October 14, 2010

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Curtain Calls

Adam Coughlin acoughlin@hippopress.com.

NH sings: When Jamie Saucier began college he was a biology major but couldn’t shake his love of music. So he joined his school’s a cappella group. Not only did this form lasting friendships, it made music seem more obtainable and he later majored in it. Now Saucier wants to share this love with others. That is why Voices of the 603, a brand new a cappella competition for New Hampshire high school and middle school students, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets cost $10 and proceeds will go to promoting scholarships for singers. Though the competition is at the Palace, there will be a full day of educational information at UNH Manchester. UNH Manchester’s female a cappella group, Milling Around, will be hosting the event, which will include an ear, nose and throat doctor who will teach proper singing maintenance. Call 641-4395 or visit www.millingaround.org/voicesofthe603.

Dancers from Ireland: The National Dance Theater of Ireland will perform “Rhythm of the Dance” on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester. Over two hours, audience members will enjoy a live band, three tenors and 22 step dancers. The performance celebrates Irish history. Tickets cost $29.50 for adults, $25.50 for Saint Anselm College faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens, $12.50 for New Hampshire college and university students with ID and $6 for Saint Anselm students. Call 641-7700 or e-mail dana@anselm.edu.

Follow the yellow brick road: A star-studded cast brings the popular story of Dorothy and her friends to life on Saturdays, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at the JFNH Theatre, 698 Beech St., in Manchester. The Manchester Community Theatre Players will introduce Alanah Tintle as Dorothy and she will be surrounded by familiar names like George Piehl as The Wizard, Cathy McCay and Glinda and Charlie Sherman as Uncle Henry. “People have an expectation because the movie is so popular,” said Director Alan Kaplan. “As a director you can take some license but you can’t go too far.” Kaplan said they are performing the Royal Shakespeare Production version of The Wizard of Oz, which is the same production the movie was modeled after, so much of the iconic imagery will be seen. Many of the characters enter through the audience so audience members get to see the great costumes up close. In fact, the yellow brick road runs right through the audience. “We have great special effects,” Kaplan said. Kaplan promised flying monkeys and even the Wicked Witch melting into the stage. Call 800-838-3006.

—Adam Coughlin


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