Theater

Professional/semi-professional

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale. Closes 12/27. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS).

;  $38-$111.50.

A Christmas Carol An adaptation faithful to the original story by Charles Dickens, complete with cherished carols. Closes 12/17. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211.   $25-$34; $22-$31 seniors; $20 ages 30 and under; $15 students.

A Christmas Story: The Musical Musical stage adaptation of the classic holiday movie. Closes 1/10. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.   $20-$95.

Annie A special orphan gets a chance at adoption. Closes 3/22. The Playhouse on Rodney Square (formerly The DuPont Theatre), 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-338-0881. anniethemusical.com.   $40-$90.

Arden Blair Enterprises: Wine in the Wilderness During a race riot in Harlem, an artist works on a trio of paintings reflecting his thoughts on "black womanhood." Closes 12/13. Walnut Street Theatre - Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.   $25; $15 students with ID.

Becoming Dr. Ruth Biographical drama about the early years of the woman eventually known as Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Closes 12/27. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.   $30-$35.

Black Nativity A joyous retelling of the traditional Nativity story in music, dance & verse. Closes 12/6. Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown; 610-283-2230. www.theatrehorizon.org/shows/blacknativity.html.   $39-$49; $37-$47 seniors; $22-$25 students.

Bonnie & Clyde The deviously tantalizing story of America's most dangerous couple. Closes 12/12. Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton; 609-704-5012.   $30-$40.

Cape May Stage: A Cape May Christmas The story of Santa & Mrs. Claus's secret visit to Cape May. Closes 1/2. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341.   $38; $33 seniors; $18 students.

Diner A group of young men contemplate the new realities of adulthood from the comfort of their '50s diner hangout. Closes 12/27. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100.   $35-$50.

East Lynne Theater Company: The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Storytelling-style production about Santa's life, from his early years through how he became immortal. Closes 12/12. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May; 609-884-5898. www.eastlynnetheater.org.   $25; $15 students; free for children 12 and under.

Equivocation A playwright in 1600's London is commissioned to write a play about a treasonous act, but his dedication to truth my imperil him. Closes 12/13. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122.   $36-$50; $15 teens and children.

Lafferty's Wake An Irish family celebrate the life of their late patriarch through jokes, stories & songs. Closes 12/20. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210.   $35.

Living Together Second play in Acykbourn's Norman Conquest Trilogy. Closes 12/6. Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W. Allens Ln.; Box Office: 215-248-0546.   $20 advance; $25 day of show.

Menopause The Musical Comic musical about women & "the change." Closes 12/20. Independence Seaport Museum - Penn's Landing Playhouse, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 855-448-7469 (HIT SHOW). www.menopausethemusical.com.   $45-$65.

Murder in Dixie A rich boy from Philadelphia's Main Line is engaged to a poor orphaned girl from the Deep South. As their families gather for her hometown's county fair, will their plans to break them up succeed? Between his gold-digging stepmother and social-climbing chauffeur, and her scheming sister and manipulative guardian, the stage is set for an outrageous battle royale to rival the Hatfields and the McCoys. And what secrets are the soon-to-be newlyweds keeping from each other? One thing's for sure...nobody expected that, in between the hog-calling contest and the three-legged race, somebody would resort to murder. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre Box Office: 215-238-1313. www.bistroromano.com/mystery-theatre.   $48.95.

Of Mice and Men 2 drifters take on ranch work with the goal of eventually buying their own land. A misunderstanding soon leads to trouble. Closes 12/13. Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-9913.   $17.

The Bald Soprano Classic absurdist comedy by Eugene Ionesco. Closes 12/19. Curio Theatre Company at Calvary Center for Culture & Community, 4740 Baltimore Ave.; 215-525-1350. www.curiotheatre.org/the-bald-soprano.html.   $15-$25.

The Book of Mormon South Park and Avenue Q creators' musical about 2 young Mormon missionaries sent off to spread the word in a dangerous part of Uganda. Closes 12/27. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; Telecharge: 800-447-7400. www.bookofmormonbroadway.com/tour_page.php.   $67-$177.

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical The holiday misadventures of a quirky band of trailer park residents. Closes 12/13. Montgomery Theater, 124 N. Main St., Souderton; 215-723-9984.   $27-$37.

The Three Musketeers (The Later Years): A Musical Panto Adventure & comedy meet as Athos, Porthos, Aramis & a chicken take on the evil Lord Mazorotti. Closes 1/19. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500.   $40-$50; $35-$45 children.

Underneath the Lintel New production of Glen Berger's play. Peter DeLaurier recreates his Barrymore Award-winning role as the Librarian. Closes 12/6. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395.   $20-$39; $15 students.

Wilmo Wednesdays Curated variety show featuring various local & regional performers. Ongoing. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington.   Free.

Family theater

101 Dalmatians

A group of London dogs must rescue Dalmatian puppies from the evil Cruella De Vil. Closes 12/5. Acting Naturally Theatre, 164 N. Flowers Mill, Langhorne.   $10-$12.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Hour-long adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, feat. a mix of original & traditional holiday tunes. Closes 12/20. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.   $14-$16.

Family Stages: Cinderella Family Stages presents this fresh version of the well-loved story. Closes 4/9. Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-886-9341. www.familystages.org. $12; $10 seniors; free for children under 3.

Frosty the Snowman A holiday musical for the whole family. Closes 12/11. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; Box Office: 856-384-8381.   $7-$9.

Hans Brinker & the Silver Skates World premiere play based on the book by Mary Mapes Dodge. Closes 1/31. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122.   $34-$36; $29-$31 seniors; $22-$24 teens; $18-$20 children.

Mary Poppins Stage adapation from the classic Disney musical film. Closes 12/20. Delaware Children's Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington; 302-655-1014.   $16 advance; $18 day of show.

Quintessence Theatre Group: Hansel & Gretel Featuing songs by David Cope, this contemporary retelling of Grimm's "Hansel & Gretel" will continue Quintessence's tradition of family classics for the holiday. Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave. www.quintessencetheatre.org/hansel-and-gretel/.   $27-$34; $25 seniors; $15 students.

Community theater

A Grand Night for Singing

Revue featuring nearly 30 classic Rodgers & Hammerstein songs. Closes 12/12. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; TheaterMania: 866-811-4111.   $25; $24 seniors; $13 students.

Actors' NET of Bucks County: Meet Me in St. Louis Stage adaptation of the classic MGM musical film. Closes 12/20. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; 215-295-3694.   $20; $17 seniors; $15 students.

Christmas Carol, A, NJ Riddlesbrood touring players will perform an adaptation of the Dickens holiday classic. Closes 12/5. Somers Point Unique Experiences Club, 829 Ba Ave., Somers Point.   Free.

Cloud Nine Psstmodern satire exploring issues of gender, sexuality & power. Closes 12/13. Princeton University - Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau St., Princeton; 609-258-9220.   $12, $11 students and seniors advance; $17, $15 students and seniors day of show.

Ebenezer the Musical Musical adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens holiday tale. Closes 12/20. Acting Naturally Theatre, 164 N. Flowers Mill, Langhorne.   $15-$18.

White Christmas Holiday musical featuring the songs of Irving Berlin. Closes 12/20. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Celestial Celebration for Christmas

Classical concert for Advent & Christmas starring Paula Ann DiGianivittorio, Soprano. Our Lady of Hope Parish, 701 Little Gloucester Rd., Blackwood. $25; $15 students with ID. 12/6. 2 pm.

Claudia Pellegrini Claudia Pellegrini is a classical violinist, who performs works from artists such as Bach and Mozart. Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe St., Bristol.   12/8. 6:30 pm.

Curtis Student Recitals Solo & chamber music performances by Curtis Institute of Music students. Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St.; 215-893-7902.   Free. 12/4, 12/4, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7, 12/7, 12/8, 12/9, 12/9.

Immaculata Symphony: Christmas Concert Light classical combined with favorite Christmas carols. Immaculata University, 1145 King Rd., Malvern. uc.immaculata.edu/christmas-concert. $10; free for children under 12. 12/6. 3 pm.

Lyric Fest: Sibelius Celebrates 150 Singers & pianist present many of Sibelius' most beautiful works, sung in the original Swedish, Finnish & German. Academy of Vocal Arts - Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St. lyricfest.org/.   $20 advance; $25 day of show. 12/8. 6 pm.

Mainstreet Brass Brass quintet Bucks County Performing Arts Center at Yardley Community Centre, 64 S. Main St., Morrisville; 215-493-3010. www.mainstreetbrass.com.   $15-$20 advance; $18-$25 day of show; $10 students. 12/5. 7:30 pm.

Old York Road Symphony Community orchestra. 215-782-1718. Hiway Theatre, 212 Old York Rd., Jenkintown; 215-886-9800. www.oldyorkroadsymphony.org.   12/10.

PCMS Concert: Dover Quartet Award-winning Philadelphia ensemble performs works by Mozart, Dutilleux & Schoenberg. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080. www.pcmsconcerts.org.   $24. 12/6. 3 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Complete Firebird Works by Stravinsky, Bizet & Vieuxtemps, w/Hilary Hahn featured on violin. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts. www.philorch.org.   $45-$157. 12/4, 12/5.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series: The "Trout" Quintet Members of Momenta Quartet & guests perform works by Schubert & Faure. Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton; Tickets required: 609-497-0020. princetonsymphony.org.   Free. 12/6. 4:30 pm.

Princeton University Glee Club & Chamber Choir: Breaking Bach Program of works linked to or inspired by music & literature of the baroque era. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-9220.   $15; $5 students. 12/5. 7:30 pm.

Professional Members Concert The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society is proud to present some of Philadelphia's greatest guitarists at our annual Members Concert which will be followed by our annual holiday party. Performers on hand will be Tom Emery, Peter Delaplane, Don Golfen, and more. Settlement Music School, 318 Davisville Rd., Willow Grove.   $25; $15 students & seniors; free members. 12/6. 3 pm.

Scandinavian Accents Flute & piano piece drawn from Scandinavian heritages. Ivy Hall, 6331 Lancaster Ave. www.fineartmusiccompany.com.   $20-$30. 12/6. 3 pm.

South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble: Times Remembered A holiday performance concert. Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Absecon.   $17. 12/7. 7:30 pm.

Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley: Winter Theatre Organ Concert Theatre pipe organ salute to the end of 2015. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. TOSDV.org. $11.50; $6.50 children under 16. 12/6. 2 pm.

Violas and Friends Toby Appel & William Frampton, viola; Rafael Figueroa, cello; & Orion Weiss, piano. Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church, 330 Greentree Rd., Sewell; 856-494-6077http://www.musicatbunkerhill.org/. www.musicatbunkerhill.org/.   $20; $10 students. 12/6. 3 pm.

VoxAmaDeus: Handel's Messiah Complete & uncut performance of Handel's Messiah. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.; 610-688-2800.   $25; $20 seniors; $10 students advance; $30; $25 seniors; $10 students day of show. 12/4. 7 pm.

VoxAmaDeus: Handel's Messiah Complete & uncut performance of Handel's Messiah. Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Rd., Paoli; 610-688-2800.   $25; $20 seniors; $10 students advance; $30; $25 seniors; $10 students day of show. 12/6. 4 pm.

Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra 10-piece ensemble who perform a variety of classical & contemporary material. Camden County Library - Haddon Township Branch, 15 MacArthur Blvd., Collingswood. www.wpao.org.   Free. 12/5. 2 pm.

Opera/Choral

Academy Chorale and Chamber Society Holiday Concert

This 90 voice chorus & orchestra perform a holiday concert. Gwynedd Mercy Academy, 1345 Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd Valley.   $20; $15 seniors; $5 students; free for children under 12. 12/6. 2 pm.

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture: Words Adorned - Andalusian Poetry & Music Musical collaboration between the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble, choir The Crossing & vocalist Dalal Abu Amneh. Bryn Mawr College - Goodhart Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-526-5210.   $20; $18 seniors; $10 students with ID; $5 children under 12. 12/5. 8 pm.

Amici Opera Company: Arias, Duets, Songs & Christmas Music Holiday concert featuring a variety of music. United Methodist Church of The Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave.; 215-224-0257.   $20. 12/5. 4 pm.

Amici Opera Company: Il Parlatore Eterno & Mozart & Salieri 1-act works by Ponchielli & Rimsky-Korsakov. United Methodist Church of The Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave.; 215-224-0257.   $20. 12/6.

Bells, Brass and The Boys Traditional holiday music, Impulse Handbell Ensemble & drag parody set in the style of a 1940's USO radio show. Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St. pgmc.org/.   $27.50-$55. 12/4, 12/5, 12/5.

Broadway/Opera Cabaret Annual Broadway/Opera Cabaret, featuring five artists from opera companies around the country. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park; 215-887-8700.   $Free; $15 optional deli supper. 12/5. 7 pm.

ChildrenSong of New Jersey Haddonfield-based youth choir. Medford Friends Meeting, 14 Union St., Medford. www.childrensong.org.   Free. 12/5. 7 pm.

College/Community Chorus of Rowan College The College/Community Chorus of Rowan College at Gloucester County presents its holiday concert. First Presbyterian Church of Pitman, 305 S. Broadway, Pitman; 856-589-1050.   Suggested donation: $5. 12/8. 7:30 pm.

Gloucester County Community Choir: Christmas Concert The Gloucester County Community Choir is having its Christmas concert. First Presbyterian Church of Pitman, 305 S. Broadway, Pitman; 856-589-1050.   $5. 12/8. 7:30 pm.

The Vienna Boys Choir Renowned vocal ensemble with a 500-year history. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.   $32-$500. 12/10. 8 pm.

Ursinus College Choir & Meistersingers: Handel's Messiah John French conducts Handel's beloved oratorio. Ursinus College - Bomberger Auditorium, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville; 610-409-3000.   $10; $5 students with ID. 12/5, 12/6.

Dance

DiSiac Dance Company

Princeton's student run dance company performs ballet, break, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern & more. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS).   $12. 12/10, 12/10.

Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine: The Nutcracker Dancers from the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine will be joined by local children in this production of the holiday favorite. Burlington County Institute of Technology, 10 Hawkin Rd., Medford. www.mountlaurelballet.com.   $18-$20; $13-$15 seniors and students. 12/9, 12/9.

Dorrance Dance Outstanding tap ensemble headed up by Michelle Dorrance. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-893-1999.   $37-$57. 12/4, 12/5, 12/5, 12/6.

Kennett Symphony of Chester County: Pops Goes the Holiday Christmas concert w/the Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus & dancers from First State Ballet. Unionville High School, 750 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square; 610-444-6363. www.kennettsymphony.org.   $25-$48 advance, $30-$53 day of show; $10 students 18 and under. 12/5. 7:30 pm.

Making Trouble: Dance of the Future Performance inspired by modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan. Rowan University - Tohill Theatre, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro; Box Office: 856-256-4545. www.rowan.edu/theatredance.   $15; $10 seniors, staff, military, students, alumni; free for Rowan students with ID. 12/4, 12/5, 12/5, 12/6.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Traditional holiday spectacular featuring Russian artists including gold medalists from international competitions. Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; 877-598-8696. www.nutcracker.com/.   $30.50-$98.50. 12/4. 7:30 pm.

Princeton Dance Festival Student dance concert feat. repertory & new works by various choreographers. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS).   $12, $11 students and seniors advance; $17, $15 students and seniors day of show. 12/4, 12/5, 12/5, 12/6.

Roxey Ballet: The Nutcracker Roxey Ballet's 19th annual tradition. The College of New Jersey - Center for the Arts, 2000 Pennington Rd., Trenton; 609-397-7616. www.roxeyballet.com. $15.50-$52.50. 12/5, 12/6, 12/7.

Other performances

M'kor Shalom Players Cabaret: Everything's Coming Up Jule

The M'kor Shalom Players will present a cabaret featuring the work of Jule Styne. Congregation M'Kor Shalom, 850 E. Evesham Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-4220.   $20; $15 seniors and students.