Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 27, 2013

Out & About

‘Superstar’ buzz comes to South Church

Andover talent will figure prominently when Voices of Hope brings “Jesus Christ Superstar” to the stage this weekend.

Two Andover teachers and a local actress are involved in the production set for Saturday night at 7 at South Church in Andover.

Mark Mercer, who is the Andover High School show choir director and choreographer and the middle school choir director, serves as the music director for “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Well-known teacher and middle school drama director Beth Kennedy, meanwhile, is helping out with the choreography.

Kennedy has been involved with Voices of Hope since its inception and has donated many hours to helping the nonprofit, volunteer group raise funds and raise awareness for cancer research, says Greg Chastain of Winchester, the organization’s president and founder of the organization.

The show will also spotlight the theatrical work of Andover’s April Baldwin Foley, who plays Mary.

Voices of Hope is comprised of more than 100 individuals from Greater Boston, including many from the Andover area. The lives of each of the group’s performers have been directly affected by cancer in some way and they dedicate themselves to the general public about the cancer experience

Saturday’s show is an encore to a sold-out performance last month at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly.

Tickets are $30. Proceeds will benefit the Henri & Belinda Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center. For more, visit

Photo show marries Zen with yoga

Andover photographer and yoga instructor Susan Currie highlights fields of contemplation in her new show opening tomorrow, Friday, June 28 at Touch Gallery in Cambridge.

Currie’s “The Garden of the Heart of Heaven” includes a mix of composite images printed on metal. The pieces were inspired by The Tenshin-En, or Garden of the Heart of Heaven, located on the grounds of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

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