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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-05-2018

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20 BAZAARS / ENTERTAINMENT DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Holiday fairs and bazaars Weekend of Dec. 7-9 Christmas Bazaar at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 670 Weeden St., Pawtucket, Friday, 5-8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Breakfast will be served from 8-10:30 a.m.; lunch will be served from 11a.m.-1 p.m. Holiday Bazaar at Forand Manor, 30 Washington St., Central Falls, Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cash only. Penny social, split- the-pot, vendors, baked goods, homemade jams. The kitchen will be open. German Christmas Bazaar at the German American Cultural Society, 78 Carter Ave., Pawtucket, Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. German Christmas Market features time-honored gifts, crafts, ornaments, gin- gerbread houses, clothing and of course great German holiday food and drink. Visa, Master & Discover Cards are accepted. The 3rd Annual J-DAPA Jingle Bazaar at Johnston Senior High School, 345 Cherry Hill Road, Johnston, on Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Features 80+ local vendors and crafter's showcasing their unique items. There will be a variety of hot foods for lunch. Holiday music and enter- tainment will be onsite as well, with charac- ter appearances all day. Christmas Bazaar at Four Corners Community Chapel, 200 Angell, Cumberland, Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Silent auction, homemade baked goods, a white elephant table, jewelry, handmade crafts, and wreaths. The kitchen will be open for coffee and pastry, and will also serve lunch. Christmas Bazaar at Fogarty Manor, 214 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Penny social, Grandmas Attic, kids table, jewelry table, raffle table, baked goods, handmade afghans, lap robes. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital. Winter Festival at Joseph McCourt Middle School, 45 Highland Ave., Cumberland, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors, face painting, visits with Santa, stu- dent council bake sale, raffles, hot chocolate and popcorn. Weekend of Dec. 14-16 Christmas in the Country Bazaar at Laurel Grange, 351 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admis- sion. Vendors, handmade crafts and more. Santa's Chimney Christmas Bazaar at the Village at Waterman Lake, 715 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Raffles, homemade crafts and vendors, raffle and more. WOONSOCKET – There's a new cap- tain 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 previous years was a play with period Christmas songs added in," says Deschenes. "This year, we are honoring 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 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 direct- ing productions 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 challenges 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 himself fortunate to have "an amaz- ing 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 rehearsal hall is phenomenal," he said. "I am awed by the quality of their acting and singing. This cast is filled with genuinely great peo- ple. Their willingness to embrace this new script and reimagine the material has been truly heartening." While the story was written in the mid 1800s, it still has at its heart "a universal message that still speaks to us in the mod- ern age," said Deschenes. Keeping the story fresh for a contemporary audience is not something I've had to worry about because this new musical version drives the tale along in a way that is compelling, entertaining, relevant, and surprisingly emotional." Deschenes finds a lyric in one of the songs sung by Scrooge captures the show's essence perfectly. "'Life is the present, the past and the future. No one is bound by what's come before.' What an empowering notion. Yes, our present experience might be defined by our past, but that doesn't mean our future is beholden. In a moment of grace, we always have the ability to choose again, to start again," he said. The Stadium Theatre presents "A Christmas Carol: The New Musical" Dec. 14-23. For tick- ets and information, visit www.stadiumtheatre. com, or call 401-762-4545. Stadium's 'A Christmas Carol: The New Musical' has Broadway feel By FRANK O'DONNELL Valley Breeze Entertainment Writer

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