BEVERLY -- Sophia Wulsin cut her hair for her latest role. But the 9-year-old actress from Lowell didn't mind, since she's landed a plum part, playing Tiny Tim in North Shore Music Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol, running Dec. 7-23.

"It is a great opportunity to play a boy's part because I can use all my acting skills," said Wulsin, a third grader at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro.

Wulsin is no stranger to the stage. Last summer she appeared in Once Upon a Mattress at Stoneham Theater and she played Molly in an Andover Community Theater production of Annie at Merrimack College.

David Coffee returns for his 19th year playing Scrooge in the holiday classic. George Dvorsky, another audience favorite, is back as the Ghost of Christmas Present. Sarah Gillespie of Wilmington is one of two children playing Ignorance/Want.

Tickets $45-$60 at 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.

On the marquee

-- Lowell Memorial Auditorium presents Sister's Christmas Catechism, a holiday comedy, on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. $25.75-$45.75 at 978-454-2299 or www.lowellauditorium.com.


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-- Middlesex Community College presents Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Dec. 6-8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8-9 at 2 p.m. in the MCC Theatre, 5 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. $15, general; $10, MCC students, staff, faculty at 978-458-5429 or at door.

-- Theatre with a Twist presents You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Dec. 7-8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 435 Central St., Acton. $10 at door or www.theatrewithatwist.org.

Nancye Tuttle's email is nancyedt@verizon.net.