Theater Week – Beloved Holiday Classics


A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 10, 2012

For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season,
click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.


All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 – The ArtsCenter presents Peter Rothstein’s 2007 Beloved Holiday Classic, an a capella musical/oral history based on the true story of a crowd-sourced holiday ceasefire in the trenches of the first World War. Directed by Jeri Lynn Schulke, with musical director Sue Klausmeyer, and featuring the Cantari Men’s Ensemble. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 16. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

A Christmas Carol – Ira David Wood III’s annual musical version of Dickens’ Beloved Holiday Classic, presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues over the next two weeks with performances in Raleigh and Durham. Progress Energy Center, Raleigh.

Cinderella – It’s the umpteenth edition of Raleigh Little Theatre’s popular musical and Beloved Holiday Classic. Directed by Haskell Fitz-Simons. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through December 16. RLT, Raleigh.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre – Will a 1946 Christmas blizzard stop actors at a small-town radio station from performing a live broadcast of the Beloved Holiday Classic? Don’t bet on it. (Compare and contrast with Playmakers’ currently running show, apparently the same concept but a different script.) One performance: Sunday 3:00. Halle Arts Center, Apex.

* Million Dollar Quartet – Memphis, December 1956: Elvis, Jerry Lee, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins meet for a legendary one-night recording session, and fifty years later, in 2006, a can’t-miss Jukebox Musical is born. DPAC presents the touring production of the Broadway show. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30.

As You Like It – Into the woods! Shakespeare’s popular pastoral comedy gets another local production, this time by Burning Coal. Directed by Mark Sutch. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 16.

August: Osage County – Tracy Letts’ epic 2007 tale of a monstrously dysfunctional family. Presented by Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy and Theatre Raleigh. Directed by Eric Woodall. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Fletcher Theater, Progress Energy Center, Raleigh.

A Christmas Carol – Temple Theatre’s original musical adaptation of Dickens’ Beloved Holiday Classic returns. Directed and choreographed by Peggy Taphorn. This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 16. Temple Theatre, Sanford.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play – (See also: Opening) George Bailey discovers the true meaning of Christmas: “Where’s that money, you silly, stupid old fool?” Playmakers presents the Beloved Community Theater Holiday Classic (previously seen in these parts in Cary Players’ 2008, 2009, and 2011 productions, as well as University Theatre’s 2009 version). Nelson T. Eusebio, III directs Joe Landry’s 1997 adaptation of the Frank Capra film. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 16. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

Oliver Twist – Thinking outside the Christmas Carol box, NRACT presents Robert Thomas Noll’s 1992 (non-musical) adaptation of that other Dickens novel. Directed by Sally Kinka. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 16. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

Seventy Scenes of Halloween – After 25 years Manbites Dog revives its very first production, Jeffrey M. Jones’ fragmented, hallucinatory tale of a young couple at home on Halloween dealing with ghosts, beasts, and a shortage of Kandy Korn. Directed by Akiva Fox and Adam Sobsey. This week: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 8:15 (no Friday show); Sunday 3:15. Continues through December 15. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

Durham Family Theatre holds auditions for its February musical Space Pirates, Saturday noon and Monday 6:00, Central Park School, Durham. More info.

Durham Savoyards holds auditions by appointment for its spring production The Pirates of Penzance, Sunday 2:30, Monday and Tuesday 6:30 at the Durham Arts Council. More info.

* = Final week
Green = Beloved Holiday Classic

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