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Best of the Stage in November – December

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Seattle’s stages are filled with Holiday performances, Literary favorites and Hilarity between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Here are some shows we can’t wait to see!

A Year with Frog and Toad
Thursday, November 17 – Sunday, January 15, 2012
Seattle Children’s Theater
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, WA 98109
206.441.3322
http://www.sct.org

Eternally optimistic Frog and perpetually conservative Toad adventure through the seasons in this Broadway musical for all ages. The friends plant flowers, swim, enjoy Christmas Eve and simply celebrate the little things in life. Ordinary events become delightfully humorous escapades as a sled ride instills the range of emotions from trepidation to comic terror and a snail trudges through snow with the most elongated mail delivery. This friendship triumphs through challenges and sends a heart-warming holiday message to whole family.

Beasley’s Christmas Party
Friday, November 25 – Friday, December 30
204 N 85th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
206.781.9707
http://www.taproottheatre.org

Author Booth Tarkington’s holiday classic reborn! When a curious journalist moves to a small Midwestern town in 1909 he’s captivated by his unusual next door neighbor, gubernatorial candidate David Beasley. Is Beasley crazy or does he just have more imaginary friends than we can count? Full of hope and heart, this holiday tale will charm your whole family with its surprising twists.

A Christmas Carol
Friday, November 25 through Saturday, December 24
ACT Theatre
700 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.292.7676
http://www.acttheatre.org

It’s a Seattle tradition: a ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Well over a century after its writing, Dickens’ classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what’s really worth celebrating – at the holidays, or any time!

Cool Yule
Saturday, November 26 – Friday, December 23
Seattle Men’s Chorus
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.215.4800
http://www.flyinghouse.org

What would November and December be without “Seattle’s Other Holiday Tradition?” Plan now to bring your neighbors and friends to the unforgettable experience that is Seattle Men’s Chorus’ annual holiday musical extravaganza. This year a live swing band, complete with brass and saxophones, will complement a program filled with holiday favorites like: “Let It Snow,” “Walkin’ In A Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” and of course “Silent Night.”

Cinderella
Tuesday, November 29 through Saturday, December 31
5th Avenue Theatre
1308 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206.625.1900
http://www.5thAvenue.org

When the shoe fits, the unlikeliest of girls becomes a princess, and dreams really do come true. The beloved fairy tale with exquisitely romantic music receives a lavish and enchanting staging. Stories don’t get more classic than Cinderella — nearly every culture in the world has its own version. This year’s family friendly holiday musical is the version by the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein, filled with romance, magic, spectacle, and unforgettable songs: “The Prince is Giving a Ball,” “In My Own Little Corner,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and “Impossible” — to name a few.

Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant
Tuesday, November 29 – Friday, December 23
Book-It Repertory Theatre
Seattle Center House
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.216.0833
http://www.book-it.org

The tiny, take-charge Owen Meany is one of the most memorable characters in contemporary literature. His pint-size Messiah complex blossoms into an unwavering determination to play the baby Jesus in the church Christmas pageant and leads to side-splitting hilarious adventures in a Northeastern town. At 70 minutes, this is a perfect diversion from December’s holiday madness!

A Christmas Carol
Friday, December 2 – Saturday, December 24
Tacoma Little Theatre
210 North “I” Street
Tacoma, WA 98403
253.272.2281
http://www.tacomalittletheatre.com

Dickens’ beloved ghost story comes to life in a whole new way as seen through the eyes of Dickens himself. On Christmas Eve 1843, friends and family gather at his home and ask him to tell a story, but he refuses to work on Christmas Eve. If there is going to be a story told, each must take a part in its telling. Thus they are transformed into the familiar characters of the classic tale with the cast often playing over 40 parts. We are reminded once again of the true meaning of Christmas.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Saturday, December 3 – Thursday, December 22
SecondStory Repertory
16587 NE 74th Street
Redmond, WA 98052]
425.881.6777
http://www.secondstoryrep.org

SecondStory is proud to present an all-ages production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This uplifting musical for the whole family tells the Biblical story of Joseph found in the book of Genesis. With its colorful cast of characters, diverse and catchy musical score as well as its heartfelt story Joseph reminds us that “any dream will do.”

Black Nativity
Thursday, December 8 – Saturday, December 24
Moore Theatre
1932 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98107
http://www.stgpresents.org

Put a little soul into your holidays with a performance of Black Nativity, a re-telling of the Christmas story through the words of the great American poet, Langston Hughes. Traditional carols are sung gospel style by the entirely black cast, and the stage is turned into a joyous non-denominational church that unites artists and audiences of different faiths, ages, backgrounds and beliefs through the heart-stirring power of song, story and dance.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Friday, December 9 – Saturday, December 24
Seattle Public Theater
7312 West Green Lake Dr. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
206.524.1300
http://www.seattlepublictheater.org

As the infamous Herdman clan take over the church pageant, everyone’s traditional notions of Christmas are challenged. See how a story can transform us all, even when told by a misfit group of kids in bedsheets in this 10th Anniversary Seattle Public Theater production!

Rosenstock Presents: Wisemen
Tuesday, December 13 through Thursday, December 22
ACT Theatre
700 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.292.7676
http://www.acttheatre.org

Wisemen traces the story of three representatives from the Wisemen Law Firm: Goldberg, Frankenstein and Murray. Hired by a cuckolded Joseph to find and prosecute the biological father of the Baby Jesus, the three lawyers must battle an evil Santa Claus, The Pope and The Easter Bunny in their quest for the truth in this sacrilegious, original musical.

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