Aren Truex of Groton and Elsa Keefe of Lowell are featured in Peacock Players   Peter and the Starcatcher.
Aren Truex of Groton and Elsa Keefe of Lowell are featured in Peacock Players Peter and the Starcatcher.

It's show time for dozens of talented amateur thespians from around the region, as Acton's Open Door Theater and Nashua's Peacock Players unveil their latest productions this weekend and next.

Open Door, a provider of accessible community theater for more than 35 years, brings audiences into the amazing world of Dr. Seuss with its production of "Seussical" by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Featuring such favorite Seuss characters as Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat and the Grinch, it runs Feb. 3-12 at the Dragonfly Theater at the R.J. Grey Junior High in Acton.

Several accessible performances are planned during the seven-show run, including an ASL-interpreted performance for the deaf and hard-of-hearing at the Feb. 4 matinee; a sensory-friendly matinee on Feb. 11 and an audio-described show for the blind or visually impaired at the Feb. 11 evening show. Every performance features open captioning, using integrated projections to enhance on-stage action.

Tickets are $15 at or call 978-264-8150. For information about accessibility and special shows, visit or

The Peacock Players bring a new twist to a familiar story with their production of the innovative comedy-thriller "Peter and the Starcatcher," a prequel to Peter Pan, playing the Janice B.


Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St., Nashua, the weekends of Feb. 10-12 and Feb. 17-19.

The cast is led by Aren Truex of Groton as Peter Pan and New Hampshire Theatre Award-winner Elsa Keefe of Lowell as Molly. Other local youth in the cast include Sydney Barron of Chelmsford, Christopher Ellars and Alexander Nick of Pepperell, and Olivia Silva of North Billerica.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" is rated PG, and parental guidance is suggested for very young children. Tickets are $12, $15 and $17 at or call 603-886-7000.

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FAMILY FUN: Boston Children's Theatre takes audiences back to school with its hilarious production of the family musical "Miss Nelson is Missing," running Feb. 4-25 in the Roberts Theatre at Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. Based on the popular children's book, the show revolves around what happens when Miss Nelson, a super-nice teacher, is replaced by the homework-loving, recess-canceling, tough-as-nails sub Viola Swamp. Tickets are $20-$28 at or 617-424-6634.

SHOW EXTENSION: By popular demand, ArtsEmerson has extended the run of the 20th anniversary production of the Tony Award-winning "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" by Martin McDonagh from two weeks to three, Feb. 8-26, at the Emerson/Paramount Center's Robert J. Orchard Stage, 559 Washington St., Boston. The play is a subversive thriller that takes audiences through the twists and turns of the ultimate dysfunctional family relationship. Tickets are $20-$80 at or call 617-824-8400.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is