THEATER

The Senior Theatre Christmas Special, “Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol,” will be performed on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. at Nasson Little Theatre, 457 Main St. in Springvale. Come early and join the Senior Songbirds as they entertain the audience with the songs of yester year. This is a Sanford Maine Stage Theatre production. Tickets are $10 and it is general admission.

“Broadway at Good Theater” will be held Dec. 3-7 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. in Portland. The holiday concerts will star Broadway veterans Aaron Ramey (The Bridges of Madison County) and Christoper A. Pecoraro (Miss Saigon). Performance times are Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., Friday Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. All performances have varying prices. For more information, call 885-5883 or go to www.goodtheater.com.

Our Theatre Company presents the holiday classic, “A Christmas Story” by humorist, Jean Shepherd. Performances run Dec. 5-14 at Nasson Little Theatre, 457 Main St. in Springvale. The showtimes will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.  General admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children 12 and under. For more information and ticket reservations, call 294-2995 or go to www.myotc.org

Portland Stage Company presents “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens from Nov. 28 through Dec. 24. Tickets for children under the age of 15 (with the purchase of an adult ticket) and students with a valid college ID are $20, adults are $45 and senior citizens are $41. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, including a complete performance schedule, call Portland Stage Box Office at 774-0465 or go to www.portlandstage.org

Clay Hill Farm Presents “A Christmas Carol: The NEW! Musical Tale” on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. This is a two person musical with music and lyrics by Nancy Day and a theatrical adaptation by Kirk Simpson. Tickets for the show are $20 per person. A seasonally themed dinner menu is provided for all shows, and there is limited seating. For reservations, call 361-2272 or for more information go to clayhillfarm.com. Clay Hill Farm is located at 220 Clay Hill Road in Cape Neddick.

The Thornton Academy Players present “Pride and Prejudice” from Thursday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 6 at Garland Auditorium. All three shows begin at 7 p.m. This is Jon Jory’s modern stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1813 classic novel with a cast of nearly 40 TA Players. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by contacting Doug Stebbins at 602-4471 or [email protected] Tickets are $8 and discounted to $5 if attendees bring a non-perishable food donation for the Saco Food Pantry.

Maine State Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” will be performed at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium Saturday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 7. The holiday tradition will feature live music from the Maine State Ballet Orchestra, costumes and stage scenery by Gail Csoboth and over 300 dancers. Dancers in the production include: Emily Belanger from Biddeford; Jillian Bartlett, Jessica Bartlett and Erin Morrison from Kennebunk; Alyssa Bryan and Sophia Tanguay from North Waterboro; Alexis Bernier and Gabriella Lebel from Old Orchard Beach; and Jack Perkins and Jade Tibbets from Saco. Performances will be held Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale through Porttix at 842-0800, online at mainestateballet.org or tickets.porttix.com, or at the Merrill Auditorium box office.

Applause for a Cause Players present “A Christmas Story with a Silver Lining” on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m at the Trailblazers Family Club, Bills Lane in Wells. This is an original holiday play with traditional songs of the season. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth under the age of 16. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call 646-2118.

ART

Just Us Chickens will be celebrating Shop Local Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday with a Holiday Open House on Nov 28-30. There will be refreshments, ornaments, wreaths and many handmade crafts for gift giving. Shop hours will be seven days per week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting Nov. 28 and ending Dec 24.

Engine has released its upcoming class schedule: On Tuesday, Dec. 2, “Draw Paint of Sculpt the Figure” will be held from 6-8 p.m. This class is for ages 14 and up and costs $10. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, “After School Art Club” is held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This class is for ages 7 and up and there is a $5 donation suggested. On Thursday, Dec. 4 there will be “Open Painting Group,” from 3-5 p.m. This class is for ages 14 and up and costs $10. On Friday, Dec. 5, a reception for the After School Art Club will be held from 3-5 p.m. This event is free and for ages 7 and up. Engine is located at 265 Main St. in Biddeford. For more information, call 370-9130 or email [email protected]

UNE presents “Poet Coyote” at the Portland Art Gallery on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. This is an educational program that is associated with the current exhibition, “Coyote Connections,” a collection of works celebrating the coyote. At the event, writers will react to the exhibition’s works through poetry. Participating poets include Carol Willette Bachofner, DiTa Ondek, Margie Kivel and Jenny Doughty. The gallery is located at 716 Stevens Ave. in Portland.

Karen Gosselin-Diebolt’s art reception at the Wells Library has been rescheduled. The reception will now be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.

Artist Maurice Auger’s paintings will be on exhibit at the Goodall Library from October through the end of December. The series titled “Windows” covers a span of 10 years as a result of his interest in old wood architecture. Auger is a member of the Sanford Springvale Art Association and his paintings have been exhibited at Maine College of Art in Portland, The Engine Gallery in Biddeford as well as in businesses and several private homes.

“Art is Community V” juried art show and sale will be on display through Dec. 13, Sponsored by the Saco River Art League, this annual show of regional art and fine craft includes paintings, sculptures and child-friendly interactive art-making for visitors during the opening weekend. Admission is free, and donations are appreciated but not required.

MUSIC

Grammy-winning blues harmonica master James Cotton has canceled his performance on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Saco River Theatre in Buxton. Cotton regrets any inconvenience caused by this cancellation and plans to reschedule as soon as possible.

The Choral Art Society will begin the holiday season with its 27th annual Christmas at the Cathedral concert series. Performances take place on Saturday, Dec. 6 at noon and at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All concerts will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. The performances will include the premiere of “The Bells I Heard,” winner of CAS’s inaugural New England Carol Contest. Tickets purchased in advance range in price from $22 to $35. Tickets can be purchased online at www.choralart.org or by cash or check at Longfellow Books in Portland, the Book Review in Falmouth, and Nonesuch Books in South Portland.

A hook organ candlelight concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 141 North St. in Kennebunk, as part of Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude activities. The program features the church’s 1854 hook organ played by professionally trained Nelda Clelland. Clelland will play a variety of seasonal music on the organ and the piano. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person and a portion of the proceeds go to the church’s fund to assist community needs. For more information, contact the church on Wednesdays at 967-3897.