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April brings showers, flowers, and the powers of magical theater

 

FRANKLIN — While Spring tries desperately to bring warmer temperatures to eradicate the snow and foster new growth, Franklin Footlight Theatre shall endeavor to tickle funny-bones and induce introspection with a bevy of theatrical beauties in the form of five one act plays. On Friday April 10th and Saturday April 11th at 7:30 pm, with a third show on Sunday April 12th at 2:00 pm, the Franklin Opera House (inside Franklin City Hall, 316 Central St.) will part its curtain to reveal four comedies and a drama debuting the directorial talents of Annette Andreozzi, Robbie LaPlante, and John Masse, and showcasing the veteran abilities of Ryan Clark and Leigh Webb. The talented ensemble cast includes Summer McGaffigan, Benjamin Heath, Saige Granger, Denise Steadman, Kristine Snow, Jack Finley, Spencer Costigan, Joshua Bradley, Tia Turgeon, Wendy DeSousa, Meaghan Corning, Karielle Anzaldi, Cricket Basha, Sue Bitteto, Rebecca Turmel, Selena Durette, Sheri Collins, Jule Finley, Cameron Brand, and Vince Ribas.
The offerings differ considerably in tone, with "Void" by Donald Tongue being esoterically and cerebrally tongue-in-cheek, "Accused of Comedy" by Carl L. Williams relying heavily on clever puns and a touch of slapstick, "Find Me" by Dennis Bush (both "Accused of Comedy" and "Find Me" produced by special arrangement with Brooklyn Publishers, LLC) a thought-provoking drama of insight and revelation, with "General Hurtspital" by Franklin resident Leigh Webb satirically sending up serial soaps and their attendant day-time commercials, and "The Real Problem" aiming its comical message at the female audience in tune with the collected works of Shakespeare, somewhat at the expense of men.
Behind the scenes Sue Bitteto once again put her considerable expertise to work gathering and creating props, Mark Bitteto shines as Stage Manager, Ryan Clark not only doubles as House Manager, but shot and edited video footage for "General Hurtspital", Dan Darling is on lights, Chelse Proulx and Jack Finley are helping out with sound, and Annette Andreozzi created costumes for "The Real Problem".
Tickets are $12 with seniors and students discounted to $10, and can be purchased online at the Franklin Opera House website, www.franklinoperahouse.org, by making arrangements with the box office via telephone, 934-1901, or of course, at the door prior to a performance. Please indicate when making advance purchases if a wheelchair will need to be accommodated. All performances are open seating, "first come, first served".

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 06:26

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Belknap county GOP will hear senator lindsey graham

BELMONT — The Belknap County Republican Committee has announced that US Senator Lindsey Graham, a potential presidential candidate, will be their guest speaker on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Road.

Senator Graham served in the US Air Force, the South Carolina Air National Guard, and the US Air Force Reserve attaining the rank of Colonel. He was elected to four 2-year terms in the US House of Representatives from 1994 to 2002, was then elected to the US Senate in 2002 and 2008, and most recently was re-elected to a third term in the US Senate in November 2014. He serves on the Appropriations, Armed Services, Budget, and Judiciary Committees.

With the presidential race heating up so quickly, the Committee plans to bring as many potential presidential candidates to Belknap County, offering voters the opportunity to hear the candidate's position on the issues and to ask them the tough questions to help determine which candidate they're going to support in New Hampshire's First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary scheduled for February 9, 2016.

Belknap County GOP meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded Independents. Per their usual meeting format, those nterested in having dinner nd/or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 6 p.m.

The Committee thanks its members for continuing to bring food pantry donations to the meetings, and again reminds them to bring a non-perishable food item to this month's meeting.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 06:07

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BarnZ's making donation from furious 7 screening to charity

MEREDITH — BarnZ's Cinemas in Lincoln, Meredith, and Barrington will be showing an advanced screening of Furious 7 on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. In honor of actor and founder, Paul Walker, BarnZ's will donate 20% of ticket sales for this show to benefit Reach Out World Wide.
Founded by Paul Walker, Reach Out World Wide is a nonprofit organization built of volunteers who use their resources to assist areas across the globe that have been devastated by natural disaster. In honor of Paul Walker and his willingness to help others BarnZ's Cinemas will donate 20% of all ticket sales from the showing of Furious 7 on April 2 to the organization to assist in their efforts to aid these areas in need.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in theater in Lincoln and Meredith and online at www.barnzs.com for Barrington. For more information about this event visit www.barnzs.com, visit us on Facebook, or call 844-4BARNZS (4227697) Ext 701. Seating for this event will begin 30 minutes before the show starts. For more information about Reach Out World Wide visit www.ROWW.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 06:03

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Taylor Community to host program about the Laconia Grant of 1629

LACONIA — On Monday, April 13 at 2 p.m. the Taylor Community will help to celebrate the 385th Anniversary of the Signing of the Laconia Grant by welcoming Pat Tierney, who will present a history lesson and discussion about the Laconia Grant of 1629.

"This presentation is the culmination of research Pat has been working on for quite some time," said Brenda Kean, Laconia Historical and Museum Society Director. "I'm sure those in attendance will be impressed and intrigued with this incredible history lesson about Laconia."

Tierney will return Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. to present "Jeremy Belknap and Early Laconia," Attendees will be introduced to Mr. Belknap (1744-1798) , an American clergyman and historian, whose great achievement was "The History of New Hampshire," published in three volumes between 1784 and 1792.

Tierney is a member of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society Board of Directors and was recently presented with a Commendation from Governor Maggie Hassan for his research on the subject.

Both events are free and open to the public and will be held at Taylor's Woodside Building. For more information or to RSVP call 524-5600.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 08:19

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