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    Young performer returns to North Shore Music Theatre

    “Amelia” by Lisa Noonis is among the paintings on view at the Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport during a fund-raising event Saturday for Anna Jaques Hospital.
    “Amelia” by Lisa Noonis is among the paintings on view at the Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport during a fund-raising event Saturday for Anna Jaques Hospital.

    MISS SAIGON REDUX: In 2001, at age 6, Futaba Shioda of Burlington made her stage debut in North Shore Music Theatre’s production of “Miss Saigon,” playing the young boy, Tam.

    Now 18 and in the musical theater program at New York University, Shioda is returning to the Beverly theater to again perform in “Miss Saigon,” which runs Tuesday through Nov. 17.

    The show sets Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” within the turmoil of the Vietnam War. A US soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon.


    They struggle to find each other over the ensuing years as she fights to find a better life for Tam, the child he never knew he had.

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    “Producing ‘Miss Saigon’ on any stage is an artistic and technical challenge, and rethinking the show to work in our intimate in-the-round space has been a rewarding challenge for the staff at North Shore Music Theatre,” said theater owner and producer Bill Hanney. “Audiences will be moved by this powerful love story and beautiful staging created by our director Richard Stafford. They will also be in awe of the work from our brilliant technical team, who will land a helicopter on the stage nightly.”

    Shioda is performing several roles in the show’s ensemble. And she will be reunited with Rona Figueroa, a Broadway performer who appeared in North Shore’s 2001 “Miss Saigon” in the starring role of Kim. In this production, she is playing Gigi.

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

    Tickets are $45 to $75. Ages 18 and younger save 50 percent for the “Family Friday” performance at 8 p.m. on Nov. 18.


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    ART OF A WOMAN: The Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport holds its third Women of Walsingham fund-raiser for Anna Jaques Hospital on Saturday.

    This year’s event, “Curves & Cava,” benefits the Gerrish Breast Care Center at the hospital in Newburyport. It includes an exhibition of new paintings from three female artists, live performances of Spanish guitar, as well as tapas, cava, and other refreshments.

    The featured artists — Liz Gribin, Lisa Noonis, and Sheryl Daane Chesnut — depict the female figure, but each with their own interpretation and approach.

    Gribin’s paintings communicate distinctive personalities, but the women remain mysterious and multilayered.


    Noonis’s new series features elegant ballet dancers in motion and at rest.

    Chesnut’s paintings explore various emotional states through pattern, clothing, and varied dimensionality.

    “We are grateful to The Walsingham Gallery for their commitment to the hospital, and their belief that philanthropic support of our mission is important,” said Sarah Gnerre, the hospital’s vice president of development. “This is a luxurious way in which to spend an evening in support of Anna Jaques.”

    The event runs 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery.

    Tickets are $50, general admission; $125 for patron level admission. Space is limited and tickets are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

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    AUTHOR’S CORNER: Julia Spencer-Fleming discusses her new novel, “Through the Evil Days,” 7 p.m. Saturday at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport. The book is the eighth installment in her Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series of mysteries. . . . Tracy Sweeney reads from her book, “Living Backwards,” 3 p.m. Sunday at Book Ends in Winchester. In the book, 29-year-old Jillian Cross hits her head, loses consciousness, and is transported back to high school. . . . Novelist Michael E. McCarthy and poet Moira Linehan talk about the role of Irish history in their work at 2 p.m. Sunday in Bestsellers Café in Medford.

    IN LOCAL GALLERIES: The Stetson Art Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead hosts an opening reception noon to 2 p.m. Sunday for a monthlong exhibit of paintings by Marblehead resident Richard Pohl. “Visions of Italy +” features oil paintings that illustrate the old and new that Pohl observed during several visits to Italy. . . . Danvers Art Association’s “Arts A Glow” holiday craft fair opens 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It features works by members, including jewelry, hand-painted pieces, paintings, framed photography, knit goods, ornaments, and raffles. The fair continues noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22.

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