Celebrate the classics with DC area holiday shows

The holidays come alive on stages from Washington DC to Baltimore, with classic performances such as The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol and historic traditions such as The Christmas Revels.

A Christmas Carol, Ford’s Theatre
Photo by Laura Keene

Here’s a selection of some of our favorites:

Dec. 13-16
A Christmas Carol

The Little Theatre of Alexandria, VA
From www.thelittletheatre.com: The Little Theatre of Alexandria rings in the holiday season with a return of the classic by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly Victorian humbug, travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present, and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. Complete with special effects, Victorian carols, and Tiny Tim, A Christmas Carol is a must for the entire family.

Dec. 14-16
The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

The Hippodrome Theatre (Dec. 14-15), Baltimore
The Music Center at Strathmore (Dec. 16), Bethesda
From www.strathmore.org: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker celebrates 20 years touring North America and overflows with holiday delight! See a cast of 40 astounding dancers in the classic Christmas story with unique Russian zest. Marvel at the spectacular new “Dove of Peace,” where two dancers become one stunning bird, a Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall, falling snow, towering silk puppets, 200 lavish costumes, and nine hand-painted backdrops all set to Tchaikovsky’s complete score. Great Russian Nutcracker – 20 years of acclaim, 20 years of soaring holiday spirit.

Dec. 14-16
The Christmas Revels

GW Lisener Auditorium, Washington DC
From http://revelsdc.org: For our 30th annual celebration of the Winter Solstice, we call upon well-loved elements of Christmas Revels past to renew the spirit of joy that marks this time of the year. England’s Haddon Hall (the iconic setting of early productions in all Revels cities) is the perfect backdrop for the traditional and early music, dance and drama of Britain and Europe — the same material that inspired national founder John Langstaff’s very first Christmas Revels in 1957.Our cast of nearly 100 musicians and actors, ages 8-84, includes treasured professional artists from the last three decades of Christmas Revels in Washington.

Dec. 15 and 22
The Washington Chorus: A Candlelight Christmas

The Kennedy Center, Washington DC
From www.kennedy-center.org: Celebrate the splendor of the season with The Washington Chorus’s beloved holiday event and an annual favorite with Kennedy Center audiences. With brass, organ, percussion, harp, and the 200-voice chorus, the program features Christmas classics, sing-alongs, theatrical lighting, and the glorious candlelight processional.

Through Dec. 23
The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker

The Warner Theater, Washington DC
From www.washingtonballet.org: Septime Webre’s critically acclaimedThe Nutcracker transports us back in time to historic Washington, DC and stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker. Full of swirling snowflakes, magnificent sets and costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the curtain rises and the stage bursts with waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other enchanting adaptations that have made Webre’s Nutcracker a Washington tradition with rave reviews from critics and sold-out crowds alike.

Through Dec. 30
A Christmas Carol

Olney Theatre Center, MD
From www.olneytheatre.org: Join us as Paul Morella brings this unique and memorable version of A Christmas Carol to life. Adapted from Charles Dickens’ original novella and reading tour, Morella’s solo version will transport you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. This Christmas narrative has never been more compassionate, intimate or heartwarming.

Through Dec. 30
A Christmas Carol

Ford’s Theater, Washington DC
From www.fordstheatre.org: Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Kennedy Center

Through Jan. 6
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

The Kennedy Center, Washington DC
From  www.kennedy-center.org: The classic holiday movie White Christmas comes to the stage at last! This North American tour shines with classic Berlin hits like “Blue Skies,” “How Deep is the Ocean?” and, of course, the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of two buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!

For more holiday shows click here to visit About.com DC’s Holiday Shows page.

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