Holiday season's roster of song, dance and theater

`Nutcracker,' `Scrooge,' `Messiah' and beyond

Stage: theater, music, dance

December 09, 2004|By SUN STAFF

Whether it's The Nutcracker productions, performances of Handel's Messiah or classic tales recast in Baltimore that you are craving, this holiday season has a production for you. Check out our roundup of some of the many theater, music and dance events taking place in the next few weeks.


Bottom Dollar: It's Christmastime, and Jason, the manager of a department store, has a plan to save the corporation he reveres while helping the town he loves. Presented by the Mobtown Players through Dec. 19 at the Mobtown Theater at Meadow Mill, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $10-$15. 410-467-3057, ext. 1.

A Christmas Carol: Howard Community College's Student-Alumni Arts production of Doris Baizley's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale. Through Dec. 18 at the Theatre Outback at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. $8-$12. 410-772-4900, ext. 0.

A Christmas Carol: Hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Through Dec. 18. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $10-$12.50. 301-617-9906.

A Christmas Carol and Yuletide Cheers: These two holiday productions run through Dec. 23 at Chesapeake Music Hall, 339 Busch's Frontage Road, Annapolis. Showtimes vary. $25-$35. 800-406-0306.

A Dickens of a Carol: Local playwright Kimberley Lynne's version of Dickens' classic is presented by the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. Through Dec. 19 at St. Mary's Outreach Center, 3900 Roland Ave. Showtimes vary. $15-$20. 410-366-8596.

Home for the Holidays: This family holiday production runs through Dec. 26 at Lorenzo's Timonium Dinner Theatre, 9603 Deereco Road. Times and ticket prices vary. 410-560-1113.

Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer: Adults-only musical about a cross-dressing Rudolph. Through Dec. 18 at Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $12-$15. 410-752-1225.

Seussical the Musical: The first local production of Dr. Seuss' musical, presented by Pumpkin Theatre. Through Dec. 19. Hannah More Arts Center at St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. Times vary. $10. 410-828-1814.

A Baltimore Christmas Carol: The classic tale reworked and set in 1970s Bawlmer. Today through Dec. 19. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9 p.m. Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Prices vary. 410-276-1651.

A Christmas Carol: A new adaptation, featuring an introduction from Dickens and new costumes. Today through Jan. 2. Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. N.W., Washington. Times vary. $16-$42. 202-347-4833,

Scrooge! The Musical: This full-length musical play, adapted from A Christmas Carol, opens today and runs through Dec. 19 at Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $12-$15. 410-752-1225.

The Eight: The Reindeer Monologues: Each of the reindeers gives its side of the story after Vixen brings criminal charges against Santa Claus. Tomorrow through Jan. 1. Top Floor, 5440 Harford Road. Times vary. $8, with discounts for students and seniors. 443-691-7040,

Mary's Pregnant, But Joseph's Not the Father!!!: A comedy/musical with a modern twist. Tomorrow, Dec. 17 and Dec. 19. Showtime Theatre, 9 W. 25th St. Times vary. $25, $20 in advance. 410-235-0100.

Scrooge. A musical version of A Christmas Carol for all ages, starring Richard Chamberlain, plays Tuesday through Dec. 19. Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. Showtimes vary. $25-$67.50. 410-547-SEAT,

Hallelujah, Baby!: The story of a young maid named Georgina who dreams of becoming famous on the stage. Dec. 16-Feb. 13. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. S.W., Washington. Times vary. $47-$66. Call 202-488-3300 or visit www.

Jesus Christ Superstar: A rock opera about Jesus' final days, including his entrance into Jerusalem, betrayal and crucifixion. Dec. 29 through Jan. 2. Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. Times vary. $17-$62. 410-547-SEAT, www.ticketmas


The Chanukah Story: The Western Wind presents a celebration of Hanukkah. Jessica Hecht narrates. 7:30 p.m. today at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $22-$44. 410-783-8000.

A Smooth Jazz Christmas With Vanessa Williams: Grammy Award-winning artist performs 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. $45-$75. 410-547-SEAT, www.ticketmas

Michael W. Smith Christmastime Tour: The Christian singer performs with guests Point of Grace and the Katinas. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $28-$45. 410-547-SEAT,

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