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The Un-Common Theatre Company Proudly Presents “The Secret Garden”

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Un-Common Theatre Company is proud to present the Tony award winning musical “The Secret Garden” at the Orpheum Theater, Foxboro over the weekend of April 1st.

Based on the classic children’s novel by Francis Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” tells the haunting story of a young girl’s struggle to free the inhabitants of a gloomy Yorkshire mansion who are emotionally imprisoned by a tragic memory. Through her tenacity, human courage and her profound sense of dignity, young Mary Lennox, sent to live in the sorrowful house following the death of her parents from cholera, brings her departed aunt’s neglected garden back to life, along with the spirit and soul of her long grieving uncle and the health of her fragile, bedridden cousin.

Director Michael La Fleur brings the heart and soul of this emotionally charged musical to life through pure theatrical staging, intriguing illusions, and haunting visual imagery. Guided by the whirling, gliding ghosts of her past, and with the help of a handful of unforgettable characters, Mary’s story unfolds in dark visions of haunted hallways, a moving, dancing maze, portraits that come to life and, through some simple but artistically realized, creative stagecraft, a breathtaking garden that blooms before the audience’s eyes.

Esther Zabinski, Music and Orchestra Director, leads the talented cast of 29 through the beautiful and sophisticated musical score.

“The Secret Garden features Deirdre Pedersen of Westborough as Mary Lennox; Johnny Fullerton of Mansfield as Archibald Craven; Katie Beckvold of Abington as Lily Craven; Andrew Purdy of Franklin as Colin Craven; Sarra Forti of Middleboro as Martha; Sean Neary of Mansfield as Dr. Neville Craven; Ryan Larkin of Mansfield as Dickon; Olivia Losiewicz of Mansfield as Mrs. Medlock; and Corey Cadigan of West Bridgewater as Ben Weatherstaff.

Completing the talented cast are:

From Foxboro: Jonah Philibert (Fakir), Erin Van Dell (Mrs. Shelly)

From Mansfield: Katie Armstrong (Alice), Michaela Buccini (Mrs. Winthrop), Alex Fullerton (Lt. Wright), Lloyd Hewitt (Capt. Albert Lennox), Abbey Johnston (Claire Holmes), Logan Marks (Major Holmes) and Kelly Newton (Rose Lennox)

From Needham: Sara Curtin (ensemble), Erin Lipman (ensemble), Ava Marinelli (ensemble), and Kate Oetheimer (ensemble)

From Norfolk: Sarah Gibson (Ayah), Julie Lugten (ensemble), and Emily Walsh (ensemble)

From North Easton: Tim Andrew (Major Shelly)

From Norton: Elizabeth Riley (ensemble) and Abigail Sitte (ensemble)

From Westwood: Marybeth Hogan (ensemble)

Performances will be held at The Orpheum Theatre, Foxboro and are recommended for audiences age 8 and older. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors and students and may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or order online at www.brownpapertickets.com and search for “The Secret Garden”. For Un-Common member or group sales please call The Un-Common Theatre Co. at (508) 698-3098.

For school groups, the Un-Common Theatre Company is offering a special school performance on Friday, April 1 at 9:30 am. Tickets are $10 each which gives schools a remarkable deal for the quality of this fully orchestrated theatrical production. To make reservations for this special offer, call Nancy at (508) 261-9892.

The Un-Common Theatre Co. is currently in its 31st season of providing a safe, exciting and creative place for children and adolescents to develop life skills through exposure to the professional theatrical experience. For more information on the Un-Common Theatre Co. and “The Secret Garden” please visit their website at www.uncommontheatre.org

Show dates:

Friday April 1st

Saturday April 2nd at 7.30pm

Sunday April 3rd at 2pm

Un-Common Theatre Co announces a new date for the Improv Soup March Show

The show will be held on Friday March 11th at 7.30pm at the Burrell School Auditorium.

Improv Soup, the Un-Common Theatre Co.’s improvisational comedy troupe, is made up of teenagers from all over southeastern Massachusetts. Improv Soup was started in 1998 by Christa Crewdson, who remains the Soup director to this very day.

The Soupians perform one Friday a month at 7:30 P.M. at the Burrell School Auditorium, 16 Morse St. in Foxboro, Ma. Tickets to a night of fabulous improvisational comedy cost a mere three bucks for students and seniors and five bucks for adults!

This year’s Troupe consists of:

From Foxboro, Ma: Tyler Appel and Jonah Philibert

From Mansfield, Ma: Michaela Driscoll, Ashley Goverman, Lloyd Hewitt, Emily Levine, Eric Pederson, Catherine Saba, McKenzie Shea and Sarah Shear

From Sharon, Ma: David Getz, Rachel Kopel, Josh Levitt and Ethan Parets.

From Weston, Ma: Maisy Halloran

The remaining dates for the 2010-11 Season of Shows are:

 

April 29th, 2011

May 20th, 2011

June 17th, 2011

 

MIDWEST SINGER-SONGWRITER SARA THOMSEN IN CONCERT

SARA THOMSENMARCH 5th @ 7pmFoxborough Universalist Church6 Bird StreetFoxborough, MA

FOXBORO – Award-winning singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen will be performing a benefit concert Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m., at the Foxborough Universalist Church, 6 Bird Street, Foxborough, MA.

Sara Thomsen is a singer-songwriter with a soulful voice, poetic lyrics, and haunting melodies. Thomsen’s home base is in the Lake Superior region of Duluth/Superior, where she has been dubbed in the local press as “one of Northern Minnesota’s best kept secrets.” She is the founder and artistic director of the non-audition Echoes of Peace Choir and the vocal trio, Three Altos.

Her music comes from the heart, and that’s where it takes you. With a voice richer than the best mid-west soil, her songs carry you inward and outward—in, to the particulars of your own life, and out into the shared humanity of us all. Her performance style is easygoing and full of humor and depth, capturing the audience’s full engagement. Thomsen’s music gently enfolds and unfolds the listener.

With four solo albums to her credit, Sing Out! Magazine declared Sara Thomsen’s latest release, Everything Changes, “a powerful collection from a grounded talent.” The album is an intimate portrayal of the heart breaking open and apart, tumbling through transformation with elegance and grace

Highlights include “A Woman’s Place,” a song commissioned for Women’s History Month, and “I Remember These,” a poignant collection of childhood memories and tribute to Thomsen’s grandmother. Songs on earlier releases have won numerous accolades and awards, including winner of the Minnesota Folk Festival’s New Folk Songwriting Contest for “Irene Marguerite” and “Keepin’ the Peace” off her By Breath CD. “Is It For Freedom,” off Fertile Ground, won a Top Finalist award in the Public Domain Foundation’s national Music To Life Contest, created by Noel Paul Stookey (of “Peter, Paul and Mary”) to recognize songs of sociopolitical concern.

To hear some of Thomsen’s music go to her website at www.sarathomsen.com

Thomsen’s concert kicks off a special weekend at the Foxborough Universalist Church as it celebrates the ordination of its minister, Katie Lawson on Sunday, March 6.

Proceeds from the concert benefit the Foxborough Universalist Church.

Tickets for this Coffeehouse on the Common are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and free for those under 6 with an adult.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com (Type Sara Thomsen in the search bar) or at Cindi’s Diamond & Jewelry Gallery, 40 Central St., Foxborough, MA (508 543-4943). Tickets will also be available at the door.

Be a Beetle Rancher: A Unique Invitation to the Outdoors

Photo: Beetle Ranchers harvest rootballs for beetle nurseries.
Beetle Ranchers harvest rootballs for beetle nurseries.

The Neponset River Watershed Association seeks your help to raise little, brown, weed-eating beetles, this spring and summer.

Individuals, families, schools, scouts and organizations are invited to protect the Metro Boston natural environment with the help of a battalion of tiny beetles.

According to NepRWA Restoration Manager Carly Rocklen, “We offer a unique opportunity for people to get involved in hands-on, local environmental protection. Participants get to know a local parkland up close and personal, and they attain first-hand experience in restoring that very special environment and bringing back native wildlife and plants. Families work together in the sun and fresh air. It’s a win-win experience for each volunteer and for the Metro Boston environment.”

Raising the beetles helps to boost native plant and animal diversity in the Fowl Meadow wetlands along the Neponset River. By chowing down on the infamous, omnipresent, exotic, invasive purple-flowering plant called “Purple loosestrife,” the beetles help restore balance between wetland species and produce a more wildlife-friendly wetland.

Beetle Ranchers must have: 1) A sunny yard with space to place a kiddie pool that is near a garden hose, and 2) Availability from March through July to participate in project activities.

Sign up to be a Beetle Rancher by contacting NepRWA Restoration Manager Carly Rocklen at 781-575-0354 x303 or rocklen@neponset.org. Learn more about Beetle Ranching at: http://www.neponset.org. View project pictures at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/neprwa.

Photo: Beetle Ranchers release beetles into the Fowl Meadow wetland along the Neponset River.
Beetle Ranchers release beetles into the Fowl Meadow wetland along the Neponset River.

This project is implemented by the Neponset River Watershed Association and project partner the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The Neponset River Watershed Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore the Neponset River and its surrounding watershed lands and waterways. The Neponset River Watershed includes parts of 14 cities and towns: Boston, Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Randolph, Quincy, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole and Westwood.