Today's Idea
Friday, December 8, 2017

A Christmas Carol on Stage

Tired of the over commercialization of Christmas? How about a community production of Dickens’ classic, performed at a neighborhood church in scenic Northport Village, with a troupe that includes local kids and a dog?

The Minstrel Players is Northport’s oldest theatre group, formed in 2000 – and very much a family affair. Formed by Ray Palen (who plays Scrooge), his sister Tara (who helped Ray adapt the story for the stage) and Ray’s wife Debbie (who directs), The Minstrel Players’

 mission is to bring high quality, affordable theater to the Long Island. This Christmas Carol is their 12th annual production, so it’s becoming a bit of a tradition.

This show runs for just one weekend – December 8-10, with 8 pm performances on Friday and Saturday and a 3 pm matinee Sunday.  Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for Seniors (60+) and Children under 12. The best bet for tickets is to call (516) 557-1207, or go the website ( and leave an email.

Looking for something more to do in Northport? The Northport Historical Society (215 Main Street) is hosting its "Deck the Halls" tours – house tours of some of the town’s most spectacular homes in their full holiday splendor – on Sunday, December 10 between noon and 4 pm. $35 in advance with reservations strongly recommended. Call 631-757-9859 or visit the website (