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Horizon Theatre Company
1083 Austin Ave., Atlanta
The Santaland Diaries—
Nov. 22 – Dec. 31
This holiday season Horizon Theatre Company turns “ho ho ho” into “ha ha ha” as it reprises its popular production of The Santaland Diaries by award-winning satirist David Sedaris.
Sardonic, satirical and sarcastic, the merry misanthrope, played for the 15th year by Harold M. Leaver, recounts the tale of his stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf named Crumpet. Out of work and middle-aged, a writer in need of holiday cash decides to employ his gift for insightful observation in the trade of elfdom at Macy’s. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, Crumpet, are not exactly compatible. His remedy for the saccharine overdose he endures in his never-endingly exuberant job is to tell all – giving us a backstage pass to the secret lives of Santas and elves. Though definitely not your traditional stocking stuffer, this caustic Christmas carol is a laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues.
Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 6 p.m. There will be a performance on Christmas Eve. Tickets are $25-$40.
Madeline’s Christmas—Dec. 7-31.
Madeline’s Christmas returns to Horizon Theatre Company this holiday season for the sixth year. A production for the entire family, Horizon in collaboration with The Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company reprises the musical adaptation of Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic book.
“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines,” begins the story of Madeline. This holiday season will be unlike any other for Madeline and her friends. While on their morning walk with Miss Clavel, the girls come down with the flu, and as they take to their bed, many wonder if they will be able to go home for Christmas. With the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Madeline and the other girls get a holiday adventure beyond their wildest dreams.
Based on one of the most popular children’s book characters of all time, the production features 24 local girls performing alongside professional actors in two irresistibly adorable casts. Madeline and her friends are sure to enchant audiences of all ages with their holiday adventure filled with laughter, magic, and newfound friends.
Performances are weekends at 1 and 3:30 p.m. with additional school day matinee and holiday week show times. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children.
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway
Radio City Christmas Spectacular—
Through Nov. 23
An all-new production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, will come to the Atlanta area for the holiday season. “In this multi-faceted production, the Rockettes will dance their way through an awe-inspiring journey with new scenes, an array of glamorous new costumes, dramatic lighting effects, and a 50-foot LED screen that will enhance the show with breathtaking new imagery,” according to an announcement from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Celebrating a legacy spanning more than eight decades, the Rockettes are known for their rich history, unrivaled talent, strength, precision and athleticism. They continue to take the Christmas Spectacular to new heights, dazzling audiences with their performance style, as it continues to be both deceivingly complex and entirely glamorous.
In a brand new scene, “New York at Christmas,” the Rockettes will board a life size double-decker tour bus, taking audiences on a guided tour through the streets of New York City. Santa Claus will take center stage in two magical new scenes: “Magic is There,” in which Santa takes two young brothers on a journey to the North Pole, and “Here Comes Santa Claus,” a number that reveals how Santa can be in multiple places at once.
The Balzer Theater at Herren’s
84 Luckie St., NW, Atlanta
The Gifts of the Magi—
Nov. 27 – Dec. 22
In this Christmas musical, Jim and Della are out of work and penniless during Christmas in New York. To afford presents for each other, both secretly part with their most precious possessions. In O. Henry’s classic holiday story, the two lovers’ gesture of giving creates a warm and intimate Christmas in the cold, unfriendly city. Set to the music of Randy Courts, this charming and transcendent musical aims to kindle the holiday spirit in the heart of Atlanta.
1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta
A Christmas Carol—Nov. 29—Dec. 29
The Alliance Theatre’s rendition of the beloved Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol has become a favorite Atlanta holiday tradition. The production is a Broadway-scale spectacular featuring widely known Atlanta actors on a gorgeous set with breathtaking special effects.
For those who have seen this production before, no matter when, there’s a good chance that the Atlanta actor portraying Scrooge was the one and only Chris Kayser. He’s been in the Alliance production almost since the beginning and he’s played Scrooge just about ever since. This year, his 20th, will be his last playing literature’s most iconic humbug.
2969 East Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur
Sanders Family Christmas–
Nov. 29 – Dec. 22
It’s Dec. 24, 1941, and America is going to war, so is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and 25 Southern Gospel Christmas favorites.
5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain
770 469 1105 www.artstation.org.
A Broadway Christmas Carol—Dec. 5-22
A Broadway Christmas Carol is returning to the ART Station stage after a five- year hibernation. A good rest refreshes everything, so expect a jazzed up Christmas classic that’s never been funnier. This family favorite, based on Charles Dickens’ story of Ebenezer Scrooge is mixed with hilarious song parodies of favorite Broadway show tunes. New surprises in this year’s production make this a don’t-miss holiday treat.
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