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Sant Bani to stage Brecht’s ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’

SANBORNTON — The Caucasian Chalk Circle, by Bertolt Brecht, takes place "in olden times, in bloody times," the Narrator (sophomore Brennan Macaig) tells us—times not so different from when Brecht wrote it after years of exile from his native Germany at the close of World War II.

Grusha, a naïve servant girl (senior Sophia Gilberto) risks everything to protect a child abandoned in the chaos of civil war. After order is restored, Grusha faces a legal contest with the child's biological mother (senior Marin Smith) over who best deserves to keep him. Azdak, the most unlikely and unruly of judges (one of Brecht's wildest creations, here also played by Brennan Macaig), calls on the ancient tradition of the chalk circle to decide the child's fate. Thanks to Azdak, natural justice wins in the end; Grusha gets to keep the child and is free to marry the man she loves, the honest soldier Simon (senior Colin Tripp).

With a cast of seventeen actors in grades five through twelve playing some fifty roles, The Chalk Circle is complex and challenging in scope. Director Craig Jaster writes, "One of the first plays I ever directed at Sant Bani School was Brecht's The Threepenny Opera. When I chose The Chalk Circle, I knew it would be a stretch for all of us. However, I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to work with so many of our wonderful students on a project so rich and compelling. I hope everyone in the community comes out to see this thought-provoking (and at times wickedly funny) play and support the efforts of the cast and crew."

The Caucasian Chalk Circle, by Bertolt Brecht, is directed by Performing Arts Department Head Craig Jaster. Performances are at 7 pm, December 18, 19 & 20. Parents are advised that it is not a children's play and some moments in the play might be frightening to young children. Admission is $5/ ($2 students and senior citizens). For advance reservations or more information call the school at 934-4240.

Sant Bani School, founded in 1973, is now an independent K-8 day school in Sanbornton. Students gain self-confidence and a passion for learning through an integrated program of academics, creative arts, athletics and service to others. For more information, visit santbani.org; schedule a tour; or join us on Wednesday, December 17 at 9 am for an in-school Open House.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 10:10

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Today is last day to apply for St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Angel program

LACONIA — Today is the last day of the St. Vincent de Paul Children's Foundation Christmas Angel Program, located at 1269 Union Avenue, in Laconia. Applications will be taken and packages will be handed out from 4:30 to 7 pm.

This program is available to families with children ages birth to 18 years old. An outfit of clothing, socks, and underwear/diapers will be given for each child. Any additional items in the package are through the generosity of anonymous donors. The Children's Foundation concentrates on providing children with necessities – clothing, socks, underwear, diapers and personal hygiene items.

Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to support the Children's Foundation may stop by the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, at 1269 Union Avenue, Laconia (next to McDonald's) or by mail to SVDP Children's Foundation, PO Box 6123, Laconia, NH 03247.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 10:07

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Winni Playhouse to stage Aladdin

MEREDITH — The fabled hero Aladdin, a beautiful princess, a golden lamp, and an evil magician named Abanazar will all be making appearances at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse this holiday season when they present Aladdin, a family holiday musical from Friday, December 19 through Saturday, January 3.

Featuring sensational songs, dynamic dance, silly slapstick and mysterious magic, this zany and interactive show will be a treat for audience members of all ages and families are encouraged to come as a group. The show is specifically written with jokes that will appeal to young children, along with double entendres and humor aimed directly at adults. A mixture of favorite pop songs, coupled with classic musical theatre tunes, will also have wide appeal.

This new version of Aladdin is written and directed by the Playhouse's Artistic Director, Neil Pankhurst. It will encourage kids to get involved in the action, asking them to "boo" the villain, cheer the hero and help the cast along the way. Says Pankhurst, "the show will be fun, silly, and interactive. Parents who worry that their four year old can't sit quietly in the theater should rest assured that Aladdin will keep them interested, engaged, and shouting at the stage – on purpose!"

Audiences expecting A Whole New World will soon learn that this isn't Disney's Aladdin. This version of Aladdin goes back to the original tale which is actually set in China, not the Middle East. The sets, designed by Dan Daly, and costumes by designer Danee Grillo, are decidedly Asian-themed.

The cast includes favorite professional actors from the Playhouse's summer productions, plus some talented locals. The Playhouse was delighted to team up with three local dance schools whose students will be performing in the children's dance chorus. Local dancers from Lakes Region Dance in Moultonboro, The Studio in Meredith, and Edgewater Academy of Dance in Gilford will all share the stage with talented professional and local actors.

Aladdin will run for twelve performances over the holiday period with different performance times to accommodate many different family's schedules. Tickets cost $19 for adults and $16 for children. A family pack of six tickets is available for $84. Balcony tickets for all performances run $12 per person. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 11:13

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120914IrwinDrive4URSchoolFolo: 3X Class 2015 Irwin Test drives raised $1,300 for Class of 2015

LACONIA — Irwin Automotive put on Ford's Drive One 4 UR School event on September 25. The concept was simple, Irwin Ford encouraged all members of the community to come out and test drive a new Ford at Laconia High school and for every test drive Ford motor company donated $20 to Laconia High School Senior Class. As a result Irwin Ford Lincoln was able to raise $1,300 for the senior class.

"We’re thrilled to be able to support the Senior Class with Drive One 4 UR School," said Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive. "We’d like to wish them the best of luck and glad to help in any way we can." 

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 11:07

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