Arts & Entertainment

Around Town 11-22-2017

Around Town


This Week:

Downtown Berlin, Main Street
Friday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m. — Parade of Lights
The parade will begin at Aubuchon Hardware store and travel up Main Street to City Hall. The theme of this year’s parade is “Cartoon Christmas” and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the parade.

Be Local, Buy Local, Area Merchants
Saturday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Small Business Saturday
Berlin’s Main Street Program is offering horse wagon rides and there will be a “Meet and Greet” with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Badger Realty on Main St, across from City Hall. Many downtown Berlin merchants will be offering great promotions on Saturday.

Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street
Saturday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 26, 4 p.m. — Recycled Percussion
You may remember this highly energetic group that was in Berlin this summer giving away all kinds of merchandise. Tickets are $29.50. For more information log onto

Gorham Town Hall, 20 Park Street
Friday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. — Santa’s Workshop
The Gorham Common lights will be on and Santa will be there ready to have his picture taken with you. There will be an ornament-making session, and refreshments will be available.

Next Week:

The Rialto Theater, Main St., Lancaster
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m. — Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing
This popular Bluegrass and Old-Time music band will provide a night of top-flight music. Tickets for the show are $15 and available at the Rialto in Lancaster, at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., in Colebrook, online at and at the door on the night of the show.

St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street, Berlin
Saturday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m. — The Nutcracker Ballet
This tale of Christmas dreams comes to life with Clara and her beloved toy, the Nutcracker. As the clock strikes midnight strange things begin to happen. You will be enchanted by fairies, dolls, soldiers, a Snow Queen and of course a Rat King and Uncle Drosselmeyer; all brought to magical life by the extraordinary dancers of the Robinson Ballet. Tickets are sold in advance by calling or visiting the Arts Center.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from the staff at The Berlin Sun. May your turkey be moist and your desert delicious. And may you be grateful for your family and friends as we are grateful for our readers.


Annual arts advocate of the year award accepting submissions

CONCORD — Every year N.H. Citizens for the Arts honors some of the state’s best advocates for the arts.

N.H. Citizens for the Arts is a community of artists, arts administrators, arts participants and citizens who know that the arts, in the largest sense of the word, make New Hampshire the special place we all love.

We recognize the importance of art and culture, not only for their intrinsic value, but also for the vital economic stimulus and development for our towns, cities and state.

“We are honored to recognize those who expand access to arts and culture. If you are aware of someone who helps to grow the creative economy, builds inventive communities and has an artistic mind, consider nominating them for the New Hampshire 2018 arts advocate of the year,” said Peggo Horstmann Hodes, co-chair of the board of directors.

The Arts Advocate of the Year Award recognizes a leader in the arts and community who demonstrates forward thinking and enthusiasm for the arts. The award recognizes an individual whose advocacy efforts have significantly increased support for and/or public recognition of the arts in their community and/or New Hampshire.

To nominate, send a brief rationale on the person who you are nominating by Monday, Dec. 18 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via letter to: PO Box 4176 Concord, NH 03302.


The Nutcracker Ballet returns to Berlin

Robinson Ballet returns to the Berlin Junior High School Auditorium for performance

On Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 6 p.m., St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts will be hosting the Robinson Ballet production of the Nutcracker.

This timeless classic will be held at the Berlin Junior High School Auditorium. This tale of Christmas dreams come to life with Clara and her beloved toy, the Nutcracker. As the clock strikes midnight strange things begin to happen. You will be enchanted by fairies, dolls, soldiers, a Snow Queen and of course a Rat King and Uncle Drosselmeyer; all brought to magical life by the extraordinary dancers of the Robinson Ballet.

Tickets for this event will be sold in advance by calling or visiting the arts center office at 155 Emery Street, Berlin, (603) 752-1028. Pricing is determined by seating: premium seats on main and balcony levels, $25; general seating on main and balcony levels, $20; and discount seating in side balconies, $15. All available seats purchased on the evening of the performance will be $25.

Over 100 years old, The Nutcracker Ballet was first presented at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia on Dec. 17, 1892. Peter Tchaikovsky, the famous Russian composer, was commissioned to compose the ballet score based on Alexander Dumas’ adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” The first performance of the Nutcracker Ballet in the United States was by the San Francisco Opera Ballet in 1944.

For more information about this performance or to purchase tickets, contact the arts center at (603) 752-1028; go to to view the available seating chart.

2017 Nutcracker Ballet


Around Town 11-16

Around Town

This Week:

Things are happening this weekend. Attend a concert, see a play, enjoy a community dinner, stop by a fair, shop at a farmer’s market. Whatever your pleasure, put down that cell phone and get out on the town.

Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street
Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. — Gerard & Marshall & Farrell Unplugged
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at the Gorham Town Hall and at, or for $20 at the door.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. — Mark Manderville & Ralanna Richards Folk Duo
Tickets are available for $12 at the door.

Berlin Recreation Center, 672 First Ave.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Berlin Community Market Indoor Harvest Market
Arts and crafts, jewelry, baked goods and more.

Berlin Middle School, 200 State Street
Friday, Nov. 17 and Sat. Nov. 18, 7 p.m. — "Sixteen in 10 Minutes or Less"
The Berlin High School Players are going to share their experiences, frustrations and celebrations in this play presented in one-act segments that last 10 minutes or less. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 101 Norway St., Berlin
Saturday, Nov. 18 , 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Annual Holiday Fair
The event will feature a variety of unique Christmas gift ideas and, of course, St. Paul’s famous Norwegian baked goods.

Milan Community Methodist Church, Main St. (Rte 16), Milan
Saturday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
The menu is traditional. The venue is handicap accessible. Home delivery is available if you live in Milan or Dummer. See the Calendar listing for more details.

Androscoggin Valley Hospital, 59 Page Hill Road, Berlin
Saturday, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — AVH Auxiliary Christmas Fair
Over 40 new and returning crafters, discounts at the Gift Shop, home baked pastries, raffles and more. See the Calendar listing for more details.

Service Credit Union Heritage Park, Main St., Berlin
Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Penny Sale and Silent Auction
Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual fund raising event. The Penny Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the aution from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.




BHS Players to take stage and explain 'Sixteen Year-Olds'


How does it really feel to be 16 years old?

The tumultuous trials and tribulations of being a 16-year-old comes to life on stage in the Berlin High School Players production of "Sixteen in 10 Minutes or Less.”

Prepare yourselves for a series of one-act plays, each lasting “10 Minutes or Less,” all tied together, to accurately paint a picture of what it feels like to be a teenager, as they experience problems with the internet and social media, parents, friends and even themselves. Laced with humor, even when struggling with issues like wearing braces or dealing with bullies, each performance carries a powerful message.

The lives of seven teenagers become intertwined, as they share their innermost hopes and fears with each other, 10 minutes at a time. Each performer brings something special to the show, capturing the essence of being 16, as they embody a common struggle any teenager may face.

Featuring seven talented actors, some portraying multiple characters and voices, “Sixteen in 10 Minutes or Less” features Justice Coy, Ashlin Lozeau, Maria Young, Ariel Houle, Jadyn Campbell, Amber Drew and Tiana Lagace.

The play was written by Bradley Hayward and the production is directed by Amber Cloutier, with costumes designed by Louise Donato.

All performances take place at the Berlin Middle School Auditorium. There will be a “students-only” matinee (free admission for the Middle-School students) on Thursday morning, Nov. 16, at 8 a.m. 

Evening performances are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.

The Berlin Middle School Auditorium is located at 200 State St., in Berlin.