Posted: December 15, 2016
Hanukkah Celebration, Trivia, Comedy, ‘A Christmas Carol:’ 9 Things to do this weekend…and into next week
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
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'The Magic Flute'
1 p.m. Thursday. The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, $23, $5 students 18 and under and college
students with ID. rocklandstrand.com
Need to hit pause on the holidays for a few hours? Let Mozart help as you sit back and enjoy the
Met's award-winning HD presentation of the enchanted opera "The Magic Flute." The humor and dazzling
puppetry of Julie Taymor's hit show from 2006, presented in a shortened English language version, brings
to life Mozart's classic fairytale. And when it's over you can go right back into holiday mode.
Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Unplugged Music Night
7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Engine, 128 Main St., Biddeford, free. feedtheengine.org
Need to spend a night in a chill listening room where you can kick back with a local craft beer
or a glass of wine and listen to some unplugged tunes before Christmas weekend? We thought so. Head to
Engine in Biddeford where you won't find microphones or amps, but you will hear unplugged vocals,
instruments and spoken word performances by local musicians and writers — maybe including you. Bring your
own instruments and cash for the bar and be a happy wallflower, participant or
Christmas at Victoria Mansion
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, $15,
$13.50 seniors, $5 students 6 to 17, under six free, $35 family rate for two adults and up to five
See what Christmas might have been like in the 1800s with a visit to the Victoria Mansion. Each
room has been decked out in historically accurate holiday decor by local designers, and each room will
melt your heart and fill you with a sense of magical nostalgia. Built in 1858, the mansion has been
serving up Christmastime cheer for three decades and is pretty darn good at it.
Photo by Shawn
Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer
'A Christmas Carol'
7 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday. Portland Stage Co., 25A Forest Ave., Portland,
$12 to $43. portlandstage.org
Love, family, goodwill and visits with your old friends Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley,
Ebenezer Scrooge and a trio of famous ghosts awaits you at Portland Stage's production of Dickens' "A
Christmas Carol." You just might leave the theater and pour out onto Forest Avenue feeling, like Scrooge
himself did, light as a feather and happy as an angel.
Photo courtesy of Portland
'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland,
Gifts for your kids aren't the only things hiding in the back of your closet. Venture back there
and you might wind up in Narnia. For a guaranteed visit with Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund in said
magical land, gather your kids and head to The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine for its production of
"The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe." There's a white witch who is really into winter, but there's also
a powerful, good-hearted lion named Aslan and a faun named Mr. Tumnus, all of whom are part of the
adventure created by C.S. Lewis.
Photo by Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer
6th Annual 'Home for the Holidays'
7 p.m. Thursday. Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road, Kittery, $27, $25 seniors, $20 students,
$40 for couch seating. patrickdorowproductions.com
Patrick Dorow Productions invites you to a very merry production in Kittery. The sixth annual
"Home for the Holidays" production is a Broadway-style show with full costumes and set. With pulse-
quickening energy, you'll hear original arrangements and medleys galore. Set in a simpler time with
families converging in a city loft for an ugly holiday sweater party, "Home for the Holidays" may elicit
both laughter and tears. BTW, rumor has it that a certain gentleman donning red apparel may make an
Photo courtesy of Patrick Dorow Productions
Noon to 2 p.m. Friday. Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, free with
admission ($10, free under 18 months). kitetails.org
On the eve of the first day of Hanukkah, here's something special for the kids. The Hanukkah
celebration at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland includes a make-your-own-menorah
workshop, and they'll take their handiwork home. Kiddos will also learn how to play the dreidel game,
snack on Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins) and sing classic Hanukkah songs. Let there be light! And fun!
Game Time Trivia
9 p.m. Monday. Sebago Brewing Co., 211 Fore St., Portland, free. sebagobrewing.com
Now that Christmas is over, you can get back to your usual goofing off. Gather your smartest
posse of pals and head to the Old Port to partake of Game Time Trivia Night at Sebago Brewing Co. The
beer will be flowing and prizes will be handed out to the winning team. There will be eight rounds of
questions and teams can have as few as two and as many as eight players. From pop culture to history,
music, geography and who knows what else, this is a serious trivia night, so don your best thinking cap,
even if it was knit by Aunt
Portland Comedy Showcase
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. Bull Feeney's, 375 Fore St., Portland, $5. facebook.com
Still have friends and relatives in town from Christmas? Need an excuse to laugh yourself
senseless in the middle of the week? OK, then head to Bull Feeney's for the Portland Comedy Showcase.
Along with some local wise-crackers, you'll hear from Adam Mamawala from New York City. There's even a
"one-minute-challenge" audience open mic, in case you're up for trying your hand at stand-
Photo of comic Adam Mamawala by Phil Provencio