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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-07-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 7-13, 2018 IN OUR SCHOOLS / PAWTUCKET 13 Raymond had been talking up the 1926 auditorium as a great spot for JMW performances, and though the facility still presents some production challenges, Roca said JMW students and staff loved the idea. Raymond said he can't say enough good things about the "super benef- icital" partnership between Tolman and AWIP, saying he loves that Tolman students are now better able to use an auditorium that needed exposure. The Tolman chorus has long used the space, and JROTC students even use it for exercising, he said, but there's nothing like see- ing full-scale productions now on the stage. Raymond said another fix of the stage last week by AWIP volunteers allows him to roll the piano across the stage unimpeded every day for class. Tolman has struggled to get a theater program back off the ground, said Raymond, and students were fur- ther hurt when the Gamm Theatre, which had a theater program with local students, moved out of the city this year. The Tolman auditorium needs more visibility, said McLernon. She said many people don't realize it's here and are blown away when they actually see how beautiful it is. The "Newsies," with its theme of over- coming adversity, is a great one for Tolman students to be a part of, she said. Michelle McWilliams said Tolman students approached AWIP staff about dancing in the production, and she immediately began working with them on moves to incorporate. Roca said she's also looking for other scenes Tolman stu- dents might be able to be part of in the upcoming production. Tolman students have challenges to overcome to be part of the pro- duction, said Roca, including setting aside time to be at rehearsals. Cole Paul, a homeschooled student and assistant director of "Newsies," said the Tolman theater isn't just a great place for AWIP performances, but "it's also a community connec- tion." The facility in many ways is "raw" and a "fixer-upper," he said, but there's a lot of nostalgia here. He said he loves how "very gritty and in your face" the space is. Michelle McWilliams said the audi- torium doesn't look a lot different than it did when she attended nearly 20 years ago. She said it's been quite the experience, coming back all this time later, to be part of this unlikely partnership between her high school and the homeschool group her chil- dren are now part of. "Newsies" will be the sixth produc- tion on the Tolman stage. Visit www. for more. There will be about 700 tickets available for each of the two performances. From preceding page MICHELLE MCWILLIAMS PAUL Thrift Shop at Park Place Church today PAWTUCKET – The Park Place Church, 71 Park Place, will be hold- ing a Thrift Shop on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Clothes, shoes, famous name win- ter coats, small appliances, artwork, household goods, lots of unusual items and potential holiday gifts will be available. The church will hold another Thrift Shop on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event will be open during Christmas on the Hill. Lunch will be available as well as clothes, artwork, books, household goods and some furniture. For more information call 401-726- 2800. German Society hosts Veterans Day dance Sunday PAWTUCKET – The German American Cultural Society, 78 Carter Ave., will hold a Veterans Day Polka Dance on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 2 to 6 p.m. Music will be provided by the Eddie Foreman Orchestra. Tickets will be available for $15 at the door. Table reservations are taken for 8-10 settings. Food will be available at 1 p.m. when the club opens. For more information, contact Mike Lebednik at 781-244-4784 or; or Erika Danner at 401-723-3549 or eed- Teen volunteer hours at the library PAWTUCKET – Teens enter- ing grades 6-12 are invited to come and assist with special projects in the Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., to earn volunteer hours on Thursday, Nov. 8, and Tuesday, Nov. 13. On Thursday, the hour will be from 6-7 p.m. while on Tuesday it will be from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., in the Woolley Conference Room. No registration is necessary. For more information, call the Teen Librarian at 401-725-3714 ext. 221. IN BRIEF Holidays Holidays olidays Holidays Holidays olidays 2018 Published by lid Looking for Creative Ideas to Complete Your Holiday Shopping List? Looking for Creative Ideas to Complete Your Holiday Shopping List? Happy Holidays & Happy Shopping! Happy Holidays & Happy Shopping! As always, we urge you to buy local, support our communities and our loyal advertisers. Please thank these advertisers for helping us deliver this wonderful and timely magazine to you! Watch for our Holiday Gift Guide Glossy Magazine coming in next week's newspapers Over 200 local merchants and businesses will display their seasonal offerings and promotions in our Holiday Gi Guide Magazine.

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