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A Very Merry Theatrical Christmas

Jordan Wright
November 26, 2012
Special to The Alexandria Times 

What merriment is in store for us this holiday season?  Well some are naughty (R-Rated) and some are nice (G-Rated) but check my quirky ratings for special notations.  Here’s all the holiday drama you’ll need in a host of scintillating Christmas shows nearby.

Broadway Christmas Carol - Michael Sharp,Tracey Stephens and Jacob Kidder. Photo courtesy of Metro Stage.

Broadway Christmas Carol – Michael Sharp,Tracey Stephens and Jacob Kidder. Photo courtesy of MetroStage.

It’s getting to be a habit at MetroStage with the third annual mad hilarious A Broadway Christmas Carol.  The tidy three-person cast of Michael Sharp, Jacob Kidder and Tracey Stephens trills harmonious whilst decking the halls with lots of show tunes and dizzying costume changes in this delicious dose of Christmas spoof.  Under the musical direction of Howard Breitbart, this screamingly funny pastiche is rated SGIFB for “Sophisticated Grownups with Intact Funny Bone”.

From November 15th through December 23rd; Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; Sundays at 3 and 7pm. For tickets and information call 800 494-8497 or visit www.metrostage.org.  1201 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA

A Christmas Carol - Photo courtesy of LTA

A Christmas Carol – Photo courtesy of LTA

The Little Theatre of Alexandria revives their time-tested production of A Christmas CarolDirected and adapted by Rachael Hubbard, this Charles Dickens’ classic will warm the cockles of everyone’s heart.  Replete with elegant Victorian costumes, the accursed curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge, and the adorable Tiny Tim, you can almost smell the chestnuts roasting as ghostly guides transport you through Christmas past, present and future.  Settle in beside a crackling fireplace along with wassailing couples to relive this Currier & Ives picture postcard depicting the true meaning of Christmas.  Rated RCV for “Required Christmas Viewing”.

From November 30th through December 16th, Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm and 5pm.  For tickets and information call 703 683-0496 or visit www.TheLittleTheatre.com.  600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

After a day of shopping and dining Signature Theatre, located in the heart of Shirlington Village, will be the perfect spot to jolly up with glass of wine and a Christmas-inspired cabaret.

"Holiday Guys" - Marc Kudisch (left) and Jeffry Denman. Photo courtesy of Signature Theatre

“Holiday Guys” – Marc Kudisch (left) and Jeffry Denman. Photo courtesy of Signature Theatre

Three-time Tony Award nominee, Mark Kudisch and Astaire Award nominee, Jeffry Denman pair up in Holiday Guys – a limited run holiday show complete with song, dance, and silliness.  Special performance schedule: December 11th at 7:30pm; December 12th at 7:30pm; December 13th at 8:00pm; December 14th at 8:00pm; December 15th at 2:00pm and 8:00pm; December 16th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

Also at Signature and back again, by popular demand, is the festive series Holiday Follies.  Featuring a wonderful wintry line-up of special guest performers, along with a host of Signature’s closest friends and artists, there’s never been a better way to keep company on a cold night.  Special performance schedule: December 18th at 7:30pm; December 19th at 7:30pm; December 20th at 8:00pm; December 21st at 8:00pm; December 22nd at 2:00pm and 8:00pm; December 23rd at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

Both shows are rated HXS for “Hip Xmas Special”. Tickets for Holiday Guys and Holiday Follies are on sale online at www.signature-theatre.orgor through the Signature Box Office at 703 573-SEAT.  4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

Best Christmas Pageant - Photo from Synetic

Best Christmas Pageant – Photo from Synetic

This holiday season Synetic Theater will present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever starring the Synetic Teen Ensemble.  In this irreverent comedy about an annual Christmas pageant the usually festive celebration by the Sunday school children has gone awry.  The Herdman family, a bunch of rotten, misbehaving, swearing, bullying kids take part in the Christmas Pageant and all chaos breaks loose.  Can the church learn to love even its most wayward children? It could be a total disaster, or it just might be The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

The show is rated GKCI for “Gives Kids Cool Ideas”.  Special performance schedule: December 15th at 2pm; December 16th at 11am; December 21st at 10am and December 22nd through the 27th at 11am.  Family friendly indeed!  For tickets and information call 800 494-8497 or visit www.synetictheater.org.  1800 South Bell Street, Arlington, VA 22202

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