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12 Days of Christmas. Courtesy photo.




Everything but the classics
Holiday theater, minus Nutcracker and Christmas Carol

11/24/16
By Kelly Sennott ksennott@hippopress.com



 There’s more to holiday theater than Tiny Tim and the Mouse King. Check out a show this winter that you might not know the ending of just yet, from Elf: The Musical to Amahl and the Night Visitors. 

 
• The final productions of Ye Merry Gentlemen, a Christmas pageant directed by Todd Hunter and written by G. Matthew Gaskell, happen at the Players’ Ring, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, Friday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 27, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit playersring.org. 
• The Concord Dance Academy presents A Holiday Spectacular Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 and 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Tickets are $15. Call 226-0200. Visit concordacademy.com.
• Hatbox Theatre and Tales Told Productions present Tales Told: Authentic Voices Sharing True Tales of the Human Experience with the theme “Home for the Holidays,” on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., at the Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets are $16.50 for adults, $13.50 for students and seniors. Visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315.
• The Garrison Players presents Christmas Cabaret, a free event of classical holiday music, at the Garrison Players Arts Center, 650 Portland Ave., Rollinsford, Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. Audiences are asked to bring nonperishable items to donate to the local food bank. Visit garrisonplayers.org or call 750-4278.
• The Majestic Theatre presents Nuncrackers, the Nunsense Christmas musical, at the Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry, Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $20. Visit majestictheatre.net.
• Pontine Theatre presents its annual New England Christmas performance Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m., at the Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye. The show comprises original adaptations of two heart-warming New England Christmas stories: Captain Eli’s Best Ear by Frank Stockton, and The Romance of a Christmas Card by Kate Douglas Wiggin. The performance by M. Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers features bunraku-style puppets created by Gathers. Tickets are $24. Visit pontine.org.
• The Peacock Players presents Elf: The Musical, Jr. at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua, on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 and 7 p.m.; on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. Visit peacockpalyers.org. Tickets are $12 to $17. 
• More than 100 young New Hampshire performers come together to create The Twelve Days of Christmas on stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13.50 for students and seniors and $17.50 for adults. Call 225-1111 or visit ccanh.com.
Dickens of a Christmas, written and produced by George Hosker-Bouley, returns for its 14th year at the Old Salt Restaurant, 490 Lafayette Road, Hampton, for performances Monday, Dec. 12, through Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the evening includes a gourmet three-course dinner, live music, holiday carols and the show; tickets are $39.99 for adults, $19.99 for children. Call 926-8322.
• Opera North presents Amahl and the Night Visitors Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord. The opera tells the story of a miraculous encounter between Amahl, a boy with a lame leg, and the Three Kings. It is sung in English and performed with a chamber orchestra and professional soloists. Tickets are $7. Visit ccanh.com or call 225-1111.
The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris is the first show of the Peterborough Players’ first-ever winter season of plays, and it goes up Dec. 7 through Dec. 17 at the theater, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, with tickets $39. Visit peterboroughplayers.org or call 924-9344. 
• The Garrison Players presents a live radio production of The Shadow: Three Christmas Adventures on Friday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m., at the Garrison Players Arts Center, 650 Portland Ave., Rollinsford. Tickets are $18 or $15 for kids younger than 18. Visit garrisonplayers.org or call 750-4278. Audiences are asked to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the local food bank.
Kent Stephens’ The Ragpicker’s Dream makes its annual stop at The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth, on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m.; tickets are $15. The annual play reading — no sets, no costumes — comprises poignant tales that feature bits of Kenneth Graham’s The Wind in the Willows, poetry by Robert Frost and Lawrence Ferlinghetti and comedy by David Sedaris. Visit themusichall.org or call 436-2400.
• For a less traditional taste of holiday theater fare, Not Another Christmas Pageant!, a comedic Christmas play, happens at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 14 Mammoth Road, Hooksett, on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. Call 668-6473 or visit emmanuelbaptistchurch.com for more information. Admission is free.
• The New Hampshire Theatre Project presents The Winter Solstice in Legend and Song with guest artist Diane Edgecomb at the West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth, on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. In this event, master storyteller Diane Edgecomb and musicians Margot Chamberlain and Tom Megan celebrate the winter solstice with haunting legends of light, evergreen traditions and tales, plus songs and original music. Tickets are $28. Call 431-6644, ext. 5, or visit nhtheatreproject.org.
• The Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, hosts It’s a Wonderful Life: A Musical Dec. 2 through Dec. 23, with showtimes Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets range in price, from about $17 to $30. Visit seacoastrep.org.
• Magician Jay Mattiolo performs a show and a cappella group Maccabeats sings part of Chanukah at the Palace on Monday, Dec. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets are $8. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588. 





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