2012 DFW Holiday Theater Preview

October 15, 2012 6:00 AM

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nutcracker 2012 DFW Holiday Theater Preview

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If you’re home for the holidays, make it extra merry with a night at the theater for some special holiday performances. From concerts and comedy shows to ballets and cirques, there are plenty of exciting holiday productions going on in DFW  that are sure to keep the entire family entertained and cure any bah humbugs that might get in the way of your celebrations.  

Bass Performance Hall
4th and Calhoun streets
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 212-4325
www.basshall.comPrice: $19 to $79
Dates: “Ultimate Christmas Show” – Nov. 28 to Dec. 2; “Nutcracker” – Dec. 7 to 23

There’s no shortage of amazing holiday shows during the months of November and December at Bass Hall, which include a top-notch line up of music, comedy shows and ballet. Not to be missed is the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s “Ultimate Christmas Show” in which you’ll follow the hilarious antics of three wise guys on a journey through the holidays. Featuring fast-paced comedy in modern-vaudeville style, this national touring troupe’s Christmas show will treat everyone to a jolly good night.

Ben Stevenson’s “Nutcracker” is an inventive rendition of the classic favorite, transporting the audience on a magical adventure with Clara and her nutcracker prince. From dazzling sets and costumes to stunning choreography, this production is filled with an action-packed swirl of imagination and humor that keeps audiences of all ages captivated until the very last scene. Putting an adult-style spin on the classic “Nutcracker,” Stevenson’s special one-night presentation of the “Nutty Nutcracker” Dec. 21 promises extra fun. With outlandish characters from the “Wizard of Oz” and “Star Wars” to Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Jackson, the show is full of gags and surprises sure to make everyone’s evening a merry one.  

Casa Manana
3101 W. Lancaster Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 332-2272
www.casamanana.orgPrice: $20 to $28
Dates: Nov. 4 to Dec. 23

Celebrate the holidays with the children’s classic, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Children may enjoy a ride with Molly and her mother when they embark on their magical journey through the land of the dancing elves in search of Santa Claus. The play features a variety of classic songs including everyone’s favorite “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” which will have kids singing all the way home. If you’re a little bit country, come on down for a special one-night holiday concert Dec. 6 by the nine-time Grammy Award-winning group, Asleep at the Wheel. They’ll be performing everyone’s favorites, including “Swinging Silent Night” and “Merry Texas Christmas Y’all.”

Dallas Theater Center – Kalita Humphreys Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 526-8210
www.dallastheatercenter.orgPrice: $15 to $60
Dates: Nov. 20 to Dec. 23

For more than 20 years, the Dallas Theater Center has presented this inspiring production of the Charles Dickens play, “A Christmas Carol,” to sold out crowds. Follow the story of the cantankerous Ebenezer Scrooge as he meets the three ghosts of Christmas — you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll be shivering in your seats. This magical performance is filled with great special effects, songs, laughter and a talented cast of actors, making a perfect holiday treat for the entire family.

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Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 880-0202
www.attpac.orgPrice: $60 to $250
Dates: Dec. 18 to 23

Grab some tickets while you can for the popular Cirque Dreams “Holidaze.” Neil Goldberg’s Broadway masterpiece is a theatrical rock opera featuring an international cast performing aerial stunts, flips and high-wire acts on a stage, in the air and dangling from a 24-foot-tall tree. Entertaining aspects of the show include the acrobatic performers dressed as ornaments, elves, candy canes, penguins and reindeer all performing gravity-defying stunts to a mixture of live techno and rock music. This unique high-energy holiday show promises to entertain and amaze audiences of all ages.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center
215 S. Tyler St.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 948-0716
www.tecotheater.orgPrice: $15 in advance/$20 at the door
Dates: Dec. 11 to 16

For an uplifting and entertaining gospel experience, be sure to see the highly acclaimed “Black Nativity,” by poet and playwright Langston Hughes. First performed on Broadway in 1961, the musical has been playing to audiences worldwide ever since.The TeCo production features a cast of 19 vivacious performers, using the stage and the aisles for their musical scenes. “Black Nativity” is a treat to the eyes and ears — featuring a variety of soulful tunes, dramatic narrative and pantomime under the creative direction of Tre Garrett.
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With a passion for adventure, Ilene Jacobs has spent 25 years traveling around the globe. A native of Dallas,Texas, she has also lived in Europe studying and working in marketing and tourism. Ilene is constantly researching interesting places to visit and enjoys sharing her findings with her readers. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.