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Theater traditions
Where to see The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol

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



 For many families, it’s not Christmas without The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol. New Hampshire residents have a variety of productions to choose from, with performances by dancers and actors of all ages.

 
Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker with a live orchestra directed by Grammy Award-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, on Friday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m., 4 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 27, at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $45. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588. 
Hatbox Theatre presents its interpretation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens from Nov. 25 through Dec. 18 at the theater, 270 Loudon Road, Concord, with showtimes Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16.50 for adults, $13.50 for students and seniors. Visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315.
The New England Dance Ensemble presents its take of The Nutcracker directed by Barbara Mullen Saturday, Nov. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Windham High School theater, 64 London Bridge Road, Windham. The show will feature guest artists Nayara Lopes and Sterling Baca. Tickets are $25 to $35. Visit nede.org.
Gerald Charles Dickens — the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens — appears in a one-man show of A Christmas Carol at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22.50; purchase tickets through Fortin Gage, 882-3371, fortingage.com.
The Palace Theatre’s annual take of A Christmas Carol hits the stage at 80 Hanover St., Manchester, from Dec. 2 through Dec. 23, complete with lively song and dance, special effects, professional actors and a live orchestra. Tickets are $25 to $45. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org.
The Players’ Ring presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Dec. 2 through Dec. 23 at the theater, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, with direction by Whitney Smith. The adaptation is by Ring founder F. Gary Newton and Christopher Savage. Donations for the End 68 Hours of Hunger will be accepted. Showtimes are Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit playersring.org.
The Leddy Center for the Performing Arts presents A Christmas Carol at the theater, 38C Ladd’s Lane, Epping, Dec. 2 through Dec. 11, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays and Wednesday at 2 p.m., and school shows at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 9. Tickets are $20. Visit leddycenter.org.
Northeastern Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m., at the Oyster River High School, 55 Coe Drive, Durham, and at the Kingswood Arts Center, Wolfeboro, Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit northeasternballet.org.
Dance Visions Network performs The Nutcracker Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1 and 6 p.m., at Saint Anselm College’s Dana Center for the Humanities, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester. Tickets are $18. Visit dancevisionsnetwork.com.
The Boire Dance Academy presents The Nutcracker at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit boiredanceacademy.com. Call 943-0674.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol stops at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester, Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $22. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com.
• The Prescott Park Arts Festival hosts its take of A Christmas Carol Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m., at the Exeter Town Hall, 10 Front St., Exeter. Tickets are $10 to $20, depending on age and proximity to the stage. Visit prescottpark.org.
The Turning Pointe Center of Dance presents its 36th annual performance of The Nutcracker, directed by Lisa Goff, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Tickets are $18; call 485-8710.
Sole City Dance presents The Nutcracker at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester, Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $26. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com.
The New Hampshire School of Ballet presents The Nutcracker Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, in a show featuring 50 dancers directed by Jennifer Rienert; call 668-5330. The dancers performs again at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588. Tickets are $18.
Gate City Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 and 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit stockbridgetheatre.com or call 437-5210. 





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