Fruitcakes, Elves, Ghosts,and a Dysfunctional Holiday Revue

It’s no surprise that holiday themed plays can be found nearly everywhere this December. Here are a few with a bit of a twist.

Fruitcakes at Pennsylvania Playhouse

Mix together a batch of special fruitcakes, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an angel on roller skates, an estranged old man, a lost cat named “Tutti-Frutti’ and a Christmas hog named “Buster,” and you’ve got a recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening filled with holiday cheer. Into this world comes a kid who has run away from home and come as far as his money will take him. At first he thinks this town’s inhabitants are “nuttier than fruitcakes”, but soon comes to admire, appreciate and adore this nutty little town. FRUITCAKES is a moving story of alienation, understanding and reconciliation.

November 30 – December 16, 2012; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. PA Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road in Bethlehem. Tickets are $22.To purchase tickets go online, or call 610-865-6665.

The Happy Elf will be performed by the Pennsylvania Youth Theater at the Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River Street, Sand Island, Bethlehem.

Eubie in the happiest elf at the North Pole. More than anything else, he longs to be a part of Santa’s sleigh team. Instead, he’s stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. But this Christmas Eve, he notices something strange: in the entire town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice. So with a pinch of elfish magic, help from his friends, and his unending holiday spirit, Eubie sets off to turn all of those children from naughty to nice in just one day! Based on the beloved holiday song, “The Happy Elf” by Grammy Award winner Harry Connick, Jr. The Happy Elf is a new holiday classic for the entire family.

Music and Lyrics by Harry Connick, Jr., Book by Lauren Gunderson and Andrew Fishman

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays,  December 1 – 16, 2012. Times and dates listed here (where tickets may also be purchased, $22 and $19)

Harry Connick, Jr will be signing copies of the book and DVD The Happy Elf on Friday, November 30 at Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main Street, Bethlehem, from 2 – 4 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for PYT, and books and DVDs must be purchased that day from the book shop in order to be eligible.

Nut/Cracked, December 7, 2012, 8 p.m. ArtsQuest, SteelStacks, Bethlehem

It’s The Nutcracker, but definitely not as we know it. The Bang Group has taken every little girl’s favorite Christmas show and torn it limb from limb. Mixing Tchaikovsky’s original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and others, the company turns the sugar coated ballet into a percussive piece of dance theatre. Expect tap dancing, singing and some unusual pointe shoe activity. Nothing is sacred as Nutcracked twists and melds various dance traditions into an ode to American eclecticism which honors the power of the human urge to dance while riding Tchaikovsky’s voluptuous waves of rhythm.

Tickets are $20 and $25. ArtsQuest, 25 W. Third Street, Bethlehem, PA 610-332-3378.

One night only, Sunday, December 9, 2012,  The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue showcases their sketch and improv comedy at the Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. 8 p.m. show $32 in advance, $35 at door.

Gerald Charles Dickens Performs A Christmas Carol

Gerald Charles Dickens performs A Christmas Carol on Sunday, December 16, 7 p.m. at Moravian College, Foy Hall, Main and
Church Streets, Bethlehem.
Gerald Charles Dickens is a great great grandson of the author Charles Dickens. His performance of A Christmas Carol has received standing ovations all over the world. Using his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Gerald plays more than 30 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.
Dickens’ Bethlehem, PA, engagement is sponsored by the Moravian Book Shop, which is where you can purchase tickets in person or by calling 610-866-5481.
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