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December 13, 2012

Lookout: Theater in the Open stages 'A Christmas Carol Panto'

Theater in the Open is getting into the holiday spirit.

The in-house acting troupe at Maudslay State Park is traveling to the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport to present “A Christmas Carol Panto: Little Red and Robin Green.”

Pantomime, a musical play that features comedy, is often associated with the Christmas season. Directed by Theater in the Open’s artistic director Edward Speck, the show is written by Beth Randall and Speck.

“Now that Little Red and Will Scarlett have fixed up everything in Sure-Wouldn’t Forest, they’re off on another adventure for the holidays, with figgy-pudding, smoking-bishop and ghosts that’ll scare the Dickens out of you,” note organizers. “When the Sheriff is confronted by three spirits in the night, will he stop being such a Scrooge? Can Robin get over not playing the biggest role in the play?”

The 45-person cast ranges in ages from 8 to 38 years old. It includes Edward Speck as Robin Hood, Beth Randall as Sheriff/Scrooge, Aisha Chodat as Little Red, Justin Turner as Big Bad Wolf, Lily MacLeod as Will Scarlet, Tristan Horan as Little John, Spencer Redgate as Will Stutely, Kelley Knight as Deputy Bumps, Rachel Ameen as Officer Slap and Abigail Langsner as Titania.

The Merry Men, ensemble and Christmas spirits will be played by adults and children from Newburyport, Amesbury, Haverhill, Byfield, Bradford, South Hampton and Kingston, N.H. The performances begin tomorrow and continue next weekend. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. To purchase, visit the box office or go online to www.firehouse.org.

Book signing at PI Coffee Roasters

Newburyport’s Denise DeSimone will hold a reading and book signing at Plum Island Coffee Roasters in Newburyport tonight at 7.

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