Seasonal sampler: A sackful of twists on holiday themes

How about Rudolph in a pair of red hose?

Stage

December 04, 2003|By Aron Davidowitz | Aron Davidowitz,SUN STAFF

Come holiday time, a few familiar titles pop up again and again. A Christmas Carol. The Gift of the Magi. Anything involving the names Santa Claus or Rudolph.

This year, though, local theaters are presenting a few unconventional twists on the usual seasonal themes, from a transvestite reindeer to a Carol about the writer instead of his famous characters.

A Dickens of a Carol by Kimberley Lynne is a family-oriented play highlighting Charles Dickens' experience composing his famous work A Christmas Carol.

The show runs Dec. 11-28; performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays. The production is part of the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival 2003 season. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and $12 for students.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call New Era Tickets at 877-639-3728 or visit www.baltimoreshakespeare.org. Productions will take place at 3900 Roland Ave. To contact the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival directly, call 410-837-4143.

Fell's Point Corner Theatre presents a show inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. My Uncle Scrooge, scripted by Deborah Newman, will run weekends Dec. 12-21. The cast includes community actors, FPCT students and members of the Challenged Ensemble.

Performance times are 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for students and seniors, and $6 for children under 12. Group rates are available.

As part of this event, the theater will hold a fund-raiser benefiting its youth programming and participants in the Challenged Ensemble.

Fell's Point Corner Theatre is at 251 S. Ann St. For additional information, or to reserve tickets, call 410-276-7837 or visit www.fpct.org.

One show that would certainly not be classified as family-oriented is the Spotlighters' Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer by David Cerda. This "adult musical" (described as such by the theater) is about the adventures of a transvestite reindeer commonly seen wearing red hose and a fascist Santa Claus.

Tickets are $15 adults, discount for students and seniors. Performances are 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 20 at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St.

Contact the Spotlighters at 410-752-1225 or online at www.spotlighters.org.

Towson University's MFA Theatre Program, in conjunction with Baltimore Theatre Project, presents Pferdzwackur's Vampire Nutcracker. When his sister Lucinda is "vampire victimized," the main character, Clod, attempts to heal her through any means possible, including consultations with a Voodoo Witch Doctor. His quest can be observed Dec. 11-21, at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $16; $11 for students and seniors.

The performances will take place at 45 W. Preston St. For tickets and further information, call 410-752-8558 or log on to www.theatreproject.org or www.pferdzwackur.com.

For more theater, classical music and dance events, see Page 46.

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