The North American premiere of the new musical  From Here to Eternity  opens at Ogunquit Playhouse on Oct. 4.
The North American premiere of the new musical From Here to Eternity opens at Ogunquit Playhouse on Oct. 4.

Summer is officially over, but the season rolls on at the Ogunquit Playhouse on the seacoast of Maine, where the North American premiere of the musical "From Here to Eternity" runs Oct. 4-29.

It is based on the acclaimed James Jones novel, which spawned the 1953 Oscar-winning film that starred Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Donna Reed and Deborah Kerr.

The show features music by Stuart Brayson, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Donald Rice and Bill Oakes.

Set in Hawaii in the weeks before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the epic tale follows the powerful story of two U.S. soldiers, the soulful Private Prewitt and ardent Sergeant Warden, as they embark on doomed and dangerous love affairs with the wrong women. As the infamous date of Dec. 7 approaches, the claustrophobic world of the four lovers and the desperation of the soldiers of G Company splinter amidst an escalating war.

Parents are invited to an info session on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Indian Hill Music in Littleton to learn about the Suzuki method of violin and guitar
Parents are invited to an info session on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Indian Hill Music in Littleton to learn about the Suzuki method of violin and guitar playing for little kids.

The book and film captivated the postwar generation in the 1950s. And the creators of the new musical hope the compelling story of men at war and the women they love, combined with a fantastic new score, will do the same for new generations of theater-goers.

The show is rated PG-17 for its strong language, adult situations and simulated violence. The theater recommends that the production may not be appropriate for children under age 17 and encourages patrons to use their own judgment based on their child's age and maturity level.

For tickets, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.


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"Alligator Road," a saucy new comedy, opens at Stone-Please ham Theatre on Oct. 12.
"Alligator Road," a saucy new comedy, opens at Stone-Please ham Theatre on Oct. 12.

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PINT-SIZED PLAYERS: Indian Hill Music School hosts an open orientation session on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the music school, 36 King St., Littleton, for parents interested in enrolling their kids, ages 4-6, in Suzuki Program violin or guitar instruction. At the hourlong sessions, learn important information and meet instructors Bethany Stephan (violin) and Berit Strong (guitar). Complimentary child care will be available. For kids enrolled in a Suzuki class or starting violin, cello or guitar lessons, Johnson String Instruments will be at IHM on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., to do sizings and answer questions about renting a violin or guitar. Those attending Suzuki orientation are advised to come early to be sized and arrange for instrument rental. Visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

OCTOBER SIZZLER: Stoneham Theatre continues its 2017-18 season with "Alligator Road," running Oct. 12-29. The offbeat comedy unravels notions of family, race and giving away the store as it tells the story of sweet, trashy and slightly hot Kathy, the newly widowed owner of a hardware store. The brand-new play by Callie Kimball examines the pushes and pulls of family, community and race in a funny, heartfelt way. Tickets $45-$55, adults; $40-$50, seniors; $20, students with valid ID at www.greaterbostonstage.org or call 781-279-2200.

Kara DioGuardi
Kara DioGuardi

YOUNG SINGERS: If you're a young singer, ages 12-21, with stars in your eyes, you still have time to submit a video to participate in "New England Sings," an "American Idol"-style contest open to New England kids. Deadline to submit your video is Sept. 30, and 10 finalists will be notified on Oct. 3 that they've been selected. All finalists will perform at the "New England Sings" benefit on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., at the Ogunquit Playhouse. The winner receives a two-hour mentoring session with Grammy-nominated pop songwriter and "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi, who is an organizer and "New England Sings" judge. The winner also gets a Berklee College of Music summer scholarship, $500 in cash and an opportunity to perform live at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute's UnMask Cancer gala in Boston on Oct. 21. The runner-up receives $250 in cash and a Berklee summer scholarship. Tickets to the Oct. 10 event range from $15 for early bird online to $100 for admission and a VIP reception before the performances. Children under 5 are free. All money raised will go to nonprofit, youth-oriented organizations, including the Jimmy Fund and Zebra Crossings, a New Hampshire organization that empowers kids with chronic illnesses. Visit www.newenglandsings.org for entry information and tickets.