December is here, and hence the holiday season is in full force. The snow has started falling, the lights have started shining and the shopping has started in earnest. Hopefully, you’re out there shopping local whenever you can – a thriving community depends on consumers buying from their neighbors.

But shopping local doesn’t end with retail. You should shop local when it comes to your Yuletide entertainment as well. And here’s the thing – you can do that, because there is an embarrassment of riches out there for locally-offered holiday performance.

Sure, you could sit at home and watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the umpteenth time or run through your Christmas Spotify playlist. But where’s the fun in that?

Especially when you take into account that our region is absolutely jammed with possibilities. There are stage shows and concerts galore. There is comedy and drama and so much music. There are holiday classics and brand-new creations. All of it right here in your backyard.

Look, if you want to stay home and drink hot toddies in front of a roaring fireplace, that’s perfectly OK. No judgment – sounds like you’ve figured out what it is you want from the holiday season and life in general. But if you’re looking to be entertained, well … you’re in luck.

In recent years, it seems as though every December has had a wealth of options. But this year more than ever, it feels like there really is something for everyone out there.

Please note that this isn’t even close to everything out there. I’ve just chosen a handful of options that might pique your interest. Keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground, because there is just so much out there, with so many people celebrating with their own joyful noises.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:32

The arts are expanding on Exchange Street

Bangor Arts Exchange coming to historic Nichols Block

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BANGOR -Bangor Ballet's Board of Directors has announced that Ivy Clear-Forrest will retire as Artistic Director following this month's performances ofThe Sleeping Beauty, to be performedApril 9 at 7 pmat the Bucksport Performing Arts Center andApril 10 at 4 pmat the Gracie Theatre in Bangor.

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BANGOR -- Bangor Ballet will hold auditions at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 for its June 13 and 14 performances of 'Les Sylphides' and 'Coppelia' (excerpt).

Auditions will be held in the fourth floor studio of Thomas School of Dance at 14 State Street in Bangor. Auditions are open to any intermediate to advanced level dancer. Parents will be asked to sign audition forms for any dancer under the age of 18.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 13:27

Bangor Ballet brings Snow White to The Grand

ELLSWORTH - The Grand welcomes the Bangor Ballet for one performance of their brand-new adaptation of the classic fairy tale 'Snow White' on Sunday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Founded in 1994 as Bangor Youth Ballet with a premiere performance of 'Cinderella' (featuring original choreography by Ivy Forrest), Bangor Ballet has presented a major production in the spring of each year and this year brings to the Grand 'Snow White.' Choreographed by Thomas School of Dance faculty members Serena and Cassandra Lovett, the ballet uses well known and less well known classical music to tell the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:10

Auditions for Bangor Ballet

BANGOR Bangor Ballet will be hosting auditions on Aug. 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the Thomas School of Dance, 14 State Street, for their second production of the 2012-2013 season, 'Salute to the Troops.' Any and all intermediate to advanced ballet dancers in the state of Maine are encouraged to audition. Girls on pointe should come prepared to audition on pointe.

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