It’s a great time of year to give children the opportunity to experience live theatre. If there are little ones in your life, consider taking them to a child-friendly holiday show (A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, The Night Before Christmas Carol, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), or another non-holiday family classic (Annie, Cinderella, Seussical). Or, if you prefer to celebrate with more adult-oriented material, there’s All Is Calm, Santaland Diaries, or A Trailer Park Christmas.
A Christmas Carol (OPENING) – Dec. 10 – 14 at Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh; Dec. 18 – 21, DPAC, Durham – Theatre in the Park celebrates its 40th anniversary
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 (CLOSING) – Dec. 5 – 14, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – ArtsCenter Stage brings back Peter Rothstein’s popular true story in which English and German soldiers left the trenches to share songs and gifts on Christmas, a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I
Annie (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Dec. 9 – 14, DPAC, Durham – The enduring musical comes to Durham for a one-week stop on a national tour
Black Nativity (OPENING, SOLD OUT) – Dec. 11 – 20, Titmus Theatre, NC State University, Raleigh – Justice Theatre Project is back with its 4th annual production of Langston Hughes’ telling of the story of Jesus based on the gospel of St. Luke (NOTE: website says all shows are sold out, but eTix appears to have a few left – you may want to contact Justice Theatre Project to find out if any tickets are left)
Cinderella – Dec. 5 – 20, Sutton Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – RLT’s traditional holiday favorite is a sugarplum of music, comedy and romance, celebrating its 31st year running
I and You – Dec. 4 – 20, Manbites Dog Theater, Durham – Manbites unveils a regional premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s humorous drama in which two mismatched high-schoolers plumb the mysteries of a Walt Whitman poem, unaware that a deeper mystery has brought them together
Miracle on 34th Street (OPENING) – Dec. 12 – 20, Stars Theater and Arts Creative, Fuquay-Varina – Stars Community Theater presents the beloved classic that pits holiday cheer against commericalism
The Night Before Christmas Carol (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Dec. 12, The Cary Theater, Cary – Renowned Dickens scholar, Dr. Elliot Engel, takes audiences back to Oct. 13, 1849, as Charles Dickens crafts his holiday masterpiece in this one-man show
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Nov. 28 – Dec. 24, Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – The beloved 1964 television special celebrates its 50th anniversary and dashes and dances onto the stage in this Broadway Series South production
The Santaland Diaries (OPENING) Dec. 12 – 21, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – TIP’s other holiday tradition springs from the mind of humorist and writer, David Sedaris, in a one-man show about working as a holiday elf in a department store
Seussical, the Musical – Dec. 5 – 21, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton and the Whos in this musical adaptation of several Seuss favorites
A Trailer Park Christmas (OPENING) Dec. 11 – 21, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Be a guest at the Dodson/Hussey Christmas Eve party in Durham’s own original play, now in its 7th year at Common Ground
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