Arts & Entertainment

Nutcracker ballet returns to Berlin, Dec. 1

BERLIN — St. Kieran Arts Center will present the popular holiday classic The Nutcracker Ballet on Saturday, December 1 at 3 p.m. at the Berlin Junior High Auditorium for the seventh consecutive year. Advance tickets are now available $12 adults and $6 for children/students on a first come, first served basis.
For the seventh consecutive year, the magic and excitement of the Nutcracker Ballet returns to the North Country. The Nutcracker is the timeless tale of a Christmas adventure, where dreams come to life for Clara and her beloved toy, the Nutcracker. After a family's holiday gathering, the clock strikes midnight and strange, mysterious and wonderful things begin to happen. You will be amazed when fairies, soldiers, dolls, angels, a Snow Queen, a Snow Prince and even a Rat King--- are all brought to life by over forty dancers of the Robinson Ballet Company.
Featuring brilliant costumes, exciting music and award-winning set designs, this fast-paced, high-energy performance is truly the family holiday event of the season. Over the years, the Robinson Ballet Company has performed this special holiday classic to a full house audience, making it the Arts Center's most successful event to date. The Nutcracker enchants and mesmerizes from opening scene to standing ovation.
The Robinson Ballet is a popular and highly respected dance company based in Bangor, Maine. Its mission is to educate, inspire and involve people of all ages in the appreciation of dance and to bring dance performances to communities throughout rural Maine and Northern NH who would not otherwise have access to large-scale dance performances such as the Nutcracker.
"Some people have read the Nutcracker story as a child and many others have always wanted to see a live performance of the Nutcracker but have never had the opportunity. After six years of presenting, we now have children, parents and grandparents from throughout the region who have not missed one Nutcracker performance and continue to bring family and friends. We could not offer such a large performance without the support of our sponsors. Get your tickets early!" , states Joan Chamberlain, Executive Director.
This Nutcracker Ballet is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Northway Bank and Gill's Flowers & Candy, with support from NH State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Doris L. Benz Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation/North Country.
Upcoming events include North Country Community Chorus Christmas Concerts on December 12 and 14 at 7 p.m. and December 16 at 2 p.m. St. Kieran Arts Center's 2012 Season Memberships are now available for Christmas Gift-Giving.
Nutcracker tickets are available throughout the North Country at Northway Bank's Berlin and Gorham offices, Top Furniture, Gill's Florist, White Mountain Café, Lazer Works Radio Shack in Colebrook, Riff's Florist in Lancaster and St. Kieran Arts Center office, 155 Emery Street, Berlin. For more information and to reserve your tickets call 752-1028.

'Daddy's Dyin' sure to leave you in stitches

Daddys-DyinEvalita Turnover and Harmony Rhodes are two of the uproarious characters you will meet in "Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got the Will" by: Del Shores.GORHAM — Theatre North's hilarious comedy "Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got the Will," by Del Shores, opened last week to small, but enthusiastic crowds. There are still three performances left for local audiences to see this uproarious production.
What does it take for a Southern family to find their Daddy's will when all he can talk about are hilarious memories? Or an even better question: what do you get when you mix a dying father, a beautician, a preacher's wife, a six-time married vocal artist, a sanitation engineer, his wife, a greatly-outspoken grandmother, and a hippie? Will there be obstacles along the way? What does Daddy leave for each of his four children and the rest of his family?
Lots of fun and surprises galore in this play which is funny and at times, touching. Parents should note there is some adult language in this play as well as some bits of adult comedy.
"Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got the Will?" stars Alyssa MacDonald, Connor Chown, Jonathan Dubey, June Desmond, Kris Davis, Mary Champlin, Rick Davis, and Sam Killbride. Backstage and crew include: Corey Shaink, Miranda Brazier, Tyler Fowler, Anna Fowler, Mike Young, John Tarbox, Mario Molina, and Cimbria Badenhausen.
Don't miss out. Tickets prices are $12 for adults 18 years of age or older, $8 for anyone under the age of 18. Tickets are sold at the door, but advance tickets are available at Mr. Pizza in Gorham and SaVoir Flare in Berlin.
Theatre North relies on the support of the community to continue to stage plays and other community performances in the Androscoggin Valley.
Get your tickets for one of the three remaining performances on August 16, 17, and 18 at the Medallion Opera house in the Gorham Town Hall. All shows start at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. each night.