August 16, 2007

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Curtain calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Peek in: All Access Productions, a new music, dance and drama education complex in Nashua, is holding an open house Thursday, Aug. 16, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Nashua Rivermill, 25 Front St., 886-2768. They spent the summer prepping a massive production of The Who’s Tommy. Now they are turning their attention to finding students for a wide variety of classes, workshops and individual instruction in performing arts for children and adults, beginner through professional, in the fall. Class discounts and monthly pass information will be available.

• The youth: Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton is staging a musical version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde set in a 1930s Hollywood sound stage. The adaptation is by Andy’s artistic director Robert Lawson. It runs Wednesday, Aug. 15, through Friday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. There’s a talk-back with the creators and cast after the Thursday, Aug. 16, show. Ticket costs range from $7 to $14; call 654-2613. The Young Company teens of the Peacock Players are producing (all by themselves, with some staff guidance) Arthur Miller’s The Crucible Aug. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. at 14 Court St. in Nashua. The Derryfield Repertory Theatre presents the musical Into the Woods, Aug. 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. at Derryfield School, 2108 River Road, Manchester, 669-4524. They are young, but most of these folks are quite talented.

• Whitmores: For about 50 years, James Whitmore has performed in Peterborough Players shows. You might have seen him in The Shawshank Redemption as “Brooks.” His son, a TV actor, also named James, has been joining him on the Peterborough stage. See them in The Man Who Came to Dinner by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart at the Peterborough Players at 8 p.m. through Aug. 18 and 4 p.m. Aug. 19. The comedy is a blend of “sentiment and satire, basic optimism and gleeful anarchy” according to the Players. The cast of 35 includes members of the Second Company, local actors, and professionals. Ticket costs range from $30 to $40 with student rush available. The Players are currently offering two-for-one deals to see Thornton Wilder’s The Long Christmas Dinner, performed by their Second Company. It runs Aug. 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. and is suitable for ages 8 and up. Tickets cost $8 or $10. Call 924-7585, or visit peterboroughplayers.org. The professional summer company’s next show starts Wednesday, Aug. 22: Steve Martin’s The Underpants, an adaptation of a Carl Sternheim play.

• Outdoors: The Prescott Park Arts Festival has presented The Sound of Music as its main outdoor stage show in Portsmouth all summer. It closes Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. Shows are also Thursday at 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. The park is at Marcy and Mechanic streets; see prescottpark.org.

• Volunteer: Majestic Theatre in Manchester is looking for volunteer ushers for Nunsense weekend performances in August. Call them for details at 669-7469.