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Winni Players holding auditions for productions of Little Women and Of Mice and Men

MEREDITH — The Winni Players Community Theatre at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse will be holding auditions for two upcoming productions this November. Auditions for the teen ensemble performance of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women will be held on Sunday and Monday, November 10 and 11 at 5 p.m. Auditions for the adult ensemble performance of John Stienbeck's Of Mice and Men will be held on Saturday, November 16 at 2 p.m. and Monday, November 18 at 7 p.m.

Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girl's father is away serving as a minister to the troops. The family, headed by their beloved Marmee, must struggle to make ends meet, with the help of their kind and wealthy neighbor, Mr. Laurence, and his high spirited grandson Laurie. The ensemble will call for a cast of students ages 12-18. Rehearsals will be Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays 6-8 p.m. Performances will take place Friday through Sunday, January 17-19.

Katie Dunn will direct Steinbeck's own adaptation of his tale of two traveling companions. George and Lennie, wander the country during the Depression, dreaming of a better life for themselves. Then, just as heaven is within their grasp, it is inevitably yanked away. The play explores questions of strength, weakness, usefulness, reality and utopia, bringing California vividly to life. Rehearsals will be held Sundays 3-6 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. Performances will be Friday through Sunday, February 7-9 and 14-16.

For more information, visit www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or call (603) 279-0333.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:40

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Special Program for 5th and 6th grade girls at ACS

ALTON — The Alton Community Youth Activities team (CYA) will present a program ''Finding Your Voice'' for 5th and 6th grade girls attending Alton Central School.

The program is designed to help the girls become aware of their unique and special qualities and is offered free.

Each girl will have an opportunity to express her thoughts, feelings and ideas in a safe place. They will experience some self-esteem building activities such as skin care, careers and self-defense. Adult female members from the CYA organization and female students attending Prospect Mountain High School will oversee the program. Guest professionals from the activities offered will conduct the specialized activities and a professional licensed social worker will be available during the event.

The program is scheduled on Saturday, November 9 and 16 at the Prospect Mountain High School cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In order for a child to attend this program the parent(s) or legal guardian must register the child using the form and announcement sent home with your child. Call Carol Wallace at 393-3652 if you have questions or need additional information.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 11:52

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Annie Posnack Featured Artist at Mill's 190th Anniversary Celebration



LACONIA — Patrons attending the Belknap Mill's 190th anniversary celebration on Friday, Nov. 8, will have the opportunity to meet Annie Posnack, this month's featured artist at the Mill's Riverside Art Gallery. Her exhibit — "My New England, Bits, Pieces and Players" — features images of boating, the lake, botanicals, architecture, portraits, and a few abstractions.

Posnack said she loves the antiquity of New England and anything is fair game for subject matter.

A local resident who lives on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee with her husband, father, and five feral cats, Posnack says she has been interested in art since her mother showed her how to do some simple drawings. There were lots of art books in the house for her to explore and, as a youngster, she was inspired by classes she took in painting at the Currier Art Center.

In high school, she took her first photography course and said she was hooked. She learned traditional darkroom techniques there and in college but later taught herself to do digital photo editing. She returned to school and earned a degree in Studio Arts with a concentration in Photography in 2003.

"It was a far cry from the sixties when I started out as a math major," Posnack said, adding, "It's strictly an avocation. I can't ever imagine taking an assignment. If people like what I do, fine. If not, I'm still just doing what I love to do, for me. I find that this medium is best for my lifestyle and commitments. I can pick it up and put it down easily. There are no chemicals and mess to contend with that can't wait until the next day or the next week."

Some of Posnack's images are realistic photographs, but most of them have a thread of birth, decline, death, and rebirth. "It's the life cycle which is beautiful and haunting," she says, "whether in a person, landscape, or structure. While I stay away from weird effects, I find that Photoshop is a wonderful tool to help evoke the original feeling that you had when you saw something that called out to be photographed. Maybe it's the color, the lighting, the shape, the form, or an emotion. Adjustments can enhance those aspects."

The chance to view Posnack's exhibit in the Riverside Art Gallery is just one of the attractions at the 190th anniversary celebration. Many of the region's finest caterers will be presenting their signature dishes and patrons will be able to tour the historic mill and see its latest addition, the Belknap Mill Art Gallery, which features juried art that is available for purchase (just in time for the holidays).

Musical entertainment will be provided by Swing A Cat Band, a group of women musicians from New Hampshire and Maine who specialize in swing music.

The event, which includes a cash bar, will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday. For more information and to make online reservations, call 603-524-8813 or visit www.belknapmill.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 11:46

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Meredith Parks and Recreation offers Gunstock Ski, Snowboarding Program

MEREDITH —  The Meredith Parks and Recreation Department is again partnering with the Gunstock Outreach Program as a way to introduce skiing and snowboarding to children in grades K-8.

The program runs for 6 consecutive Wednesdays starting January 8. There is afterschool care provided at Inter-Lakes Elementary school through the recreation department and a bus will take the children to Gunstock at 4 p.m. for free ski time and an hour lesson followed by more free skiing time and a departure from Gunstock at 8 p.m. to return to ILES at 8:30 p.m.

The deadline for signing up for this program is Friday November 8 by 5 p.m. All registration forms and payments must be received to ensure a reserved space with the program through Gunstock. For more information, fees and registration forms visit  www.meredithnh.org under the Parks & Recreation page, call the Community Center at 279-8197 or email Sarah Perkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 11:33

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