Theater

Professional/semi-professional

11th Hour Theatre Company: Ordinary Days

Adam Gwon's chamber musical. Closes 12/18. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.

. $25-$28.

1812 Productions: An Evening Without Steve Martin Evening of witty short stories and songs penned by comedy great Martin. Closes 12/12. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl. www.1812productions.org. $30.

1812 Productions: This Is The Week That Is Annual show poking fun at local & national current events. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; 215-592-9560. 1812productions.org. $20-$36.

A Broadway Family Christmas A freak snowstorm, tap dancing Santas & a return visit from Tom & the Guzziettes are all in store. Closes 12/18. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; Box Office: 856-384-8381. $25.

A Cappella Humana Kevin Ramsey's musical celebration of our common humanity that explores the power & boundaries of the human voice. Closes 12/18. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100. $35.

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens' holiday tale. Closes 12/24. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. $20-$76.

A Christmas Carol An adaptation faithful to the story by Dickens, with cherished carols. Closes 12/24. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $22-$29; $19-$26 seniors; $10 students under 18.

Cabaret Red Light: Nutcracker Gothic take on the tale featuring live music, sexy dancers & large props. Closes 12/11. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.; 215-925-9914. cabaretredlight.com. $25 advance; $30 day of show.

Cape May Stage: This Wonderful Life Stage adaptation of the film 'It's a Wonderful Life.' Closes 12/31. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; Box Office: 609-884-1341. $35-$50; $30-$50 seniors; $12.50-$50 students.

Curio Theatre Company: Accidental Death of an Anarchist Slapstick comedy about police officers covering up a crime & a particularly persistent reporter. Closes 1/7. Curio Theatre Company, Calvary Center for Culture & Community, 801 S. 48th St; 215-525-1350. www.curiotheatre.org. $15-$20.

East Lynne Theater Company: Christmas Presents From the Past Tales shared in a storytelling format. Closes 12/10. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May. www.eastlynnetheater.org. $25; $15 seniors; free 12 and under.

Flashpoint Theatre Company: Chlamydia for Christmas & Herpes for Hanukkah Naughtily hilarious holiday-themed burlesque show. Closes 12/17. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-665-9720. www.flashpointtheatre.org. $20; $18 students and seniors.

Flashpoint Theatre Company: The Santaland Diaries The tale of a slacker's experience working as a Macy's elf. Closes 12/18. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-665-9720. www.flashpointtheatre.org. $20; $18 students and seniors.

Gatz Word-by-word dramatization of 'The Great Gatsby.' Closes 12/18. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. $150.

Gerald Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens' great-great-grandson performs a one-man adaptation of his relative's tale. Closes 12/14. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn. Also at Byers' Choice, 4355 County Line Rd., Chalfont; 215-822-6700. Closes 12/10. $18.

Gypsy Musical about a stage mother who has great ambitions for her two daughters. Tovah Feldshuh stars. Closes 1/15. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $40-$60; $32-$44 military; $20 students 25 and under.

Hear Again Radio Project: Holiday Hullabaloo Two classic radio programs, featuring live music & Foley sound effects at each performance. Closes 12/11. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; Reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 1-800-595-4849. $12 advance; $15 day of show.

Jack Frost Saves Christmas Play. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $12; $10 children.

Jacob & Jack A present-day TV personality & his alternate-reality parallel both cope with theatrical projects & personal lives gone awry. Closes 12/10. Montgomery Theater, 124 N. Main St., Souderton; 215-723-9984. $22-$35.

Laughing All the Way Holiday-themed show of comedy skits & songs. Closes 12/31. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $27-$33.

Moonlight and Magnolias A movie mogul has difficulties with his production. Closes 12/11. Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-9913. $13-$20.

Noel & Gertie The story of the friendship between playwright Noel Coward & actress Gertrude Lawrence. Closes 12/31. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30.

Ocean City Theatre Company: A Christmas Wonderland Professional singers & dancers present a high-energy family-oriented tribute. West Chester University - Swope Music Hall, 817 S. High St., West Chester; 610-436-2266. www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com. $20; $15 children and students.

Plaid Tidings Holiday-themed version of 'Forever Plaid.' Closes 12/23. Surflight Theatre, Beach & Engleside Ave., Harvey Cedars, NJ; 609-492-9477. $31-$49.

Private Lives Romantic comedy by Noel Coward. Closes 12/31. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395. $10-$56.

Save the Day Productions: Super Heroes Who Are Super! Staged readings of classic comic books. 12/9-10. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; 1-800-595-4849. www.savethedayproductions.org. $12 advance; $15 day of show.

Save the Day Productions: Superheroes Who Are Super Family-friendly staged readings from classic comic books w/holiday themes. Closes 12/10. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; 1-800-585-4849. $12 advance; $15 day of show.

Sister's Christmas Catechism Join Sister as she launches an investigation into the fate of the Magi's gold. Closes 12/11. Paul VI High School, 901 Hopkins Rd., Haddon Township; 856-858-4900. www.entertainmentevents.com/shows/sister_catechism.asp. $25.

The Dickens Christmas An actor portrays Charles Dickens giving a public reading of 'A Christmas Carol.' Closes 12/24. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $22-$29; $19-$26 seniors; $10 students under 18.

The Down of a Thistle An original Christmas thriller from Crowded Kitchen Players. Closes 12/18. McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown; 610-395-7176. $18; $14 seniors; $8 students.

The King & I Rodgers & Hammerstein musical about the romance between a British governess & the King of Siam. Closes 1/8. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$75.

The School for Wives Moliere's farce about the craven Arnolf who posits "an educated woman is the devil's tool." Closes 12/10. Camden County College - Blackwood Campus, College Dr., Blackwood; 856-227-7200 Ext. 4737. $15; $10 children, seniors & CCC students, faculty & staff with valid ID.

The Sound of Music Musical about a young nun who takes a job as caretaker for a widower's children. Closes 1/15. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $54; $47 seniors; $37 children.

The Swing of the Sea Follows the fortune of adolescents facing the realities of adult-sized loss & yearning. Closes 12/11. Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside. $15; $5 students.

The Whipping Man A Jewish Confederate soldier reunites with his family's former slaves in the wake of the Civil War. Closes 12/18. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $29-$45.

Theatre Horizon: Voices of Christmas Show featuring music in a variety of genres. Closes 12/31. Montgomery County Cultural Center - Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown; Box Office: 610-283-2230. theatrehorizon.org. $22.

Women of Color Productions: A Caribbean Christmas Carol Dickens' tale transplanted to the tropics. Closes 12/11. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5372. www.womenofcolorpro.citymax.com. Free.

You Only Die Once Interactive comedy murder mystery. Closes 12/9. Valley Forge Beef & Ale, 827 S. Trooper Rd., Norristown. $15.

Family theater

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Musical version of the Peanuts special. Closes 12/11. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; TheaterMania: 866-811-4111. $10; $8 under 12.

A Christmas Carol Musical adaptation. Closes 12/21. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$15.

A Christmas Journey Celebration of both the Santa Claus & The Three Kings traditions. Closes 12/30. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255. $12; $6 children.

A Christmas Story The story of a boy who dreams of getting a BB gun for Christmas. Closes 12/18. Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High St., Pottstown; 877-772-5425. $18-$21; $16-$19 students and seniors; $13-$15 children 12 and under.

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail Winnie-the-Pooh & friends go in search of Eeyore's missing tail. Closes 12/28. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children.

Bob Cratchit's Extraordinary Christmas Extravaganza Comedy/variety show. Closes 12/18. Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn; 856-858-5230. $15-$18.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Joe Plummer portrays Dickens in this one-man retelling. Closes 12/9. First State Heritage Park, 102 S. State St., Dover; 302-739-9194. $10.

Charlotte's Web The story of the friendship between a pig & a spider. Closes 1/29. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $30-$32; $20-$22 teens; $16-$18 children.

Christmas Tableaux Live readings from the Christmas story. Closes 12/11. Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Huntingdon Pike and Cathedral Dr., Bryn Athyn. Free.

Frosty the Snowman The tale of a snowman who comes to life. Closes 12/17. Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn; 856-858-5230. $10.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Stage adaptation of the Dr. Seuss tale. Closes 12/17. Off-Broad Street Theatre, 5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell; Reservations required: 609-466-2766. $4.

Nutcracker Ballet for Young Audiences Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-732-2515. $12; $8 under 12; free under 2. 12/10. 11 am.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Play exploring Santa's beginnings, why he delivers toys, how his reindeer fly & other bits of magic. Closes 12/17. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; Box Office: 856-384-8381. $7-$9.

Scrooge Musical based on 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. Closes 12/17. Delaware Children's Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-655-1014. $12.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Chaos ensues when one family's rowdy children take over the church pageant. Closes 12/28. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children.

The Holiday Goose! When the main course for Christmas dinner escapes, two wacky servants of old Italy are off on, you guessed it, a wild goose chase. Closes 12/12. Augustus Lutheran Church, 717 W. Main St., Collegeville; 215-886-3941. familystages.org. $9.

The Snowman Music & dance performances to benefit BCCC Foundation. Closes 12/10. Bucks County Community College - Gateway Auditorium, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown; www.bucks.edu/cultural. $24-$50; free 3 and under.

Three Moons Till Tomorrow A show about being creative, controlling yourself & thinking before you choose. Closes 12/16. St. Joseph's University - Bluett Theatre, N. 56th St. $6.50. Also Neumann University, One Neumann Dr., Aston; 610-558-5616. Closes 12/20. $6.50.

Treasure Island: A Musical Panto Mother Hawkins & Long John Silver return for the holidays with the rascally rabble aboard Ye Olde Blowharde. Closes 1/8. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $35-$45.

Tucker's Tales Puppet Theater: Jingle Bell the Cat Mice trying to throw a holiday party must avoid the unwelcome attentions of the local cat. Closes 12/10. Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, 457 Shirley Rd., Elmer; 856-358-2472. www.tuckerstales.com. $8.

Community theater

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Upbeat musical comedy about six youth participating in a spelling bee. Closes 12/17. Off-Broad Street Theatre, 5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell; Reservations required: 609-466-2766.

A Christmas Carol Students perform. Closes 12/10. Cherry Hill High School East, 1750 Kresson Rd., Cherry Hill. $10.

A Christmas Carol Stage adaptation. Closes 12/17. Footlighters Theater, 58 Main Ave., Berwyn; Box Office: 610-296-9245.

Act I: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat A slave's fortunes begin to change after he starts having prophetic dreams. Closes 12/11. DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley; Labuda Box Office: 610-282-3192. $24-$27; $22-$25 students and seniors.

Amahl and the Night Visitors This musical tells the story of a disabled poor boy and his mother, who are visited by the Magi on their way to see the Christ Child. The Barn, 2011 Store Rd., Skippack. $15; $10 children.

Crazy for You Featuring mistaken identity, plot twists, dance numbers & Gershwin music. Closes 12/17. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; TheaterMania: 866-811-4111. $25; $13 students 18 & under.

My Three Angels This comedy/drama by Bella and Samuel Spewack features three convicts hired out to fix a roof for a family living in French Guyana. They become their employers' guardian angels when a cousin from France arrives to steal the family business. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; Reservations required: 215-428-0217. $20; $17 seniors; $10 children age 12 and under.

Rent: School Edition Set in the East Village of New York circa 1980s, 'Rent' is about falling in love, finding your voice & living for today. Closes 12/23. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.; Brown Paper Tickets: 1-800-838-3006. $10; $5 youths 17 & under, college students with ID and seniors.

Scrooge: The Musical Closes 12/18. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139. $20.

The Sound of Music Newtown Arts Company presents. Closes 12/11. Newtown Theater, 120 N. State St., Newtown; Brown Paper Tickets: 1-800-838-3006. www.newtownartscompany.com. $18-$35.

Theatre Arts Festival: What's on Your Mind? Students from Bucks & Montgomery Counties perform original plays & songs.Closes 12/11. James-Lorah House, 132 N. Main St., Doylestown. www.justcommunity.com.

Dinner theater

Death by Disco

Murder mystery dinner show. Reservations required: 215-968-3400. Closes 12/10. Shir Ami Synagogue - Bucks County, 101 Richboro Rd., Newtown; $60.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Chester County Concert Band

Community band consisting of amateur musicians from Chester & surrounding counties. Exton Square Mall, 260 Exton Square Mall, Exton.

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. Free. 12/14. 7-7:45 pm.

Delaware Valley Wind Symphony 60-piece wind symphony featuring amateur & professional musicians from around Bucks County. Pennwood Middle School, 1523 Makefield Rd., Morrisville. www.delvalwinds.org. $10; free under 12. 12/10. 7 pm.

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Music Program Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. Free. 12/12. 7:30 pm.

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Music Program Bryn Mawr College - Goodhart Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-526-5210. Free.

PCMS Concert: Ida Levin, Peter Stumpf & Cynthia Raim, Violinist, Cellist & Pianist Trio perform the music of Franz Schubert. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080. www.pcmsconcerts.org. $23. 12/14. 8 pm.

PCMS Concert: Joshua Smith & Christina Dahl, Flutist & Pianist Flute/piano duo perform works by Schumann, Debussy, Schubert, Carter & Reinecke. American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St.; 215-569-8080. www.pcmsconcerts.sorg. $23; $10 students. 12/13. 8 pm.

PCMS Concert: Schumann Trio Concert of works by Brahms & Beethoven. American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St.; 215-569-8080. www.pcmsconcerts.org. $23; $10 students. 12/11. 3 pm.

Philadelphia Area Guitar Artists Annual Concert & Holidays Party Classical guitar music & a holiday party. Settlement Music School - Mary Louise Curtis Branch, 416 Queen St.; 215-336-0400. 12/11. 3 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Glorious Sound of Christmas Concert of classics conducted by Rossen Milanov. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $35-$107.

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Philadelphia Legacy Concert of works by Higdon, Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky, w/Yuja Wang featured on piano. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $44-$129.

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra: Handel's Messiah Montgomery County Community College - Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell; Box Office: 215-641-6518. $15; $12 seniors and students 14-17; $5 children 13 and under. 12/10. 7:30 pm.

Rowan University Orchestra and Ensembles: Hodie Ralph Vaughan Williams' work, featuring Rowan's orchestra, vocal ensembles & soloists. Rowan University - Pfleeger Concert Hall, 201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro; 856-256-4545. Free. 12/10. 8 pm.

Serafin String Quartet Delaware-based string quartet that made its Carnegie Hall debut to a sell-out crowd in 2004. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington. www.serafinquartet.org/. $20; $19 students with ID.

The Tallis Scholars' Christmas Concert British ensemble considered leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-5000. $20-$54. 12/12. 8 pm.

Opera/Choral

Ama Deus Ensemble: Handel's Messiah

1749 London Covent Garden version performed in baroque pitch & on period instruments. National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Rd., Doylestown; 610-688-2800. voxamadeus.org. $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. 12/10. 7 pm.

Also Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Rd., Paoli; 12/11. 4 pm, and

Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St.; 12/9. 7 pm.

American Boychoir First Presbyterian Church of Bordentown, 420 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown; 609-298-1242. www.americanboychoir.org. $30. 12/9. 7:30 pm.

Amici Opera Company: Il Demone Three-act opera by Anton Rubinstein. Holmesburg United Methodist Church, 8118 Frankford Ave.; 215-224-0257. $25; $22 seniors; $15 students; $10 children 12 and under.

An Evening of Russian Romances Russian opera music & songs. Academy of Vocal Arts - Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St.; 215-735-1685. $25; $30 ages 30 and under; $10 students.

Anna Crusis Women's Choir: Breaking News - Anna'dotes to the Headlines Join Anna Crusis for an uplifting and humorous response to the headlines of the day. Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, 8812 Germantown Ave. www.annacrusis.com. Donation suggested: $10-$50; free under 12.

Bucks County Choral Society: Festival of Christmas Music The concert features the 100-voice choir of the Choral Society with the Tommy Shead Memorial Bell Choir. Our Lady of Guadalupe, 5175 Cold Spring Creamery Rd., Doylestown; 215-598-6142. $17 advance; $20 day of show. 12/10. 8 pm. Also St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Doylestown; 12/11. 4 pm.

Candlelight Christmas Concerts The Festival Choir & Orchestra wil perform. Church of the Saviour, 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne; Tickets required: 610-688-6338 Ext 359. Free.

Chichester School's Holiday Handbell Group & Choir Holiday program. 260 Exton Square Mall, Exton. Free.

Christmas Light Senior Choir & the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia perform favorites. Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr. $10; $5 children 18 and under. 12/11. 4-5:30 pm.

Christmas With the Philadelphia Singers Featuring William Mathias' 'Ave Rex' & a carol sing-along. St. Clement's Church, 2013 Appletree St.; 215-563-1876. www.philadelphiasingers.org. $32-$43. Also Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 Lancaster Ave., Paoli. $25-$35. 12/11. 4-6:30 pm.

Ephrata Cloister Chorus Chorus presents music from the cloister and early America in concerts celebrating sounds of the past. The chorus was formed in 1959 by Russell Getz to bring new life to the music composed by cloister founder Conrad Beissel and the brothers and sisters who lived at Ephrata in the 18th century. German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St.; 215-627-2332. www.ephratacloister.org. $20. 12/11. 3 pm.

Greater South Jersey Chorus 90 member choir. Christ the King Parish, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield; 856-482-8282. www.greatersjchorus.org. $20; free under 14 with paid adult. 12/11. 3:30 pm.

Hannibal Lokumbe & the Music Liberation Orchestra: Can You Hear God Crying? World premiere piece featuring Lokumbe & his group, vocal soloists, a choir & Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia musicians. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $15-$45. 12/13. 7:30 pm.

Lionheart The all-male ensemble is best known for its interpretation of medieval and Renaissance a cappella music, with Gregorian chant the keystone of its repertoire. The ensemble also collaborates with instrumental ensembles, dance companies, and contemporary composers. Swarthmore College - Lang Performing Arts Center, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-8200. www.chantboy.com/lionheart/. Free. 12/9. 8 pm.

Main Line Ecumenical Choir & Orchestra: Handel's Messiah Annual performance. Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 Lancaster Ave., Paoli. Donation suggested: $10; $2.50 students; $1 under 12. 12/10. 8 pm.

Matuto A blend of Brazilian percussion & American bluegrass. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. www.myspace.com/matutoband. $11 advance; $13 day of show. 12/10. 10:30 pm.

Mendelssohn Club & The Mendelssohn Brass: Golden Voices of the East Concert of popular carols & works by Rachmaninoff. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. www.mcchorus.org. $25 advance; $30 day of show. 12/10. 5-8 pm.

Messiah Sing-Along All are welcome to participate in or just listen; featuring an interfaith orchestra and choir sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Music scores are provided or you can bring your own. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 721 Paxton Hollow Rd., Broomall. Free. 12/11. 7-9 pm.

Music in Anticipation of Christmas Works by Bach, Buxtehude & Vivaldi. St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 104 Louella Ave., Wayne. Donations accepted. 12/11. 4 pm.

North Brandywine Middle School Choir Holiday favorites. 260 Exton Square Mall, Exton. Free. 12/9. Noon-1 pm.

Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts Masterworks Choir: Christmas Around the World Auditioned choral ensemble who perform arrangements suitable for larger vocal groups. Calvary Lutheran Church, 730 New St., West Chester. www.papa-international.org. 12/10. 7:30 pm. Also Paoli United Methodist Church, 81 Devon Rd., Paoli. www.pafa-international.org. 12/11. 2 pm.

Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale: Sing, Choirs of Angels Jeffrey R. Smith on the piano & 80 choir members complemented by a men's chorale, singing carols & sacred repertoire. Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St.; 215-222-3500. $40. 12/10. 8 pm. Also St. Rose of Lima, 300 Kings Hwy., Haddon Heights; $40. 12/11. 2:30 pm.

Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus: Nutcracker - A Tale of Sugar Plum Fairies The premier LGBT arts organization in the area. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 877-462-74644. www.pgmc.org. $20-$50.

Princeton Pro Musica: Handel's Messiah Annual performance. Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton; Box Office: 609-984-8400. www.princetonpromusica.org. $25-$55. 12/11. 3-6 pm.

Second Baptist Choir Daniel's Den Cafe, 7028 Easton Rd., Pipersville. Free. 12/10. 7 pm.

Shades of Harmony Chorus: A Christmas Carole This Sweet Adeline chorus for women sings "barbershop"-style harmony. Pfeiffer Community Center, 301 Blue Bell Rd., Williamstown. www.shadesofharmony.org. $10; $8 children 12 and under. 12/10. 7 pm.

Stockton Performing Arts: Handel's Messiah The concert will feature groups from Richard Stockton College's choral program and guests from the community. St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, 1718 S. 9th St.; 609-652-9000. $8; $6 seniors and students. 12/11. 7:30 pm.

The Capital Singers of Trenton: Winter Songs V With Trenton Community Singers, performing Christmas, Epiphany & winter favorites. St. Mark United Methodist Church, 465 Paxson Ave., Hamilton Square. www.capitalsingers.org. $15 advance; $18 day of show; $10 seniors and children under 12. 12/10. 7:30 pm.

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular 18-minute film of original imagery, music & more, shown on The Comcast Experience video wall. Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Free.

The Greenwood Singers Choral group with 18+ years of area performances. Barbara Reid directs. Oxford Presbyterian Church, 6 Pine St., Oxford. Donations accepted. 12/11. 7 pm.

The Philadelphia Chorus: As Earth Stirs in Her Winter Sleep Works by Rutter, Lauridsen & a selection of holiday favorites. Philadelphia Cathedral, 3723 Chestnut St.; 610-352-3565. www.thephiladelphiachorus.org. $20 advance; $24 day of show; $20 students and seniors. 12/11. 4 pm.

University of Chicago Motet Choir Traditional Jewish & Christian music for the holidays as well as a cappella masterpieces. Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St. motet.uchicago.edu. Free. 12/13. 7 pm.

Dance

A Celtic Christmas in Doe Run

Concert of Irish music & dance, w/free hors d'oeuvres. St. Malachi Church, 76 St. Malachi Rd., Cochranville; 610-383-5068. $20, $5 children advance; $25, $10 children day of show.

Ceili Dance Weekly sessions organized by John Shields & Cass Tinney. The Commodore Barry Club (The Irish Center), 6815 Emlen St.; 215-843-8051.

Compagnie Marie Chouinard Canadian company founded by choreographer Marie Chouinard in 1990. Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; Box Office: 215-893-3900. $20-$50.

DiSiac Dance Company Princeton's student-run company performs ballet, break, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern & more. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. $12.

Group Motion Friday Night Workshop Improvisational dance workshop with live music. Call 215-387-9895 for more info. Community Education Center (CEC Meeting House), 3500 Lancaster Ave. www.groupmotion.org. $10-$20.

Irish Christmas in America Featuring Irish group Lumiere, dancers & other guest performers. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 1-800-374-7263. irishchristmasinamerica.com. $22-$28. 12/11. 7 pm.

Loca Latin Dance Party Lessons, music by DJ Clave, Zumba show, & performances by visiting dance teams. KatManDu, 50 Riverview Plaza, Trenton; 609-393-7300. $8.

NIA - The Joy of Movement for People Impacted by Cancer Dance, martial arts & healing arts combine in NIA. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; Reservations required: 215-879-7733. Free.

Nutcracker 1776 A unique take on the story. Closes 12/11. Haverford School, 450 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; 610-642-3020. $25; $15 students.

Pennsylvania Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Tale of a girl & her magical doll. Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Box Office: 215-893-1999. www.paballet.org. $20-$140.

Will You Marry Me, Pina Bausch? Paule Turner stages his original dance theater work. Closes 12/11. Rowan University - Tohill Theatre, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro; Box Office: 856-256-4545. $10; $5 seniors, students and Rowan alumni; free for Rowan students and staff.

Other performances

Cirque Dreams

Two-act extravaganza with circus acrobatics & pyrotechnic wizardry. The DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 1-800-338-0881.

. $35-$85.

Eddie Bruce Cabaret musician with over 25 years experience. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. Free.