Generosity felt across the stage
To the Editor:
Congratulations to the 31 young actors who just completed six performances of Project Shakespeare's annual production of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Audiences in Jaffrey, Peterborough, Hancock and Antrim packed the venues and showed their overwhelming appreciation of the young company's telling of Scrooge's transformation from greed to generosity through exuberant song, dance and storytelling.
As the founder and director of Project Shakespeare, I am very grateful to the generosity of all those that have made this project and the year an incredible success. Thank you to all our hosts: The United Church of Jaffrey — Teri and Herb Motley, Ken Bacon, Sheila Bergeron, Bob Dunn, Bob Ballou, Cynthia Hamilton, Norman Soney, June Sheldon; The First Congregational Church of Hancock — Angie and Russ Ramsden and Amy and Mark Wilson; the Monadnock Inn — Max Mitchell and Noel Pierson; ConVal High School — Brian Pickering, principal, and Elizabeth Moore, theatre director; and the Antrim Town Hall with our co-producers Antrim Players — Bill Nichols.
Thank you to the business who donated to our Holiday Raffle, including Peterborough Players, The Peterborough Community Theatre, Sarah Dangelantonio, C'est le Vie!, Toadstools Bookstore, Jaffrey Pizza Barn, Peterborough Pizza Barn, Sandwich Master, Hometown Diner, Pelletier's Sports Shop, The Nail Nook, Candy's Hair Salon, Country Bridals and Formal Wear, The Black Squirrel Studio, Escape Hatch Books and Alexa Murray for making the beautiful mask. Thank you to the 50 businesses who advertised in our program book and to all our donors for your generous financial contributions.
Parents thank you for the dinners and concessions — Angie Ramsden and Patti Ennis, organizers; transportation and truck — Mike and Gerald Hoiriis; kind words and overwhelming enthusiasm from everyone.
Thank you students — your talents and energy always amaze me — Alexa Murray, Grace Durnan, Haley Spitfaden, Izabella Ketchersid, Jenny Migotsky, Sarah Hurley, Cailin Ennis, Christopher Commander, Genna Weidner, Kaitylynn Shea, Alex McCall, Lauren LeBritton, Eve Pierce, Patrick Sherlock, Tia de Vera, Jamie Ammon, Hannah Bernier, Ryan Hoiriis, Luke Wilson, Grace and Gabrielle Ramsden, River Johanson, Erin Weidner, Anna Taylor, Mary Riffle, Rylen Erickson, Haven White, Alyssia Mike, Joseph Wiley, Aubrie Hendrickson, Dillon Sullivan, Carolyn Wiley (sound operator) and Ben Carne (lighting designer/operator). Thank you to Jenny Migotsky for your lovely choreography and choir direction, Cailin Ennis, Project Shakespeare's hardworking intern, and Christopher Commander for your inspiration onstage and your hard work as assistant director.
And thank you to the entire community for your generous support that will carry us all the way to England in 2014!
Deborah Shakespeare Thurber,