Walpole Old Home Days will feature new play


WALPOLE, N.H. -- Places, everyone.

The upcoming Walpole Old Home Days celebration, which occurs every three years, will feature a new play written and directed by Gail Golec and performed by The Walpole Players. The local playwright said the comedy, "A Long Weekend in New Hampshire," consists of four self-contained acts and offers entertaining depictions of life in the Granite State.

"The story is pretty much based on small-town New England life," she told the Reformer. "(Preparation) has been going very well."

Performances are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday and then the Thursday and Saturday after the Old Home Days festivities begin next week. The curtain will rise for each performance at 7 p.m. in the Helen Miller Theater on the second floor of the Walpole Town Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 12 years of age, and are available at Galloway Real Estate, Real to Reel Video, Murray's Restaurant, Costume Ladies, and Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls. Ray Boas, the president of The Walpole Players, can be reached at 603-756-4545 for more information.

Golec, who has already written a play for The Walpole Players, said her newest work's first act, titled "Life in 4/4 Time," examines the hectic life of a modern-day family, while the second act depicts a family coming together to share old stories after a funeral. Act III explores the events surrounding an ordinary day at a local vegetable stand and Act IV, titled "The Lumberman, The Farmer and The Fisherman," is the dramatic recitation of an epic poem, with footnotes.

Golec told the Reformer her cast is made up of 27 people and includes several new members of The Walpole Players.

Boas said the theatrical organization puts on a spring production each May, but every third year holds off until Old Home Days so the play can run in conjunction with the festivities. He said "A Long Weekend in New Hampshire" is very humorous and he expects a great audience on performance nights.

"We always get a wonderful turnout. The town is very supportive of us. And we get people from both sides of the river, thanks to the Reformer and other things," he said. "And we have a large cast and that brings in more people."

Boas said any profits made will be contributed to the maintenance, repairs and improvements to the Helen Miller Theater in Walpole Town Hall.

"We're very fortunate, in that we have a wonderful theater area," he said.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoli_reformer.


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