Holiday theater roundup: ‘Glory Bea! A Shenandoah Christmas Story’ and ‘The Nutcracker’ debt this month

Local theaters are preparing for their December performances of “Glory Bea! A Shenandoah Christmas Story”, “A Christmas Story” and “The Nutcracker.”

“Glory Bea! A Shenandoah Christmas Story”, returns to Selah Theatre in Front Royal on Friday. The Selah Theatre Project is proud to bring back a Wayside Theater classic.

La Tasha Do’zia-Earley, Selah Theatre Project’s founding artistic director, is looking forward to the opening.

“We are so excited to bring back a Valley holiday tradition,” she said. “Even better is having Rich Follett here to direct his Christmas classic!”

“Glory Bea! A Shenandoah Christmas Story” by Rich Follett and Larry Dahlke, directed by Rich Follett, is a heart-warming Christmas musical.

Set in the Shenandoah Valley during the Great Depression, families need work and the Civilian Conservation Corps is providing jobs by creating  Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Pineville Christmas Eve pageant will not be complete without its Christmas Cedar Tree. But the blizzard of ’33 is wreaking havoc on the family members trying to get home for Christmas through the blinding snowstorm. Christmas Eve — anything is possible on Christmas Eve. Hard times, an argument over a tree, a baby born at Christmas, a little girl lost in the snow, redbirds and angels and a miraculous homecoming.

If You Go

7 p.m. Friday and Dec. 15

7 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 16

3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 17

General admission is $12 online or $15 at the door. Seniors and student admission is $8 online or $10 at the door. Buy tickets online at https://tinyurl.com/glorybea or call the box office at 685-5185.

Where: 30 E. 8th Street in Front Royal

 

“A Christmas Carol” a musical play adapted from the book by Charles Dickens opens at Theatre Shenandoah on Friday. Directed by Lori Staley.

A bed upstage left is surrounded by curtains. A man (Scrooge) enters in bedclothes with a candle and climbs in bed for the night.  As he gets into the bed actors/narrators enter unseen to him. Without acknowledging the narrators, Scrooge sets the candle on a shelf or table and closes the curtain.  The actors/narrators each have a candle and hold it up to his/her face and address the audience in turn. And the play begins.

The cast includes Paul Kraemer, Sal Vasta, Gary Hines, Randy Kepler, Jaiden Ludwig Carrie Kraemer and Hunter Runion.

If You Go

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 22 and 29

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 23 and 30

2:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 17.

General admission is $15. Seniors and student admission is $12. Buy tickets online at https://tinyurl.com/ydaybnhs or call the box office at 984-3972 or email: theatre.shenandoah@yahoo.com

Where: 107 Center St. in Edinburg

 

The timeless ballet “The Nutcracker” opens at the Patsy Cline Theater at Handley High School Saturday.

Celebrate the holidays with a Winchester tradition. Join Clara on her magical adventures as she travels from her home to the wonder filled land. Along the way she meets dancing dolls, fights in a battle with life size mice and their fierce king to finally arrive as a special guest of the Sugar Plum Fairy, her Cavalier and their court of dancing sweets.

If You Go

2 p.m. Saturday

7 p.m. Saturday

2 p.m. Sunday

Where: 425 Handley Boulevard in Winchester

General admission is $22 at the door. Or $20 in advance. Seniors and student admission is $12. Buy at Vostrikov’s Academy, 20 W. Cork St. Winchester,  22601 or by phone at  665-0343.

A joint benefit for Winchester Little Theatre and Handley Regional Library, with a special radio production of “A Christmas Carol” directed by Jeff Swartz.

The beloved holiday classic comes to life as we watch a handful of actors portray scores of characters in a vintage style radio broadcast. Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmas are just a few of the familiar characters. The admission price includes a wine, cheese and hors d’ouevres gathering that begins an hour before the performance time.

General admission is $25 and can be purchased online at https://preview.tinyurl.com/y8gvgur7 or call the box office at 662-3331

If You Go

6 p.m. Friday Dec. 15

1 p.m. Sunday Dec. 17

Seating begins 15 minutes before show starts.

Where: 100 W. Piccadilly St. in Winchester

 

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