Arts events: July 9 through Aug. 12, 2017

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July 9: River Theater Co. to hold ‘Christmas Story’ auditions

River Theater Company in Charlestown just completed the first round of auditions for its upcoming musical production,  A Christmas Story,  to  be presented at the Claremont Opera House in November.

Some key roles still needed to be filled. The company holds a second series of auditions at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 9 at the Charlestown Town Hall, 216 Main St., Charlestown, N.H. The company is looking for boys and men who sing and move well but will see anyone interested in auditioning. Actors should be prepared to read, sing and move at the auditions. It is also looking for people (adults and children) who can tap dance or are willing to learn.

A Christmas Story is the musical version of the classic 1983 film comedy about a young boy named Ralphie Parker who wants an official Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas. The troupe is looking for volunteers who love theater and community events but don’t want to appear on stage. There are lots of opportunities to get involved.

To register for the auditions, to become a volunteer, or get more information, email Or visit  River Theater Company Facebook page.

July 9: Chester, Ludlow begin a summer of music

The Chester Music Series takes place 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays on the Academy Building lawn,  on Main Street in Chester. Concerts are free of charge. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music.

In the case of rain, organizers will try to call the shows at 5 p.m.  Rain venue is at the American Legion Building at 637 Route 103 South in Chester. Call 802-875-2173 for info.

Ida Mae Specker opens the Chester Music Series

Chester’s Music schedule

July 13: Ida Mae Specker
July 20: Chris Kleeman Band
July 27: Brendon Thomas and The End of America
Aug. 3: The Bondville Boys
Aug. 10: Gerry Grimo and The East Bay Jazz Ensemble

Ludlow’s Music schedule

The Ludlow bandstand hosts bands on summer Sunday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 1 High St. in Ludlow. Concerts are free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will move to the Ludlow Town Hall at 37 S. Depot St. Call 802-228-2655 for more information.

July 9: Gypsy Reel
July 16: Springfield Community Orchestra
July 23: Michelle Fay Band
July 30: Starline Rhythm Boys
Aug. 6: Chris Kleeman Band
Aug. 12: Yankee Chank

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