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. Here’s what’s on this week.Β 

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OpeningsΒ Β 

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

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

Latitude Theatre:Β Victorian Christmas Cards – A Festival of New Short Plays @ TPS Theatre4Β  (preview 12/7, opens 12/8, closing 12/17). At the Seattle Center.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

ACT Contemporary Theatre: The Dina Martina Christmas ShowΒ  (opens 12/8, closing 12/24). In Downtown Seattle.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Kitten N’ Lou: Jingle All the Gay @ Oddfellows Hall Β (opens 12/8, closing 12/24). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Olympic Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker @ Edmonds Performing Arts CenterΒ  (opens 12/8, closing 12/20). In Edmonds.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

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

Port Angeles Community Players:Β Christmas at Pemberley – Georgiana and KittyΒ  (opens 12/8, closing 12/23). In Port Angeles.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

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

Tacoma Little Theatre:Β Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerΒ  (opens 12/8, closing 12/31). In Tacoma.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

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

Tacoma City Ballet:Β The Nutcracker @ Pantages TheaterΒ  (opens 12/9, closing 12/23). In Tacoma.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Stage West Community Theatre:Β One Christmas Eve at Evergreen MallΒ  (closing 12/10). In Ocean Shores.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Intiman Theatre: Black NativityΒ (co-production with the Hansberry Project)Β  (previews 12/12-13, opens 12/14, closing 12/30). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„



Short Runs & EventsΒ  Β 

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

Bremerton Community Theatre:Β A Christmas Carol (BCT Jr.)Β  (12/8-10). In Bremerton.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

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

El SueΓ±o: Mestizo @ Mini Mart City ParkΒ  (12/8-9). In Seattle (Georgetown).

Seattle Opera: Holiday Concert @ The Opera CenterΒ  (12/8-10)Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

The 14/48 Projects:Β Theater Anonymous – It’s a Wonderful Life @ Cornish PlayhouseΒ  (12/9). At the Seattle Center.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

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

Dance Fremont: The Steadfast Tin Soldier, A Story Ballet @ Shorecrest Performing Arts CenterΒ  (12/9-10). In Shoreline.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

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

Strawberry Theatre Workshop: Jose Gonzales Trio Performs A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Cornish PlayhouseΒ  (12/10). At the Seattle Center.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

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

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


Closing SoonΒ 

Bellingham Theatre Guild:Β The Game’s AfootΒ  (closing 12/10). In Bellingham.

Stage West Community Theatre:Β One Christmas Eve at Evergreen MallΒ  (closing 12/10). In Ocean Shores.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„



Continuing RunsΒ 

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

Burien Actors Theatre:Β The Twelve Dates of ChristmasΒ  (closing 12/17). In Burien.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Centerstage Theatre:Β Sleeping Beauty – A Holiday PantoΒ  (closing 12/17). In Federal Way.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Edmonds Driftwood Players:Β Willy WonkaΒ  (closing 12/17). In Edmonds.

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

ManeStage Theatre:Β A Christmas Story The MusicalΒ  (closing 12/17). In Puyallup.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

O Christmas Tea – A British Comedy (touring)Β  (performs locally through 12/17). At various locations.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Olympia Little Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio PlayΒ  (closing 12/17). In Olympia.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

The Phoenix Theatre:Β A Nice Family ChristmasΒ  (closing 12/17). In Edmonds.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Port Gamble Theater: A Charlie Brown ChristmasΒ  (closing 12/17). In Port Gamble.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts: A MidWinter Night’s DreamΒ  (closing 12/17). In Marysville.

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

Tacoma Musical Playhouse:Β CatsΒ  (closing 12/17). In Tacoma.

Valley Center Stage: It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio PlayΒ  (closing 12/17). In North Bend.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Off Road Shakespeare Company: A Christmas CarolΒ  (touring locally)Β  (closing 12/21). At various locations (including Yonder Cider on 12/13).Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Valley Center Stage: A Christmas Carol (staged reading)Β  (closing 12/22). In North Bend.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

ArtsWest: Snowed InΒ  (closing 12/23). In West Seattle.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Key City Public Theatre: What the Dickens?Β  (closing 12/23). In Port Townsend.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

SecondStory Repertory Theatre:Β Miss Bennet – Christmas at PemberleyΒ  (closing 12/23). In Redmond.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Shoes and Pants Productions: Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas @ Theatre Off JacksonΒ  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (International District).Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Strawberry Theatre Workshop: Fellow PassengersΒ  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Taproot Theatre: A Charlie Brown ChristmasΒ  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Greenwood).Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Unexpected Productions: An Improvised Christmas CarolΒ  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Unexpected Productions: Fa la la la la, ha ha ha ha: A Holiday Musical ExtravaganzaΒ  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

ACT Contemporary Theatre: A Christmas CarolΒ  (closing 12/24). In Downtown Seattle.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Harlequin Productions:Β A Christmas CarolΒ  (closing 12/24). In Olympia.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

The 5th Avenue Theatre: White ChristmasΒ  (closing 12/27). In Downtown Seattle. Β πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Pacific Northwest Ballet: The NutcrackerΒ  (closing 12/27). At the Seattle Center.Β Β πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Seattle Public Theater: A Very Die Hard Christmas Β (closing 12/28). In Seattle (Green Lake).Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Triple Door: Land of the Sweets – The Nutcracker BurlesqueΒ  (closing 12/28). In Downtown Seattle.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Taproot Theatre:Β Georgiana & Kitty – Christmas at PemberleyΒ  (closing 12/30). In Seattle (Greenwood).Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

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

Seattle Children’s Theatre: A Very Electric ChristmasΒ  (closing 12/31). At the Seattle Center.Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: WonderlandΒ  (closing 1/7/2024). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).Β  πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Teatro ZinZanni:Β Residency @ Lotte HotelΒ  (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 isΒ Editor & Producer of NWTheatre.org.