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Brook Soucy as Clara in the New England Dance Ensemble’s The Nutcracker. Courtesy photo.




The Classics
Get your Nutcracker and Christmas Carol fix

11/26/15
By Kelly Sennott ksennott@hippopress.com



 It’s not the holidays without The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy or A Christmas Carol’s Tiny Tim. Good thing New Hampshire theaters and dance companies think so, too — it means you can be extra selective in picking your show based on location, time and cast. 

 
Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater, accompanied by a live orchestra, performs The Nutcracker at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, on Friday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 29, at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $45, with no refunds or exchanges allowed. Call 668-5588, ext. 110, or email davidrousseau@palacetheatre.org.
The New England Dance Ensemble presents the fully staged classic The Nutcracker, directed by Barbara Mullen, on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m., at Windham High School Theatre, 64 London Bridge Road, Windham. The show features guest artists Gillian Murphy, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, who will play the Sugar Plum Fairy. Other visiting artists from ABT include Catherine Hurlin (Snow Queen, Arabian), Sterling Baca (Cavalier), Connor Holloway (Snow King, Arabian) and Sam Rodriguez (Nutcracker). Accompanying them are 100 aspiring dancers from throughout New England. Visit nede.org. Tickets are $25 to $35.
The Leddy Center for the Performing Arts presents its rendition of A Christmas Carol at 38C Ladd’s Lane, Epping. Showtimes are Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18. Visit leddycenter.org or call 679-2781.
The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, hosts An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker, presented by Great Bay Academy of Dance, for the 28th year, with full-length performances on Friday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, at 1 and 7:30 p.m. “Nutcracker in a nutshell” performances, recommended for kids, are Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. “Nutshell” tickets are $28 to $33, while full-length productions are $37 to $44. Visit themusichall.org.
The Players’ Ring, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, hosts its own take on A Christmas Carol Dec. 4 through Dec. 23, directed by Jennifer Henry. Tickets are $10 to $15. Visit playersring.org.
• At the Palace Theatre, A Christmas Carol is one of the most anticipated shows of the year. Performances are Friday, Dec. 4, through Tuesday, Dec. 22, with showtimes Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays. Tickets range in price, $25 to $45. Call 668-5588, ext. 110, or visit palacetheatre.org.
Gate City Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Stockbridge Theatre, Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 1 and 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $18. Visit stockbridgetheatre.com.
• The Northeastern Ballet Theatre presents its take on The Nutcracker at Oyster River High School, 55 Coe Drive, Durham, on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m., and at the Kingswood Arts Center, 21 McManus Road, Wolfeboro, on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. Visit northeasternballet.org. Tickets are $20. 
Sole City Dance presents its take on The Nutcracker at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester, on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 and 7 p.m., with elaborate sets, costumes and special effects. Tickets are $22-$26. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com or call 750-7777.
• The Turning Pointe Center of Dance, now in its 33rd season, performs The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, under the direction of Lisa Drouin Goff, with more than 70 boys and girls ranging in age from 3 to 18. Tickets are $18. Call 485-8710.
The Boire Dance Academy presents The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3:30 p.m., at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford. Tickets are $20. Call 855-222-2849 or email boiredanceacademy@gmail.com.
• The Rochester Opera House hosts its take on A Christmas Carol at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester, on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $18. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com.
The New Hampshire School of Ballet presents The Nutcracker with a cast of 50, falling snow and a growing tree at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, on Sunday, Dec. 27, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org. The company also performs at the Concord Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, on Friday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18.
• The Peacock Players present their annual take on A Christmas Carol, directed by Keith Weirich, at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua, with showtimes on Friday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $17. Visit peacockplayers.org. 





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