A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 9, 2019
* The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Hilarity ensues when six misfit kids star in a town’s holiday pageant. Cary Players presents a stage adaptation of Barbara Robinson’s 1971 children’s novel. Directed by Shelley Sink; music director Charise Johnson. This week only: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 3:00 and 7:30. Cary Theatre, 122 East Chatham Street, Cary.
Camelot – Burning Coal presents the 1960 Lerner and Lowe musical about King Arthur, based on T.H. White’s 1958 novel The Once and Future King. Directed by Jerome Davis. Musical director not credited. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 22. Burning Coal, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.
Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre presents its annual holiday show, now in it’s 36th season: an original musical adaptation of the fairy tale, adapted by Jim Eiler, with music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy, and directed by Mike McGee. Musical director not credited. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 5:00, Sunday 1:00. Continues through December 22. RLT, 301 Pogue Street, Raleigh.
Fruitcakes – NRACT presents Julian Wiles’ holiday comedy about a zany small town filled with oddballs. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 22. NRACT,
* Ghosts of Christmas Now – A walking tour/performance that tells holiday stories of three generations in the historic Mordecai House, once the largest slave plantation in Wake County. So, yeah. Adapted by Allan Maule. Presented by Seed Art Share. One night only: Saturday 5:00 to 9:00. Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa Street, Raleigh.
* White Christmas – Touring production of the 2000 stage adaptation of the 1954 movie, featuring lots of Irving Berlin songs. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 7:00. DPAC, Durham.
Ragtime – Flawed but powerful, this 1996 musical adaptation of E. L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel about an American family at the beginning of the 20th century is an ambitious examination of racism, class, immigration, and feminism as envisioned by an all-white writing team. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. Directed by Zi Alikhan; music director Mark Hartman. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 15. Paul Green Theatre, CPA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – The mythos of Rudolph never made a lot of sense – what with the improbable physics of Santa’s gift delivery system or the cryptobiology of light-emitting Cervidaean snouts (yes, it involves cocaine) – but against all rational objections he’s become an improbably beloved Christmas icon we just have to live with. To its credit, this annual stage musical is adapted from the relatively charming 1964 Rankin-Bass animated TV special which added snow monsters, hot bearded prospectors, and extreme dental surgery to the story. Kids will likely be entranced or terrified and adults may want to bring edibles, so there’s that. This week: Friday 6:30, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
* A Snow White Christmas – Oh, okay, I see what you did there conflating her name with the season and slipping in a slick callout to the Bing Crosby xmas standard. I’m betting the dwarfs are kinda elves? Here’s the skinny: “Fun for the entire family, enjoy this wonderful, witty retelling of a classic fairy-tale*. With a score consisting of well-known pop songs, follow Snow White and her Seven Dwarves [sic] as they try to save Christmas from her Wicked Aunt. This British Panto style performance will have you laughing in the aisles and singing from your seats.” So yeah, edibles. (*”retelling of a classic fairy-tale” means this isn’t a Disney™ show: Snow White is public domain, so the Mouse’s lawyers can’t do skippy. Yet. #freeMickey2024) This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:00, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:00. Closes Sunday. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
* No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater and performance. One night only: Saturday 8:00 (sign-up to perform: 7:00). The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
* – Closes this week
Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at RDU on Stage. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. 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.