A variety of local talent

  • Mackenzie Flanders, Julia Sommer and Jordan Trahant of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy perform a scene from “Spoon River.” Courtesy

Monitor staff
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Concord and Bow high schools will perform in the first of four regional competitions for the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild. However, other capital area schools will be performing on subsequent weekends in March.

Kearsarge regionals

Kearsarge Regional High School will host on March 24.

Coe-Brown opens the day with Spoon River in Block 1 at 9:15 a.m.

The show is an interpretation of the poetry of Edgar Lee Masters’s Spoon River Anthology, which chronicles the lives of those in the fictional town of Spoon River. The small town folk share their hopes, despairs, love and sense of community.

Students will also be performing the show at Coe-Brown this week on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets to that show will be $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. For more information, visit cbnanh.booktix.com.

After staging the play this week, said Director Elizabeth Lent, the students will be cutting the play to fit the NHETG time slot of 40 minutes.

“The challenge in participating in the festival is that it is not our home space, so the students must adapt rather quickly to the new stage and different equipment,” Lent said. “We tend to choose shows for the festival that lend themselves to traveling, with few technical elements. That minimizes the stress for the students, so that they can focus on the performance in a positive way.”

Franklin High School will present Between the Lines in Block 2 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Between the Lines is based on newspaper headlines. It mixes fiction with facts where emotions range from heartbreaking to bizarre,” said Director Prezley Adair. “In the show itself, the audience meet many characters. Some include: a celebrity stalker, a polygamist, a man with a unique gift for his wife, parents of a missing child and many more. It is a show that is very current (especially in today’s media) where many audience members read an article and make certain assumptions without knowing the whole story.”

If you don’t make it to the showcase, the students will be performing Between the Lines March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Opera House.

“During our rehearsals, the cast has four big objectives to accomplish before the big day: projection, character work, memorizing lines and staying within the time limit (under 40 minutes),” Adair said. “The students are working very hard and want to put on an exceptional performance for that day. We are looking forward to the festival, wishing all the schools the best of luck.”

Kearsarge Regional High School presents The Bells of Charlemont in Block 2 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Based on a true story set during World War II, American soldiers in a burned out French village have been asked by the townspeople to help restore a Christmas tradition. Before they can, orders come in to join what will be the Battle of the Bulge. What will the men do in the town they’ve come to love?

The play contains adult content.

In addition to the NHETG show, students will perform The Bells of Charlemont on March 22 at 7:15 p.m. It will follow the senior show and admission is free.

Laconia regionals

Laconia High School will host March 31. They are the only local school performing during that final weekend and will present Take Five.

Take Five is a one-act show within a show, and in this show, everything seems to be going wrong. There will be lots of surprises and zany characters to have you laughing.