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Friday, November 2, 2001

Diverse Diversions


Lowell Cinema
Hoyt's Acton 4
Lexington Flick
Maynard Arts


Nashoba Players offer 'Lily, the Felon's Daughter'

Lily, The Felon's Daughter a good old-fashioned 1890s melodrama starring Chuck Holleman of Carlisle, promises a night of hilarious theatre. Gather your friends, BYOB, and join us at the Westford Parish Center for the Arts for snacks and laughs on November 2 and 3 and November 9 and 10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. Family matinees begin at 1:30 on November 4 and 11.

Lily tells the sad but silly story of Lily Fairweather, pure as the driven snow; of Compton, her weak but handsome sweetheart; and Craven Sinclair, a sneering, leering dastardly villain who thwarts their plans for everlasting bliss. The prodigal son, a shady friend, the naive heroine, a family secret, and plenty of Gay Nineties' songs what more does an 1890s melodrama need except a hooting, howling, participating audience?

The Parish Center for the Arts is located at 10 Lincoln Street in Westford. Reserve tickets early by calling 1-978-392-8555 or online at Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Savoyard Light Opera presents Kiss Me, Kate!

Carlisle residents Mary DeGarmo (publicity manager), Tedford Armistead (gunman), Carolyn Armistead and CCHS senior Christina Fiorentino (women's ensemble) will appear in Kiss Me Kate. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

Playing simultaneously on Broadway and (at reasonable prices and with full orchestra) in Carlisle, Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter's masterpiece, will be performed by the acclaimed Savoyard Light Opera Company at Corey Auditorium, Church Street, Carlisle on November 9, 10, 11 (matinee) and 16, 17 and 18 (matinee). Evening curtains are at 8 pm; Sunday matinees at 2 pm.

Kiss Me, Kate has been hailed as one of the greatest of all theater scores: a fine example of the "integrated musical," with close blending of song, dance and story. Kate features musical favorites and lighthearted comedy in a raucous adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Porter measures up his pyrotechnical wordsmithing to the Bard himself in this story of a tempestuous relationship between an egotistical actor-impresario and his leading lady, set against a tumultuous "musical within a musical" tryout.

Musical jewels from the classic Cole Porter score include "Why Can't You Behave?" "Wunderbar," "So in Love," "Too Darn Hot," "Always True to You in My Fashion," and the incomparable "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."

This marks the third Savoyard production for ensemble player and CCHS senior Christina Fiorentino of Carlisle. Fiorentino is a founding member of CCHS Dance Club, formed in 1999 to open the door for anyone interested in dance, be it ballet, modern or tap. Reflecting on her Savoyard experience, she cites the value of building relationships with people outside her peer group, saying, "The cast are wonderful people who become like family."

Tickets are $16 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children under 13. Discounts are available for groups of ten or more.Fo r tickets or information, call 1-978-371-7562 or order online at Families are invited to meet the actors and tour backstage after the Sunday matinees.

The Savoyard Light Opera Company, a non-profit organization, marks its 31st season this year; the company has been resident in Carlisle since 1988. The Corey Auditorium is handicapped-accessible with ample free parking.

Westford Temple holds Family Shabbat service

Temple Shir Hadash will host a family-centered Shabbat service, on Friday, November 9 at 6:45 p.m at Fellowship Hall in the First Parish Church (48 Main Street next to Fletcher Library) in Westford. The public is warmly invited to join this lay-led service which will include a candle lighting, a children's service, and an adult discussion. Bring your favorite appetizer or dessert. To RSVP or for more information please contact

Lecture on parenting in difficult times

The Center for Parents and Teachers would like to invite the Concord community to a free lecture. Barney Brawer, the coordinator for educational change agent at Tufts University will be speaking on "Raising Children in a Complicated World." This lecture will address how a community can assist in the raising of children so that they may understand human diversity, embrace inclusion, and develop healthy values.

This lecture will take place at the Trinitarian Congregational Church at 54 Walden Street in Concord on Tuesday, November 6 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be opportunity for discussion following the lecture.

Time for CCHS parents to shine

Parents of Concord-Carlisle High School students will be shining on stage at a "Time to Shine 2" on Saturday, November 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Monument Hall in Concord.

The second annual event, which is sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Parents of Performing Students (CCPOPS), will feature Broadway hits, rock music, a cappella, dramatic readings, pantomime, folk songs, and dance.

Carlisle residents Tedford and Carolyn Armistead, who are the parents of a CCHS sophomore, will be among those participating. "This is an evening of entertainment and a unique way to support the kids' performing arts program," Carolyn said. She and her husband each have over 20 years of experience in community theater. They are currently in the cast of Kiss Me Kate at the Savoyard Light Opera Company in Carlisle.

Mixed Company, Yale University's renowned 17-member a cappella group, will also perform a versatile mix of popular, rock, jazz, Broadway, and folk songs.

Hors d'oeuvres, dinner and a silent auction will be included in the event, which benefits the CCHS choral and drama programs.

Tickets for "Time to Shine 2" are $35 and can be purchased at Video Revolution in Concord, the West Concord 5&10, or Daisy's Market in Carlisle.

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