Friday, September 26, 2014

Call for Auditions: CAMELOT at the Providence Performing Arts Center

This just arrived from our friends at PPAC! Great opportunity for a young thespian.Your child perhaps?  


The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), in conjunction with Phoenix Entertainment, is searching for young male actors to portray the role of “Tom of Warwick” in the Providence engagement of Lerner and Loewe’s CAMELOT December 9 – 14, 2014. CAMELOT is part of the Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series. “Tom of Warwick” is a young boy destined to be a Knight. He wants to fight for what is right and gives Arthur hope for the future.

Ideally, Tom should be in good physical shape, appear to be between the ages of 8 and 13 and under 5’ tall.
Tom is an acting role with no singing required.
The actor should be able to memorize approximately 10-15 lines and take simple stage direction quickly.
 The actor must be able to attend rehearsal and wardrobe fittings on Tuesday, December 9, and will need a chaperone over 18 years of age to accompany him at all times.

WHAT TO SUBMIT: Actor must submit a headshot, 50 word bio, and an audition video file by Friday, October 17 at 3 PM to Caitlyn DiPompo at

WHAT TO PREPARE: Actor must prepare to read the “Tom of Warwick/King Arthur” scene (end of Act 2).

Please visit for additional information.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rhode Island PBS 2014 Benefit Auction Opens October 6

Rhode Island PBS proudly announces our 2014 Benefit Auction, offering four specialty items chosen with you in mind. Bid with confidence, knowing your winning bid supports the shows you love to watch on Rhode Island PBS.

The Rhode Island PBS 2014 Benefit Auction features the 2015 Toyota Prius Two, generously donated by your New England Toyota Dealer. The Toyota Prius Two hybrid delivers five-passenger comfort, safety, and legendary fuel efficiency. offers a clever and attractive way to hide your wall-mounted flat screen TV when it's not in use - transform it into a mirror or painting. Several design and decorating styles are available.

Hide your TV screen behind the specially designed beam-splitting reflective glass. Turn your TV off and it is beautifully concealed by mirrored glass; turn your TV on and the glass reveals the crystal clear image on the screen behind it.

Custom frame options are available, or go frameless and opt for a bathroom TV mirror. This item comes to the winning bidder in the form of a gift certificate valued at $1,500.

Famous for their breakfasts, The Welch House Inn in Boothbay Harbor Maine offers spectacular views in any season. Savor the bounty during your two-night stay at The Welch House Inn, a 19th century Maine B and B overlooking Boothbay Harbor in mid-coast Maine.

Watch the boats sail by as you enjoy a full gourmet breakfast from the spacious deck or the glass front dining room. Walk to the best restaurants, galleries, and excursions that Boothbay Harbor offers, then enjoy an amazing sunset from the rooftop deck of this century old shipbuilder’s home. 

All 14 guestrooms have private baths, A/C, and TV/VCR. King, Queen, or Double Beds available with spectacular harbor views and gas fireplaces. Open year round. The stay at The Welch House Inn is valued at $455.

Enjoy the beauty of Jamaica's world-famous seven mile beach in Negril - voted one of the top beaches in the world - during your four-day three-night stay in Garden Room accommodations at the quaint beachfront villa resort, Rondel Village.

This unique property offers privacy and tranquility in spacious accommodations, amid lush tropical gardens. It's an enchanting paradise where service is personalized and the surroundings are comfortable and relaxing. Rondel Village is a beautiful resort with beachside pool and new spa.

Rondel Village is a winner of the Travelife Silver Award for sustainability in 2013, the Tourism Service Excellence Award in 2011 from the Negril Champion Organization and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association Winner, Small Hotels Award in 2008. Also a national winner for the NCB Women in Business Award in 2011. This item has a value of $350.

The Rhode Island PBS Benefit Auction is online only at in October. Experience the benefit! Bidding opens Monday, October 6.

A Lively Experiment, week of September 19, 2014

Dyana Koelsch – moderator
Ian Donnis - political reporter, RIPR
Pablo Rodriguez - Latino Public Radio
Phil West - former director of Common Cause
Ted Nesi - political and economics reporter, WPRI

  • Campaign 2014: Examining the Races for Governor and Providence Mayor  
  • WPRI Poll and Recent Endorsements in the Providence Mayoral Race
  • Referendum Question #3: Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the Constitution? 
A Lively Experiment airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (36.1) Fridays at 8:30 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 7 P.M. on WSBE Learn (36.2), and Sundays at noon on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable: Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD; on satellite: DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36 / 7776.

WSBE Learn transmits over the air on digital 36.2; in Rhode Island on Cox 808; Verizon FiOS 478; Full Channel 89; and in Massachusetts on Comcast 294 or 312.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Raise the Curtain: Moving Through Darkness on Rhode Island PBS

One in seven new mothers will experience postpartum depression within a year of giving birth. Raise the Curtain: Moving Through Darkness is a new documentary film that seeks to demystify this most common complication of childbirth. Rhode Island PBS airs Raise the Curtain: Moving Through Darkness on Thursday, October 2 at 8 p.m. During the broadcast, an off-camera referral help line will be staffed by trained volunteers and staff from Families First Rhode Island and the Moms for Moms program.

“Raise the Curtain sheds light in a moving and creative way on a problem that afflicts a staggering number of women who suffer in silence with this misunderstood disorder,” said David W. Piccerelli, president of WSBE Rhode Island PBS. “We’re pleased to air this film, and to open up our studio to make Families First’s help available to our viewers. This is an example of our commitment to air more local programming that is relevant to our audience, and to work with the community to spark conversations and bring attention to important issues such as mental health and wellness.”

Produced by Rhode Island filmmaker Soren Sorensen, Raise the Curtain: Moving Through Darkness features compelling stories of Rhode Island families who have experienced postpartum depression firsthand. The film juxtaposes these heartfelt dialogues with original choreography by obstetrician gynecologist Colleen Cavanaugh, MD, and performed by Part of the Oath. The expressive ballet movements eloquently portray a woman’s internal struggle with the disorder and triumphs over postpartum depression, with a goal to raise awareness and decrease the stigma related to this misunderstood mood disorder.

“The symptoms and stigma related to postpartum depression are, I think, largely unknown to most of us,” said filmmaker Soren Sorensen. “Like many devastating life experiences, postpartum depression is essentially ignored until families are ambushed by it. Postpartum depression, while very treatable, carries with it shame and isolation capable of rendering new mothers unwilling or unable to ask for help, and during a time they expected to be filled with rapturous joy.”

Families First Rhode Island works to end that shame and isolation by promoting the secure and nurturing parent-child relationships that are the foundation of every child’s overall well-being and future success. Families First conducts Moms For Moms, a program to help mothers who are pregnant or recently had a baby. Jamie Puleo, executive director of Families First Rhode Island, observed that some of these mothers could be at risk for or may be suffering from postpartum depression.

“Our Moms for Moms program offers peer mentoring, support, and friendship through weekly visits from well-trained volunteers or ‘Mentor Moms,’” she said. Ms. Puleo explained that volunteers are given extensive training and supervision in supporting women dealing with pregnancy and postpartum adjustment issues, including maternal depression.

 “As you will see, Raise the Curtain: Moving Through Darkness follows the story of four mothers in our program.  We hope that hearing their stories will encourage women to feel comfortable seeking help, whether they are depressed or feeling isolated or anxious with the changes that can occur when a new child is brought into the family,” Ms. Puleo said.

“The fact that Families First RI can offer mentorship and support to these mothers and so many more, at no cost, is astonishing,” said Mr. Sorensen. “This project is a unique collaboration that, as I near the end of the editing process, continues to challenge and educate me. I hope it does the same for audiences."

“We are grateful for Rhode Island PBS to not only share this film with their community but to also allow us to be a part of the evening by providing us an opportunity to be available to the viewers with a live call in component,” Ms. Puleo said. Our hope is that we will be able to reach more mothers and families with support and a sense of community when they may need it most.”

Trained volunteers, board members and staff from Families First Rhode Island will be in the Rhode Island PBS studios to staff an off-camera phone bank during the October 2 broadcast. New moms and loved ones who may have questions are invited to call during the film for referral and support. Women interested in becoming volunteers are also invited to call.