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. $34-$40.

A Christmas Carol An adaptation faithful to the original story by Charles Dickens, with cherished carols. Closes 12/28. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $34; $31 seniors; $20 ages 30 and under; $15 students.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Simon Reade's stage adaptation of the story by Lewis Carroll. Closes 1/4. Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave.; 215-987-4450. $27-$34; 25 seniors; $15 students.

Bad Jews Comedy by Joshua Harmon. Philadelphia premiere. Closes 12/28. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30-$45.

Beauty and the Beast From the team that created Arden's "Cinderella" comes a bold new telling of this tale. Closes 2/1. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $18-$36.

Cape May Stage: Merry Melodies - A Holiday Celebration Show featuring popular songs & carols. Closes 12/31. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341. $35; $30 seniors; $15 students.

Cape May Stage: The Santaland Diaries One-man show about a struggling young writer who takes a job as a Christmas elf at a NYC Macy's. Closes 12/30. Congress Hall, 251 Beach Ave., Cape May. $25.

Clever Dick A zany send-up of the British murder-at-the-manor whodunit. Closes 12/14. Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-9913. $17 advance; $20 day of show.

Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody Spoofs of popular songs are interspersed with comedic scenes inspired by the books. Closes 10/18. The Levoy Theatre, 126-130 N. High St., Millville, NJ. $10-$62.

East Lynne Theater Company: Christmas in Wisconsin - Tales by Zona Gale Storytelling-style performance of stories by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gale. Closes 12/13. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May; 609-884-5898. $25; $15 students; free 12 and under.

Great Expectations Based on the novel by Dickens. Closes 12/14. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $36-$50.

Into the Woods Stephen Sondheim musical that presents an offbeat take on fairy tales. Closes 12/6. Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton, NJ; 609-704-5012. $18-$40.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! BRT presents this show, based on the best-selling Junie B. Jones books. Closes 12/7. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $25; $15 children.

Les Miserables A reformed criminal tries to avoid an obsessed police inspector while raising a child who was left in his care. Closes 1/11. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $42; $35 seniors; $25 children 12 and under.

Mary Poppins Theatrical adaptation of the Disney movie. Closes 1/4. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.

Meet Me In St. Louis Stage musical based on the MGM film. Closes 12/7. Archbishop Wood High School, 655 York Rd., Warminster; $12 advance; $8 day of show.

Mummenschanz Pantomime troupe that uses masks & props to create a bizarre, expressive & comic world. Closes 12/14. Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; Box Office: 215-893-3900. $30-$75.

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm Home for the Holidays 1-man show about family chaos & hijinks during the holidays. Closes 12/21. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100. $30-$50.

Plaid Tidings Forever Plaid's holiday show. Closes 12/28. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121. $25-$59.50.

QED Play based on the life & writings of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Closes 12/14. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395. $30-$39.

Renaissance Music Theatre: Kiss Me, Kate Show-within-a-show exploring conflicts & romantic entanglements among actors in a touring production of "Taming of the Shrew." Closes 12/13. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-271-0864. $30; $23-$30 seniors.

Table Manners Part of Alan Ayckbourn's Norman Conquests trilogy. Closes 12/6. Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W. Allens Ln.; Box Office: 215-248-0546. $20 advance; $25 day of show.

The Matter of Frank Schaefer New play based on the true story of a Methodist minister who was defrocked for officiating his gay son's wedding. Closes 12/6. Curio Theatre Company at Calvary Center for Culture & Community, 4740 Baltimore Ave.; 215-525-1350. $25; $20 students and seniors.

Til Divorce Do Us Part: The Musical New musical comedy about the end of a relationship. Closes 12/7. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; reservations required: 215-923-0210. $45.

Winter Musicale Carols, classics & tunes by the BRT Band & guests. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $35; $10 students.

Family theater

Annie, Jr.

Shortened version of the musical about the adventures of a spirited red-haired orphan. Closes 12/28. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $15; $12 children.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Hour-long adaptation of the Dickens tale, featuring a mix of original & traditional tunes. Closes 12/21. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $14-$16.

Scrooge Musical adaptation of "A Christmas Carol." Closes 12/14. Delaware Children's Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-655-1014. $13.

Community theater

Actors' NET of Bucks County: Cheaper By the Dozen

Comedy. Closes 12/21. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; 215-295-3694. $20; $17 seniors; $10 under 12.

Annie Hit musical based on the comic strip. Closes 12/20. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139. $20.

Congregation M'Kor Shalom Players: Rock of Ages The true story of Chanukah as told through '80s hit song parodies. Closes 12/7. Congregation M'Kor Shalom, 850 E. Evesham Rd., Cherry Hill. $10; $5 seniors and children 12 and under.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play This holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s broadcast. Closes 12/14. The Grand Theatre, 405 S. Main St., Williamstown; 856-728-2120. $22-$25.

The Sound of Music Rodgers & Hammerstein musical about a young novice who takes a job as governess for the children of a widowed military man. Closes 12/14. Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High St., Pottstown; 610-970-1199. $17-$27.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

A Candlelight Christmas Concert

A night full of songs in the French tradition. First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, 130 W. Miner St., West Chester.


. Free. 12/7. 4 pm.

Arcadia University Music Department Holiday Concerts At 4 pm, the University Choir, directed by adjunct professor Steven Gearhart, will perform songs for the season. At 7 pm, students will perform instrumental and vocal solos, with music from the string ensemble, directed by adjunct professor Valerie Levicoff; jazz ensemble, directed by adjunct professor Kevin Rodgers; and the flute ensemble, directed by adjunct professor Ed Etkins. Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside. Free. 12/7.

Astral Artists: Eunice Kim Debut. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-732-2515. $20; $18 seniors; $5 students. 12/7. 3 pm.

Ballet Theatre of Dover: The Nutcracker Tale of a young girl & her magical doll. W/music by Tchaikovsky. Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover; 1-800-778-5078. $25; $22 seniors and military; $17 students; $12 12 and under. 12/6-7.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony: New Jersey's 350th Anniversary Chamber concert featuring work by NJ composers. Landis Theater, 818 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ; Ticket required: Free. 12/6. 8 pm.

Bel Canto Children's Chorus: Jazz Contemporary holiday concert. St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 81 N. Main St., Pennsburg. $10-$12. 12/6. 4 pm.

Classical Revolution Delaware Introducing people to classical music through performances at nontraditional venues. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington. Free. 12/10.

Dan Blacksberg Avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music & more. First Banana, 2152 E. Dauphin St. $8-$10. 12/7. 8 pm.

Drexel Concert Band Student concert. Drexel University - Mandell Theater, 33d St.; Box Office: 215-895-2787. Free. 12/7. 7 pm.

Forte Operatic tenor trio who wowed audiences on Season 8 of "America's Got Talent." Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650. $30-$60. 12/7. 3 pm.

Gary Graffman, Pianist Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park. $45; free through age 23. 12/6. 6 pm.

Holiday Program With the Old York Road Symphony Concert of favorites including several sing-along carols, followed by a screening of "It's a Wonderful Life." Hiway Theatre, 212 Old York Rd., Jenkintown; 215-886-9800. $10. 12/11. 7:30 pm.

PCMS Concert: Curtis Chamber Orchestra Concert of works by Copland, Bernstein, Mahler & Stravinsky, w/Curtis alumna Bella Hristova featured on violin. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080. $24; $10 students. 12/5. 8 pm.

PCMS Concert: Daedalus Quartet American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St.; 215-569-8080. $24; $10 students. 12/7. 3 pm.

PCMS Concert: Dover Quartet With Roberto Diaz, Violist Concert of works by Beethoven, Shostakovich & Brahms. American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St.; 215-569-8080. $24; $10 students. 12/9. 8 pm.

PCMS Concert: Jeremy Denk, Pianist Concert of works by Haydn, Janacek, Schubert, Mozart & Beethoven. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080. $24; $10 students. 12/10. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Professional Members Concert & Holiday Party Performances by some of the area's best classical guitarists, w/party to follow. Settlement Music School - Mary Louise Curtis Branch, 416 Queen St.; 215-336-0400. $20; $15 students and seniors; free under 12. 12/7. 3 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Gershwin & Bernstein Works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Britten & Bramwell Tovey, w/Tovey conducting & Alison Balsom featured on trumpet. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $30-$105. 12/11.

Princeton University Orchestra: Mahler's Fourth Symphony Led by Maestro Michael Pratt, the orchestra will continue its longstanding engagement with the music of Gustav Mahler with a performance of the composer's Symphony No. 4. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-9220. $15; $5 students. 12/5.

South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble: Into the Light A holiday performance concert. Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway; 609-652-9000. $17. 12/8. 7:30 pm.

Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Baroque period-instrument ensemble. Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-8855. $24-$34. 12/6. Also American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St. $24-$34. 12/5.

Philadelphia Orchestra presents "Yannick Conducts Brahms" Conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the orchestra in a concert of works by Brahms, Haydn and Strauss, with featured soloists to include cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $40-$195. 12/6.


A Cappella Pops

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

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. $12-$18. 12/7. 7 pm.

Amici Opera: Alzira 2-act Verdi opera w/a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano. United Methodist Church of the Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave.; 215-224-0257. $20. 12/6.

Amici Opera: Lucrezia Borgia 2-act melodramatic opera by Donizetti, w/a libretto by Felice Romani. United Methodist Church of The Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave.; 215-224-0257. $20. 12/7.

Golden Days of Yore: A Holiday Musical Event Concert featuring Frankie Avalon. Rowan University - Pfleeger Concert Hall, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro; 856-256-4545. $20. 12/6. 7 pm.

Handel's Messiah Pt. 1 The Chancel Choir & Soloists will perform, with organist Charles Griffin. Reception follows. St. John's Lutheran Church, 1224 Melrose Ave., Elkins Park. Free. 12/7. 3 pm.

Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus: Down Home Holiday Classics with a country spin. Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St.; 215-567-3668. $30-$55. 12/5-6.

Princeton University Glee Club 65-member mixed-voice choir. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-9220. $15; $5 students. 12/7.

Ringing Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines Women's barbershop harmony chorus. Chester County Library - Henrietta Hankin Branch, 215 Windgate Dr., Chester Springs; 610-321-1710. Free. 12/9. 6:45 pm.

Stockton Oratorio Society: An Evening of Holiday Favorites Concert of tunes w/guest artists. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway; 609-652-9000. $10; $8 students and seniors with ID. 12/6. 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.; 215-735-6760. Free. To 1/1.

The Gift of Love: A Christmas Concert This concert tells the story of the birth of Jesus expressed through music. St. Michael's Church, 504 S.W. Ave., Minotola. $10 donation. 12/7. 3 pm.


American Repertory Ballet: The Nutcracker

Retelling of the favorite. Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton; Box Office: 609-984-8400.


. $20-$45. 12/6.

Band of Artists: Spectrum Order Disorder Artists combine to perform expressions of art forms. Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside; 12/5-11.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers: Black Girl & Mr. Tol E. Rance Presentation of the company's latest piece, "Black Girl," & excerpts from an earlier popular work. Bryn Mawr College - Goodhart Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-526-5210. $20; $18 seniors; $10 students; $5 under 12. 12/5. 8 pm.

ChoreoProject Dance recital featuring work from promising young choreographers & new pieces by established guest artists. Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway; 609-652-9000. $10; $8 students and seniors. 12/5-7.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze Over 30 performers dressed as living ornaments present remarkable feats of athleticism. The DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 1-800-338-0881. $20-$79. 12/9-11.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Traditional spectacular featuring Russian artists including gold medalists from international competitions. Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; 877-598-8696. $30.50-$98.50. 12/6. 3 pm.

Parsons Dance Company High-energy pieces filled with humor, creativity & sensuality. Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; Box Office: 215-893-3900. $20-$60. 12/5-6.

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. $30-$125. 12/7-29.

Walter Wright An improviser on electronics of his fabrication. Pageant Soloveev Gallery, 607 Bainbridge St. $8-$10. 12/5. 8 pm.

Other performances

Senior Citizen Holiday Party

Welcome the season at Cherry Hill's 40th annual party. Afternoon is filled with lunch, prizes, and a live performance from Maggie Mustico, singing a Holiday Cabaret mixture of show tunes, standards and holiday music. Holiday Inn, 2175 Marlton Pke. at Rte. 70, Cherry Hill. $15-$20. 12/7. 12-4 pm.