Share the Music revisits the 1950s in song and dance

Rachel (left) and Sara Caswell will perform a free jazz concert in Portsmouth, N.H., next Sunday.
Rachel (left) and Sara Caswell will perform a free jazz concert in Portsmouth, N.H., next Sunday.

SODA SHOP BOP: Share the Music presents a revue of songs from the 1950s and a sock hop to benefit Gloucester Stage Company Friday through Sunday.

Under the direction of founder Wendy Betts, the singers of Share the Music regularly perform fund-raisers for local charities and arts and community organizations.

“Singin’ the Fifties” features songs including “Only You,” “Catch a Falling Star,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Mr. Sandman,” “Sincerely,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Sh-Boom,” and “Blue Suede Shoes.”


The set is a soda fountain shop.

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Cast members include Amy Dow, Barbara Ellis, Janelle Favaloro, Terri Hansen, Judy Juncker, Jennifer Ober, Carolyn Stowell, Bea Waring, Janet Boynton, Connie Komack, Katzi Rueda, Scott Deffer, Bob Ellis, Hank Betts, Stan Feener, Blake Gilson, Charlie Hunt, and Curt Siebert.

Dancers are Alana Comeau and Chloe Beaulieu.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Gloucester Stage Company.

A sock hop for the cast and audience follows the Sunday matinee.


Tickets for the performances are $25. There is an additional $20 charge to attend the sock hop.

There will be 1950s-style food including fish sticks provided by Gorton’s Seafoods, pigs-in-a-blanket, and tuna casserole

Call 978-281-4433 or visit

SISTER ACT: The Seacoast Jazz Appreciation Project, an initiative of the Seacoast Jazz Society, presents the Caswell Sisters at the Press Room in Portsmouth, N.H., next Sunday.

The event features a performance by jazz violinist Sara Caswell and vocalist Rachel Caswell and an open dialogue between the artists and the audience.


This appearance concludes the duo’s New England tour.

Their sound is the culmination of years of working together, honing their jazz skills on material drawn from the “Great American Songbook” and contemporary jazz, along with their own compositions.

The Seacoast Jazz Appreciation Project was launched in 2009 with the goal of enhancing the appreciation of jazz for listeners at all levels of musical sophistication, while demystifying the musical genre for its newest listeners.

It’s a chance to meet jazz musicians, hear their music, and hear them talk about that music in a casual environment.

Admission is free. Visit

CELEBRATING NATURE: The Paul Madore Chorale presents Haydn’s “The Seasons” at the First Universalist Church in Salem next Sunday.

Soloists are Rebecca Hains, soprano; Ethan Bremner, tenor; and John Adams, baritone.

“The Seasons” is a four-part oratorio composed by Haydn toward the end of his career. It is based on an epic poem by James Thomson that describes the beauty in nature found in the countryside throughout the year.

Music director is Paul Madore and principal accompanist is Jeffrey Brody. Based in Salem, the chorale has a membership of approximately 60 singers from 15 area communities.

The performance begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors citizens and students.

Call 781-592-7284 or 978-774-7981, or visit

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Novella Carpenter, urban farmer, blogger, and author, speaks at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., 7 p.m. Tuesday. Carpenter is the author of a memoir, “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer,” and the how-to guide “The Essential Urban Farmer.” She studied biology and English at the University of Washington in Seattle, and later attended Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, Carpenter teaches in the sociology department at the University of San Francisco. She also travels the country sharing her experiences raising chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats, and bees in an urban setting. The event is open to the public and free.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Fabrications,” an exhibit of works by five artists dedicated to “transforming the ordinary” is at Flat­­rocks Gallery in Gloucester through May 26. Each body of work uses common materials in different ways. The artists are Dawn Southworth, Margaret Rack, Nina Fletcher, Caroline Bagenal, and Elizabeth Billings. . . . Throughout the month, 20 photographs by Ken Harvey of Merrimack, N.H., are on display at the RE/MAX office and gallery in Hollis, N.H. The range of photographic subjects reflects Harvey’s 40-plus years of experience behind the camera. Prints in color and in monochrome include landscapes, florals, action, and humorous photos.

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