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  • Willa Carter poses in New Hampshire —Courtesy

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Spoon River Anthology

The NHTI Stage Lynx drama club will present “Spoon River Anthology” based on a collection of poetry by Edgar Lee Masters.

The arrangement by Charles Aidman combines some 60 vignettes connected with music that tells stories of souls contained by a cemetery in the town of Spoon River. There are young lovers, preachers, teachers and a Jewish man who was buried there wrongly. The ghosts of Spoon River share the secrets they’ve taken to their graves.

“It’s not rhyming poetry, but each poem talks about the person’s life in Spoon River,” said Jewel Davis, program coordinator of the theater department. “And a lot of these connect to other people in Spoon River, so it gives one the feeling of almost an “Our Town kind of production.

Showtimes will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Sweeney Auditorium on campus. Tickets are $12 and free for NHTI students.

Midsummer Night’s Dream

It may be autumn outside, but it’s summer in the John Stark High School auditorium. Students will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from Thursday to Saturday at 7 p.m.

The script is largely the original text with edits made to make it appropriate for a high-school cast and modern sensibilities, said director Jen Matzke.

The play features intertwining plots of the wedding of Hippolyta and Theseus; the lovers Helena, Lysander, Demetrius and Hermia; and the fairies Titania, Oberon and Puck.

“It's easy for (the students) to relate to the strong emotions of love and hate, jealousy and fear of being mocked,” Matzke said. “We’ve held on to the idea that love often makes us look pretty ridiculous, and we’ve had a lot of fun exploring how that idea appears again and again in the play.

Tickets will be available at the door for $7 or $5 for students and seniors.

Willa Cather of Jaffrey, N.H.

Though she was famous for her novels set in the Great Plains, Willa Cather worked and is buried in Jaffery. The Alchemists’ Workshop has produced an original play about Cather, which includes Edith Lewis who is buried with Cather.

The musical was created by Will Ogmundson of New London and Tom Dunn of Henniker and features three veteran actresses: Rachel Coffin as Lewis; Jocelyn Duford as the Jaffery local, Nancy; and Mary Niederkorn as Cather.

The premier will be Friday at 7 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Henniker, with another show Saturday at 3 p.m. A tour of 20 performances across the state will follow, including a Saturday show at 7 p.m. at the Barn at Harrisville Inn.

For more information, alchemistsworkshop.org.