Welcome back, theatre lover! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We’ve gotten into the cinematic heavyweight season now, with all the studios releasing their highly anticipated pieces, hoping to garner little golden statues. But remember, there are also pieces of theatre in the area just as highly anticipated and every bit as delightful!
Closing This Weekend!
The Schuster Center
The Skinny: Irving Berlin’s classic Christmas tale comes to the Schuster Center stage in all it’s glory!
Dates: Only a few performances left, closing on Sunday, 12/2!
Tickets: All ticketing information is available online, here
A Tuna Christmas
The Dayton Theatre Guild
The Skinny: It’s Christmas time and local radio personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie tell us all about the annual Christmas lawn display contest that Viola Carp keeps winning (14 times), the troubled local production of A Christmas Carol and along the way introduce us to a host of colorful characters, each one funnier than the last, in this little mythical Texas town. Two actors portray more than twenty roles in this hilarious production.
Dates: A Tuna Christmas runs 2 more weekends, closing Sunday the 9th. The Saturday performances for this weekend and next are at 5 pm.
Tickets: Ticketing information is available via the DTG website, here.
Opening This Weekend!
The Human Race Theatre Company
The Skinny: Christmas Eve in London, 1838. A small group of working-class, wayward souls gather in a tavern to celebrate when a small, unexpected guest prompts a spontaneous telling of the popular Oliver Twist. With traditional music-hall flair, they delve into Charles Dickens’ haunting moral tale as the lines between story and reality blur. Sized perfectly for The Loft Theatre, this reimagining of the classic Tony Award®-winning musical will touch your heart and challenge your spirit. It’s Oliver with a twist, indeed!
Dates: With a run extended past it’s original dates, Oliver! now opens Friday, 11/30 and runs through 12/22, making it a perfect Christmastime date.
Tickets: Tickets are available online at the Human Race Theatre Company website, here.
The Dayton Playhouse
The Skinny: Adapted from the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” this musical closely follows the classic story with the miserly Ebenezer undergoing a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the Spirits of Christmas past, present and future.
Dates: Opening on 11/30 and running three weekends to close 12/16.
Tickets: Tickets are available online at the Dayton Playhouse website, here.
A Christmas Carol
Zoot Theatre Company
The Skinny: Dayton’s puppet theatre company takes on Dickens seasonal classic, retelling a familiar story in the way only Zoot can.
Dates: Opening 11/30 and running 3 weekends, closing December 15th.
Tickets: Tickets are available for purchase online at the Dayton Art Institute website, here.
Troy Civic Theatre
The Skinny: The famous musical version of Lil’ Orphan Annieis,indeed, a Christmas-set offering. This show is a heart-warming favorite, sure to please families with kids, or without.
Dates: Opening 11/30 and running 3 weekends, to close on 12/15.
Tickets: Tickets are available for reservation by calling 937-339-7700. Pricing information can be found at the Troy Civic Theatre website, here.
One Night Only!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Tipp City Players
The Skinny: Another Christmas-themed offering; Tipp City is bring a readers-theatre rendition of the Dr. Seuss morality play of a green man whose heart “grew three sizes that day.”
Tickets: Admission is free, but donations are warmly appreciated. Information is available on the Tipp City Players website, here.