Concert tickets may be reserved by calling the school at 934-4240 or may be purchased at the door. Light desserts are served at intermission. Tickets are $15. Students and children are always free.
Sant Bani School is committed to enriching students’ lives by bring classical music to the school. The students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade enjoy a free day concert followed by a question and answer session with the visiting musicians. Sant Bani School is often able to invite other area schools to join them for these daytime performances as well, sharing world-class musicians with students in the local communities.
About the Artists
Combining technical mastery, expressive depth, and performance experience, pianist Alon Goldstein, violinist Ilya Kaler and cellist Amit Peled have joined forces to form one of the most exciting trios on the international scene. Each virtuoso member of the ensemble has a successful solo career; together, they bring vitality to the concert stage with their dynamic musical interplay and collaborative spirit.
The Tempest Trio has performed in cities throughout the US including Chicago, Baltimore, Seattle, Palm Beach, Spartanburg SC and Washington DC. In 2010 the trio performed the complete Schumann trios at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and was invited the following year to play the complete Brahms trios. The prestigious Four Arts Society invited the trio to be the featured ensemble in a Beethoven festival performing Beethoven trios as well as the Triple Concerto with the Palm Beach Symphony. The Tempest Trio has since performed the concerto numerous times across the US. The success of the festival resulted in an immediate reengagement to play the following season. In April of 2011 the Trio performed for the first time in Germany (Bad Segebeg and Borstel) and was immediately invited back for the 2013 season.
Time: 7pm Friday, May 24, 2013
Location: Sant Bani School Studio
Tickets: Adults – $15, Students and Children always free
Our International Students are an upbeat slice of the world that grace our halls and classrooms! They give us all a window into their countries and home communities. Their stories and impressions of the student exchange experience and its meaning for them, their home families, and host families gives us the satisfaction of knowing a part of Sant Bani School will always be with them. Thank you for coming to be a part of Sant Bani!
Below, our International Students from a recent year each holds a flag from their home country; Ghana, Korea, Switzerland, Denmark, Taiwan, Lesotho, and Germany.
Expect the unexpected at the upcoming Sant Bani School theater production December 13-15. Written and directed by performing arts department head Craig Jaster, Orphans of Morpheus is a multi-media experimental piece with a cast of fifteen high school students. The production will include, among other things, original music composed by the director, a dance with headlamps in the dark (one of several sections choreographed by former Plymouth State University dance department head Joan Wiegers), poetry for laptop computers, zombie travelers, a pillow fight, and a disco ball.
Dreams figure prominently in Orphans of Morpheus. Jaster was drawn to the idea of dreams, he says, because, “while dreaming, we seldom question the odd or improbable things that happen, but when we wake we sometimes sense that our unconscious had been grappling with something that matters. I wanted to make a piece that had that same quality. So I’ve tried to let the unconscious participate all along the way, layering and sequencing images that seem to work together, however inexplicably. The plot – if you can call it that – is like a half-remembered dream.
To prepare the school audience for what will clearly be a departure from the typical high school production, Jaster recently gave a short presentation to the third through twelfth grades on experimental theater. He showed film clips from Robert Wilson’s groundbreaking 1974 opera Einstein on the Beach and some scenes from a typically bizarre piece by the director Richard Foreman. And to model the typically subversive nature of the medium, as he talked he showed a series of PowerPoint slide projections with bulleted comments such as, “Someone in this room is chewing gum right now” and, “This slide has nothing to do with what I am talking about.”
At the end of the presentation, Jaster asked the audience to please not ask him what the play is about or what it mean after they’ve seen it, but instead just have fun watching and decide for themselves what it means to them. One fifth grader said later that she already knew what it (experimental theater) meant to her: “be yourself!”
Orphans of Morpheus will be performed at 7 pm, December 13, 14, and 15 at the Sant Bani School Studio Theater. Admission: $4/$2 for students and senior citizens. For advance reservations, call 934-4240.
Dark of the Moon, a drama by Howard Richardson and William Berney, directed by Craig Jaster. Performances were December 15, 16 and 17 (Thursday through Saturday) 2011 in the Sant Bani School Studio Theater.
SANBORNTON: The class of 2013 of Sant Bani School warmly invites the public to the upcoming evening of Senior Class Project Presentations at Sant Bani School in Sanbornton on Wednesday, December 5, beginning at 6 p.m. The presentations are organized around the word “Home.” Each of the fifteen seniors will speak on topics ranging from homework to leaving home, broken homes, homes in space and home invasion. Their work is the result of a month of research, interviews, and the creation of art work about their chosen topics. The art components will be on display during the event. Admission is free and refreshments will be served at intermission. The seniors presenting on December 5 have all submitted college applications and some have begun receiving acceptances.
If you are wondering how to help now donations to PIH are urgently needed TODAY. PIH doctors and health care workers are on the ground already and they know what is needed. Their extensive network in Haiti already includes thousands of community health workers, doctors, nurses, drivers, etc. they are already running a field hospital.
Your money will flow more quickly and directly to where it’s most needed: 94 cents out of every dollar goes to work to help the community, no middlemen or bureaucracy or politics. During the 2008 hurricanes they got supplies and personnel in place immediately, even with all the bridges out. faster than most of the larger relief agencies because they live there and are already organized!
Looking at the long road ahead, PIH has asked the Walk Committee to stick to the original pre-earthquake focus of raising money for schools/education. This is even more vital now, as much of the Port-Au-Prince population is homeless and beginning to migrate away from the city.
More updates coming soon
Join us in Cambridge, Mass this upcoming March 27, 2010
Sant Bani Staff, Students, and Alumni will continue our long-time support of Haiti at the Urban Walk For Haiti.
PIH has been instrumental in providing quality medical care to the poorest areas of the world, as well as in the fight against HIV/Aids, and providing infrastructure to ensure people’s health.
This year’s donations will go to support building homes for families displaced by the September 2008 hurricanes in Haiti.
“… Hundreds of people gathered last weekend in Cambridge, MA, to celebrate the tiny nation of Haiti, to learn about Haitian culture and to raise awareness about, and money for a successful organization that works together with local communities to transform the lives of thousands of rural Haitians. Partners In Health (PIH) has been working in Haiti for over 25 years, and has pioneered a model for comprehensive healthcare that is currently being replicated in more than nine countries worldwide, including the U.S. The theme of this year’s walk was the Haitian proverb “Tout moun se moun,” every person is a person.
On Saturday April 4, a group of more than fifty people from the Sant Bani School community rallied to affirm “Tout moun se moun,” by participating in the sixth annual Urban Walk for Haiti in Cambridge, MA. More than thirty students, along with staff, alumni, parents, relatives and friends joined forces to raise over $4000 for Partners In Health. This year marks the fourth year that Sant Bani has been involved with this event. This year’s Walk raised nearly $40,000, to be used for rebuilding homes in rural Haiti, destroyed by last September’s hurricanes. This total is the second largest in the history of the event.
Since 2004 Sant Bani students and teachers have unofficially donated $12,000 to PIH through their work with the Mooseman Triathlon and the “Walk For Haiti.” That might not sound like a lot of money, but considering that the size of the Sant Bani high school is 47 students it’s proportionally impressive. Last fall, when PIH medical director Joia Mukherjee spoke at Sant Bani’s “Conversations in a Changing World” conference, she wove the concept of “Tout moun se moun” into the rich tapestry of “ubuntu”
which shares a root with the Creole word “moun.” “Ubuntu” is a Bantu word common to at least fifty African languages, and it means essentially that a person is a person through other people. We are human precisely because we love and serve one another.
Through their commitments to cultivate the best in themselves and ultimately to put their knowledge and talents to use in serving others, Sant Bani students demonstrated “ubuntu” in action at the Walk for Haiti, just as they do whenever they undertake a project in our local communities. Mesi anpil (many thanks) to everyone who participated, whether you walked, raised money, bought soup or donated crafts, money or positive energy. You have made a real difference in many lives. …"
Remembering our High School Play: Dark of the Moon, Dec 2011
Dark of the Moon begins on the peak of a ridge somewhere deep in the Smoky Mountains on a windy, moonless night, and ends a year later as the moon comes up on the same lonely spot.
Barbara and John meet.
John, a “witch boy” (played by senior Caleb Jaster), has fallen in love with a beautiful and carefree human girl (freshman Sophia Gilberto) named Barbara Allen, “jes’ like the ballad.” With the help of old Conjur Man and Woman (staff members Jonathan Powell and Mary Randall), he gets his wish to become human, too, but only on condition that they marry and that Barbara remain faithful to him for one year.
Barbara tells John “it don’t differ” what the townspeople think. But suspicions grow about the mysterious stranger who marries her until there is no doubt in anyone’s mind but hers and all the well-meaning folk of Buck’s Creek, led by Preacher Haggler (senior Andres Orr). In the end even her own loving family sets out to convince Barbara to leave her marriage, with tragic results.
The play is about how difficult it can be to leave our past behind. “Hit ain’t easy being human,” John is warned; “Thar’s something can’t be changed. Hit lies sleepin’ thar inside ‘em….And thar’s just one thing that wake him…the Lord Gawd Jesus.” But for reasons he keeps to himself, John refuses to go to church, and this act of defiance only deepens the community’s suspicions. Perhaps he is reluctant to take a last, irrevocable step away from his past.
The outside pressures against him changing are just as strong: his former witch friends from the mountain (freshmen Stefanie Schechter and Teresa Dancewicz-Helmers and junior Patricia Boegli) are always lurking nearby to taunt and tempt him on one side, and on the other the townspeople begin to turn against him from the start, when he forgets himself and uses his old ways to win a fight against Marvin Hudgens (junior Obie Dancewicz-Helmers), until now the strongest young man in town and the most likely prospect to marry Barbara.
The beauty of this play is in its authentic dialect and rich, distinctive language; in the music, full of singing and picking of old bluegrass and gospel tunes; and in the vividness of its many characters (a large cast of 24). And though it is a serious drama, there is no shortage of humor, especially in the role of idle old Uncle Smelicue (director Craig Jaster in his debut acting in a Sant Bani production), who keeps everyone entertained down at the general store playing his mandolin and telling stories. There is beauty in the play’s sadness as well; like in Romeo and Juliet, our hearts go out to the two young people loving each other against all the odds.
Dark of the Moon, a drama by Howard Richardson and William Berney, directed by Craig Jaster. Performances were December 15, 16 and 17 (Thursday through Saturday) 2011 in the Sant Bani School Studio Theater.
Visit Amit Peled’s website
for more information about the artist.
Amit Peled, cello
Stefan Petrov, piano
Couperin: Five Dances for cello and piano
Schumann: Five Pieces in Folk Style for cello and piano
Kopytmann: Kaddish for cello and piano
Chopin: Sonata for cello and piano in g-minor op. 65 Friday, November 11, 2011
Reception 6 pm, Concert 7 pm
at Sant Bani School, Sanbornton, NH
Tickets may be reserved by calling the school at 934-4240 or may be purchased at the door. Ticket prices:
The high school theater department presented “The Butterfingers Angel,” 7 p.m., December 16, 17 & 18, directed by Craig Jaster. The full title, “The Butterfingers Angel, Mary & Joseph, Herod The Nut, & The Slaughter of 12 Hit Carols In A Pear Tree,” gives a better sense of the theme and style.
The play, by William Gibson (who also wrote “The Miracle Worker”) is a touching, funny, highly imaginative retelling of the Christmas story. It features a talking sheep, cow and donkey, and a very worldly talking tree, in addition to beguiling young Mary (sophomore Isabel Bogacz) who had decided men, marriage and motherhood were not for her, a cautious and increasingly jealous Joseph (junior Andrés Orr), and a flustered boy-angel (junior Adison Lintner) who attempts to direct the action from a promptbook and manages to get only the most strangled, bleating sounds from his trumpet.
Though filled with familiar Christmas carols and presented in a style that pays homage to impromptu childrens Christmas pageants, the play is poignant and mature. The unpleasant appearances of the “The Man In Grey” a.k.a. Herod (senior Dylan Dinger) bring a sense of deadly urgency to the action along with the very lively, real-life humor.
Dee Dee Aleksandrova, a Sant Bani School senior from Bulgaria, on behalf of the Class of 2011, writes about the upcoming evening of Senior Project Presentations. All presentations are organized about the word “Home.” They range from homesickness to homelessness, homeland security to home cooking and letters from home. The Senior Class welcomes family, friends and the public. Their invitation is reprinted here.
What do you know about home? Home – a place where one lives; a residence. Or is it?
On December 7th at 6 PM the Sant Bani School class of 2011 will share with the world their perception on the meaning of the word “home.” As a part of the Sant Bani senior project, each year the senior class is given a month to create an interesting and innovative presentation and get creative with the given topic. Every time there are surprises, which guarantees your entertainment.
The seniors would like to invite parents, students, alumni and everyone else, who would like to enjoy a delightful evening featuring eleven creative presentations and a reception. The event will take place on December 7th (Tuesday) at 6pm at the Sant Bani School, 19 Ashram Road, Sanbornton, NH.
Daniel del Pino, piano with the Iberia String Quartet
November 19, 2010
Daniel del Pino has established himself as one of the leading Spanish concert pianists on the international scene, having performed on all five continents.
As it is the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, del Pino will perform the chamber music versions of the Chopin’s piano concertos that are originally for piano and orchestra. These “salon” settings were very common in Chopin’s time and he enjoyed very much this more intimate setting, rather than the large hall with large orchestra. Joining del Pino is an exciting young Spanish string quartet, the Iberia String Quartet.
Reception : 6 p.m. Concert: 7 p.m.
Sant Bani School 19 Ashram Road, Sanbornton, NH 03269
Adults $15, children free
Tickets available by calling 934-4240 or e-mail Tickets
The photos are in! The judges are warming up! We will post the winners shortly.
This is an exciting opportunity for all the students and staff at Sant Bani to take part in a photo contest. All you need is a digital camera and a computer to email your images to the school. If you do not have a digital camera, perhaps you could work with a family member or a friend. You may use the school computers to mail in your pictures if you do not have a computer at home.
You may enter your photos under the following five categories:
1. Portraits: These can be of anyone…or anything…like your pets…or a beautiful (or ugly) flower…
2. Landscapes: These may only be in black and white. You can easily alter your colored photos using a free program like Photoshop or Picasa.
3. View: from above or below
4. Things with circles: What happens when you look through a bicycle wheel or a long tube?
5. Manipulated images: using computer software
You may email three images to Sunny Bunny Photo They can be from any of the categories above. You can email more than one photo from a category, so really there is only the limitation of three photographs. Though the Landscape category requires black and white, any photo can be black and white. Unless photos are entered into the “manipulated” photo category, no changes can be made to the photos except to change them from color to black and white.
When you email the photos, you should be sure they are labeled as to which category they are for. Make sure your name is in the email but not your age or grade because the pictures will only be judged on their visual merit.
We will have two people from outside of the Sant Bani community and one from the school to judge the photographs. The top three pictures from each category will be printed, framed and hung in the gallery.
You will have only a short time to complete this project, so get started right away!
Think about composition.
Think about dark and light.
Think about interesting or unusual subjects.
Ask your parents or siblings (sisters and/or brothers) for help.
Follow the directions carefully for each category.
Sant Bani School’s Earth Day celebration took the entire school out into the 200 acre woods, the property of the School and Ashram, to perform our first data collection or “BioBlitz.”
Our Earth Day Special Guest naturalist Rick Van de Poll spoke to the entire body of staff and students to prepare for the event. He worked outdoors with three science classes in preliminary study of pond and vernal pool life by a careful “capture, identify, and release” method. Two days later Sant Bani staff and students supplied with species guides, cameras, plastic containers, and note books fanned out in twenty groups and logged all the emerging flora and fauna spring species on the Ashram and school property.
The purpose of the BioBlitz is to establish a benchmark for future surveys to determine the health and diversity of local plant and animal species. Thousands of photos were taken during the Bioblitz. Science Department Head Robert Schongalla led groups to collate the data for further study. Return to see some of the more beautiful photos will be posted on this site.
Enjoy a short slide show of the events!
Beautiful polyphemous moth on fruit tree. Wingspan is about 4-4.5 inches.
The June Night Time Moth Survey
Rick Van de Poll, PhD, head of Ecosystem Consultants from Center Sandwich, led a small group of Sant Bani School teachers and students recently who made a survey of moths on the school property. Robert Schongalla, science teacher, reported that more than 100 species of moths were seen from darkness to sunrise.
“I had no idea that we had so many very different, interesting, and beautiful moths in our area,” said Schongalla.
The moths were photographed to create a database for future reference and study.
The moth survey was part of a BioBlitz, which the school conducted during its Earth Day celebration in April. For the BioBlitz, students fanned out across 200 acres of land and were able to identify more than 200 species of plants, animals, birds, amphibians, birds, insects, aquatic invertebrates, and fungi. The purpose of the BioBlitz was to heighten everyone’s awareness of the richness of biodiversity in our local environment.
Fellow science teacher, Barry Draper summed it up this way, “Through experiencing the diversity and interconnectedness of nature’s organisms, we hope to better understand our need to protect the environment and local ecosystems that sustain us all.”
Greenstock is the brain-child of the Sant Bani Senior Class. This is their Senior Class Service Project, using funds from the Judith Perkins Memorial Fund for Service.
What is Greenstock?
Greenstock is an open-mic and concert event with the aim of bringing the community of central New Hampshire together around the idea of working collectively to create a sustainable and healthy environment. We hope to educate those in our area about the environmental issues that we currently face with the aspiration that we can better the future for younger generations. By connecting through music, we hope to generate a creative outlet for the youth of our community to come together over a common cause.
To enter to play or to get more information about the venue go to Greenstock for information
Where: Sant Bani School Library and Gallery When: May 3, 2010 5-7pm Who: All are welcome! Refreshments: Light Refreshments provided by Sant Bani School Art Students
SANBORNTON: Sant Bani School is hosting a “Meet the Artist” reception for art department chair Ann Saunderson on May 3 from 5 – 7 p.m. The public is invited to view an exhibit of her recent work, some of which is available for purchase. Saunderson holds a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I. In her exhibit statement she writes about being excited about making art in most every media. “Because my art-making time is so limited the work often ends up being about the media rather than the subject.” She continues, “For me, developing a ‘body’ of work takes time. The process is slow, so slow. When it happens it comes out of nowhere, and hard work. It often isn’t till I’m well into a series of pieces that I begin to see that they connect—that they’re about something; that one idea leads to the next. I do a bit of this and some of that. I love painting outside in the summer. I love the smell of oil paint. I love drawing the figure. I love marks on the page. I love the slow layering of printmaking.”
Wentworth Institute of Technology student of architecture Mitchell Littlefield [SBS’06’]shows former teacher Ann Saunderson samples of his work.
Saunderson has taught at Sant Bani for over twenty years. More than half of the current high school students have chosen to enroll in an art course with Ann this year. This is an opportunity for past students, as well as the wider community, to see her work. Founded in 1973, Sant Bani is a private kindergarten through twelfth grade day school of 165 students. It has a long and continuing history of supporting the arts, both for its students and for the local community.
Three one-act comedies by Anton Chekhov will be performed by the Sant Bani School on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: April 22, 23, and 24, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the school’s Studio Theater.
Admission is $5 ($2 for students and elders). Reservations may be made in advance by calling the school, 934-4240 or contacting the front desk.
The High School play production will be three one-act comedies by Anton Chekhov. Though best known for sensitive and subtle dramas like The Three Sisters and The Seagull, Chekhov’s early short stories and one-act plays are pure comedy, with boldly drawn, hilariously flawed characters.
Things are getting serious on stage at Sant Bani in The Bear.
In Two Fools Who Gain A Measure of Wisdom, a pair of newlyweds (Caleb Jaster & Emily Monfet) visit a rich aunt, (Jen Hammel), whose flagrant disregard for convention brings shame and embarrassment but in the end also brings the couple closer together.
In The Festivities (which director Craig Jaster likens to the hit TV series The Office), a bank branch manager (Andrés Orr) is driven to distraction on the day of the bank’s 15th anniversary by his volatile employee (Adison Lintner), gabby trophy wife (Deanna MacNaughton) and a not-too-bright but incredibly persistent woman (Lydia Walker).
The Bear is an absolute classic; a battle of the sexes in which a retired army officer (Marc Gonzales) meets his match – to put it mildly – in a petite widow (Justine Borceux).
One of these beautiful bowls can be yours along with a hearty, home-cooked meal.
Note: Both seatings for the Empty Bowls dinner tomorrow night are full. Thanks all who signed up!
On October 9th Sant bani School will host an Empty Bowls Dinner, “a grassroots movement to prevent hunger.” Guests at the simple soup and bread meal will donate $10 for a dinner and get to keep their handmade ceramic bowl after the dinner. They will be reminded of how full their belly is and of how empty their bowl is. Funds raised by Empty Bowls events are kept in the community and given to an organization working to prevent hunger.
The Empty Bowls project at Sant Bani started last year in the Art and Service Departments with help from Teresa Taylor of Salty Dog Pottery and New beginnings in Laconia, an organization that provides shelter, food, education and support to women and families in the Belknap County area. The $10 contribution will go to New Beginnings.
Students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade, teachers and alumni made bowls from clay and decorated them with glazes, colored strips, textures and designs scratched into leather-hard clay. Teresa assisted with materials, templates for bowls, demonstrations and hands-on help.
There will be two seatings for dinner, one at 5:00 pm and one at 7:30. At 6:15, Barry and Gretchen Draper will present a fabulous slide show,“Nourishment Around the World.”
Prepaid reservations are required for the dinner since space is limited to 75 people per seating.
To reserve seats send and e-mail to Maya Hardcastle or call 934-4240. Please specify if you will be eating before or after the slide presentation.
If you have any questions about workshops or the roadside clean-up please contact:
Robert Schongalla Jen Schongalla
Hillary Pincoske Dave Coulter
Todd Schongalla Hillary Martin
Sam Conkling Travis Filter
The students in Grades 1-12 will be participating in an all school roadside clean up after their workshops and lunch on Thurs, April 22nd. The Kindergarten students will be staying on campus to clean up the playgrounds. Students and teachers have been combined into mixed age groups and each has been assigned a local route. The groups will be dropped off at specific destinations and picked up by school transportation. Your child will need appropriate clothing for the weather and good walking shoes – sun block, bug spray, water bottle and gloves, if desired.
“Rediscovering Afghanistan: Lessons from the Home” will be the subject of an illustrated talk by linguist, feltmaker, scholar and photographer Rachel Lehr at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 at the Sant Bani School Library, 19 Ashram Road, Sanbornton, NH. Sant Bani School’s International United States History class will be hosting this evening event. Soraya (Samira) Afzali, a tenth grade student from Afghanistan, will prepare an assortment of traditional vegetarian foods with the help of her fellow International classmates. Some students will also dress in traditional clothing from their countries.
Co-founder of Rubia, the Afghan Women’s Handwork project, Lehr spends several months each year in Afghanistan, working and living with village women and children. Through compelling stories, brought to life by beautiful and informative visual images and a fascinating collection of domestic artifacts, Lehr takes us into the homes of ordinary Afghans. Her photographs and personal anecdotes illuminate the rich cultural heritage of Afghanistan in a rapidly changing world.
Rubia is a non-profit organization, which works to translate the heritage and skills of Afghan women into sustainable livelihoods. Lehr’s presentation includes a traveling Afghan Culture Trunk of domestic artifacts, which she has collected during her frequent stays in the villages of Afghanistan.
International Students, Samira Afzali, from
Afghanistan, and Hannah Schmitt, of Germany,
model traditional clothing.
Lehr’s academic training (in linguistics and Persian, at Barnard College and University of Chicago) took her traveling across Central Asia during the 1970s-80s. While studying and living in Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan, Rachel developed a deep interest in the culture and arts of the region, and in the lives of its women and children.
In 2000 Rachel reestablished contact with a community of Afghans then living as refugees in Pakistan. Following her first trip to Pakistan, Rachel helped found Rubia, a nonprofit organization, as a response to the critical need for economic opportunities among Afghan refugee women living in Pakistan. Through education, skills training and the promotion of their hand-embroidered textiles, Rubia, now headquartered in Afghanistan, works to translate the heritage and skills of Afghan women into sustainable livelihoods. Rubia’s embroidery project is actively involved in helping rebuild Afghanistan.
For the past six years Rachel has been principal artist/scholar for the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire’s “Heart of the Silk Road” Project, bringing arts and humanities workshops, seminars, teacher institutes and presentations to communities and schools throughout the state.
Pam Hunt’s class: United States History for International Students, will host.
The presentation is funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. For additional information, contact Sant Bani School at (603) 934-4240.
Farvorfen Vinkel to be performed at Sant Bani School
The Sant Bani School high school theatre production this December is a Yiddish drama entitled “Farvorfen Vinkel” (“In a Forgotten Corner”). Performances are at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, December 17, 18 & 19. Admission is $4 and $2 for students and senior citizens. For reservations call the school at 934-4240. Tickets may also be available at the door.
Written in 1917 by Peretz Hirshbein and translated by David Lifson, this lively drama takes place in a tiny Jewish shtetl in Europe long ago. Two neighbors, a poor gravedigger and a miller who is slightly better off (sophomore Adison Lintner of Franklin and junior Marc Gonzalez of Plymouth, respectively), come into conflict which threatens to ruin both their families’ happiness.
The wives (freshmen Isabel Bogacz of Tilton and Jen Hammel of Bristol) try to bring common sense to the stubborn, feuding men, and of course the miller’s son and gravedigger’s daughter (freshmen Obie Dancewicz-Helmers of Hill and Emily Monfet of Laconia) are in love, against their families’ wishes.
The play is rich with emotion, classic sarcastic Yiddish humor, poignancy (a madwoman, played by senior Justine Borceux of Grapfontaine, Belgium) wanders the cemetery and intrudes on the action at odd moments); and a melee in which a window gets broken; but all ends happily, thanks to a most reasonable solution presented by kindly old Reb Todros (played by sophomore Andrés Orr of Sanbornton).