HELLO, JACQUELYN: Last year with only four days’ notice, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, a native of Lynnfield, stepped in for an injured Cybill Shepherd to play the lead role in “Hello Dolly” at a North Carolina theater.
Now she’s doing it again.
Donovan is substituting for Lorna Luft, who suffered a severe back injury, and playing the role of Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly” at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Tuesday through June 24.
“We are very fortunate Jacqui was available,” said Bill Hanney, the theater’s owner and producer. “She was already cast as Miss Hannigan in our upcoming production of ‘Annie,’ so audiences will get the chance to enjoy two very different sides to this amazingly talented actress.”
Donovan graduated from Lynnfield High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in acting from Boston University. She was active in the community theater group The Spotlighters of Lynnfield.
Her Broadway credits include “Les Misérables” and “Miss Saigon,” and she has performed on many national tours and in regional theaters across the country.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. matinees Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tickets are $40 to $70. Call 978-232-7200, visit nsmt.org or go to the box office at 62 Dunham Road.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Essex County Greenbelt, a member-supported land conservation organization, presents the 23d annual Art in the Barn showcase and sale next weekend at the Cox Reservation in Essex.
In addition to exhibits of art and jewelry, this year there is an outdoor sculpture walk featuring large-scale works installed along the trails and in the fields overlooking the Essex River.
“We are excited about the addition of the sculpture walk to Art in the Barn,” said Ed Becker, executive director of Greenbelt. “Our visitors can plan to spend more time on this magnificent protected property, and gain a better understanding of Greenbelt’s land conservation work, as they stroll by or picnic near various pieces.”
The walk features sculptures by Dale Rogers, Kim Radoccia, and other local artists.
Radoccia said she wanted to team with a local environmental organization to educate the public and communicate about environmental stewardship.
“I am blessed to have a deep and abiding relationship to nature, and because of that connection I am able to draw endless amounts of inspiration and creativity from it,” Radoccia said. “I think it is very important to pass this on to others and build this in others.”
For one weekend each June, the barns and grounds at the Cox Reservation are transformed as paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor, monoprints, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, and sculptures in wood and iron decorate the property.
Proceeds from the sale of all items directly support Greenbelt’s land conservation efforts.
“Some are able to support Greenbelt with large gifts of land or funds. Others give their artistic talent and enthusiastically volunteer their time and energy,” said Nathalie Meyfarth, chairwoman of the event.
“Art in the Barn offers the public a marvelous opportunity to see and purchase the work of fine regional artists, while supporting Greenbelt’s important land conservation work,” said Beth Cooper, a longtime Art in the Barn volunteer. “It’s one of many ways Greenbelt can connect people to the land and local landscapes we cherish, and one way we can take a small piece of its beauty home with us.”
Since 1961, Greenbelt has been working with local individuals, families, farmers, and communities to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat, and scenic vistas of Essex County. Greenbelt has protected more than 15,000 acres of local land.
Art in the Barn exhibits are open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, with an opening reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Exhibits continue 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Call 978-768-7241 or visit ecga.org.
AUTHOR’S CORNER:Margaret Ward, author of “Missing Mila, Finding Family: An International Adoption in the Shadow of the Salvadoran Civil War,” speaks at Calvary Episcopal Church in Danvers at 7 p.m. Thursday. The book is about Ward and her husband’s adoption of a 2-year-old boy from Honduras and the repercussions on the family when contacted by the boy’s grandmother 14 years later. The event is part of the church’s new speakers series.
IN LOCAL GALLERIES: The Rocky Neck Gallery in Gloucester has opened for the season and holds a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, during which the public can meet new and returning artists. Working in both traditional and contemporary styles, regional painters, photographers, sculptors, potters, jewelers, cabinetmakers, multimedia artists, and print makers show their work at the cooperative gallery. This year the gallery welcomes seven new members: jewelers Katherine Bagley and Deborah Way; and painters Debbie Schradieck, Phyllis Feld, Elizabeth Gauthier, Dina Gomery, and Kathleen Staab. The gallery also presents a Summer Artist Series featuring a solo artist or a group show for three-week periods throughout the summer. Gauthier’s show, “Simplicity through Form and Color,” is the first in the series.