Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring at the Audi

From the inbox:
SPRING AT THE AUDI -- In like a lion…Out with a ROAR!
March came in to Concord City Auditorium like the proverbial Lion, with well-deserved pride in performers like Rebecca Rule, Nelson Ebo, and the GSSO’s “Musical Geniuses”. Now it’s going out with a ROAR of excitement over the Audi’s Spring schedule of 30 performances, including:
MUSIC – A double bill of Broadway music lists THE MANTINI SISTERS, the Canadian superstar trio in “Ladies of Broadway” April 18 and “Broadway on Prince Street” with the GRANITE STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and the CONCORD CHORALE on May 9. Fans of Folk and World Music will enjoy RICK CHARETTE’s 17th annual family show on March 29, legendary TOM RUSH ON April 22, and the GREEK MUSIC ENSEMBLE in a May 17 matinee…and who said “Never on Sunday”?
WORDS -- The Walker Lecture Series adds film to words to dramatize GHOST TOWNS OF THE WEST and life BENEATH THE JUNGLE of Mesoamerica, March 25 and April 1. The Concord Monitor leads the celebration of April as Poetry Month on April 17 with DOGS’ NIGHT OUT, presenting three great poets plus dogs in poems and sculpture. NEW HAMPSHIRE PRESERVATION ALLIANCE fills the house with words of praise for preservationists on May 12, and CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL with words of praise for STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS on June 8 and 11. Meanwhile, out in the parking lot on May 9, the 9th Annual PERENNIAL EXCHANGE trades plants and advice on ways to beautify the city’s streetscape.
DANCE: -- The season must put extra spring in the step of Concord’s renown as a “Dancing Town”, for nearly 1,000 dancers will appear on the Audi stage with eight local dance with local dance companies. GEN’S DANCE STUDIO, celebrating its 40th year, leads the performing list of PETIT PAPILLON, CAPITAL CITY DANCE CENTER, ROCKIN’ ROBIN’S HJOUSE OF DANCE, DANCESTEPS, ETC., CREATIVE DANCE WORKSHOP OF BOW, TURNING POINTE CENTER OF DANCE, and NEW HAMPSHIRE SCHOOL OF BALLET.
CHILDREN’S SHOWS: The Audi’s Spring schedule of shows helps celebrate the end of the school year. Petit Papillon’s story ballet, THE LOST PRINCESS OF OZ, on April 27-28, RICK CHARETTE on April 29, and the American Theater Arts for Youth tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ on May 11 all have daytime shows for young families.
FINALLY, THEATRE! Two ballet theatre performances include THE LOST PRINCESS OF OZ and SHINE, a musical drama of faith, hope, and love presented by All Saints Anglican Church on May 19 and featuring the New Hampshire School of Ballet. Broadway theatre buffs had better zip right over for tickets to THE FULL MONTY, presented by the Community Players of Concord April 30 and May 1-2-3. Concord Rotary Club celebrates the Great American Songbook with HOT HITS AND COOL HARMONY June 25-26-27.
AND A SUMMER THEATRE “STAYCATION: With an eye to starting professional summer theatre in Concord, the Friends of The Audi are bringing the Summer Theatre in Meredith Village production of FOREVER PLAID to town for three shows, June 19-20. Many folks travel north for summer theatre, and The Friends hope to reverse the traffic pattern. The show will benefit the Flyspace Project, upgrading the “historic” Audi pinrail.
UPBEAT IN THE DOWNTURN – The Concord City Auditorium’s Spring Season offers audiences the Three Big A’s. It’s Affordable (only two of these events cost more than $15 and many are free); it’s ADA Accessible; and it’s Air-conditioned! Information on all events is available online at and by calling 225-7474. Email questions to Pick up show flyers at the Audi, Concord City Clerk’s office and Concord Public Library.

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