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COVID-19 Update

Given the number of cases forecast by the Nantucket Health Department for the end of August, we at White Heron Theatre feel that the most prudent decision is to postpone The Half and Sea Monsters of the Deep until next season instead of opening them when the Delta variant may be peaking on Nantucket. A member of our staff will contact the ticket holders of those shows to discuss their options. We look forward to the holiday season and A Nantucket Christmas Carol.

November 25 – December 4, 2021

A Nantucket Christmas Carol

Adapted by Mark Shanahan

from Charles Dickens

Directed by Graydon Gund

 

Let the holiday spirits light your way.

 

The spirit of the island meets the spirits of the holidays! The whale oil trade has made Ebenezer Scrooge a wealthy man, but islanders know him better for his hard heart and miserly ways. The apparition of his partner, Jacob Marley, and the three spirits of Christmas visit to remind him that “mankind is his business.” This clever weaving of the beloved tale with Nantucket history creates a wholly original experience for the whole family.

Tickets start at $20, with both Thursdays as special 1/2 priced performances

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WHITE HERON RADIO THEATRE

Original Radio Drama created especially for you, our Nantucket audience.

In theatre we have a tradition. Whenever the stage goes dark between performances, we always like to leave a single light burning in the house until the curtain can rise again. We call it – a “ghost light.” And until we can all meet once more at White Heron, we’re pleased to offer you something we like to call our Ghost Light Series. Our first series is adapted and directed by Mark Shanahan from Blue Balliett’s book Nantucket Ghosts, 44 True Accounts. Performed by White Heron’s award-winning actors. Original music, sound design and audio production by John Gromada.

Ghost Light Series

A Trip Across the Sound
From the Archives of the Inquirer and Mirror
Told by Lynne Bolton
A letter to the editor of Nantucket’s hometown newspaper, dated August 1942. While crossing the Nantucket Sound on the ferry to Nantucket, a reader reports a strange and unexplainable sighting among the passengers aboard.
A Shaker Rocker
Told by Drew McVety Whistle
Featuring Steve Pacek, Alexandra Kopko and Catherine Shanahan
Restoring an old Nantucket house means getting to know it intimately. For one couple, pulling up floorboards and tearing down wallpaper reveals the history of their new home’s original owner- a whaling captain who left his name hidden in unexpected places throughout the house. In some ways, his presence is still very much felt, as if he never left the house. Then again, maybe…he didn’t.
Shimmer
Featuring Michael Kopko, Ciaran Byrne and Sandra Shipley
After a difficult year battling personal demons, Martin James returns to the Nantucket guest house he visited as a boy, hoping to recapture the happy days of his childhood. But when he stumbles across a mysterious relic on the beach, James accidentally summons a terrifying vision which grips him with fear… and may never let go.
Inspired by the short story “O Whistle And I’ll Come To You, My Lad”.
A Little Girl
Told by Marina Morrissey
James Parker is the best electrician on Nantucket Island. That’s why he was chosen to install the alarm system at the house on Mill Street. And yet, the alarm keeps going off, without explanation. But, Parker knows that there are some things which lurk just beneath the surface that can’t be explained. He saw something at that house. What it was, he cannot say. But it was there. Every parent wants to help a child in need. But when that child only appears from the beyond, things become a whole lot more complicated.

TODOS TENEMOS UNA HISTORIA: EVERYONE HAS A STORY

In the spring of 2021, we recorded our fellow Spanish speaking Nantucketers. We are delighted to share their stories of immigrating to Nantucket with you for the first time in this new podcast series.

Audio production by John Gromada.

Co-producer Maria Partida.

Made possible with a project grant from the Mass Cultural Council

Episode #1: Mayra (in English).