encourages to bring their own camera. The cost for this breakfast is $3 per child and $5 per adult. For more information call the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.


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Sant Bani School Presents Comedy The Bug

SANBORNTON — A contemporary comedy with shades of Kafka and The Office, The Bug features an insecure but charming extrovert named Dennis Post (played by freshman Lindsey Tarbin of Franklin and Sanbornton).

Dennis, an employee from the Assembly Department of Jericho Corporation, is afraid he's going to be transferred to St. Louis. He pays a visit upstairs to Administration, naively thinking he might speak with Mark Kropp, the president. But before he can get through the door to the office of the mysterious Kropp, he must face a comic nightmare of corporate proportions in the form of Linda, Kimberly, and David, three administrators in ascending rank, whose bureaucratic facade explodes as Dennis accidentally uncovers a potentially sinister "bug" in the company's computer system.

(The three administrators are played by junior Marin Smith of Hill, and freshmen Elizabeth Beveridge and Brennan Macaig, of Franklin and Concord.

The Bug, by Richard Strand, is directed by Performing Arts Department Head Craig Jaster. Performances are 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17, Friday April 18, and Saturday, April 19. Admission is $4, $2 for students and senior citizens, and reservations may be made by calling the school at 934-4240.

Sant Bani School is a K-12 day school in Sanbornton. For more information, visit santbani.org.

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