Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 21, 2013

Town Talk


The Andover Townsman

---- — Summer Theatre off to Neverland

Sorry, Belle. The managers of the Summer Theatre Ensemble - a local summer camp for young thespians - just couldn’t secure the rights to a junior production of your famous “Beauty and the Beast” story as planned. So, Peter Pan has replaced you.

The boy who can fly will indeed fly at the STE’s summer production at the Collins Center. Auditions are next week for kids in grades six to 12.

“We have a professional flying company coming in to train us,” said Manager Ellie Seavey of Andover. “It’s going to be a great family-friendly show.”

Auditions for Peter Pan are Monday, March 25 and Thursday, March 28 after school at the Collins Center at Andover High on Shawsheen Road. Call Seavey at 978-475-3319 to book an audition time.

STE is in its 15th year.

— Judy Wakefield

Buy your groceries, AND support TIP March 27

Shopping at Whole Foods on Railroad Street this coming Wednesday, March 27 will do more than stock your pantry: it will also help families facing life-changing emergencies.

Five percent of all sales at the supermarket on that day will benefit Trauma Intervention Program of Merrimack Valley, an Andover-based, volunteer-driven program that sends people to emergencies so that they can provide emotional support to those who need it most.

“We need to add to our core. We need to increase our volunteer team, and we’ll be holding a volunteer training academy this June,” TIP founder Jayan Landry said. “It is costly to train volunteers, and this donation will help offset some of the costs of the civilian training academy.”

While the supermarket regularly offers a portion of its sales revenue to area non-profits, including the Andover Youth Foundation later this year, March 27’s event will be the first of its kind for TIP, according to Landry.

“We’re hoping to be one of the record-breaking non-profit charities that receives a sizable donation,” she said. “We’re very excited about the opportunity.”

— Dustin Luca

Into the red for the white stuff

Tuesday’s long snowstorm was expected to put the town’s snow-removal budget into the red.

According to Selectman Alex Vispoli the town had spent most but not all of its snow-removal budget prior to the arrival of this latest storm.

Bring the foxtrot to your dance floor

Have a wedding or formal occasion on the horizon? You can learn to ballroom dance in town, with classes starting the week of April 8, says Tom Webster.

Ballroom dance instruction is available to anyone through the Andover Department of Community Services program. Lessons are given for both beginner and experienced students. If interested, call Andover DCS at 978-623-8274 to enroll.

Tempest in a music hall

Andover native Anita Brown’s “Disarming The Tempest” for symphony orchestra,will be one of five new works read by The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert-like run-through next month. The event is free and open to the public on April 24, at 7 p.m. under the baton of Matthew Kraemer, at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, N.Y.

Brown is one of seventeen composers selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, to participate in the 2013 EarShot New Music Readings Workshop, the second leg of the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, sponsored by American Composers Orchestra,Columbia University, Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA and a number of charitable foundations. The mission of this workshop is “to give open-minded jazz composers the opportunity to write for symphony orchestra in hopes of broadening the symphonic repertoire,” according to a release from Brown.