It's a few weeks until Thanksgiving, but the Holiday Season is already starting in many area theaters. I'm (naturally) a huge theater buff, and I'm lucky that the man I married and my kids share my love of all things theatrical, so we have tickets to see several of the area's offerings already - I'm sure we'll be adding a few more to our schedule as we get closer to the holidays. In the immortal words of Buddy the Elf, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!"
Elf the Musical - November 12-17 at Broadway Memorial Auditorium. This is a musical version of the popular Will Ferrell/James Caan movie and is presented by North Carolina Theatre, a local professional theatre company that also runs its own theatre training program for kids. According to Variety, "ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!"
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - December 3-8 at DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center). This is also an adaptation of a popular movie. According to Gannett Papers, this Grinch is, "A Genius of a show! A total delight for both kids and adults! For a family on a holiday-season outing, it's the right ticket."
Cinderella - December 6-21, presented by the Raleigh Little Theater. This year is its 30th Anniversary Production - a local classic!
A Christmas Carol - Dec. 12-15 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, and Dec. 19-22 at DPAC. This is another local classic presented by Theatre in the Park and starring Ira David Wood III.
A Christmas Story - Nov. 30-Dec. 3 presented by the Cary Players. Yet another adaptation of a popular film (there's a definite trend here...), fans will know this one features the famous leg lamp and the refrain of, "You'll shoot your eye out!"
The Nutcracker - Dec. 7-29 presented by Carolina Ballet. This production features what it calls "jaw-dropping magic" with over 100 performers and fantastic illusions.
These are only a few of the local offerings - if you have another favorite, I'd love to hear about it! Hope to see you in the audience this season - and I hope to hear you singing loudly, too!