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‘Shirley’ a fun time at ‘Menopause’

Playing Ogunquit Playhouse Sept. 4-14

Cindy Williams
Cindy Williams
Kathy St. George

Kathy St. George, the local actress whose resume reads like a where’s-where of Boston-area theaters, is ready to burn up the stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine in “Menopause the Musical.” And joining her for the two-week-only run, Sep. 4-14, is none other than Cindy Williams, best known as Shirley Feeney in the hit TV show “Laverne and Shirley.”

“I am so looking forward to playing Ogunquit with Cindy Williams. She’s a comic genius,” said St. George, who was in the long-running production of the show at Boston’s Stuart Street Playhouse in the late ’90s and has worked at various theaters, including the Merrimack Rep in Lowell and Stoneham Theatre in her hometown.

“Menopause the Musical” is a raucous celebration of womanhood. Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, it applauds women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” It features 25 re-lyricized classic hits from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The joyful parodies include “I Heard It Through the Grapevine — That You No Longer See 39” and the disco favorite “Stayin’ Awake, Stayin’ Awake.”

Tickets start at $36 for preview performances and $51 for regular performances at or call 207-646-5511.

Incidentally, there is another local connection to Williams as well. Lowell-born playwright Jack Neary directed her in a production of his play “Kong’s Night Out” in a theater in Rochester, Mich., several years ago.

‘Little Shop’ at Lyric

Katrina Z. Pavao and Dan Prior star in “Little Shop of Horrors” at Lyric Stage in Boston, Aug. 30-Oct. 6.

Lyric Stage in Boston greets the fall season with “Little Shop of Horrors,” on stage Aug. 30-Oct. 6. The Howard Ashman-Alan Menken musical is based on the Roger Corman cult classic movie. It’s an award-winning sci-fi pulp musical that follows nebbish florist-shop worker Seymour, who haplessly pines for co-worker Audrey. Suddenly, opportunity falls into his lap in the form of a mysterious, conniving, carnivorous — not to mention singing — plant that promises to fulfill his every wish. Tickets start at $25 at or call 617-585-5678.

Indian Hill plans auditions

Indian Hill Music in Littleton holds auditions for its youth orchestras on Sept. 3 and 10.

Indian Hill Music in Littleton holds auditions for its multilevel youth orchestra program on Tuesdays, Sept, 3 and 10. There is also an open rehearsal date Monday, Sept. 9. The Sinfonia Concert Orchestra, conducted by Chris Thibodeau, is a full orchestra for advanced-level strings, winds, brass and percussion. The Camerata Strings, conducted by Deanna Leedy-Andreozzi, is an intermediate-level string ensemble. Camber Strings, conducted by Simon Andrews, is an advanced beginner-level string ensemble. Learn more and sign up for auditions on-line at

Nancye Tuttle’s email address is‘Little Shop’ at Lyric

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