This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (12/6)

There’s a veritable Santa’s workshop of Christmas shows on now, from classics like The Nutcracker and variations on A Christmas Carol to brand-new works; plus plenty of other shows if the holiday ones aren’t your thing. Hereโ€™s whatโ€™s on this week.ย 

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Openingsย ย 

MJ The Musical (touring) – Broadway @ The Paramount Theatreย  (opens 12/7, closing 12/17). In Downtown Seattle.

Velocity Dance Center:ย Next Fest NWย  (opens 12/7, closing 12/16). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Latitude Theatre:ย Victorian Christmas Cards – A Festival of New Short Plays @ TPS Theatre4ย  (preview 12/7, opens 12/8, closing 12/17). At the Seattle Center.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

ACT Contemporary Theatre: The Dina Martina Christmas Showย  (opens 12/8, closing 12/24). In Downtown Seattle.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Kitten N’ Lou: Jingle All the Gay @ Oddfellows Hall ย (opens 12/8, closing 12/24). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Olympic Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker @ Edmonds Performing Arts Centerย  (opens 12/8, closing 12/20). In Edmonds.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Olympia Family Theater:ย The Velveteen Rabbitย  (opens 12/8, closing 1/7/2024). In Olympia.

Port Angeles Community Players:ย Christmas at Pemberley – Georgiana and Kittyย  (opens 12/8, closing 12/23). In Port Angeles.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Renton Civic Theatre:ย The Full Montyย  (opens 12/8, closing 12/23). In Renton.

Tacoma Little Theatre:ย Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeerย  (opens 12/8, closing 12/31). In Tacoma.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts: Falstaff in Loveย  (opens 12/8, closing 12/23). In Langley.

Tacoma City Ballet:ย The Nutcracker @ Pantages Theaterย  (opens 12/9, closing 12/23). In Tacoma.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Stage West Community Theatre:ย One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mallย  (closing 12/10). In Ocean Shores.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Intiman Theatre: Black Nativityย (co-production with the Hansberry Project)ย  (previews 12/12-13, opens 12/14, closing 12/30). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„



Short Runs & Eventsย  ย 

Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue (touring) @ The Moore Theatreย  (12/6-10). In Downtown Seattle.

Bremerton Community Theatre:ย A Christmas Carol (BCT Jr.)ย  (12/8-10). In Bremerton.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Cornish College of the Arts: Senior Cabaretย  (12/8-10). In Seattle (Denny).

El Sueรฑo: Mestizo @ Mini Mart City Parkย  (12/8-9). In Seattle (Georgetown).

Seattle Opera: Holiday Concert @ The Opera Centerย  (12/8-10)ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

The 14/48 Projects:ย Theater Anonymous – Itโ€™s a Wonderful Life @ Cornish Playhouseย  (12/9). At the Seattle Center.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Cornish College of the Arts: New Moves @ NOD Theaterย  (12/9). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Dance Fremont: The Steadfast Tin Soldier, A Story Ballet @ Shorecrest Performing Arts Centerย  (12/9-10). In Shoreline.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Jet City Improv & Pork Filled Productions:ย Junction Comedy Show – A Night at Joy Market @ ArtsWestย  (12/10). In West Seattle.

Strawberry Theatre Workshop: Jose Gonzales Trio Performs A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Cornish Playhouseย  (12/10). At the Seattle Center.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

The Shattered Glass Project: Plays In Progress (staged readings) @ Seattle Public Theaterย  (12/11). In Seattle (Green Lake).

Town Hall Seattle: Seattle Theatre Lives! (moderated by Misha Berson; co-presented by Northwest Center for Creative Aging)ย  (12/12). In Seattle (First Hill).


Closing Soonย 

Bellingham Theatre Guild:ย The Gameโ€™s Afootย  (closing 12/10). In Bellingham.

Stage West Community Theatre:ย One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mallย  (closing 12/10). In Ocean Shores.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„



Continuing Runsย 

Bainbridge Performing Arts: Beauty and the Beastย  (closing 12/17). On Bainbridge Island.

Burien Actors Theatre:ย The Twelve Dates of Christmasย  (closing 12/17). In Burien.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Centerstage Theatre:ย Sleeping Beauty – A Holiday Pantoย  (closing 12/17). In Federal Way.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Edmonds Driftwood Players:ย Willy Wonkaย  (closing 12/17). In Edmonds.

Lakewood Playhouse: The Seafarerย  (closing 12/17). In Lakewood.

ManeStage Theatre:ย A Christmas Story The Musicalย  (closing 12/17). In Puyallup.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

O Christmas Tea โ€“ A British Comedy (touring)ย  (performs locally through 12/17). At various locations.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Olympia Little Theatre: Itโ€™s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Playย  (closing 12/17). In Olympia.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

The Phoenix Theatre:ย A Nice Family Christmasย  (closing 12/17). In Edmonds.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Port Gamble Theater: A Charlie Brown Christmasย  (closing 12/17). In Port Gamble.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts: A MidWinter Nightโ€™s Dreamย  (closing 12/17). In Marysville.

Seattle Rep: Little Womenย  (closing 12/17). At the Seattle Center.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse:ย Catsย  (closing 12/17). In Tacoma.

Valley Center Stage: Itโ€™s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Playย  (closing 12/17). In North Bend.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Off Road Shakespeare Company: A Christmas Carolย  (touring locally)ย  (closing 12/21). At various locations (including Yonder Cider on 12/13).ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Valley Center Stage: A Christmas Carol (staged reading)ย  (closing 12/22). In North Bend.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

ArtsWest: Snowed Inย  (closing 12/23). In West Seattle.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Key City Public Theatre: What the Dickens?ย  (closing 12/23). In Port Townsend.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

SecondStory Repertory Theatre:ย Miss Bennet – Christmas at Pemberleyย  (closing 12/23). In Redmond.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Shoes and Pants Productions: Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas @ Theatre Off Jacksonย  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (International District).ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Strawberry Theatre Workshop: Fellow Passengersย  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Taproot Theatre: A Charlie Brown Christmasย  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Greenwood).ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Unexpected Productions: An Improvised Christmas Carolย  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Unexpected Productions: Fa la la la la, ha ha ha ha: A Holiday Musical Extravaganzaย  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

ACT Contemporary Theatre: A Christmas Carolย  (closing 12/24). In Downtown Seattle.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Harlequin Productions:ย A Christmas Carolย  (closing 12/24). In Olympia.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

The 5th Avenue Theatre: White Christmasย  (closing 12/27). In Downtown Seattle. ย ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Pacific Northwest Ballet: The Nutcrackerย  (closing 12/27). At the Seattle Center.ย ย ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Seattle Public Theater: A Very Die Hard Christmas ย (closing 12/28). In Seattle (Green Lake).ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Triple Door: Land of the Sweets – The Nutcracker Burlesqueย  (closing 12/28). In Downtown Seattle.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Taproot Theatre:ย Georgiana & Kitty – Christmas at Pemberleyย  (closing 12/30). In Seattle (Greenwood).ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Village Theatre: Beautiful – The Carole King Musicalย  (extended –ย now closing 12/30, followed by Everett run). In Issaquah.

Seattle Childrenโ€™s Theatre: A Very Electric Christmasย  (closing 12/31). At the Seattle Center.ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Wonderlandย  (closing 1/7/2024). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).ย  ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„

Teatro ZinZanni:ย Residency @ Lotte Hotelย  (closing 3/31/2024). In Downtown Seattle.


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 list of 2023 shows (plus 2024 ones announced so far), which will be updated frequently as season lineups unfold.

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