5 things to do in Gazette country for January 7, 2022


1 DISNEY’S MOANA, JR. : Students from Taylor School in Foxborough will present their production of “Moana, JR”. Friday January 7 at 7 p.m. and Saturday January 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center / Orpheum, 1 School St., Foxborough.

Moana, JR. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life on stage. Moana, Jr. features all of the film’s beloved songs, written by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina, including “How Far Do I Go?” go “,” Brilliant “and” You’re welcome. “

This coming-of-age story follows Moana’s will as she sails across the Pacific to save her village and uncover the truth about her legacy. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and companionship as they both learn to harness the power within. With stimulating messages of bravery and altruism, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero in all of us.

Celebrating the rich history of Oceania and based on the beliefs and cultures of the inhabitants of the Pacific Islands, Moana was developed in collaboration with an Oceanic Trust – a group of anthropologists, cultural practitioners, historians, linguists and choreographers from the Pacific Islands.

The lobby doors open one hour before the show. The doors of the house open 30 minutes before the show.

Masks are mandatory, except when actively eating or drinking.

Tickets are $ 8. For tickets, go to https://www.orpheum.org

2 FRANK KNIGHTS OF COLOMB FRANKLIN LAUNCH COMPETITION: The Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council 1847, Franklin, are holding their annual free throw competition on Friday January 8 at the YMCA Hockomock, 45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin.

Registration begins at 3 p.m. and the competition begins at 3:30 p.m.

The event is open to boys and girls aged 9 to 14 as of January 1, 2022. All participants are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to provide proof of age and written parental consent. Champions are invited to participate in the district competition.

For more information call Mike Perkins at 508-446-2865 or email [email protected]

3 PRESENTATION OF BYZANTINE & RUSSIAN ICNS: The Franklin Historical Museum, 80 W. Central St., Franklin, welcomes Dennis J. Sardella, PhD, as a guest speaker for the second series of Sunday lectures this month. January 9.

Sardella will give a presentation on Byzantine and Russian icons. He has been a professor at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts since 2012, where he leads gallery tours and introduces visitors to the world of Russian icons. He also writes and speaks regularly to groups in the region on the themes of religious icons and the role they play in Eastern Christian spirituality.

The Franklin Historical Museum, 80 W. Central St., Franklin, welcomes Dennis J. Sardella, PhD, as a guest speaker for the second series of Sunday lectures this month.  January 9.

Sardella was a professor at Boston College from 1967 to 2012. In 1990, he became the founding director of the Boston College Presidential Scholars Program, which he directed until his retirement in 2010. For 17 years, he and his wife have led Boston College Presidential Scholars groups. on month-long study trips to France, and they continued to travel extensively throughout Western Europe.

All are invited to come and listen to this informative conference. Doors open at 1 p.m. and start of the presentation at 1.15 p.m.

Then on Sunday January 16, return to the Franklin Historical Museum to help celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s birthdayThe man whose name inspired the town’s name was born on January 17, 1706. Learn about Ben Franklin and how Franklin came to be named for him. Hear the story of a toad and its tail, how “sense is better than sound,” and how Franklin’s donation of books to the city launched America’s first public lending library.

The birthday party, complete with cake, will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the museum’s research room. Everyone is welcome.

Entrance is always free. The museum is ADA compliant with elevator access to the rear of the building. The gift shop is open year round.

4 AUTHOR’S EVENT WITH MICHELLE COLES: An Improbable History Bookstore and Café, 111 South St., Plainville, is hosting a virtual author event featuring civil rights lawyer and author Michelle Coles on Wednesday, Jan.12 at 10:30 a.m.

Coles to discuss his first young adult novel, “Black Was the Ink,” about 16-year-old Malcolm who is sent on a journey through Reconstruction-Era America to find his place in black progress today. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Nic Stone, and featuring artwork by upcoming artist, Justin Johnson, “Black Was the Ink” is a powerful coming-of-age story and revealing exploration of an era that defined modern America.

The Bookstore and Cafe of an Improbable History are hosting a virtual author event featuring civil rights lawyer and author Michelle Coles on Wednesday, January 12.

This event is perfect for 13-17 year olds and students, parents and educators are welcome to attend. Register for the free event on anunlikelystory.com/coles

5 MATT YORK PRESENTS SONGS AND STORIES – THE HIGHWAYMEN: The Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center / Orpheum Theater, 1 School St., Foxborough will host Matt York Presents Songs & Stories: The Highwaymen on Friday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.

This is an intimate engagement for a limited audience with Foxborough native Matt York in the theater gallery.

Foxborough's Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center / Orpheum Theater will host Matt York Presents Songs & Stories: The Highwaymen on Friday, January 21

The show is a musical journey through the performances and careers of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. York will talk about the various collaborations these artists had with each other early in their careers, talk about the formation of The Highwaymen and perform a number of their most famous songs.

Only 40 tickets will be sold for this event. Running time: 75 minutes, plus 15 minutes for questions and answers.

Tickets cost $ 20. For tickets visit https://www.orpheum.org/


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