Solstice performance brings tension and hope to Rochester

ROCHESTER — Bald Mountain Theater presents “Krampusnacht — Stories of Light and Dark” for the Winter Solstice on Friday, Dec. 7 at Spice Studio in Rochester. This one-night event highlights the dual nature of the season: the long, dark night full of tension and fear and longing; and the glimmering hope of a new day and positive change to come. An eclectic mix of original material and seasonal traditions from around the world, the show will be presided over by Krampus himself, the dark companion of St. Nicholas who punishes naughty children in European folklore.
“There will be short stories by local authors, folktales from Russia and Iceland, poems, a musical blend of the traditional and the wholly new, and colorful, costumed characters sprinkled throughout from the more pagan and lesser-known Christmas traditions,” said story curator Killian White. “We’re trying to capture that hushed yet intense quality about the solstice, reminiscent of a dark wood set alight by the reflection of moon on snow, with the humor and gaiety of the wild Christmases of yore.”
This evening of story and song, suitable for any age with parental discretion, will showcase the season in all of its nuance, through revelry and reverence.
Bald Mountain Theater specializes in developing archetypal stories and fairy tales into theatrical productions that surprise and challenge our audiences to see these stories in a new light. 
Tickets for Friday’s show will be available at the door for $10. For more information visit

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