Thursday night, December 19, 2013, for one performance only, The Zack's Place
Theatre Guild performed "The Case of the Missing Mona." The play was
written, directed and acted by all the folks at Zack's Place, with a few cameos
from community members.
The plays centers around a Zack's Place fundraising gala
held at the Museum of Fine Arts in BostonMassachusetts, where on loan from the Louvre in Paris, the Mona Lisa is on
display. After the gala, it is discovered that the Mona is missing.
The cast weaves their way through Boston looking for clues and slowly make their
way back to the museum, where miraculously the painting has reappeared. But
How? and Why? With the help of some famous Inspectors: Inspector Zackzoe,
Detective Sarah and The Pink Panther the mystery is solved. "The Case of
the Missing Mona" was the 7th musical presented by Zack's Place and one of
their most creative.
As a popular English idiom, “groaning board” simply means a dining table laden with a large amount of food. It is a feast of various foods served within a casual atmosphere.
The “groan” in “groaning board” (which dates back to the 17th century) refers, as you guessed, to the creaking and groaning noises produced by the wood of the table under stress by the weight of the food. The use of the word “board” for “table” was standard at the time, as tables for feasts were often literally long boards held up by trestles. This is the same “board,” by the way, found in the phrases “room and board” and “boarding house,” in each case referring to the inclusion of at least some meals in the deal.
This past weekend the Yoh Players performed Mark Brown's adaptation of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days". The play takes place in the attic of a large New England house on Christmas Eve, 1872.
Alek Beaudoin takes on the role of the very proper Phileas Fogg, who wagers £20,000 (a staggering sum in 1872) that he and his newly hired manservant, Passepartout (the agile and quite comedic Brendan Geiger), can accomplish the trip. Beaudoin is perfect for the straight man in this comedy, so the more properly dignified he is, the better — and he is impeccable. But it is the supporting actors who get the chance to shine in plethora of strange roles.
New to the Yoh Players, Peter Vollers plays Detective Fix, a quirky London law enforcement officer who believes Fogg is an escaped bank robber and follows him on his trip almost every step of the way.
Aouda, the young Indian widow whom Fogg and Passepartout save from death as a suttee, Lily Denmeade the actress who plays her, does a nice job of seeming grateful and amazed.
But is Brendan Geiger as Passepartout who steals the show with his rapid fire dialogue and goofy facial expressions. He had the audience laughing out loud almost every time he was on stage.
The other highlight of the play are the various of modes of transportation the travelers take as they make their way around the world. Whether they are on a train, a steamship or an elephant, the actors mimic the bouncing, swaying and sudden lurches of travel with the mastery of silent-film stars.
Harriet Worrell's direction of “Around the World,” is both visually appealing and quite funny. The attic set is so appealing that one would love to climb on stage and explore all the knick knacks and treasures stored there.
The weekend began on a somber note Thursday evening with a Candlelight Vigil sponsored by GunSenseVT remembering the victims of the Sandy Hook Tragedy.
Images are posted HERE.
Woodstock Vermont hosted its 30th Annual Wassail Weekend with events packed into every day Friday the 13th through Sunday the 15th!
Friday kicked off the Wassail Weekend and I visited the North Pole! The Woodstock Little Theatre was transformed into Santa's village by the Woodstock Recreation Center. Lots of activities for kids, even a chance to visit with the Jolly Old Elf himself.
Images from that events are posted here.
Last weekend saw many craft fairs, a bell ringer concert, an open house and even a visit from Santa. If you couldn't make it out to visit some of these events sit back and click your way through my galleries to see what you missed.
The Saxton's River Bell Ringers hosted a Holiday Concert at the Ascutney House in Ascutney VT on Thursday December 5 at 7 pm. The event was hosted by the Weathersfield Proctor Library. Images are posted here.