Langston Hughes' Black Nativity is a joyous account of the nativity told through scripture, verse, music and dance. Focusing on compassion, community and connectivity, the Harlem Renaissance poet's song-play, first performed in 1961, is a true Christmastime -- and Twin Cities -- tradition. A retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, Black Nativity mixes text from the Gospel of Saint Luke with black vernacular. Kingdom Life Church Choir and a cast of children and adults brings this timeless story to life with music and dancing in this uplifting production for the whole family. Experience this moving story at St. Paul's Penumbra Theatre.
With plenty of crazy antics, loads of fresh laughs and spanking new original songs, You Smell Barn celebrates rural life in the 1950s. And, at the center of it all, are your favorite Church Basement Ladies. In between picking eggs, milking cows, and dusting knickknacks, these steadfast, sturdy women congregate with some of the other lovable folks who inhabit their rural community. Whether you've seen several versions, or are new to the world of the basement, the seventh installment of the Church Basement Ladies series is a musical treat for all. Find out what kind of fun is cropping up in Fish County when the ladies take over the Black Box Theatre in Burnsville's Ames Center.
Whoville is experiencing a seemingly unstoppable crime wave-and who, oh who will save Christmas? CTC's all-time audience favorite musical brings alive the songs, the story and the Seuss in mega-doses of spirited storytelling and fanciful rhymes. Come boo the most loathed Christmas villain-and woo-hoo! for a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to grow anyone's heart three sizes.
Take a hilarious hit movie, add in some seriously impressive song-and-dance numbers, and tie a big Broadway bow around it, and you've got the sweet family treat known as Elf the Musical. Fasten your sleigh belts for a fun ride that follows the story of Buddy, who as a little boy mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole, where he's raised as an elf. He grows up unaware that he's an actual human, but his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities eventually force him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy sets off on a journey to New York to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help the city remember the true meaning of Christmas -- and this sparkling holiday show, coming to the stage of St. Paul's Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, will no doubt do the same for you and yours.
Overflowing with Minnesotan Christmas spirit, A Hunting Shack Christmas is an original play by local playwright Jessica Lind Peterson. On the eve of his 10th wedding anniversary, Charlie heads up north to his hunting shack to reassess his life. To his surprise, he arrives to find his shack occupied by his estranged uncle, Big Paul, Paul's girlfriend June, and June's grown son, Ham. An ill-timed snowstorm leaves the whole group stuck together to try to settle their differences and enjoy Christmas. Enjoy this rollicking holiday comedy at The Cabaret @ Camp in St. Paul.
Boldly taking Dickens' holiday classic where no Christmas show has gone before, A Klingon Christmas Carol re-imagines 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. This voyage to the final frontier of holiday fun blasts off from The Historic Mounds Theatre in St. Paul.
The story begins in a funeral parlor in Mississippi, as Rosetta (played by Jamecia Bennett*) and her young protege, Marie Knight (played by Rajane Katurah Brown), prepare for a tour that will establish them as a great musical duo. Local musical powerhouses, Bennett and Brown earned rave reviews in THE WIZ at Children's Theatre Company. In this production, musical director Gary Hines from The Sounds of Blackness will help them shape memorable renditions of spirituals like "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" and "Sit Down," to distinctly non-religious songs like "I Want a Tall Skinny Papa."
You ain't seen showbiz till you until you've seen Triple Espresso, an extra caffeinated comedy. A hit across America and Europe, the madcap play is the story of a singer-pianist, a magician and a comic, who recall a lifetime of show-business disasters -- from dust storms in Nebraska and dancing in Zaire to an incident involving a gorilla and four glorious minutes of failure on national television -- in hilarious fashion. The high-energy, vaudeville-inspired comedy for all ages provides of a jolt of caffeinated fun at the Black Box Theatre in the Minneapolis area.
From Ricci Milan, the artistic director that brought you Rhythmic Circus comes a new holiday show. Jam packed with funky horns, soulful harmonies, sophisticated tap dance and your favorite holiday characters wound into the family friendly mystery that is, Who Brought the Humbug? This brand new theatrical production debuts at the Lab Theater this December. Tap into the season!
A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of the friendship between two dissimilar pals -- one happy-go-lucky and one not-so-much -- as they adventure through the seasons, performed by young actors. You'll watch with joys as they sled down snowy hills, plant spring flowers, splash in summer swimming holes and makes piles autumn leaves. Along the way, they'll learn to accept one another, warts and all. Adapted from Arnold Lobel's classic kids' books, this Youth Performance Company production at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center is set to a clever, jazzy score and recommended for all ages.