North Shore Bloggers Consortium: Picks of the Weekend

In this week leading up to Christmas, the play’s the thing (music and dance too).  Here are a few things to do from December 17-19.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

A huge shout out to my hometown of Stoneham and it’s highly regarded little theatre.  From November 26 and running through December 23, see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  The play is “a family-friendly romp about a small-town Christmas Pageant that gets hijacked by the roughest, loudest, rowdiest kids in town. And just when the Pageant seems beyond all repair, the true spirit of Christmas is discovered in the most unexpected of ways.”  For tickets, contact the Box Office at 781-279-2200, or visit  Stoneham Theatre is located at 395 Main Street.

Beasley’s Christmas Party

Another regional theatre getting rave reviews is Lowell’s Merrimack Repertory Theatre.  Its latest production, Beasley’s Christmas Party, runs from November 26 through December 19, and tells the “story of a curious journalist and his extremely eccentric next door neighbor who is planning a most unusual Christmas party. Magically and imaginatively delivered, it is a distinctly American and spiritually uplifting holiday story for the whole family filled with humor, heart and hope.”  For tickets, contact the Box Office at 978-654-4678, or visit  The theatre is located at 50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell.

And two more at the Firehouse Theatre, Newburyport:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (directed by Edward Speck)

In its final weekend this December 16-19,
the Dickens’ classic returns to the Firehouse stage, but this time with an elegant twist.  Joppa Dance Co. partners with Theatre in the Open to bring the magic of dance and pageantry to this Christmas favorite. Professional actors and dancers perform with local youths, combining traditional theater with movement-based story-telling. Spirits dance through the London streets and Scrooge finds himself swept along through his past, present and future as he learns the true meaning of Christmas.  All of your favorite characters will be there — the ghost of Jacob Marley, Turkey Boy, dear old Fezziwig and, of course, Tiny Tim! With plenty of music and spectacle, this production is sure to banish any “bah humbugs.”

Shows run Thu-Sat 8pm, Sat-Sun 3pm, admission is $13 for Members/Student/Seniors, and $15 for Adults.

For more information call the box office at 978-462-7336, or visit

Holiday Sing Along

Take a break from shopping and come to the Firehouse Theatre for this popular old-fashioned holiday event. Join in song with your friends, neighbors and hear Terry Blanchard read “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” Then get your camera ready as the kids meet Santa in the lobby.  Plan early…it always sells out!

The sing along is on Sat, December 18, at 11am.  Admission is $3 per person.

For more information call the box office at 978-462-7336, or visit

(The Firehouse Theatre is located in Market Square in downtown Newburyport.)

The rest of the Consortium picks:

Here are the picks from my fellow bloggers in the North Shore Blogger Consortium


Choices from all over New England at The Two Palaverers.


Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.


Good Morning Gloucester weekend picks here.


Heather Atwood from the Gloucester Times has her picks at Food For Thought


Weekend Picks from North Shore Kid here