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January 10, 2013

Editor's Picks: Upcoming entertainment highlights chosen by Managing Editor of Features Tracey Dee Rauh

‘Dorks in ‘Dungeons’ invade The Players’ Ring

“Dorks in Dungeons Playing Dungeons and Dragons LIVE!” makes a return to The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, N.H., at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17.

Back by popular demand, the troupe will play the main stage at this unique theater-in-the-round in the heart of Portsmouth’s historic district once a month for the rest of the season.

The show revolves around a live game of Dungeons and Dragons, a rule-intensive, role-playing dice competition in which players create imaginary characters in a fantasy world and set off on quests. These quests all are controlled by the Dungeon Master.

Through “Dorks in Dungeons,” audiences enter the world of the Dungeon Master (Brian Kelly) and his five bumbling players (Eric Doucet, Teddi Kenick-Bailey, Sam Bennett, Brian Paul, and Cullen DeLangie), as they adventure their way through an ongoing campaign, rife with battles, challenges, skill checks and more.

A rotating troupe of improvisational comedians (Matthew Richards, Michael Ficara, Erika Wilson, Glenn Provost and Jess Miller) act it all out .

“Our game is played for comedy, but we take the rules very seriously,” Kelly says. “Our audiences get to participate, as well. It leaves everyone laughing the whole way through. Even people who don’t know anything about Dungeons and Dragons.”

The Players’ Ring is located on Marcy St. in Portsmouth, N.H. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 students, seniors and members. Visit www.playersring.org.

Charlie Appelstein offers parenting wisdom

Salem Family Resources, “Success By 6,” hosts a presentation by internationally renowned speaker Charlie Appelstein on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Woodbury Middle School, 206 Main St., Salem.

Appelstein is an engaging, informative and humorous presenter at national and international conferences. This is a rare opportunity for area families, educators and others who work with children to hear his presentation, “Responding Versus Reacting to Your Kids: Key Principles and Techniques for Effective Parenting.”

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