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Season’s greetings from area stages

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Season’s greetings from area stages (edge photo by Kevin Bennett)

If your holiday tradition involves taking in a show, you’re in luck – performances abound.

Area performing arts groups are bringing a wealth of holiday shows to local stages over the coming weeks. From longstanding traditions to fun new experiences to beloved classics, all manner of Yuletide fun will be treading the boards. No matter what kind of showgoing experience you’re looking for this season, you’ll be able to find it.

We’ll start with the offerings from some of the region’s foundational performing arts organizations.

The Nutcracker - Robinson Ballet & Bangor Symphony Orchestra

This is one of the most beloved performing arts traditions this area has to offer. Two venerable organizations – Robinson Ballet and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra – come together and bring a holiday classic to brilliant, beautiful life. They get an assist from the Bangor Area Children’s Choir and some familiar faces in delightful cameos. All in all, an experience to be remembered. Performances will take place at the Collins Center for the Arts on December 15 (2 & 7 p.m.) and 16 (3 p.m.).

Tickets are available at or by calling the CCA box office at (207) 581-1755.)

Elf: The Musical & The Santaland Diaries – Penobscot Theatre Company

This holiday season, Penobscot Theatre Company has not one, but two shows – and two elves - available for your viewing pleasure.

At the Bangor Opera House, we have “Elf: The Musical.” Based on the Will Ferrell movie of the same name, it’s the story of Buddy, a human raised by elves who must depart the North Pole and learn about where he came from. Starring Ira Kramer as Buddy, it promises to be a hilarious, heartwarming time. The show runs from Dec. 6-30.

Meanwhile, at the Bangor Arts Exchange, a very different elf holds court. “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris lands on the stage of the BAE ballroom. It’s an account of what it’s REALLY like to be a department store elf. The one-man show – which runs December 13-30 - stars Dominick Varney as Crumpet; expect a racy, raucous experience.

Tickets to both shows are available at, by calling the box office at 942-3333 or at the door. “Santaland Tickets” are also available at

Next up, we have two distinctly different versions of the same holiday classic.

A Christmas Carol – Ten Bucks Theatre Company

One of the most celebrated stories of Christmas is back on area stages this year. Ten Bucks Theatre Company is presenting a staged reading of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.” Featuring Ken Stack reprising his iconic turn as Ebenezer Scrooge, this reading will take place at the Bangor Arts Exchange; it runs December 7-9.

Tickets are available at or at the door.

A Musical Christmas Carol – The Grand

That’s right! Another version of “A Christmas Carol!” The Grand in Ellsworth is mounting their own spin on the Yuletide adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge – a musically-inclined performance featuring a large cast and a number of original songs. This show runs December 14-22.

Tickets are available at, by calling the box office at (207) 667-9500 or at the door.

Or maybe you’re looking for something down Belfast way. If so, you’re in luck because there’s a host of happenings there as well.

The Snow Queen - Midcoast Actors’ Studio

The folks at Midcoast Actors’ Studio have a holiday offering of their own this season. They’re presenting “The Snow Queen,” an adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of the same name (that also inspired the movie “Frozen”). It’s a tale of friendship and magic, fun for the whole family. The show runs at Belfast’s Crosby Center December 7-16.

Tickets are available at or at the door.

A Christmas Story: The Musical - Belfast Maskers

A different kind of holiday classic is already up and running in Belfast. The Belfast Maskers opened “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” based on the beloved 1983 film of the same name, on November 30 at the Basil Burwell Community Theatre. It’s the story of young Ralphie, his friends, his family … and his single-minded quest for a Red Ryder BB gun. Yes, it’s already open, but there’s still time to check it out – it runs through December 9.

Tickets are available at, by calling (207) 619-3256 or at the door.

And if you’re looking for something a little different, there are some wider-ranging holiday performance options out there.

Some Holiday Show - Some Theater Company

The Orono-based STC is offering their own seasonal dish this year. “‘Some’ Holiday Show” promises a variety of skits, poems and songs, along with excerpts from classic holiday works. It’s a free show, taking place at the Keith Anderson Center in Orono at 7 p.m. on December 15.

Winter Wonderland – Cold Comfort Theater

This revue-style show marks its third year in Belfast. Cold Comfort Theater’s “Winter Wonderland” features the telling of beloved holiday stories and choral performances of Christmas carols. The show runs December 21-22 at the First Baptist Church in Belfast. Shows are at 7 p.m.; tickets area available at Left Bank Books.

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