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February 15, 2013

No MVRTA service on President's Day

The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority will not provide services on President’s Day, Monday. Feb. 18.

There will be no local bus service, no EZ train service; no MVRTA Boston commuter bus and no ring service in Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Methuen, Newbury, West Newbury and Newburyport Route 54.

St. Theresa Church bean supper, March 2

METHUEN — The Men of St. Joseph is hosting a bean supper Saturday, March 2 from 5-7 p.m. in Dupery Hall at St. Theresa Church, 22 Plymouth St.

The supper is a fund-raiser to help pay for the restoration of statues in the church. A $5 donation is requested.

For more information call Jim Wain at 978-682-4913.

’Fiddler’ at Rogers Center this weekend

NORTH ANDOVER — The Acting Out! Theater Company will present “Fiddler on the Roof” for four shows tomorrow through Sunday at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College.

Based on Sholem Aleichem’s short stories about a milkman named Tevye and his daughters, “Fiddler” is set in a poor Jewish village in Czarist Russia in the early years of the 20th Century.

Andover resident Kyle Rys plays Motel the tailor and suitor of Tevye’s oldest daughter. Rys shares a similar family history with that of his character, according to Acting Out.

“The story of Fiddler is a reflection on my own family’s history,” Rys said in a release. “Like Teyve’s family, my own ancestors dealt with the hardships of living in that area of the world at that time. They too struggled with oppression, prejudice and (most likely) exile from their homeland before making their way to America. Performing in this show is my way of reconnecting with my roots and experiencing a taste of what my ancestors went through in that difficult era.”

The original 1964 Broadway production, with a cast including Zero Mostel and Beatrice Arthur, won nine Tony awards, ran for eight years, and was the first Broadway musical to surpass 3,000 performances.

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