What do you get when you put 24 children, ages 6-14, in a big room in Hancock, NH together with a top-notch pianist and a renowned children's conductor? The irrepressible, irresistible, surprisingly excellent Norway Pond Junior Minstrels, fondly known as the Junior Mints! These kids pull off some amazing feats, under the visionary tutelage of their conductor, Jody Hill Simpson, founder and artistic director emerita of the acclaimed Boston-based PALS Children's Chorus, and assisted by one of the region's top pianists, Mary Ann Fleming. Their wide age-range makes them unique among children's choruses, bringing satisfying and surprising depth to their performances.
They meet for two sessions during the school year, each which culminates in a concert. In December, the Junior Minstrels perform for the Hancock Family Christmas Concert. In the spring, they reconvene and put on a musical production; the past three years' offerings have included Honk, Wizard of Oz and 1776. The singing skills learned during the fall session are brought to bear, and these shows have awed the audience, many of whom are not even related to the kids. People come because the shows have become legendary must-sees in the region!