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‘A Christmas Carol’ returns

Project Shakespeare’s holiday tradition continues

  • The Ghost of Jacob Marley (Helen Martynuska) frightens Scrooge (Arianna Wentworth) with the chains of greed he forged in lifein Project Shakespeare’s production of A Christmas Carol. Courtesy Photo—


Friday, November 23, 2018 11:24AM

The annual holiday production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” by the student actors of Project Shakespeare will be held in eight area towns during December.

Adapted and directed by Deborah Shakespeare Thurber, this year’s production will feature 26 students, ages 6 to 18. All these performers embody their characters fully with a passion and energy fitting for Dickens’ entertaining tale that best defines the spirit of the holiday season.

Arianna Wentworth will be donning Scrooge’s Victorian top hat, with an ensemble cast including Connor Ahern, Tristan Archibald, Sophia Battisti, Molly Burman, Blake and Isabelle Ferguson, Lucas Gallagher, Arial Geissler, Abigail Hampson, Holly and NiaLanphier, Emily and Grace Lewis, Alyssia Maki, Seamus Malloy, Helen Martynuska, Harold Thomas McCarthy, Benjamin Michaud, Grace and Gabrielle Ramsden, Caroline Rockhill, Aurora Sousa, Ella and Samuel Weinmann and Katie Whitaker.

Performances will be on Dec. 7 at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church, Dec. 8 at First Church in Jaffrey, Dec. 14 at Aldworth Manor in Harrisville, Dec. 15 at the Greenfield Town Meetinghouse and Dec. 21 at the First Congregational Church in Rindge. Those shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students and are available a half hour prior to the performance.

A special holiday performance and dinner will be on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Fitzwilliam Inn in Fitzwilliam. The cost is  $50 per person (gratuity and drinks not included). Seating is limited; for reservations, call 585-9000.

Three shows will be held at the Hancock Inn in Hancock on Dec. 16., at 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Guests will stroll with Scrooge and company as the play is performed throughout the inn, followed by dinner. The cost is $50 per person (gratuity and drinks not included). Seating is limited; for reservations, call  525-3318

A performance and dinner will be on  Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. at The Monadnock Inn in Jaffrey. The cost is $50 per person (gratuity and drinks not included). Seating is limited; for reservations, call 585-9000.

An event on Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. at the Jaffrey Civic Center will include caroling, a performance of “A Christmas Carol” and a traditional Victorian dinner. For reservations and ticket information, call 532-6527 or visit jaffreyciviccenter.com.

Proceeds from the performances will benefit Project Shakespeare’s theater education programs. For more information visit the web site projectshakespeare.org.