On Nov. 27, Britain’s Prince Harry “cut the ribbon” on a new 250-seat theater, joining a school on the recently acquired property of Circus Zambia, a professional ensemble of former street kids helping today’s street kids. Behind it all is a Vermont theater professional and generous folks from Vermont and New Hampshire’s Upper Valley.

“There’s an expression of ‘lightning in a bottle,’” Brooke Ciardelli explained recently over lunch. “You can’t ever ask for it, and it doesn’t stay forever, but when you’ve got it, you’ve got to hang on and go as far as you can on that combustible energy. They totally caught lightning in a bottle.”

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