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Local youth perform in ‘Hair’ in Byfield

The cast of Boston Children’s Theatre’s “Hair” production.

The cast of Boston Children’s Theatre’s “Hair” production.

LET THE SUN SHINE: Many young performers from the area are part of the 30-member cast of the musical “Hair,” presented by Boston Children’s Theatre at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield Friday through Sunday.

The musical is an exploration of youth and the search for peace, truth, and love in the Vietnam era.

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“Amidst the current era of a largely democratically minded Internet generation, and the fighting of unpopular wars, “Hair” echoes our tumultuous times,” said Burgess Clark, executive artistic director of Boston Children’s Theatre.

“Every generation, however, leaves a unique legacy and “Hair” expresses the thoughts, feelings, and actions of teenagers during the incredibly fascinating era of the 1960s,” he said. “Our cast was eager to put themselves in the shoes of their predecessors and to embody the spirit of the ’60s. You can’t sugarcoat what happened during that time; we can’t change history. I view this as a terrific opportunity to educate our students and to provide a unique acting challenge for teens who were born in the late 1990s.”

The rock musical features songs such as “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” and “Good Morning Starshine.”

“Hair” is directed by Clark, with choreography by Aly Struyk, and music direction by Austin Davy.

Area performers in the cast include Kate Duval of Beverly; Louis Brogna, Boxford; Elijah Jean-Baptiste and Simone Senibaldi, Everett; Sydney Flanagan, Georgetown; Samantha Flahive and Lucy Perrotta, Hamilton; Paige Vigneron, Marblehead; Molly Fenn, Medford; Alex Berube, Metheun; Sean Crosley, Middleton; Colin Budzyna and Juliette Cacciatore, Newburyport; Jacky Sanger, North Reading; Guthrie Scrimgeour, Salem; Emily Pinto, Stoneham; Nina Barresi, Wakefield; Allegra Larson, West Newbury; and Caroline Ver Planck, Winchester.

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Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 and $15 for adults; and $15 and $10 for students.

Call 617-424-6634, ext. 222 or visit bostonchildrenstheatre.org.

THE ART OF CLAY: The Cape Ann Ceramics Festival, a multiweek event designed to promote understanding and appreciation of the art of ceramics, runs through Aug. 25.

Events include a three-week show at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, “Beauty in Use: Ceramics from Cape Ann, Pucker Gallery & Beyond,” Friday through Aug. 25. An opening reception is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The exhibit, a collaboration with Pucker Gallery of Boston, includes works by Randy Johnston, Ken Matsuzaki, and Phil Rogers, as well as a number of local and regional potters.

On Saturday, Johnston presents a workshop 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cynthia Curtis Pottery in Rockport.

On Aug. 17 and 18, visitors can follow the Pottery Trail and stop in at local potters’ studios from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

On the last weekend of the festival, Aug, 23-25, a three-day show and sale of local potters’ work is at the cultural center.

Co-founders of the festival are Susan Hershey, Jenny Rangan, and Seyrel Williams. Visit capeannceramicsfestival.com.

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Kevin Comtois discusses his book, “The Politics and Music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan,” at Langley-Adams Library in Groveland from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. Comtois has been teaching history and government at Northern Essex Community Collegec since 1999. In 2005, he received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study the evolution of jazz in America at Washington University, St Louis. Comtois is also an amateur musician and songwriter.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Marsh as Metaphor” at Rocky Neck Gallery in Gloucester features the work of Brenda Cirioni through Aug. 13. Cirioni’s paintings consist of mixed media on panels. This series was inspired by the burning of her family home when she was 16. It addresses the theme of the power of transformation . . . Band of Brushes, a group of women artists, some professional, some amateur, presents its annual show at the Newburyport Art Association, Wednesday through Aug. 19. A reception is 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The artists include Dorothy Aham, Fran Butsavich, and Mary Ann Varoski, all of Newbury; Grace Daly, Newton, N.H.; Sarajean Graham, Kensington, N.H.; Christine Molitor Johnson, Amesbury; Lynn Murray, Salem; Pam Perras, Wakefield; Anika Savage, Newburyport; Cindy Stern, Boxford; and Robin Thornhill, Danville, N.H.

Items can be sent to wdkilleen@gmail.com

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