Talented teen thespians in Nashua and Tyngsboro raise the curtain on their spring shows this weekend and next.
"Grease" is the word as the award-winning Peacock Players & Company dig out their dancing shoes in the iconic, teen-themed, '50s-era musical for two weekends. The show runs May 12-21 at the Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St., Nashua, N.H.
The original "High School Musical," "Grease" will electrify fans with the irresistible score by Casey & Jacobs, featuring songs like "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightnin'" and "We Go Together," plus the songs from the popular film "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "You're the One that I Want," written by John Farrar.
The cast features talented teens from around the region, led by N.H. Theatre Award-winner Lillie Ellars of Pepperell as Rizzo, Olivia Silva of Billerica as Frenchy, N.H. Theatre Award-winner Elsa Keefe of Lowell as Jan, and Sydney Baron of Chelmsford as Patty Simcox.
Adult actor Charlie Ellars of Pepperell makes a special guest appearance as Coach Calhoun. The rest of the cast features Christopher Ellars of Pepperell and other young players from New Hampshire.
Artistic director Keith Weirich directs, with Henry Kopczynskie III as musical director and Valerie Nelson as choreographer.
"Grease" is rated PG-13, parental guidance suggested.
Performances are Fridays, May 12 and 19, at 7 p.m.; Saturdays, May 13 and 20, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sundays, May 14 and 21, at 2 p.m. Tickets $12, $15 and $17 at box office 603-886-7000 or www.peacockplayers.org.
It's a comedy collection May 18-20 at Innovation Academy Charter School of Tyngsboro, where students present several laugh-filled plays, including three written by students.
On Thursday-Friday, May 18-19, at 7 p.m., the troupe performs "Shards." Written by senior Josie Brody, it's the story of a pre-adult's journey through herself and toward her future. They also do "Darts," by seniors Joseph Harrington and Spencer Royston, a musical tribute to childhood, where neon guns with orange darts lead to a friendly neighborhood war.
On Saturday, May 20, at 2 and 7 p.m., look for "Darts," plus "Game of Tiaras," a fractured fairy tale based on "Game of Thrones" and "King Lear," about an aging king who splits his empire between his daughters, Cinderella, Belle and The Snow Queen, and "I'm a Teenager -- Get Me Out of This Family," a comedy about family life in the modern era.
Tickets $15 in advance; $20 at the door at innovationcharter.org/theater, or call 978-649-0432.
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On the marquee
TUNING UP: Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra is tuning up for "They're Playing Our Song," the ensemble's annual Spring Pops concert. Performances are on Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m. at Butler Middle School, 1140 Gorham St., Lowell, and Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m. at Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford. Featuring Joon Kyun, this year's winner of the Jeanne Selander Memorial Concerto Competition, the program features a Burt Bacharach medley, selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," works by Dvorak and Schubert and a couple of pop classics. $10, adults; $5, children and students with ID. Visit www.lowellphilharmonic.org.
NORTH SHORE'S SUMMER SEASON: The box office is now open for the 2017 summer season at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly. The five-show season opens with "The Music Man," June 6-18, and continues with Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," July 11-30; "Young Frankenstein," Aug. 15-27; "Evita," Sept. 26-Oct. 8; and "42nd Street," Oct. 31-Nov. 12. "I am excited to produce these five diverse musicals for our audiences," said NSMT owner/producer Bill Hanney. "Last season was our most successful yet, and we look forward again to giving audiences more memories to last a lifetime." Tickets and subscriptions available at www.nsmt.org, call 978-232-7200 or at box office at 62 Dunham Road, Beverly.
TRUE ROMANCE: SpeakEasy Stage Company presents the Boston premiere of the romantic "The Bridges of Madison County," a recent Broadway musical based on the best-selling book by Robert James Waller, now through June 3 at Roberts Studio Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., Boston. The book, also made into a film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, tells the story of Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to escape the war, who now leads a simple, but dispassionate life on an Iowa farm. On the day her family departs for a trip to the State Fair, she is surprised by Robert Kincaid, a handsome National Geographic photographer who pulls into her driveway seeking directions. A quick ride to photograph one of the famed covered bridges of Madison County sparks an affair for the pair, whose lives are forever changed by their chance meeting. Tickets start at $25 at 617-933-8600 or www.SpeakEasyStage.com.