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    Beverly native returns home to perform

    James Beaman returns to his hometown of Beverly in “Guys and Dolls.”
    James Beaman returns to his hometown of Beverly in “Guys and Dolls.”

    HOME DEBUT: Growing up in Beverly, James Beaman  visited his hometown’s North Shore Music Theatre  to watch shows on school field trips. Now, the New York-based actor is making his debut performance at the theater in “Guys and Dolls,” which runs through next Sunday.

    “I am thrilled to be coming home and performing where my family and childhood friends can see my work,” Beaman said. He is playing Rusty Charlie, as well as participating in the ensemble, and understudying the roles of Benny Southstreet and Nathan Detroit. 

    Beaman, who is 47 and has lived in New York for almost 20 years, began acting at age 12 at his mother’s theater school, Acting Place Inc., in Beverly. His father was a set designer.


    He received a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting from Boston University and went on to earn a master of fine arts degree from the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. 

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    Beaman starred in the first national tour of “Spamalot” and has worked extensively in regional theater and off-Broadway.

    In addition to his work as a professional actor, he has been a self-produced cabaret artist, director, choreographer, makeup artist, and Pilates instructor.

    “We are excited to be ending the subscription season with the classic musical ‘Guys and Dolls,’ ” said North Shore’s owner and producer, Bill Hanney. “This show is considered to be the perfect musical, and our artistic director Arianna Knapp, director Mark Martino, and I have put together the perfect cast of performers to bring this colorful show to life.”

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


    Tickets range from $40 to $70. Call 978-232-7200, or visit, or the box office at 62 Dunham Road., Beverly.

    SINGING ON: Pitch Slapped,  an a cappella group from Berklee College of Music and a contestant on television’s “The Sing Off,” performs at the ninth annual A Cappella Night at Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury on Saturday.

    The coed singing ensemble was founded in 2006, went on to appear on “The Sing Off” in 2010, and was crowned Collegiate Champion at Lincoln Center in New York City in 2011.

    Also performing at the event are a cappella groups from Pentucket, Amesbury High School, and St. John’s Prep in Danvers.

    The show is presented by the Pentucket Fine and Performing Arts Foundation  and all proceeds benefit the arts in West Newbury, Merrrimac, and Groveland. 


    Tickets are $10. Visit

    AUTHOR’S CORNER: Andre Dubus III, author of five books, including “House of Sand and Fog,” “The Garden of Last Days,” and a 2011 memoir “Townie,” discusses his work at the Stoneham Public Library  at 7 p.m. Wednesday. “House of Sand and Fog” was a fiction finalist for the National Book Award and was made into an Academy Award-winning movie. “Townie,” about growing up in Haverhill, is a No. 4 New York Times bestseller.

    IN LOCAL GALLERIES: The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck  in Gloucester presents “Side By Side: Artists and Their Mentors,” through Nov. 25. The show features the work of five local artists in the mediums of sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting, and ceramics shown alongside the work of the mentor who was inspirational in the development of their work and personal growth. The exhibit includes Morgan Faulds Pike  with Betty S. Faulds;  Yhanna Coffin  with Steve AimoneKathleen Gerdon Archer  with Judith Brassard Brown;  Don Gorvett  with Elinor Marvin; and Diane Giardi  with Henry Gernhardt.  . . . “Encounters with Cancer,” featuring art by cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones, is at Brush Gallery & Studios  in Lowell through Dec. 1. A fund-raiser for Lowell General Hospital’s CancerCare, a program that provides free services to cancer victims and their families, is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the gallery. The juried show features the work of 42 artists from throughout the country. There are two additional exhibits across the courtyard at the Lowell Telecommunications Gallery; “Oncology on Canvas,” from the Eli Lilly collection, and “Healing Through Art,” by Lowell General Hospital cancer patients and survivors.

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