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Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers perform a selection of Christmas stories by New England writers in A New England Christmas. Carol Dostie photo.




Festivities onstage
All theater, minus Nutcracker and Christmas Carol

11/27/14
By Kelly Sennott ksennott@hippopress.com



 Love the holidays but hate Scrooge? There may be a holiday theater show for you here.

 
• The Alchemist’s Workshop presents The Night of Las Posadas, a 45-minute operetta based on the holiday book by Tomie dePaola, at the Woodcrest Seniors’ Center, 356 Main St., New London, Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m.; at the Pleasant View theater, 227 Pleasant St., Concord, on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m.; at the Congregational Church of Henniker, 43 Maple St., Henniker, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.; and at Milly’s Tavern, 500 N. Commercial St., Manchester, Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2:30 and 4 p.m. There’s a $5 admission for each show. Find more information at alchemistsworkshop.org, dunn.t@comcast.net or 568-5102.
• The Majestic Theatre presents its ninth annual auction and performance, Winter Wonderland, on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., at the Manchester Community College, 1066 Front St., Manchester. Majestic teens, kids and adults perform a musical revue of winter and holiday favorites of yesterday and today. Tickets are $20 each or $35 per couple. Visit majestictheatre.net. There’s also a raffle and auction, with items viewable from the website.
• Kent Stephens’ Stage Force annual holiday play reading of The Ragpicker’s Dream happens Saturday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m., at The Music Hall, 128 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, with tickets $18. Visit themusichall.org or call 436-2400. It’s a collection of funny, poignant tales adapted for the stage, with a small inclusion from Kenneth Graham’s The Wind in the Willows, poetry by Robert Frost and Lawrence Ferlinghetti and comedy by David Sedaris. 
• The Immaculate Heart of Mary presents An Epic Christmas Around the World on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com), a theatrical production showcasing favorite Christmas sights and songs and dances that culminates with a live musical Nativity. Tickets are $12 to $20.
• On Saturday, Dec. 6, at 1 and 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m., Concord Dance Academy presents A Holiday Spectacular, which features spirited dances set to music of the season, at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, concordcityauditorium.org. Proceeds go to Friendly Kitchen, Toys for Tots and City Auditorium upgrades. Tickets are $15; call 226-0020 or email cdaoffice@aol.com.
• A Dickens of a Christmas is at the Old Salt Restaurant, Lafayette Road, Hampton, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.; and Thursday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. The play provides a different spin on A Christmas Carol, following Charles Dickens during a time when he’s befuddled with writer’s block and is wondering what to get his children for the holidays. The play was written by George Hosker-Bouley (who plays Charles Dickens), and the evening includes a gourmet three-course dinner, live music, holiday carols and the show. Tickets are $39.99 per person (which doesn’t include tax/gratuity) and must be reserved by calling 926-0330.
• Directed by Tom Partridge and Diane Cobb, two holiday one-act plays, Carol’s Christmas and Jingle Bell Jury, will be performed at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. Email rlacrois@svbgc.org with questions.
• On Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m., the Garrison Players Arts Center performs Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play at the Garrison Players’ Arts Center, Route 4, Rollinsford. Free tickets are available at garrisonplayers.org, by calling 750-4278; no tickets available at the door.
• The Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, hosts The Twelve Days of Christmas on Friday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m., tickets $16.50 for adults, $12.50 for students and seniors. The dance recital features more than 100 young performers from across New Hampshire, including students from the Eastern Ballet Institute, Concord Community Music School’s Purple Finches Children’s Chorus, African Timbre drummers, aerialists and musicians. Complementing the choreography, costumes and young dancers will be an 18-foot light-up pear tree with a dancing partridge in its nest. 
• On Friday Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m., at West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth, Pontine Theatre presents its original production, A New England Christmas. Each season, Pontine’s artistic directors, Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers, perform a selection of Christmas stories and poems by New England authors combined with puppetry and music. Tickets are $24 and may be purchased at pontine.org. Call 436-6660 or email info@pontine.org.
• Chanukah at the Palace, starring Todd Oliver, is Sunday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets $20; call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org.
 
As seen in the November 27, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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