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‘Holiday Delights’ at Gloucester Stage

Ella de Gaspe Beaubien (center) plays a Christmas tree in “Holiday Delights” at Gloucester Stage.

Gary Ng

Ella de Gaspe Beaubien (center) plays a Christmas tree in “Holiday Delights” at Gloucester Stage.

LET’S PUT ON A SHOW: Students from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops present “Holiday Delights,” a seasonal celebration for all ages, Thursday through next Sunday.

The show features a cast of more than 35 young performers, ages 6 to 16. The family event is the fourth production at Gloucester Stage (www.gloucesterstage.org) that has featured an entire cast of student actors.

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Conceived and directed by Heidi Dallin,  the evening of stories, songs, magic, and dance tells the story of a young girl’s journey to discover what is really important during the holidays.

She learns about the special traditions of other families and comes to realize the importance of her own family traditions.

On Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus takes the young girl to visit Fan and Young Scrooge, the Cratchit family, and the Fezziwig family from Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”; the March sisters from Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”; and Della from O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi.”

She also visits a contemporary family celebrating Hanukkah; the animals of the forest from Henry Van Dyke’s “The Very Best Kind of Christmas Tree;” and a turn-of-the-century Italian fishing family celebrating the holidays in Gloucester.

The show features classic holiday music, with music direction by Helen Greene of the Gloucester public schools. Choreography is by Carol Burnham of Windhover Center for the Performing Arts (www.windhover.org.) in Rockport. Costume design is by Lara Jardullo,  set design by Jamie Wilkinson,  lighting design by Brendan Marr, and magic coaching by Evan Northrup.  

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 3  and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. next Sunday at Gloucester Stage.

Tickets are $15 ; $12  for senior citizens; $8  for students; and $6 for children younger than 12. Call 978-281-4433 or visit gloucesterstage.org.  

CELEBRATING TRADITIONS: The Paul Madore Chorale (www.paulmadorechorale.org) presents “A Traditional Christmas” next Sunday at Saint Anne’s Church in Salem.

The concert includes traditional Christmas music and sing-along carols. The chorale, based in Salem, has been presenting choral music to audiences in the area since 1966.  

The featured soloist is tenor Giovanni Formisano.  The chorale is also joined by the Bell Ringers of Saint Anne, directed by Joseph Stella.  

Music director is Paul Madore and principal accompanist is Jeffrey Brody. The chorale has a membership of about 60 singers drawn from 15 communities in the area.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Call 781-592-7284 978-774-7981 or visit paulmadorechorale.org

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: Photographer Mark Gooby presents a portfolio of images at the Hall-Haskell House (www.ipswichma.com) in Ipswich, Wednesday through next Sunday. “Places Near and Places Far” reflects the contrast in landscapes that Gooby, of Ipswich, has been drawn to around the corner and across the country, from the tranquil salt marshes and tidal flats just beyond his riverfront home on Great Neck to the rugged Rocky Mountains. . . . Cynthia Curtis Pottery (www.cynthiacurtispottery.com) presents its seventh annual holiday student and studio pottery show in Rockport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Located in the woods not far from the ocean and Cape Ann granite quarries, the gallery presents a collection of Curtis’s work in her signature colors — blues and greens — accented with sea glass. The show includes pottery made by current and past students and teachers. During 14 years, Curtis has taught more than 1,000 students. Their work includes functional and sculptural pieces. Profits from the sale of pieces benefit the Cynthia Curtis Pottery Class Scholarship Fund. . . . Marilene Sawaf displays her paintings at Maison de l’Art in Nashua through Dec. 23. In her figurative paintings, Sawaf introduces elements from her life around the world.

Wendy Killeen can be reached at wdkilleen@gmail.com.

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