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Page 8 " POST-GAZE'FrE,' NOVEMBER 11,2011 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Boston Children's Theatre's Production of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT The Classic Holiday Story Returns for a 3 Smash Season Boston Children's Theatre (BCT) is proud to announce the return of the beloved children's classic THE VELVE- TEEN RABBIT. Back by popular demand for a third smash season, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is a captivating and entertaining story about the strength and power of a young boy's imagination and love. Adapted by BCT Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT features original puppets designed by Marjorie Tudor of the Tasha Tudor Family com- bined with live actors to create a magical experience for people of all ages. "The response to this production has been overwhelming," reveals Clark. "Children are particularly enthralled by the puppets interacting with the young actors on stage. It's a wonderful experience for parents, grand- parents and children to share with each other. For many families, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT has become a holiday tradition." Based on the enchanting novel by Margaret Williams about a boy and his stuffed rabbit's quest to be real, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT features I0 young actors from 9 area communities. The cast includes Andover resident Teresa Dell'Anno; Boston resident Rosie Cerulli; Brighton resi- dent Morgan Bissett-Tessier; Hull resident Charles Clinton; NewburFport resident Colin Budzyna; Newton resident Alex Levy; North Reading resident William Goldstein; Quincy residents Ellis Hampton and Niamh O'Connor; and Roslindale resident Teresa Lawlor. THE VELVETEEN RABBIT will be performed at the Roberts Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA on Saturdays and Sundays December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. All performances are at 2 pm. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the BCT website at or calling the BCT Box Office at 617-424-6634, x222. School groups can also reserve tickets for weekday performances by contacting the BCT Box Office. ABOUT BOSTON CHILDREN'S THEATRE For 60 years, Boston Children's Theatre has served as one of the regions premier not-for-profit theaters. Our mission is to provide live theatre opportunities dedicated to fostering the educational and artistic development of chil- dren throughout the greater Boston area. The programs at Boston Children's Theatre provide a unique chance for self- discovery and individual expression in a supportive, and productive environment. At BCT, talented and motivated students gather from across traditional boundaries and nationalities to learn about themselves, each other and the world as they create some of the finest theatrical pro- ductions in New England. Giovanni Itali00 Teddg 00ar, Press his furry paw, and in Italian he greets you, inviting you to re- spond. Join him when he counts to ten, and when he sings, "Giro, Giro, Tondo" and "La Bella Lavanderina." Listen while Giovanni teaches you "Good Night" and "Good Bye" with the promise of seeing you again. Giovanni speaks only Italian and comes with a translation guide. Giovanni's sweater bears the Italian colors and on the bottom of his left foot, a miniature Italian flag. This cuddly 15' bear is a must for... $34.95 + S&H Order Giovanni and other Italian children's products online at 310-427-2700 call for a free catalog! Guido Arezzo Inventor of Do, Re, Mi, ,ca, Sol, La, Ti by James DiPrima We have probably all seen the movie "The Sound of Music" starring Julie Andrews, and recall her singing the song, "do, a deer a female deer, re a ray of golden light," etc. That tune was used to teach the chil- dren in her charge, as a nanny, the notes associated with music. I am sure we can also recall learning and singing these notes while attending school 'and learn- ing the notes to be able to sing songs in class. Maybe you were learning to play the piano and had to learn these notes. Well if you lived around the year 1025 AD you would have been taught a different method of singing notes. For in those days these notes did not exist. Singers had to memorize the song and re- member when to sing higher or lower or for how long to hold a note. It was very diffi- cult to teach a new singer this method and as a result the same song was chanted in a different way. How did this all change? Guido Arezzo was a Ben- edictine monk, was born in France in 995 and who in 1025 traveled to Arezzo, Italy, located about 80 km south- east of Florence, and labored for Bishop Theobold (believed to have been an abbot at Monte Cassino) and probably remained there until his death in 1050. When he ar- rived in Arezzo he had devel- oped a new form of "music notation" this notation was to "replace letters with notes and wrote them on four par- allel lines. He "added one red line and one yellow line to the already customary two- line staff." He also intro- duced a system called sol- emnization which uses a set Guido Arezzo a Benedictine Monk. of syllables to denote the tones of a musical scale or sol fa syllables do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, used in singing the scale of notes. These syl- lables became the names for the six tones C, D, E, F, G, and A, the hexachord. From a hymn to St. John the Bap- tist Guido "derived the six syllables ut, re, mi, fa, sol, and la from the first syllables of each of the first six phrases of the text." Ut queant laxts, Resonare fibris, M.__ira gestorum, Famuli tuorum, So llve polluti, Labii reatum, Sancte Joannes! Later the octave scale re- placed the hexachord and the additional syllables, s/ or ti were added. Other coun- tries have stopped using the syllable "ut" and have re- placed it with "do", but French singers continue to use it. He also devised a method to teach others the musical notes by writing on his hand at different locations on the fingers; each finger desig- nated a different note to aid in understanding the musi- cal notes. This method was to become known as The GUIDONIAN HAND. By this method Guido was able to teach the singers the notes. This method of teaching notes led to Guido demon- strating it to Pope John XIX.  ! ,ti e 1 The Guidonian Hand Although Guido was not a composer of music he did however contribute to teach- ing early composers the abil- ity to put to paper their mu- sical notes to be played and sung so that their original composition could be played as they intended every time. Today as we all hear, read and play music I am sure no though or thanks is given, to Guido Arezzo, a Benedictine monk, Inventor of the musical notes, DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, TI, and we come back to DO. Thanks Guido. Pressley, Arroyo Surprise and the new. Twenty-eight years later what started in 1983 ended up with Ayanna Pressley easily topping the ticket. While many old time politi- cal folks are upset with the results, many others simply understand the results as the evolution of Boston poli- tics into the 21 st century. What happened in 2011 is akin to what happened back in the early 20 th cen- tury when the Irish and Irish immigrant population took over Boston politics from the Brahmins who had ruled as Proper Bostonians Boston became a city in the early 19. th century. It is a new day for Boston PRAYER IN HONOR OF ST. LUCY O God, our Creator and redeemer, mercifully hear our prayers that as we venerate Thy servant, Saint Lucy, for the,light of faith thou didst bestow upon her, Thou wouldst vouchsafe to increase and to preserve this same light in our souls, that we may be able to avoid evil, to do good and to abhor nothing so much as the Blindness and the darkness of evil and of sin. Relying on Thy goodness, O God, we humbly ask Thee, by the intersession of Thy servant, Saint Lucy that Thou wouldst give perfect vision to our eyes, that they may serve for Thy greater honor and glory, and for the salvation of our souls in this world, that we may come to the enjoyment of the unfailing light of the Lamb of God in paradise. Saint Lucy, Virgin and martyr, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions. PG-SrAI Ticket Toppers (Continued from Page 1) politics. Turnouts increased in many wards and as more people voted, it was reflected at the end of the day when the votes were counted. In the District 3 race for city councilor in Dorchester, Frank Baker won 56% of the vote to John O'Toole's 44%t mark. A sizable victory for Baker. Back in South Boston and District 2, Councilor Bill Linehan barely held off Suzanne Lee from China- town. Linehan won by 86 votes. The results were Linehan winning 50.23% of the vote to Lee's 49.73%. A recount may happen in this district race. All in all, it is definitely a new day for politics in Boston, We have seen the future and it is here to stay. Lic #017936 an00cal Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs @ The POST-GAZE-I-I-E newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZEI-IEI please call (617) 227,8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZE RE, P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices