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‘Krampusnacht’ performed in natural amphitheater

ROCHESTER — Just over the mountain from Brandon you will find an unusual an uplifting solstice celebration this December.

Bald Mountain Theater in Rochester will present “Krampusnacht—Stories of Light and Dark for the Winter Solstice” on Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4., in a natural amphitheater of 185 Bald Mountain Road. 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. It is Bald Mountain Theater’s most popular event of the year.

This show doesn’t gloss over the dual nature of the season: It represents both the long, dark night, full of tension and fear, as well as the glimmering hope of a new day.

“There will be seasonal stories; winter folktales; a musical blend of the traditional and wholly new; and colorful, costumed characters from pagan and lesser-known Christmas traditions,” says producer Killian White. “This show provides an alternative to the usual holiday fare and plays with some of the darker themes of the season while still having fun with it.”

This evening of story and songs is suitable for any age with parental discretion, but it does contain scary and adult themes. And for the first time, it will be performed outdoors, surrounded by bonfires and fire spinners. The audience is welcomed to stay and enjoy the fire after the show. Bring your own chair and dress warmly. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended — this show will likely sell out.

Bald Mountain Theater is a story-based company bringing short stories, fables, folktales, and novellas to vivid life. The company specializes in producing creative theater you won’t see anywhere else.

Tickets are $15 and available online at baldmountaintickets.ludus.com/index.php. More information is at baldmountaintheater.org.

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