Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 8, 2013

Out & About

McCarthys at keys for Piano Playing Auditions

Andover siblings Max and Marisa McCarthy demonstrated their piano-playing abilities recently at National Piano Playing Auditions. They performed a program of memorized musical selections from baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary composers. They were also required to pass a musicianship test demonstrating their knowledge of scales, cadences, arpeggios and ear training.

Estrida Eklof of Kensington, Conn., was the adjudicator for the event. For more information about the National Piano Playing Auditions, call 781-944-2017.

‘Alice in Wonderland Jr.’ auditions on tap

Andover Youth Services’ TheatreWorks program will be holding auditions for Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” later this month. Children entering grades three through eight are invited to try out Sunday, Aug. 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and Monday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the AYS building, 37 Pearson St., Andover.

Children are asked to prepare 16 measures of a musical theater song that best suits their voice and provide the sheet music for the selection or sing “My Country, `Tis of Thee.” A monologue or poem of one minute or less in length is also required.

The show is being directed and choreographed by Amy Wilkins Blanchette, with music direction by Carter Letsky.

Rehearsals will be Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 and possibly Sunday nights for lead performers. The show dates are Nov. 8 through 10.

For an audition time slot preference and any questions, email Amy at For additional information and program fee requirements, visit

Siblings shine in ‘Dreamcoat’

Look for the Hall siblings from Andover in the cast of Ogunquit Playhouse’s summer production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” starring “American Idol” star Clay Aiken at the Maine theater.

The Halls — Katherine, 14; Caroline, 12, and Joseph, 10 — say they are all thrilled to work with the talented Aiken.

Joseph Hall will be ending his run with “Dreamcoat” on Sunday, Aug. 11, to play Boy in “Cat in the Hat,” which is part of Ogunquit Playhouse’s Theater for Young Audiences. “Cat in the Hat” is on stage Aug. 24 and 25.

For more on both productions and the playhouse, visit


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