This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (12/7)

Whether you’re looking to entertain friends and family or warm up your own spirits, there’s plenty out there for you (Christmas-y or otherwise). Here’s what’s on this week

Find previews of most Christmas shows in NWT’s Essential Christmas Guide, here.


Ticketing links for most shows can be found on the Performance Calendar page.

Looking for all of the Christmas shows? (There are a ton of them!) Click here.  🎅🏽🎄

Looking for all of the Not-Christmas shows? (There are a lot still!) Click here.

Prefer to filter by location or show type? You can do that! Use filters on the Calendar page here.



Openings & Short Runs 


Verlaine & McCann: Land of the Sweets – The Burlesque Nutcracker @ The Triple Door  (opens tonight, closing 12/30). In Downtown Seattle.

Seattle Theatre Group: Kiki & Herb – Do You Hear What We Hear? (touring) @ The Moore Theatre  (12/8 only). In Downtown Seattle.

Velocity Dance Center: Next Fest NW – Revolve/Revolution @ 12th Avenue Arts  (opens 12/8, closing 12/17). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Spectrum Dance Theater: The Harlem Nutcracker (Teaser) @ On the Boards  (opens 12/8, closing 12/18). In Seattle (Lower Queen Anne).

Valley Center Stage: A Christmas Carol  (opens 12/8, closing 12/18). In North Bend.

ACT Theatre: The Dina Martina Christmas Show  (opens 12/8, closing 12/24). In Downtown Seattle.

Seattle Theatre Group: Jonathan Van Ness – Imaginary Living Room Olympian (touring) @ The Paramount Theatre  (12/9 only). In Downtown Seattle.

Cornish College of the Arts: Senior Cabaret  (performs 12/9-10 only). In Seattle (Denny).

Bremerton Community Theatre: BCTjr – The Nutcracker Prince  (performs 12/9-11 only). In Bremerton.

ARC Dance: Nutcracker Sweets  (performs 12/9-11 in Seattle, followed by 12/17 in Shoreline). In Seattle (Ballard).

Evergreen City Ballet: The Nutcracker  (performs 12/9-11 in Auburn, followed by 12/16-18 in Renton). In Southeast King County.

Lakewood Playhouse: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol  (opens 12/9, closing 12/18). In Lakewood.

Seattle Opera: A Very Drunken Christmas Carol  (opens 12/9, closing 12/18). At the Seattle Center (Mercer side).

Twelfth Night Productions: Miracle on 34th Street – A Live Radio Play @ Kenyon Hall  (opens 12/9, closing 12/18). In West Seattle.

Olympic Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker  (performs 12/9-11 in Everett, followed by 12/15-20 in Edmonds). In Snohomish County.

International Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker @ Meydenbauer Center Theatre  (opens 12/9, closing 12/23). In Bellevue.

Olympia Family Theater with String & Shadow Puppet Theater: Nyx and the Long Night  (opens 12/9, closing 12/24). In Olympia.

The 14/48 Projects: Theater Anonymous – It’s a Wonderful Life @ Cornish Playhouse  (performs 12/10 only). At the Seattle Center (Mercer side).

Cornish College of the Arts: New Moves @ NOD Theater  (performs 12/10 only). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Tacoma City Ballet: The Nutcracker @ Pantages Theater  (opens 12/10, closing 12/18). In Tacoma.

Kirkland Performance Center: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater  (performs 12/11 only). In Kirkland.

Strawberry Theatre Workshop: Juicy Gonzales Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Cornish Playhouse  (performs 12/11 only). At the Seattle Center (Mercer side).

Valley Center Stage: Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge (staged reading)  (performs 12/11 only). In North Bend.

Broadway at The Paramount – Seattle Theatre Group: Moulin Rouge! (touring) @ The Paramount Theatre  (opens 12/14, closing 1/1/2023). In Downtown Seattle.



Closing Soon 


Emerald Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker @ Northshore Performing Arts Foundation  (closing 12/11). In Bothell.

Shoreline Community College Theater: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  (closing 12/11). In Shoreline.



Continuing Runs 


Renton Civic Theatre: Humbug  (closing 12/17). In Renton.

Unexpected Productions: Fa la la la la, ha ha ha ha: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza  (closing 12/17). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).

Book-It Repertory Theatre: Austen Unbound: An Improvised Play  (closing 12/18). At the Seattle Center.

Centerstage Theatre: Cinderella – Holiday Panto  (closing 12/18). In Federal Way (Dash Point).

Edmonds Driftwood Players: Elf – The Musical  (closing 12/18). In Edmonds.

Kitten N’ Lou: Jingle All the Gay @ Oddfellows Hall  (closing 12/18). In Seattle (Capitol Hill). Final year! (of this version)

MainStage Theatre: Elf – The Musical  (closing 12/18). In Puyallup.

Olympia Little Theatre: One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall  (closing 12/18). In Olympia.

The Phoenix Theatre: Dashing Through the Snow  (closing 12/18). In Edmonds.

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts: Miracle on 34th Street  (closing 12/18). In Marysville.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  (closing 12/18). In Tacoma.

Western Washington Center for the Arts: Holiday Special  (closing 12/18). In Port Orchard.

The Habit: A Very Die Hard Christmas @ Seattle Public Theater  (closing 12/20). In Seattle (Green Lake).

The 5th Avenue Theatre: The Wiz  (closing 12/23). In Downtown Seattle.

ArtsWest: Q Brothers Christmas Carol  (closing 12/23). In West Seattle.

Macha Theatre Works: The Flight Before Xmas  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Fremont).

Seattle Rep: Mr. Dickens and His Carol  (closing 12/23). At the Seattle Center (Mercer side).

SecondStory Repertory: A Christmas Carol  (closing 12/23). In Redmond. Longtime Scrooge’s final year!

Unexpected Productions: A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).

ACT Theatre: A Christmas Carol  (closing 12/24). In Downtown Seattle. Seattle’s annual tradition!

Cafe Nordo: Homicide for the Holidays  (closing 12/24). In Seattle (International District). Final show in Nordo’s Culinarium!

Harlequin Productions: A Christmas Carol  (closing 12/24). In Olympia. Olympia’s new tradition!

Seattle Public Theater: Christmastown  (closing 12/24). In Seattle (Green Lake). Final year!

Shoes and Pants Productions: Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas @ Theatre Off Jackson  (closing 12/24). In Seattle (International District).

Tacoma Little Theatre: A Christmas Story  (closing 12/24). In Tacoma.

Pacific Northwest Ballet: The Nutcracker  (closing 12/27). At the Seattle Center (Mercer side). Seattle’s Christmas feast! 

Taproot Theatre: The Wickhams – Christmas at Pemberley  (closing 12/30). In Seattle (Greenwood).

Village Theatre: Cinderella (closing 12/30, followed by Everett run). In Issaquah.

Seattle Children’s Theatre: Paddington Saves Christmas  (closing 12/31). At the Seattle Center.

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Wonderland  (closing 1/8/2023). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).

Teatro ZinZanni: Coming Home @ Herban Feast (closing 2/19/2023). In Seattle (SoDo).


The Roundup is a weekly (ish) feature. For this month’s shows by day, with ticketing info and links, see the Performance Calendar.

Want to plan your show schedule further out? See NWT’s seasonal show lists — Holiday Season (November & December) and an early look at 2023 — which aim to list just about every theatre show in town.

Chase D. Anderson is Editor & Producer of NWTheatre.org.