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November 27, 2012

Holiday Theatre appears at Central starting Nov. 29

LAWRENCE – Central Catholic High School Theatre Guild begins its 42nd year with its production of an original play “The Man Who Saved Christmas” tomorrow through Saturday in the Allan B. Rogers Theatre. All performances begin at 7 p.m.

The original play written by Sharman Merrill, English teacher and Theatre Guild Director was inspired by the life of Alfred Carlton “A.C.” Gilbert , an Olympic gold medalist, an inventor with over 150 patents, an early proponent of employee benefits and rights, and one of the manufacturers called on to help aid the war effort during World War 1.

When the National defense Council presented a campaign that asked parents to purchase Liberty Bonds instead of toys for Christmas, Gilbert successfully argued against the policy, earning the title of “the man who saved Christmas.” He proposed other appealing ideas helpful to the war effort.

A.C. Gilbert is portrayed by three different CCHS actors – Chris Coughlin, sophomore from Lawrence, plays Gilbert at age 14, Alex Dimmock, senior from Methuen plays Gilbert as a young man, and Shawn Hamel, senior from Methuen, plays him in his later years interviewed by a reporter, played by Megan Ciabotti, senior from Bradford, MA..

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door as well as before and after school in Rm. 204 at CCHS. The CCHS Theatre Guild is comprised of over 100 students who are either in the cast or crew.

NECC course

looks at Middle East

HAVERHILL - A history course titled “The Modern Middle East,” will be offered at Northern Essex Community College during the 2013 spring semester.

The three-credit college course will be taught by NECC history and government professor Dr. Steve Russell on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:45 to 3 p.m. beginning Jan. 24.

This course will explore the following questions: What has happened with the “Arab Spring”, Why is religion so important there? How can Palestine and Israel make peace? What are the issues surrounding Iranian nuclear capability? Why is the United States so involved there? How do we explain society, economy, and politics there?

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