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August 8, 2013

The Lookout: Three local teens star in ‘Hair’ at Governor’s Academy

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — The Tony Award-winning musical “Hair” is coming to The Governor’s Academy in Byfield this weekend.

Featuring Colin Budzyna, 16, of Newburyport; Juliette Cacciatore, 14, of Newburyport; and Allegra Larson, 18, of West Newbury, the show will be presented by Boston Children’s Theatre tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

“Hair” is a rock musical celebrating the search for peace, truth and love in the Vietnam War era and includes the songs “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In” and “Good Morning Starshine.”

The show features a cast of 30 teens between the ages of 14 and 19. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20 and $15 for adults and $15 and $10 for students.

For tickets and more information, visit www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org or call 617-424-6634, ext. 222.

Weeklong music festival starts Saturday

The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival is kicking off a week of concerts, open rehearsals, lectures, receptions and a children’s program.

Events start Saturday with a free Kids’ Workshop with Howard Frazin at 4 p.m. at the Newburyport Public Library. That evening will feature Amy Yang and Qing Jiang in a four-hands piano concert at 7:30 p.m. at The Carriage House, 203 High St., Newburyport. Admission is $30, and reservations are required.

On Sunday, Frazin and the festival artists will host a panel discussion at 4 p.m. at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water St., Newburyport.

On Tuesday, a free Outdoor Family Concert at 7 p.m. in Newburyport’s Patrick Tracy Square will feature the festival musicians performing selections from the other shows.

Works by Bach, Haydn and Bartok will be highlighted in a concert and reception on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Amesbury. Admission is $30. The same concert will also be presented Saturday, Aug. 17, at St. Paul Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, and Sunday, Aug. 18, at St. John Episcopal Church, 101 Chapel St., Portsmouth, N.H.

The Zach Field Drum Studios Advanced Steel Drum Band and the Plum Island Pans will be featured in a show on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 7:15 p.m. at St. Paul Church. Admission is $30. The concert will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a lecture by composer-in-residence Robert Maggio, who will premiere a new piece during the concert.

The public is also invited to attend open rehearsals on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Newburyport library and Thursday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Paul Church.

Concert tickets can be purchased at The Book Rack, 52 State St., Newburyport; online at newburyportchambermusic.org; or by calling 978-463-9776.

Cruise to raise money for marine conservation

A Tropical Sunset Cruise on Tuesday night will benefit marine life.

Held aboard the Captain’s Lady III and departing from the Newburyport boardwalk at 7 p.m., the cruise will feature dance music, light snacks, a cash bar and a raffle.

All proceeds will go to Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation’s research, conservation and education programs. The society is a nonprofit headquartered in Portsmouth, N.H.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. To purchase, visit www.blueoceansociety.org or call 603-431-0260.

Movement and reading combine at library show

Local ballerinas will take center stage when author David Ira Rottenberg presents his book at the Newburyport Public Library on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Dancers from the North Shore Performing Arts Center in Ipswich will perform as Rottenberg reads “Gwendolyn Goes Hollywood,” the sequel to “Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig.”

After the performance, children can take a mini movement lesson and Rottenberg will sign copies of the book. Admission is free.

The library is located at 94 State St. For more information, call 978-465-4428.

Old house showcased in Firehouse exhibit

“Peggy’s House,” an exhibit by photographer Robert Loren Lerch, is on view through Aug. 28 in the art gallery at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

The exhibit presents the life of an old house through vignettes of interior details, images that convey a sense of time and of many lifetimes.

An artist’s reception is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Firehouse is located in Market Square, Newburyport. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 978-500-5805.

A celebration of Whittier’s poetry

Poems by John Greenleaf Whittier will be read Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Whittier Home Museum in Amesbury.

Rhina P. Espaillat will read “First Day Thoughts” and “Trust,” Chris Bryant will read “A Summer Pilgrimage,” Bill Plante will read “The Hunting of Men” and Skye Wentworth will read “The Captain’s Well.”

Cynthia Costello, president of the Whittier Home, will sing one of Whittier’s hymns, and Walter Howard will read two original poems and sing a Whittier selection.

Harris Gardner, founder of the poetry organization Tapestry of Voices, will read a portion of “Hampton Beach” and one original poem; Lainie Senchal will read “Tents on the Beach” and two of her own poems; and Joanna Nealon will read a portion from “Summer by the Lakeside” and two of her own poems.

Following the readings, light refreshments will be served during an informal reception.

Presented by the Whittier Home and Tapestry of Voices, the 15th annual readings will take place in the Victorian garden at 86 Friend St. Admission is free. For more information, call 617-306-9484 or 978-388-1337.

Nature, art and history at Maudslay State Park

Maudslay State Park has a number of free programs planned for children and adults this month.

Kidleidoscope, scheduled for tomorrow, Aug. 16 and Aug. 30 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., offers a story, activity and craft for children ages 3-6. The topic varies each week, and kids will spend a portion of the hour outside.

Arts in Parks, taking place the next four Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, will incorporate natural materials into a piece of art that will be reclaimed by nature. It is appropriate for children ages 8-13, who should wear outdoor clothing and expect to get dirty.

Visitors from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 25 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 can take a one-mile stroll while learning about “The Mighty Merrimack.” The river is one big reason why the Moseleys chose this location for their estate.

On Aug. 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Evening Stroll is a moderately paced walk that will take participants on different paths in the park.

The history behind Maudslay’s three stone bridges will be explored in a one-mile walk on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Maudslay State Park is located on Curzon Mill Road in Newburyport. There is a $2 parking fee for most programs, and children must be accompanied by adults. For more information, call 978-465-7223.

Tannery studios show off their talents

A summer series celebrating the performing arts continues tonight at The Tannery Marketplace in Newburyport.

“Tannery Performs” will feature dance, acting and music performances from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Tannery event tent, 50 Water St.

The evening will start and end with the Zach Fields Drum Studios Steel Drum Band. In between, The Actors Studio will present a scene from Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” The Musical Suites will feature music by classical guitarist John Tavano and jazz group The Floating Sax Ensemble, and Exit Dance Theater will perform.

The next “Tannery Performs” night is Sept. 2.

Yo-yo and puppetfun at the Y

The YWCA’s Summer Fun Series continues Saturday with the Children’s Center Open House, featuring The YoYo Show.

Husband-and-wife duo John Higby and Rebecca Loomis Higby hold three Guinness World Records and have appeared on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”

The open house kicks off at 10 a.m., with the yo-yo show starting at 11, and also features a kids yoga class and face-painting.

On Tuesday, The Toe Jam Puppet Band will perform at 11 a.m. Audiences will be invited to sing and dance along to original songs and participate in storytelling.

Tickets to either event are $5 per family. To purchase or for more information, call 978-465-YWCA, ext. 2, or email lhendricks@ywcanewburyport.org.

The Children’s Center is located at 131/2 Pond St., Newburyport.

Tea time at the Whittier Home

Step back in time and enjoy an Old Fashioned Tea Party in the Victorian Garden at the Whittier Home Museum on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Hot and cold tea, lemonade, tea sandwiches and pastries will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. Tours of the home will be offered, and light classical music will be played.

The cost is $20 per person, and reservations must be made by Monday. Call 978-388-1337 or visit whittierhome.org.

The Whittier Home Museum is located at 86 Friend St., Amesbury.

Veteran actor to teach cold reading workshop

A former “Days of Our Lives” star is teaching an upcoming seminar at The Actors Studio in Newburyport.

Steve Blackwood, who played Bart on the soap opera and appears in the movies “Machine Gun Preacher” and “Cedar Rapids,” will present “Cold Reading Technique” on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Blackwood, who is moving to Newburyport next month, is the author of “The Steve Blackwood Sessions,” a handbook for actors.

He will show participants how to trust their instincts and other techniques. Actors will receive scenes in class and have just a few minutes to look at them before doing cold readings.

To register for the class, which costs $65, call 978-465-1229 or email marc@newburyportacting.org.

New exhibit at NAA

Eight Cubed, a new exhibition, opens today at the Newburyport Art Association. Curated by Bonita LeFlore, the show’s title reflects the canvas dimensions and the month in which the show falls ­— August is the eighth month of the year.

“The group had no sense of how the concept would be received and have been delighted by the membership’s response — canvases were made available in May to give artists plenty of time to complete their work,” according to Newburyport Art Association members. “In a matter of days, the canvases were gone. The concept has created a real buzz around the NAA, with all community members excited to view the results.” The exhibit will remain up through Sept. 1. An opening reception is set for Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Maudslay Arts Center concerts continues

The Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series continues with the Don Campbell Band at 7 p.m. on Saturday and the Hal McIntyre Orchestra at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Don Campbell Band, national grand prize winner at the Grand Ole Opry’s Country Showdown, has participated in the Country Music Association Music Fest in Nashville for the past seven years.

The world-famous Hal McIntyre Orchestra is presenting a “Big Band Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” featuring Steve Marvin.

Future shows include Rebecca Parris on Aug. 17, Liz Frame and the Kickers on Aug. 18, New Black Eagle Jazz Band on Aug. 24, and The ’60s Invasion on Aug. 25.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic dinners. Desserts and beverages will be available to purchase during intermission.

Tickets for Saturday concerts are $25 for patio seating, which includes tables and chairs, and $20 for lawn seating (bring your own chairs and blankets). Sunday concerts cost $12 general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free to all shows.

To buy tickets online or for more information, visit www.maudslayartscenter.org. Tickets are also available at 978-499-0050 and at the gate.

Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. In the case of rain, concerts will move inside to the MAC Concert Barn.

Free concerts in Georgetown this summer

The Georgetown Summer Concert Series continues on Sunday with a performance by Neil Young tribute band Rust Never Sleeps.

Girls Guns and Glory will wrap up the series on Aug. 18 with roots, country and Americana music.

Both concerts are free and run from 5 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Park, Rear Prospect Street. For more information, visit www.gtownculture.org.

Workshop to help aspiring photographers

Dragonfly Photography is offering a workshop for all ages on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Designed for beginners, the class can be tailored to more experienced photographers and will help participants develop and use their skills.

The cost is $79 for both nights. To reserve a spot, call 978-857-6730 or email dragonflyshots1@gmail.com.

The workshop will be held at 31 Green St., Newburyport.

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Brian Dolzani tomorrow and Old Saw on Saturday.

Dolzani is a singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist whose songs are introspective and personal.

Old Saw is the duo of Nickie and Charlie Farr, who provide a blend of blues, jazz and Americana.

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport restaurant.

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