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February 15, 2013

No MVRTA service on President's Day

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

For tickets and information, go to actingouttheater.com or call 978-807-1191.

Phillips Academy concert free, Feb. 22

ANDOVER — The Symphony and Chamber Orchestras of Phillips Academy will present a concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 in the Cochran Chapel, on Chapel Avenue, just off Main Street on the edge of the Phillips Academy campus. This concert is free and open to the public.

The program will include Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 48, directed by Derek Jacoby; Newbold’s Iditarod and Lipton’s Tudo Bem under the direction of Elizabeth Aureden; Suk’s Meditation on an Old Bohemian Chorale for String Orchestra, Op. 35; and Brahms’ Variation on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a under the direction of James Orent.

Also featured on the program is Phillips Academy senior Lauren Kim, performing the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102 and fellow senior James Garth, performing Williams’ Five Sacred Trees, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra under the direction of James Orent.

For more information, email music@andover.edu or call 978-749-4260.

Lawrence Chess Club to meet Feb. 20

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence Chess Club meets Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St.

Players of all abilities and ages are welcome.

Participants are asked to bring a friend and a chess set.