Bah Humbug

Scrooge startles some good-natured Christmas carolers by bursting through the door and bellowing “Bah Humbug.” Catch the cast of Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 29 through Dec. 22 in Portsmouth.

PORTSMOUTH — The Seacoast Repertory Theater is going for Charles Dickens with a dash of Disney in its production of “A Christmas Carol.”

The musical, which opens Friday and runs through Dec. 22, features music composed by Alan Menken, the creator behind scores for movies including “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “Pocahontas.”

Director Alyssa Dumas said the show strikes a balance with its version of Scrooge and his transformation from mean-spirited miser to joyful embodiment of the Christmas message.

“There’s so many different versions of Christmas Carol. Some are really dark. Some are really happy and light,” she said. “This version in particular has a good mix of both.”

Kevin Mahaney takes on the lead role in the staging.

“This show is so grand and so heartwarming. Everybody has a story, and I think sometimes holidays are really hard for people,” Dumas said. “This story in particular shows you why that is for some people.”

A preview matinee for “A Christmas Carol” is at 2 p.m. Friday, followed by the opening show at 8 p.m. On Saturday, show times are 2 and 8 p.m. and on Sunday, performances are 2 and 7:30 p.m.

For tickets, call 433-4472 or visit seacoastrep.org.