A R T S • P R E V I E W : : Holiday Cultural Events 2018

The Company Theatre presents holiday season musical favorite Oliver! from November 23 through December 16 in Norwell. Pictured are Colin Paduck as Artful Dodger of Weymouth, and Matthew O’Connor as Oliver, of Hingham. Photo by Zoe Bradford

McGRATHPR.com – The holiday season bring the finest arts, entertainment and cultural opportunities to the Boston, South Shore and Cape Cod regions.


The Company Theatre Center for Performing Arts


2019 Season Open House

Saturday, November 17 from 10 am to 1 pm

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts lobby, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Admission:  Free

Attendees are the first to learn about the 2019 performance schedule, featuring the finest productions in theatre, music, comedy, mystery, concerts and special events. The public enjoys tours of the theatre, first choice in ticketed seating, can learn about season subscription options and purchase holiday gift certificates. Refreshments and entertainment are provided, and cast members of Oliver! greet guests.

Tickets for all 2019 theatre season performances go on sale at the Open House, prices range between $18 and $48. Theatre Club subscription, student, military, Massachusetts Teacher’s Association (MTA) and group discounts are available. Theatre club subscribers are eligible for V.I.P. ticket access to the highly anticipated revival of Company’s original musical Paragon Park, being produced in the summer of 2019.

During the event, The Academy of The Company Theatre (A.C.T.) offers free demos of classes for children, as well as mini-private voice lessons for teens and adults, studio tours and on-site registration for its winter/spring semester. A.C.T. builds creativity and self-confidence in students through the performing and visual arts in a challenging, fun, and supportive environment.

Open House Demo/Performance Schedule:

10:00 am: Children’s Broadway Dance demo

10:30 am: Children’s Acting demo

11:00 am: CATS and Ragtime performances

Oliver! the Musical

November 23 through December 16, matinee and evening performances

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: Thursdays: $41, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays: $43

The beloved Charles Dickens novel springs to life in Lionel Bart’s musical that has become an international classic. Follow the young orphan boy Oliver on a wild adventure through Victorian England as he encounters such colorful characters as the cruel undertaker Mr. Sowerberry, the charmingly clever street waif known as the Artful Dodger, the conniving yet charismatic Fagin and his gang of child pickpockets, the sinister Bill Sikes and the warm-hearted Nancy. “Consider yourself at home” with this bigger than life, action-packed, humorous tale of loyalty and ultimately, finding love. A perfect offering for the whole family during the holiday season.

Attending a holiday season performance at The Company Theatre is a treasured South Shore tradition.  The cobblestone streets and backroads of Dicken’s London have been recreated by Ryan Barrow and enhanced with detailed and antique props. Costume Designer Kathryn Ridder has supplemented The Company Theatre’s existing vintage wardrobe with her own creations for the cast, which ranges in age from 7 to 80. Equity guest artist Brittany Rolfs appears in the role of “Nancy”.

The Edwards Twins:  Christmas with the Stars

Saturday, December 22, 4 and 8 pm

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $40

Direct from Las Vegas and back by popular demand, ring in the holidays with this festive performance by Anthony and Eddie. These celebrity identical twin brother illusionists recreate famous stars performing Christmas classics. You won’t believe your eyes and ears as they perform hit songs by the likes of Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Sonny and Cher, Liza Minelli, and many more. New material for this concert features the area premiere of their version of country music’s beloved Dolly Parton, and favorite muppet Kermit the Frog. The show is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!  Full cash bar provided by Cocktails.

South Shore Conservatory


Conservatory Concert Series

Concerts in 60 minutes or less, comfortable dress, meet the performers, free post-concert receptions

Outstanding Conservatory faculty in concerts, advancing SSC’s mission of expanding access to arts education and performance.

Jason Dyer

SSC Debuts

Sunday, November 11, 4 pm

South Shore Conservatory, One Conservatory Drive in Hingham

Admission:  $5 per person, students admitted for free

SSC Debuts features SSC’s newest faculty members performing the music they most love to play. Performers include soprano Laura Swartz, jazz pianist Jeff Williams, oboist Mary Cicconetti, classical pianist Victoria Suchodolski, and tenor Jason Dyer.  Joining the performers, is guest pianist Leah Kosch.  The concert’s repertoire is as varied as a Mozart piano sonata and Benjamin Britten’s Cabaret Songs.

Holiday Favorites

Sunday, December 9, 4 pm

South Shore Conservatory, One Conservatory Drive in Hingham

Sarah Troxler

Admission:  $5 per person, students admitted for free

Conservatory Concert Series gets into the festive spirit with Holiday Favorites. The concert features an eclectic mixture of seasonal songs. Performers include pianist Sarah Troxler, singers Emily Browder Melville and Holly Jennings, percussionist Jesse Stiglich, and flutist Donald Zook.

Coffee Break Concert Series

Casual, ‘come as you are’ atmosphere, free morning performances, refreshments and snacks

After the performance, stay and meet the performers

Seating begins at 10:30 am, limited to venue capacity

Contact Beth MacLeod Largent at 781-421-6162, ext. 204 or b.macleodlargent@sscmusic.org to guarantee a seat

Anthony Geraci

Another Blue Tuesday

Tuesday, November 27, 11 am, seating opens at 10:30 am

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Another Blue Tuesday features blues powerhouses Anthony Geraci on piano, Chris Rathbun on bass, and Ed Sorrentino on drums. Geraci discusses the essence of blues, the genre’s roots, and his travels with Grammy award-winning Sugar Ray and The Bluetones. This concert’s chamber music small hall setting augments the electricity of these musicians’ on-the-spot improvisation, tight harmonies, and virtuosic playing.

Pulling from life in its expression, blues explores the human condition. Sometimes it speaks of heartache, other times explores shoes, family or even Monday. Its organic beat promises to keep audience member’s toes tapping and hands clapping.

Emily Browder Melville

Holiday Music from the Movies

Tuesday, December 11, 11 am concert, seating opens at 10:30 am

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

South Shore Conservatory’s Emily Browder Melville, voice, Sarah Troxler, piano, and Jesse Stiglich, drums, perform the cinematic holiday soundscape audiences love. This dynamic collaboration includes favorites such as Baby, It’s Cold Outside, White Christmas, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.  



Saturday, November 17, 1 to 3 pm,

South Shore Conservatory, One Conservatory Drive in Hingham

Admission: free

Join SSC’s Piano Department for a day of fun-filled piano-related activities and demonstrations, followed by a “music that tells a story” themed recital featuring SSC piano students and faculty. Students choose from a variety of events and activities, including theory games, a piano tech demo, pizza and piano movies, and more. Open to SSC students, non-SSC students, and piano enthusiasts.

South Shore Conservatory Youth Orchestra, image by Dave Green

South Shore Conservatory Youth Orchestra (SSCYO) Fall Concert

Sunday, November 18, 2 pm

Hingham Middle School, 1103 Main Street, Hingham

Admission:  Free for students K-12.  Adult tickets are $10, available at the door

SSCYO’s fall concert includes works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn. The North River Brass Quintet is the featured guest artist for this performance.  Under the guidance of Music Director Elijah Langille and Repertory Conductor Maria Varonko, South Shore Conservatory’s orchestra program is run in collaboration with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra (the Phil) and Artistic Advisor Steven Karidoyanes. SSCYO offers two leveled orchestras, and is open to students from communities throughout the South Shore and Cape Cod.

Both SSCYO ensembles offer dedicated and talented young musicians the opportunity to perform symphonic music at a high level in an organized, supportive orchestra program. Both orchestras will perform in this concert – Repertory, an intermediate full orchestra, as well as Symphony, an advanced orchestra.

SSC Community Voices

SSC Community Voices Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 12, 7 pm

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Admission:  free

South Shore Conservatory’s first adult chorus for individuals with developmental delays, presents their annual winter concert featuring a variety of seasonal tunes.  A non-auditioned chorus, SSC Community Voices provides joyful ensemble singing and performance opportunities for over 45 adults and young adults with developmental delays.

SSC Community Voices Too! Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 12, 7:30 pm

SSC’s Cox Hall, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Admission:  free

South Shore Conservatory’s second adult chorus for individuals with developmental delays, presents their annual winter concert featuring a variety of seasonal tunes.  A non-auditioned chorus, SSC Community Voices Too! provides joyful ensemble singing and performance opportunities for adults and young adults with developmental delays.


The James Library & Center for the Arts


The James Library’s Holiday Marketplace

The Holiday Marketplace

Saturday, December 1, 9 am to 3 pm

The James Library, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the door

Looking for locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season? Include the Marketplace when you shop this year. Artisans on three floors of the James offer quality pottery, soaps, culinary creations, textiles, bird decoys, jewelry, writing instruments, specialty dog foods and treats and more for unique holiday gift giving. This season’s unique craftspeople include Parker Posie Jewelry, Carberry Kitchen, Sirenetta Chocolatier, Mattapoisett Bird Works, Tiny Forest Soap Company and many more!  Holiday Marketplace sponsoring partners are the Bob Melone Team at radius financial group, Liz McCarron Team at William Raveis Real Estate, Lynch Marini & Associates Inc. Sponsoring friends are Hingham Institution for Savings, and Norwell Package and General Store.

Best Books of 2018 for Children

Sunday, December 2, 3 pm

The James Library, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the door

Tim Ray

Not sure what the best book for your child is? Norwell Public Library Children’s Librarian Nancy Perry and Inly School Librarian, author and book reviewer Shelley Sommer present their top picks for holiday gifts at this program. These librarians know kids and what they love to read. Let them help you pick out the perfect book for the little ones in your life. Buttonwood Books and Toys will be there with the suggested titles.  Best Books sponsoring partners are Debbie and Andy Zildjian, and the Susan M. Decker Fund for Children’s Literacy.

Tim Ray Jazz Trio

Saturday, December 8, 7:30 pm

The James Library, 24 West Street, Norwell

Tickets: $30 Adults, $25 Seniors 65+, $15 Students

*A limited number of free senior tickets are available courtesy of the Cordelia Family Foundation. Please call (781) 659-7100 to reserve.

Jazz pianist extraordinaire Tim Ray has appeared on over 80 recordings and has performed with an extensive list of pop music icons, including Aretha Franklin, Lyle Lovett and Tony Bennett and with special appearances with the Boston Pops. He’ll be joined by John Lockwood on bass and drummer Mark Walker. Classic jazz at its finest!  The Tim Ray Jazz Trio benefactor sponsor is Campanelli, and sponsoring partners are Old Derby Animal Hospital, and Kathleen and Michael Vitale.

J.T. Turner as Charles Dickens

Actor J.T. Turner in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Monday, December 10, 3:00 pm

The James Library, 24 West Street, Norwell

Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 Students

*A limited number of free senior tickets are available courtesy of the Cordelia Family Foundation. Please call (781) 659-7100 to reserve.

Witness the classic tale of A Christmas Carol come beautifully to life as actor J.T. Turner portrays Charles Dickens and every single character from the story in this one-man show. Charles Dickens was famous for bringing his A Christmas Carol to life for audiences every year, and this version brings all the drama, comedy and redemption Dickens intended. Ages 8 through adult.  A Christmas Carol sponsoring partners are The Estelle Mosher Memorial Fund and the Susan M. Decker Fund for Children’s Literacy.


Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra


Farewell to 2018 – A Concert to Benefit the Fostering a Dream Fund of Cape Cod

CCCO Music Director Matthew Scinto

Sunday, December 9, 3 pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Main Street, Rt. 28, Harwich Port

Tickets:  $30 for adults, $15 for students age 12 and up, children under 12 are admitted for free

Conducted by Music Director Matthew Scinto

Say farewell to 2018 with the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and the famous “Farewell” symphony of Joseph Haydn. Featuring Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto, the music of Stephanie Ann Boyd, and Debussy’s stunning display of the Harp, Danses sacrée et profane.

This concert is in part a benefit for the Foster a Dream Fund of Cape Cod. Since 2013, this fund has provided foster children and teenagers with music lessons, dance lessons, application fees for college, and many more opportunities.

Profits from this concert will be donated to the Foster a Dream Fund.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus


Carols for the 21st Century

Saturday, December 1, 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 2, 4 pm

St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth

Tickets:  $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students over 14

Children age of 14 and under are admitted free 

Conducted by Music Director William B. Richter, accompanied by co-director Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, organ and piano, with special guest Sally Cole Tucker, flute

Usher in the holiday season with a selection of the finest carols composed in recent years. As a centerpiece, the chorus performs James Whitbourn’s Missa Carolae, a work commissioned to commemorate the 1400th anniversary of the founding of Rochester Cathedral in England, which premiered in 2004. Each section of this work uses a traditional carol tune set to the language of the Latin Mass, accompanied by organ and piccolo.

Carols in many styles, both familiar and unfamiliar, by well-respected composers John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Alan Bullard and David Willcocks, fill out the program.

Celebrate! – Messiah and Carol Sing-along

Friday, December 14, 7:30 pm

First Congregational Church, 6 Plympton Street, Middleborough

Tickets: $10.00 for adults and youth ages 12+, available at the door. Children under age 12 are admitted for free

Pilgrim Festival Chorus co-director William B. Richter leads the audience in both carols and the familiar choruses from Part I of Handel’s masterpiece, concluding with the Hallelujah Chorus. Solos selected from Part I, the Christmas portion, will be sung by featured local vocalists. Organ accompaniment on the church’s 1887 S. S. Hamill pipe organ will be performed by PFC accompanist/vo-director, Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, music director at the church.

In Messiah Sings, popular throughout the area for more than 40 years, the audience can either sing or listen.  Scores are available to borrow on site, or attendees are welcome to bring their own. Funds raised from this event support the PFC’s yearly operating expenses.

Parkway Concert Orchestra


Holiday Pops Concert

Sunday, December 2, 3 pm

St. Mary’s Parish, 205 Washington Street, East Walpole

Ticket prices TBA

Sunday, December 9, 4 pm

First Congregational Church, 100 Winter Street, Norwood

Guest Conductor Elijah Langille

Admission donation: $15 adults, $10 seniors/students, children under age 12 are admitted for free

Conducted by Guest Conductor Elijah Langille

Guest Conductor Elijah Langille leads the Parkway Concert Orchestra performing classical and holiday pops favorites for the entire family, including Waltz of the Flowers, ‘A Children’s Overture’ by Roger Quilter, Christmas at the Movies and Wassail Dances. Light refreshments will be served.  The Norwood performance is sponsored by Folsom & May Funeral Home. Light refreshments are served, free parking available.

The Parkway Concert Orchestra was founded in 1945 by West Roxbury music teacher Ferdinand Fassnacht. This 50-piece non-profit community orchestra presents six to eight concerts annually in multiple locations around the southwest suburbs of Boston. Repertoire includes classical and pops selections.  For ticket reservations, call 781-444-5041 or email parkwayconcertorchestra@gmail.com.

Americana Theatre Company


The Gifts of the Magi

Select dates from December 5 through December 16, evening and matinee performances available

Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth

Tickets:  $35 adults, $30 seniors

​The Gifts of the Magi is a heart-warming theatrical treat, drawn from the story by the immortal O.Henry. Guests will enter into an interactive turn of the century New England Christmas party hosted by Jim and Della Dillingham. Enjoy carols, hot apple cider and then guests will be invited to take their seats as the story of Jim and Della’s first Christmas unfolds before them. Don’t miss this delightful night at the theatre suitable for the whole family (recommended for children 6 and over).

Triad:  Boston’s Choral Collective


Love is the every

Saturday, November 17, 8 pm

Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin Street, Melrose

Sunday, November 18, 8 pm

Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville

Admission:  $10 suggestion donation

Love is the every offers a program of new choral music featuring ensemble and solo performances, featuring works by Betinis, Bryson, Daniels, Frizzell, Griffith, Henning, Ibáñez, Larsen, Turner, Veloso and Wheeler. Each work was composed in the last quarter century, many are works created by composer/singers from within the ensemble and composers local to Boston. An important facet of the ensemble, Triad gives rising conductors and composers a chance to improve their craft and to work alongside career conductors and composers as colleagues and mentors.


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