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The North Providence Breeze 12-05-2018

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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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Living THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 QUICK INDEX Calendar 8 Bazaars 7 Entertainment 2 Movies 5 Real Estate 9 Recipe 4 @ PROVIDENCE – The Art Providence Holiday Show returns to the Rhode Island Convention Center this weekend, Dec. 8-9, fea- turing nearly 200 local and national artists. Now in its second year, this pre- mier art, craft and design show replaced the former RISD Alumni Holiday Sale, held for more than 20 years to support alumni artists by providing a coveted opportunity to sell their work. Laura Burkett, a designer and maker herself with a line of leather Art Providence Holiday Show takes best of RISD and expands on it By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor WOONSOCKET – There's a new captain at the helm of the Stadium Theatre's long-held annual tradition of presenting "A Christmas Carol." Say hello to William Deschenes, this year's director of the Dickens classic. "The version produced in previ- ous years was a play with period Christmas songs added in," says Deschenes. "This year, we are hon- oring that tradition but producing a new musical version." The basic plot and characters are true to the original story, but the format is more in the style of a Broadway musical with a tuneful Stadium's 'A Christmas Carol: The New Musical' has Broadway feel By FRANK O'DONNELL Valley Breeze Entertainment Writer score elevating the emotional level, he said. Deschenes spends his days as a theater teacher in the public school system in Milton, Mass. "I've directed students in many plays and musicals throughout my 21-year tenure," he said. "In recent years I started directing produc- tions at community theaters in Massachusetts, namely The Umbrella in Concord and Hovey Players in Waltham. This eventually led me to the Stadium, which has become a great artistic home to so many." Last year, he directed "A Chorus Line" at the Stadium. "I had such a great experience with that cast and production team that I was eager to direct another show at the Stadium," he said. Deschenes seems to enjoy the chal- lenges that come with such a big undertaking. "In addition to the usual concerns of designing sets, costumes, props, lights, and sound, this production also calls for a full orchestra, flying, fog, and snow," he says, calling him- self fortunate to have "an amazing team of designers and technicians who are dedicated to creating a show with the highest production values." And he very much enjoys working with his cast. "The talent on display in the See STADIUM, Page 7 See ART SHOW, Page 6 Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generator | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 Visit our new website: Maryellen Malloy Photography T.H. Malloy is now DELIVERING PROPANE throughout Rhode Island K & R Auto Salvage, Inc. JUNK CARS WANTED! Get the Maximum Dollar for your Car!!! Go right to the source. Pickup Available. Wholesaler for Used Auto Parts Parts for All Makes and Models Foreign & Domestic! 90-Day Standard Warranty Extended Available 950 Smithfield Road, North Providence, RI 02904 (401) 353-9200 or 1-800-638-8089 Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. View our inventory at

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