Arts Beat: Holiday happenings all over this season on local stages
“A Celtic Family Christmas,” with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, comes to The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington on Dec. 17. MacMaster is a Canadian folk musician who started playing the fiddle at the age of 9 and is one of Cape Breton’s most important exports and a superstar in the Celtic music world. She has toured with various artists and bands and has released a few albums with her husband, Donnell Leahy. For details: www.mahaiwe.org.
“A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas,” Hartford Stage’s annual holiday tradition, finally returns after being sidelined for a couple of years by the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael Wilson’s adaptation and production is full of special effects, razzle-dazzle, and theatricality, and it’s one of the few holiday productions that can mesmerize season after season. Nov. 24 to Dec. 24. For details: www.hartfordstage.org.
“A Christmas Carol,” Berkshire Theatre Group’s production adapted and co-directed by Eric Hill, with co-direction by David Adkins, is an intimate rendering of Dickens’ classic, filled with a lot of heart. Grey Simons is Scrooge this year, and many of the children in the production are regulars in BTG youth performances. Dec. 7-23 at BTG’s Unicorn Theatre on the Stockbridge campus. For details: www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.