CBNA Theatre Presents-Elsewhere

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre to perform Elsewhere by Dan Zolidis, renowned Author, Educator and Playwright for Teens

Northwood, New Hampshire… At a boarding school in New Hampshire, the former headmaster’s house sits empty, abandoned for decades after his son’s disappearance inside, and now thought to be haunted. When four students break in on a dare, they don’t find ghosts or ghouls. Instead, they find a doorway to another world: Elsewhere. Elsewhere is a realm of pure imagination, overflowing with everything that the young protagonists Sylvan, Ariel, Jenna, and Vi could ever want: magic, adventure, acceptance, purpose, and a half-human, half-buffalo librarian. But the longer they stay in Elsewhere, the more it seems that there’s something not quite right with the fantasy utopia—and the less willing Elsewhere is to let them go back to their real lives. To escape this dream world, the four friends must journey through their darkest nightmares to find their way home.

 

Written by renowned author, educator and playwright Dan Zolidis, this production touches upon everyday themes common in the lives of teenagers like divorce, identity, health, and finding one’s place in the world. Zolidis, a former middle school and high school theatre teacher, is one of the most prolific and produced playwrights in American schools. Published biographies for Zolidis note that his more than 125 published plays have been performed over 30,000 times, appearing in every American state, Canadian province, and sixty-seven different countries.

 

Coe-Brown’s production of the play Elsewhere will be directed by faculty member Jennifer Moynihan and stage managed by CBNA students Athena Moore ‘24 and Micah Linskey ’24. New professional lighting and sound designed and recently installed by New England Mobile Audio will help bring the production to life, with lighting orchestrated by Lydia Grant ‘25, Moore, and Linskey; sound and audio by Linskey and faculty member Aaron Ash; and costume design completed by Kaitlyn Linskey ‘26 with the assistance of CBNA faculty member Kolby Hume. Thanks to all volunteers and staff, and the entire cast and crew for their time, energy and dedication.

 

The play Elsewhere will be on view and open to the public for evening performances this Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th at 7pm in the Gerrish Gym at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. Mobile tickets are available online now via our virtual ticketing program at: https://cbnanh.booktix.com and will also be available for cash purchase one hour before curtain on the day of the performances. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $7 for students and seniors. Seating is general admission, although special need requests will be honored when possible. Please note that this production does contain some mild language and stylized violence, and may not be appropriate for all ages.

 

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy strives to produce graduates who are academically and socially prepared to be responsible, caring and contributing members of the global society.

 

Founded in 1867, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is a comprehensive secondary institution offering the highest quality curriculum of studies to the residents of Northwood, Strafford, and surrounding towns, as well as matriculated day students from further afield.  The State of New Hampshire certifies Coe-Brown Northwood Academy as a “Public Academy” with public school approval. Our educational programs and opportunities are accessible to both traditional and non-traditional learners, responsive to the diverse needs of an ever-changing community, and consistent with state and federal laws supporting the education of our youth.

 

The Academy offers a curriculum of studies which is consistent with these premises and the laws of the State of New Hampshire.  This curriculum, woven into a coordinated course of study, will enable all students to realize their potential and prepare them for their chosen endeavors upon graduation.  The expertise of faculty and staff permits course offerings to develop the full potential of all students, whether they be educationally advantaged or challenged.  It is then incumbent on the students to be academically diligent, consistent in attendance, and positive in attitude to successfully complete their chosen course of studies.

 

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is located at 907 First NH Turnpike, in Northwood, New Hampshire, on the shores of beautiful Harvey Lake. For further information about the school, please call 603-942-5531 or visit our website at www.CoeBrown.org.

 

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CBNA’s Elsewhere logo.

CBNA Students Recieve Recognition from College Board National Programs

December 15th, 2023

                        

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Students Receive Recognition from the 2024 College Board National Recognition Programs

Northwood, New Hampshire…Headmaster David S. Smith of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is pleased to announce that Evelyn Dearborn, Wilson Weygant and Stephen Perry have been named as Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program for their exceptional academic promise and outstanding performance on the PSAT. In addition, nine CBNA students have been awarded the National Rural and Small Town Award through the College Board National Recognition Programs, including Anna Bergeron, Rex Betts-Levine, Gavin Bungard, Claire Burbank, Evelyn Dearborn, Francesca Ferguson, Colin Kane, Somer Loto and Jayden Porter. This is the largest single group of CBNA awardees to date. Letters of recognition have been presented to these scholastically talented seniors.

 

Out of over 1.3 million juniors who entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), approximately 34,000 are named Commended Students. Dearborn, Weygant and Perry are part of this elite group who scored among the top 3% in the nation, and who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

 

The National Rural and Small Town Award is one of four awards in the National Recognition Program, which includes three others that recognize students of Hispanic, African American, or Indigenous heritage. Bergeron, Betts-Levine, Bungard, Burbank, Dearborn, Ferguson, Kane, Loto and Porter were all recognized through the National Rural and Small Town award program for being academically competitive students from a rural region that is traditionally underrepresented in the college application process. Students who may be eligible for this recognition must attend school in a rural area or small town, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams.

 

With a wide range of interests from chorus to robotics, this record-breaking group of eleven CBNA students includes mathematicians, varsity athletes, musicians, actors, and authors who volunteer for numerous local clubs and organizations and contribute to the CBNA community on a daily basis. These students aspire to careers in psychology, medical microbiology, physical therapy, teaching, engineering, the trades, performing arts, journalism, art therapy and homeland security.

 

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy strives to produce graduates who are academically and socially prepared to be responsible, caring and contributing members of the global society.

 

Founded in 1867, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is a comprehensive secondary institution offering the highest quality curriculum of studies to the residents of Northwood, Strafford, and surrounding towns, as well as matriculated day students from further afield.  The State of New Hampshire certifies Coe-Brown Northwood Academy as a “Public Academy” with public school approval. Our educational programs and opportunities are accessible to both traditional and non-traditional learners, responsive to the diverse needs of an ever-changing community, and consistent with state and federal laws supporting the education of our youth.

 

The Academy offers a curriculum of studies which is consistent with these premises and the laws of the State of New Hampshire.  This curriculum, woven into a coordinated course of study, will enable all students to realize their potential and prepare them for their chosen endeavors upon graduation.  The expertise of faculty and staff permits course offerings to develop the full potential of all students, whether they be educationally advantaged or challenged.  It is then incumbent on the students to be academically diligent, consistent in attendance, and positive in attitude to successfully complete their chosen course of studies.

 

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is located at 907 First NH Turnpike, in Northwood, New Hampshire, on the shores of beautiful Harvey Lake. For further information about the school, please call 603-942-5531 or visit our website at www.CoeBrown.org.

 

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“National Merit Scholarship Commended students Evelyn Dearborn, Wilson Weygant and Stephen Perry celebrate their notification of recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.”

(l-r) W. Weygant, E. Dearborn, and S. Perry.  Photograph by Judy Loto.

 

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“Recipients of the National Rural and Small Town Award through the College Board National Recognition Programs celebrate their notification of recognition.”

(l-r) R. Betts-Levine, C. Kane, A. Bergeron, S. Loto, C. Burbank, F. Ferguson, E. Dearborn. (Missing G. Bungard and J. Porter) Photogra

ph by Judy Loto.

 

CBNA Theatre Program Features “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Northwood, New Hampshire… Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s theatre program is pleased to announce their 2021 fall musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! This spirited musical about a beloved icon of American popular culture features music, scenery, and acting by CBNA students that will knock your socks off! Come join Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they search for the meaning of true happiness.

The cast of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown!” rehearsing as an ensemble. Photo by Judy Loto.

The CBNA Theatre program participants are thrilled to perform for a live audience again this fall. Junior Clair Burbank (playing Sally), freshman Ethan Welch (ensemble and swing), and freshman Emma Perry (ensemble) all agreed that they loved, “…just getting to play being kids and without having any big worries.” Junior Sam Marcotte, who plays Charlie Brown, loves the sense of community this production has had, while Junior Chris Reed, who plays Linus, echoed those thoughts, noting that, “… he just loves getting to work with this group of performers and crew.” All of the actors agree that the set and costumes, and especially the dog house, make rehearsals even more fun. The production’s logo was student designed by CBNA Junior Ian Helm.

This production is directed by CBNA faculty member Jennifer Moynihan, with additional faculty support from choreographer Kolby Hume and music director Erin Davis. Moynihan notes:

For me, I would like to say how lucky I have been to work with such a dedicated group of students who have learned so many aspects of theatre beyond acting in this show. We have had amazing volunteers in Danielle Muir and her artistic eye, and Dana Haley who helped us build some of our set pieces. Erin Davis is our new music director and she has been a wonderful asset to our students in learning the music and learning how to make character and music work together. Kolby Hume is the other essential piece of our puzzle- she choreographs, costumes, and takes care of many behind the scenes aspects, which allows me to focus on the big picture and dedicate time to blocking and character work with students. Without many dedicated hands this performance would not be possible.

Evening performances will take place Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 at 7 pm, with a matinee performance on Saturday, November 13 at 1 pm. Mobile tickets are available online now. Tickets will also be available for cash purchase one hour before curtain on the day of the performances. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors, and $5 for youth. This show is appropriate for kids of all ages. Seating is general admission, although special need requests will be honored when possible.

The logo for this production, shown here, was designed by Coe-Brown Junior Ian Helm.