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March 27, 2014

Haverhill High presents 'Fiddler on the Roof'


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.

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