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2020 Vision: A Holiday Survival Guide for the New World  
Illusion Theater 2020 Vision: A Holiday Survival Guide for the New World
 
Miss Richfield 1981 is back for the Holidays! 2020 Vision has new music, new videos, new chatter as well as all the important holiday traditions! We need Miss Richfield 1981 now more then ever!
   
Annie  
Hennepin Theatre Trust at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Annie
 
Leapin' Lizards! One of the world's best-loved musicals is back! The timeless story. The classic characters. The unforgettable songs. Featuring the beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Don't wait until tomorrow.
   
Black Nativity  
Penumbra Theatre Black Nativity
 
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.
   
Chess  
Chameleon Theatre Circle at Gremlin Theatre Chess
 
Cold War style conspiracy, musical melodrama, and power ballads fight for supremacy on the chessboard in the cult sensation by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar) Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA). Of CHESS, Rolling Stone said the "dazzling score covers nearly all the pop bases," while Time Magazine raved that the score's "rock symphonic synthesis was ripe with sophistication and hummable tunes." It's the musical you haven't seen but have always had on your list.
   
Dot  
Park Square Theatre Dot
 
Memory is a funny thing. The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, as Dot (Cynthia Jones-Taylor*) struggles to hold on to her memory, her adult children grapple with how to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. Filled with laughter and heartbreak, uproariously funny yet emotionally tender, Dot is a testament to the enduring bonds of family.
   
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 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.
   
A Klingon Christmas Carol  
The Historic Mounds Theatre A Klingon Christmas Carol
 
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.
   
Miracle On Christmas Lake  
Camp Bar Miracle On Christmas Lake
 
When you live in a town called Christmas Lake, there's naturally a lot of pressure to put on a stellar Christmas pageant every year. With that in mind, the local theater company is one day away from putting on their beloved annual production of It's a Wonderful Life when they get some shocking news: They've lost their rights to perform the play! For Collin, the theater director, this is the last straw -- the theater is on the brink of bankruptcy and his marriage to his wife Tess isn't faring much better, either. Now, he's got just 24 hours to round up enough actors to learn an entirely new Christmas show before the curtain goes up. Full of laughter, plot twists and holiday cheer, Miracle On Christmas Lake at The Cabaret at Camp in St. Paul is a heartwarming story about coming together in the spirit of Christmas.
   
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley  
Jungle Theatre Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
 
This charmingly imagined sequel - picking up two years after Jane Austen's beloved tale ends - centers on Mary, the ever-dependable middle daughter. When she unexpectedly encounters shy bookworm Arthur de Bourgh, she finds a kindred spirit and intellectual equal. But since Arthur is a "single man in possession of a good fortune," she's hardly his only admirer. Mary must learn to be the heroine of her own story in this "perfectly constructed love story" (San Francisco Chronicle).
   
Narnia  
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center Narnia
 
Step through the wardrobe and enter the magical world of Narnia in a spectacular musical version of C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Performed by a youth cast, the enchanting and uplifting Narnia follows the Pevensie children as they are transported to a kingdom populated by talking animals, where an evil witch has cast the land into eternal winter. Now the children must summon their courage and find the lion king Aslan to take back Narnia. Songs like "Aslan's on the Move" and "Narnia (You Can't Imagine)" bring all of the magic of C.S. Lewis' timeless vision to life for the whole family. Get in the holiday spirit when Narnia comes to the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center in Minneapolis.
   
Of Mice and Men  
Park Square Theatre Of Mice and Men
 
Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie (E.J. Subkoviak*) stirs up trouble, George (Michael Paul Levin*) must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new production, driven by music and the clashing cultures of Latino, white and black migrant workers, puts you in the gritty palm of the American spirit.
   
The Phantom of the Opera  
Orpheum Theatre The Phantom of the Opera
 
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
   
Sister Act  
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Sister Act
 
SISTER ACT tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her away in the last place anyone would expect - a convent! Set around the Christmas holidays, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she also rediscovers her own in a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship.
   
Triple Espresso  
Ames Center Triple Espresso
 
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.