Theater

Professional/semi-professional

1812 Productions: That Was the Year That Was - The Year in Revue

Comic look at the events of the year. Closes 12/17. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; 215-592-9560.

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1812 Productions: The Big Time - New Vaudeville for the Holidays Holiday-themed production w/a contemporary twist. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; 215-592-9560. www.1812productions.org.

A Child's Christmas In Wales Theatrical adaptation of the Dylan Thomas work, featuring the 'puppet sculptures' of artist Sebastienne Mundheim. Closes 1/5. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395. $30-$38.

A Christmas Carol An adaptation faithful to the original story by Charles Dickens. Closes 12/31. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $20-$34; $20-$31 seniors; $15 students.

A Christmas Carol Dickens' tale. Closes 12/29. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. $20-$85.50.

Black Nativity A joyous retelling of the traditional story in music, dance & verse. Closes 12/14. Abundant Life Healing Fellowship Church, 100 N. 63d St. www.stevenwalkerministries.com/blacknativity. $20-$30.

Cape May Stage: Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Marley's ghost is offered a chance at redemption - if he, in turn, can redeem Scrooge. Closes 12/29. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341. $35; $30 seniors; $15 children.

Cape May Stage: The Santaland Diaries Holiday humor written by David Sedaris. Closes 12/29. Congress Hall, 251 Beach Ave., Cape May; 609-770-8311. www.capemaystage.com. $25.

Cinderella: A Musical Panto Award-winning original take on the fairy tale. Closes 1/12. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $40-$50; $35-$45 children 17 and under.

East Lynne Theater Company: Christmas With Harte & O. Henry Storytelling-style rendition of Bret Harte & O. Henry's Old West-themed holiday tales. Closes 12/14. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May; reservations required: 609-884-5898. www.eastlynnetheater.org. $25; $15 students; free 12 and under.

Elf Musical adaptation of the movie. Closes 1/5. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.

Flowers for Algernon Based on the novel by Daniel Keyes, adapted by David Rogers. Closes 12/14. Cherry Hill High School East, 1750 Kresson Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-242-2222 Ext 2019. $10.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas Stage adaptation of the movie, featuring the music of composer Berlin. Closes 12/22. Surflight Theatre, Beach & Engleside Ave., Harvey Cedars, NJ; 609-492-9477. $45.

Jersey Boys: National Tour This musical tells the story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, exploring their career & friendships. Closes 1/5. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; Telecharge: 1-800-447-7400. www.jerseyboystour.com. $40-$137.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical based on the biblical story of Joseph. Closes 1/5. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $42; $35 seniors; $25 children.

Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play Radio-style adaptation of the MGM motion picture. Closes 12/29. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121. $29-$57.50.

Music at Monica's: A Child's Christmas in Wales With the Princeton Singers A reading of Dylan Thomas' story will be accompanied by carols and theatrical elements. Church of St. Monica, 635 First Ave., Berwyn. Donation suggested: cash and canned food items. 12/15. 3 pm.

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm Home for the Holidays 1-man show about family chaos & hijinks during the holiday season. Closes 12/31. Independence Seaport Museum - Penn's Landing Playhouse, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 855-448-7469. www.stevesolomoncomedy.com. $35-$55.

New City Stage Company: Frost/Nixon Tony-winning dramatization of the remarkable interview between David Frost & the former president. Closes 1/5. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-563-7500. ww.newcitystage.org. $30-$35; $25 students and seniors.

No Reservations: The Play Comedy by New York Times best-selling humorist Josh Piven. Closes 12/15. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. $18-$25.

Ocean City Theatre Company: Lights, Camera, Christmas Professional singers & dancers present a high-energy family-oriented song & dance tribute. Closes 12/15. Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn & the Boardwalk, Ocean City; 609-525-9300. www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com. $18; $15 children under 12.

Peek-a-Boo Revue Philadelphia's premier burlesque show. Closes 12/15. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. www.peekaboorevue.com. $20.

Pig Iron Theatre Company: Twelfth Night, or What You Will Romantic comedy about a girl disguised as a boy who winds up in the middle of a love triangle. Closes 12/22. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. www.pigiron.org. $59; $25 students 25 and under.

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience Hilarious parody of the Harry Potter books. Closes 1/5. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-893-1999. www.pottedpotter.com. $35-$85.

Scrooge: The Musical Based on Dickens tale. Closes 12/15. The Little Theatre (Sketch Club), 433 Glover St., Woodbury; 856-848-8089. $18.

Shrek the Musical Hit musical based on the storybook & animated film. Closes 12/22. Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High St., Pottstown; 610-970-1199. $24-$27; $21-$24; $15-$17 students and children.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School Based on the book series by Louis Sachar. Closes 2/15. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122. $32-$36; $20-$22 children 13-18; $16-$18 under 12.

Sister Robert Anne's Cabaret Class Christine Mild stars in this "one nun tour de force" from 'Nunsense' creator Dan Goggin. Closes 12/29. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. $35.

Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas Concert of '20s-style music & comedy featuring 'America's queen of the double entendre.' Closes 12/29. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $35-$45.

Stick Fly A raucous of-the-moment portrait of an affluent African American family. Closes 12/22. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $36-$48.

The 12 Dates of Christmas The story of one woman's experiences with life & love during the holidays. Closes 12/29. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $27-$34.

The Mousetrap Murder mystery/thriller by Agatha Christie. Closes 12/15. Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-9913. $17 advance; $20 day of show.

The Story of My Life Touching musical about the lifelong relationship between 2 close friends. Closes 12/22. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100. $35-$49.

The Wizard of Oz Musical based on the book & film. Closes 12/15. Delaware Children's Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-655-1014. $13 advance; $15 day of show.

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! Theatrical adaptation of writer/actor couple Annabelle Gurwitch & Jeff Kahn's memoir about their relationship. Closes 12/29. Independence Seaport Museum - Penn's Landing Playhouse, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 855-448-7469. www.tomatoplay.com. $35-$60.

Family theater

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Downtown Players present a stage version of the Peanuts special. Closes 12/14. South Hunterdon Regional High School, 301 Mt. Airy-Harbourton Rd., Lambertville, NJ.

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. $6.

A Christmas Carol Step II Productions presents holiday show. Closes 12/15. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd., Bristol; 215-785-1177. $8.

A Christmas Carol The Downtown Players ring in the season. Closes 12/15. South Hunterdon Regional High School, 301 Mt. Airy-Harbourton Rd., Lambertville, NJ. www.downtownpac.com. $18; $13 seniors and children under 12.

American Fairy Tales Three family-friendly fantasy stories, in time for the holidays, by the author of "The Wizard of Oz." This is a fast-paced, multidisciplinary interactive show for kids and grown-ups alike, as part of B. Someday's Family Theatre Series. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255. $12; $7 children.

American Theater Arts for Youth: Cinderella Musical adaptation of the fairy tale. Closes 12/19. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-563-3501. www.atafy.org. $13.50.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Hourlong adaptation of the Dickens tale, featuring original & traditional tunes. Closes 12/22. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$16.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol 1-actor interpretation. Closes 12/22. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $12; $10 children.

Cinderella A reimagined performance by Wolf Pac. Closes 12/15. Rosemont College - McShain Performing Arts Center, 1400 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr; www.wolfperformingartscenter.org. $12-$18.

Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham & The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant Vaudeville-inspired takes on two classic children's books. Closes 12/29. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100. $20; $10 children 15 and under.

Enchantment Theatre Company: Aladdin & Other Enchanting Tales Theatrical adaptation of '1,001 Arabian Nights.' Closes 12/30. University of the Arts - Philadelphia Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St.; 215-496-9160. www.enchantmenttheatre.org. $29; $25 seniors; $16 children.

Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite Snowbound siblings Max & Ruby listen to their grandmother tell the Nutcracker story. Closes 12/14. Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; 877-598-8696. $18.75-$45.

Our Town Performance by Wolf PAC. Closes 12/15. Rosemont College - McShain Performing Arts Center, 1400 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr; www.wolfperformingartscenter.org. $12-$18.

Quintessence Theatre Group: The Wind in the Willows Theatrical adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame book. Closes 1/6. Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave.; 215-987-4450. quintessencetheatre.org. $25; $15 youth 21 and under.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Holiday story. Closes 12/22. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; Box Office: 856-384-8381. $7-$9.

Community theater

A Christmas Story

Based on the film. Closes 12/14. The Grand Theatre, 405 S. Main St., Williamstown; 856-728-2120. $22-$25.

Actors' NET: Irving Berlin's White Christmas Heartwarming musical adaptation of the holiday film. Closes 12/22. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; 215-295-3694. $20; $17 seniors; $10 under 12.

Show Stoppers: Winter Revue Student showcase. Closes 12/13. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. Free.

The Game's Afoot An actor known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover who killed a guest at his estate. Closes 12/14. Off-Broad Street Theatre, 5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell, NJ; reservations required: 609-466-2766.

The Luckiest Kid Play. Closes 12/13. Penn State University, Abington, 1600 Woodland Rd., Abington; Registration recommended: www.abington.psu.edu/luckiest. Free.

The Wizard of Oz All of your favorite songs & characters from the MGM movie. Closes 12/21. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139. $20.

Dinner theater

Murder in Twelve Steps

The eccentric members of a behavior addiction support group become suspects in a murder. Ongoing. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre Box Office: 215-238-1313. $45.95.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

11th Annual Liebesfreud Beethoven's Birthday Concert

Benefits Wintershelter. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-732-2515. $10. 12/13. 7 pm.

ArCoNet's Annual Holiday Concert Featuring elite string orchestras, guest performers. Montgomery County Community College - Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell; Box Office: 215-641-6518. $5. 12/15. 6 pm.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony: Holiday Concert Popular carols, Hanukkah tunes & selections from Bach, Pachelbel & Strauss. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway; 609-652-9000. bayatlanticsymphony.org. $32. 12/14. 2 pm.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Bach's Complete Brandenburgs All six Brandenburg concerti will be performed. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-9220. www.lincolncenter.org. $20-$77. 12/16. 7:30 pm.

Chester Children's Chorus Holiday Concert The chorus, directed by founder John Alston, will perform classical music and holiday numbers in a variety of musical styles. Swarthmore College - Lang Performing Arts Center, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-8200. www.chesterchildrenchorus.org. Free. 12/14. 7:30 pm.

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Music Program Bryn Mawr College - Goodhart Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-526-5210. Free. 12/17. Also Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. Free. 12/16. 7:30 pm.

PCMS Concert: Ailyn Perez, Stephen Costello & Ken Noda, Soprano, Tenor & Pianist Concert of works by Donizetti, Obradors, J. Heggle, Puccini, Verdi, Tosti & Massenet. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080. www.pcmsconcerts.org. $24. 12/17. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: David Kim Plays Tchaikovsky Works by Tchaikovsky, Ravel & Stravinsky, w/Pablo Heras-Casado conducting & David Kim featured on violin. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $46-$150. 12/13-14.

VoxAmaDeus: Handel's Messiah Complete & uncut performance. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.; www.voxamadeus.org. $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. 12/13. 7 pm. Also St. Katharine of Siena Catholic Church, 104 S. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne; www.voxamadeus.org. $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. 12/15. 4 pm.

West Jersey Chamber Music Society: Holiday Concert Classical & contemporary selections presented by the West Jersey Chamber Brass & Chorale. First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Rd., Moorestown. wjcms.org. $20; $15 seniors; $10 students. 12/15. 7:30 pm.

West Philadelphia Orchestra 15 Philly musicians playing an eclectic, vibrant mix of music inspired by Eastern European styles. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave. www.westphiladelphiaorchestra.com. $12. 12/13. 9 pm.

Wind Symphony of Southern New Jersey 40-member woodwind, brass & percussion group. First Presbyterian Church of Merchantville, 10 W. Maple Ave., Pennsauken. Free. 12/15. 4:30 pm.

Opera/Choral

A Cappella Pops

Mixed voice a cappella choir from Philadelphia. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington.

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. $10-$18. 12/13. 8 pm.

A Feast of Carols in Chestnut Hill By the Mendelssohn Club. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. $28-$40. 12/14. 5 pm.

A Soulful Christmas: Shout for Joy Concert featuring seasonal, gospel, spiritual & inspirational music by 5 choirs. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $25-$45. 12/17. 7:30 pm.

American Boychoir The U.S.' premier concert boys' choir. Princeton University Chapel, 116 Prospect Ave., Princeton; 609-258-9220. www.americanboychoir.org. $20-$45. 12/14. 7:30 pm. Also Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; $20-$45. 12/15. 4 pm.

Amici Opera Company: L'Oracolo & Il Campanello Double bill of operas by Leoni & Donizetti. United Methodist Church of the Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave.; 215-224-0257. $25. 12/14.

BucksMont Squires of Song: Guest Night Sing-along evening of barbershop music open to all. Langhorne United Methodist Church, 301 E. Maple Ave., Langhorne; 267-206-1026. Free. 12/17. 7 pm.

Chester County Choral Society: Holiday Tradition Musical event led by Gary Garletts, accompanied by Ann Marie Ellis. Church of the Holy Trinity, 212 S. High St., West Chester. 12/14, 12/15.

Christmas Memories Chorale concert. St. Jerome Parish, 8100 Colfax St. Free. 12/14. 7:30 pm.

Greater Philadelphia Chorale Rehearsals Mixed-voice chorus who perform classical & contemporary pieces at venues throughout the region. St. Jerome Parish, 8100 Colfax St.; 215-313-5363. gpchorale.com. 12/17.

Greater South Jersey Chorus 90-member choir presents "One Winter Night." Unitarian Universalist Church, 401 N. Kings Hwy., Cherry Hill; 856-482-8282. www.greatersjchorus.org. $20; free under 14. 12/15. 3:30 pm.

Handel's Messiah Annual concert features nearly 100 voices, including soloists and a full orchestra. Mother Bethel AME Church, 419 Richard Allen Ave. Free. 12/15. 6 pm.

Media Chamber Chorale Eclectic ensemble presents a concert of works from the '20s through '50s. Wallingford Presbyterian Church, 111 E. Brookhaven Rd., Wallingford. www.mediachamberchorale.org. Free. 12/13. 8 pm. Also Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, 145 W. Rose Tree Rd., Media. $15 adults; $12 seniors; $10 students. 12/15. 2:30 pm.

Music 4 Nothin' Holiday Concert Jazz 4 Nothin', Choir 4 Nothin', 4 Nothin' Symphony, and Music 4 Nothin' present a joint concert. Holiday favorites in jazz, choral, and symphonic stylings. Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 7028 Easton Rd., Pipersville; 215-766-8150. Free. 12/13. 7:30 pm.

North Penn High School Chamber Singers Concert for the public. St. John's United Church of Christ, 500 W. Main St., Lansdale; 215-855-5489. Free. 12/15. 4 pm.

Singing Circle for People Impacted by Cancer Join other singers led by composer, performer & educator Julia Haines. No talent is necessary - just a willingness to have fun. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; 215-879-7733. Free. 12/17.

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.; 215-735-6760. Free. Through 1/1.

The Vienna Boys Choir Vocal ensemble with a 500-year history. Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650. $25-$39.50. 12/14. 4 pm.

Valley Forge Chorus: Holiday Harmony Holiday show. Dock Woods Community Center, 275 Dock Dr., Lansdale; tickets@valleyforgechorus.com. $15-$20. 12/14.

Voices Chorale: Christmastide Selections by Rutter, Biebl, Britten & Michael Haydn. Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer St., Princeton. www.voiceschorale.org. $20 advance; $25 day of event; $10 children; free students with school ID. 12/14. 3 pm. Also Anchor Presbyterian Church, 980 Durham Rd. (Rte. 413), Newtown. $20 advance; $25 day of event; $10 children; free for students with school ID. 12/15. 3 pm.

Dance

Atlantic City Ballet: The Nutcracker

Holiday tale of a young girl & her magical doll. W/music by Tchaikovsky. Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Dr, Galloway; 609-652-9000.

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. $32; $12 children. 12/13-14.

Also Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro.

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. $25-$35. 12/15. 4 pm.

Belly Dancing Students can study with belly dancers in Najia's studio and perform in shows. Sangha Space, 116 W Baltimore Ave., Media. $100. 12/16.

BodyVox Dance Company Genre-crossing performance that combines dance, media & stage design to create a stirring show. Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; Box Office: 215-893-3900. www.bodyvox.com. $20-$55. 12/13-14.

Brian Sanders' Junk Ensemble known for use of found objects & inventions that bridge the gap between dance & physical theater. Annenberg Center - Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-6701. www.briansandersjunk.com. $20-$40. 12/13-15.

Bringing Sexy Back- Again: Justin Timberlake Workshop Learn signature JT moves. The Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St. $20; $15 members. 12/15. 2:30-4:15 pm.

Cardio Pop Dance your way to health and fitness Nest Philadelphia, 1301 Locust St. $10. 12/16.