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Arts & Culture

2012 Charlotte Holiday Theater Preview

October 17, 2012 6:00 AM

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(credit: Children's Theatre of Charlotte/Facebook)

(credit: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte/Facebook)

childrenstheatrecharlotte 2012 Charlotte Holiday Theater Preview

(credit: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte/Facebook)

Shortly after the flickering flame of the jack o’lanterns fade away, the halls will be decked with the festive decor of the upcoming holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the busiest, most-celebrated times of the year. Family holiday activities take center stage with reunions, parties, cookie swaps, church pageants and theater productions. Take a break from the menu planning and cookie baking to enjoy some live holiday entertainment. From the demure to the grand, here are five shows in the Charlotte area worthy of sequin-dappled dresses and bow ties.

In The Heat Of The Night
Theatre Charlotte
501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 376-3777
www.theatrecharlotte.org

Dates: Oct. 26 to Nov. 11

Though not of the holiday repertoire, this is a regional premiere for Theatre Charlotte. It is based upon a novel by John Ball. The drama is recommended for ages 16 and older due to the adult language and situations. The setting is Argo, Ala., where a white man is discovered dead, and police arrest a black stranger for his death. Racial tensions arise when it is found out the black stranger is actually a homicide detective. Theatre Charlotte has provided a creative outlet for area writers, actors and dancers since 1927.

The Commedia Pinocchio
Children’s Theater of Charlotte
ImaginOn
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 973-2828
www.ctcharlotte.org

Dates: Nov. 2 to 18

The Tarradiddle Players of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will present this production in the Wells Fargo Playhouse in ImaginOn. Written by Lane Riosley with music and with lyrics by Aven Stephenson, this is a slapstick version of the classic story. The puppet maker Geppetto still carves Pinocchio out of a piece of wood, and his nose still grows, but this one was made for laughter. The story is told in the commedia dell’arte style from Italy.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Children’s Theater of Charlotte
ImaginOn
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 973-2828
www.ctcharlotte.org

Dates: Nov. 30 to Dec. 23

The Children’s Theater of Charlotte is nationally recognized for its professional productions, and this is no exception. These performances will be held in the McColl Family Theatre in ImaginOn. Bring the entire family to this classic Christmas comedy. Through many lighthearted, comical scenes, this show evokes the real meaning of Christmas. Especially if you’ve read the book, don’t miss this live presentation centering around the Herdman family. The Herdman kids cause some serious antics and mayhem while rehearsing for the church Christmas pageant, making this the perfect season kick off for the whole family.

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A Christmas Carol
Theatre Charlotte
501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 376-3777
www.theatrecharlotte.org

Dates: Dec. 7 to 16

Come see chained spirits, locks and keys — all the mysterious elements of this Christmas favorite. This holiday tradition in the area is presented by Theatre Charlotte for the sixth consecutive year. Directed by Kevin Campbell, it is based upon the original Dickens novel “A Christmas Carol.” It will have the little ones on the edge of their seats as ghosts visit the hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge. Learn about a Victorian-era Christmas dinner, and see the transformation of humbug Scrooge to a caring, giving individual.

The Birth
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-1000
www.blumenthalarts.org

Dates: Dec. 13 to 23

Nothing flamboyant, yet a modest production portraying the simplistic faith in the story of a baby born in a manger. The birth of Jesus Christ is presented as a narrative with singing and dancing on stage at the Duke Energy Theater. This will be the seventh season for this original Charlotte experience presented by Starving Artists Productions. The 1966 book “The Magnificent Defeat” by American philosopher Frederic Buechner is the foundation for this performance. Original music is performed by Scottish singer Sarah DeShields. Dancing is more spontaneous than regimentally choreographed in this piece. In this production of Jesus Christ’s birth, an innkeeper, wise man and shepherd share their thoughts on the Bethlehem birth.

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Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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