Hello again, one and all. I can’t believe that this edition will bring us right up to the edge of Christmas and, ergo, nearly to the dawn of 2013. Things do tend to slow down a bit as we coast into the Holiday Season, most shows are done with their runs before Christmas and new ones don’t really start up again until we get into January. But there are still several offerings out here for you to sample. For starts!
Closing This Weekend!
12 Dancing Princess
Xenia Area Community Theatre (X*ACT)
The Skinny:X*ACT bills this production as a “Holiday family show,” and indeed this story is one that will please the youngest among us. Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, it follows the 12 daughters of a king who are locked in their bedroom each night, and yet appear each morning with shoes worn out from dancing.
Dates: Closing on the 16th.
Tickets: Tickets are available at the door, for more information please visit the X*ACT website, here.
A Christmas Carol
Zoot Theatre Company
The Skinny: Dayton’s puppet theatre company takes on Dickens seasonal classic, delightfully retelling this classic morality play as only Zoot can.
Dates: Closing this weekend, on the 15th.
Tickets: Tickets are available at the Dayton Art Institute website, here.
The Dayton Playhouse
The Skinny: Adapted from the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” this musical closely follows the classic story with the miserly Ebenezer undergoing a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the Spirits of Christmas past, present and future.
Dates: Three performances left, closing on 12/16.
Tickets: Tickets are available at the Dayton Playhouse website, here.
Troy Civic Theatre
The Skinny: The famous musical version of Lil’ Orphan Annie is,indeed, a Christmas-set offering. This show is a heart-warming favorite, sure to please families with kids, or without.
Dates: One more weekend, closing on the 15th.
Tickets: Tickets are available for reservation by calling 937-339-7700. Pricing information can be found at the Troy Civic Theatre website, here.
The Human Race Theatre Company
The Skinny: Christmas Eve in London, 1838. A small group of working-class, wayward souls gather in a tavern to celebrate when a small, unexpected guest prompts a spontaneous telling of the popular Oliver Twist. With traditional music-hall flair, they delve into Charles Dickens’ haunting moral tale as the lines between story and reality blur. Sized perfectly for The Loft Theatre, this reimagining of the classic Tony Award®-winning musical will touch your heart and challenge your spirit. It’s Oliver with a twist, indeed! Dayton Most Metro’s Russell Florence reviewed Oliver! Click here to read it!
Dates: You’ve got several more chances to catch this wonderful production, which runs through the 22nd.
Tickets: Tickets are available through the Human Race Theatre Company website, here.
One Weekend Only!
In The Spotlight!
The Skinny: Playhouse Souths annual revue-style evening of musical theatre selections, this year entitled “At The Movies” and featuring numbers from musicals, TV shows and movies.
Dates: Two performances only, December 2oth and 21st.
Tickets: Tickets are available at the Playhouse South website, here.
So, that all gives you plenty to see up to Christmas eve eve eve (12/22)! Remember, a night at the theatre is not only a wonderful date, it’s also a splendid holiday gift! There’s 9 days til Christmas and 2 nights of Hanukkah left…head to your favorite theatre box office and buy tickets!