Murder, mystery and Mary -- as in Poppins -- are on Cannon Theatre's September schedule. Each fall, Cannon teams up with the Colonial Inn in Concord for a murder-mystery dinner show and fundraiser. This year's outing is "You Have the Right to Remain Dead" on Sept. 6, 7 and 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the inn, 48 Monument Square in Concord Center. Pat Cook wrote the show, and Hallie Pilcher directs. The audience enjoys fabulous food, a great setting, plus the chance to solve the whodunit. There will be a door prize and a whodunit prize. Tickets are $85 and are available at or 978-448-2108.

Auditions for "Mary Poppins," Cannon's winter musical for kids and teens, are Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m., at the theater, located on Great Road in Littleton. Rehearsals will be on Mondays from 4:30-7 p.m., with extra rehearsals in January during tech week. Contact Tara at for an audition time. Visit the website for character breakdowns and audition info.

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THEY'RE FLYING: ArtsNashoba in Groton holds auditions next week for its fall production of "Peter Pan" on Sept. 4-5, with callbacks, if needed, on Sept. 7. Auditions are at Union Congregational Church, 218 Main St., Groton. Production dates are Nov. 16-18. Rehearsals are Tuesday and Friday, 4-6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, starting Sept. 11. Sharon Bisantz directs and Diane Guenard is musical director. Call 978-842-1255 or visit

LPO NEWS: Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its new concert season and shared the news that it is seeking a new music director to take over in May 2019. The first concert -- on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts -- honors the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice. Veterans will get in free, and a "Downton Abbey" costume contest will be held, with winners receiving two season tickets to the remaining concerts. Other concert dates are Sunday, March 4, at Lowell Catholic High School; Saturday, May 4, location TBA; and Sunday, July 7, at Shedd Park, Lowell. Visit

NEW REP GOES STRAIGHT: In the spirit of Its season theme "Awakening," New Repertory Theatre in Watertown presents Young Jean Lee's comedic play "Straight White Men," Sept. 7-30. "The play brings a sharp comedic eye to a ruthless depiction of an iconic American father/son story. Its audacity is subversive in the best of ways and will undoubtedly spark conversation on the way home and for days after seeing it," said artistic director Jim Petosa. The cast includes Shelley Bolman, Ken Cheeseman, Michael Kaye and Dennis Trainor Jr., under Elaine Vaan Hogue's direction. Tickets are $25-$65 at 617-923-8487 or on-line at