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February 14, 2014

Award-winning drama staged at Merrimack College

NORTH ANDOVER — The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Merrimack College is presenting the award-winning drama “Doubt: A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley this weekend.

Set against the background of the civil rights movement and Kennedy assassination, “Doubt: A Parable” pits a conservative principal of St. Nicholas School against a young and progressive priest when she suspects him of abusing a student.

Fr. Richard Piatt directs the production performed by Merrimack College students and staff.

Performances are tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee also on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Rogers Center for The Arts, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

General admission is $10, $5 for Merrimack College students and employees. For tickets, call the Rogers Center box office at 978-837-5355 or buy online at www.merrimack.edu/rogerscenter.

Lend-a-Hand auction on tap

HAVERHILL — Opportunity Works will hold its 30th annual televised Lend-a-Hand auction on Feb. 22. This popular auction is held in partnership with Comcast and will be broadcast live on Saturday, Feb. 22, from noon to 9 p.m. on your local public access channels in Greater Newburyport and Haverhill. The auction will be streamed online at www.portmedia.org. Some of the auction items can be seen and bids will be accepted at www.biddingforgood.com/opportunityworks, leading up to preview night and the televised auction. Some items will go on to the live auction.

You can view the items and offer pre-bids on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., during Preview Night at the Nock Middle School, 70 Low St., Newburyport. Admission is free.

Premier sponsors are The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and the Institution for Savings. Corporate sponsors include Rochester Electronics, Mersen, Bradford Country Club, and Eastern Bank. Community sponsors are Matter Communications, Label Print America, the Newburyport Rotary Club, the Swasey Fund, and the law office of Donald M. Greenough.

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