5 things to do coming to Gazette country for April 22

1 DEAN COLLEGE PRESENTS SENIOR DANCE SHOWCASE: The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College will present the Senior Dance Showcase on Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23.

Creating a performance from the ground up, Dean’s senior dance students share their expertise in choreography, performance and production in this annual collaborative showcase.

The Dean College Senior Dance Showcase will take place on the Dean College Campus Center Main Stage, 109 West Central St., Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Dean College welcomes families and guests over the age of 12 to all shows, provided guests have followed all COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Tickets are $10 for adults, seniors, and non-senior students 12 and older; $5 Dean faculty/staff and students.

To learn more about the show and all safety policies, and to purchase tickets, visit www.dean.edu/boxoffice

2 UPCOMING CONCERTS FROM CAFÉ NIAGARA: Antje Duvekot and Dwayne Haggins will appear this month at the new Niagara Coffee Haus, 8 Exchange St., Millis.

Duvekot will perform on Friday, April 22, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. She is one of Boston’s finest singer-songwriters in the folk idiom. Her music has taken her on world tours, so it seems fitting to have her for this special Earth Day celebration. The concert is sponsored by Millis Postal Center.

Antje Duvekot will perform at the new Niagara Coffee Haus in Millis on Friday, April 22.

For more information about Duvekot, visit www.antjeduvekot.com

Haggins will perform on Friday, May 6 from 8-10 p.m. He has been described as “the love child of Hank Williams and Sam Cooke” and “the John Legend of rockabilly”. An enigmatic performer, Haggins reveals different characteristics of his impressive voice, slowly unfolding the breadth and depth of his stylistic reach. Lauren King opens this concert, sponsored by Ferrimy Construction.

Dwayne Haggins will appear this month at the new Niagara Coffee Haus in Millis on Friday, May 6.

For more information on Haggins, go to https://dwaynehaggins.com/

Limited space is available. Email niagaracoffeehaus@gmail.com for reservation information.

Persons with disabilities should contact the organizers for seating information. Masking is optional, pending further notice. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. A $10 donation will be suggested.

Visit the Facebook, Niagara Coffee Haus and Millis Cultural Council pages for regular updates.

These concerts are offered to the public in part through a grant from the Millis Cultural Council, which is an affiliate of the Mass Cultural Council. Special thanks to the Millis Historical Commission.

To learn more about the history of the Niagara Building, visit www.millishistory.org/niagara-engine-house.html

3 MRPAC PRESENTS LENNY CLARKE: Lenny Clark, a Boston actor, writer and comedian known for his sarcastic social commentary, anecdotal humor and heavy Boston accent, will appear on stage at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center/Orpheum Theatre, 1 School St., Foxborough on Saturday April 23 (postponed from February).

Lenny Clark will perform at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Centre/Orpheum Theatre, 1 School St., Foxborough on Saturday April 23.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.

Clarke appeared in Fever Pitch (2005), Here Comes the Boom (2012), and A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), among other features and shorts, and is involved in the upcoming TV series Can’t Go Home, Now in pre-production.

Note that masks are mandatory at this event, except when actively eating or drinking.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at https://www.orpheum.org/

4 UN-COMMON THEATER PRESENTS “THE ADDAMS FAMILY”: The Un-Common Theater Company will perform ‘The Addams Family’ at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (MRPAC)/Orpheum Theatre, 1 School St., Foxborough, April 29-May 1.

The performances are:

Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday April 30, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m.

The Un-Common Theater Company production of “The Addams Family” is a beautifully macabre tale that explores the dark and delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch. The weird and wonderful family comes to life in a spooky and spectacular life in a story that is every father’s nightmare.

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, grew up and fell in love with a sweet, intelligent young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And as if that weren’t enough, Wednesday confides in his father and begs him not to tell his mother. Now Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful evening when they throw a dinner party for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

For accessible seating, contact the box office directly by phone or email at 508-907-6940 or boxoffice@orpheum.org — box office emails/calls are returned within three business days.

Tickets are: $25 adults purchased in advance or $27 at the door; $20 students/seniors (65+) in advance or $22 at the door.

For tickets and COVID policy information, visit https://www.orpheum.org/

5 CLAFLIN HILL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SPRING POP CONCERT: The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, a Milford-based regional professional symphony, brings its triumphant and heroic “2021-22 Reopening Season” to a celebratory climax with “Arthur Fiedler-style Springtime Pops” on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, a regional professional symphony based in Milford, brings its season to a climax with

The concert will be performed at the orchestra’s long-standing concert hall, the Grand Ballroom at Milford Town Hall, 52 Main St., Milford.

For the finale of this historic season, the orchestra will return to its roots with a program honoring and celebrating the tradition and genre of the “pop orchestra concert” – a concert format popularized by Arthur Fiedler and his Boston Pops Orchestra.

“For many people over the past 70 years, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops was their first introduction or ‘foray’ into the orchestral concert experience,” said Paul Surapine, founding executive and artistic director of Claflin. Hill. “Fiedler’s programming blended the more familiar and lighthearted classical repertoire – such as operatic overtures, waltzes and ballet suites – with current popular music from Broadway, Hollywood and pop music styles. People came or “tuned in” for the pop offerings, and suddenly found themselves enjoying a Tchaikovsky or William Tell overture.

The orchestra’s program will include Verdi’s Nabucco Overture, Gershwin’s “American in Paris,” Broadway music including “Carousel” and “Les Miserables”; The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss, music from the opera Carmen and the William Tell Overture.

Film music by Ennio Morricone and John Williams is also on the program, along with a special set of original arrangements by Richard Hayman – who was the Boston Pops’ longtime arranger under Fiedler and an equal partner in their hit.

Tickets for the CHSO Saturday Night Symphony Concerts are available online only through the CHSO website, www.claflinhill.org. Ticket prices range from $27 to $42.

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