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St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts

Linda Pouliot to perform at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts

linda pouliotBERLIN – On Sunday, July 17th, starting at 2:00 pm, St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts will be welcoming Berlin native, singer/songwriter, Linda Pouliot! Tickets are $12.00 (adults) and $8.00 (those under 18) and are available at the arts center office or via our website, www.stkieranarts.org for a small service fee. This event is being sponsored by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts.

Accompanied by some of the Seacoast area’s best musicians, the trio will present; Edith Piaf’s, “ La Vie En Rose,” Charles Aznavour’s, “Parler Moi D’Amour,” songs of Lucienne Delisle, Charles Trenet, Lucienne Boyer, Nana Mouscouri and an array of original songs as well. If you do not speak French; no worries, songs will include an English translation and beautiful melodies which are sure to please!

From the time of her first professional jazz/blues performance in 2009, Ms. Pouliot has been inspired by the response to French songs. Growing up in Berlin, New Hampshire, Ms. Pouliot’s Sunday mornings included listening to WMOU, the local radio station, broadcast songs by such artists as La Bolduc and Edith Piaf. Memories from those days inspired her to write the song, “La Tradition Du Beau Dimanche.” She is thrilled to have performed at the Franco Americaine Center for the Arts in Lewiston, Maine and at La Kermesse Franco Americaine in Biddeford where she is scheduled to perform again this year.

With the help of Seacoast Jazz Society President, Charlie Jennison, Ms. Pouliot is happy to be involved in the preservation of Classic French songs. “I’ve never been to Paris, but Paris lives in my heart. My father served a tour of duty there during World War II, and although he brought back with him tragedies of war that affect so many of our soldiers and their families, he brought back something very special too“, Pouliot explains. “My mother had a deep appreciation for the arts. I learned Edith Piaf’s music from her and my brother and I inherited the love for a culture, rich in music, art and tradition, which makes us who we are.” Ms. Pouliot is dedicating this performance to her family and is anxious to share her love of French Heritage with everyone in this community; a community she quickly claims as her “hometown.”

For more information about this concert, to purchase tickets, a membership or loyalty cards or to make a donation to the annual or capital improvement funds in support of our Seven to Save project, please contact the Arts Center at (603) 752-1028; visit www.stkieranarts.org or www.facebook.com/stkieranarts.

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, August 6th at 7:00 pm – Chicago Total Access, High-energy, band covering the music of Chicago
Saturday, September 10th at 7:00 pm – Zostak, Classic Rock by a Class Local Band

Programming at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts is made possible by the support of community corporate sponsors, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, The NH State Council on the Arts, Plum Creek, The Wyman Family Fund, The Rydin Family Fund and The Doris Benz Trust.

Judy Collins

Judy Collins to Perform at Randolph, Vermont’s Chandler Music Hall Sunday, May 15 at 7pm

Judy Collins, the endlessly prolific singer, songwriter, author and activist, will celebrate her newly released studio album with an intimate concert at The Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, Vermont on Sunday, May 15 at 7p.m.  Tickets,starting at $30, can be purchased online at www.catamountix.org or by calling Catamount Arts at (802) 748-2600. This event is presented by The Rutland Herald and A&R Entertainment.

Heralded as the “Ageless Wild Angel Of Pop” by The New York Times, Judy Collins is known for her sublime vocals, personal life triumphs, and firm commitment to social activism. An award-winning singer-songwriter, her iconic rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” was entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame and “Send in the Clowns” won “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards.

The new release ‘Strangers Again’ (Wildflower/Cleopatra), her first studio work since 2011, was released in September of 2015 and climbed to #1 on Amazon’s music chart. In this album, Collins is golden voiced and soaring over fresh interpretations of songs by Leonard Bernstein and Sondheim, Randy Newman and James Taylor. She invited a number of special guests to join her: Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Don McLean, Jeff Bridges, Glen Hansard, Willie Nelson and more.

Collins began her impressive music career at 13 as a classical piano prodigy but the hardluck tales and rugged sensitivity of folk revival music by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger seduced her away from a life as a concert pianist. Her path pointed to a lifelong love affair with the guitar and pursuit of emotional truth in lyrics which has influenced so many artists. Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.

Collins, now 76, is as creative as ever, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent. She has appeared everywhere from Sesame Street to HBO’s Girls, performed at a presidential inauguration and released two live DVD/CD specials in the past three years which were also broadcast on PBS. She performs over 100 shows a year.

Ethan Lipton’s Obie-winning Satire, “No Place to Go,” to Play Lyndon State College

Ethan Lipton - photoKingdom County Productions will present the exclusive New England performance of Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra performing Lipton’s Obie Award-winning show, “No Place To Go.”  Showtime is 7:30pm, Saturday, May 2nd at the Alexander Twilight Theater, Lyndon State College.  Tickets are now on sale at Catamount Arts or by calling 888-757-5559 (toll-free).  Online sales are available at KingdomCounty.org.

“No Place to Go” was called “One of the ten most galvanizing moments on stage in 2014,” by lead New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley.  The show combines satirical theater and music to conjure a humorous look into the near future when playwright and composer Lipton is told that the company where he’s worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet.  The problem is: Lipton doesn’t want to go.

Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to his company and country, Lipton’s “No Place to Go” delivers an hilarious, irreverent, and personal musical ode to the unemployed. Directed by Leigh Silverman, this acclaimed production is a Woody Guthrie-meets-Woody Allen chronicle of the last weeks of its hero’s “permanent part-time” job as his company moves to a place very far away: Mars.

As a playwright, Ethan Lipton’s work has been seen and heard in NYC, LA, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Edinburgh, and Berne.  He has received playwriting grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb and True Love.  He has received an Obie Award and a Drama-Logue Award, been an O’Neill Conference finalist and a resident playwright at New York Stage & Film. As a performer, Ethan has backed up Laurie Anderson on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and he originated the role of Klipspringer in the Elevator Repair Service production on “Gatz.”

Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra has been a band since 2005, playing at Joe’s Pub at the NY Public Theater, Mass MoCA and many others.  The band includes Ethan Lipton (vocals), Eben Levy (guitar), Ian M. Riggs (standup bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax). Ethan writes the lyrics and melody, and the quartet arranges the songs together. EL&hO has released five albums and been named the city’s “Best Lounge Act” by New York Magazine. In 2012, the band won an Obie for No Place to Go, which was produced by the Public Theater at Joe’s Pub. The show earned rave reviews and has since been featured on radio shows such as Weekend Edition, The World, Word of Mouth, and Soundcheck.

Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra will be produced and presented by Kingdom County Productions (KCP).  For information contact series producer Jay Craven (jcraven@marlboro.edu).

Jay Craven’s new film, “Peter and John” to Play Vermont Preview Dates

peter-and-johnJay Craven’s newest film, “Peter and John,” will play four Vermont preview dates, between April 29th and May 3rd, before its official premiere in late June. The film is based on the 19th century novel “Pierre et Jean” by Guy de Maupassant and it’s set in 1872 Nantucket, during the island’s “ghost period”— after the decline of whaling, before the rise of tourism, and in the New England shadow of the Civil War.  The film tells the story of two brothers whose relationship strains when the younger one receives news of an unexpected inheritance—and both brothers become attracted to the same young woman who arrives on their island.

“Peter and John” will play the Latchis Theater, Brattleboro (Wed. April 29); Montpelier’s Bethany Church (Thursday, April 30); The Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington (Friday, May 1); and Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury (Sunday May 3rd).  Show times are 7pm, with pre-receptions at 5:30 with Craven and special guests from the film.  Tickets are available at the door—or at the Catamount regional box office (888-757-5559).  Online tickets, information, and a film trailer are available at KingdomCounty.org.

“Peter and John” stars 2014 Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset (“Bullitt,” Truffaut’s “Day for Night”); Christian Coulson (“The Hours,” “Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets”); Shane Patrick Kearns (“Blue Collar Boys”); Diane Guerrero (“Orange is the New Black,” “Jane the Virgin”); and Emmy-winner and Tony nominee Gordon Clapp (“NYPD Blue,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Glengarry Glen Ross”).  The supporting cast includes Vermont actresses Abbey Volmer and Tessa Klein (“War Horse,” “Disappearances”).

“Peter and John” was produced by Craven and Virginia Joffe through the Movies From Marlboro (MfM) program, a biennial film intensive semester jointly produced by Marlboro College and Kingdom County Productions.  As with the MfM 2012 production of “Northern Borders,” 22 filmmaking professionals mentored and collaborated with 32 students from 12 colleges (Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, Boston College, University of Vermont, Lyndon State College, Dartmouth, Smith, Sarah Lawrence, Emerson, Antioch, London School of the Arts, and Marlboro).  A 2016 Movies from Marlboro production is now in development (info at Movies.Marlboro.edu)

Maupassant’s novel was widely credited for changing the course of narrative fiction through its detailed psychological characterizations. Tolstoy and Nabokov both cited the novel as an influence and even Vincent Van Gogh cited its evocation of visual power and beauty in a letter to his brother Theo.  “Monsieur de Maupassant has never before been so clever,” wrote Henry James who called “Pierre et Jean” a “masterly little novel” for its potent themes of family, status, self-discovery and the lengths to which someone will go to reveal or suppress the truth.

Jay Craven’s seven feature films include Disappearances (2007 with Kris Kristofferson) and Where the Rivers Flow North (1994 with Rip Torn and Tantoo Cardinal).  His pictures have played 58 countries and 73 festivals, including Sundance—with special screenings at The Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, LeCinémathèque Française, the Constitutional Court of Johannesburg, and others. Craven’s commitment to New England place-based filmmaking was recently profiled by Orion Magazine that wrote: “Jay Craven has come closer than any other filmmaker to realizing (American poet, essayist, and film theorist) Vachel Lindsay’s dream of a vital regional cinema that embodies the character and genius of a place in all its mystery, magnificence, and pain.”

Production costs for Peter and John production were supported by Marlboro College and Kingdom County Productions, along with more than 450 individual donors and the Massachusetts Film Incentive program. For more information, contact Jay Craven (jcraven@marlboro.edu).

Peter and John Trailer 2015 from Jay Craven on Vimeo.

QNEK Productions presents Arsenic and Old Lace

arsenicInternational Theatre Company in Residence at the Haskell Opera House, QNEK Productions, kicks off it’s 23rd season with the dark and delightful comedy Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring. Murderous Aunts, a Boris Karloff look-alike, and a daffy and demented cast of characters – what more could you want?

Set in the late 1930’s, Arsenic and Old Lace draws you into a day with the kookily sinister Brewster family. The two sweet Aunts love to welcome charity case lodgers into their home, but it seems no one ever leaves after a sip of their homemade Elderberry wine. Once their nephew Mortimer finds out, the surprises don’t stop! His long lost brother Jonathan shows up with a new face and a penchant for violence while his other brother Teddy can’t seem to stop charging the battlefields of the house believing that he is President Theodore Roosevelt. Will Mortimer make it through this day with his sanity intact? Will he even make it out alive? Come and spend a night with the sweetly disastrous Brewster clan for a delightful evening at the Haskell Opera House to find out!

This fantastic cast features founder and Artistic Director Lynn Leimer (Newport, VT), and favorites from both sides of the border: Susan Lynn Johns (Derby, VT), Mike Desjardins (Newport Center, VT), Chris Planetta (Stanstead, QC), Ross Murray (Stanstead, QC), Doug Flint (Newport, VT), Andrea Webster (Barton, VT), Mark Rumery (Derby Line, VT), Calvin Longe (Morgan. VT), Jim Cross (Island Pond, VT), Lonn Stewart (Newport, VT), and introducing Ron St. John III (Newport, VT).

Led by Director Phil Gosselin (Newport, VT), Arsenic and Old Lace boasts a stellar production team featuring: Assistant Director Jenny Dunne (Newport, VT), Stage Manager Sunny Naughton who is returning to QNEK after 15 years (Newport, VT), Costume designer Emma Mormon (Newport, VT), Props Mistress Lisa Foster (Newport, VT), Lighting Engineer Dennis Zeigler (Holland, VT), Master Carpenter Rick Gosselin (Newport, VT), with construction assistance from Tom Rooney, and the North Country Career Center Building Trades.

Come and enjoy a haunting, harrowing, and hilarious night at the Brewster house alongside the quirky cast that surrounds them. QNEK Productions presents Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring April 24th – May 3rd, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are available by calling the QNEK Box Office at 802-334-2216, reserving by email at qnek.com, by advance purchase online or by phone at catamountarts.org and the Catamount Arts Box Office at 888-757-5559, and by advanced purchase at the MAC Center for the Arts in downtown Newport. The Brewster house has a vacancy and a glass of wine waiting, won’t you check in?

Tickets are available online.

Court Street Arts at Alumni Hall Present: Eye of the Storm – Spybird Theater

EyeoftheStorm

Friday, March 20, 6:30pm
Cafe Open for Dinner & Drinks starting at 5:30pm

Location:
Court Street Arts at Alumni Hall
Haverhill, NH

Tickets: $4 kids, $8 audlts

Award-winning Spybird Theater’s Eye of the Storm is a fairy tale told with rod and hand puppets, shadows and original music that unfolds a visual word that explores community and staying connected. Stunning visual effects, humor and poignant storytelling are the hallmarks of Spybird Theater. The ensemble has performed across North America and was awarded a prestigious Jim Henson award. A family show appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Sponsored by THE PUFFIN FOUNDATION & NEW HAMPSHIRE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

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St. Kieran’s Community Center for the Arts Present “Suzie & David”

Susie Burke and David Surette

Saturday, March 21, 7:00 pm

New Hampshire’s Favorite Folk Sweethearts

Location:
St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts
Berlin, NH

Tickets: $12.00 adults and $8.00 (under 18)

Warmth, vitality and spontaneity mark the performances of Susie Burke and David Surette. They have earned their reputation as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Susie’s beautiful complex voice and David’s graceful, nimble-fingered string playing combine with extraordinary results for their own blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music. Together since 1988, Susie and David have built a loyal following for their music through a steady series of concerts and well-received recordings; their most recent release is Wonderland (2011).

Recipients of Individual Artist Fellowship awards from the NH State Council on the Arts, Susie and David are also on the Council’s Touring Arts roster. Between their solo and duo projects, they have released ten albums since 1990 on the Madrina Music label which have received positive responses from both critics and audiences. Together, they bring skill, taste, feeling, and pure enjoyment to their music which appeals to an ever-widening circle of listeners.

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The Upstage Players Present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

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April 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th at 7:30pm
Sunday Matinee on April 19th at 2:00pm

Location:
Littleton Opera House
2 Union St.
Littleton, NH

Tickets: $10 each ($8 each when you buy 12 or more, discount will apply automatically in your basket)

Music & Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Originally Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Nominated for ten Tony Awards and winner of two, “Spelling Bee” has a fast-paced wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin with a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn. This bee is one unforgettable experience as an eclectic group of mid-pubescent students vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee in Putnam County, New York. Six kids, played by adult actors, face off in the battle of their lives. They compete against each other as well as members of the audience. Three adult characters help adjudicate the proceedings: a nostalgic former spelling bee winner, a mildly insane Vice Principal and The Official Comfort Counselor completing his community service to the state of New York.

Spelling Bee is a hilarious modern take on the issues faced by our youth today. Not to be missed, imagine a night of brilliant sketch comedy mixed with catchy songs and a good heart. Upstage Players has chosen to rate this show PG due to some brief and mild adult content.

Directed by Upstage Artistic Director Andrew Lidestri, Spelling Bee will be performed by the Upstage Players April 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th at 7:30pm, with one Sunday Matinee performance on April 19th at 2:00pm. All performances will be at the Littleton Opera House. The Upstage Players is proud to present a production involving community members from all across the North Country from Whitefield to Woodsville, and everywhere in between, to produce a spectacular show in Littleton at the Opera House.

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Meet our new Presenting Partner – St. Johnsbury Academy FBLA

logoCatamount Arts is pleased to announce our new presenting partner, the St. Johnsbury Academy chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda. You can check out their events on our website here.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.

FBLA-PBL, Inc. is funded by membership dues, conference fees, corporate contributions, and grants. FBLA-PBL is recognized by the Association for Career and Technical Education, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, National Association of Parliamentarians, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Business Education Association, and the U.S. Department of Education.

FBLA-PBL’s National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners then are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer.

The St. Johnsbury Chapter has been recently revived by Abby Murphy and Sarah Emery. The club is thirteen members strong with over 90% competing in the upcoming State competition.   We are grateful to the community for their support and encouragement.