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• War comes home: Theater of War, a new project that has professional actors give readings of ancient Greek plays, which are then discussed by a local panel, will come to New Hampshire for the first time on Wednesday, Oct. 6, according to Ken Norton, director of the “Connect” suicide prevention program at NAMI-NH. “There are amazing parallels between these 2,500-year-old plays and our modern situation,” Norton said. At the Wednesday event, which will be held at 1 p.m. at Grace Capital Church in Pembroke and at 6 p.m. at Concord High School, 170 Warren St., Concord, the local panel will include an active service member, a family member of a serviceman abroad, a veteran and a chaplain or health care provider. Norton said it can be difficult for servicemen to talk about deployment with people who haven’t deployed. Reading the plays opens up discussion. During the two-hour performance there will be plenty of time for audience interaction. Norton hopes servicemen, veterans, families and care-providers attend the reading. Visit www.naminh.org/tow.php.
• Lights go on in Manchester: The Manchester Community Music School, 2291 Elm St., Manchester, installed a new energy-efficient lighting system over the summer. The music school shares the building, which was built in 1962, with Mount St. Mary Academy, which changed its lighting last year, according to Jeanine Tousignant, the music school’s CEO. As the two organizations share the cost of the building, they immediately saw $3,000 in savings from the switch. This motivated the music school to act. With help from an $18,000 grant from the Madelaine G. Von Weber Trust, which was matched by PSNH, they were able to get the project accomplished. The results have been immediate, according to Tousignant. “We painted the walls a year and a half ago but now people keep asking if we’re re-painted because everything looks so much brighter,” Tousignant said. She also said five-year-old students have asked, “Where did the buzzing sound go?” because the new lighting is so much quieter.
• Proof auditions in Nashua: Nashua Theatre Guild will hold auditions for David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 16, 1-4 p.m. at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. The play deals with the relationship between two sisters, Catherine and Claire, and their father, a recently deceased mathematical genius. Director Mike Wood said the play is appealing because it is a strong character piece with two female leads. Wood said he saw the play in New York, starring Mary Louise Parker. But he is not pressuring those who are auditioning. He is looking for strong actors who can come to the audition and find their own Catherine or Claire. The issues of the play — sibling rivalry, for example — are all very relatable, according to Wood. Several parts are up for audition, including the two sisters, Catherine and Claire, their father, Robert, and Hal. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Actresses auditioning for Catherine are encouraged to present a dramatic monologue. The play will be performed Jan. 27-30. Visit www.nashuatheatreguild.org or contact director Mike Wood at email@example.com. —Adam Coughlin