“Striking 12” at St. Lawrence Arts Center

Posted Dec. 03, 2012, at 12:10 p.m.

Wednesday, December 5 to Sunday, December 9, 2012; 7 p.m.

Location: St. Lawrence Arts Center , 76 Congress St, Portland, Maine

Contact: ; (207) 775-5568

Maine premiere of this new holiday musical from the group Groove Lily and the book writer of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. Striking 12 is a perfect alternative to standard holiday fare while still being family-friendly. On New Year’s Eve, an over-worked and under-inspired single guy who’s had enough of holiday cheer makes a resolution: to stay home and go to bed early. On another New Year’s Eve, a continent away – and more than a century earlier – Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Match Girl tries unsuccessfully to sell her matches in the snow. The two stories are brought together when a young woman selling special “full-spectrum holiday light bulbs” to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder shows up at the grumpy man’s door. Though the man seems to enjoy the young woman’s company, he sends her away. It’s not until he reads The Little Match Girl that he is finally pulled out of his funk.Tickets can be purchased from the Good Theater box office at (207) 885-5883.

Regular Schedule: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ($20), Thursdays at 7 p.m. ($20), Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ($25), Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. ($30) and Sundays at 2 p.m. ($30).