While you’re out there stressing about shopping for the perfect holiday gifts, your hard-working local theatres are offering really remarkable theatre options and attractive pricing on season tickets. Available instantly. Easy to mail. And thoughtful, personal and meaningful. What more could you hope for in a gift? Support a theatre near you – and while you’re at it, treat yourself and loved ones to a show that will help get you into the holiday spirit.
Here’s a list of area holiday-themed shows – a stunning variety of productions calculated to appeal to the most sentimental or cynical among us. (If we’ve missed any holiday shows, please add a note via “comments” below.)
Performance Network Theatre – “An A Capella Carol” relates the Dickens classic as told by a dramatic narrator with the support of professional carolers. It rotates with “Why Not Me?” – the Sammy Davis story. Following the closing night show, on December 20 at 7 p.m., there will be a special concert, “An Evening with Robert Grossman.”
The Hilberry Theatre – “Inspecting Carol” is a backstage comedy about a production of the Christmas Carol story. (Check back here tomorrow for a review.)
Meadow Brook Theatre – “A Christmas Carol” is the traditional show that brings people back year after year to see this Dickensian treasure.
The Ringwald Theatre – “The Santa Land Diaries & Season’s Greetings” is The Ringwald’s annual David Sedaris send up of the holidays. Runs December 17-21, and always a hoot!
The DIO – “Mrs. Bob Cratchet’s Wild Binge” – Dinner theatre with light-hearted holiday entertainment is a great way to get into the proper mood. The show is sold out, but the DIO is taking names on the waiting list.
Theatre Nova – “An Almost British Christmas” is a fun USA-style holiday show based on the British tradition of the “panto.” Read our review here.
Detroit Opera House – “The Nutcracker” ballet, a holiday favorite for all ages, runs this weekend only. “Too Hot to Handel” – the jazziest interpretation of the Handel classic, appears at DOT on December 12, courtesy of Detroit Theatre.
Go Comedy – Ferndale’s improv team has a variety of holiday-themed shows for your viewing pleasure. From the “Naughty & Nice” show to “Santa’s Twerkshop”… you’ll find something to lighten your mood.
Jewish Ensemble Theatre – JET has been hosting a number of poignant, dramatic readings. This Sunday, check out Robert Grossman reading “The Odessa Stories.”
Avon Players – Rochester’s great community theatre troupe is staging the Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Every time you see this show, an angel gets its wings.
The Village Players – Birmingham’s community theatre is inviting you to join them to “Sing in the Season” on December 20 at 2 p.m. Caroling is led by members and friends of the Village Players.