Christmas Revels, Shrek, Amahl & The Night Visitors, A Christmas Carol, Tim Gurshin, Club Soda, The Vibro Kings

CR14-graphic-webIt’s a weekend filled with music, theater, art and dance throughout the upper valley with The Christmas Revels 40th Anniversary Show this Thursday through Sunday at Spaulding Auditorium. Evening tickets still available all four days at the Hop website.

Opera North present “Amahl & The Night Visitors” at Lebanon Opera House, Northern Stage continues with their run of “A Christmas Carol” at the Briggs Opera House, The Rutland Youth Theater presents “Shrek – The Musical” at the Paramount Theater this Friday and Saturday, and The Albany Berkshire Ballet presents two performances of “The Nutcracker” Sunday – also at The Paramount.

My acoustic rocker friend Tim Gurshin is coming up from the Concord area to play at Salt Hill Pub – Hanover on Friday night. Come join me after the Revels Show and cheer him on! Also that night – legendary dance band Club Soda is at SHP – Lebanon, Turner Round debuts at the Newport SHP, James Graham & Redhouse perform at Lil Red Baron in Newport, and The Vibro Kings (a new line-up with Ted Mortimer, Ed Eastridge, Bobby G, and Skip Truman) play at Skunk Hollow Tavern.

Get out and stir up your Christmas Spirit at any of these shows! Check out the Calendar for more details.

Wassail Weekend, Wrensong, Gypsy Swing, Jazzcats, Stone Cold Roosters, and More!

Get ready for a grand weekend of music, theater, art, and dance as upper valley performers celebrate the spirit of giving that resides in each of us. Friday night we are in for a special treat when the Alchemists’ Workshop presents “The Night of Las Posadas” an original Holiday Musical by Will Ogmundson, at the Freight House Music Hall. Its Wassail Weekend in Woodstock – enjoy the Annual House Tour and gypsy swing band- Hot Club of San Francisco, culminating with Handel’s Messiah Singlong Sunday at 4pm or Sabrina and the Jazz Cat’s Holiday Concert at the Sumner Mansion at Hartland 3 Corners – also at 4pm.

Also on Sunday – a rare treat is in store at The Canoe Club with Colin McCaffrey and the Stone Cold Roosters. If you like East Texas Swing and down home country music – mixed with sophisticated east coast atmosphere, come to The Canoe Club Sunday evening!

Also – Get your tickets now for the Revels North presentation of The Christmas Revels at Spaulding Auditorium December 18 thru 21. There are six shows but tickets are going fast! Go to www.hop.dartmouth.edu for seating and more information.

“A Christmas Carol” at Northern Stage

It’s a busy time of year and even though “A Christmas Carol” is playing at Northern Stage in White River Junction through the holidays, I wasn’t sure we would be able to squeeze it into our schedule. Then we realized we had an opening last Thursday and despite the fact that it meant missing that live telecast of that girl playing Peter Pan, we went for it and I’m glad we did.

The Northern Stage production of this Christmas classic is terrific. When you first sit down, it’s fun to contemplate the gorgeous stage setting and once you see it in action, you have a new appreciation for clever. We were enthralled from start to finish. Wonderful writing, staging and acting.

Parents of small children should be aware there are some scary parts with the frequent appearance of silent, menacing ghosts who haunt Scrooge between appearances by the less frightening Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present. And anyone who isn’t spooked by the appearance of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come must be leading an exemplary life.

Northern Stage website

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