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Monday, December 15, 2014

Even More Suggestions for Gift-Giving

Ten more days, but who's counting?

Have you ever thought of giving a "cultural" gift. I'm thinking about tickets to a theater production. Small theaters productions are generally fun, and almost always cost a whole lot less than a show in Boston.

Nearby we have the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA. Productions are staged in the beautiful old, and well-maintained, Liberty Hall (located next to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium) and free parking is available. The schedule for the 2014-2015 season can be viewed here.

Also less than a half-hour from Windham is the stately Palace Theatre in Manchester. Many events are hosted at the Palace and you can check the calendar here.Coming up in January is Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical. How can you resist a musical about "mammogram appointments, the sudden need for reading glasses, [and] proctology exams"?

In Portsmouth, there is the Seacoast Rep. The Rep recently performed a children's musical production, Run, Turkey, Run!, based upon the picture book of the same name by Kurious Kitty's alter-ego, Diane Mayr [JP MAY]. If you'd like to watch it, click here.

The Music Hall, also in Portsmouth, hosts a variety of performances from theater to music. Diana Krall is scheduled for March. We have several of Krall's CDs in our collection, including Quiet Nights [CD JAZZ KRA], one of my favorites. The Music Hall has a full calendar of events that can be seen here.

In Epping you'll find the Leddy Center for the Performing Arts. When last I checked, the 2015 season offerings were not listed, but, since auditions were recently held for Steel Magnolias, I think it's a safe bet that the Leddy Center will be presenting that drama some time soon. (You could always give a card with a promise to attend an upcoming production. Throw in dinner at the Holy Grail and I'm sure you'd make someone very happy! For those of you not familiar with the Holy Grail, it is in a building that was originally a church, so the pub has stained glass windows, and seating in the choir loft!)

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