Stage productions salute the holidays
11:09 PM, Nov 23, 2013
A Christmas Carol
Guy Paul is back to play Ebenezer Scrooge. Paul and Geva Theatre Center artistic director Mark Cuddy’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol, featuring songs by Gregg Coffin (Convenience, Five Course Love), have become a mainstay of the holiday season. It opens on Geva’s Mainstage, 75 Woodbury Blvd., on Wednesday and runs through Dec. 28. The annual Magic in the Making open house is at 6 p.m. Dec. 9, and the theater’s Home for the Holidays performance is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28. Tickets start at $25. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Rochester Broadway Theatre League scored the national tour of this musical for the holiday season. The story of the creature who’s heart grows three sizes, thanks to the Christmas spirit of Whosville, runs from Dec. 10 to 15 at the Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St. Tickets are $32.50 to $67.50 and available at the theater box office, (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Blackfriars Theatre presents a “live radio play” version of the classic story of George Bailey’s journey to realizing how full his life is. Performances run Dec. 13 to 22 at Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main St. Tickets are $28.50 to $36.50. (585) 454-1260 or go to blackfriars.org.
A Magical Journey Thru Stages, a youth theater company, is also producing a version of the classic with a cast from fifth through 12th grades. Show dates are Dec. 13 to 15 on the third floor of the Auditorium Center, 875 E. Main St. Tickets are $16 ($13 in advance). Call (585) 935-7173 or to to mjtstages.com.
The Santaland Diaries
Now time for the snark. After a year off, The Santaland Diaries, based on the David Sedaris essay, is back this year at Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main St., from Dec. 14 to 22. Tickets are $28.50 to $36.50. Call (585) 454-1260 or go to blackfriars.org.
Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge
For some more sarcasm, try Black Sheep Theatre’s new production, a mish-mash of traditional stories taken in some different directions. It runs from Dec. 6 to 14 at the company’s Village Gate Square theater at 274 N. Goodman St., Suite D-313. Tickets are $20 ($16 in advance). Call (585) 861-4816 or go to blacksheeptheatre.org.
Another Christmas with the Calamari Sisters
One of Rochester’s franchise acts has a new script for the holidays, focusing on the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Expect some hijinks as they’re back on the air with their signature cooking show. It runs from Dec. 20 to 31 in the RAPA East End Theatre, 727 E. Main St. Go to rapatheatre.org.