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Posted: December 5, 2016

Holiday classics take the stage in Maine

Written by: Leslie Bridgers
Michael O'Brien as Ebenezer Scrooge in The Public Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol." Photo courtesy of The Public Theatre

Michael O’Brien as Ebenezer Scrooge in The Public Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” Photo courtesy of The Public Theatre

Holidays are all about tradition, and part of that is watching the same shows and movies, year after year.

Well, here are some opportunities to get your fix of the Christmas classics — but with a twist. Instead of plopping down in front of the TV, get out of the house and head out to one of these theaters to see your favorite holiday stories come to life on stage.

These shows won’t break the bank, either And you might even end up starting a new tradition.

‘A Christmas Carol’

7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St., Lewiston, $20, $5 for ages 12 and under.

Charles Dickens’ classic tale has been adapted by Christopher Schario and will be performed by six actors and a fiddler. Guaranteed to warm even the most reluctant hearts, the show will be followed by a short program of holiday songs and stories performed by Jennifer Armstrong. No “bah humbugs” allowed.

‘Miracle on 34th Street’

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 18. Schoolhouse Arts Center, 16 Richville Road, Standish, $14, $12 for students and seniors.

You might be too old to sit on Santa’s lap, but you can live vicariously through Susan whose neighbor brings her to see Kris Kringle at Macy’s, where her mother works. You’ll forget you’re in Standish when the stage at Schoolhouse Arts transforms into New York City for this family-friendly show.

Scene from "A Christmas Story: The Musical" playing at Waterville Opera House. Photo courtesy of Waterville Opera House

Scene from “A Christmas Story: The Musical” playing at Waterville Opera House.
Photo courtesy of Waterville Opera House

‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St., Waterville, $22 to $24.

You’ll shoot your eye out if you don’t see this take on the iconic ’80s holiday film. The same Ralphie that you’ve come to know and love will again set out on his quest for an Red Ryder air rifle, but this time, it will be set to music — and not just sung by the staff of the Chinese restaurant.

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

The 1946 film, which itself was based on a short story, has been adapted for theater. See the story of George Bailey unfold on a stage complete with a live orchestra and a lavish set. You’ll leave hearing bells ring and thinking of angel wings.

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas – Live!’

7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18. The Grand, 165 Main St., Ellsworth, $12, $8 for ages 12 and under.

The Grand presents a live, all-teen production of this holiday TV classic. The comic strip characters created by Charles Schulz will come alive to teach you the true meaning of Christmas through their story and songs, including those from the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and well-known carols such as “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”

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