Spotlight Playhouse will hold auditions for "Murder at Rutherford House," an interactive murder mystery, Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., and Monday from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Auditions are at 24 Essex St. and will consist of cold readings from the script. In this dinner theater performance, it is the fifth anniversary of the death of Lord Rutherford. Lady Rutherford is throwing her annual dinner in commemoration of the event — to which the public is invited. Performances will be May 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22 in the galleria at Maria's Family Restaurant. More information is available by calling 978-380-8509 or at

Swim lessons to begin

The Haverhill High School pool offers swim lessons for children ages 3 and older on six Saturdays from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and from 10 to 10:45 a.m., beginning this Saturday. Registration is at 8:45 a.m. Come ready to swim. The cost for the six lesson program is $65 per swimmer. Family swim time is on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $3 per person. Two lanes will be open for lap swimming. Adult lap swimming is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 6:45 a.m. For more information, call the high school athletics office at 978-374-5732.

Pentucket presents 'Beauty and the Beast'

Pentucket Regional High School's theater department presents performances of "Beauty and the Beast" this weekend.

The musical tells a "tale as old as time" about the lovely, but dissatisfied, Belle, (sophomore Olivia Dunn) who dreams of life outside her provincial village. An unfortunate twist of fate traps Belle in a mysterious palace owned by a handsome, but heartless, prince, whose arrogance has literally turned him into a beast, (freshman Jon Acorn) — whom Belle tries to transform, eventually discovering that "true beauty lies within."

Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., at Pentucket Regional High, 22 Main St., West Newbury. Tickets, at the door, are $12 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, students and children. Local senior citizens are invited to a free performance today at 3 p.m. with complimentary refreshments provided by the nonprofit Pentucket Fine and Performing Arts Foundation.

Church hosts auction

The community is invited to attend a fundraising auction on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Lovejoy Hall of Atkinson Congregational Church, 101 Main St., Route 121, Atkinson.

A live animal show for children will be offered in Tuthill House next door to the church while parents attend the auction. There is no charge for admission, child care or refreshments. Participants only pay for their winning bids. Items to be auctioned include: gift certificates for a wine tasting, acupuncture, massage, and haircut and color; and gift baskets featuring Lindt chocolates, Pampered Chef products, Avon, Lia Sophia jewelry, home decorations, and Girl Scout cookies. Also auctioned will be original paintings, photos, quilts by local artists, dinner for eight people, and two hours of backhoe work. Proceeds will benefit the church's general fund.

Crafters needed for church fair

Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., will host its first Spring Fling crafts fair on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Craftspeople are needed and the deadline to sign up is Sunday. Tables are available for $25 each, including chairs and electricity. More information is available from Renee Andrews at 617-455-2792.

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