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080813 Much Ado About Nothing coming to Fairgrounds Stage in Sandwich (530 w/2 col Don Pedro)

SANDWICH — It's hard to say if the audience will be more thrilled with Advice To The Players sparkling presentation of Much Ado About Nothing or by the elegant seats they get to watch it from.

With brand new stadium seats, theatre–goers are guaranteed a comfy, back-supported afternoon at The Fairgrounds Stage. "We knew we had to make our patrons more comfortable," says Executive Director Rebecca Boyden. "We were thinking of putting cushions on the bleacher planks, but when one of our supporters offered us a donation for seats with backs, we went with the stadium seats".
Also new this summer, the company is offering free admission to children ages 12 and under. This youth ticket program is made possible by a grant from the Alfred Quimby Trust.
August Shakespeare at the Fairgrounds Stage has been a tradition since 2002, when ATTP presented a lyrical production of As You Like It. This summer's presentation promises to be full of love and laughter when Don Pedro and his men come to visit the Italian summer estate of the kind Leonato and his eligible daughter, Hero. Mischief is lurking, however, in the person of the jealous brother, Don John, who preys on the youthful fears and vulnerability of young Claudio. At the center of it all, is the playful and profound love affair of Beatrice and Benedick, who are "too wise to woo peaceably". With earnest clowns, intrigue and two pairs of lovers, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's snappiest and smartest comedies.
Candace Clift and John Schnatterly play Beatrice and Benedick, the 'lovers of a certain age', joined by the young lovers Hero (Emma Bickford) and Claudio (Andrew Codispoti). David Hans makes his ATTP debut as Don Pedro and Lee Stockman plays his brother Don John. Richard Moses returns as Leonato, with area teacher and poet Gordon Lang playing his brother Antonio.

The waiting women Ursula (Martha Nichols) and Margaret (Brianne Robitaille) advance the plot intrigues, and veteran Lisa Thompson plays the comic constable, Dogberry. Making the trek from Rochester to join ATTP are Leslie Hamblin and Tim Robinson, playing Friar Frances and Verges. And rounding it all out is a group of watchmen, played by Sandy Trask, Frederick Bickford, Tyler Kenney, Anna Brown, Lauren Hansen and Natasha Crane, accompanied by So Low the dog in his third appearance with Advice To The players.

The production is directed by Mark Woollett, stage managed by Lauren Hansen and costumed by De Robitaille and Carolyn Boldt.
Performances of Much Ado About Nothing are at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage at 2 p.m. on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 9, 10 & 11 and Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 15, 16, 17 & 18. There will be one evening performance on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sandwich Town Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and free for ages 12 and under. For tickets or information go to www.AdviceToTheplayers.org, call 986-6253 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Much Ado About Nothing is supported by The NH State Council on the Arts.



David Hans as Don Pedro (l) and Andrew Codispoti as Claudio (r) jest with John Schnatterly's Benedick (c) in Advice To The Players' Much Ado About Nothing at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage. (Courtesy photo by Duane Dale)


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080313 Blues Double-Header at Tower Hill Tavern (82)

LACONIA — Tower Hill Tavern will host a blues double-bill on Saturday, August 3. Music starts after 7 p.m. and will include performances by "Downtown" Dave & Deep Pockets, and the Tweed Brothers.
For info visit www.towerhilltavern.com or call (603) 366-9100
Located at Weirs Beach, 264 Lakeside Ave, Laconia, the Tower Hill entertainment complex is host to regional and national performing artists of blues, soul, funk, jazz, rock, and tribute bands. The venue offers a full bar, dinners, and desserts.

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081013TirathLOON: 3X Triathloon (200)

MOULTONBOROUGH —Registration is currently open for the Sixth Annual TriathLOON sponsored by Holland Hill Studio for Yoga and Fitness. This year's race takes place on Sunday, August 11 at 7 a.m. at Long Island Beach.

The course includes a very easy and shallow 1/4 mile swim, a hilly 13 mile bike and a shady 3 mile run along the Moutonborough Neck pathway. Participants are encouraged to try all three events, but can choose to do one or two or relay the race. This is a perfect race for athletes wanting to warm up before the larger area triathlons or for newbies looking to get experience with a multi-sport race in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and will be rewarded with a discounted race charge of $30. Registration will be $40 on the day of the race. Kids 12 and under can participate for $10 and can complete as much of the course as they feel comfortable. Whoopie pies are presented at the end of the race for all pre-registered athletes.

To register call Holland Hill Studio at 476-2476 or send a check made out to "Holland Hill Studio" to 97 Holland Street, Moultonborough, NH 03254. For more information, visit hollandhillstudio.com.


CAPTION — Athletes who participated in the 2012 Triathloon. (Courtesy photo) 

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Leo A. 'Joe' Couture, 78

LACONIA — Leo "Joe" A. Couture, 78, of 46 Edwards Street died at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

Mr. Couture was born July 23, 1935 in Laconia, the son of the late Alphonse and Antoinette (Labreque) Couture.

Mr. Couture was a lifelong resident of Laconia. He was a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, retiring after twenty-two years in the U. S. Army as a Sergeant First Class.

Mr. Couture had also been employed at Irwin Marine, Irwin Motors, BouliaGorrell Lumber Co., the Laconia Clinic and Meredith Ford.

Mr. Couture was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. He was a member and former Post Commander, Trustee and Chaplain of the American Legion, Wilkins Smith Post No. 1 and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Laconia Post #1670.

Mr. Couture loved his grandkids.

Survivors include his wife, Muriel (Dutile) Couture, of Laconia; four sons, Wayne Uhlenberg of Laconia, William Couture of Louisiana, and Michael Couture and Scott Couture, both of Indiana; three daughters, Catherine Catledge of Georgia, Wanda Yates of Louisiana and Pamela Woods of Concord; eleven grandchildren ; a brother, Roger Couture, of Vermont; two sisters, Lillian Corliss of Lakeport and Rita Bruno of Tilton and many nephews and nieces.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 9:30-11:00AM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.

Following the calling hours, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30AM at St. Andre Bessette Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H.

Burial will be at a later date in the family lot at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia, N. H.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Legion, Wilkins Smith Post No. 1, PO Box 494, Laconia, NH 03247.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements.

For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.


Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 08:18

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