Arts Beat: Holiday happenings all over this season on local stages

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“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:

“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:

“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:

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