Theater

Professional/semi-professional

Cherry Bomb: The Worst Act in Vaudeville for the Holidays

1812 Productions presents this musical burlesque extravaganza from award-winning artists Jennifer Childs & James Sugg. Closes 1/4. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; 215-592-9560.

» READ MORE: www.1812productions.org

. $17.

A Christmas Carol

Based on the beloved Charles Dickens novel. Closes 12/21. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2041.

. $23.

A Christmas Carol

Stage adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale. Closes 12/28. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211.

» READ MORE: www.hedgerowtheatre.org

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$22-$30; $19-$27 students & seniors; $12 children under 18.

Curio Theatre Co.: A Christmas Carol

Classic Dickens tale. Closes 1/4. Calvary Center for Culture & Community, 4740 Baltimore Ave.; 215-525-1350.

» READ MORE: www.curiotheatre.org

. $15-$22; $10 students.

Dark Play or Stories For Boys

Psychosexual cyberspace drama explores the search for human connection in a disconnected world. For mature audiences. Closes 12/7. Theatre Exile at the Theatre at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, 2111 Sansom St.; 215-922-4462.

» READ MORE: www.theatreexile.org

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$15-$40.

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

Bckseet production of Jeff Goode's sardonically irreverent play. For audiences 18 & over. Closes 12/31. The Red Room at Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; 215-923-0210.

» READ MORE: www.bckseet.com

. $21.

Flashpoint Theatre Company: The Santaland Diaries

Join Crumpet the smart-aleck elf on a raucuous romp through holiday hell. Written by David Sedaris. Closes 12/19. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-665-9720.

. $10-$15.

Frost/Nixon

Tony-nominated play featuring Stacy Keach as Richard Nixon & Alan Cox as David Frost. Closes 12/14. DuPont Theatre, W. 10th St. at North St. Market, Wilmington; 800-338-0881; 302-656-4401.

» READ MORE: www.frostnixonontour.com

. $50-$65.

Gee's Bend

Based on the true story of a group of women who turn to quilting in times of crisis. Extended to 12/7. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122.

» READ MORE: www.ardentheatre.org

. $29-$48.

The Government Inspector

New adaptation of comedy by Russian playwright Nikolai Gogol. Closes 12/28. Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephen's Theater, 923 Ludlow St.; 215-829-0395.

» READ MORE: www.lanterntheater.org

. $10-$50.

Hairspray

Tony-winning musical comedy smash with big girls, big hair & big laughs. Closes 1/4. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

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$10-$70.

It's a Wonderful Life

Live radio play features music, seasonal songs & a sing-along. Closes 12/20. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700.

. $35-$45.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Tony Award-winning play by Alfred Uhry. Closes 12/6. Montgomery Theater, 124 N. Main St., Souderton; 215-723-9984.

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$19-$33.

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Based on the hit movie. The adventures of a determined woman who sets her sights on Harvard Law School. Closes 12/7. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; 215-893-1999.

. $25-$100.

Look Mom, I'm Swell

Award-winner Tony Braithwaite combines humor, impressions, improv, storytelling & more in his popular one-man show. Closes 12/14. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-654-0200.

» READ MORE: www.act2.org

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$25-$30.

Mambo Italiano

Steve Galluccio's raucous comedy with a heartfelt helping of tolerance & acceptance. Closes 12/6. Allens Lane Art Center, Allens Lane; 215-248-0546.

» READ MORE: www.allenslane.org

. $15; $13 students & seniors on Sun. only.

Merry Christmas, George Bailey

Adapted by Jim Goode from the Radio Lux Broadcast of 'It's a Wonderful Life.' Closes 12/14. DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley; 610-282-3192.

» READ MORE: www.desales.edu

. $18-$24.

New City Stage Company: Talk Radio

Revision of Eric Bogosian's 1987 hit about a radio shock-jock & his caustic dealings with his admirers. Closes 1/11. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-563-7500.

» READ MORE: www.newcitystage.org

. $22-$25; $20 students & seniors.

Nunsense

Musical features star turns, tap & ballet dancing, an audience quiz & comic surprises. Closes 12/6. Forge Theatre, 241 1st Ave., Phoenixville; 610-935-1920.

» READ MORE: www.forgetheatre.org

. $15; $12 children under 18.

O. Henry's Christmas Stories

East Lynne Theater's production of 3 different holiday tales. Closes 12/13. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May; 609-884-5898.

» READ MORE: www.eastlynnetheater.org

. $20; $10 students; free for children 12 & under.

Oleanna

New take on the intense & visceral masterpiece from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet. Closes 12/7. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; RSVP: 215-735-0630.

» READ MORE: www.playsandplayers.org

. $20 advance; $25 day of show.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

In a legendary bar in 1904 Paris, a chance encounter between the young Einstein & Picasso sets sparks & stars flying. Closes 12/21. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; 302-594-1100.

» READ MORE: www.delawaretheatre.org

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$15-$47.

Rock Doves

4 misfits unravel a mystery of surprising connections among patriots, informers & the innocent caught in their violent world. Closes 12/7. The Playground at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.;

» READ MORE: www.amaryllistheatre.org

; 215-564-2431 x93. $20; $15 seniors; $12 students.

Schmucks

A tale of a fictitious meeting between two comic icons, Groucho Marx & Lenny Bruce. Closes 1/4. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824.

» READ MORE: www.wilmatheater.org

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$42-$55.

She Loves You!

Features 30 Beatles songs, classic television footage, clips from newsreels, commercials from the era & bits from variety shows. Closes 12/28. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; RSVP required: 215-923-0210.

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$45.

This Wonderful Life

Stage adaptation of Frank Capra's adored classic Christmas film. Closes 12/28. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341.

» READ MORE: www.capemaystage.com

. $35; $25 seniors; $12.50 students.

A Tuna Christmas

Madcap, holiday sequel to hit comedy, 'Greater Tuna.' Closes 1/4. Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550 or 215-336-1234.

. $30.

White Christmas

Features 'Sisters, Snow,' 'Count Your Blessings,' & more. Closes 12/21. Surflight Theatre, Beach & Engleside Ave., Beach Haven; 609-492-9477.

» READ MORE: www.surflight.org

. $29; $19 youth.

Winter Musicale

Theatrical production featuring classic holiday tunes, popular selections, carols & some original tunes. Closes 12/21. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100.

» READ MORE: www.brtstage.org

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$29; $10 students.

Family theater

B. Someday Productions: Family Theatre Series

Interactive performance of a popular children's tale followed by a craft activity & info for parents. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255.

» READ MORE: www.bsomeday.org

. $1-$10. 12/6 11 am.

A Christmas Carol

Holiday classic based on the story by Charles Dickens. Closes 12/20. Walnut Street Theatre for Kids, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

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$12-$14.

Cinderella

Holiday panto features festive music & silly songs, cheers for the heroes, jeers for the villains & more. Closes 1/4. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500.

» READ MORE: www.peopleslight.org

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$26-$48.

The Dragon Singer

Villagers work together to save their town. Closes 12/12. Neumann College, One Neumann Dr., Aston; 610-892-8189.

. $6.50.

Ebenezer

Rock & roll musical for kids based on Charles Dickens' holiday novel. Closes 12/27. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100.

» READ MORE: www.mediatheatre.org

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$10-$12.

Enchantment Theatre Co.: The Snow Queen

Adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen tale of friendship & loyalty. Closes 1/4. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700.

. $27; $15 children.

Frosty & Rudolph

Louis Palena's story of the 2 famous Christmas characters. Closes 12/20. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2041.

. $8.

James & the Giant Peach

Based on the book by Roald Dahl. Closes 2/8. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122.

» READ MORE: www.ardentheatre.org

. $14-$30.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

Based on the book by C.S. Lewis. DuPont Theatre, W. 10th St. at North St. Market, Wilmington; 800-338-0881; 302-656-4401.

» READ MORE: www.duponttheatre.com

. $12. 12/6 2 pm.

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Family-friendly production inspired by the children's book of the same name. Uses contemporary dance & puppetry. Closes 12/7. Tohill Theatre at Rowan University, Rte. 322, Glassboro; 856-256-4545.

. $10; $5 seniors, students & children.

Miracle on 34th Street

A young girl's belief in the magic of the season is tested in an extraordinary courtroom decision. Closes 12/21. Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High St., Pottstown; 610-970-1199.

» READ MORE: www.tripac.org

. $11-$19.

Oliver!

Musical based on Charles Dickens' novel about an orphan boy. For ages 6 & up. Closes 1/4. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100.

» READ MORE: www.mediatheatre.org

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$25-$42.

Scrooge the Musical

Based on the Christmas classic by Dickens. Closes 12/14. The Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood; 732-367-7789.

» READ MORE: www.strandlakewood.com

. $27; $22 seniors, students & children.

The Snow Queen

Adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's tale of friendship & loyalty. Closes 1/4. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700.

. $27; $15 children.

Theatreworks USA: Nate The Great

Theatreworks/USA's brand new musical based on the book by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park; 732-531-9100 x 142.

» READ MORE: www.theatreworksusa.org

. $12. 12/7 2 pm.

Tiny Tim's Christmas

Shortened version of 'A Christmas Carol' as seen through the eyes of Tiny Tim. Closes 12/31. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211.

» READ MORE: www.hedgerowtheatre.org

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$11; $9 children.

Community theater

Inspecting Carol

Marple Newtown Players present this comedic romp that follows a down-&-out acting company in rehearsals for the 12th version of its yearly presentation of 'A Christmas Carol.' Closes 12/13. Gauntlett Community Center, 30 Media Line Rd., Newtown Square; 610-353-9181.

» READ MORE: www.playersstage.org

. $12, $9 seniors advance; $14, $11 seniors day of show.

The Little Prince

Stage adaptation of the beloved Saint-Exupery story. Closes 12/14. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; 866-811-4111.

» READ MORE: www.pcstheater.org

. $15; $8 students.

My Children, My Africa

Drama about two teens in South Africa circa 1985. Written by Athol Fugard. Closes 12/13. Coatesville Cultural Society, 143 E. Lincoln Hwy., Coatesville; RSVP recommended.

. Donations accepted.

Seascape

The Actors' NET of Bucks County presents Edward Albee's 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning comic drama. Closes 12/21. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; 215-295-3694.

» READ MORE: www.actorsnetbucks.org

. $20; $17 seniors; $10 children 12 & under.

Trouble in Mind

The Drama Group presents this fierce & moving comedy about race. Closes 12/6. First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6023 Germantown Ave.; 215-844-0724.

» READ MORE: www.thedramagroup.org

. $12.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

A day in the life of Charlie Brown & friends. Closes 12/13. Footlighters Theater, 58 Main Ave., Berwyn; 610-296-9245.

. $15.

Dinner theater

Amish Family Christmas

Spend a heart warming Christmas with the King family. Closes 12/23. Freedom Chapel Dinner Theatre, 15 N. Bridge St., Christiana; RSVP: 610-593-7013.

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$27; $49 includes meal.

Sounds of Liberty Chorus: Mrs. Claus' Hawaiian Vacation

Musical comedy in 4-part harmony. Dinner included. Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd.; RSVP: 215-636-9012.

» READ MORE: www.soundsofliberty.org

. $30. 12/7 5-8:30 pm.

Viva Las Murder

Closes 12/27. Peddler's Pub at the Cock 'n Bull Restaurant in Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; RSVP: 215-794-4000.

» READ MORE: www.peddlersvillage.com

. $44.95 includes dinner, show, tax & gratuity.

Classical Music

Orchestral

Delaware County Symphony

W/Robert McFarland, Baritone. Neumann College, One Neumann Dr., Aston; 610-558-5616.

» READ MORE: www.dcsmusic.org

. $15; $12 students & seniors. 12/7 5 pm.

*FREE*

Delaware County Youth Orchestra

Works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky & Mozart. Neumann College, One Neumann Dr., Aston; 610-558-5616.

» READ MORE: www.dcyo.org

. 12/7 7:30 pm.

Kennett Symphony: Sounds of the Season

Seasonal music by Leroy Anderson, Bach, Handel, Respighi & more. Kennett High School & Auditorium, 100 E. South St., Kennett Square; 610-444-6363.

» READ MORE: www.kennettsymphony.org

. $35; $10 students. 12/6 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Elgar's Cello Concerto

Works by Elgar, Barber & Strauss. David Zinman conducts, Truls Mork solos on cello. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.philorch.org

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$36-$125. 12/5 2 pm. 12/6 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Watts Plays Rachmaninoff

W/renowned pianist Andre Watts. Works by Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.philorch.org

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$39-$125. 12/11-12/13 8 pm.

Pottstown Symphony Orchestra: Messiah Sing-In

Annual audience-participation concert. Scores available for purchase. Trinity United Church of Christ, Hanover St., Pottstown; 610-326-2243.

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$10. 12/7 3 pm.

Riverside Symphonia

St. John the Evangelist Church, 44 Bridge St., Lambertville; 215-862-3300 or 609-397-7300.

. $20-$35. 12/5-12/6 8 pm. New Hope-Solebury High School, 180 W. Bridge St., New Hope. $20-$35. 12/7 3 pm.

Warminster Symphony Orchestra: The Many Moods of Christmas

Holiday concert featuring the Capital Singers of Trenton & the Trenton Community Singers. William Tennent Auditorium, 333 Centennial Rd., Warminster; 215-672-9650.

. $18; $8 students. 12/6 8 pm.

Chamber music/recitals

*FREE*

Brandywine Harp Christmas Concert

Featuring 17 harpists. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 640 Berwyn Ave., Berwyn; 610-644-0932.

» READ MORE: www.trinityberwyn.com

. 12/7 7:30 pm.

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: Mendelssohn, Nielsen & Martynov

W/conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn & soloist Edward Schultz on the flute. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.chamberorchestra.org

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$24-$81. 12/7 2:30 pm. 12/8 7:30 pm.

*FREE*

Daedalus Quartet

Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St.; 215-898-3900.

» READ MORE: www.pennpresents.org

. 12/6 8 pm.

Daniel Barenboim, Pianist

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

» READ MORE: www.danielbarenboim.com

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$35-$85. 12/8 8 pm.

*FREE*

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Music Program

Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; 610-896-1333. 12/10 7:30 pm.

Jennifer Koh & Ieva Jokubaviciute, Violinist & Pianist

Works by Bach, Brahms & Bartok. Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust St.; 215-893-7902.

» READ MORE: www.curtis.edu

. $28. 12/7 3 pm.

Lidia Kaminska, Jennifer Curtis & Michael Mizrahi

Accordion/violin/piano trio performs work by Bach, Scarlatti, Gubaidulina, Piazzolla & more. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-735-6999.

» READ MORE: www.astralartists.org

. $16; $14 seniors 62 & over; $5 students. 12/7 3 pm.

PCMS Concert: Curtis Chamber Orchestra

Works by Respighi, Leshnoff & Beethoven w/conductor Otto-Werner Mueller. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080.

» READ MORE: www.pcmsconcerts.org

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$27. 12/5 8 pm.

PCMS Concert: Musicians From Marlboro

Works by Janacek, Mozart & Mendelssohn. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 215-569-8080.

» READ MORE: www.pcmsconcerts.org

. $23. 12/11 8 pm.

PCMS Concert: Philharmonic Wind Quintet of New York

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 215-569-8080.

» READ MORE: www.pcmsconcerts.org

. $23. 12/7 3 pm.

Vox Renaissance Consort: Renaissance Noel

Works by Palestrina, Monteverdi, Pachelbel & more. Conducted by Valentin Radu. St. Katharine of Siena Church, 104 S. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne; 610-688-2800.

» READ MORE: www.voxamadeus.org

. $10. 12/7 5 pm.

Opera/Choral

*FREE*

Abington Choral Club: A Joyful Celebration

Annual winter concert. Abington Senior High School Auditorium, 970 Highland Ave., Abington; 215-887-3450.

. 12/6 8 pm.

Abington Oratorio Choir: A Christmas Celebration

40th annual Christmas concert featuring Haydn's Saint Nicholas Mass & various carols. Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 1101 Cowpath Rd., Hatfield; 215-368-0442. Donations accepted. 12/7 7-8:30 pm.

Amici Opera Company: L'Africana

Meyerbeer's grand opera fully-staged. Closes 12/14. The Garden Church, 82 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; 215-224-0257.

» READ MORE: www.thegardenchurch.org

. $22; $20 senior, student & advance; $10 children under 12. 12/7 2:30 pm.

Bach Festival of Philadelphia: A Holiday Celebration

Advent & Christmas cantatas by J.S. Bach performed by The Choral Arts Society & the Bach Festival Orchestra using period instruments. Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-2224.

» READ MORE: www.bach-fest.org

. $25; $12 students. 12/7 4 pm.

Bel Canto Children's Chorus: Winter Concert

Zion Mennonite Church, 149 Cherry Lane, Souderton; 215-541-4242.

» READ MORE: www.belcantochildren.com

. $11; $9 students & seniors. 12/7 4 pm.

*FREE*

Bryn Athyn Cathedral Choir & Chamber Orchestra

Performance of Bach's 'Magnificat in D' followed by a vespers service. Bryn Athyn Cathedral, 900 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn; 215-947-6225.

. 12/7 7:30 pm.

*FREE*

Chamber Singers of Haverford & Bryn Mawr: Holiday Concert

Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; 610-896-1333. 12/11 8 pm.

Choral Society of Montgomery County

w/Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell; 215-641-6518.

» READ MORE: www.mc3.edu

. $15; $10 seniors & students; $5 children under 12. 12/6 8 pm.

*FREE*

A Christmas Celebration: 40 Years of Music

Featuring Abington Oratorio Choir. Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 1101 Cowpath Rd., Hatfield 12/7 7-8:30 pm.

*FREE*

A Christmas Tale

A unique, intergenerational concert. Hope United Methodist Church, 700 Cooper Road, Voorhees; 856-753-7355.

» READ MORE: www.meethope.org

. 12/7 6:45 pm.

County Choraliers: Sounds of Winter

Selection of seasonal favorites. St. John's Lutheran Church, 505 N. York Rd., Hatboro; 215-672-4598. $8. 12/7 4 pm.

Cristina Fontanelli, Soprano: Christmas in Italy

Italian opera selections & holiday favorites. Dante Hall, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City; 609-344-8877.

» READ MORE: www.dantehall.org

. $25. 12/13 8 pm.

*FREE*

Greater South Jersey Chorus

Christmas & Hanukkah music & more. Medford Friends Meeting, 14 Union St., Medford; 609-953-8914.

. 12/6 7 pm.

*FREE*

Greenwood Singers

Barbara Reid directs. Tel Hai Retirement Community, 1200 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook; 610-273-9333. 12/5 7:30 pm.

*FREE*

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chorale

Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; 610-896-1333. 12/7 3 pm.

Jersey Sound Chorus

All-women's barbershop chorus. Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood; 856-753-0680.

» READ MORE: www.jerseysound.org

. $15; $12 children & seniors. 12/7 3 pm.

*FREE*

New Jersey MasterChorale: The Glory of Christmas

Seasonal music by Puccini, Britten, Bass, Wilberg & Kelly. Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield; Tickets required: 856-429-0403.

» READ MORE: www.njmasterchorale.org

. 12/7 7 pm. 12/8 7:30 pm.

Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus

Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St. at 21st St.; 215-731-9230.

» READ MORE: www.pgmc.org

. $20-$50. 12/5-12/6 8 pm.

Rowan University Concert Choir: Handel's Messiah

Handel's Messiah & other holiday favorites. Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro; 856-256-4545.

» READ MORE: www.rowan.edu

. $10; $5 seniors & students. 12/6 8 pm.

Shades of Harmony Chorus

Women's barbershop chorus. Oak Knoll Elementary School, 23 Bodine Ave., Williamstown; 856-694-6553.

» READ MORE: www.shadesofharmony.org

. $10; $8 children under 12. 12/6 7:30 pm.

Sleigh Bobs Ring!

A capella quartet with a healthy sense of humor. Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, 457 Shirley Rd., Elmer; 609-358-2472.

» READ MORE: www.appelfarm.org

. $21.50. 12/5 8 pm.

Soweto Gospel Choir

South African & modern Western spirituals sung in 6 languages. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

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$29-$61. 12/10 8 pm.

The University Choral Society

Performs works by composers such as Brahms, Beethoven, Verdi, Schubert, Bach & Mozart. Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St.; 215-898-3900.

» READ MORE: www.pennpresents.org

. $5. 12/5 8 pm.

Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars

Selection of fun holiday tunes. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill; 610-622-1189.

» READ MORE: www.udpac.org

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$5-$8. 12/5 7:30-9 pm.

Ursinus College Choir: Handel's Messiah

John French conducts Handel's beloved oratorio. Ursinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville; 610-409-3000.

» READ MORE: www.ursinus.edu

. $15. 12/6 7:30 pm.

Dance

Ballet N.J.: The Nutcracker

Story of a girl & her magical doll told through dance. W/music by Tchaikovsky. Voorhees Middle School, 1000 Holly Oak Dr., Voorhees; 856-768-9503.

» READ MORE: www.balletnj.org

. $13-$22. 12/6-12/7 2:30 & 7:30 pm.

Delaware Valley Dance Academy: The Nutcracker

Calvary Church Theatre, 820 Rte. 113, Souderton; 215-822-4640.

. $20; $16 students & seniors. 12/5 7:30 pm. 12/6 1:30 pm.

Doug Varone & Dancers

Graceful acrobatics blended with lyrical movement. Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-3900.

. 12/5 8 pm. 12/6 2 & 8 pm.

Group Motion Friday Night Workshop

Fri. 8-10 pm. Philly's longest running improvisational workshop with live music led by Manfred Fischbeck & Brigitta Herrmann. Kumquat Dance Center at Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave.; 215-387-9895.

» READ MORE: www.groupmotion.org

. $20; $15 seniors & students.

Koresh Dance Company: Theater of Public Secrets

Suzanne Roberts Theatre, S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420.

» READ MORE: www.phillytheatreco.com

. $25-$35. 12/5 8 pm. 12/6 2 pm.

Koresh Dance Company: Negative Spaces

Suzanne Roberts Theatre, S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420.

» READ MORE: www.phillytheatreco.com

. $25-$35. 12/6 2 & 8 pm. 12/7 7 pm.

Philadelphia Dance Theater: The Nutcracker

Holiday favorite featuring the Sugar Plum Fairy & more. Hatboro-Horsham H.S. Theater, 899 Horsham Rd., Horsham; 215-420-5261.

» READ MORE: www.hhef.org

. $20-$25; $15 seniors & students. 12/6 1 & 4 pm.

Renaissance Academy Dance Dept.: The Nutcracker

Annual holiday favorite. Pickering Theater, 1580 Charlestown Rd., Phoenixville; 610-983-4080.

. $10. 12/5 7 pm. 12/6 2 & 7 pm.

Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Co.: The Nutcracker

Classic holiday ballet. Hill School, Beech & Sheridan Sts., Pottstown. $25; $20 students & seniors. 12/6 7:30 pm.

Spiritoso Ballet: The Night Before Christmas

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

» READ MORE: www.st94.com

. $9. 12/5 10 am.

Stockton Dance Company: ChoreoProject 30

Features works of young choreographers, established guest artists & previews of works-in-progress. Stockton Performing Arts Center, College Dr., Pomona; 609-652-9000.

» READ MORE: www.stockton.edu/pac

. $8; $6 students & seniors. 12/5-12/6 7:30 pm. 12/7 3 pm.

Other performances

Brian Regan

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

» READ MORE: www.brianregan.com

. $36.50. 12/6 8 pm.

Hedwig & The Angry Inch: In Concert

Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888;

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$25 balcony; $50 floor; $75 VIP. Doors 6 pm. 12/8 7 pm.

*FREE*

Visual Music Art Out Loud & In Motion

Features artworks & performances by students that explore the relationship between sound & image. Moore College of Art & Design, 20th & Race Sts.; 215-568-4515.

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. 12/7 3-5 pm.

WWE Raw

Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-218-7825.

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$20-$70. 12/8 7:30 pm.

Year-End Cabaret

9th annual event of short performances & art bazaar. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.; 215-573-3234.

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$5-$10. 12/5-12/6 8-10 pm.