December Stage Performances in the Triangle
"Shrek The Musical"
Nov. 27-30 and Dec. 1-2
Everyone's favorite ogre comes to life onstage. Presented by North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South. $40-$90. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27-30; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 1-800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.
"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play"
Nov. 28-30; Dec. 8, Dec. 9, 11, 12 and 16
Enjoy the classic movie on stage when 1940s radio players perform the story as a Christmas Eve broadcast. Appropriate for ages 10 and older. $15-$40. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28-30; 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 8, 9 and 16; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-8 and 11-15. Paul Green Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art, Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-7529. playmakersrep.org.
"As You Like It"
Nov. 29-30; Dec. 1-2, 6-9, 13-16
William Shakespeare's comedic romp follows Rosalind out of the court and into the forest, where all sorts of louts, layabouts and fools are waiting … to steal her heart! $25 general admission, $15 students. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1, 6-8 and 13-15; 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16. Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh. 919-834-4001. burningcoal.org.
Cary Players Present "A Christmas Story"
Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-3
This hilarious holiday classic is based on the movie by Jean Shepherd. $16 students, $18 adults. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30; 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 1; 3 p.m. Dec. 2; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. etix.com.
Tarheel Tale Tellers Perform
Tarheel Tale Tellers bring tales to life. $5 ages 1 and older. 11 a.m.-noon, 2-3 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Performs
The renowned orchestra debuts its multi-platinum rock opera, "The Lost Christmas Eve." $50.50-$70.50. 3 p.m., 8 p.m. PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 1-800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.
"The Nutcracker" by Carolina Ballet
Dec. 1-2, 14-16, 18-23, 29-30
Production features eye-popping illusion and beautiful sets and costumes. $25-$110. Showtimes at UNC Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill: 2 p.m. Dec. 1-2; 8 p.m. Dec. 1. Showtimes at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15 and 18-22; 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16; 2 p.m. Dec. 21-23. Showtimes at Durham Performing Arts Center: 7 p.m. Dec. 29; 2 p.m. Dec. 30. carolinaballet.com.
The Cary Community Choir Presents Handels "Messiah"
Enjoy the Christmas portion of "Messiah" by George Frederic Handel. Free. 7:30 p.m. Westwood Baptist Church, 200 Westhigh St., Cary. carycommunitychoir.com.
Duke Chorale Christmas Concert
Hear seasonal music on the carillon and organ beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by seasonal selections by the Duke Chorale at 7 p.m. Take one nonperishable food item for the Durham Rescue Mission. Free. Duke Chapel, Duke University, Durham. 919-660-3333. duke.edu/music.
Disney on Ice Presents "Rockin' Ever After"
Disney characters compete to be the next superstar in comical segments leading up to the tales of princesses Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle and Merida. $16-$55. 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 10:40 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7; 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8; 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9. PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. thepncarena.com.
Holly Springs Community Band Winter Concert
Enjoy holiday music. Free. 7:30 p.m. Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs. hollyspringsband.net.
"A Christmas Carol"
Dec. 6-9, 11-12, 15-16
Theatre In The Park's original musical comedy adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is adapted for the stage by Ira David Wood III. $30-$80. Raleigh Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts showtimes: 7 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and 11-12; 2 p.m. Dec. 15-16. Durham Performing Arts Center showtimes: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 16. theatreinthepark.com.
Cary Children's Concert Choir Presents "Holiday for All"
Hear the children's choir perform holiday music. Free. 7 p.m. Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, 110 Southeast Maynard Rd., Cary. trianglesings.org/event/holiday-for-all.htm.
Enjoy the timeless musical about a little orphan girl with a big heart, big dreams and lots of hope. Purchase tickets in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door. Take a new or gently used children's book or blanket to donate to the N.C. Children's Orphanage, the Durham Rescue Mission or the Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. $10 adults, $5 kids. 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8; 3 p.m. Dec. 9. University Theater, N.C. Central University, Durham. 919-408-1174. anfo.us.
"All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914"
Dec. 7-9, 13-16
On Christmas Eve thousands of German and English soldiers put down their guns and left their trenches to meet their enemies in No Man's Land. "All is Calm" combines a capella singing of trench songs, patriotic tunes and Christmas carols with text from letters, journals, war documents, poetry, gravestone inscriptions and an old radio broadcast. $18 adults, $14 students. 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 13-15; 3 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. artscenterlive.org.
See a live nativity and enjoy holiday music by the Holly Springs Community Band. Free. 6:45 p.m. Apex Stake Center, 574 Bryan Dr., Apex. hollyspringsband.net.
Battle with the Bard
Features some of Shakespeare's most famous battle scenes. Presented by Applause! Cary Youth Theatre's Drama Workshop Series. Free. 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 919-465-4792. townofcary.org.
Holiday Pops Comes to Cary
Ring in the season with holiday favorites. All ages. $18 adults, $16 students. 3 and 8 p.m. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 919-645-8435. concertsingers.org.
The Relative Pitch
Musicians and singers ages 18 and younger hone their skills in a performance workshop for their peers and families. 4:30-6:30 p.m. The Broad Street Cafe, 1116 Broad St., Durham. therelativepitch.org.
Triangle Jewish Chorale Performs
Hear songs from opera, Broadway musicals, Yiddish theater and more. Free with donations welcome. 3 p.m. Levin JCC, 1937 Cornwallis Rd., Durham. 919-493-1288. trianglejewishchorale.org.
"A Dickens Tale"
Bright Star Theater presents the tale of Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim in a heartwarming retelling of the Dickens' classic. Free. 3:30pm. Orange County Main Library, 137 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough. orangecountync.gov/library.
"All is Calm" at Orange County Main Library [could delete]
The ArtsCenter Stage performs a short musical performance of All is Calm, followed by a conversation about the play, which tells the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914. Free. 6pm. Orange County Main Library, 137 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough. orangecountync.gov/library.
Grey Seal Puppets Perform
Grey Seal Puppets present a holiday cabaret for all ages. Free. 10 a.m. Orange County Main Library, 137 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough. orangecountync.gov/library.
The Burwell School Historic Site Presents "A Christmas Carol"
Charles Dickens' timeless tale comes to life. Proceeds benefit the Burwell School Historic Site, the Orange County Cultural Center and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. $15. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary's Rd., Hillsborough. 9919-732-7451. burwellschool.org.
Black Nativity Durham
An adaptation about the birth of Jesus, now in its sixth year. $20. 8:15 p.m. Dec. 14; 3:15 and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 15; 3:15 p.m. Dec. 16. Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville St., Durham. blacknativitydurham.com.
"Visions of Sugarplums"
Celebrate the season with Cary Ballet Company and The 3D Project. Includes highlights from "The Nutcracker" ballet and holiday jazz pieces. All ages. Purchase tickets online. $12-$15. 7 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. etix.com.
"A Very Barriskill Nutcracker"
This full-length Nutcracker ballet combines contemporary jazz and tap dance with classical ballet. Purchase tickets online. $10-$20. 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 15; 1 p.m. Dec. 16. Reynolds Theater, Duke University, 125 Science Dr., Durham. tickets.duke.edu.
"The Glory of Christmas"
Dec. 16 and 19
Features a 50-voice choir, full orchestra and soloists from Broadway, with special moments designed for children and families. Free. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Historic Longview Center, Moore Square, Raleigh. unitytriangle.org.
Holiday Pops: A Pink Martini Christmas
The little orchestra Pink Martini puts its musical stamp on holiday favorites from around the world. $35-$90. 8 p.m. Dec. 21; 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 22. Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. ncsymphony.org.