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November 13, 2013

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---- — 'Wait Until Dark' at Firehouse

The spine-tingling psychological thriller "Wait Until Dark" by Frederick Knott hits the Firehouse stage tonight and runs through Sunday, Nov. 24.

The cast is bursting with local talent, including Kerry Anne Kilkelly (North Andover) as Suzy; Bob DeLibero (Newburyport) as Mr. Talman; Peter Leonard-Solis (West Newbury) as Roat; Berit Palma (Newburyport) as Gloria; Michael Barry (Wilmington) as Sam; Jimmy Sawyer (Harwich) as Carlino; Michael O'Malley (Groveland) as police officer; and James T. Turner III (Topsfield) as police officer.

A well-known Broadway hit, "Wait Until Dark" introduces con man Roat and ex-convicts Mike and Carlino, who have traced the location of a mysterious doll to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin.

Many people are familiar with the 1967 movie starring Audrey Hepburn as Susy, who was nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress. The film ranked 10th on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments for its climactic scene.

The show is on stage Nov 14 to 17 and Nov. 21 to 24 at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. The Firehouse Center for the Arts is located at Market Square in Newburyport. Tickets are $23 for members, seniors and students, $25 for non-members and $17 for all opening night seats. For more information call the Box Office at 978-462-7336 or visit online at www.firehouse.org.

Folk with Jake Armerding at Trinitarian Church

Singer-songwriter Jake Armerding will perform at Trinitarian Congregational Church of North Andover on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m.

It was the early 1980s when Boston bluegrasser Taylor Armerding, co-founder of the band Northern Lights a longtime columnist for The Eagle-Tribune, started his 5-year-old son, Jake, on Suzuki violin. Jake studied classical violin into high school and absorbed bluegrass just by being around the house.

At age 13, Jake joined Northern Lights on fiddle and recorded three albums with the band during his high school and college years. He soon turned his attention to songwriting. He recorded his first CD, "Caged Bird," while at Wheaton College. And in 2003, Nashville independent label Compass released "Jake Armerding," a collection of folk-pop songs written over a year living in Music City.

Trinitarian Congregational Church is located at 72 Elm St. in North Andover. For more information call 978-686-4445 or visit www.natrinitarian.org.

Taste of ACT benefits theater

Head over to the Renaissance in Haverhill for a fundraiser and all-around good time at Taste of ACT, ACT Theater Company's auction, cabaret and wine, beer and tasting event.

Wine, beer, food, deserts and coffee are on the menu, with highlights including a wine tasting by the Vineyard from North Andover, a beer tasting by Boston Beer, and food tastings by Two Chefs, Tuscan Kitchen, Boston Chowda Company, The Chocolate Truffle and more.

The event is in the ballroom at The Renaissance in Haverhill at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15. Tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door, if they are still available.

The show benefits the theater group. The Renaissance is located at 377 Kenoza St., Haverhill. Call 978-886-7500.