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Winni Players’ ‘All My Sons’ production features award-winning local actor

MEREDITH — When the annual NH Theatre Awards were handed out on the stage of the Stockbridge Theatre in Derry on Saturday, first-time attendee Ray Dudley, from Gilmanton, ended up being very glad he braced the cold to attend the event. Dudley, a sixty year old veteran community theater actor, left the ceremony clutching the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Community Play for his extraordinary work in the Winni Players' production of Of Mice and Men performed in February 2014. 

Dudley will be taking the stage at the Winniplayhouse as Joe Keller, in the show All My Sons. Performances are Thursday-Saturday, February 5-8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603) 279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.

Although Dudley has been featured in various shows over the past years, he is a relative newcomer to the Winni Players. Dudley quickly established himself as a versatile actor whose work ethic and determination only rival his natural talent. Marketing Director, Lesley Pankhurst, says, "we first met Ray back in our old theater when we needed a last-minute replacement for a small role in The Odd Couple. Ray jumped it and did a great job. However, it was really when he performed Candy last year in Of Mice and Men that he truly stood out as an incredible talent. He was totally convincing and utterly heart wrenching in his portrayal."

Dudley followed up that dramatic role with something much zanier, that of the stranded American tourist in Woody Allen's Don't Drink the Water this past Fall. Pankhurst says, "it was refreshing to see Ray do something so light and silly. The contrast between Mice and Men and Don't Drink the Water was night and day, and really proved that Ray has the versatility to take on any challenge."

The annual NH Theatre Awards recognizes the best of both community and professional theater throughout the state. In addition to Dudley's win in the community category, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse was honored to receive nine awards in the professional category, eight of those for last summer's production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. That production was named Best Professional Play and its director, Bryan Halperin, walked away with the trophy for Best Director.

William Vaughn won the Best Actor trophy for his title role while Rebecca Tucker and A.J. Ditty, two actors who will be returning to the Playhouse this summer, won the Best Supporting Actress and Actor categories. Lighting Designer Matt Guminski won his 8th trophy for that show and Scenic Designer David Towlun and Costume Designer Lori McGinley were also honored. Playwright George Brant was honored for Best Original Play for another summer season production, Any Other Name. Also at the ceremony, the Playhouse honored Steven S. Richmond and Judi Rogato as their "Theatre Heros" for which they were each presented a plaque.

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Open health care enrollment event in Tilton

TILTON -- An open enrollment session for those needing to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will be held Friday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in Tilton.

This session is available at no cost to anyone needing assistance in the healthcare enrollment process, according to Donna Toomey, Certified Patient Navigator for the Affordable Care Act. No appointment is necessary.

The enrollment period closes on Feb. 15, and those who are not enrolled may be subject to a penalty. Penalties for an individual are calculated at 2 percent of income over the personal deduction. That can amount to up to $325 per person for the year, and up to $162.50 per child under the age of 18. The maximum "family" penalty for failing to enroll in a health insurance plan can be $975.

Those wishing to attend the enrollment session are asked to bring a copy of their 2014 tax return, or copies of their 2014 W-2s and any 1099 forms, and the Social Security numbers for those who are to be included in their tax filing.

Any questions prior to the enrollment session may be directed to Toomey at the Healthfirst Family Care Center by calling 603-934-1464, extension 119.

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James Harman, with guests Matt Stubbs & Nick David at Pitman’s on Friday

 

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia will host James Harman with Matt Stubbs and Nick David on Friday, Feb.  6 at 8 p.m.

Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Pitman's is a BYPB venue.

Harman was born and raised in Anniston, Alabama, and quickly picked up on the black blues and soul music being played on juke boxes and the radio. He sang in the church choir until age 16 when his family moved to Panama City, Florida, where he found himself surrounded by like-minded blues lovers. Wearing a fake moustache, young James slipped into a still segregated black nightclub to see Little Junior Parker's show. He was totally overtaken by the blues and soon became a regular, known as "That boy who sings like a man" by patrons.

While still in his teens, he started playing juke joints and dance clubs throughout the South. His performances became legendary-he was "tapped" by talent scouts, signed and taken to Atlanta, Georgia in 1964 to begin his recording career at age 18. He had a series of nine singles (45 RPM records) released during the mid to late 60's on obscure southern labels.

He has been nominated for 20 pestiferous W. C. Handy (Blues Foundation) awards. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and he is the harmonica player of choice on many ZZ Top releases, as well as live with them on many international TV shows.

Joining James will be Matt Stubbs on guitar and Nick David on Harmonica.

Tickets may be purchased in advance on the following two websites: www.pitmansfreightroom.com or at  houserockinproductions.com or by calling 603-527-0043.

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Free workshop on EFT for pain relief on Monday

LACONIA — Barbara E. Belmont, certified EFT practitioner, from Belmont Coaching and Consulting Services, will offer a free worksho on EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)" for pain relief on Monday, February 9 from 6-8 p.m. at Healing Lakes Chiropractic, 635 Main Street, Laconia, (above Greenlaw's).

Pre-register by calling 603-520-1679 or 603-965-3642.

Participants will be introduced to an easy to learn relaxation tool called, Emotional Freedom Techniques. Reserve a space by calling Barbara at 603-652-1679 or Dr. Lunnon at 603-965-3642.

Belmont is a relaxation coach for the busy professional and ab EFT specialist who helps her clients relax, reduce food cravings and emotional eating, release stress out of the body and helps her clients make decisions that they have always wanted to make. Call Barbara at 603-520-1679 for a free 20 minute consultation.

Healing Lakes Chiropractic is owned by Dr. Valerie Lunnon, DC, who offers gentle adjustments specialized to your needs. She also gives you heat and massage with every adjustment to get you relaxed before the adjustment. If you have health needs more than spinal misalignment, Dr. Lunnon can help you with muscle testing and organic, food based supplements. Overall health is very important at Healing Lakes Chiropractic, which offers additional therapy such as massage, p/t, acupuncture, EFT, reik and exercise. Contact Dr. Lunnon at 603-965-3642.

 

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