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Theater scene, holiday style

Posted: December 2nd, 2011 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Scenes | No Comments

by Cuauhtémoc Kish | Theater scene, holiday style

Steve Blanchard stars as The Grinch in the 2011 production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. (Photo by Henry DiRocco.)

The holiday shopping is now in full force, and so are San Diego’s holiday entertainment offerings. But remember, even the super fit can only shop so long. When you need a respite from the mayhem, opt for a seasonal fix of song and story; there’s nothing like a dose of theatre to soothe that overworked psyche and those tired, sore feet. Here’s a few offerings to choose from that will surely get you in the holiday mood.

Your feet will thank you for the opportunity to sit down and ease those aches and seasonal shopping pain with any one of these great offerings. And if you are having trouble deciding what to give the person in your life who has everything, think theatre, music, or dance and purchase them a year-round subscription.

Cygnet Theatre Company will present “It’s A Wonderful Life” for the 6th and final year; if you haven’t seen it, this is your last chance. The show has received rave reviews for each and every year they have produced it. It’s the story of George Bailey and Clarence the Angel, brought to life as a 1940’s radio play. It opens Saturday, December 3rd, and plays through December 31. Purchase your tickets online at cygnettheatre.com or by calling them directly at 619-337-1525.

Broadway San Diego (Civic Theatre) will present Chip Davis’s “The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller” on December 6. Davis is a Grammy Award winner who has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. You won’t want to miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the number one Christmas music artist in history. For tickets call them at 619-570-1100 or visit them online at broadwaysd.com.

Lamb’s Player’s Theatre will present two productions for your holiday pleasure. The first is a play with music called the “Festival of Christmas” (through Dec 30) and this year marks their 34th traditional production. It’s filled with holiday music and a heart-warming story embracing the truly important themes of the season. “An American Christmas” (Dec 11 – 24) will have you spending your evening inside the gorgeous Ballroom of the Hotel Del. You will be transported back 100 years for a Christmas celebration unlike any you’ve experienced, where your hosts will be the Marshall family. For tickets, dial them up at 619-437-0600 or visit them online at lambsplayers.org.

North Coast Rep will present a musical comedy adventure called “Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem (Dec 8 -18). It’s billed as a brand new holiday cabaret show, written by Phil Johnson and Matt Thompson, with music and lyrics by Rayme Sciaroni. These original comedy scenarios are mixed with a bevy of inspired songs that will melt your heart and tickle your funny bone. Additionally, they will offer up “An Unscripted Carol” on Dec 19 & 20, as well as “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” on Dec 21, 22 and 23. For tickets call them at 858-481-1055 or visit them at northcoastrep.org.

Tom Andrew in “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Cygnet Theatre. (Photo by Daren Scott)

New Village Arts will present “The Santaland Diaries” (Nov 30 – Dec 24). It features Daren Scott in the leading role of Joe Mantello’s adaptation of David Sedaris’ work of the same name. The story follows one out-of-work actor who decides to become a Macy’s elf to pay the holiday bills. For ticket information visit them at newvillagearts.org or call them at 760-433-3245.

The Old Globe will offer up Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (through Dec 31). For both kids and adults, it just doesn’t get any better that this delightful journey penned by Timothy Mason, with music by Mel Marvin. It’s a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the class Dr. Seuss book, and it’s back for it’s 14th incredible year. Tickets can be purchased online at theoldglobe.org or by phone at 619-23-GLOBE.

The Welk Theatre will offer up “Jingle Bell Rock” through December 31. It’s their annual tradition and features The Alley Cats. The show will include the music of wintertime classics, comedy and sing-alongs. Visit them for tickets at welktheatersandiego.com or call them at 888-802-7469.

Additionally, you may crave some holiday music and you’ll find it at Anthology’s 3rd Annual “Deck the Halls” celebration on December 20, 21 and 23. Dial them up at 877-828-0891 or visit them online at AnthologySD.com. Other musical offerings include the San Diego Symphony’s “Winter Pops” (Dec 16 – 18), “The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show” (Dec 11) at the Belly Up, and even a “Jingle Jam” with Pitbull at the Valley View Casino Center (Dec 14).

If dance is your thing, you may want to take the family to Copley Symphony Hall for Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” (Dec 19). For ticket information, contact them at 619-235-0804. And if that’s too classical for your tastes you might enjoy “An Irish Christmas: Darren Maguire” at the Balboa Theatre (Dec 16). Tickets can be secured by calling them at 619-570-1100.

Your feet will thank you for the opportunity to sit down and ease those aches and seasonal shopping pain with any one of these great offerings. And if you are having trouble deciding what to give the person in your life that has everything, think theatre, music, or dance and purchase them a subscription. It will be the gift that keeps on giving all year round.

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