October 5, 2006


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Curtain calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Opening next week: The P.E.I. tale of Anne of Green Gables will be performed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the musical version by the Riverbend Youth Company at the Amato Center for Performing Arts, Milford. The notable factor is that Toby Tarnow is directing. She played Anne Shirley in the 1956 TV musical. The show will run Oct. 13, 14, 15 and 20. Two original writers are rumored to be in the audience as well.  Tickets are $7 to $10 at 672-1002. Proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley.

Children of a Lesser God is a Bedford Off Broadway production in which the hearing cast will portray deaf characters and sign most of the dialogue. The cast worked with ASL coaches to learn signing and deaf culture. A speech-language pathologist coached actors on speech patterns of the hearing impaired.

“Our presentation will be done as authentically as possible and with the utmost respect for the deaf community. It is our goal that audiences will be moved and forever changed as a result of seeing our performance of Children of a Lesser God,” director Tim Stanley stated in a release about the show, which is supposed to appeal to both hearing and deaf audiences. The show is Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at Bedford Old Town Hall, Meetinghouse Road in Bedford, 647-2864. Tickets are $10.

Get early use out of your kid’s Halloween costumes at “A Haunted Halloween Happening” Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Adams Memorial Opera House in Derry. A family performance of Auditioning a Ghost is at 2 p.m. followed by a costume contest. War of the Worlds, the Orson Welles radio drama, will be performed live at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $15 benefiting the Greater Derry Arts Council. Feel free to donate a carved pumpkin for the 6 p.m. lighting. Call 437-0505 or visit DerryArts.org for more information.

• Opening this week: In Peterborough, Actors’ Circle Theatre is performing Deathtrap, a comedic thriller that went from Broadway to the big screen with Michael Caine and Christopher Reeves in 1982. Ira Levin wrote Deathtrap, as well as Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives  and The Boys from Brazil. Catch the show at Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, Oct. 6, 7, 13 and 14, actorscircletheatre.org.

• Learn something: Northern Ballet Theatre in Nashua is offering acting as well as dance classes this fall. Brandon Mallard will begin acting sessions and individual coaching for ages 8 through adult starting Oct. 18. Mallard will cover character development, overcoming fear, sense memory, emotion recall and more. Contact Northern Ballet at 889-8408 to sign up. Mallard is also creator, director and choreographer of Cabaret De Boheme and was recently named best professional choreographer by the NH Theatre Awards.

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Wake up to ‘night Mother