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Cast announced for Streetcar's Les Miz

MEREDITH — After two days of auditions in early January the cast and crew of The Streetcar Company have begun preparing for their spring musical production of Boublil and Schönberg's Les Miserables, to be presented April 25, 26 and 27 at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium in Meredith.

The company will be working over the next couple of months with director J Alward, musical director Karen Jordan and producer Erin

Fitzmaurice to bring this huge undertaking to the audiences of the Lakes Region.

According to Alward over 60people auditioned for the award winning musical, many of them new to the company and several who have never done a play or musical before but who love Les Miz and wanted to "give it a shot".

"I am thrilled with the musical strength of this cast and their dedication to the process", said Alward. As well as musical rehearsals, character

development has been a major part of that process. Les Miz is a different kind of musical from those she has directed in the past (Oliver, My Fair Lady and The Music Man to name a few), where the characters are obvious and easy to understand. She noted,

"This is more like directing a drama, it just happens to be sung. I want the people to be believable and not caricatures. I want the audience to get a little more insight into them than they usually do when they see a version of this show."

Alward and her family have seen the production at least 8 times over the years from community and semi-professional presentations done around New England to full scale productions in Boston, New York and London. Each viewing added to the desire to 'bring it home' to the local stage with local actors. Taking on the demanding roles of Jean Valjean and his nemesis Inspector Javert will be Scott Alward and Rodney Martell,

Streetcar and local community theater veterans. Close to a dozen young girls auditioned for the role of little Cosette before Abigail Bryant was chosen to portray the child. The well being of this pivotal character drives a large portion of the story. Rachel Dadian will play the older Cosette. Other notable roles and the actors who fill them include Kelli Powers as Fantine, Bo Guyer as Thenardier, Lynn Dadian as Madame Thenardier, Trevor Lewis as Marius, Spencer Costigan as Enjolras, Kayla Zarella as Eponine and Isabella Cottrell as young Eponine.

Supporting players include: Chris Fernandez, Aaron Witham, David Bownes, Braeden Alward, Jack Harding, Cory Chapman, Tyler Winsor, Evan Lazdowski, Ryan Witham, Riley Alward, Andrew Fielders, Patte Sarausky, Lena Luongo, Janelle Labarre, Kathy Blake, Hillary Ayers, Raelyn Cottrell, Alexa Dembiec, Abby Jutton, Willow Farley, Cordelia Penney, Alison Witham, Erin Fitzmaurice, Saphaedra Renee, Keri McCollum and Cecilia Zarella.

As with any theatrical undertaking by a community theater, the company needs many hands to bring it all together. Anyone wishing to contribute their time to help with set construction, costumes, lights, sound or any of the other numerous productions jobs are asked to contact the producer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . They are also actively seeking a warm facility to start set construction and ask if anyone has one to donate that they contact the director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:19

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Gilmanton Church Hosting Community Dinner Saturday

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Community Church will be hosting a Community Dinner on Saturday, February 22, at 5:30 P.M. at the Corners Church on Route 107 in Gilmanton.

The meal will feature a ''Crockpot Smorgasbord'' of a variety of soups, chowders, and stews with salad, rolls, beverages, and of course the famous dessert table. The cost will be $8.00/adults, or $25 for a family of 4 or more. Children 5 and under are free. For more information, call 267-6150.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:13

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Eagle Project Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

LACONIA — Jeff Vaughn, a Life Scout in Troop 55 of Meredith, is hosting a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for his Eagle Project.

The dinner will take place on February 22 at the site of his project, The Weirs United Methodist Church on Tower Street, where he will be replacing a set of stairs. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. Cost for adults is $8, children 12 and under $5.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 11:12

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What Lies Beneath Winnipesaukee?

LACONIA — Avid diver and history buff Hans Hug, Jr., will present the program "What Lies Beneath Winnipesaukee," Friday, Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Taylor Community's Woodside Building,435 Union Ave.

Hug, of Exeter, has dived all over the lake in search of artifacts, shipwrecks and more. He'll speak about his scuba diving adventures in the Big Lake and the things he has found there. Using old maps, photographs, historical research and high tech side-side-sonar, Hug has discovered many new and interesting things, including dozens of unknown shipwrecks. He'll bring some of the items he's found, as well as underwater photographs and sonar images, and will show a short video of one of the wrecks he located on the bottom of the lake.

This program is sure to delight lovers of the Big Lake as well as anyone who has an interest in history. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested to ensure seating. Call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 11:08

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