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.

Chicago

Commerce Bank Arts Centre, 519 Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd., Sewell; 856-218-8902;

» READ MORE: www.sjlivearts.com

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$50-$55. 12/22 7:30 pm.

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.

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.

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.

Five Candles

Story about bringing back the magic of Christmas. Appropriate for all ages. Closes 12/30. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-654-0200;

» READ MORE: www.act2.org

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$10.

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.

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 Musical Panto

Set sail for a boisterous romp across the seas of slapstick & swashbuckling adventure. Closes 1/1. 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

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.

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.

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

Arden Children's Theatre present this modernization of the classic tale. On the Haas Stage. Recommended for ages 5 & older. 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

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.

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

Joy to the World: A Symphonic & Choral Celebration

Ocean City Pops presents this holiday concert featuring the Cape Shore Chorale, baritone Dominic Inferrera & narrator Dr. Richard Stanislaw. Ocean City High School - Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th & Atlantic Sts., Ocean City; 609-525-9295.

» READ MORE: www.ocnj.us

. $15. 12/22 7:30 pm.

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. 12/21-12/22 2 pm. 12/23 2:30 & 7:30 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. 12/21-12/22 7 pm.

Chamber music/Recitals

A Classical Moment

Chaplin's: The Music Cafe, 66 N. Main St., Spring City; 610-792-4110.

. $4. 12/23 4:30-6:30 pm.

*FREE*

The Joy of Christmas

Annual concert featuring organist Dr. Ted Kiefer & tenor soloist Fr. Michael Spagnolo. St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, 701 Little Gloucester Rd., Blackwood; 856-371-1188.

» READ MORE: www.stagnes2000.com

. 12/23 7:30 pm.

Opera/Choral

Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale: 40th Anniversary Holiday Concert

Holiday program based on votes for favorites by audiences, members & alumni performed with full orchestra. University of Pennsylvania - Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St.; 215-222-3500 x1,

» READ MORE: www.phillyboyschoir.org

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» READ MORE: www.phillyboyschoir.org

. $25-$45. 12/22 7:30 pm.

Philomusica Chorale: Holiday Sing-Along

Holiday Sing-along featuring The Bells of Praise Handbell Choir & the Festive Brass Ensemble. Christ's Lutheran Church, 700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland; 215-247-7653.

. Donations accepted. 12/23 7:30 pm.

Piffaro: Es ist ein Rose

Carols from Renaissance Germany. Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut Street at 21st St.; 215-235-8469,

» READ MORE: www.piffaro.com

. $25-$30; $21-$26 seniors; $15 students. 12/21 8 pm. Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church & Widener Hall, 8855 Germantown Ave.; 215-235-8469. $25-$30; $21-$26 seniors; $15 students. 12/22 8 pm. The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew, 719 N. Shipley St., Wilmington; 215-235-8469. $25-$30; $21-$26 seniors; $15 students. 12/23 4 pm.

Vox Renaissance Consort: A Renaissance Noël

Costumed singers & period instruments present Christmas music of the High Renaissance. Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside; 215-572-2160. voxamadeus.org. $25. 12/22 8 pm.

Dance

Belle Mead Ballet: The Nutcracker

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

» READ MORE: www.kelseytheatre.net

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$12. 12/21 7 pm. 12/22 2 & 4 pm.

The Pennsylvania Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; 215-893-1999;

» READ MORE: www.paballet.org

. $13-$112. 12/21 7 pm. 12/22 11 am, 3 & 7 pm. 12/23 noon & 4 pm. 12/24 noon. 12/26 2 & 7 pm. 12/27 noon & 4 pm.

First State Ballet: The Nutcracker

Holiday tale of a young girl & her magical doll. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 302-652-5577.

» READ MORE: www.firststateballet.com

. $25-$35. 12/22 7 pm. 12/23 3 pm.

Other performances

ALHFC Performing Arts Ministry: No Limits

Musical about one family's struggles & ultimate rewards. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. alhf.tripod.com.

$55-$75. 12/22 8 pm.

*FREE*

Gate

Experimental art, music, performances. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.; 215-573-3234. foundationarts.org.

12/21 8 pm.

Stomp: National Tour

Lively show blends dance with percussion music played with buckets, brooms & other unusual "instruments." Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-732-5446;

» READ MORE: www.stomponline.com

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$25-$59.50. 12/26 2 & 8 pm. 12/27 2 & 8 pm.