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Park Square Theatre 4000 Miles
 
In the middle of the night, 21-year-old Leo arrives on his grandmother's doorstep. Jobless, aimless and apparently alone, Leo has traveled across the country on his bike. Vera is happy to see her grandson, but she knows something is amiss. The two should be able to find common ground - Leo has inherited Vera's lefty views - but they find nothing that connects them. Just when their seven-decade age difference threatens to drive them apart once and for all, a terrible secret from Leo's past surfaces. A young man and an old woman try to bridge a generational divide wider than miles and rediscover a family's heart.
   
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914  
Pantages Theatre All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
 
All Is Calm relives an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying the dead. In some places the truce lasted only a night, in others it endured until New Year's Day. This dramatic re-telling contains actual quotes and excerpts from letters written by thirty World War I figures brought to life by actors Matt Rein, David Roberts and Alan Sorenson; interspersed with song.
   
Black Nativity  
Penumbra Theatre Black Nativity
 
Join us for an evening of your favorite holiday music as we revisit the nativity story in this concert staging, featuring narration by Lou Bellamy, soloists Dennis W. Spears, Latonia Hughes-Kendrick, and Yolande Bruce with the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Choir under the musical direction of Sanford Moore. It is guaranteed to raise the roof!
   
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story  
History Theatre Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
 
Rock out to the golden oldies when History Theatre brings back its popular, award-winning production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. This hit show follows Holly's childhood in Texas, his musical beginnings with the group of high school friends who later gained fame as the Crickets, his meteoric rise to fame and his tragic early death -- all set to a soundtrack of some of rock 'n' roll's biggest hits, including Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba," the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" and many more. Part biography, part rock 'n' roll concert, this musical is a joyous celebration of the life and music of one of America's most beloved musicians (played by Nicholas Freeman).
   
A Charlie Brown Christmas  
Youth Performance Company at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
Join Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang in this fun, festive show that's a holiday treat for audiences of all ages. Performed by the young artists of Youth Performance Company and featuring the music of Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas brings all of your favorite characters from Charles Schulz's beloved comic strip to life on stage. Featuring a cast of talented kids, the show centers around good ol' Charlie Brown who, alarmed by the commercialism he sees all around him during the season of giving, tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.
   
A Christmas Carol  
Guthrie Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
This year marks the 40th annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the perennial favorite that received a new adaptation by Crispin Whittell in 2010 and continues the Guthrie’s holiday tradition for families across the region. Now is the time to experience this cherished production with your loved ones! A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways.
   
Christmas in Niatirb  
Open Window Theatre Christmas in Niatirb
 
This world-premiere satire, based on an essay by C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia), focuses on the Avarice family, who're getting ready to celebrate Exmas on the island of Niatirb (Britain spelled backwards). But when the Avarices becomes too caught up in all the holiday hubbub, their teenage daughter is forced to find a way to rediscover the real meaning of the season. This Open Window Theatre production was written by its artistic director Jeremy Stanbary, with an eye towards capturing the well-known wit and wisdom of Lewis.
   
A Christmas Story: The Musical  
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts A Christmas Story: The Musical
 
A Christmas Story: The Musical is the hilarious account of one boy's desperate quest to ensure that the one thing he wants most in the world ends up under his Christmas tree: an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. Based on the beloved 1983 holiday movie, this delightful musical comedy takes a nostalgic look back at the 1940s-era childhood holiday memories of one Ralphie Parker. With the show's funny and heartfelt songs by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, as well as a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette, young and old alike will delight in watching Ralphie's wacky family muddle through the Yuletide with heart, humor -- and one incredibly tacky leg lamp.
   
The Cocktail Hour  
Guthrie Theatre The Cocktail Hour
 
When your family is in town for the holidays, we’ve got the perfect way to toast the season! With delightfully witty wordplay, A.R. Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour is a heartfelt comedy of manners that pits artistic pursuit against family loyalty. It’s the 1970s, and John arrives for dinner at his parents’ home carrying the script of his soon-to-be produced play depicting his uptight, upper-crust WASP family. Just as the martinis begin to flow, so do the revelations and recriminations – both funny and poignant. Directed by Maria Aitken (Broadway’s The 39 Steps), The Cocktail Hour is the perfect alternative holiday entertainment.
   
A Comedy Roast of Mister Scrooge  
Camp Bar A Comedy Roast of Mister Scrooge
 
Die and decrease the surplus population, should we!? A Comedy Roast of Mister Scrooge gives the beloved characters of Charles Dickens' timeless holiday novella A Christmas Carol the chance to finally air their many grievances with the miser who made their lives so miserable. Revel in every "Bah!" hurled at the old humbug, as hilarious insults abound in this decidedly adults-only show that's filled with language strong enough to make you see ghosts. Seriously, Scrooge is about to get his chestnuts roasted on an open fire ...
   
A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol  
DHM Productions, Inc. at New Century Theatre A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol
 
A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is one part Fargo (minus the woodchipper) and one part A Christmas Carol shaken vigorously and served over ice. It's Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minn., and cantankerous bar owner Gunner storms out of an argument with his wife and takes to the lake on his snowmobile. Next thing you know ... crash! The ice breaks and Gunner plunges through. After he's rescued, a coma-ridden Gunner journeys to a dream world full of surprises, not the least of which is a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future -- all played by folk legend Sven Yorgensen. Gunner's unusual journey gets a fittingly rare soundtrack, with original songs like "Gramma Cut the Christmas Cheese," "The Wheel is Turnin' but the Hamster Is Dead" and "I Love You More Than Football."
   
The Doyle and Debbie Show  
Camp Bar The Doyle and Debbie Show
 
The show The New York Times calls "a gloriously tacky send-up of a washed-up country duo" not only spoofs the genre with plenty of clever comedy, but it also delivers 16 hilariously original songs, including "Barefoot and Pregnant," "Stock Car Love," "Blue Stretch Pants" and "When You're Screwin' Other Women (Think of Me)." The Doyle & Debbie Show tells the show-biz story of Doyle Mayfield, a once-popular country star who's been put out to pasture and is desperate to make a big comeback. That's when he finds another in a string of singing partners -- all dubbed "Debbies." But this particular little Debbie, a single mom with three kids, gives him a lot more than he bargained for.
   
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas  
Children's Theatre Company Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
 
Whoville is experiencing a seemingly unstoppable crime wave—and who oh who will save Christmas? CTC’s Technicolor, maxed-out musical brings alive the songs, the story, and the Seuss in megadoses of spirited storytelling and fanciful rhymes. The holidays are never brighter, bigger or badder than when the Grinch is in town. Come boo the most loathed Christmas villain—and cheer for a beloved holiday tradition.
   
Hello, Dolly!  
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Hello, Dolly!
 
Dolly Levi is a delightfully scheming busybody who makes her living as a matchmaker in glamorous New York City. She's out to make a match for Horace Vandergelder, the "well-known half-a-millionaire," with the charming hat maker, Irene Molloy - but in the process, Dolly snares a groom for herself. Dolly masterfully orchestrates romance and adventure in a glittering mixed up night on the town.
   
A Hunting Shack Christmas  
Yellow Tree Theatre A Hunting Shack Christmas
 
From Jessica Lind Peterson, the playwright who brought Yellow Tree Theatre audiences the smash hit Miracle on Christmas Lake, comes another holiday comedy. A Hunting Shack Christmas finds married couple Charlie and Jennifer trying to smooth out a marital rough patch right before their 10th anniversary. So, with Christmas three days away, it's off to the family hunting shack in an attempt to rekindle the faded flames of love ... only to find that Charlie's estranged uncle Big Paul is squatting at the shack, out of which he's operating an illegal venison jerky operation with the help of his scrappy mistress June. Filled with quirky characters and hilarious oddities, the question is: will this Minnesota-centric comedy find its oddball foursome enjoying a merry Christmas together, or suffering through a holiday from hell?
   
Jonah and the Whale: A New Musical  
Guthrie Theatre Jonah and the Whale: A New Musical
 
7th House Theater will re-imagine one of the strangest and most familiar stories in the Old Testament. Set on the banks of the Mississippi River and featuring a bluegrass score, Jonah and the Whale is an unforgettable adventure of faith, chance and humor in the face of unbeatable odds. Known for creating stage productions with an emphasis on music and simple storytelling, 7th House Theater makes its Dowling Studio debut with this new production.
   
A Klingon Christmas Carol  
Phoenix Theatre A Klingon Christmas Carol
 
Boldly taking Dickens' holiday classic where no Christmas show has gone before, A Klingon Christmas Carol reimagines Ebenezer Scrooge's tale of greed and redemption using the Star Trek alien race's code of honor and courage. Now, three Klingon ghosts will help the cowardly Scrooge become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate. Performed in the Klingon language with English subtitles, this A Christmas Carol-meets-Star Trek mash-up is sure to crack up Trekkies and Dickens fans alike.
   

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