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Page 2--JOURNAL OPINION--December 13, 2017 Christmas Services 2017 NEW HAMPSHIRE Benton Benton Bible Chapel Dec. 24 Extended Christmas Service, 11 a.m. Haverhill Bethany Congregational Church (Pike) Dec. 17 Lighting of the Memory Tree at the church 9:30 a.m. Dec. 24 Carols and Candles Christmas Eve Service, 6 p.m. First Congregational Church of Haverhill UCC (Haverhill Comer) Dec. 21 Blue Christmas Service, 6 p.m. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve candlelight service 7 p.m. St. Joseph's Catholic Church (Woodsvilte) Dec. 23 Mass 5 p.m. (No 9 a.m. mass) Dec. 24 Christmas Pageant 7:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m. Dec. 24 Christmas Vigil 11:30 p.m. Dec. 25 Christmas Morning Mass, 7:30 a.m. Trinity. Church of the Nazarene (North Haverhill) Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Sunday Worship Service 10:45 a.m. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5 p.m. Lisbon St. Catherine of Siena Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Mass 9 a.m. Dec. 25 Christmas Mass 9 a.m. Lyme Lyme Congregational Church Dec. 24 Christmas Eve moming worship, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Orford United Con~egational Church ofOrford. UCC Dec. 24 Carols and Candles on Christmas Eve, 7:30 p.m. (Orfordvilie church on Route 25) Piermont Piermont Congregational Church Dec. 16 Christmas Concert 6 p.m. Dec. 24, Christmas Eve worship, 10 a.m. Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 6 p.m. VERMONT Bradford Our Lady of Perpetual Help Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Mass, 7 p.m. Dec. 25 Christmas Day Mass, 10 a.m. Bradford Evangelical Free Church Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7 p.m. East Corinth East Corinth Congregational Church Dec. 24 Christmas Service with fellowship lunch open to all, 10 a.m. Dec. 24 Candle Light Service of Carols, 7 p.m. Fairlee St. Martin's Episcopal Church Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 5 p.m. Dec. 25 Quiet Holy Communion, 10 a.m. Newbury Newbury Congregational Church UCC (held jointly with Wells River UCC) Dec. 17 Christmas Pageant, 10 a.m. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7:30 p.m. (Note: No Sunday moming service on Dec. 24) St. Eugene (Wells River) Dec. 24 Christmas Eve 4 p.m. West Newburv Congregational Church Dec. 24 Chrishnas Sun-day service, 10:45 a.m. Dec. 24 Candlelight Service, lessons, carols and special music, 7:00 p.m. Stratford Our Lady o fLight Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Mass, 5 p.m. Waits River New Hope United Methodist ChurchDec. 24 Christmas Eve morning worship, 8:30 a.m. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Worship, 7 p.m. West Fairlee West Fairlee Church Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Service, 5 p.m. with special music and read~ of~e memory tree Theater review e by Linda Duxbury , THETFORD HILL--Multiple per- range of emotion felt sb authentic, sonalities are not necessarily a sign my husband and I were speechless. of mental illness inthe case of Peter There was such intensi in every. Parnell's hit, "Scooter Thomas character.",. MakesittotheTopoftheWorld."In With minimal props, there is this play, multiple personalities nothing visual to distract the emerge through the vast talents of audience from enjoying the play. actors Erik Gaetz and Will Moore. The simple tnmk serves as seating 'Scooter Thomas' is the Parish for Scooter andDennis d ngtheir production currently run- many conversations. Later, it be- ning at the Eclipse Grange Theater in comes a mountain top. Thetford Hill. There is an aural distraction in According to the program notes, the play, however. On opening night, the playmade its world premiere the backgronnd music, which is with the Parish Players in 1979 and purposely programmed for this again in 1982 with Parnell as a play, continued for five minutes into frequent performer. Dennis' opening monologue. The "Parnell wrote the play as his music recurs throughout the play senior project at Dartmouth in and can be deemed an annoyance to 1975." It was quite an impressive some audience members. project then and it is quite an Thereiscleveruseofcigarettes Erik Gaetz' and Will Moore rehearse a scene from "Scooter Thomas impressive productionnow. Parnell which are described in the program Makes it to the Top of the World," in a production by Parish Players. is the winner of the American as"notreal andemitno smoke of any COURTESY PHOTO Theater CriticsAssociationAward kind." The "smoke" is a powder for his two-part stage adaptation of exhaled as the actor puffs. #tmm inne COLLEGESTUDENTS! GRANDPARENTS ! Monday, December 25, 2017 Noon to 2:00 PM Bradford United Church of Christ Main Street Bradford, VT Home-cooked food! Takeout available Can't get out? We'll deliver to you! Call 802-222-4581 by Sunday, Dec. 24 During the Holiday Season, We Fill Our Giving Tree with Ornaments to help people in need get care for their pets. Thanks to Generous People like you, your donations will make their holidays a little better. 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Box 378 ] Bradford, VT 05033 I Or stop in the office at the Bradford Academy, 172 I North Main Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 23, Bradford, VT l--mmmmnmmmmmlmmmm mmmmmmmlmmmmmmm "The Cider House Rules." 'Scooter The program also contains a Thomas' consists of one act with no language caveat. There are plenty of intermission and is set in 1977 (with four-letter words. Parnell was asked flashbacks to the 1960s). It is a play if different words could be used and about friends and how they are he wassemi-agreeable;however, in remembered, the end, Parish Players decided to Moore, as Dennis Wright, life- forge ahead with uncensored dialog. long buddy of Scooter, shows The words punctuate the play's considerable versatility in this role. theme effectively but just be aware. He is the thoughtful friend, be- Behind the scenes is director comes a tough guy during a Kay Morton; Mike Backman is co- flashback, and is the master of producer andstagemanager;Noor accents. Moore has 15 years of Taher is also a co-producer and acting behind him, having per- technician. Lighting and sound formed in Scranton, Philadelphia, design is the handiwork of Alex Boston, andthe Upper Valley. Cherington and Morton; Diana It is in the rapid flashbacks that Wright assists with the lighting. Gaetz, as the playful and incorri- Publicity person is Samantha gible Scooter, and Moore's Dennis Davidson-Green. Graphics are by become other characters, instantly Ray Chapin. The set is the product of revertingtotheiryoungerselvesand John and Kay Morton, the latter often morphing into different char- who, along with the cast, in is charge acters altogether. In spite of the of costumes. Morton also supplies fast-paced dialog and plenty of the props and Tom Neubelt is the "horseplay" in their young boy photographer. phases, the audience experiences no This is an emotion-tugging play. trouble distinguishing other person- See it. Without a doubt, you will be alities as they emerge. The different entertained. Characters: a parent, a teacher, a The show will continue Dec. 14- coach, a bully, a policeman--are all 16 at 7: 3 0 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 3 p .m. brought to life with uncanny Regular admissionis$15, seniors accuracy. $12, and students $10. The give and take between On their website it is stated, Dennis and Scooter is captivatingly "Come to the Parish Players at the natural. Eclipse Grange Theater for an To avoid giving away the plot, it evening of quality entertainment." It can still be stated that Scooter is is,, indeed, ,quality, ent / a!nm, ent,' chil_dlike and grow to adulthood enormously engaging. physically, yet the audience can sense he never really accomplishes mental maturity. He is funny, yet sad--probably because, as he puts it, he feels everybody is trying to tell him how to live his life. The characters talk over each other which is characteristic of animated conversation yet none of the dialog is lost. This production marks Gaetz's sixth appearance with the Parish Players. He previously starred on stage in "Angel Street," "Death of a Salesman," and"Finnegan' s Sister." One playgoer remarked that "the SCOTTISH DANCING LYME--There will be Scottish country dancing on Dec. 13, 20 and 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lyme Congregational Church, 1 Dorchester Road, Lyme. Cost is $3 (first time is free). All dances are taught, no partner is necessary, beginners welcome. For more information, call (802)439-3459. (3 We will be closed from Monday, Dec. 25, through Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 for the holidays. We will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season! .......... ....... .............. ........... 1233 LOWER PLAIN, BRADFORD, VT 802-222-93:1:1. Jo' Wishing you and your family happiness this holiday season. Thank you for letting Modem Woodmen of America serve you this past year. 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