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‘Anything Goes’ with the North Shore Music Theatre

At a discussion of mystery writing will be Joel Brown.
At a discussion of mystery writing will be Joel Brown. Handout

LIGHT THE LIGHTS: North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly kicks off its season with “Anything Goes,” June 3 through June 15.

“I wanted to continue our tradition of opening the season with a beloved classic musical,” said Bill Hanney, the theater’s owner and producer. “Working with our interim artistic director, Tony Parise, I have put together a great creative team and cast, and I am confident that ‘Anything Goes’ will kick off this ambitious season in high style.”

The Cole Porter musical comedy includes tap dancing numbers and songs such as “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top,” “Friendship,” and “It’s De-Lovely.”


This new production of “Anything Goes” features Danette Holden as Reno Sweeney, Eric Ulloa as Billy Crocker, and “Laverne & Shirley” star Eddie Mekka as Moonface Martin.

Mekka is returning to North Shore Music Theatre for the first time in 40 years. A native of Worcester, he spent the summer of 1974 at North Shore dancing in “No, No, Nanette,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” and “Sugar” alongside “One Day at a Time” star Bonnie Franklin, before both went on to star in hit sitcoms.

The cast also includes Alessa Neeck, Michael Mastro, Alaina Mills, Tom Gleadow, Susan Cella, James Van Treuren, Hugh Cha, and Carl Hsu.

Charles Repole directs, Michael Lichtefeld choreographs, and Milton Granger is music director.

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

Other free programs include Meet the Theatre, a post-show audience discussion with the artists after the 7:30 p.m. performance on June 10 and after the 2 p.m. show June 14.

OUT at the North Shore, an evening for the gay and lesbian community, will have a postshow reception after the 7:30 performance on June 12.

Tickets range from $50 to $75. Ages 18 and younger save 50 percent on Family Fridays, June 6 and June 13.


The 2014 musical season continues with “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” July 8-27; “Grease,” Aug. 12-24; “Chicago,” Sept. 23-Oct. 5; “Les Misérables”, Oct. 28-Nov. 9; and “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 5-21.

Call 978- 232-7200, see nsmt.org, or visit the box office at 62 Dunham Road.

AUTHOR’S CORNER: A panel of local authors discusses mystery writing at the Amesbury Public Library 7 p.m. Thursday. The authors include Joel Brown, the Baxter McLean/Libertyport mysteries (Brown is a free-lance writer for the Globe); Elizabeth Elo, “Save Your Own” and “North of Boston”; Edith Maxwell, “A Time to Live, A Time to Die” and “Til Dirt Do Us Part”; Linda Baletsa, “Operation Mockingbird”; and Tempa Pagel, the Andy Gammon mysteries. The panel presentation is followed by questions from the audience. The evening, hosted by the Friends of the Amesbury Public Library, also includes music by a cappella group The Rhythmics, book signings, library tours, and refreshments.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: Flat-rocks Gallery in Gloucester presents “Ecliptic,” an exhibit of works that celebrate the cyclical nature of the universe. Dawn Southworth’s mixed media boxes are shrine-like constructions that address the process of destruction and recreation. Mary Rhinelander’s paintings pop with color in endless cycles. Kyle Browne’s graphite drawings reflect man’s part in the cycle of nature. Nina Fletcher’s wire works show motion and constant change in three dimensions. Joy Halsted and Gints Grinberg’s sculptural spheres show how humans are part of a larger universe, and Juni Van Dyke’s paintings offer the warmth and imagination of the circle of life. “Ecliptic” runs through June 15. . . . An exhibit of work by Blake Hughes, a longtime Newburyport artist and printmaker, is in the program room of the Newburyport Public Library June 5-7. A reception with the artist is 6 to 8 p.m. on June 5. Hughes attended the Art Students League of New York City and later became a commercial artist. For many years he and his wife, Ruth, owned and ran the Newburyport Printmaker on Inn Street. He works in pen and ink with an overlay of colored washes. Though Hughes’ images include renderings of college and school scenes, his focus is primarily on Newburyport and New England scenes.


Wendy Killeen can be reached at wdkilleen@gmail.com