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March 27, 2014

Haverhill High presents 'Fiddler on the Roof'


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Haverhill High School’s chorus and drama club will present the popular Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”

A musical set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, the story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives.

Tevye must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters — each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith — and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theater run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. The show held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run.

“Fiddler on the Roof’’ remains Broadway’s 16th longest-running show in history. The production was nominated for 10 Awards, winning nine, including best musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It spawned four Broadway revivals, a successful 1971 film adaptation, and the show has enjoyed enduring international popularity.

IF YOU GO

When: April 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. and April 5 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Where: Haverhill High School auditorium, 137 Monument St.

Tickets: $8 general admission at the door, $5 for senior citizens and students

Here are other activities and events in the Haverhill area:

School plans fundraiser event: The Haverhill Alternative School will hold a fundraiser to support student activities on April 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Flatbread Company, 5 Market Square, Amesbury.

For every pizza purchased, $3.50 will be donated to the Haverhill Alternative School. The event will also include a 50/50 raffle. More information is available from John DePolo at 978-374-3482.

Library offers beginner Internet classes: The public library is offering free beginner Internet classes in April.

The classes are small, with lots of individual attention and hands-on practice. Each class is two hours long. You do not have to own a computer to take these classes, but you are welcome to come with your own wireless enabled laptop. Classes require advance signup. For dates, times and to reserve a spot, please stop by the Reference and Information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. The library is taking reservations for classes in April.

Get Smart Haverhill fundraiser ongoing: Haverhill public schools and UNO Pizzeria & Grill are holding their second annual Get Smart Haverhill fundraiser through April 13.

During this period, UNO’s will donate 20 percent of your total bill directly to your chosen school. Just present a fundraiser ticket to your server. The school that raises the most money will receive a SMART Interactive Response System and applicable software valued at $4,000 and donated by CCS New England. This year’s sponsors are CCS New England, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Align Credit Union.

Align Credit Union is providing weekly incentive prizes to schools that raise the most money during the program. Prizes include a laptop, iPad and a $500 Staples gift card. A celebration party will be held at the end of April. Fundraiser tickets are available online at www.haverhill-ps.org or www.haverhillchamber.org and are valid for use in the restaurant and bar, as well as for take-out, delivery and catering. Tickets may be printed or shown to your server on your phone.

Learn about travelling to Italy: The public library will host a talk on traveling to Italy on March 27 at 7 p.m.

Learn more about traveling to Italy, including what to see, when to see it, and how to get the most for your money. This program is in the auditorium. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Craft fair at Whittier to benefit charity: The second annual craft fair at Whittier Regional High is March 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About 25 vendors will offer a variety of items including jewelry, doll clothes, blankets, lamps and aprons. Refreshments will also be sold. All profits will be donated to local charities supported by the school’s Key Club. Whittier is at 115 Amesbury Line Road.

Community discussion planned: Somebody Cares New England will host a roundtable discussion for service providers, law enforcement and area churches on March 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at 358 Washington St.

Register for free online at somebodycaresne.org or call 978-912-7626. This event is sponsored by Merrimack Valley Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and Team Coordinating Agency.

Broadway coming to Haverhill: Eight actors from Haverhill and three from Merrimac form the nucleus of a group that will present the fifth annual Spotlight Playhouse dinner theater cabaret on March 28 and 29 at The Galleria at Maria’s Restaurant, 24 Essex St.

The actors will be joined by 18 additional performers from towns as near as the Andovers and as far away as Swampscott, Wenham, and Hampstead, N.H. Directed and produced by Merrimac resident Beth Yuskaitis, the troupe will create a magical evening showcasing the best Broadway music of the last 75 years.

Doors open for a dinner buffet at 6:30 p.m. The show will start one hour later. A selection of homemade desserts will be served during intermission. Tickets for dinner and the show are $35 ($32 for people 65 and over) and are available online at www.SpotlightPlayhouse.org or by calling 978-380-8509. As a nonprofit organization run exclusively by volunteers, the group relies on ticket revenue and donations to operate.

Spotlight provides acting opportunities for both adults and young people. Upcoming events include a cast of 40 in Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man’’ at Haverhill High School in June, and a summer theater workshop for children ages 7 to 15 in July.

Noted violinist and pianist to perform at NECC: Virtuoso violinist Andrew Kohji Taylor of Brookline will join Essex Chamber Music Players pianist David Allan Pihl of Worcester in a concert of violin and piano music on March 30 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.

Chamber artistic director and flutist Michael Finegold of Andover and guest cellist Priscilla Bellairs of Newburyport, professor emerita of English at NECC, will join Taylor and Pihl for the Quantz. The music is of the Romantic and Baroque periods with a contemporary element and includes pieces by Arvo Pärt, Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt and Quantz.

The nonprofit Essex Chamber Music Players, under the artistic direction of Michael Finegold, has been in residence at NECC since 1999.

General admission tickets are $15, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Admission is free for NECC students who present a college ID.

Visit online at www.ecmp.org or contact Finegold at ECMP314@comcast.net.

Library to host talk on movie: Stop by the public library on March 31 at 7 p.m. to discuss “Captain Phillips’’ and the book on which it was based.

Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org for details and to register. On select weekday mornings in March, the library will be screening classic gangster films at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. Visit the library online for specific movie titles and dates, under calendar of events.

Learn how to communicate with your doctor: Dr. Tollman of Wingate Haverhill will lead a presentation titled “How to Speak with your Physician” on April 2 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

This presentation is free and open to the public. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Library to host musical performances: Two Old Friends will perform Irish, folk, country, blues, and ballads on April 3 at 7 p.m. in the public library’s auditorium.

The Merrimack Valley Townsmen, a barbershop chorus, will perform at the public library on April 7 at 7 p.m. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Church plans craft fair: Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., will hold its fifth annual craft fair on April 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event organizers are seeking crafters to participate. The fee is $35 for an 8-by-2 1/2-foot table, with chairs included.

All proceeds support Riverside Memorial missions fund. For more information, contact Renee Cannon at 617-455-2792 or ms.renee1969@yahoo.com. Space is limited.

Red Sox trip planned: The Council on Aging is offering a new Red Sox trip with Fox Tours to see the Red Sox play the New York Yankees at the new Yankee Stadium on April 10.

This trip includes a Statue of Liberty cruise, a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and a tour of the 9-11 Monument.

Cost is $319 per person double occupancy and $409 for single occupancy and includes one night at the Luxury Homewood Suite Hotel, one dinner, and one breakfast. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Day and overnight trips planned: Bethany Community Services is planning a variety of day and overnight trips and tours this year.

They include a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, April 5 to 13 featuring tours of Graceland, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Museum and Birthplace and more.

A Caribbean Escape Reposition Cruise from Clearwater to Boston is April 25 to May 9. A trip to the Wildwood Crest and Cape May, New Jersey Shore, is June 3 to 6. A trip to Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York City is Sept. 14 to 18. A trip to New York City with two nights on the Norwegian Gem is Nov. 7 to 9 and includes tickets to the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Show, visit to the 9-11 Memorial and a New York City tour.

Day trips include Debbie Reynolds at Mohegan Sun on April 15, Disney on Ice at the DCU Center on April 23, the Tony Pace Show at White’s of Westport on May 15, North Shore Acappella at Luciano’s at Lake Pearl on May 20, and The Temptations live in concert at Venus De Milo on June 11. More information is available from Darlene Sutton at 978-374-2165 or dsutton@bethanycommunities.org.

Community Free Market planned: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and The Vine/Urban Kindness will hold a Community Free Market on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd UMC, 471 Main St.

The event includes a free bread-and-soup lunch. This event is similar to a flea market where customers shop and are given tickets to pay for their purchases, but everything is free.

The two organizations are looking for donations of household goods and clothing to make available for free to the community. No TVs, computers or large furniture will be accepted. Items can be dropped off on April 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at 471 Main St., April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m., April 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. and April 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. More information is available from Keith Boucher at 603-203-4917 or zoomblaster@yahoo.com.

Free diabetes workshop: A free diabetes workshop with free nutritional assessments runs for six weeks on Tuesdays from April 14 to May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave.

Workshops are provided by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. Complimentary lunch is provided by the hospital. More information is available by calling 978-946-1260.

Master piano workshop offered: The Music Program at Northern Essex Community College will offer a free master workshop in the art of piano playing by NECC music faculty member Christina Dietrich on April 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St.

This workshop will give piano players the chance to perform and learn in a cooperative group setting. Solo piano works and instrumental and vocal works with piano accompaniment of various levels of difficulty will be explored. Various aspects of piano performance and preparation will also be discussed. Students at all levels of playing ability will benefit from attending these workshops.

More information is available from Dietrich at cdietrich@necc.mass.edu.

NECC offers a Day in the College Classroom: Northern Essex Community College will host “College for a Day” on April 30, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Haverhill campus at 100 Elliot St.

This event is free and open to the public and is an opportunity for prospective students to see all that Northern Essex has to offer.

Visitors can sit in on a real college class, take a tour of the campus, attend a financial aid session or enjoy Spring Jam — an outdoor spring celebration. Interested individuals can register to attend by contacting admissions at 978-556-3721 or admissions@necc.mass.edu.

Participants will start their day in the lobby of the Behrakis One-Stop Student Services Center. From there they can attend any or all of the course samplings which change every hour. People can choose to sit in on just one course or spend the entire day. In addition, campus tours and financial aid sessions will be available. Visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/getting-started/experience-college-for-a-day.

NECC to host Campus Classic 5K/Fun Run: Northern Essex Community College will hold its second annual Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run on May 3.

The USATF certified 5K race will begin at 10 a.m. on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St., and wind through the rural campus and surrounding residential neighborhood. Competitive runners — as well as novices and walkers — are invited to participate. Registration for the 5K is $25 before April 5 and $30 after that date. Online registration will remain open until April 30.

Children 12 and younger are invited to participate in the Fun Run, which is organized by age group with the first race beginning at 9 a.m. Registration for the Fun Run is $10. Following the race, there will be children’s activities, including face painting and an obstacle course.

For more information or to register online, visit www.necc.mass.edu/campus-classic or contact Lindsey Mayo at lmayo@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3621.

Documentary presented in Lawrence: The Northern Essex Community College White Fund series will present a screening of “The Prep School Negro” on May 5 from 8:45 to 10 a.m., at Lawrence High School, 70-72 North Parish Road, Lawrence, and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, 136 Water St.

This documentary recounts the experience of director and producer Andre’ Robert Lee and current-day minority students in elite prep schools followed by a question-and-answer session with Lee. For more information or to be notified of upcoming events in the White Fund Enlightenment Series, call 978-738-7403 or visit www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.

“The Music Man” presented by Spotlight Playhouse: Fifteen adults and young people from Haverhill will be joined by nearly 30 actors from surrounding towns for five performances of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man,” to be presented by Spotlight Playhouse.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on June 13, 14, 20 and 21, and a 3 p.m. matinee on June 21.

Needed are a few more teenage boys to round out the cast, especially boys with some dancing skills, and several more men to play traveling salesman in the opening scene. Rehearsals began on March 23 and will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in addition to Sunday afternoons.

Advance purchase tickets are on sale now for $15 at www.SpotlightPlayhouse.org or by calling 978-380-8509. After May 15, tickets will be $20 for adults and $18 for Spotlight Playhouse members, seniors, and children 12 and under. Spotlight Playhouse is an all-volunteer community theater group that is celebrating its fifth full season of offering live plays, cabarets, youth acting workshops, and musicals in Haverhill. People interested in working behind the scenes are encouraged to email info@SpotlightPlayhouse.org or call 978-380-8509 for more information.

STEM College for Kids returns to NECC: Northern Essex Community College’s STEM College for Kids summer program will return to the Haverhill campus July 7 to Aug. 1.

Participants can enroll for one week or all four weeks. While the program is designed with a focus on fun Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses, there are many art and athletic opportunities to choose from.

Children are encouraged to explore different subjects, gain new knowledge, and develop new skills in an engaging and supervised college campus environment. For more information or to be put on the brochure mailing list once the schedule has been finalized, please contact Vanessa Pepin at 978-659-1207 or email vpepin@necc.mass.edu. Visit the college online at www.necc.mass.edu.