Comedy, concerts, dance and theater on the Playhouse ledger this holiday season
Published 3:11 pm, Thursday, November 18, 2010
In celebration of the holiday season, Westport Country Playhouse announces six special events, including comedy, concerts, dance and theater, beginning Dec. 4 and continuing on selected days through Dec. 19. Tickets are on currently sale.
"This December, we're delighted to offer a wide variety of entertainment for our community presented by an incredible array of talent," said Michael Ross, Playhouse managing director.
Ballet Etudes Company`s full-length holiday production of The Nutcracker returns to Westport Country Playhouse on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, at 1 and 5 p.m., featuring Michelle Wiles, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, and Arch Higgins, New York City Ballet soloist.
In this family-friendly classic set to the music of Tchaikovsky, Clara's dream world is brought to life--from the party with Drosselmeyer and the dancing dolls to the battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker Prince. Clara takes a magical journey to the Land of Snow and is entertained by Mother Ginger, Goldilocks, Chinese Dragons and more. This seasonal ballet tradition captures the classical beauty of the Snow Queen, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, and the Waltz of the Flowers. Tickets are $35 adults, $18 children.
Seasons with Tracie Thoms will be presented on Friday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. Thoms graces the playhouse stage for one night only, a follow up to her smash hit debut at New York's Feinstein's. Tickets are $40, $30
The Clowns and Mr. Beckett -- An Evening with Bill Irwin and Doug Skinner will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 11, 8 p.m. Join the unparalleled Bill Irwin and Doug Skinner for an enchanting evening of exploration in the art of clowning, the works of Samuel Beckett, and their shared passion for classic vaudeville and silent film comedians. Madcap routines, schtick and novelty songs abound in this exuberant entertainment for the young and the young at heart. Tickets are $40, $30.
The Playhouse's Family Festivities series will present Season's Greetings, with magic, music, audience participation and special effects celebrating the world's seasonal holidays on Sunday, Dec. 12, 1 and 4 p.m. Produced by TheatreWorks USA, the show will feature a magic elf, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, toy soldiers and magically appearing white doves--all set in a winter wonderland. Tickets are $15.
The Greatest Gift, a special family holiday Script in Hand play reading with music, will be presented on Monday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. With book and lyrics by David Wiltse and music by Denis King, this new play tells the story of the Smith-Baron family who celebrate the holiday season in their own way. When 8-year-old Emma bumps her head in a fall, sending her into a fantastical dream world, she and her parents discover that what really matters has nothing to do with gifts and ritual and all to do with who you love. Tickets are $15.
The Broadway Boys, a collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage, will offer a concert of Broadway and holiday favorites on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. Through their dynamic vocal prowess and redefining arrangements, the Broadway Boys add elements of pop, funk, gospel, jazz and folk to show tunes and classic pop songs. Tickets are $40, $30.