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LHS Theatre Arts staging Inherit the Wind

LACONIA — Laconia High School Theatre Arts will present the classic play "Inherit the Wind" at the school's Piper Auditorium tonight and tomorrow, Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 26.

Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, "Inherit the Wind" is a fictionalized account of the famous "Scopes Monkey Trial". In the story, science teacher Bertram Cates, portrayed by Sebastian Huot, is jailed for violating a Tennessee State Law prohibiting the teaching of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. The case sets up a titanic clash between two of the greatest attorneys in America, the traditionalist orator and presidential candidate Matthew Harrison Brady (Taylor Gagne), and the folksy agnostic Henry Drummond (John Hammond).

In response to the case all of the townsfolk, led by the town's minister, Rev. Brown (Denis Zecevic) turn out to see their hero, Brady, who prosecutes Cates in order to defend the Biblical account of the creation. An issue comes to the forefront however, when the minister's daughter, Rachel (Brittney Pond), falls love with the beleaguered teacher, and is torn by divided loyalties. Cates is represented by Drummond, who has been hired by the Baltimore Herald reporter E.K. Hornbeck (Ashlee Neylon), the cynical critic of everyone and everything.

The story builds to a dramatic courtroom confrontation between Brady and Drummond that leaves everyone stunned, and leaves the audience to question not only the value of science and progress, but the power of tradition.

Some people may find the show controversial, but in the end, there's a balance to the two views. "Some people may not realize it, but while this show takes place in the 1920s, the creationism versus evolution debate is still alive in many parts of this country. So this show is as fresh and relevant as the day it was written," said the Director, Bernie Campbell.

The actors have been preparing since the beginning of school year for the show, and have persevered through adversity. "We had to change one of our lead actors about two weeks ago," Campbell added. "But I dare you to figure out which one."

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

For more information call Bernie Campbell at 524-3350, ext. 4616.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:52

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Winni Players to present radio play version of Frankenstein

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's stage will be presenting a spooky performance, led by WLNH's Pat Kelly in a radio play version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The performances will be conducted on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Part radio-style broadcast, part live-action, the Winni Players Community Theatre group will present Phillip Grecian's adaptation of the classic Gothic story, set in a 1940s radio studio. Pat Kelly will portray the infamous scientist Victor Frankenstein. He will be joined by Winni Players regulars David Bownes, Howard Amsden, Steven S. Richmond, Ginny Barunas, Jubilee Morris and Katie Dunn. In addition to Kelly, performers who are new to the Playhouse stage include Dana Gardner, Tikatia Morris and Maggie Braxton.

In homage to actual radio broadcasts, director Brett Billings will appear onstage as will foley artist Lord Adam Young and his assistant, Nikolai Fernandez.

Billings says, "While radio theater today is often a great chance to see the onstage nuts and bolts of a play, I also want to challenge people to really listen to what a radio drama sounds like. I think once we do that, we can have a lot of fun seeing the full 1940s radio studio, period costumes, studio signals, and especially the live sound effects."

Tickets for Frankenstein: A Radio Play are $10 and available at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333. Seating is general admission and doors will open a half hour prior to showtime.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:47

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Lakes Region Community Services receives Excellence in Leadership award

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is proud to announce that the agency has received the 2013 Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award. LRCS Executive Director Christine Santaniello accepted the award on September 20, at the Annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit.

This prestigious award is given annually by The Corporate Fund in tribute to Walter J. Dunfey, New Hampshire business leader and philanthropist. Walter J. Dunfey was a successful entrepreneur and business executive, a co-founder and director of Dunfey Hotels (now known as Omni International Hotels) and subsequently The Dunfey Group.

The Corporate Fund 'Dunfey Award' in partnership with the NH Charitable Foundation recognizes that management in the nonprofit sector is among the most demanding and most important work in our society. Often, effective management within the nonprofit community goes unrecognized. This 'Excellence in Management' award is presented for outstanding management skill and talent within the nonprofit sector.

"The Corporate Fund Nonprofit Management Award applications were very impressive," said speaker Cameron Tease of Markem-Imaje, who presented the award. "It was difficult to make a decision among the distinguished list of nonprofits. The winners stood apart for their excellence. LRCS really impressed the judges with its nimble and innovative work in job development, its depth of commitment to those it serves, its success in selling tax credits to 37 area businesses for its relocation, its caring management practices for a staff of 350 and the effective leadership all around."

Upon reflecting on this honor, Santaniello commented that the dedication and hard work of all agency employees have played a role in achieving this recognition.

"I am extremely proud of the work of all of the LRCS Employees," said Santaniello. "As I have said on more than one occasion, everyone associated with the organization contributes their piece to the whole. No one person is solely responsible for the success or trials of the organization. So while I accepted the award on behalf of the organization, it is a tribute to everyone who plays a role in supporting the families and individuals we serve. I am very proud of this organization and who we are."

As a recipient of this award, LRCS also receives and unrestricted award of $3,500. The agency's Board of Directors has decided that these funds will go to the LRCS Employee Assistance Fund in honor of the employees that made this possible.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:40

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Irving Oil Helps Raise Over $379,000 for Special Olympics

PORTSMOUTH — Irving Oil announces the successful conclusion of its largest fundraiser in New England for Special Olympics. For the 14th consecutive year Irving Oil and Circle K locations have joined forces to support Special Olympics state chapters across New England. This summer the partnership was able to raise over $379,000, surpassing last year's record high of $374,000. The fundraiser benefits the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest fundraiser worldwide for Special Olympics.

"It is always a pleasure working alongside the many talented and passionate athletes that are a part of Special Olympics," says Darren Gillis, Irving Oil's Chief Marketing Officer. "Irving Oil continues to proudly support Special Olympics and law enforcement officers across New England."

On July 27, select Irving Oil and Circle K locations hosted "To Serve and Protect Day," where Special Olympics athletes, coaches, and local law enforcement officers worked alongside Irving Oil and Circle K employees to pump fuel, wash windshields, and greet customers at local Irving Oil Service Stations, Travel Plazas, and Circle K locations throughout New England.

"Our partnership with Irving Oil and Circle K increases awareness of our mission and allows Special Olympics programs across New England to continue to serve children and adults with intellectual disabilities through the dollars raised from their support," said Mary Conroy, President of Special Olympics New Hampshire. "The funds raised through our partnership have allowed us to sustain current programs and launch new initiatives. Irving Oil is a great corporate friend that makes a significant impact in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities throughout New England."

Irving Oil also made a corporate donation of $100,000 to be split across all six New England state chapters. Since 1999, Irving Oil has helped raise over $2.8 million for Special Olympics.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:23

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