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January 17, 2013

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Thornton to speak at Emma Andrews Library

Author Evelyn Thornton will read aloud from and discuss her book, “To Walk with My Brother,” a memoir detailing her special relationship with her younger brother, Wayne, at the Emma Andrews Library in Newburyport tonight.

In 1953, 6-year-old Wayne became a paraplegic — and, in an era long before the Americans with Disabilities Act, — “an involuntary but willing pioneer in changing our expectations and perceptions of the physically disabled.”

Thornton, who lives in Hampton, N.H., wrote the book as a tribute to her late brother — who led a full and active life, graduating from college and pursuing a career as an accountant — while also highlighting the supportive spirit of a small town community.

The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The program is free to attend, but registration is suggested. The library is located at 77 Purchase St., Newburyport.

Auditions for ‘The Music Man Jr.’ today, Saturday

TTS Players will hold open auditions for “The Music Man, Jr.” today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., and on Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Auditions are open to all area youth ages 8 to 18.

Directed by Jack Neary, the “adaption of the hit Broadway musical follows traveling salesman “Professor” Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a kids’ band, despite the fact he doesn‘t know a trombone from a treble clef. But his plans to skip town with the cash may be foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian.”

For the audition, actors and actresses will be asked to read from the script as well as some singing.

Visit tts-players.com or contact Mike Fay at 978-476-6053 or e-mail ttsplayers@gmail.com for more information.

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