Teen Auditions for Little Women

Teen Auditions for Little Women at

Garrison Players Arts Center!

The Garrison Players’ Teen Theatre Ensemble (Grades 7-12) will be holding auditions for Louisa May Alcott’s classic, Little Women on Wednesday December 18 and Thursday December 19 from 430-6pm.
This adaptation is done by Peter Clapham and will be directed by Autumn Allen.

To audition, please prepare a 30-60 second monologue or story to share and plan to bring a resume and headshot, if you have them. Auditioners need only attend one afternoon of the auditions.

If cast, rehearsals will begin January 8 and continue Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 430-6pm until opening. Tech week will be Monday through Thursday, March 9-12 from 4pm-7pm. Tuition is $125 per student, if cast, which is due at the first rehearsal.

Performances will be Friday March 13- Sunday March 22 with additional performances to be determined.

The 4 sisters will be double cast as “Young” and “Older”:


HANNAH devoted Irish housekeeper

MRS. MARCH (MARMEE) aka mother
LAURIE neighbor boy who will be double cast as “Young” and “Older”
MR MARCH  aka Papa


Please email any questions to: production@garrisonplayers.org

Movie Night

Celebrate Boxing Day (a holiday for Great Britain and other former British colonies) by watching the movie Downton Abbey on Thursday, December 26 at 6:30pm. Rated PG. Dover Public Library.

Garrison Players Arts Center presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Garrison Players Arts Center presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as adapted by Tom Frey in cooperation with Ensemble Players.  

The production is currently enjoying a completely sold-out run at The Silver Fountain Inn, but some tickets are still available for the performances at the Garrison Players Arts Center.  


This version of Charles Dickens tale, adapted by local playwright Tom Frey, is beautiful in its simplicity. All your favorite characters are brought to life, along with the ghostly hauntings and the a cappella madrigal singers who move the story along with narration and song.


WTSN’s Mike Pomp portrays Scrooge, and local children’s book “Moose With A Uke” author Aaron Risi plays Scrooge’s nephew Fred.  The cast also features John Bailey, Frank Calcinari, Zack Demers, Jennifer Galvin, Gwendolyn Goguelet, Jan Hansen, Walter Laux, Jay MacDougall, Kathy Maloney,  Ana Miles, Devon Padley, Elsa Rogers, and Ralph Wark.  Directed by Debra Martuscello Wiley with Music Direction by Kathy Fink & Choreography by Lesley Gillespie Gallagher.

Performances will be December 13-22 at the Garrison Players Arts Center at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students under 18. They can be purchased at the door, by calling 603-750-4ART or at www.garrisonplayers.org. The arts center is located on Route 4, at the corner of Roberts Road in Rollinsford.  The show is sponsored by Kennebunk Savings.  

Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. Established in 1953, the players encourage people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the many facets of the performing arts, and to help maintain the Garrison Players Arts Center. For more information about auditions, shows or GPAC, visit the website at www.garrisonplayers.org.

10th annual Festival of Trees

10th annual Festival of Trees will feature over 30 trees on December 6th from 4 to 8pm at Rivermill Landing. Elaborately decorated trees to be auctioned and raffled off to benefit the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce City Lights Committee. The event also includes live choir performances, holiday carols, refreshments, and even Santa! This event is FREE to attend and open to the public. 

Saturday Supper

Saturday Dinner at St Johns United Methodist Church on December 7th from 4:30 to 6pm. This month menu: Turkey with stuffing and mashed potatoes, two veggies followed by homemade desert. Adults $10, Seniors and Vets $9, children 12 and under $5. Call 742-3046. All are welcome.

Toys for Tots

Toys For Tots and Gifts for Teens drop off location at JD Howard Dental, 375 Sixth St in Dover. Donations can be made from December 2nd thru 23rd during regular business hours. All gifts will be distributed locally by the Dover Fire Department.

Christmas Open House

Christmas Open House on Saturday Dec 7th from 1 to 3 pm at the Wentworth Home, 795 Central Ave. Visit the home, enjoy entertainment, appetizers, door prizes and gifts. We are a Dover Firefighters Christmas Toy Bank location. Leave your donation of an unwrapped gift under the tree in our living room.

12th Annual Dover Children’s Home Bowlathon



Sign Ups are Now Open for the
2020 DCH Bowl-a-thon!!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Reserve a lane for a foursome for 90-minutes of bowling at 10am, noon, 2pm, or 4pm. 
Friends of all ages and skill levels are invited!!
Bowling shoes and lane rentals will be FREE!!

No time to “spare” to register thru the website? No worries!!
Email Lauren with your bowler names and session time and she’ll get you signed up!! 

Prizes awarded each session to teams with the best theme wear, highest score, and most money raised.

The individual members of each four-person team that raises
a combined total of $800 or more will be entered into a Grand Prize drawing. 

Share this link when asking friends and family to make a tax-deductible pledge
for you or your team. Consider asking people to make a pledge in lieu of a holiday gift. 

Can’t attend the event? No worries!!
How about making a tax-deductible pledge 
to support a bowler, a team, or the event in general?
Every dollar helps so much!! 

All money raised will support exceptional treatment services designed to help at-risk children
learn to reclaim their lives, recover their dreams, and achieve their full potential.

Dover Children’s Home is a 501(c)3 non-profit treatment program.

For more information:
Email Renee at rtouhey@doverchildrenshome.org
Email Lauren at lpetraitis@doverchildrenshome.org
Call us at 603-742-4289




Joanne Desmond and Sally Dion are uniquely gifted in their respective artistic pursuits and The Art Center in Dover, NH is showing the creative talents of these two women off to perfection in the new exhibition “What Lies Beneath The Surface” on display from November 11th through December 8th.  Desmond and Dion are both printmakers, yet each expresses her work in completely unique ways; unique to each other and to the art of traditional printmaking, which is what makes this show so interesting. 


When you meet Joanne Desmond you will find she is soft-spoken and typically doesn’t try to draw attention to herself.  She is, as she says, “an observer”. But that is not all she is.  She is also a vibrant, attractive, creative woman and she is whip-smart. Yet Desmond has found in her life that people often judge her based on that first impression.  Over the course of 25 years of print and mixed-media art making, Desmond has explored multiple unconventional ways to express a basic message, a rebelling if you will, and that is – Don’t judge a book by its cover!  Her encaustic (wax) works are particularly beautiful.  In these, she prints on scraps of paper and fabric and sometimes adds found objects that she then embeds in layers of wax.  There are sewn edges on some scraps and sewn words and phrases on others.  Some are connected to each other with delicate threads.  Seeing the encased images suspended within semi-transparent layers of wax creates a luscious complexity to Desmond’s work and showcases, with sublime effect, her intent to find the depth below the surface. 


Sally Dion is a whirlwind of a woman.  Warm and enthusiastic, she showcases many different approaches to printmaking and artistic expression in this exhibit.  Of particular interest are amazing garments she has sown in bright fanciful colors and engaging silhouettes. But all is not as it seems.  The dresses and jackets are manipulated so they are stiff and unyielding, almost standing on their own.  If you take a closer look, there are faces printed on the fabrics – disturbingly sad and upset faces.   I watched the show go up and noted that each is topped with a hat of fabric.  “They are not hats, they’re helmets.” Dion said; then thoughtfully added, “Helmets of protection.”  Dion has faced many hardships in her life and works out her hurts and regrets with her artwork.  Each piece is a form of therapy for her, yet for the viewer, the whimsy one perceives from a distance to the pain one sees up close in her work is a jarring revelation.  A response, I suspect, Dion intends for us to have. 


The works of both of these artists will resonate with you long after you visit this exceptional show.  “What Lies Beneath the Surface” will be on display until December 8th.  You can meet both Joanne Desmond and Sally Dion at their Artists Reception this Friday, November 15th, from 6-8 PM.

The Art Center is located at 1 Washington Street in Dover, NH.  This affair is free to the public with plenty of parking available. For more information please visit www.theartcenterdover.com or call 603-978-6702.

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