SAVE THE DATE — 'FIRST NIGHT' ... AGAIN: "First Night," Jack Neary's heart-warming romantic comedy was the first new play and first world premiere that Merrimack Repertory Theatre staged well more than 30 years ago. It has stood the test of time and will return to the MRT for three performances, July 19-20, at 8 p.m. and July 21 at 3 p.m. This is the same production that Lowell native Neary directed for Acting Out Productions in Newburyport and Beverly to acclaim by critics and audiences alike. John Manning and Jocelyn Duford star in the show. Tickets are available at or call 978-654-4678.

ACTON NATIVE IN 'MISS SAIGON' — ACTON NATIVE IN 'MISS SAIGON': Acton native Emily Bautista stars as Kim in the upcoming national touring production of "Miss Saigon" at Boston Opera House, June 12-30. Bautista is thrilled to play Kim on the road, after understudying the part in the 2017 Broadway revival. She recently appeared in the North American touring company of "Les Miserables" as Eponine. A Filipino-American, she was born in Acton and grew up just over the Massachusetts border in Simsbury, Conn. "Miss Saigon," a musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr., is based on Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly.


" Set in 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War, it tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American serviceman lover. It was the composing duo's second major success after "Les Miserables." For tickets, visit