December 6, 2007

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Curtain Calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Looking back: Milford Area Players are marking their fifth anniversary with a redo of their first production, Inspecting Carol, by Daniel Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Company. Many of the original cast members have returned to take part in this comedy about mistaken identity. A theater company is going broke and trying to stage one last performance of A Christmas Carol. They mistake a man who asks to audition for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Robin Lacroix stage managed when it was MAP’s inaugural show, and this time she’s directing. Dick Kirtley, TJ Davis, Eric Skoglund, Sally Nutt, Neal Blaiklock, Vick Bennison, Jane Curran, Tom Partridge, Deb Shaw, Jennifer Belanger, Michael Robideau and Ben Lavoie perform. Proceeds benefit the Amato Center. Inspecting Carol runs Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Amato Center at 56 Mont Vernon St. in Milford, milfordareaplayers.org, 672-1002. Ticket prices range from $7 to $12.

• More holiday themes: The professional Nashua-based Northern Ballet Theatre is touring southern New Hampshire with a production of The Nutcracker choreographed by Northern artistic director Doreen Cafarella. They hit Keefe Auditorium at Elm Street Middle School, 117 Elm St. in Nashua, Saturday, Dec. 8. They wrap up Saturday, Dec. 15, at The Colonial Theater, 95 Main St. in Keene. Ticket costs range from $13 to $26 by section. See www.nbti.org or call 889-8406.

Ballet New England presents its 18th season of An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker, which blends local history with dance. See it Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.; or Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 and 7 p.m. at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., in Portsmouth, 436-2400. BNE also offers a 45-minute version called “Nutcracker: In a Nutshell” Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. Ticket prices range from $17 to $38.

A Christmas Story was based on Jean Shepherd’s writings, and the professional Seacoast Repertory produces the stage version of the film, through Sunday, Dec. 30, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 3 p.m. at 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, 433-4472. Ticket costs range from $24 to $38.

Jacob Marley must save Scrooge in order to save himself from eternal damnation in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. Actors’ Circle Theatre presents a staged reading of the tale Friday, Dec. 7, at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Main St. in Peterborough. Tickets cost $10, or $5 with any donation of clothing or non-perishable food, which will be distributed by the church. Carolers start the show at 7:30 p.m. See www.actorscircletheatre.org or call 924-3876.