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The North Providence Breeze 07-11-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | JULY 11-17, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT 3 Paddle on the Georgiaville Pond SMITHFIELD – The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council is inviting people for an afternoon paddle on Georgiaville Pond on Sunday, July 29, at 3:30 p.m. The trip will take participants by pine-tree-covered islands and the town beach where there will be a break and an optional swim. The pond is generally smooth and quiet, which makes for easy paddling. Children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult. The WRWC provides canoes, kayaks, paddles and life jackets. For those using one of the WRWC solo kayaks, the price is $35 per person. Two-person canoes are $25 per per- son, $15 per person for extra pas- senger. For those bringing their own boat, the price is $15 per person. For more information, contact Erik at the Watershed Council at etalley@ Advance sign-up is required at . WOONSOCKET – Brian Lopes is first and foremost an actor. But he's always wondered what's "on the other side of the process. "To help mold an entire show just interested me so much," he said. "To see the show through the eyes of all characters rather than just one was always something I wanted to do." So, when the team at the Stadium Theatre asked him to direct their summer offering, "Anything Goes," he grabbed the chance. "I love the show," he said. "It's lighthearted and sincere. It com- bines the best parts of a stage musi- cal. Great music, insane dance num- bers, comedy, and a love story." And he's got a little affinity for it, having played Billy Crocker in his high school production about 18 years ago. "It's one of those shows that has always stayed with me," he said. For the uninitiated, "Anything Goes" is billed as a series of madcap antics aboard an ocean liner, the SS American, traveling from New York to London in the 1930s. Music and lyrics are by Cole Porter. Lopes says he came into the pro- duction expecting that the tough part of directing would be the "behind the scenes stuff. Costumes, props, marketing, set design. But my team has made all of that a lot easier by being amazing at what they do." He said he has found the hardest part of directing is in "walking the line of letting my actors explore and find their characters and interject- ing my vision into those characters as well without overpowering their process." Lopes finds that his experience as an actor is helpful there. "Learning how to develop a char- acter has given me insight on how certain characters perceive their dilemmas. It helps me see the forest through the trees," he said. He said he likes the collaborative process. "The entire process is stronger when you have the director and actor working together to achieve a common goal, "he added. "It also lets both parties point out things the other may not have thought of or noticed." Lopes likes the cast and crew he's assembled. "We have a deep and talented pool of actors. We have a large array of dancers and great singers," he said. "So many, we were able to have a dance corps and a singing corps. They sound and look amaz- ing." He's very happy with his leads, Lisa Ziniti Palmer as Reno Sweeney and Mike Buck as Billy Crocker. "Lisa's dancing and singing are par- amount, and her character work is amazing. She plays sexy and power- ful as well as vulnerable and gentle equally well," says Lopes. "Mike has an amazing range both vocally and as an actor. And while you might not think it upon first glance, the boy can move. Goofy and suave are natural for him." Lopes also has high praise for his crew, starting with his wife, Ashley Lopes, who's working as stage manager. "She's been my fountain of knowledge. She has directed so many great shows and I know she will give me honest feedback if something isn't working." Brittany Dyer's musical direction "has been honest and critical with the cast about how things sound." Julia Nelson's choreography has been "intense. There was no taking it easy. These amazing numbers are not for the faint of heart." He's especially fond of his cos- tumers, Teal Griswold, Eve Lajoie, Brenna Griswold and Lauren Beaudoin. Lopes' one-line pitch to get people to come see "Anything Goes?" "It's an evening of incredible sing- ing and dancing combined with a lighthearted love story," he said. The Stadium Theatre presents "Anything Goes" this Friday through Sunday, July 13, 14 and 15. Visit, or call 401-762-4545. See 'Anything Goes' at the Stadium Theatre By FRANK O'DONNELL Valley Breeze Entertainment Writer Reno Sweeney with her Angels in "Anything Goes," are, from left, HELENA MEDICI, MIA BERUBE, LISA ZINITI PALMER, KAYLEE ARRUDA and BRENNA GRISWOLD. IN BRIEF Tourism Council seeks holiday elves to greet Blackstone Valley Polar Express Train PAWTUCKET – The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is looking for community and youth groups throughout the area to be an inter- active part of the annual Blackstone Valley Polar Express Train Rides. They are offered every November and December in Northern Rhode Island. The elves will help bring the fes- tive magic to this popular and fam- ily-fun experience over the holiday season to thousands of guests who take a real train ride to the "North Pole." This is a fun way to earn money for any organization. The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has operated the popular Polar Express train ride on weekends for the past 18 years. They are offering groups of 12-20 people $100 for a 15 minute period as they welcome the train to the "North Pole" in Uxbridge, Mass. Red T-shirts and hats are provided. Groups can sign up for more than one time period. Those who are interested will choose the dates and times to participate and fill out the contact information. Contact Donna Houle at donna@ for more information, or visit the website at http://www.blackstonevalleypolar- ACROSS 1. Begetter 6. Arrived extinct 9. Lacking the power to hear 13. Epic 14. Aboriginal Jap- anese 15. Jar used for cooking 16. British nobleman 17. Smart 18. Israeli states- woman 19. Outer space mat- ter that reaches the ground 21. Instrument 22. Infections 23. Holiday (infor- mal) 24. Spanish be 25. Not even 28. Chewie's friend Solo 29. Garments 31. Geological times 33. Music City 36. Cubes 38. Important Chi- nese principle 39. Closes tightly 41. Forms a bound- ary 44. Knife 45. Plants of the lily family 46. A turn around the track 48. Midway between northeast and east 49. Type of degree 51. Midway between north and north- west 52. Profession 54. Musical note patterns 56. Deeply cuts 60. Muharraq Island town 61. Emaciation 62. Weaver bird 63. One point east of northeast 64. Scherzer and Kershaw are two 65. Rice dish 66. Nasdaq code 67. Danish krone 68. Enzyme DOWN 1. Carpe __ 2. Wings 3. Loose soil 4. Earnhardt and Jarrett are two 5. 3 feet 6. Fasts 7. Erstwhile 8. Diving seabird 9. Houses 10. Ancient Greek City 11. Type of skirt 12. Greek village 14. Estranges 17. Scottish island 20. Express delight 21. Cosmopolitan city 23. Letter of Hebrew alphabet 25. Largest English dictionary (abbr.) 26. Flow 27. Shoal-forming fishes 29. Footwear parts 30. Schedule of events 32. Songs to one's sweetheart 34. Test for high schoolers 35. Enthusiasm 37. Streets have them 40. One point east of due south 42. Cut the grass 43. Rattling breaths 47. For each 49. Marketing term 50. One who chal- lenges 52. Sword 53. Polio vaccine developer 55. Film version of "Waterloo Bridge" 56. Want 57. Rhythmic pattern in Indian music 58. Young hawk 59. Harmless 61. Small amount 65. 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