Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 20, 2014

Out & About: 'Snow White' dances into Rogers Center

The Andover Townsman

---- — Six young dancers from Andover are joining New England Civic Ballet as it becomes the first company in the area to perform “Snow White,” the newest of all the fairy-tale ballets, this weekend at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

The production was specifically created for ballerina Tamara Rojo in 2007 and is a fresh production with new costumes, scenery and choreography.

Open auditions were held in January and the resulting cast includes dancers from multiple studios in the region. The Andover dancers are Emily Bartner, Maia Blake, Julia Jennings, Jessica Laio, Arianna Venero-Rodriguez and Elaina Ventre. Directors for the nonprofit company are Phyllis George and Roshni Pecora.

Performances are Saturday, March 22, at 1 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 23, at 1 p.m. The characters will visit with the audience for autographs and photos following the 1 p.m. show on Saturday. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and children. For more, visit or call the studio at 978-975-0289.

A jazzy Day for Night at Unitarian church

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover will host a jazz concert featuring the noted combo Day for Night on Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in its coffeehouse at 6 Locke St.

Performers include Andover residents John Finbury on keyboard and vocalist Patty Brayden, with Kevin Mara on drums, George Hicks on guitar, Valerie Walton on reeds and Dave Hickernell on bass. The group has performed several times in Andover as well as at numerous venues on the North Shore.

A suggested donation of $10 is requested at the door. Beverages, snacks and desserts will be available.

Ice Cream Social to benefit Ritzer fund

Putnam Pantry Candies on Route 1 north in Danvers is hosting a Colleen Ritzer Memorial Ice Cream Social Benefit on Saturday, March 29, from noon to 4 p.m.

Half of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of the Danvers High School teacher from Andover murdered last fall.

In addition to the Ice Cream Social, proceeds from the Putnam Pantry “Danvers Strong” chocolate coins will also be donated to the scholarship fund established to benefit Andover and Danvers high school seniors who demonstrate a passion for teaching, academic excellence and love of family.


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A dog’s world at Essex Art Center

Essex Art Center at 56 Island St. in Lawrence has gone to the dogs this spring with an exhibit of canine portraits.

The show featuring work by Anna Dibble, Nancy Diessner, Sandy Flanagan, Damon Lehrer and Samuel Price runs through April 17. For more information, call 978-685-2343 or visit


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