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ETCs "Marking the Moment" Wins New England Theatre Conference Moss Hart Award

PLYMOUTH — The Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) production of the original musical Marking the Moment, which honored the 250th anniversary of the Town of Plymouth, was named the 2013 overall winner of the Moss Hart Memorial Award by the New England Theatre Conference at a ceremony October 26

ETC is in its 20th year of producing intergenerational theatre experiences with cast from across the region. It is a partnership of the Plymouth State University College of Graduate Studies, Plymouth Elementary School and Friends of the Arts.

Marking the Moment, written by Professor Trish Lindberg, artistic director of ETC, and PSU Professor Emeritus of History Manuel Marquez-Sterling, captures illustrative vignettes from Plymouth's history in song and dance to retell stories and historical episodes collected by the writers. The idea is rooted in history—in 1913, community members staged tableaux around town to mark the town's 150th anniversary, according to Lindberg.

The NETC award presenter called Marking the Moment, "an epic original work. ... The simple logistics of moving more than 100 people on and off stage was challenge enough, but the fluid blocking of story and the development of all the individual characters was near genius. The mind-boggling costumes, makeup, lighting, music and special effects left the audience truly in awe and the reviewer with the sense of what an incredible undertaking and collaboration this was. Truly the spirit of community, truly the spirit of theatre, and truly worthy of the Moss Hart Award."

Lindberg says human interest was a significant element in selecting the characters and stories to portray. "I was looking for the stories...the everyday people, as well as famous figures and founding families," she says. "I'd like people to feel more connected to Plymouth after seeing this show. All of us are making history every day."

Marquez-Sterling used his skill as a dramatic writer to shape the history as a drama. For him, historical fiction is a necessary side of "factual history," helping to explain what so frequently the facts by themselves cannot.

Will Ogmundson of Sutton wrote the music. Ogmundson says he tried to have the music for this production match the time period it represents. "Babe Ruth's song is ragtime, the 1950's song harkens back to Jerry Lee Lewis, and the 1930's era piece is a Charleston, to give a few examples, so the style is constantly shifting," the composer says.

The cast included 120 people ages 8 to 77 from 20 towns. Everyone from a local doctor, a lawyer, a contractor, the university president, provost, dean and director of athletics, the founder of the Common Man family of restaurants, members of Pemigewasset Chorale Society as well as community members and children from area schools and students from Plymouth State helped to mark moments in Plymouth history.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:07

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LRCC students shoot commercial

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Media Arts and Technology (MAT) majors, Krystal Jakows and Jonathan Geddis reviewed test footage taken during LRCC's first-ever student produced television commercial shoot earlier this month on Prescott Hill.

"It was an exciting opportunity to be able to work with all of the other students in different programs and get together to shoot the TV commercial, " says Jakows who anticipates graduating in May 2014. "The end result came out to be more than I'd hoped for. Classes with LRCC MAT professor Mike Place are fun, challenging and take students' creativity to another level."

"The opportunity to be the camera man for such a historical event became a once in a lifetime deal for me which will hopefully lead to more doors opening in my career," says Geddis also anticipating a May 2014 graduation date. "I can't wait to see the commercial aired." Jakows and Geddis were the directors of the shoot along with Place, and MAT major Ben Bate.

For additional information about LRCC's MAT program, contact the Admissions office at (603) 524-3207 ext. 6766. One may also call toll-free, 1-800-357-2992.

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Local singer /songwriter Meg Josalen hosts new open mic at the Black Swan Inn in Tilton

TILTON — Beginning Sunday, November 10, local musicians can enjoy sharing their music with a true listening audience at the Black Swan Inn.

This intimate venue is welcoming, visually intriguing and new owners John and Trish Basiliere have been offering creative events since the purchase of the inn in March. Meg Josalen has been looking for such a venue to host an open mic for some time.

She shares, "Many times musicians get lost in the background of busy bars and this venue provides an opportunity for local talent to be heard. I am sure there are listeners who will appreciate a place to go to where local talent is highlighted, without the distractions of TV's and talking. This will be a great way to enjoy a Sunday evening."

The open mic will be held every other Sunday from 6-9 p.m. with a featured artist performing from 7-7:30 p.m. Local musician Don Bartenstein will be the first feature with other performers already booked for the rest of the year.

Musicians sign up to play at the door, typically 3 songs each. Original music is preferred, but not required. There is a cover of $5 for the evening, which includes coffee/tea and dessert.
People can join ' Open Mic at the Black Swan Inn' page on facebook to stay apprised of featured performers, see photos of the evening or to just support local music.

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Franklin Tater Trot Race on Thanksgiving Day

FRANKLIN — Red Oak Montessori School is planning the first ever Tater Tot Race for Thanksgiving morning, sponsored by Awakening Chiropractic. Registration at 8 a.m. and the races will begin at 9 a.m. at Franklin Falls Dam.

The event will offer a 1.5 mile fun run and a 3 mile trail race. The first 50 people to register will receive a free event T-shirt. There will be a raffle of products and services donated by local businesses. All proceeds will go to Red Oak Montessori School in support of scholarships and programming.

Please contact Brooke Wakefield for more event information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information about Red Oak go to www.redoakmontessori.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 09:29

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