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Beverly: For the fourth year in a row, Striving Artists will produce a free “Shakespeare in the Park” program. This year the company will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m., Hale Farm, 39 Hale St. Free. For more information, call 978-922-1186, or visit


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Newburyport: The New England Irish Harp Orchestra performs with special guest Tommy Sheridan. Fourteen Celtic harps present a lively performance of jigs, reels, and sweet, slow airs, all with gorgeous harmonies. Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St. $8 and $12. 978-465-0533.


Somerville: Maple Morris (North America) and Morris Offspring (United Kingdom) present “Rootbound: Celebrating the Life of English folk dance in North America,” a collaborative theatrical Morris dance production. It is a blend of vigorous dancing, musical exploration, vibrant costumes, and creative storytelling. Monday, 7:30 p.m. Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave. $25-$40. 617-718-2191,

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