A new theater company in Portland offers its first show this week. Snowlion Repertory Company presents “The Christmas Bride” at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Dec. 18; and 8 p.m. Dec. 20-21 at Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland. The story, written by MK Wolfe with music and lyrics by Noel Katz, is based on the Charles Dickens story “The Battle of Life.”

It stars Brunswick-born actor David Arthur Bachrach, who lives and works professionally in theater in New York. Other cast members are John Ambrose, Jaymie Chamberlin, Elizabeth Lardie, Brian McAloon, William McCue, Annie O’Brien, Cynthia O’Neil, Fran Page, Marissa Sheltra and Bill Vaughan.

The story tells of love lost and found, home and family, faith and forgiveness.

Tickets cost $17 ($15 for students and seniors). Call 899-3993 or visit lucidstage.com. For more information, visit snowlionrep.org.

“Christmas with Cornils: A Kotzschmar Christmas” will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Merrill Auditorium, and features the music of municipal organist Ray Cornils and assorted musical friends, including the Choral Art Camerata, the Parish Ringers and the Kotzschmar Festival Brass. Soloist Aaron Engebreth will narrate “The Night Before Christmas.” This is the last concert on the Kotzschmar organ for two years, as it will undergo extensive service.

Tickets cost $22 to $34, and are available through PortTix at porttix.com or 842-0800.

Portland Ballet presents “The Victorian Nutcracker” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Merrill Auditorium. This version of the holiday classic is set in Victorian-era Portland with historical figures and stage sets based on rooms in the Victoria Mansion and Deering Oaks Park. The conductor is Sean Newhouse, assistant conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. (See Christopher Hyde’s Classical Beat column for a historical look at the ballet’s story.)

Tickets are $17 to $47, and are available at porttix.com or by calling 842-0800. For information, call 772-9671 or visit portlandballet.org.

— Compiled by Bob Keyes, Staff Writer