SEASONAL SPECTACLES

by Remy Sisk


 

 

As we head into the most wonderful time of year, we also head into the most popular shows of the year. If you haven’t made any of them a tradition yet, consider making the season even more memorable by taking in one of Louisville’s most beloved productions— or by adding a newcomer to your holiday calendar. Learn a bit more about each below. And be sure to get your tickets! Holiday shows are notorious for selling out quickly.


A Christmas Carol

Presented by Actors Theatre of Louisville

November 21–December 23, 2017

The Pamela Brown Auditorium at Actors Theatre of Louisville

Tickets start at $29

actorstheatre.org

Along with the company’s annual Halloween production of “Dracula,” Actors Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” is one of the most revered annual pieces of theatre in our community. “It’s been happening at Actors Theatre in one incarnation or another for almost 30 years,” explains Drew Fracher, director of the production. “The story, although it was written almost 175 years ago, is still – sadly – topical. The lessons that Mr. Scrooge can teach us have never been more important than now.”

Although the show may be timeless, that doesn’t mean it is unchanging. This year, the production will feature new music and an assortment of new actors, including one taking the helm as Scrooge. “It’s important to me to change things up a little bit every year,” Fracher relates. “Lots of folks have seen the show numerous times over the years and I want everyone to feel like it’s a new music and assortment of new actors, including one taking the helm as Scrooge. "It's important to me to change things up a little bit ever year," Fracher relates. "Lots of folks have seen the show numerous times over the years and I want everyone to feel like it's a new experience for them."


The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

Presented by Louisville Ballet

December 9-23, 2017

Whitney Hall at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets start at $35.50

kentuckycenter.org

A local treasure for years, Louisville Ballet’s “Brown-Forman Nutcracker” is returning this December to dazzle audiences once again with live music performed by the Louisville Orchestra.

“‘The Brown-Forman Nutcracker’ is special because it incorporates Louisville and its most renowned landmarks into the ballet,” emphasizes Louisville Ballet Director of Marketing Cherie Perez. “The production includes over one hundred local children who fill some of the most important roles— from mice to toy soldiers. It also includes the St. James Fountain in the first act. And we’ve replaced the roles of Mother Ginger and her Polichinelles with Mother Derby, whose children are Kentucky Derby jockeys.”

In the audience, you’re most likely to see mothers and daughters; however, this is a show for the whole family and a wonderful entree into the world of ballet. “‘The Brown-Forman Nutcracker’ is especially perfect for those who have never been to a ballet before,” Perez says. “It introduces the world of dance in a magical way and gives the audience a complete experience of classical ballet.”


The Santaland Diaries

Presented by Actors Theatre of Louisville

December 1-23, 2017

The Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville

Tickets start at $29

actorstheatre.org

Based on David Sedaris’ 1992 essay, “The Santaland Diaries” is the hilarious chronicling of an out-of-work actor working as a Christmas elf in Macy’s Santaland. Actors’ stage version will be one of the season’s perhaps more adult offerings.

“This show is not only inherently funny, but it also offers audiences the opportunity to see a holiday show that relates a little more to the world they live in now,” describes Actors Theatre Managing Director Kevin E. Moore. “It reveals the naughty side of Christmas with sneak peaks into the world of who makes the ‘magic’ of Christmas happen. It’s irreverent, witty and the perfect experience for anyone looking for a little less ‘holiday cheer’ and a little more ‘holiday sneer.’”

The show is unequivocally for mature audiences, but for parents seeking a little respite from cookies and cocoa, “The Santaland Diaries” could be just the ticket. “It isn’t the classic warm and fuzzy tale of Christmas,” Moore maintains. “This is a look into what our real Christmas consumerism looks like today, and the hilarity that sometimes comes with it. This show is sharp and is the perfect way to get a taste of a bit of a different Christmas spirit."


Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Presented by PNC Broadway in Louisville

November 28–December 3, 2017

Whitney Hall at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets start at $33

kentuckycenter.org

The second installment in PNC Broadway in Louisville’s 2017-18 season, “The Grinch” is a show that’s not only a musical retelling of the holiday classic but also a piece of theatre sure to warm the hearts of audience members of any age.

“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a classic holiday character who has a special place in many people’s childhood memories,” affirms PNC Broadway in Louisville President Leslie Broecker. “Those kids are now grown, still sentimental about The Grinch, and they love introducing him to their own children and grandchildren.”

Though the show is part of a national tour and consequently not – yet – a Louisville tradition, Broecker looks forward to audiences embracing the meaning of The Grinch this year and taking the subtext of the musical to heart. “The message of ‘The Grinch’ will resonate,” she emphasizes. “With everything that’s going on in the world, it will be refreshing to see someone learn from those with whom he differs and to see him change for the better - to see his heart grow three sizes."


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Presented by StageOne Family Theatre

November 21 - December 17, 2017

ww(open to the public on select dates)

The Bomhard Theatre at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets start at $15

kentuckycenter.org

 

A Christmas Carol the Musical

Presented by Derby Dinner Playhouse

November 15 - December 31, 2017

Derby Dinner Playhouse

Tickets start at $39

derbydinner.com

 

A Fairy Tale Christmas

Presented by Derby Dinner Playhouse

November 18 - December 23, 2017

Derby Dinner Playhouse

Tickets start at $17

derbydinner.com

 

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Presented by TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana

December 5-10, 2017

Theatre Works of Southern Indiana

Tickets start at $13

theatreworksofsoin.com

 

St. Nickaklaus and the Haunukkah Christmas

Presented by Bunbury Theatre

December 2-18, 2017

The Henry Clay Theatre

Tickets start at $10

bunburytheatre.org



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