Westport Country Playhouse is having a writing challenge for area students, grades K-8, in conjunction with its Family Festivities presentation of "A Season of Miracles" in December, part of the Winter at the Playhouse events. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Dec. 2.

After interviewing a family member on a favorite holiday memory or a treasured holiday tradition, students are invited to compose a short story, theatrical scene or poem depicting their family story in 200 words or less.

Submissions will be read by a playhouse panel and a selection of entries will be posted in the playhouse lobby during two presentations of "A Season of Miracles" on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Each entry must include name, parent/guardian's name, age, grade, school, telephone number, parent/guardian's email address, and entrant's photo. Every entrant will receive a prize voucher for a complimentary frozen yogurt from Pinkberry in Fairfield.

Entries may be emailed to contests@westportplayhouse.org, mailed to Westport Country Playhouse Writing Challenge, 25 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880, or dropped off at the playhouse box office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

A Season of Miracles," a Pushcart Players production to be presented Dec. 11 at 1 and 4 p.m., is a collection of holiday tales set to music from different cultures including Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. Tickets are $15.

Other Winter at the Playhouse events include "The Nutcracker," a holiday ballet presented by Ballet Etudes, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4; GrooveLily in "Striking 12," a concert-musical based on Hans Christian Andersen's story of "The Little Match Girl," 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; "Holiday," by Philip Barry, a script-in-hand reading of the romantic comedy based on the film starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12; and The Broadway Boys, a Broadway-style holiday concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.

During the Winter at the Playhouse holiday events, the playhouse will collect gently-used coats and jackets to benefit the Community Closet of Bridgeport. Collection boxes will be in the playhouse lobby through Dec. 18.

For information, tickets or holiday gift certificates, call the box office at 203-227-4177, stop by the playhouse, or visit www.westportplayhouse.org.