Published: 05-25-2023 6:00 PM

ConcordFinding Nemo auditions

The Children’s Theatre Project of The Community Players of Concord is pleased to announce Auditions for their fall production of the new stage musical, Disney Pixar’s “Finding Nemo, Jr.”  Auditions are open to actors ages 8 to 18 and will be held by appointment on June 3 and 4, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Community Players’ Studio, 435 Josiah Bartlett Road in Concord. Audition spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, in 10-minute increments. Contact director Karen Braz at for an appointment. Auditioners should prepare one verse and one chorus of a memorized portion of a song from a musical, which may be performed a capella or with recorded accompaniment (no lyrics). Auditioners should also bring a recent photo and be prepared to read from script excerpts as part of their audition. Rehearsals will begin after Labor Day and will be held on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday afternoons. Performances are Oct. 20 and 21 at the Concord City Auditorium. There is a participation fee of $100 per cast member, with a family cap of $150, which includes the cost of Players membership. Financial assistance may be available through the Jakob Murray Lange Memorial Fund. Young people interested in working on the show as Stage Mangers (age 12 or older), Set Builders/Painters or other tech positions are welcome to visit the Players Studio during auditions to complete a registration form and meet the staff.For more information, visit

ConcordLearn about lilacs

With the warming weather we are excited to see flowers of all kinds, but did you know there is one particular bloom that is special to New Hampshire? It’s the Lilac! Come learn about New Hampshire’s State Flower and how these beautiful plants can be a part of your home. John Bentley will lead a free event at NHTI on June 1 at 6 p.m. (Zoom access available) to promote the planting and love of lilacs. To learn more or register, visit

ConcordVirtual author talk

Join Gibson's Bookstore virtually on May 31 at 7 p.m. for an event with author Sarah Adler, and her debut rom-com that had Bookseller Elisabeth rolling with laughter, “Mrs. Nash's Ashes.” Adler will be joined in-conversation with rom-com author Sarah Hogle (“You Deserve Each Other,” “Twice Shy”). 

A starry-eyed romantic, a cynical writer, and (the ashes of) an elderly woman take the road trip of a lifetime that just might upend everything they believe about true love.

Millicent Watts-Cohen is on a mission. When she promised her elderly best friend that she’d reunite her with the woman she fell in love with nearly 80 years ago, she never imagined that would mean traveling from D.C. to Key West with three tablespoons of Mrs. Nash’s remains in her backpack. But Millie’s determined to give her friend a symbolic happily-ever-after, before it’s (really) too late — and hopefully reassure herself of love’s lasting power in the process. She just didn’t expect to have a living travel companion. After a computer glitch grounds flights, Millie is forced to catch a ride with Hollis Hollenbeck, an also-stranded acquaintance from her ex’s MFA program. Hollis certainly does not believe in happily-ever-afters and makes it quite clear that he can’t fathom Millie’s plan ending well for anyone. But as they contend with peculiar bed-and-breakfasts, unusual small-town festivals, and deer with a death wish, Millie begins to suspect that her reluctant travel partner might enjoy her company more than he lets on. Because for someone who supposedly doesn’t share her views on romance, Hollis sure is becoming invested in the success of their journey. And the closer they get to their destination, the more Millie has to admit that maybe this trip isn’t just about Mrs. Nash’s love story after all — maybe it’s also about her own.

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