By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Let’s get the judges’ reactions...: Actorsingers, Ghostlight Theater Company of New England, Nashua Theatre Guild (defending champ), Actors’ Circle Theatre and the Majestic Theatre compete in the 38th annual New Hampshire Festival of Community Theatre, Sunday, Sept. 13. The judges host workshops open to the public starting at 10 a.m. Theater companies start competing at 1:30 p.m. — they have 10 minutes to set up, an hour to perform, and 10 minutes to break down their set. Then, the audience gets to hear the judges’ critiques. Pay $25 for a full-day pass, $15 for the performance session, or $5 per workshop. This NH Community Theatre Association event is being hosted at the Majestic Theatre, 281 Cartier St., in Manchester. See www.nhcommunitytheatre.com for details or call 669-7469 for tickets.
• Info overload: Gala IXX previews the Concord City Auditorium’s 105th season with a taste of more than 105 events Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. State Senator Sylvia Larson hosts this fast-paced theater, music and dance event, presented by the Friends of the Concord City Auditorium. Tickets cost $5. Come early for ice cream — there’s an Arnie’s ice cream social at 6 p.m. Local arts organizations will also have information available then, according to a Friends of the Audi release. Call 225-7474 or visit www.theaudi.org.
• Coming up: Merrimack Repertory Theatre opens its season of professional work with a world premiere of Flings & Eros, “a new vaudevillian romp” by the Flying Karamazov Brothers. The four brothers play all the parts, “as they rehearse scenes from their reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet,” with music, combat juggling and dancing, according to a Merrimack Rep press release. There’s a “Pay What You Will” night Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a chance to talk with the director and designers. Previews ($23-$31) continue through Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. Flings & Eros continues Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. (opening night — there’s a champagne toast) through Sept. 30 ($34-$56), with performances Wednesday through Sunday at 50 East Merrimack St. in Lowell, Mass. (978-654-4678, www.merrimackrep.org). Student tickets cost $15.
Theatre Kapow heads into its second season with performances of The Lover, by Harold Pinter, and The Problem, by A.R. Gurney Jr., Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 12, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy in Derry (437-5210, www.tkapow.com). Tickets cost $12 and $15. Matthew Cahoon directs Carey Cahoon and Brian Kennedy.
Milford Area Players offer a free “Off the MAP” staged reading of The Sleeper, by Catherine Butterfield, about a post-9/11 “security mom” Friday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m., at the Amato Center, 56 Mont Vernon St., (Route 13) in Milford, according to a MAP press release. It’s not appropriate for children. Visit www.MilfordAreaPlayers.org.