Twist on a classic

“Cinderella in December! A Frozen Fairytale Panto” will be presented over the next three weekends at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport’s Market Square.

Pantomime, a musical play that features comedy, is often associated with the festive season. Audience participation is encouraged.

Show times are Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 8, 15 and 22 at 3 and 7 p.m.; and Dec. 9, 16 and 23 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors, available at the box office, 978-462-7336 and

Christmas past

The early music ensemble Boston Camerata will reach back in time for “Puer Natus Est: A Medieval Christmas” on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Sopranos Anne Azéma and Camila Parias and mezzo-soprano Deborah Rentz-Moore will sing songs celebrating the role of the Nativity and Mary in Christmas musical traditions of medieval France, Italy and England, accompanied by harp, vielle and winds.

Tickets range from $26 to $63 for adults and are $10 for students. Call 617-262-2092 or visit

Sounding joy

The West Newbury-based Merrimack Valley Concert Band will present its annual Christmas concert this Friday at 7 p.m. in the Pentucket Regional Middle School auditorium, 20 Main St., West Newbury.

Formerly known as the West Newbury Veteran Fireman’s Association Concert Band, the group harkens back to the days when rural communities fought fires with volunteers, bucket brigades and horse-drawn or hand-pumped fire apparatus.

Admission is free. Intermission will feature a bake sale to raise money for the band’s yearly scholarship to a Pentucket student.