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• The young pups do CATS: The Palace Youth Theatre will perform CATS on Friday, Aug. 6, Saturday, Aug. 7, Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. One of the most successful musicals of all time, CATS ran on Broadway for more than 18 years. The performance kicks off the Palace Youth Theatre program for the year, and CATS will be the group’s largest production ever and its first one done during the summer, according to Kerri Christopher, director of public relations. Future performances include The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid and High School Musical 2. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for children 18 and under. Visit www.palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588.
• Find a treasure at the Majestic: On Saturday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Majestic Theatre, 281 Cartier St., Manchester, will host a yard sale in the theater. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Majestic. It is the fourth year the yard sale has gone on and Karen Bessette, development director, said patrons have been great about donating. “It is a great way to get new faces into the theater,” Bessette said. “A lot of people come for the yard sale and end up loving the theater.” But don’t expect to find any exercise equipment. The Majestic doesn’t like to have large cumbersome items because, if they don’t sell, they’re hard to get rid of. Anything not sold is either used by the Majestic for props or setting or donated to nonprofit organizations like Families in Transition. Visit www.majestictheatre.net or call 669-7469.
• Time for some fun: The Artists’ Collaborative Theatre of New England (ACT ONE) will hold its fourth annual Festival of Fun, which includes 14 shows, from Aug. 5 through Oct. 10, at the West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. The first performance will be Neil Simon’s I Ought To Be In Pictures, which is the story of Hollywood screenwriter Herb Tucker, who has writer’s block and a guilty conscience for leaving his family back in Brooklyn years ago. Fate comes knocking when his 19-year-old daughter arrives at his door with plans to become a movie star. Tickets cost $16-$20. Call 300-2986 or visit www.actonenh.org.
• Palace gives back: The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, recently kicked off a new program called Cultural Connection in conjunction with The Arbors of Bedford, 70 Hawthorne Drive, Bedford, an assisted living facility. Kerri Christopher, the Palace’s director of public relations, said teens performed for residents, their friends and community members. “It really was a great day,” Christopher said of the event, which attempts to bridge the generation gap. The next performance will be on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. Visit www.palacetheatre.org or www.arborsofbedford.com. — Adam Coughlin