December 2014 Holiday Performances in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Dec. 2-7 – Shakespeare’s lyrical comedy weaves together a trio of stories set in a magical wood. During the course of a moonlit evening, four young lovers escape to the forest on a fantastic adventure, changing them forever. Ages 10 and older. Purchase tickets online. $15 and older. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Paul Green Theatre, 150 Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-7529. playmakersrep.org.
St. David’s School Band Christmas Concert
Dec. 3 – St. David’s School’s concert band performs holiday music. All ages. Free. 7 p.m. St. David’s School Performing Arts Center, 3400 White Oak Rd., Raleigh. 919-782-3331. sdsw.org.
"The Durham Nutcracker"
Dec. 3-5 – With a highly diverse cast, this adaptation for the Nutcracker tells the behind-the-scenes story of Sarah Tucker, a young dancer facing challenges both in and out of the dance studio. She learns that perseverance and courage are equally important as talent. Her cocky rival, Rebecca Walker, learns that technical talent alone doesn't produce a successful dancer. Expect a refreshing twist on this holiday classic that will appeal to the entire family. Purchase tickets online. 7 p.m. Dec. 3; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 4; 6 p.m. Dec. 5. Durham Arts Council's PSI Theater, 120 Morris St., Durham. walltownchildrenstheatre.org. 919-286-4545.
“Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim
Dec. 4-6 – A childless couple. A witch. A curse. Sondheim reveals the shadow side of classic fairytales in a funny and poignant exploration of the wishes we make, and what happens when they really do come true. Ages 10 and older. Purchase tickets online. $15 and older. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5; 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Paul Green Theatre, 150 Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-7529. playmakersrep.org.
“It’s a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play”
Dec. 4-8 – Enjoy the classic movie on stage when 1940s radio players perform the story as a Christmas Eve broadcast. Purchase tickets online at etix.com. $17-$20. See website for times. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. caryplayers.org.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”
Dec. 4-24 – Celebrate Rudolph’s 50 years on television and see favorite characters live on stage, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice and others. $20-$50. See website for showtimes. Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 800-745-3000. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/event/rudolph-broadway-4775.
Dec. 5-20 – This musical comedy features elegant costumes and scenery with song, dance, conniving step-relatives and resourceful fairy-folk. All ages. Purchase tickets online. $33. 7:30 p.m. See website for showtimes. Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. 919-821-4579. raleighlittletheatre.org/shows/14-15/cinderella.html. (Photo above by Allie Mullin. In this 2012 Raleigh Little Theatre production of Cinderella, the prince greets her in the climactic ball scene.)
Dec. 5 – The Durham Symphony Orchestra performs familiar holiday classics and hosts a singalong. $5-$30. 7 p.m. Durham Armory, 220 Foster St., Durham. etix.com.
Dec. 5-6 – The North Carolina Symphony performs the holiday oratorio. 8 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-733-2750. ncsymphony.org.
“Dances From the Nutcracker Suite”
Dec. 6-7 – Infinity Ballet presents excerpts from the Nutcracker ballet. $6. 3 p.m. Dec. 6; 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. thehalle.org.
Dec. 6-28 – Carolina Ballet’s production features lavish scenery, jaw-dropping illusions, a live orchestra and more than 100 performers. $34-$110. See website for showtimes at UNC Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill; and at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-719-0900. carolinaballet.com.
“Christmas in New York” With Franc D’Ambrosio
Dec. 7 – Best known as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical, “The Phantom of the Opera,” D’Ambrosio celebrates the magic and wonder of the holiday season and concludes with a performance of holiday songs with the Wake Forest Elementary School Choir. Purchase tickets online. 5 and older. $30 adults, $12 ages 12 and younger. 3 p.m. Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. 919-435-9566. wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx.
St. David’s School Choral Christmas Concert
Dec. 8 – The middle and upper school concert choirs delight audiences with renditions of holiday and Christmas music. All ages. Free. 6:30 p.m. middle school performance; 7:45 p.m. upper school performance. St. David’s School Performing Arts Center, 3400 White Oak Rd., Raleigh. 919-782-3331. sdsw.org.
Dec. 9-14 – Leapin’ lizards! See an incarnation of the iconic original featuring the unforgettable songs “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” $40-$161. See website for showtimes. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.
“Joy of the Season”
Dec. 9 – N.C. Master Chorale presents traditional and modern carols, works by Franz Schubert and selections from Disney’s film “Frozen.” $30-$50. 7:30 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. ticketmaster.com.
“A Christmas Carol”
Dec. 10-14 – Theatre In The Park’s original musical comedy adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” based on the novella by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Ira David
Wood III, first premiered in 1974. $30-$80. See website for showtimes at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh; and at Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.
Winter Chorus Concert
Dec. 11 – Hear music from Green Hope High School’s chorus, Voices of Hope. $5 general public, $1 Green Hope High School students. 7 p.m. Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Rd., Cary. greenhopefinearts.org.
Dec. 12 – Cary Town Band presents a carol singalong and music to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, the winter solstice and more. Free. 7:30 p.m. Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place, Cary. 919-847-8806. carytownband.org.
Dec. 12-13 – City Ballet’s annual production features a full-length, richly costumed version of the holiday ballet. Purchase tickets online. $10 and older. 7 p.m. Dec. 12; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Rolesville High School, 1099 E. Young St., Rolesville. city-ballet.com.
“Ho Ho Ho! The Santa Claus Chronicles and North Pole Star”
Dec. 12-14 – Enjoy two holiday musicals. “Ho Ho Ho! The Santa Claus Chronicles” takes place a few days before Christmas in the North Pole, where Saint Nick’s press secretary answers reporters’ questions and each of Santa’s reindeer audition in front of a panel of judges for the ultimate title of North Pole Star. Purchase tickets online. All ages. $8 adults, $6 ages 16 and younger. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13; 2 p.m. Dec. 14. Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. 919-249-1120. thehalle.org.
Dec. 12-14 – Heather’s Dance, Inc. performs its annual production of the classic holiday ballet. All proceeds will be donated to The Raleigh Rescue Mission. All ages. $10 advance tickets, $12 at the door. 7 p.m. Dec. 12-13; 3 p.m. Dec. 14. East Wake High School, 5101 Rolesville Rd., Wendell. 919-266-9900. heathersdanceinc.com.
Triangle Wind Ensemble’s Seasonal Favorites
Dec. 12 – Take the family to enjoy a selection of seasonal favorites by the Triangle Wind Ensemble. $15 adults, $5 ages 12 and younger. 7:30 p.m. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. trianglewind.org.
Concert Singers of Cary’s Holiday Pops
Dec. 13 – Ring in the season with holiday music by the Concert Singers of Cary. $20. 1 p.m. Dec. 13; 3 p.m. Dec. 14. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 919-645-8435. etix.com.
Discovery Nook: “Gingerbread Boy”
Dec. 13 – Head down the road with Gerry the Gingerbread Boy in search of his fortune in this performance by Rags to Riches Theater. Enjoy free books courtesy of Reading is Fundamental. Hosted by Durham Public Library. All ages. Free. 12:30 p.m. Northgate Mall, children’s alleyway near Entrance 2, 1058 West Club Blvd., Durham. 919-286-4400. northgatemall.com.
Triangle Brass Band’s Holiday Favorites
Dec. 13 – Hear the Triangle Brass Band perform traditional songs including “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” and “Joy to the World,” as well as Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Tumblers” and Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival.” $5 ages 13-18, $12 adults. Free for ages 12 and younger. 7 p.m. Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 E. South Ave., Wake Forest. trianglebrass.brownpapertickets.com.
Dec. 13-14 – Ring in the season with Concert Singers of Cary’s presentation of holiday favorites. $20. 1 p.m. Dec. 13; 3 p.m. Dec. 14. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 919-645-8435. etix.com.
Raleigh Ringers’ Winter Concert
Dec. 14-15 – The Raleigh Ringers present their winter handbell concert. Purchase tickets online. $19 adults, $17 students. 4 p.m. Dec. 14; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. rr.org.
“A Christmas Carol”
Dec. 18-19 – Charles Dickens’ timeless tale comes to life. $15. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18-19. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Rd., Hillsborough. 919-732-7451. burwellschool.org.
"The Glory of Christmas"
Dec. 18-20 – Unity Church of the Triangle presents a spirited mix of traditional, classical, and world music by Unity Choir with orchestra and professional soloists, directed by Maestro Scott McKenzie. 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18; 3 p.m. Dec. 20 (family matinee). Long View Center, 118 S. Person St., Raleigh. Suggested donation $20 in advance, $10 for children. Free parking in Blount Street deck. Register for tickets online. unitytriangle.org.
“The Carols of Christmas”
Dec. 19 – The Raleigh Boychoir presents Christmas selections and treasured standards from its longstanding repertoire. Purchase tickets online. $15 adults, $10 students. Free for ages 4 and younger. 7:30 p.m. Edenton Street Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St., Raleigh. brownpapertickets.com/event/922696.
“A Very Cary Christmas”
Dec. 19-21 – Enjoy “The Nutcracker” by the Cary Ballet Company and holiday jazz works by The 3D Project. Purchase tickets online. $15. 7 p.m. Dec. 19; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20; 2 p.m. Dec. 21. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 800-514-3849. etix.com.
"A Pink Martini Christmas"
Dec. 19-20. – Enjoy "Pink Martini" perform your holiday favorites with the NC Symphony. Purchase tickets online or at the door one hour prior to concert start time. Dec. 19., 8 pm.; Dec. 20, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Raleigh, Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St. ticketmaster.com.?