‘The Color Purple” at Maine State Music Theatre. From left to right: DeQuina Moore (Shug Avery), Kelvin Roston Jr. (Mister), Tavia Rivée (Nettie), Lawrence Flowers (Harpo), Dori Waymer* (Squeak / Ensemble). Seated: Jaden Dominique (Celie). Photo by Jared Morneau

‘The Color Purple’
2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Through Aug. 6. Pickard Theater, 1 Bath Road, Brunswick, $72 to $95. msmt.org
Here’s your chance to see a musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book which was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film. Few stories are more powerful and hopeful than “The Color Purple,” and the characters of Celie, Nettie, Shug and Sofia come to life in a whole new way. Maine State Music Theatre’s version features a Grammy-winning score bursting with jazz, ragtime, gospel, blues and African music.

A scene from City Theater’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show.” Photo by Rich Obrey

‘The Rocky Horror Show’
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 7. (No show on July 24.) City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford, $25. citytheater.org
Now almost 50 years old, “The Rocky Horror Show” still delights audiences, as it’s a hilarious, goofy romp through a castle that’s home to one of the most bizarre cast of characters you’ll ever meet, including Dr. Frank “N’ Furter, Riff Raff, Magenta and Rocky. Stranded motorists Brad and Janet get caught up in all sorts of shenanigans that play out in musical numbers like “Sweet Transvestite,” “Over At The Frankenstein Place” and “Time Warp.” Best of all, the audience participation is legendary and prop bags will be for sale in the lobby for the Friday and Saturday shows. Costumes encouraged!

The Dyer Library annual book sale kicks off on Saturday in Saco. Raivalle/Shutterstock.com

Dyer Library Annual Book Sale opening day
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Dyer Library/Saco Museum, 371 Main St., Saco. sacomuseum.org
Book lovers, get ready to shop til you drop at the Dyer Library book sale in Saco. It runs through the end of August during library hours, but for the best selection, hit opening day on Saturday. You can expect to find massive amounts of hardcovers, paperbacks, fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, children’s and young adult books, coffee table books, antique books, art books and reference books. But that’s not all. You’ll also peruse through piles of video tapes, DVDs, CDs and audio books, all priced to fly out the door. In addition to the Saturday hours, the library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

See the Dragology drag show at St. Lawrence Arts Center. ibreakstock/Shutterstock.com

7 p.m. Saturday. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. stlawrencearts.org
A new series of immersive, multimedia drag shows hosted by Gem Fatale kicks off on Saturday in Portland. Dragology features drag performers Raya Sunshine, Chartreuse Money, Mike Hawk and Mink Money, who will be knocking your socks clear off with conceptual pieces along with belted-out ballads. Drag yourself and your friends up Munjoy Hill for a fun and fabulous time.

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