Where to see holiday music and stories on stage

By | November 20, 2022

Maine-born singer Laura Darrell carried out with the Portland Symphony Orchestra on “Magic of Christmas” final 12 months. Ben McCanna / Private Photographer

As the vacation season approaches, followers of classical music and the performing arts in Better Portland have a wide range of choices out there to them, ought to they discover the time to take all of them. Here’s a sampling of some native occasions that happen between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“Twelfth Evening: A Vacation Celebration of Shakespeare and Music” – Fenix ​​Theater Firm, Portland

Fenix ​​Theatre, a Portland-based skilled theater firm dedicated to Shakespeare and different classics, returns with a manufacturing of “Twelfth Evening,” that includes practically the entire solid from final 12 months, underneath the path of Peter Brown.

The corporate, which normally provides free outside exhibits at Deering Oaks Park, travels to the Stevens Sq. Neighborhood Middle for a collection of exhibits.

The story is intercut with a spread of vacation songs, carried out by a reside band.

The present runs from December 7-11 and December 14-18. All exhibits are at 6:30 p.m., besides Sunday, which is at 2 p.m. For tickets, go to fenixtheatre.com/Twelfth-night-2022.

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” – Theater at Monmouth

A reimagining of the basic Charles Dickens story instructed via the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge’s equally obnoxious enterprise accomplice, Jacob Marley.

Marley is condemned to hell and suffering from a malevolent imp. Given a change to interrupt free, he should first assist Scrooge discover redemption.

The play was written by Tom Mula. This 12 months’s manufacturing by Theater at Monmouth is led by Creative Director Producer Daybreak McAndrews.

The present at historic Cumston Corridor runs Thursday via Sunday, November 24 via December 4. Night exhibits are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees start at 1 p.m.

For tickets, go to theatreatmonmouth.org/tickets.

“It was (was) an exquisite life” – Footlights Theatre, Falmouth

This unique play by Footlights Theater Creative Director Michael Tobin is impressed by Frank Capra’s 1946 movie “It is a Great Life.”

As a substitute of displaying George Bailey the impression of his demise on his family members as he contemplates suicide, Bailey as an alternative sees what the world can be like if he had by no means been born.

The present takes place on Thursdays (7 p.m.), Fridays (7:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (2 p.m. and seven:30 p.m.) from December 8 to 22. A further efficiency is obtainable at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20. For tickets, go to thefootlightstheatre.com.

“Christmas My Method: A Vacation Occasion by Sinatra” – Metropolis Theatre, Biddeford

A Christmas-themed musical occasion, created by David Grapes and Todd Olson, options 4 singers bringing the songs of Frank Sinatra to life.

Over 40 songs shall be carried out, from vacation favorites to Sinatra requirements.

The present is obtainable at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, from December 2 to 18, aside from December 4, when there is no such thing as a present. For tickets, go to citytheater.org/buy-tickets.

“Scrooge! The Musical” – Lyric Music Theatre, South Portland

The musical model of Dickens’ novel options Scrooge being visited by the ghosts of Christmas previous, current, and future on Christmas Eve. Directed by Jamie Lupien Swenson. The present runs Friday via Sunday, December 2 via December 18. For tickets, go to lyricmusictheater.org.

Magic of Christmas – Portland Symphony Orchestra

The annual vacation custom, now in its forty second 12 months, combines the musicality of the Portland Symphony Orchestra with the harmonies of the Magic of Christmas Refrain, and likewise contains quite a lot of particular visitors.

The orchestra is led by musical director Eckart Preu, and the choir shall be underneath the path of Nicolas Dosman. Friends embrace Frozen Stay star Laura Darrell, Portland Metropolis Organist James Kennerley and his predecessor, Ray Cornils.

This system options a wide range of vacation classics. Exhibits run Dec. 9-18 at Merrill Auditorium. It should even be supplied as a digital live performance from December 16 to January 1.

For tickets and instances, go to portlandsymphony.org.

“Christmas with Kennerley” – Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Talking of Kennerley, the grasp organist will conduct his personal vacation live performance on the Kotzschmar organ at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Merrill Auditorium. Discover tickets at porttix.com.

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