December Stage Performances in the Triangle

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December Calendar
On Stage

"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
Dec. 1
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
Dec. 1
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"
Dec. 2
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
Dec. 4
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"
Dec. 5-9
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
Dec. 6
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"
Dec. 7
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.

"Annie"
Dec. 7-9
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.

Apex Nativity
Dec. 8
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
Dec. 8
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
Dec. 8
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
Dec. 9
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
Dec. 9
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"
Dec. 11
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]
Dec. 12
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
Dec. 12
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"
Dec. 13-14
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
Dec. 14-16
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"
Dec. 14-16
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"
Dec. 15-16
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
Dec. 21-22
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.

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