Greater Boston Stage Company's Young Company stages its Summer Festival, Aug. 8-18 at the Stoneham theater. The fest is the culmination of five weeks of preparation and practice by the actors in grades 4-12 and their professional directors. This summer's festival features six fully staged shows on various dates, including "Freckleface Strawberry The Musical," "Curtains," "Singin' in the Rain," "Lucky Stiff," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "She Kills Monsters." Tickets are $15. For info, tickets and schedule, call 781-279-2200 or visit www.greaterbostonstage.org. ... The Free Fun for Kids Series, part of the Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park, wraps up this week and next with shows this morning at 11 a.m. (Hubba Bubba Magic), Wednesday, Aug. 7 (Stacey Peasley) and Thursday, Aug. 8 Trend N Motion Hip Hop Dance). The events include free crafts, snacks and trolley rides. Visit www.lowellsummermusic.org.
Not the last night for Neary's 'First Night'
Jack Neary's "First Night" had a successful run July 19-21 at Lowell's Merrimack Repertory Theatre. And if you missed the talented Jocelyn Duford and John Manning starring in the charming play in Lowell, you'll have a chance to catch them onstage in Concord, N.H., where the show plays the Hatbox Theatre for six shows Sept. 6-15. For info, visit https://hatboxnh.com or check out the theater's Facebook page.
Save the date
Horror-filled hilarity is in store in Lyric Stage of Boston's upcoming season opener "Little Shop of Horrors," on stage Aug. 30-Oct. 6 at the Clarendon Street venue. For info and tickets, visit www.lyricstage.com or call 617-585-5678.
Try out for 'Matilda, the Musical!'
Sign-ups are underway for "Matilda, the Musical!," the winter musical at Cannon Theatre of Littleton. Auditions are Wednesday, Aug. 21, 5-8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 24, 3-6 p.m., with callbacks on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 7-9 p.m. Show dates are Jan. 15-Feb. 24. Visit www.thecannontheatre.com/auditions or email Shawn Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org for info.