Holiday classics hit stage in Seattle

reputation as a thriving theater town is well deserved as resident productions of holiday classics hit stages all over the city.

the 5th Avenue Theatre, A Christmas Story: The
, based on the classic
holiday film, takes the audience into the Indiana home of Ralphie Parker, a nine-year-old
kid who is desperate for the ultimate Christmas present: an official Red Ryder
BB gun. A Christmas Story: The Musical!
is on stage throughDec. 30. Visit
for tickets and more information.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary of the
production, A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) presents the classical Charles Dickens’
A Christmas Carol, through Dec. 26. Visit for tickets and more information.

The award-winning Intiman Theatre
presents Black Nativity, a holiday gospel
celebration based on the works of Langston Hughes and accompanied by dance, Dec.
10-26 at the historic Moore Theatre. Visit
for tickets and more information.

photo by Ben VanHouten

Downtown Seattle’s Benaroya Hall hosts holiday-themed
musical performances throughout the month of December, ranging from the renowned
Seattle Symphony Orchestra to visiting symphony orchestras and the Seattle Men’s
Chorus performance of Holiday Glee, Dec. 12, 19 and 20. Visit and for tickets and more information.

At the Seattle Center, Seattle Children’s Theatre presents Lyle the Crocodile, Nov. 19, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011, based on the book
The House on East 88th by Bernard Waber.
Visit for tickets and more information.

Through Jan. 23, 2011, Teatro ZinZanni, located across from the Seattle Center,
presents Hearts on Fire, a combination
of cirque, comedy and cabaret with a full-course dinner. Visit for more information.

Few holiday show traditions boast the generational
appeal of The Nutcracker. Pacific Northwest
Ballet’s rendition dates to 1983 and features the now-famous collaboration
between the ballet’s founding artistic director and choreographer Kent Stowell
and renowned children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The Nutcracker runs now through Dec. 30 at Marion Oliver McCaw
Hall on the Seattle Center campus. Visit
for ticket and schedule information.

For more performing arts events during the holiday season, visit

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