If you are looking for an early infusion of the arts, the new year has some great entertainment opportunities. Whether you are a music lover or a theater lover, January of 2020 will kick-start your cultural engine.

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

M&D, celebrating 20 years of producing live theater in the Mount Washington Valley, opens its new season with Nick Payne’s Tony Award-winning play, “Constellations.” Directed by Ken Martin and starring Christine Thompson and Joe Borsody, “Constellations” runs from Jan. 9 through Jan. 19 at the historic Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse in North Conway.

“I have to have a choice,” says the character Marianne. Choices, of course, have results, and different choices will have different results.

What if the very first time you met the one you love was not the only very first time you met the one you love? What if multiple very first meetings were taking place in multiple parallel universes at the same time? And then, what if there were slight differences in the circumstances and responses in each encounter in each parallel universe? And finally, what if multiple, parallel repetitions were applied to every important crossroad in a relationship?

“Constellations” is a love story, but a love story with endless possibilities that play out in an endless multiuniverse.

Call (603) 733-5275 for reservations and information.

If you are an opera fan, or if you would like to experience opera for the first time, there is no better place in the North Country to see and hear the classics than the Leura Hill Eastman Arts Center on the campus of Fryeburg Academy. On Jan. 11 at 1 p.m., you can immerse yourself in an HD screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Wozzeck.”

As described on Fryeburg Academy’s website, “Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts William Kentridge’s new production of Alban Berg’s expressionistic masterpiece ‘Wozzeck,’ regarded for its intense emotional power and brilliant score as one of the most significant operas of the 20th century. Composed during and in the aftermath of World War I, Berg’s dark exploration of a soldier besieged by the evils of society is staged by Kentridge in a ramshackle warren of stairs, ramps, discarded furniture and debris. His own theatrically animated charcoal drawings, along with other projected drawings, maps and film clips, evoke a nightmarish world of crashed planes, searchlights, ghostly gas masks and battlefields.”

Hot tip: “Porgy and Bess” will screen on Feb. 1.

Call (207) 935-9232 for information and reservations, or purchase tickets online at fryeburgacademy.org.

Mountain Top Music completes our highlight list for January. The singing group DaCapo will perform on Friday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at Kennett High School in North Conway; Saturday, Jan. 27, at the First Congregational Church in Fryeburg, Maine; and on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. at the Whitney Community Center in Jackson.

The group is co-directed by conductor Mary Bastoni and accompanist John Waldie. Comprised of familiar faces from the Mount Washington Valley, DaCapo serves up an entertaining evening of popular music.

Call (603) 447-4737 for more information.

If you haven’t made your New Year’s resolution list as yet, be sure to include supporting the arts. You won’t be sorry.

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