EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 4, 2013

Entertainment and recreational highlights from Managing Editor Tracey Dee Rauh for the week of April 4-11


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---- — Young thespians present ‘Willy Wonka Junior’ in andover

The Drama Club at the St. Augustine School in Andover presents its spring musical, Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka Junior,” at 7 p.m., Friday April 5, and 6 p.m., Saturday, April 6.

The show directed and produced by Sean Gaff and choreographed by Corinne DeCost features 50 students from grades 3 through 8 in a musical comedy based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl.The show will be presented at the West Middle School Auditorium, 70 Shawsheen Road, Andover. St. Augustine School is located at 26 Central St., Andover. For tickets or more information, contact lizettafennessy@yahoo.com.

See-and-shop: Fashion show at the mall at Rockingham park

The Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H., hosts Spring into Fashion on Saturday, April 6. The event marks the one-year anniversary of Lord & Taylor at the mall, and features the hot trends of the season. Shoppers can enjoy chic fun, fabulous prizes and fashion-forward clothes, accessories and colors just in time for spring.

The event will showcase men and women’s fashions from from Lord & Taylor, Banana Republic, Gap, Cache and White House|Black Market. Style Stations will offer makeovers, beauty treatments and fashion advice. The first 200 guests will enjoy free gift bags filled with deals and giveaways. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day, including a $100 Clarks gift card, a purse from Francesca’s Collections, a gift set from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, and more. Participating retailers will host a variety of in-store events, too.

Spring into Fashion runs from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 6, and it’s free at the Mall at Rockingham Park. For information call 603-894-4411, or visit http://www.themallatrockinghampark.com/ or www.facebook.com/TheMallAtRockinghamPark.

Faculty Jazz Concert at Phillips Academy tomorrow

The Phillips Academy Music Department presents a concert of Faculty Jazz Ensembles on Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature the music of Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus, Sun Ra, Danilo Perez, Bob Baughman, Phil Markowitz, Clare Fischer, Herbie Hancock, John Scofield and Viktor Krauss.

This free concert is open to the public at the Timken Room at Graves Hall on the Phillips Academy campus, 180 Main St., Andover. Graves Hall is handicapped accessible. For further information contact the Music Department at 978-749-4263 or e-mail to music@andover.edu.

‘The Producers’ at Merrimack College

The OnStagers Dramatic Society of Merrimack College presents the Mel Brooks award-winning musical, “The Producers,” this weekend.

The winner of more Tony Awards than any other show in Broadway history, this show is an irreverent, knock-em-dead musical that tells the story of the impossibly charismatic producer, Max Bialystok, and his high-strung accountant Leo Bloom. When they discover they can make more with a flop than with a hit show, they search out the worst script, director, and performers in New York and produce “Springtime for Hitler!”

The OnStagers is the Merrimack College Dramatic Society. For “The Producers” the actors and crew are directed by Richard J. Piatt. Musical Director is Philip Naroian and choreography is directed by professional choreographer Emily Salvi with assistant choreographer Gary Mannion, Jr.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11; 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 12; and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at the Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. General Admission tickets are $12; seniors citizens $10. A Dinner Theater Package is available. Call the Box Office at 978-857-5355 for details.

Children’s authors read-and-sign at Andover Bookstore

Local authors Cheryl Hajjar and Amy Perreault will host an event for their children’s brand, The Indigo Pixies, at The Andover Book Store, 89 Main St. #1, at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 6. The authors will read from their book, “The Paci Pixie,” then sign copies at the event that is free and open to the public.

“The Paci Pixie,” a Mom’s Choice Award recipient, is the inaugural book in The Indigo Pixies series. It tells the tale of one fairy who embarks on a midnight journey to visit a little girl with a strong attachment to her pacifier. Using the Indigo Forest’s magic, The Paci Pixie encourages the girl to surrender her pacifier. The Pixie then carries it to a magical workshop, where friendly woodland creatures prepare it for a new baby. But before she departs for the magical forest, The Paci Pixie leaves a gift for the young girl to reward her for her bravery in giving up her pacifier.

The Indigo Pixies brand is family owned: Cheryl Hajjar and Amy Perreault are cousins. They developed the idea of The Indigo Pixies when when Hajjar’s son, Dylan, had a difficult time weaning off of his pacifier. Steven Perreault, Amy’s husband, is a 3-D graphic designer who created and developed the characters. Lynne Hajjar’s voice is featured on the nursery rhyme and audio book.

“We used all of our resources and individual talents to create something magical for children, yet very useful for parents,” says Cheryl Hajjar.

For more information, visit www.indigopixies.com, email cheryllhajjar@gmail.com, or call 978-479-4899.