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Singer Laura Darrell, a Maine native, performs with the Portland Symphony Orchestra in “Magic of Christmas” final 12 months. Ben McCanna/Workers Photographer

Within the run-up to the vacation season, followers of classical music and performing arts in Higher Portland have a wide range of choices on the prepared – if they’ll discover time to take all of them in. Here is a sampling of some native occasions occurring between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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

Fenix ​​Theatre, an expert theater firm in Portland dedicated to Shakespeare and different classics, returns with a manufacturing of “Twelfth Evening,” with practically the entire forged members from final 12 months, underneath the route of Peter Brown.

The corporate, which usually brings free out of doors exhibits to Deering Oaks park, strikes to the Stevens Sq. Neighborhood Middle for a collection of performances.

The story is interspersed with a variety of vacation songs, carried out by a dwell band.

The present runs from Dec. 7-11 and Dec. 14-18. All exhibits are 6:30 pm, besides Sundays, that are at 2 pm For tickets, go to fenixtheatre.com/Twelfth-night-2022.

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

A reimagining of Charles Dickens’ basic story advised by way of the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge’s equally ornery enterprise accomplice, Jacob Marley.

Marley is condemned to hell and laid low with a malicious sprite. Given a change to free himself, he should first assist Scrooge discover redemption.

The play was written by Tom Mula. This 12 months’s manufacturing by the Theater at Monmouth firm is helmed by producing creative director Daybreak McAndrews.

The present at historic Cumston Corridor runs Thursdays by way of Sundays, Nov. 24 by way of Dec. 4. Night exhibits are at 7:30 pm Saturday and Sunday matinees start at 1 pm

For tickets, go to theateratmonmouth.org/tickets.

“It (was) A Fantastic Life” – Footlights Theatre, Falmouth

This authentic play by Footlights Theater creative director Michael Tobin was impressed by the 1946 Frank Capra movie “It is a Fantastic Life.”

As a substitute of George Bailey being proven the impression of his loss of life on his family members as he contemplates suicide, Bailey as a substitute sees what the world has been like if he’d by no means been born.

The present runs on Thursdays (7 pm), Fridays (7:30 pm) and Saturdays (2 pm and seven:30 pm) from Dec. 8-22. An extra efficiency is obtainable at 7 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 20. For tickets, go to thefootlightstheatre.com.

“Christmas My Manner: A Sinatra Vacation Bash” – 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.

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

The present is obtainable at 7:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and a couple of pm on Sundays, from Dec. 2-18, aside from Dec. 4, when there isn’t any present. For tickets, go to citytheater.org/buy-tickets.

“Scrooge! The Musical” – Lyric Music Theater, 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 by way of Sunday, Dec. 2-18. 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 musicianship of the Portland Symphony Orchestra with the harmonies of the Magic of Christmas Refrain, and options a variety of particular company as nicely.

The orchestra is led by music director Eckart Preu, and the refrain shall be underneath the route of Nicolas Dosman. Visitors embrace Laura Darrell, one of many stars of Frozen Stay, Portland municipal organist James Kennerley and his predecessor, Ray Cornils.

This system options a wide range of vacation classics. Reveals runs from Dec. 9-18 at Merrill Auditorium. It’ll even be provided as a digital live performance from Dec. 16 by way of Jan. 1.

For tickets and instances, go to portlandsymphony.org.

“Christmas with Kennerley” – Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Talking of Kennerley, the grasp organist will lead his personal vacation live performance on the Kotzschmar Organ at 7 pm on Dec. 19 at Merrill Auditorium. Discover tickets at porttix.com.


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