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    ‘Little Women’ on stage in Hamilton

    Performing in “Little Women: The Musical” (clockwise from left):  Victoria Rotondo (Beth), Kate Duval (Jo), Saoirse Coyle (Amy), and Eloise Shields (Meg).
    Performing in “Little Women: The Musical” (clockwise from left): Victoria Rotondo (Beth), Kate Duval (Jo), Saoirse Coyle (Amy), and Eloise Shields (Meg).

    THE MARCH GIRLS: “Little Women: The Musical” is presented at The Community House of Hamilton and Wenham for 12 shows Wednesday through June 29.

    Myriam Cyr, an actress and director, and Jay Pension of Boston Children’s Theatre are the same team that brought “The Sound of Music” to the Community House.

    The show, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, follows the March sisters — Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy — as they grow up in Civil War-era America.


    The musical features three casts each performing four shows under the direction of Cyr and Pension,

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    Tiffany Baxter and Jaime Castellanos are the music directors. Greg Warwick is the choreographer.

    Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays.

    Tickets are $20; $18 for students and senior citizens. Visit

    A MUSICAL CHANGE: “Menopause The Musical,” a parody celebrating “the change,” is at the Stoneham Theatre through June 29.


    Staged to classic tunes from the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, the show takes place in a department store where four women — who seemingly have nothing in common — bond over hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats, and chocolate binges.

    The performance features Stoneham native Kathy St. George, who has performed in the play all over the country, including a two-year run at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston.

    “I am really excited to be doing ‘Menopause The Musical’ at Stoneham Theatre,” St. George said. “I’ve enjoyed doing this show for the past 10 years, and am looking forward to sharing it with my hometown audience.”

    Performances are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

    VIP tickets are $65; premium $55; and standard $50. Call 781-279-2200 or visit


    SPELL CHECK: The Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” featuring an all-adult cast playing junior high school kids, Thursday through June 29.

    The musical comedy chronicles the angst of six adolescent overachievers vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

    The cast includes James T. Turner, Lisa Joyce, Nolan Murphy, Christian Doyle, Julie Schoenthal, Kari-Lyn Mayne, Catherine Lee Christie, Michael O’Malley, and Arthur Gomez.

    John Budzyna directs. Alisa Helene Bucchiere is music director.

    Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

    Tickets are $28, $26 for senior citizens, students, and Firehouse members. Call 978-462-7336 or visit

    AUTHOR’S CORNER: Sharon Wright celebrates the launch of her first novel, “Running to Stay Upright,” with a reading and party at 7 p.m. Friday in Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport. The book is the story of a woman’s struggle to hold on to all she holds dear in the face of overwhelming financial crisis. Wright lives in the Byfield section of Newbury with her husband, two sons, and two therapy horses. This is her first novel. . . . Doug Chickering, author of “Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler,” discusses his book at Bestsellers Café in Medford at 2 p.m. next Sunday. For nearly three decades, Chickering has been a frequent birder and chronicler of the Plum Island area. The book is a collection of his essays.

    IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Green is Gold: Chromatic Landscapes,” an exhibit of work by Tracy Lévesque, is at The Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell through June 29. She is inspired by nature, especially trees, and aims to capture their textural lines and the movement of branches. Levesque uses a brush, palette knife, and brilliant colors to convey the energy exuded by nature. She will donate a portion of her show proceeds to a nonprofit that supports tree plantings. . . . Jim Inzero returns to The Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport with beeswax, pigments, blowtorch, and hot iron for his third encaustic painting demonstration 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Inzero also debuts a series of paintings constructed over maritime charts of Plum Island Sound, Ipswich Bay, Boston, Portsmouth, and Cape Ann. By layering loose, textured brushstrokes of translucent wax over the precise linear charts, he creates a contrast between the two modes of description.

    Wendy Killeen can be reached at wdkilleen@