Holiday season

12 theatrical events happening in Atlanta this holiday season

Alliance Theatre’s new A Christmas Carol production

Photograph by Greg Mooney

While last year’s performances have been halted or virtualized due to the pandemic, many local theaters are excited to present in-person experiences this holiday season. This year brings several spirited productions, all of which return with a bang. We’ve put together a short list of performances for you and your family to enjoy the holiday season, including four different occasions to see Scrooge’s Transformation, an alternate version of the Nutcracker located in New York, and more.

Christmas canteen
Dated: Until December 23
Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Site: Aurore Theater
Price: $ 25 +
Lawrenceville’s beloved art center, Aurora Theater, recently completed renovations. The 500-seat Grand Theater invites families to an explosion of Christmas magic, songs, comedy sketches and more with Christmas canteen. Music Director Ann-Carol Pence (Associate Producer / Co-Founder of Aurora Theater) will return to her piano, bringing the same magic to the performance that she has been since. Canteen‘s premiered in 1996.

Song of an actor
Dated: Until December 18
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Site: 50 Upper Alabama Street, Suite 85
Price: $ 20
Song of an actor, adapted by Tim Blewitt and David Weber from Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, with an original staging by Tim Blewitt. The solo production, performed by Weber, uses Dickens’ timeless story as the source material for a 50-minute journey of redemption. The production incorporates theatrical techniques of silent cinema, radio and vaudeville. Additionally, elements of Eastern European clown and mime are used throughout the process, as Weber plays 22 distinct characters in a nonstop performance.

Four versions of A Christmas Carol

Alliance theater, until December 24
daddy’s garage, until December 29
Shakespeare Tavern Theater, until December 23
Stage door theater, until December 19

With four different theaters taking their take on A Christmas Carol, it’s safe to say that Atlanta can’t get enough of Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchett and Tiny Tim. Written by Charles Dickens, the original story chronicles the rise of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the spirits of Christmas past, present and future, who finds redemption.

How the Grinch Stole Dr Seuss Christmas! Musical comedy
Dated: Until December 12
Site: Fox theater
Price: $ 40- $ 99
“He came without ribbons. It came without a tag. It came without any wrappers, boxes or bags. What if Christmas, he thought, didn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, meant a little more. Rediscover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s tale How the Grinch stole Christmas on the scene. The Grinch, a scowling, cranky creature, tries to ruin Christmas for Whoville before realizing the holidays aren’t all about tangible items. Originally designed by three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien, the whimsical world of Whoville comes to life with this musical production.

Dated: Until December 29
Site: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Price: $ 30 to $ 149
Atlanta Ballet Nutcracker was scheduled to debut at Cobb Energy a year ago. But alas, the pandemic has struck. Now the ballet returns for an in-person performance of Tchaikovsky’s classic that is sure to dazzle. This high-tech version features larger-than-life sets and daring costumes enhanced with striking video projections.

Hip Hop Nutcracker
Dated: December 14th
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Site: Fox theater
Price: $ 38- $ 88
An alternative version of the Atlanta Ballet Nutcracker, the Hip Hop Nutcracker follows a similar story. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape from the traditional setting of 19th century Germany to the vibrant and diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City. The modernized story is brought to life by dancers, a DJ, a violinist and MC Kurtis Blow.

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Date: until January 2
Location: Center for the Arts of Puppetry
Price: $ 25- $ 35
Based on the special stop-motion animation from 1964, the Center for Puppetry Arts follows Rudolph and his friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius as they face off against the infamous Snow Monster. All-inclusive tickets include the show, museum entry, and a puppet-making workshop, perfect for the whole family.

Black Nativity: a Christmas experience in gospel music
Dated: Until December 19
Site: Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts
Price: $ 35- $ 75
Based on the play written by poet and playwright Langston Hughes, Black Nativity is an African-American account of the Nativity story. The show opens in a modern African-American church on Christmas Day, filled with witnessing deacons, hallowed ladies, and home preaching to recreate the journey of Mary and Joseph. Black Nativity was first produced off Broadway in 1961.

The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes — Holiday Edition
Dated: Until December 19
Site: In front of the theater
Price: 25 $
The girls are back, finally, sort of! Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia go on vacation to Miami. The Out Front Theater production, directed by Michael Bartkiewicz, will feature a vocals to the iconic theme song “Thank You For Being a Friend” and a drinking game hosted by a local drag queen before the performance begins on stage.

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