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Hilarious 'Spamalot' Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Today, medical science supports the many health benefits of laughter, which can enhance the immune system and lower stress. In other words, The Academy of Performing Arts’ delightfully preposterous “Monty Python’s Spamalot” is just what the doctor ordered. If you’re not familiar with the 2005 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, its tagline says it all: “A new musical lovingly ripped off from the [1975] m...

Monomoy District School News

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School CES Winter Clothing Drive CES is having its annual coat and boot exchange during parent conference days, Oct. 25 and 27, from 12:45 to 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted through Oct. 21. Boxes for donations are located near the main office or may be brought to the nurse's office. Donations sought include gently used clean children’s coats, outerwear, boots, sneakers, skates, glo...

Monty Python Comes To Orleans

By: Debra Lawless

“It’s easier to make an audience cry than to make them laugh,” says Peter Earle, director of Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” running from Oct. 6 to Nov. 13 at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans. “Spamalot,” a musical comedy, was adopted from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” a parody of the famous legend of King Arthur. The original 2005 Broadway production directed by the late Mike Nichols wo...

The community is invited to join friends and family on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at The Chatham Orpheum for a fun evening to remember local fisherman Tom George by enjoying his favorite movie, “Jaws.” The evening will be an opportunity to honor a man who was known for his humor, kindness, generosity, sense of adventure and love of the sea while raising money for ALS ONE, a local non-profit committed to fin...

The romantic comedy-drama “Musical Chairs” will be screened at The Chatham Orpheum Theater on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m., with proceeds to benefit Adam in Chatham’s youth dance scholarship program Chance to Dance. “Musical Chairs” is a charming variation on the “Boy Meets Girl” theme, following the lives of Armando (E.J. Bonilla), who lives in the Bronx and works in his family’s restaurant, and Mia (Leah P...

Publishers often send us books here at The Chronicle hoping for a review or feature story. Often, the books have little or nothing to do with the interests of the paper or our coverage area. “The Handy Boston Answer Book” is a good example; fun book but Boston is well outside our territory; I can only speculate that it arrived here because we're located in eastern Massachusetts. So when “Bad Little Children's ...

Baiting Hooks A Smelly, Messy And Enjoyable Business

By: Rob Conery

Les Kovacs enjoys the "ease of working with these guys. It's a great group." Kovacs is in his seventh year as manager at P&B Shanty, tucked into bay 1 at 95 Commerce Park South, deep in the heart of the Chatham industrial park. On my first visit, I found the place partly by smell. Bait on a hot day can't hide. It hits the nose first and unmistakably. Kovacs admits that it can be a "brutal environment." But...

“ They have to be told; it must be told.” Arthur Kipps, a solicitor, feels an obligation to gather his family and friends to finally reveal a ghostly secret that has terrified him into silence for years. To add to the suspense and the importance of his story, Kipps decides to hire an actor and rent a theater as an unorthodox means to disclose all the details. What could be so important about his secret? Wha...

An old man enters a room that clearly overlooks a beautiful pond, he putters and mutters as he maneuvers around the sheet-covered furniture. There’s a knock at the door, and it startles him. “Who’s there?” “It’s me, you old poop!” yells the voice behind the door. It’s Ethel Thayer, and the old man is Norman, her husband, a man only she can love. Their only daughter, Chelsea has had trouble loving him and ha...

References to speakeasies and bootleg whiskey bring to mind the dark nights, danger, speed and excitement of Prohibition-era rum-running off the coast of Cape Cod. Rum-running will be the topic of a talk by Jeff Proctor of East Bridgewater at the Chatham Historical Society's Atwood House Museum this Sunday, Sept. 18. “My talk will detail how Prohibition led to rum-running, a criminal phenomenon that turned ...

ORLEANS — As it's done for the past six years, the Orleans Pond Coalition is hosting its “Celebrate Our Waters Festival” this weekend, with more than 50 free walks, talks, sails and paddles. The event takes place Friday through Sunday, and kicks off with an opening reception dubbed Smooth Jazz Under the Stars. Featuring Bart Weisman and his group, the event will include light appetizers, chowder, sandwiches ...

Kidney Disease Survivor Gives Back Through Thrift Shop

By: Ellen Chahey

Mike Werbick’s lucky day came when a kidney donor was found for him. It happened to be his wife. Now, with his life spared by the transplant on Sept. 15, 2015, he wants to give back. And that is why you’ll now find the Lucky Day Thrift Shop at 16 Route 28, West Harwich, just before the Dennisport line. It’s been open since the end of May. The shop doesn’t operate on the donation-and-or-consignment model fam...