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North Shore Music Theatre artistic director steps down

For area theaters, it’s a time of departures and arrivals. It was announced Tuesday that Arianna Knapp, the artistic director of North Shore Music Theatre, will step down at the end of this year, making her the latest of several artistic directors to leave their posts. The search for Knapp’s successor will begin immediately, according to the Beverly-based theater. Meanwhile, the Cape Playhouse — whose longtime artistic director Evans Haile recently departed — announced Tuesday that Mark Cuddy has been appointed to the newly created position of Playhouse producer and chief executive of the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, of which the Cape Playhouse is a part. He will begin immediately. A month ago, Dan Lombardo announced his resignation as artistic director of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. A spokeswoman said Tuesday by e-mail that Lombardo’s successor has yet been chosen. In a statement, Cuddy said it was “an honor and a privilege to become the steward’’ of the Cape Playhouse, a summer theater that he described as “important and vibrant.’’ In a telephone interview, Richard B. Hawes Jr., president of the board of trustees of the Cape Playhouse and the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, said of Cuddy: “We’re most excited to have him on board because he will preserve the history and will, with his artistic leadership, guide us into the future of the Cape Playhouse for years to come.’’

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