Theater

Professional/semi-professional

1812 Productions: An Evening of Holiday Shorts by David Sedaris

Three short stories from the author's collection 'Holidays on Ice.' Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; Reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 1-800-595-4849 (4TIX).

. $25. 12/13. 7:30 pm.

1812 Productions: This Is the Week That Is Ever-changing show that takes a witty look at local, national & international current events. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; Reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 1-800-595-4849 (4TIX). www.1812productions.org. $20-$35. Closes 12/31.

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens' classic tale. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS). $45-$70. Closes 12/26.

A Christmas Carol An adaptation faithful to the original, with cherished carols. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $25; $22 seniors; $10 students. Closes 12/26.

A Christmas Carol Musical adaptation. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; Box Office: 215-862-2041. $22. Closes 12/23.

A Dickens Christmas One-man tour de force performed by Jared Reed. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $25; $22 seniors; $10 students. Closes 12/12.

Anthony Lawton Festival: Heresy Lawton's autobiographical solo play asks probing questions about faith & religion. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395. $25-$35; $15-$25 students. Closes 12/18.

Anthony Lawton Festival: The Devil & Billy Markham Colorfully raunchy play following the misadventures of songwriter Billy as he places bets with the Devil. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395. $25-$35; $15-$25 students. Closes 12/15.

Anthony Lawton Festival: The Great Divorce Stage adaptation of the book by C.S. Lewis. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395. $25-$35; $15-$25 students. Closes 12/19.

Cabaret Red Light: Nutcracker Ballet & burlesque retelling of the original gothic Christmas story. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.; 215-925-9914. www.cabaretredlight.com/nutcracker/. $25. Closes 12/19.

Caesar's Palace O' Fun Lively mix of variety acts, music & comedy. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30. Closes 1/2.

Dublin Carol By Irish playwright Conor McPherson. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-717-2173. $10. Closes 12/19.

Flashpoint Theatre Company: The Santaland Diaries Stage adaptation of David Sedaris' witty account of his time working as an elf at Macy's in Manhattan. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. www.flashpointtheatre.org. $10-$20; $10-$18 seniors and students. Closes 12/19.

Gerald Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol The great-great grandson of Charles Dickens performs. Byers' Choice, 4355 County Line Rd., Chalfont; 215-822-6700. $18. Closes 12/12.

Handel's Messiah Rocks Masterpiece gets rock & roll sound & lighting treatment. DuPont Theatre, W. 10th St. at North St. Market, Wilmington; 800-338-0881. www.handelsmessiahrocks.com. $45-$70. Closes 12/12.

Home for the Holidays R&B-flavored musical w/appearance by DeeDee Sharp. New Freedom Theatre, 1346 N. Broad St. $13. Closes 12/10. $35; $25 students and seniors. Closes 12/11.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas Stage adaptation of the movie, featuring the music & lyrics of Irving Berlin. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95. Closes 1/9.

Jersey Boys: National Tour This musical tells the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, exploring their career & friendships. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; Telecharge: 800-447-7400. www.jerseyboystour.com. $54-$201.50. Closes 12/12.

Mummenschanz Pantomime troupe that uses masks & props to create a bizarre, expressive & comic world. Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; Box Office: 215-898-3900. $24-$48. Closes 12/18.

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy One-man show based on playwright Steve Solomon's life growing up in a diverse & dysfunctional household. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. $40-$45. Closes 12/12.

Nuncrackers Featuring Equity guest artist Micki Sharpe & Hedgerow favorite Susan Wefel. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $25; $22 seniors; $10 students. Closes 1/9. $20. 12/15. 7:30 pm.

Ocean City Theatre Company: A Christmas Wonderland Revue. Owen J. Roberts High School, 981 Ridge Rd., Pottstown. www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com. $12; $10 students and children. 12/10. 7:30 pm.

Parenting 101: The Musical Hilarious new musical about the ups & downs of raising kids. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $35-$47.

Savage Men Male Revue Every Sat. 8 pm. House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-343-4000. www.savage-men.com. $35-$55.

Shakespeare Cabaret Series Short new works inspired by Shakespeare & other classical works from around the globe. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St.; Box Office: 215-496-8001. $15; $10 students & seniors. Closes 12/12.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Philadelphia Theatre Company presents this Tony Award-winning musical. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420. $48-$69. Closes 12/12.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo 1997 Tony Award-winning comedy by Alfred Uhry. Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-8881. $16 advance, $20 day of show; $25 for two on Thu. only. Closes 12/12.

The Tempest The tale of an exiled duke seeking a magical revenge, & the unexpected consequences of his actions. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $27-$33; $12 students. Closes 12/19.

The Three Musketeers (The Later Years) Holiday party w/an oddball cast of characters celebrating with singing, dancing & dueling. Swashbuckling seasonal fun. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $35-$50; $32-$47 children 17 and under. Closes 1/9.

The Very Merry Xmas Carol Holiday Adventure Show An arctic adventure where three unlikely friends battle a mysterious & malevolent force that's unraveling the tradition of Christmas. Theatre Horizon at Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown; Box Office: 610-283-2230. $22. Closes 12/16.

Family theater

A Christmas Carol

Musical adaptation. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$14. Closes 12/18.

A Fractured Christmas Carol A slap-dash, fast-paced, family-friendly adaptation. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255 (WALK). $8, $5 children; Pay-what-you-can on Wednesdays. Closes 12/30.

Aladdin This version is told in panto fashion. Playcrafters Theatre, 2011 Store Rd., Skippack; Reservations recommended: 610-584-4005. $15; $10 children. Closes 12/12.

Alice in Wonderland Wolf Performing Arts Center presents Lewis Carroll's classic story. Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr; Box Office: 610-642-0233. www.wolfperformingartscenter.org. $10-$18. Closes 12/12.

Annie In this musical, a little red-haired orphan gets everyone to have hope for 'Tomorrow.' Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $25-$46.

Around the World in 80 Days An adaptation by Mark Brown of the novel by Jules Verne. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100. $35-$49. Closes 12/19.

Cape May Stage: The Little Prince Directed and conceived by Scott Hitz, written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, and featuring puppets by multiple Emmy Award-winning designer Michael Schupbach, this classic of children's literature has been turned into a family production. Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's fable about a pilot who crash-lands in the desert and meets an openhearted boy from another planet, it gently reminds us to hold onto what is truly important in life. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; Box Office: 609-884-1341. www.capemaystage.com. $12.50-$40. Closes 12/30.

Enchantment Theatre Company: Cinderella Features life-sized puppets, masks, magic & music. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700. www.enchantmenttheatre.org. $29; $25 students & seniors; $17 children. Closes 1/2.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The tale of how one special reindeer gave Santa a hand on a foggy Christmas night. Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn; 856-858-5230. $8. Closes 12/18.

Santa's Missing List One of Santa's elves has stolen the naughty & nice list because he doesn't feel children understand the true meaning of Christmas. Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. $5. Closes 12/18.

Seussical the Musical Based on the characters of Dr. Seuss. New Candlelight Theatre, 2208 Millers Rd., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-475-2313. $55; $32 children 12 and under. Closes 12/21.

Storybook Musical Theatre: Snow White An original musical adaptation. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn; Reservations required: 215-659-8550. www.storybookmusical.org. $12; $10 children. Closes 12/30.

The Borrowers The story of a tiny family forced into the great big outdoor world when their home beneath the floorboards is discovered. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122. $30-$32; $20-$22 teens; $16-$18 children.

The Dancing Snowman An injured dancer dreams about a snowman who takes her off to Snow World. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; TheaterMania: 866-811-4111. $10. Closes 12/18.

The Elves & the Shoemaker Version of the tale by Margie Royal & composed by E.A. Alexander. Yocum Institute for Arts Education, 1100 Belmont Ave., Wyomissing; 610-376-1576. $8. Closes 12/18.

The Surflight Holiday Spectacular Colorful production. Former Miss America Susan Powell stars. Surflight Theatre, Beach & Engleside Ave., Harvey Cedars; 609-492-9477. $30; $20 children 12 and under. Closes 12/19.

Tiny Tim's Christmas Abbreviated version of 'A Christmas Carol,' minus the ghosts that may be frightening to small children. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children. Closes 12/29.

Community theater

A Bridezilla X-Mess

The Dumpsta Players bring another action-packed, hilarioius interactive stage show to audiences. Bob & Barbara's Lounge, 1509 South St. $1.99. 12/15. 11 pm.

A Christmas Carol Dickens himself presents his story. Footlighters Theater, 58 Main Ave., Berwyn; Box Office: 610-296-9245. $12. Closes 12/18.

A Christmas Carol Stage adaptation. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; TheaterMania: 866-811-4111. $15; $8 students and children. Closes 12/19.

A Christmas Carol Musical adaptation. 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 12/19.

A Wonderful Life Frank Capra's film has been brought to theatrical life through the collaboration of Sheldon Harnick & Joe Raposo. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139. $10-$19. Closes 12/19.

Actors' NET of Bucks County: Once Upon a Mattress Musical comedy take on the fairy tale 'Princess & the Pea.' Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; 215-295-3694. www.actorsnetbucks.org. $20; $17 seniors; $10 children 12 and under. Closes 12/19.

Cobwebs Over-the-top comedy about four middle-aged women forced to live together due to personal circumstances. Temple University - Temple Performing Arts Center (formerly Baptist Temple), 1837 N Broad St.; Liacouras Center Box Office: 1-800-298-4200. $25-$45. Closes 12/12.

East Lynne Theater Company: The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Based on the L. Frank Baum story. Gayle Stahlhuth portrays 31-plus characters in storytelling fashion. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May; Reservations required: 609-884-5898. www.eastlynnetheater.org. $23; $13 students; free 12 and under. Closes 12/11.

Hear My Cry This production is a vehicle to address issues such as teen abuse, gun violence, and deaths that are destroying communities. Sharon Baptist Church, 3955 Conshohocken Ave. Free. Closes 12/12.

In One Bed & Out the Other A French couple find themselves tempted by a string of would-be & ex-lovers, & soon everyone finds themselves in bed with the wrong person. Off-Broad Street Theatre, Five S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell; Reservations required: 609-466-2766. $27.50-$29.50.

It Would Take a Miracle An innkeeper in ancient Bethlehem is willing to try any means necessary to keep his little tavern afloat. McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown; Box Office: 610-395-7176. www.barliebwallace.com. $18; $14 seniors; $8 students. Closes 12/19.

Little Women: The Broadway Musical Adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel about a group of sisters growing up in Civil War-era America. Camden County College - Dennis Flyer Theatre, 200 College Dr., Blackwood; Mainstage Center: 856-227-3091. $14, $12 seniors, CCC students and children; $9, $7 seniors, CCC students and children with a book donation. Closes 12/11.

Nunc Licet: A Stage Play About Emanuel Swedenborg A play about the thinking & experiences of Swedenborg. Swedenborg Library, 2875 College Dr., Bryn Athyn. 12/10. 7-9 pm.

The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams' autobiographical masterpiece. Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside; Reservations required: 215-572-2112. $15; $12 non-Arcadia students, senior citizens & Arcadia alumni; $5 Arcadia students. Closes 12/12.

The Grand Cabaret Five theater groups from the region present a night of diverse performances. Proceeds go toward rebuilding the Grand Theatre. Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton, NJ; 609-704-5012. $15-$25. Closes 12/11.

Dinner theater

Murder at the Irish Wake

Comic murder mystery centered on an Irish wake, where the dear departed may have had outside help in taking his leave. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre Box Office: 215-238-1313. $42.95.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Advent Brown Bag Concerts

Enjoy a midday break, bring your lunch & hear music by guest performers. Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E Court St., Doylestown. Free. Closes 12/29.

Art After 5: Relache Avant garde chamber ensemble performs works by Kamran Ince & Sophia Serghi. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. Included in admission. 12/10. 5-8:45 pm.

CMS Faculty: Holiday Classics CMS faculty perform. Community Music School, 775 W. Main St., Collegeville. $16; $12 seniors and students. 12/11. 8 pm.

Delaware Valley Wind Symphony: Christmas Concert Classical & light holiday favorites. Proceeds go to provide scholarships for area public school graduates. Charles Boehm Middle School, 866 Big Oak Rd., Morrisville. $10; free for students. 12/11. 7 pm.

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

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Music Program Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; 610-896-1011. Free. 12/13. 7:30 pm.

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Music Program Bryn Mawr College - Goodhart Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-526-5210. Free. Closes 12/14.

Leo Kottke Folk guitarist who often explores outside traditional harmony & rhythm. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. www.leokottke.com/. $24.50-$38.50. 12/10. 8 pm.

Music Masters: Beethoven Birthday Bash Violinist Kate Ransom, cellist Lawrence Stomberg & pianist Holly Roadfeldt-O'Riordan perform Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio. The Music School of Delaware, 4101 N. Washington St., Wilmington; 302-762-1132. $10; $5 seniors and students. 12/15. 7 pm.

PCMS Concert: Alisa Weilerstein & Inon Barnatan, Cellist & Pianist Duo perform selections by Beethoven, Britten, Stravinsky & Rachmaninoff. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080. www.pcmsconcerts.org. $23; $10 students. 12/13. 8 pm.

PCMS Concert: Parker Quartet With Kim Kashkashian, Violist Featuring works by Haydn, Hindemith & Brahms. American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St.; 215-569-8080. www.pcmsconcerts.org. $23; $10 students. 12/12. 3 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Spano Conducts Sibelius Featuring works by Sibelius & Ranjbaran, w/Robert Spano conducting & Jean-Yves Thibaudet soloing on piano. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $20-$130. Closes 12/12.

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Glorious Sound of Christmas Rossen Milanov conducts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $17-$108. Closes 12/18.

Rowan University Concert Choir 50-voice auditioned choir. Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro. Free. 12/11. 8 pm.

The Philadelphia Chorus Holiday Concert Works by Britten & Whitbourn will be performed. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 610-352-3565. www.thephiladelphiachorus.org. $24; $20 students and seniors. 12/12. 4 pm.

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up Drummer and composer Fujiwara helms a quintet of young New York all-stars. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.; 215-573-3234. Free. 12/16. 8 pm.

Upper Darby High School Winter Concert Choirs, bands & orchestra perform. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill; Box Office: 610-622-1189. 12/12. 2-5:30 pm.

Opera/Choral

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. voxamadeus.org. $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. 12/10. 7 pm.

National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Rd., Doylestown. voxamadeus.org. $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. 12/11. 7 pm.

Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Rd., Paoli. voxamadeus.org. $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. 12/12. 4 pm.

Amici Opera Company: Virginia Three-act opera by Italian composer Saverio Mercadante. Tabor Lutheran Church, 4860 N. Howard St.; 215-224-0257. $22 advance, $25 day of show; $22 seniors; $15 students; $10 children 12 and under. Closes 12/12.

An Evening of Russian Romances Russian opera music & songs. Academy of Vocal Arts - Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St.; 215-735-1685. $25; $23 seniors; $15 students. Closes 12/16.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony With choral performance by the Northeast Oratorio Society & light refreshments. Glen Foerd on the Delaware, 5001 Grant Ave. Free. 12/14. 4 pm.

Berks Classical Children's Chorus Annual Holiday Concert Program features carols, anthems, narrated readings and a congregational sing-along. Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington St., Reading; 610-898-7664. $14; $10 student. 12/10. 7:30 pm.

Chester County Choral Society: Bach's Magnificat And other favorites. Ardmore Presbyterian Church, 5 W. Montgomery Ave., Ardmore. www.chestercountychoralsociety.org. Donations accepted. 12/11. 7:30 pm. West Chester United Methodist Church, 129 S. High St., West Chester. Donations accepted. 12/12. 3 pm.

Christmas by Candlelight Choirs, orchestra, bells, organ. Accompanied by candlelight procession. Abington Presbyterian Church, 1082 Old York Rd., Abington. www.apcusa.org/musicatabington/. Donations accepted. Closes 12/12.

Curtis Opera Cabaret Evening of Broadway hits & popular opera arias. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park. 12/11. 7:45 pm.

Greater South Jersey Chorus: A Winter Fantasy This auditioned choral ensemble will be performing seasonal selections. St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 3 Lord Pl., Marlton. www.greatersjchorus.org. $20; $15 students with ID. 12/11. 8 pm. Christ the King Parish, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield. www.greatersjchorus.org. $20; $15 students with ID. 12/12. 3:30 pm.

Holiday Music With the Boy Choristers of Jesus College Cambridge The Choristers' first U.S. tour. St. Clement's Church, 2013 Appletree St.; 215-563-1876. Free. 12/13. Noon.

Hopewell Valley Chamber Singers Under the direction of Mr. Brian Winnie,l performing holiday music. Barnes & Noble Market Fair, 3535 Rte. 1, Princeton. Free. 12/10. 7 pm.

Imagine Unique telling of the Christmas story. Hope United Methodist Church, 700 Cooper Rd., Voorhees; 856-753-7355. Free. 12/12. 7 pm.

Masterworks Chorale: Gloria! Vivaldi's 'Gloria,' carols & audience sing-along. Christ Lutheran Community Church, 7240 Walnut St., Upper Darby. www.masterworks25.org/index.shtml. Donations accepted. 12/12. 4 pm.

Media Chamber Chorale: Winter Concert 2010 Premiere of a work by William Gatens, works by Poulenc & other holiday pieces. St. Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 689 Sugartown Rd., Malvern; 610 446-2011. www.mediachamberchorale.org. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students advance; $15; $12 seniors; $10 students day of show. 12/10. 7:30 pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, Rte. 320 Chester Rd. & College Ave., Swarthmore; $12, $10 seniors, $8 students advance; $15; $12 seniors, $10 students day of show. 12/11. 2:30 pm.

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia: A Feast of Carols Classical pieces, popular contemporary carols. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. www.mcchorus.org. $25; $20 students. Closes 12/11.

Music School of Delaware Winter Choral Concert Adult & youth choirs perform favorites. St. Helena Roman Catholic Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington; 302-762-1132. www.wilmingtonmusic.org. Free. 12/12. 4 pm.

Service of Lessons & Carols Monica Armstrong is the featured artist, her work inspiring and enriching spiritual growth. Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E Court St., Doylestown. Free. 12/12. 4 pm.

Sounds of Liberty: Water, Water Everywhere! Holiday show. Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd.; www.soundsofliberty.org. $35. 12/10. 6-9:30 pm.

The Philadelphia Singers: Christmas on Logan Square Annual concert. Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 Lancaster Ave., Paoli; 215-751-9494. www.philadelphiasingers.org. $25-$35. 12/12. 4 pm. St. Clement's Church, 2013 Appletree St. www.philadelphiasingers.org. $32-$43. 12/11 and 12/18. 5 p.m.

Touch of Classics: La Boheme Puccini opera. Franco's High Note Cafe, 1549 S. 13th St. www.touchofclassics.com. $49.95. Closes 12/21.

Dance

American Repertory Ballet: Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker

Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton; Box Office: 609-984-8400.

. $24-$39. Closes 12/11.

Dance Party Lessons followed by open dancing. Carousel Ballroom, 319 Westtown Rd (Suite P), West Chester; www.carouselballroom.com. $12. Closes 12/11.

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. Closes 12/10.

Irish Christmas in America Featuring musicians Teada & Séamus Begley as well as dancers & other guest performers. Commodore Barry Club (The Irish Center), 6815 Emlen St.; 215-843-8051. 12/12. 7:30 pm.

Israeli Dancing Informal weekly sessions. New dancers welcome. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507 Ext. 19. $5. Closes 1/2.

New Jersey Ballet: The Nutcracker Tale of a girl & her magical doll is brought to life through dance. Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 1 Penkethman Way, Cape May; 609-463-1924. www.njballet.org. $20; $18 students and seniors; $9 children. Closes 12/12.

Pages to Pirouettes: Nutcracker Ballet for Young Audiences An abridged story is performed in full costume to spirited music. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-732-2515. www.pages-to-pirouettes.com. $12; $8 children 3-12; free 2 and under. 12/11. 11 am-12:15 pm.

Pennsylvania Ballet: George Ballanchine's The Nutcracker The tale of a girl & her magical doll is brought to life through dance. Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Box Office: 215-893-1999. www.paballet.org. $30-$139. Closes 12/31.

Philadanco Modern dance group based in Philadelphia. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philadanco.org/. $34-$46. Closes 12/12.

Salsa Lessons & Dancing Lessons followed by open dancing w/DJ Rombero spinning salsa, merengue & bachata. Coastline, 1240 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-795-1773.

The Nutcracker International Ballet Classique presents. Neumann University, One Neumann Dr., Aston; 610-558-5616. $20; $16 seniors and students. Closes 12/12.

Other performances

Broadway Tonight!

CCC students perform Broadway hits. Cumberland County College, S. Orchard Rd. & W. Sherman Ave, Vineland; 856-692-8499 (TIXX). Free. 12/10. 7 pm.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Philadelphia Drawing session turned cabaret event. Emcees, colorful costumes, contests & more. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. www.drsketchyphilly.blogspot.com. $15. 12/11. 3 pm.

Nellie McKay Pianist who delivers songs on quirky subject matters in a torchy vocal style. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. www.nelliemckay.com/. $25 advance; $28 day of show. 12/12. 7:30 pm.