‘Holiday Delights’ in Gloucester tells a Christmas tale
“Holiday Delights,’’ an evening of stories, songs, and dance, will be presented at Gloucester Stage Thursday through next Sunday.
Conceived and directed by Heidi Dallin, the show features a cast of 35 ages 6 to 16, all students in Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops.
The show tells the story of a young girl’s journey to discover what is really important during the holidays. She learns about the special traditions of other families and comes to realize the importance of her own family traditions.
On Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus takes the young girl to visit young Fan and Ebenezer Scrooge, the Cratchit family, and the Fezziwig family from “A Christmas Carol;’’ the March sisters from “Little Women;’’ Della from “Gift of the Magi;’’ a contemporary family celebrating Hanukkah; and the animals of the forest from “The Very Best Kind of Christmas Tree.’’
Now in its third year, the show includes classic holiday music.
Jessica Ingaharro reprises her role as Mrs. Claus and Lily Armstrong, 12, plays the young girl.
The event features music direction by Helen Greene; choreography by Carol Burnham, set design by Susan Frey, costume design by Lara Jardullo, and lighting design by Brendan Marr.
Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 3 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday.
Ticket prices are $15; $12 for senior citizens; $8 for students, and $6 for children younger than 12.
Call 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.org.
STRUMMING THE FAVORITES: Two holiday concerts featuring traditional Old English and Renaissance Christmas carols performed by finger-style guitarist and singer Raymond Gonzalez will be presented in Jonathan Sherman’s Marblehead art studio Thursday and Friday.
Gonzalez performs music from his new CD “Carols,’’ which features traditional Christmas songs with new arrangements and instrumentation as well as original pieces.
“This is an offering of winter songs that I have always loved,’’ said Gonzalez. “Simple and graceful melodies that I hope will bring light to a cold night.’’
A professional guitarist from age 16, Gonzalez performs in styles ranging from classical to folk, blues, jazz, Latin, and Celtic in solo concerts, festivals, and coffeehouses across the country.
He wrote his first compositions and songs at an early age, which led to a master’s degree in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Gonzalez is the director of a recording and production studio in Marblehead and continues to compose and perform classical and modern music. He has recorded seven solo CDs.
Doors open at 7 p.m. The concerts run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and are followed by cheese and wine receptions. Admission is $15. The studio is at 112 Washington St., above Rockhopper Café in Marblehead. Call 781-502-8822.
RING IN THE HOLIDAYS: The Back Bay Ringers, a handbell ensemble, present a concert Saturday at Maple Street Church in Danvers.
The group, founded in 2003, is an advanced, auditioned, community handbell ensemble based in Boston.
The concert, “Merry and Bright,’’ features holiday classics including “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’’ and “Sleigh Ride,’’ transcriptions such as Bizet’s “Farandole,’’ and original compositions for handbells.
The performance, to be held in the church sanctuary, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15; $10 for senior citizens and students; and free for children under 10. Visit www.backbayringers.org.
AUTHOR’S CORNER: Historian Robert Booth of Marblehead presents a lecture based on his book “Death of an Empire: The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America’s Richest City,’’ at the Visitor Center at Salem Maritime National Historic Site at 7 p.m. on Thursday. A book signing follows the lecture.
IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Small Wonders,’’ an exhibit and sale of works by the artists of the Bridge Gallery in Newburyport, is at the gallery through Dec. 31. The show features a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, and photography. . . . Another show and sale of small works is at the Marblehead Arts Association through Dec. 24. Artist members of the association have donated the pieces, including unframed paintings and photographs. Costs are $25 and $15 respectively, with all proceeds benefiting the association’s education programs.
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