Tis the season for festive theater

Live theater is one of the best ways to get into the holiday mood. Whether dramatic or comedic, DeKalb County and metro Atlanta theater companies’ holiday offerings are filled with spirited songs, festive set decorations, and tales that are emotionally moving and capture the essence of the season.
Here are some of the performances being staged locally this season:

ART Station
5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain
The Paisley Sisters’ Christmas Special
Three singing sisters are hoping a 1964 television holiday special will ignite a comeback for their career, but drama ensues instead. The Paisley Sisters’ Christmas Special is staged Dec. 7-17. Tickets $21-$30. For more information, go to artstation.org or call (404) 469-1105.

North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center
5229 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Runs Dec. 1-7
The ups and downs of idealistic George Bailey life and Christmas Eve experience is revived as a live 1940s radio broadcast in this production. An ensemble brings a few dozen characters to the stage. Tickets $15 to $28. Go to stagedoortheatrega.org for tickets and more information.

Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center
3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur
A Soulful Christmas
An African-American Christmas musical, A Soulful Christmas, is about two children experiencing the holiday surprise of their young lives. It features dancing and renditions of Christmas classics such as Joy to the World, Silent Night, Santa Baby and more. Running now through Dec. 3, tickets $44.15. Go to steppstewart.com for more information and tickets.

Onstage Atlanta
3041 N. Decatur Road, Scottdale
Christmas Belles
Running now through Dec. 17, Christmas Belles is performed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets $22 to $25. For details, go to onstageatlanta.com or call (404) 897-1802.

A Christmas Carol
Based on the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol runs through Dec. 10 on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets $16-$25. For details, go to onstageatlanta.com or call (404) 897-1802.

Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
A Christmas Carol
Ebenezer Scrooge and company return to the Alliance Theatre in this A Christmas Carol adaptation described as “brilliantly reimaged set design and striking new costumes.” This musical runs through Dec. 24. For tickets or more information, go to alliancetheatre.org or call (404) 733-4600.

Theatrical Outfit
The Balzer Theatre at Herren’s
84 Luckie St., Atlanta
A Christmas Story
An exploding furnace, wet tongue on a cold lamppost and BB gunplay are among the memorable hijinks involving Ralphie, his friends and family in A Christmas Story. This performance runs through Dec. 24. Tickets $15-$55. For details, go to theatricaloutfit.org or call (678) 528-1500.

Horizon Theatre Company
1083 Austin Ave., Atlanta
Y’all Christmas
Described as an “improvised holiday ‘movie’ Y’all Christmas runs through Dec. 30. “This show takes tried-and-true holiday tropes, audience suggestions, a rotating cast of three veteran improvisors from Dad’s Garage, and a different daily guest Horizon actor to create an all-new, live, onstage holiday “movie” from scratch every night.” Tickets $30-$45. Go to horizontheatre.com for details.

Madeline’s Christmas
Madeline and her friends come down with the flu and wonder if they will be able to go home for the holidays in Madeline’s Christmas. When a stranger arrives, holiday adventure ensues. Performances through Dec. 31. Tickets to this musical $15-$45. Visit horizontheatre.com for more information.

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