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Don't Miss Monomoy Drama's 'Les Misérables'

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – The spring productions of Monomoy Regional High School drama are always a big deal, but their 2020 show might be one of their biggest yet. In less than a week (March 18) a talented cast of singing thespians will bring to life Victor Hugo's timeless tale “Les Mis é rables.” Fans of the show are well versed in the story of convict Jean Valjean, imprisoned for thieving a loaf of bread, who finds himself...

Review: Academy Offers The Best Of Broadway, Then And Now

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Broadway musical revues can be a popular choice for local theaters and their patrons, with most focusing on the “oldies but goodies.” In the Academy of Performing Arts’ original and brand-new show “Broadway: Then and Now,” first-time director Terrence Brady refreshingly focuses on some newer hits from current Broadway sell-out shows like “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” Some of our readers might remember Bra...

The Chatham Orpheum is expanding its selection of unique cinema with the inception of a new series of films, this one spotlighting local filmmakers and their creations. “There’s always been a creative community on Cape Cod, and we’re excited to finally be able to showcase all these local films and the talent behind them on our big screen,” said Geoff Bassett, operations manager of the theater, who is also assi...

HARWICH – When members of Monomoy Regional High School's Political Action Club attended the Iowa Caucus at the beginning of February, a woman suggested that the students hold their own caucus at school upon their return. Realizing they could make it happen, club members, under the tutelage of teacher John Dickson and with the permission of Principal Bill Burkhead, organized the school's first Mock Caucus for s...

Outer Cape Residents Warm To Winter Surfing

By: Rob Conery

To surf year-round on Cape Cod is to see things differently than many others. Most others. Temperate though our little sandbar may be, this is still New England in winter. Very cold water. “I'm just finishing up a call from Canada.” That's Marc Angelillo of Orleans, globe trotting brand ambassador and year-round Cape Cod surfer. Angelillo estimates there are no more than three dozen hardcores who brave Cape...

Nature Connection: Garden Dreams And Going Green

By: Mary Richmond

March is here and all our little and big springtime dreams are marching right along beside her, if not ahead of her, straight into our imaginations. Thoughts of gardens fill our heads as we gaze out upon dreary landscapes, and all the sprouting that’s going on isn’t helping keep that at bay. Unless you live under a brick basket, you know that all over the world people are trying to make sane choices about ...

WaterWORKS Brings Blue Economy To Students

By: Doreen Leggett

As a guidance counselor at Monomoy Regional High School, Sean Burke spends a fair amount of time helping students decide what college they want to attend. A day at WaterWORKS changed some of the conversations to what they want to go to college for. The career day, designed to introduce students to all manner of professions in and around the “Blue Economy,” also prompted another shift in thinking. Burke said...

Two Harwich Women Embark On Peace Corps Adventure

By: Debra Lawless

HARWICH — Two young women will enter the Peace Corps next month and spend two years far from their homes in Harwich. Taryn Williams, 28, will travel to the Dominican Republic on March 2 to work as a Spanish literacy promoter while Emma Karlson, 23, will travel to Zambia six days later, to begin training as an agriculture and forestry extension agent. Williams and Karlson do not know one another. ...

CHATHAM – Samantha Clarke has a passion for making bracelets. She also adores animals. After seeing news footage of the Australian wildfires, she was struck with a desire to help, particularly the animals in greatest need, so Clarke put her creativity to good use and is now raising funds through her bracelet sales to benefit wildlife rescue efforts. ...

Review: Academy’s ‘Snow White’ Keeps The Magic Alive

By: Brielle Whalen

Everyone knows the classic story of “Snow White,” but, oddly, it is rarely seen on the stage. Luckily, The Academy of Performing Arts has just opened the world premiere of Judy Hamer and Sam Govoni Roderick’s adaptation, bringing new life to this beloved tale. The hour-long show begins with a young Snow White (Calla Pearson) voicing her concerns about her new stepmother to her rabbit friend Clover (Chiara Cast...

Presidential politics continue to divide us as a nation, but Eventide Theatre Company’s “Assassins” is a surprising unifier. The semi-revue won five Tony Awards in 2004 (including Best Revival of a Musical), after opening off-Broadway to mixed reviews in 1990, and only running for two months. Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” focuses on the many attempted and sadly successful assassinations ...

Remember bringing home a brand new record album, dropping the needle on the vinyl disc and poring over the jacket as the tracks unfolded in the sequence chosen by the artist? Often, those songs have a special resonance, an association that brings back memories whenever you hear the music. And hearing them on vinyl, rather than in the digital format more common today, just adds to that experience. Vinyl, onc...