Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 13, 2014

Out & About

The Andover Townsman

---- — A musical ‘Journey’ back for Andover Community Theater

ACT (Andover Community Theater) is at it again, hosting a weekend of dinner cabaret shows filled with highlights from the community theater’s first five years on stage next weekend at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover.

Dubbed “The Journey So Far,” the shows will be a walk down ACT’s musical memory lane with a reprisal of favorite scenes, songs and dances in salute of the company’s success to date.

“It’s a celebration of our first five years. It’s going to be a very exciting night featuring many local Andover residents, including families from town,” Cara Kennedy of ACT wrote in an email. “... It will not just be music and dance, but also personal testimonies from the cast members about what ACT has meant to them.”

There will be songs from all of ACT’s past shows, including ACT Kids and ACT Jr. productions. The program will include a three-course meal in between two acts of performances and a small auction and raffle.

“This show is amazing because it features cast members from all ages, levels and time with ACT. We have people who have been with us from the very beginning and others for whom ‘Journey’ marks their first show with us,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy said it’s an especially exciting time for ACT, as the group will soon move into a new space at Osgood Landing on Route 125 in North Andover that will house a 200- to 250-seat theater. In addition, audition dates are being finalized for ACT’s spring production of “Sound of Music,” and summer programs for teens and kids are being planned.

The cabaret will be staged both Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults, $36 for children; reservations are required by Wednesday, March 19, at

— Judy Wakefield, staff writer

Violinist returns to perform for MV Philharmonic concert

The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra features native artist Joshua Peckins, originally from Boxford, who has returned after living several years in Vienna, in a concert on Sunday, March 16, at 2:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St.. North Andover.

Peckins will be performing the Brahms Violin Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 77. This season, Peckins will also be presenting solo recitals in Boston and on the North Shore. He was selected as the inaugural “Emerging Artist” for the professional mentorship program at Music at Eden’s Edge.

The well-known Dvorak Symphony 9 in E Minor, Op.95 (From the New World) will also be included in this orchestral performance, under the direction of George Monseur.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, $5 for children ages 4 to 12, and will be sold at the door. Visit or for reservations or information.