Theater

Professional/semi-professional

Age of Arousal

Set in 1885, five Victorian women pursue a new age where erotic freedom reigns supreme. Closes 1/6. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824.

» READ MORE: www.wilmatheater.org

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$37-$52.

Ain't Misbehavin'

A journey through the Fats Waller songbook & Harlem in its heyday. Closes 12/31. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700.

. $40-$55.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Walnut's troupe of actors puts a theatrical spin on Dickens' enduring tale. Closes 12/20. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550;

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$14; $12 children.

A Christmas Carol

Scrooge finds himself face-to-face with three ghosts of Christmas. Closes 12/30. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211,

» READ MORE: www.hedgerowtheatre.org

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$10-$22.

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

Disgruntled deer accuse Santa of inappropriate conduct. Closes 12/29. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210.

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$21 includes one drink.

Greater Tuna

Two actors, playing twenty classic characters, create a Texas tall tale. Closes 12/30. Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

. $28.

It's a Wonderful Life

Forge Theatre presents this adaptation of the classic Frank Capra holiday flick starring Jimmy Stewart. Closes 12/15. Forge Theatre, 241 1st Ave., Phoenixville; 610-935-1920.

» READ MORE: www.forgetheatre.org

. $12; $10 youth under 18.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Rock musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice based on the biblical story of Joseph, whose brothers sold him into slavery. Closes 12/30. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100,

» READ MORE: www.mediatheatre.org

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$22-$39.

Menopause The Musical

Hilarious celebration of women & "the change." Closes 5/20. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210.

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$45.

Striking 12

Wacky rewiring of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Match Girl.' Closes 12/31. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700.

. $40-$55.

This Is The Week That Is

1812 Productions presents this politics-themed comedy show that's re-written frequently to keep up with current events. Closes 1/13. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-569-7900.

» READ MORE: www.1812productions.org

. $12-$34.

Treasure Island - A Panto

Set sail for a boisterous romp across the seas of slapstick & swashbuckling adventure. Closes 12/30. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500.

» READ MORE: www.peopleslight.org

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$29.

Vieux Carre

Rarely-produced masterpiece by Tennessee Williams. 215-552-8773 for tickets. Closes 12/22. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.; 215-552-8773.

» READ MORE: www.egopo.org

. $28; $25 students & seniors.

Winter Musicale

Annual production featuring holiday tunes of the past & present. Closes 12/23. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-6664.

» READ MORE: www.brtstage.org

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$29; $10 students.

The World Goes 'Round

Features the unforgettable music of one of Broadway's most successful teams, John Kander & Fred Ebb. Closes 12/30. Walnut Street Theatre - Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.; Reservations required: 267-987-9865.

. $20-$25.

Family theater

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Closes 12/16. MCCC - Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor; 609-570-3333,

» READ MORE: www.kelseytheatre.net

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$10; $8 seniors & children.

American Theater Arts for Youth: A Christmas Carol

Closes 12/23. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-563-3501.

» READ MORE: www.atafy.org

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$11.

A Christmas Carol

Closes 12/17. Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650.

» READ MORE: www.keswicktheatre.com

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$7. 12/17 10:15 am.

A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Bruce Graham from the novel by Charles Dickens. Closes 12/30. Mum Puppettheatre, 115 Arch St.; 215-925-7686.

» READ MORE: www.mumpuppet.org

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$25-$35. Note: For ages 8 & over. There are scary ghosts & the theater is very dark on a few occasions.

Comet, the Fifth Reindeer

Meet the other "flying sled guide." Closes 12/29. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100;

» READ MORE: www.mediatheatre.org

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$10; $9 seniors; $8 children. 12/8 11 am.

Duet Theater Company: The Holiday Goose

Family-friendly comedy about a goose on the run. Closes 12/16. Dante Hall, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City; 609-344-8877.

» READ MORE: www.dantehall.org

. $5.

Peter Pan: The High Flying Broadway Musical

J.M. Barrie's beloved tale of lost boys, Indian maidens & pirate rogues. Closes 1/6. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550;

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$10-$67.50.

Sleeping Beauty

Modernization of the classic tale. The tale of an evil witch, a princess & her friends. Closes 1/27. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122,

» READ MORE: www.ardentheatre.org

. $26-$30; $18-$22 youth 13-17; $14-$16 children 12 & under.

Tiny Tim's Christmas

Based on Dickens' classic holiday tale, but without the ghosts young children may find frightening. Closes 12/29. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211,

» READ MORE: www.hedgerowtheatre.org

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$10; $8 children.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Shadows, puppets & masked actors. Closes 12/30. Mum Puppettheatre, 115 Arch St.; 215-925-7686.

» READ MORE: www.mumpuppet.org

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$15.

The Wizard of Oz

Storybook Musical Theatre invites you down the Yellow Brick Road. Closes 12/30. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn; Reservations recommended: 215-659-8550;

» READ MORE: www.storybookmusical.org

. $12; $10 children.

Community theater

Arsenic & Old Lace

Comedy about wicked, kind, charming & diabolical old ladies. 610-395-7671 for info & reservations. Closes 12/16. McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown. events.mccoolesredlioninn.com. $16; $14 seniors; $8 students.

A Christmas Carol

Dickens' classic story comes to life in this adaptation by Brian Way. Closes 12/16. Barley Sheaf Players, 810 N. Whitford Rd., Lionville; 610-363-7075;

» READ MORE: www.barleysheaf.org

. $10.

A Christmas Carol

Dickens' classic tale gets full Broadway treatment. Closes 12/22. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139,

. $16-$18.

A Christmas Spectacular

Annual Christmas production. Closes 12/17. Fountain of Life Center, 2035 Columbus Rd., Burlington; Tickets required: 609-386-2093,

» READ MORE: www.flcnj.org

. 60 cents.

A Christmas Story

Comedy based on the classic holiday film. Closes 12/15. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; 866-811-4111;

» READ MORE: www.pcstheater.org

. $22; $10 students.

Last Five Years

One night only, benefit performance of this one-act musical by Tony-Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown. Closes 12/15. United Methodist Church - Narberth Community Theatre, 206 Price Ave., Narberth; 610-352-4823.

. $20.

The Nutcracker

Curio Theatre Company presentation. Closes 12/29. West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship Calvary Center, 4740 Baltimore Ave.; 215-525-1350;

» READ MORE: www.curiotheatre.org

. $22; $19 students & seniors; $10 children 12 & under.

Scrooge, the Musical

Musical version of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol.' Closes 12/22. The Ritz Theatre Co., 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Twp.; 856-858-5230.

» READ MORE: www.ritztheatreco.org

. $15-$18.

The Song of Bernadette

Actors' NET of Bucks County presents this tale of a simple French girl who sees a vision in Lourdes, France. Closes 12/30. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 North Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; 215-295-3694.

» READ MORE: www.actorsnetbucks.org

. $20; $17 seniors; $10 children under 13.

Dinner theater

A Deadly Briefcase

Interactive "whodunit" features comedy, romance, intrigue & murder. Closes 3/29. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Reservations required: 215-925-8880.

» READ MORE: www.bistroromano.com

. $42.95 includes hors d'oeuvres & four-course dinner.

Hello Dolly

Musical that turned the scheming woman into a lovable heroine. Closes 12/23. New Candlelight Theatre, 2208 Millers Rd., Ardentown; 302-475-2313.

. $47; $30 children Thu.-Fri. & Sun. only.

Here's Killing You, Kid!

Dinner & a murder mystery that spoofs film noir. Reservations required: 215-794-4051. Closes 12/29. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska;

» READ MORE: www.peddlersvillage.com

. $44.95.

Classical Music

Orchestral

Peter Nero & the Philly Pops: Holiday POPS!

Seasonal classics, gospel music & ballet dancers ring in the Holday season with the Pops. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999,

» READ MORE: www.phillypops.org

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$26-$100. 12/14 8 pm. 12/15 2 pm. 12/16 7 pm. 12/19 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.philorch.org

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$38-$103. 12/16 2 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Holiday Organ & Brass Concert

Seasonal classics with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.philorch.org

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$10-$75. 12/18 7 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Pappano Conducts Rachmaninoff

Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.philorch.org

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$10-$123. 12/14 2 pm. 12/15 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Glorious Sound of Christmas

Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.phila.org

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$38-$103. 12/20-12/22 7 pm.

Pottstown Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Concert

Christmas & Hanukkah favorites. Boyertown Area Senior High School, 120 North Monroe St., Boyertown;

. $10; $5 students. 12/14 7:30 pm. Pottstown High School, 750 N. Washington St., Pottstown. $10; $5 students. 12/16 2 pm.

*FREE*

Roxborough Orchestra: Holiday Concert

Classical & popular holiday favorites by the Orchestra & Philly Saxophone Quartet. Leverington Presbyterian Church, 6301 Ridge Ave.; 215-487-3008.

» READ MORE: www.levpres.org

. 12/15 8 pm.

Symphony in C (formerly Haddonfield Symphony): Vadim Gluzman, Violinist

Brahms Violin Concerto & Sibelius. Camden Center for the Arts, 311 N. Fifth St., Camden; 856-429-1880,

» READ MORE: www.symphonyInC.org

. $15-$40. 12/15 8 pm.

Chamber music/Recitals

Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Pianist

All-Brahms solo recital. Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust St.; 215-893-7902,

» READ MORE: www.curtis.edu

. $28. 12/16 3 pm.

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society: Anonymous 4

Female vocal quartet. 13th-to 14th-century English works. St. Mark's Church, 1625 Locust St.; 215-569-8080,

» READ MORE: www.pcmsconcerts.org

. $22.50. 12/14 8 pm.

Winter Concert

The Bluebond Music School presents a performance by some of the brightest young musicians in Philadelphia. Gershman Hall, 401 S. Broad St.; 215-446-3033.

» READ MORE: www.gershmany.org

. $10. 12/14 7:30 pm.

Opera/Choral

Ama Deus Ensemble: Handel's Messiah

1749 London Covent Garden version performed in Baroque pitch & on period instruments. Church of the Holy Trinity, 19th & Walnut Sts.; 610-688-2800,

» READ MORE: www.voxamadeus.org

. $25; $10 students. 12/14 7 pm. Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Rd., Paoli. $25; $10 students. 12/16 4 pm.

Bryn Mawr Chamber Singers & Youth Chorale: Christmas Concert

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-525-2821,

» READ MORE: www.bmpcfinearts.org

. $10; $5 children. 12/16 4 pm.

Bucks County Choral Society: 30th Annual Festival of Christmas Music

St. Ignatius Church, 999 Reading Ave., Yardley; 215-598-6142,

» READ MORE: www.buckschoral.org

. $15; $13 seniors; $5 students. 12/14 8 pm. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Doylestown. $15; $13 seniors; $5 students. 12/15 8 pm. 12/16 2:30 pm.

CCC Choral Concert

Dennis Flyer Theatre, College Dr., Blackwood; 856-227-3091; 856-227-7200.

» READ MORE: www.ccparks.com

. $4. 12/19 7 pm.

*FREE*

Chester Children's Chorus Annual Holiday Concert

75-voice chorus. First Pentecostal Holy Church, 324 Pusey St., Chester; 610-328-8180,

. 12/15 8 pm.

*FREE*

Gloucester County Children's Choir

Holiday music from around the world. West Deptford Free Public Library, 420 Crown Point Rd., Thorofare; 856-845-5593.

. 12/16 3 pm.

Jubilate Deo Chorale & Orchestra: The Splendor of Christmas

Christmas concert & live nativity scene. Commerce Bank Arts Centre, 519 Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd., Sewell; 856-858-0693,

» READ MORE: www.jdco.org

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$15-$30. 12/16 2:30 pm.

Keystone State Boychoir

First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, 35 W. Chelten Ave.; 215-849-1762,

» READ MORE: www.paboychoir.org

. Donations accepted. 12/15 2 & 5 pm.

Keystone State Boychoir & Pennsylvania Girlchoir: Holiday Concert

Church of the Holy Trinity, 19th & Walnut Sts.; 215-567-1267.

» READ MORE: www.htrit.org

. Donations accepted. 12/16 5 pm.

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia: Feast of Carols

St. Paul's Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.; 215-893-1999,

» READ MORE: www.mcchorus.org

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$25 advance; $30 day of show; $15 students. 12/15 4 & 8 pm.

New Ark Chorale: A Feast of Carols

Newark United Methodist Church, 69 E. Main St., Newark; 302-368-4946,

» READ MORE: www.newarkchorale.org

. $15; $12 seniors; $5 students. 12/15 7:30 pm.

Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale: 40th Anniversary Holiday Concert

Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood; 215-222-3500 x1;

» READ MORE: www.phillyboyschoir.org

. $25-$45. 12/16 3 pm.

The Philadelphia Singers: Christmas on Logan Square

St. Clement's Church, 2013 Appletree St.; 215-563-1876.

. $30-$40. 12/14 8 pm. 12/15 5 pm.

Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra: Benefit for Reach Out & Read

Also Choral Society of Montgomery County & Upper Darby H.S. Encore Singers. St. Mark's Church, 1625 Locust St.; 215-545-0502,

» READ MORE: www.pyos.org

. Donations accepted. 12/20 8 pm.

Swarthmore Chorale: Holiday Concert

Collenbrook United Church, 5290 Township Line Rd., Drexel Hill; 215-870-7352.

» READ MORE: www.collenbrook.org

. $12; $10 seniors & students. 12/16 3 pm.

Tenaglia X Three

Tenor Frank Tenaglia, his baritone brother John & soprano sister-in-law Joan perform love songs, operetta & holiday tunes. Dante Hall, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City; 609-344-8877.

» READ MORE: www.dantehall.org

. $30. 12/15 7:30 pm.

Dance

Brandywine Ballet: Nutcracker

Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Phillips Memorial Bldg., West Chester; 610-696-2711;

» READ MORE: www.brandywineballet.com

. $20-$35. 12/15 2 pm. 12/16 6 pm.

*FREE*

Colors of the Rainbow Team Match

Dancing Classrooms Philly dance finals for 5th graders. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 610-896-6326.

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12/15 12:30 pm.

Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine: The Nutcracker

Upper Dublin High School, 800 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington; 215-849-7950.

. $28; $18 students & seniors. 12/15 2 & 6:30 pm.

Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center: Holiday Dances & The Angel of Christmas

Iron Gate Theatre, 3700 Chestnut St.; 215-222-7633.

» READ MORE: www.gbyedance.com

. $9-$20. 12/14 10 am. 12/15 7:30 am.

Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker

State Theatre Center For The Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton; 610-252-3132.

» READ MORE: www.nutcracker.com

. $36-$41; $31 children. 12/16 1 & 4:30 pm.

The Pennsylvania Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Closes 12/31. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; 215-893-1999;

» READ MORE: www.paballet.org

. $13-$112. 12/14 7 pm. 12/15 11 am, 3 & 7 pm. 12/16 noon & 4 pm. 12/20 7 pm.

Philadanco

Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.philadanco.org

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$34-$46. 12/14 7:30 pm. 12/15 2:30 & 7:30 pm. 12/16 2:30 pm.

Philadelphia Dance Theatre: Nutcracker

Hatboro-Horsham High School, 899 Horsham Rd., Horsham; 215-420-5261,

» READ MORE: www.hhef.org

. $20; $10 students & seniors. 12/15 3 & 7 pm.

South Jersey Ballet Theatre: Nutcracker

Voorhees Middle School, 1000 Holly Oak Dr., Voorhees; 856-767-7060.

. $15; $12 seniors; $10 children 12 & under. 12/14 7:30 pm. 12/15 2:30 & 7:30 pm. 12/16 2 pm.

Spiritoso Ballet: The Night Before Christmas

Sellersville Theater 1894, Main St. & Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5808.

» READ MORE: www.spiritosoballet.com

. $17.50-$22.50. 12/15 2 & 8 pm. 12/16 2 pm.

Whirling Dervishes of Istanbul: One House, Many Doors

Dance performance as well as a reading by author Coleman Banks. Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-3900;

» READ MORE: www.thepsalm.org

. $30-$55. 12/14-12/15 8 pm.