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Local voices provide popular music in Saugus

MUSICAL VARIETY: The Theatre Company of Saugus presents “Twelve Months of Music: A Year in Revue’’ in several shows through next Sunday.

The show features two songs for each month of the year. It includes old and new songs from Broadway musicals, radio, and television.

Director is company veteran Amanda Allen. Music direction is by Shawn Gelzleichter.


The cast features many theater veterans as well as some newcomers: Yvonne Goulart and Nathan Goulart-Pasco of Brookfield; Sarah Cadarette of Somerville; Kylie,Leslie, and Talia Lemerise of Chelsea; Elissa O’Donnell of Everett; Mike Fay of Hampton, N.H; Nicole Felix of Lynn; Jen Ryan of Brighton; Ellie Vining of Medford; Michael Saracco of Melrose; Yesenia Arango of Revere; Amanda Allen, Gigi and Meghann Breton, Autumn Dion, Ashleigh, Joanne, and William Fafard, Bobby Imperato,Jenna Linehan,Tanya Michaud,Molli Motroni, and Robyn Tuberosa, all of Saugus; David, Max, and Susan Roberts of Wakefield; and Lauren Amaru and Kayla Harvey of Winthrop.

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Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. today and next Sunday at the East Saugus United Methodist Church, 85 Chestnut St.

Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors or students, $10 for children. Call 781-816-7019 or visit

NEW YORK STAGE: “The Yeats Game,’’ a play written by Gloucester resident John J. Ronan, premiered in his hometown in 2007, and went on to be performed in Boston. Now, it has found its way to New York City.

The farce, presented by American Storyboard Inc., runs Feb. 29 through March 25 at the Producers Club.


Kathy Richter directs a cast of four: Toby Wherry, Susan Stout, Jennifer Silverstein, and Lucius Wall.

The play is about middle-age choices and their consequences. At a funeral, as two couples contemplate a friend’s fatal, love-nest heart attack, they flash back to their own recent snowed-in weekend at a mountain cabin. There, a board game designed for age-hating baby boomers leads to tangled romance as the old friends explore love, lust, marriage, and mischief.

Ronan describes the play as “a comical, brainy look at the pre-geezer years.’’

In addition to being a playwright, poet, and journalist, Ronan is the host of “The Writer’s Block,’’ a program on Cape Ann TV’s Channel 12 that features local writers, actors, and other artists. It began its 22d season in September.

American Storyboard is a nonprofit company dedicated to producing high-quality documentaries, plays, and other forms of media.


“The Yeats Game’’ is lined up for 24 performances - 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays - at 358 West 44th St. in Manhattan.

Tickets are $30. Call 212-868-4444 or visit For more information, visit

CALLING YOUNG POETS: Students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to submit their original work in the second annual teen poetry contest at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library.

The contest is open now through April 30. Each poem must have a title and incorporate two personas, characters, or viewpoints. Students can submit up to three poems and an entry form must be completed for each piece of work.

Winners and recipients of honorable mentions will be asked to read or recite their poems at a reception in May.

For entry forms, go to and click on the Poetry Contest link.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Earth Stories,’’ an exhibition of paper works by MichalTruelsen, is at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell through Feb. 26. Truelsen’s art springs from his interest in geology and mapping, and the show includes a series representing the course of the Merrimack River from Franklin, N.H., to Newburyport, including the terrain around Lowell. The Lowell resident studied printmaking at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, and has been creating work for more than 20 years . . . “Personal Inspirations,’’ featuring local artists Martha Daigle, Agnes Guidi, Mike Guidi, Rick Hayes, and Susan Wood, is on display in Provident Bank branches in Amesbury this month . . . In recognition of young artists from the region, Endicott College in Beverly is hosting its annual High School Art Competition, featuring 48 students from 16 area high schools. The students were selected by their high school art teachers. Winners will be selected by Al Miner, curator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition of their work runs Feb. 22 through April 20, with the awards ceremony taking place during a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. March 6.

Wendy Killeen can be reached at