Theater

Professional/semi-professional

1812 Productions: This Is the Week That Is

Politically satirical show that pokes fun at the administration, local politics and the economy. Closes 12/27. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; Reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 800-595-4849 (4TIX).

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. $25-$35.

A Christmas Carol Stage adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS). $38-$60. Closes 12/27.

A Christmas Carol Based on the Charles Dickens tale. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $22-$25; $19-$22 seniors and students; $12 children under 18. Closes 12/27.

An Addams Family Mystery Without a Cue Productions presents an Addams Family reunion that is filled with suspense & entertainment. Closes 12/26. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000. www.withoutacue.com. $47.95 includes dinner & show.

An O. Henry Christmas Two one-act musicals adapted from the O.Henry stories 'The Gift of the Magi' & 'The Last Leaf.' Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; Box Office: 609-884-1341. $35; $25 seniors; $12.50 students. Closes 12/31.

Atypical: Artist Showcase Showcase of some of the city's most imaginative & intriguing up-and-coming performance artists. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.; 215-925-9914. $10. 12/13. 7 pm.

Christmas in Black & White American Christmas experiences from the point of view of newly-freed slaves & new immigrants. East Lynne Theater Company. Closes 12/12. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May; Box Office: 866-280-9211. www.eastlynnetheater.org. $23; $13 students.

Crowded Kitchen Players: Inspecting Carol The tale of a struggling theatre company, a National Endowment for the Arts inspector & a case of mistaken identity. McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown; 610-395-7176. www.barliebwallace.com. $18; $14 seniors; $8 students. Closes 12/20.

Ebenezer Musical based on 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $12; $10 children. Closes 12/26.

Flashpoint Theatre Company: The Santaland Diaries The tale of a scotch-loving store elf who's less than thrilled with his job. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-665-9720. www.flashpointtheatre.org. $15-$18; $12-$15 seniors and students. Closes 12/20.

Gerald Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of famed author Charles Dickens, will perform the beloved story 'A Christmas Carol'. Byers' Choice, 4355 County Line Rd., Chalfont; 215-822-6700. $18. Closes 12/12.

Holiday Show With the Swing Club Band Theatre Horizon presents this jazz-filled holiday show. Montgomery County Cultural Center, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown; Box Office. www.theatrehorizon.org. $15. Closes 12/17.

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play The classic Frank Capra film is re-told in the format of a 1940s radio show. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100. $35-$49. Closes 12/20.

New City Stage Company: When You Comin Back Red Rooster OBIE-winning play about a confrontation in a diner that turns violent. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-563-7500. www.newcitystage.org. $22-$25; $20 students and seniors. Closes 1/10.

Oliver! Based on 'Oliver Twist' by Charles Dickens. Music & lyrics by Lionel Bart. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$70. Closes 1/10.

On Golden Pond Funny, touching tale about a spirited elderly couple. Closes 12/13. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $25-$30.

Philadelphia Theatre Workshop: The :nv:s:ble Play The story of the Existential Publishing Company, where some people get laid off, but others just vanish. Walnut Street Theatre - Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.; 215-316-1361. www.philadelphiatheatreworkshop.org. $18 advance; $20 day of show. Closes 12/13.

Pig Iron Theatre Company: Chekhov Lizardbrain Obie-winning play about an introverted botanist. University of the Arts - Philadelphia Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St.; 800-616-2787 (ARTS). www.pigiron.org. $25-$30. Closes 12/13. Rabbit Hole Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a couple dealing with a terrible loss. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122. $29-$48. Closes 12/20.

Red, White & Tuna Oddball characters convene at their high school reunion in Tuna, Texas. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30. Closes 1/3.

Revival Burlesque Performance art, classic striptease, satire, singing & dancing. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255 (WALK). www.revivalburlesque.com. $15. Closes 12/13.

Riddlesbrood Theatre Company: Once Upon a Christmas Riddlesbrood Theatre Company presents a comic twist to this story of 'A Christmas Carol'. Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton; 609-704-5012. $15; $13 students and seniors. Closes 12/12.

Scapin Zany adaptation of Moliere's sharp comedy. Closes 1/3. Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephen's Theater, 923 Ludlow St.; 215-829-0395. $27-$35.

Second Saturday Super Heroes Who Are Super! Series Staged readings of classic comic books. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; Reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 800-595-4849 (4TIX). $10. Closes 12/12.

Sister's Christmas Catechism This productions stars original "Sister" & writer Maripat Donovan. DuPont Theatre, W. 10th St. at North St. Market, Wilmington; 800-338-0881. $35-$50. 12/12. 7 pm.

The Destruction of Dore & Grey Two musicians must save their souls from the temptations of the Hostess of Hell & Santana. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888. www.doreandgrey.com. $15 advance; $20 day of show. 12/11. 9 pm.

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues Black comedy about Santa's dark side. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. $25. Closes 12/23.

The Matchmaker Thornton Wilder's 1954 classic comedic farce. Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-8881. $15, $20 for two tickets on Thu.; $13 students. Closes 12/13.

The Pretty Things Peepshow Vaudeville style burlesque show. Mojo 13, 1706 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington. ww.prettythingsproductions.com. 12/17. 9 pm.

The Tempest The tale of an exiled sorcerer, his daughter & the young man who shipwrecks on their isle. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. Donations accepted. Closes 12/20.

Winter Musicale Annual event featuring favorite holiday tunes from yesterday & today. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $29; $10 students. Closes 12/20.

Family theater

A Christmas Carol

Walnut's troupe of actors puts its own theatrical spin on Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol.' Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$14. Closes 12/19.

Charlotte's Web This is the story of a young girl, her cherished pig & a special spider whom the pig befriends. United Methodist Church - Narberth Community Theatre, 206 Price Ave., Narberth; Box Office: 610-642-0233. www.wolfperformingartscenter.org. $18; $12 students and seniors. Closes 12/13. Enchantment Theatre Company: The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon Based on the delightful picture books by Crockett Johnson, 'Harold and the Purple Crayon' follows the zany adventures of an inventive young boy. Harold creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky's the-limit imagination. With charming actors, life-size puppets, masks, magic, and music, this production will delight and amaze anyone young or young at heart! Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-893-1999. www.enchantmenttheatre.org. $27; $15 children. Closes 1/3.

Frosty the Snowman Don't miss Frosty the Snowman as he comes to ring in the holidays at the Broadway Theatre. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; Box Office: 856-384-8381. $7-$9. Closes 12/19.

Honk! Musical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Ugly Duckling.' Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High St., Pottstown; 877-772-5425 (CLICK). $19-$23; $17-$21 students and seniors; $13-$15 children 12 and under. Closes 12/20.

Peter Pan Based on the book by J. M. Barrie. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122. $30-$32; $20-$22 teens; $16-$18 children.

Snow White This adaptation of 'Snow White' by Kathryn Petersen incorporates traditional Panto elements. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $29. Closes 1/3.

Storybook Musical Theatre: Pinocchio An original musical about a little wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy. Reservations suggested: 215-659-8550. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn; Reservations suggested: 215-659-8550. www.storybookmusical.org. $12; $10 children. Closes 12/30.

The Princess Rescuers An adventure tale by Paige Hoke '10. Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside; Box Office: 215-572-2112. $15; $12 non-Arcadia students, seniors & Arcadia Alumni; $5 Arcadia students. Closes 12/13.

The Wizard of Oz Dorothy, Toto & friends adventure in a magical land. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $36-$42.50; $33.50-$38 seniors; $22-$27 children. Closes 1/10.

Tiny Tim's Christmas 'A Christmas Carol' as told by Tiny Tim. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $8. Closes 12/12.

Tiny Tim's Christmas 'A Christmas Carol' as told by Tiny Tim. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children. Closes 12/26.

Willy Wonka Based on Roald Dahl's 'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory,' w/music from the film version. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139. $19. Closes 12/19.

Winnie the Pooh's Holiday Tail Pooh & pals try to help Eeyore have a happy holiday. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children. Closes 12/26.

Community theater

A Christmas Carol

A faithful rendition of Charles Dickens' immortal heart-touching tale of Scrooge, adapted by Joe & Cheryl Doyle. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; ActorsNET Box Office: 215-295-3694.

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. $20; $17 seniors; $10 children 13 & under. Closes 12/20.

Anne of Green Gables Stage adaptation of the novel by L.M. Montgomery. DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley; Theatre box office: 610-282-3192. $20-$23; $18-$21 students and seniors. Closes 12/13.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Musical based on the biblical story of Joseph, whose twelve, jealous brothers sold him into slavery. The Devon Theater, 6333 Frankford Ave.; 215-338-6300. $25. Closes 12/13.

MacGuffin Theatre & Film Co.: The Arabian Nights One-act play about a day in the life of an out-of-work actor manning the reservations line at a popular city restaurant. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. www.macguffintf.com. Donation suggested: $5. 12/12. 7:30 pm.

Pride & Prejudice Based on the Jane Austen novel. Camden County College - Dennis Flyer Theatre, 200 College Dr., Blackwood; Mainstage Center: 856-227-3091. $14; $12 students, seniors and CCC staff. Closes 12/12.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Wilmington Drama League presents The Chrysalis Players' production of 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'. Wilmington Drama League, 10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-764-1172. www.wilmingtondramaleague.org. $15; $12 students and seniors; $8 children. Closes 12/29.

The Christmas Carol Conspiracy: Scrooge's Revenge Scrooge learns he'd been duped & plots revenge! Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; ActorsNET Box Office: 215-295-3694. www.actorsnetbucks.org. $20; $17 seniors; $10 children 13 & under. Closes 12/19.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Ama Deus Ensemble

Union of Vox Ama Deus' vocal & instrumental ensembles. Performing Baroque & classical music from the likes of Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms. Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Rd., Paoli. voxamadeus.org. $25; $20 seniors; $10 students.

Ama Deus Ensemble: Handel's Messiah 1749 London Covent Garden version performed in Baroque pitch & on period instruments. 610-688-2800. Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St.; 610-688-2800. voxamadeus.org. $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. 12/11. 7 pm.

Community Conservatory: Elite Strings Holiday Winter Concert Strings Ensembles & Orchestras. Lansdale Center for the Performing Arts, 311 W. Main St., Lansdale. Free. 12/12. 2 pm.

Duo Parisienne Violin/viola & harp duo. German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St.; 215-627-2332. $20. 12/13. 3 pm.

Eboni Strings Philadelphia-based string quartet performs a diverse repertoire. Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St.; 215-568-3131. www.ebonistrings.com. $5-$10. 12/16. 5-7 pm.

Lukens Piano Trio Pennsylvania-based piano trio. Gwynedd Friends Meeting, US 202 & Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd. www.lukenspianotrio.com. $5. 12/12. 8 pm.

PCMS Concert: Schumann Trio Featuring the music of Mozart, Brahms, Schumann & Bartok. American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St.; 215-569-8080. www.pcmsconcerts.org. $23; $10 students. 12/13. 3 pm.

PCMS Concert: Trio Cavatina Featuring the music of Schumann, Martino & Brahms. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.; 215-569-8080. www.pcmsconcerts.org. $16.50; $8 students. 12/11. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Messiah Annual performance of Handel's beloved oratorio. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $18-$105. 12/13. 2 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Ring - Orchestral Adventure Violinist Gregory Walker is the guest soloist in a program of works by his father & Wagner-de Vlieger. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $10-$125. Closes 12/12.

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra: Bravo Brass Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's brass ensemble. Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St.; 215-435-1698. www.pyos.org. $15; $10 seniors and students 6-17; free for children 5 and under. 12/12. 8 pm.

The Spring Standards New York City-based indie folk trio. Tin Angel at Serrano, 20 S. 2nd St.; 215-928-0978. www.myspace.com/thespringstandards. $12. 12/11. 10 pm.

Tom Lawton's Seven Vignettes From Broad & Lombard Pianist Tom Lawton performs w/bassist Josh Machiz & drummer Alex Maio. Robin's Books & Moonstone Arts Center, 108 S. 13th St.; 215-735-9600. $8 advance; $10 day of show. 12/11. 9 pm.

Upper Darby Sousa Band: A Victorian Christmas Dinner Christmas music, turkey dinner, a visit from Santa & a Christmas sing-along. 610-623-2072. Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center, Drexelbrook Dr. & Valley Rd., Drexel Hill; 610-623-2072. www.upperdarbysousaband.com. $60; $40 children. 12/13. 3 pm.

Virtuosity Times Two Featuring violinist Alexandre Djokic & cellist Stephen Framil. James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-340-9800. $20; $7.50 students with ID. 12/13. 3-5 pm.

Vox Renaissance Consort Lively, costumed, period instrument performances of Renaissance vocal music & court dance. Old St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 321 Willings Alley; 610-688-2800. voxamadeus.org. $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. 12/12. 7:30 pm.

West Philadelphia Orchestra 15 talented Philly musicians playing an eclectic, vibrant mix of music inspired by Eastern European styles. Elkins Estate, 1750 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park. www.westphiladelphiaorchestra.com. $10. 12/13. 7 pm.

Opera/Choral

Ama Deus Ensemble: Handel's Messiah

1749 London Covent Garden version performed in Baroque pitch & on period instruments. 610-688-2800. Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Rd., Paoli; 610-688-2800. voxamadeus.org. $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. 12/13. 4 pm.

Amici Opera: I Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana Double bill of fully-staged operas from Leoncavallo & Mascagni. 215-224-0257. Center for the Creative Arts, 410 Upper Snuff Mill Row, Yorklyn; 215-224-0257. $22 advance, seniors; $25 day of event; $15 students; $10 children 12 and under. 12/12. 7 pm.

Amici Opera: Leoncavallo's La Boheme Less well-known than Puccini's opera of the same name, Leoncavallo's version will be performed fully staged. 215-224-0257. The Garden Church, 82 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; 215-224-0257. $20 advance; $22 day of show; $20 seniors; $15 students; $10 children 12 and under. Closes 12/13.

An Evening of Russian Romances Russian opera & classical songs performed by AVA artists. Academy of Vocal Arts - Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St.; 215-735-1685. $23; $15 students. Closes 12/17.

Centennial Singers Enjoy seasonal music, a cookie buffet, a visit from Santa & a sing-along. Log College Middle School, 730 Norristown Rd., Warminster. Free. 12/12. 8 pm.

Christmas by Candlelight: We Sing in Joy! Christmas favorites by the choirs, orchestra, bells & organ. Abington Presbyterian Church, 1082 Old York Rd., Abington. www.apcusa.org/musicatabington. Donations accepted. Closes 12/13.

Eric Mintel Duo Join Eric & Dave Wednesdays in the Garden Bar. The Stockton Inn, 1 Main St., Stockton; 609-397-1250. Closes 12/23.

Film Screening - Young@Heart: A Rock Choir Sensation Documentary chronicles 7 weeks in the lives of the members of the Young@Heart Chorus. Call 215-351-0511 for info. WHYY Civic Space, 150 N. Sixth St.; 215-351-0511. www.whyy.org/memberexperience. Free. 12/16. 6:30 pm.

Gloucester County Children's Choir: Winter Concert Children's choir presents sounds of the season. New Philippian Baptist Church, 711 Heston Rd., Glassboro. www.gloucestercountychildrenschoir.org. Free. 12/13. 4 pm.

Greater South Jersey Chorus: Holiday Concert Music for chorus & brass with guests The Westminster Brass. 856-482-8282. Christ the King Parish, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield; 856-482-8282. sjsings.org. $15. 12/13. 3:30 pm.

Interfaith Choir and Orchestra The Interfaith Choir and Orchestra is a group of musicians. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 721 Paxton Hollow Rd., Broomall. Free. 12/13. 7 pm.

Keystone State Boychoir The Keystone State Boychoir was founded in 2001 and currently consists of members between the ages of 8 and 18 from diverse backgrounds. This is their holiday show. First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 W. Chelten Ave.; 215-843-8811. www.paboychoir.org. $10-$20. Closes 12/13.

Masterworks Chorale: And The Glory of the Lord Christmas works by Haydn, Handel, Shaw & Bennett plus an audience sing-along. Christ Lutheran Community Church, 7240 Walnut St., Upper Darby. www.masterworks25.org. Donations accepted. 12/13. 4 pm.

Media Chamber Chorale: Bach's Magnificat Bach's Magnificat, seasonal selections & audience carol sing. 610-446-2011. Saint Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 689 Sugartown Rd., Downingtown; 610-446-2011. www.mediachamberchorale.org. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students advance; $15, $12 seniors, $10 students day of event. 12/12. 7:30 pm.

Media Chamber Chorale: Bach's Magnificat Bach's Magnificat, seasonal selections & audience carol sing. 610-446-2011. Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, 145 W. Rose Tree Rd., Media; 610-446-2011. www.mediachamberchorale.org. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students advance; $15, $12 seniors, $10 students day of event. 12/13. 7:30 pm.

Move Me With Music Christmas Concert Carols & anthems of the season performed by the combined choirs of First Baptist & Lansdale United Methodist Churches. Lansdale United Methodist Church, 300 North Broad St., Lansdale. Donations accepted. Closes 12/13.

Our Lady of Peace Choir: A Great & Mighty Wonder Holiday cantata with full orchestra & tableau. St. Mary's Church, 32 Carroll Ave., Williamstown; 856-629-6142. Free. 12/12. 8 pm.

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular in 3-D 18-minute 3-D show, full of stunning original holiday imagery, music & more, is shown on The Comcast Experience video wall. Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Free. Closes 1/1.

The Greenwood Singers: Christmas Concert Chester County choral group will perform a multi-cultural program featuring a variety of Christmas music. Oxford Presbyterian Church, 6 Pine St., Oxford. Donations accepted. 12/13. 7:30 pm.

The Philadelphia Singers: Christmas on Logan Square Annual holiday concert. 215-751-9494. St. Clement's Church, 2013 Appletree St.; 215-751-9494. www.philadelphiasingers.org. $32-$43. Closes 12/19.

The Princeton Girlchoir Ensemble featuring talented vocalists from various NJ & PA schools. Barnes & Noble Market Fair, 3535 Rte. 1, Princeton. www.princetongirlchoir.org. Free. Closes 12/12.

Voces Novae Et Antiquae: Fezziwig's Ball Philadelphia-based professional choral ensemble performs carols composed by Lesley Hopwood Meyer. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. www.vocesnovaeantiquae.org. $22; $10 children. Closes 12/13.

Dance

American Repertory Ballet: Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker

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

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. $24-$30. Closes 12/12.

Brandywine Ballet Company: The Nutcracker Classic holiday tale of a girl & her magical doll. W/music by Tchaikovsky. West Chester University - Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Phillips Memorial Bldg., West Chester; 609-696-2711. www.brandywineballet.com. $22-$37. Closes 12/20.

Eleone Dance Theater: Carols in Color Christmas-themed dance production. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-374-7263. www.eleonedance.org. $20. 12/13. 4 pm.

Irish Christmas in America Featuring Irish musicians Teada & Séamus Begley as well as dancers & other guest performers. Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; Box Office: 215-898-3900. $20-$40. 12/11. 8 pm.