By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Blank slate: Is there a Bard play that you are itching to direct? The Nashua Theatre Guild is seeking proposals for its annual summer Shakespeare in the Park performance, to kick off NTG’s 2007-2008 season. Submit Shakespeare or related production ideas, along with references and a résumé, to email@example.com by Jan. 15. Check nashuatheatreguild.org to see which Shakespeare titles they’ve already performed and download their “Director’s Proposal Form.” This show has a small stipend.
• Set to music: A woman fleeing her past helps revive a small town where she takes a job at The Spitfire Grill. The Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, is producing this bluegrass-inspired musical Jan. 19 through Feb. 18. Ticket costs range from $27 to $37. Call 433-4472 to reserve.
• Like rabbits: It seems like every theater company around has produced or will soon produce High School Musical, the live version of the new Disney Channel movie hit. Here are a few more: Palace Teen Productions will feature students from Manchester’s Central High School and Nashua High North. Central students take the Palace Theatre stage in Manchester Jan. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. Nashua High North students perform at the Palace on Jan. 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for patrons under 18, and $15 for adults. Call 668-5588 to reserve.
• Pre-high school: A classic kids’ story, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, will be brought to life at the Acting Loft, 516 Pine St., Manchester, 666-5999, Saturday, Jan. 20, and Sunday, Jan. 21, at 1 and 4 p.m. Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair. At breakfast, Alexander’s cereal box yields only cereal while his brother finds fun prizes. At school, his day gets worse, followed by a trip to the dentist. The solution is moving to Australia, Alexander believes.
• All dance: The Concord City Auditorium’s 16th annual “Rhythm of the Night” show Saturday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. will bring together almost 200 top dancers from nine Concord area dance companies. Joan Kelly of Dancesteps, Etc. in Epsom and Pamela “PJ” White of Capital City Dance Center in Concord direct tap, hip-hop, ballet, jazz, modern and pom-pom acts. Tickets cost $5 and are available at participating schools, including Concord Dance Academy, Creative Dance Workshop of Bow, Gen’s Dance Studio, Petit Papillon Ballet Theater, Rockin’ Robin’s School of Dance, Turning Pointe Center of Dance of Pembroke and You Should Be Dancin’ of Weare.