The Hatherly Players Christmas benefit concert
The Hatherly Players will be putting on a Christmas benefit concert on Friday Dec. 13 and Saturday Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 192 Broadway, Methuen. At least fifty percent of the proceeds from the show will benefit a local family whose house was heavily damaged in a fire. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and $15 for kids younger than twelve years old. Guests that bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots will receive $10 off admission. For more information email email@example.com or call 978-494-4134.
‘A Christmas Carol’ at NECC
While some may think of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” as a classic, at Northern Essex Community College it is a tradition. The cast is comprised of an eclectic mix of NECC students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as their family members.
The play will be performed in the Chet Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.
Performances are Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students and senior citizens and $5 for children 6 and under. They can be purchased at the door or through www.mvarts.info.
N.E. Civic Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’
Local dancers will fill the stage at the New England Civic Ballet’s annual performances of the “The Nutcracker.”
The ballet will be performed at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.newenglandcivicballet.org or by calling the studio at 978-975-0289. Ticket prices are $25 for adults; $22 for children and seniors. Group rates are available. For more information contact director Phyllis George at New England Civic Ballet studios, 978-975-0289.
Merrimack Valley dancers in the production include Isabelle Wilson, Emma Ventre, Jessica Beal, Jacob Miller, Kimberly Wentworth, Julia Jennings, Emily Bartner, Elaina Ventre, Kate Beaver, Emily Wilson, Julia Sugden, Riley Griffin, Abby Jankowski, Jessica Liao, Allison Jankowski, Louise Steenbergen, Kaitryn Hinchey, Victoria Wilson, Agnes Norman, Clair Mulcahey, Gary Mannion, Katelyn McMahon and Rachel Trowbridge. New Hampshire dancers include Luke Perkins, Kassia Swanson, Samantha Welch, Jane Hannon,Lily Chartrain, Elisabeth Robles, Cailyn Bourque, Katie Chartrain, Lindsay Jones, Alexandra Cazmay and Alexia Daviduk.
Whisker Wonderland at The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society
The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society’s headquarters at 63 Elm St. in Salisbury will become a Whisker Wonderland of shopping opportunities and holiday cheer on Saturday, Dec. 14 from noon until 5 p.m. Presents for four-legged friends, Kitteridge candles and soaps, the 2014 MRFRS Cat Calendar and Sponsor-a-Cat packages all are available.
There will be refreshments and a raffle for a lottery ticket tree. All adult cats will be available for half off their normal adoption fee during the event and all proceeds benefit the society. Call 978-462-0760, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.mrfrs.org
Curtis at Crossroads Coffeehouse
Crossroads Coffeehouse continues its 25th season with singer songwriter Catie Curtis on Saturday, Dec. 14. Curtis is a veteran singer and songwriter on the folk scene. She has toured throughout the United States for 20 years and released 13 CDs. She has been called a “folk-rock goddess” by the New Yorker and performed at the White House several times. Curtis will share music from her new holiday album,”A Catie Curtis Christmas, “ as well as new songs and old favorites.
Michelle Beaulieu is opening. Beaulieu is an aspiring singer-songwriter from the Merrimack Valley who is building her own musical history. In addition to her solo work on the ukulele, she is the lead saxaphone player for the North Shore Jazz All-Stars and the classic rock band OncomingTraffic. Beaulieu will play original compositions and holiday favorites.
Crossroads Coffeehouse of the North Parish U.U. Church is located at 3 Great Pond Road, 2nd floor, North Andover. Show starts at 8 p.m.; doors open 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at www.crossroads.coffeehouse.org via PayPal. If available, tickets will be sold at the door on the evening of the concert. Crossroads is an all-age, alcohol-free venue; home-baked desserts, coffee and teas are sold before the show and at intermission.
String Project presents Winter Showcase
The UMass Lowell String Project, comprised of more than 80 musicians ages 8 to 18, will present a free concert for the public on Sunday, Dec. 15. The Winter Showcase will feature three String Project ensembles, as well as the UMass Lowell Youth Orchestra. The groups – which will perform for students, parents, teachers and members of the community – will showcase the education and growth as musicians the 88 members have achieved this semester.
The String Project offers group instruction on string instruments such as violin, viola and cello to Lowell public school students. The concert is at Durgin Concert Hall, located on the first floor of Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder St., Lowell. Free parking is available in the nearby Wilder Lot.
Northeast Youth Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’
Northeast Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” features the talents of more than 125 dancers who auditioned from the Greater Boston area, along with guest artists hailing from Australia, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and New York. The production will occur once again at the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Shawsheen Road, Andover.
Performances will run through Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for children and seniors, and $22 for students and groups. They can be purchased by visiting www.northeastyouthballet.tix.com or by calling 800-595-4849. For those who qualify, complimentary tickets are available through NYB’s S.T.A.R.S., a community outreach program created for children and individuals of all ages who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the ballet.
Treble Chorus of New England’s holiday concert
The Treble Chorus of New England, a professional children’s chorus, will be presenting “Ring in the Holidays!” on Saturday Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. The show will feature the Treble Churis as well as guest artist Polymnia as they present holiday songs accompanied by cello, oboe and flute. Tickets are $16, $10 for students and seniors. For more information visit www.treblechorusne.org
Dance Prism’s ‘The Nutcracker’
Dance Prism, one of New England’s most recognized touring ballet companies, will bring its 31st season of The Nutcracker to Andover with performance at the Collins Center, 80 Shawsheen Road, on Saturday Dec. 21 and Sunday 22.
Young audience members are invited to meet Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy following the performances. Saturday shows are at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and the Sunday performance is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for children and seniors, $24 for adults. Group discounts are offered. Tickets are available online at www.danceprism.com or by calling 978-371-1038.
North Andover student in North Shore Music Theatre’s ‘A Christmas Carol’
Kyle McAdam, 16, of North Andover, is back for his fourth Christmas with North Shore Music Theatre, playing a teen caroler and younger Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.” He is a 2013 Broadway World nominee in the category of best youth actor for last year’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” McAdam is a senior at North Andover High School, where he is an member of the drama and music programs.
Performances of “A Christmas Carol” run through Sunday, Dec. 22. Tickets range from $55 to $65. Tickets can be purchased by calling the North Shore Music Theatre Box Office at 978-232-7200, via the website at www.nsmt.org or in person at 62 Dunham Road (Route 128, exit 19), Beverly, Mass.
Local dance students in ‘Nutcracker’ productions
Fourteen local dancers from the Andover School of Ballet will participate in local productions of “The Nutcracker.”
Francesca Carnovale, 9, is in the Albany Berkshire Ballet production at Lawrence High School on Dec. 18 and 19.
Katie Beaver, 9, Louise Steenbergen, 9, and Julia Jennings,15, will perform in the New England Civic Ballet production at The Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College on Dec. 13, 14 and 15.
Katherine Bace, 13, Sarah Bace, 10, Francesca Carnovale, 9, Minh-Khue DoBa, 7, Daniela Friedman, 10, Bella Mohammed, 7, Kate Zdunczyk, 10, Grace Ventre, 8, and Olivia Ventre, 10, are in the Dance Prism production at The Collins Center for the Arts at Andover High School showing Dec. 21 and 22.
Anna Clark, 11, and Lily Clark, 7, are performing in the Ballet Misha production in Manchester, N.H., on Dec. 14 and 15.
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