Performance Calendar

Looking for what’s happening around town? We’ve got you covered — with theatre, dance, and more.

We try hard to provide updated information, but these showtimes are not official. Please confirm dates/times with the individual theatres via their ticketing pages.


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Dec
5
Mon
Director’s Lab @ University of Puget Sound (Tacoma)
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm

A festival of scenes selected from full-length plays and directed by students of Theatre 313: Directing Class.

Free admission; info here.

Location: UPS campus, Norton Clapp Theatre

 

Dec
6
Tue
Director’s Lab @ University of Puget Sound (Tacoma)
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm

A festival of scenes selected from full-length plays and directed by students of Theatre 313: Directing Class.

Free admission; info here.

Location: UPS campus, Norton Clapp Theatre

 

The Comedy Nest @ The Rendezvous (Seattle – Belltown)
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm

The Comedy Nest is a womxn-focused comedy show and open mic, with half of open mic spots reserved for womxn. The Comedy Nest is a supportive, heckle-free environment to try out new material. All comedians, new or seasoned, agree to abide by a hate-free policy.

A featured comic, usually a great out-of-towner or a local favorite, closes out the show with a longer set. Come out, laugh, and support the Seattle stand-up scene.

Every Tuesday night at 8ish // doors at 7:30. Pay what you choose, with a suggested donation of $10. 21+.

Show info here.

Dec
7
Wed
Director’s Lab @ University of Puget Sound (Tacoma)
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm

A festival of scenes selected from full-length plays and directed by students of Theatre 313: Directing Class.

Free admission; info here.

Location: UPS campus, Norton Clapp Theatre

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Duo Comedy Showcase @ Unexpected Productions (Seattle – Pike Place)
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Duo Comedy Showcase is Seattle’s only public open-mic for improv, where two-person teams create spontaneous scenes on the fly. At Duos, newer improvisers have an opportunity to improve while professional improvisers practice and try new things. All experience levels welcome.

Location: downstairs at Pike Place Market, next to the gum wall

Tickets ($11) here.

 

Dec
8
Thu
Christmastown: A Holiday Noir @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

By Wayne Rawley
Directed by Rachel Delmar

For the final time, SPT is bringing back the holiday favorite and now Seattle tradition of Christmastown. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red, with a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver.

Tickets $5-$50 (sliding scale available to all) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ Harlequin Productions (Olympia) (PWYC)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Hailed as the greatest ghost story ever told, we restage Artistic Director Aaron Lamb’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s timeless story of transformation, absolution, and grace, updated with new chills and thrills for 2022. Join us for a Holiday classic that’s sure to please, with a healthy dose of cheer and the kind of ghostly special effects that only Harlequin can deliver. Grab the family and start your Holiday season with some theatre magic!

(Preview 11/23, opens 11/25)

Tickets ($53) here.

PWYC rush tickets available for this performances; see info here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ Valley Center Stage (North Bend) (PWYC)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Adapted and directed by Dustin Trabert

Valley Center Stage’s beloved annual tradition returns with a new production of A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge is a businessman whose lonely Christmas is invaded by a series of encounters that force him to examine his life. Join us for our celebration of Dickens’ timely and timeless tale about choices and connections, character and community, and ghosts.

Location: Salal Grange (1060 Stilson Ave., North Bend)

Pay-what-you-choose tickets at this performance (Thursday nights); tickets and info here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.) (open captioned)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

This performance is listed as a captioned performance (not ASL interpreted). ASL interpreted show scheduled for 12/17 matinee. See accessibility info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Q Brothers Christmas Carol @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

By Q Brothers Collective

In this hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future … and a Jamaican Jacob Marley. As Scrooge is shown the path of rhythm and redemption, will he throw off his selfish chains and join the beat?

Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes everything from reggae to rock, updating and funkifying this beloved tale of love, forgiveness, and Christmas spirit – and transforming it into something altogether new.

(Preview 11/23, opening 11/25)

Tickets $18.50-$123.50 (sliding scale available for all) here.

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

Dec
9
Fri
Christmastown: A Holiday Noir @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

By Wayne Rawley
Directed by Rachel Delmar

For the final time, SPT is bringing back the holiday favorite and now Seattle tradition of Christmastown. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red, with a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver.

Tickets $5-$50 (sliding scale available to all) here.

 

Nyx and the Long Night @ Olympia Family Theater (Olympia)
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm

Co-created by Emily McHugh, Donald Palardy, and Lily Raabe
Directed by Luz Gaxiola

Co-production with String & Shadow Puppet Theater

An original winter folk myth

Once upon a time there were two sisters: Sol, a child of Day, and Luna, a child of Night. Every day they played a game of catch in the sky, tossing the sun and the moon between them. Everything changed the day they dropped the sun. Now, the world has been dark for a very long time – an endless winter solstice. Perhaps a young woman named Nyx will be the answer. Part girl, part tree, and raised under the light of the stars, her magic and courage might just save the world.

Tickets $5-$35 (sliding scale available for all) here.

 

One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall @ Olympia Little Theatre (Olympia)
Dec 9 @ 7:25 pm

By Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton and Craig Pospisil
Directed by Scott Ellgen

It’s Christmas Eve and the Evergreen Mall is buzzing! Two teenagers snatch a baby Jesus from the mall nativity scene, a new salesperson uses a unique technique to sell fishing rods, a shoplifter meets an unusually compassionate security guard, a special snowman donut is missing from the break room, a sad elf needs a friend, two actors argue over roles in A Christmas Carol, a pair of former lovers may reconnect, or not. And just which sweater should you buy for your father’s new wife?

It all comes together in this heartwarming story at the Evergreen Mall.

Tickets ($11-$17, depending on day) here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Q Brothers Christmas Carol @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

By Q Brothers Collective

In this hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future … and a Jamaican Jacob Marley. As Scrooge is shown the path of rhythm and redemption, will he throw off his selfish chains and join the beat?

Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes everything from reggae to rock, updating and funkifying this beloved tale of love, forgiveness, and Christmas spirit – and transforming it into something altogether new.

(Preview 11/23, opening 11/25)

Tickets $18.50-$123.50 (sliding scale available for all) here.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Shoreline CC Theater (Shoreline)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

An eclectic group of sixth-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his magic foot to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads.

In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its perspicacious, jocular, and effervescent spellers.

Location: Shoreline Community College Campus Theater (16101 Greenwood Ave N)
Building 1600

Theatre website here. Tickets ($17) here.

 

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

Dec
10
Sat
Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.) (sensory friendly)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

This performance is designated as sensory friendly. See accessibility info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

Nyx and the Long Night @ Olympia Family Theater (Olympia)
Dec 10 @ 3:00 pm

Co-created by Emily McHugh, Donald Palardy, and Lily Raabe
Directed by Luz Gaxiola

Co-production with String & Shadow Puppet Theater

An original winter folk myth

Once upon a time there were two sisters: Sol, a child of Day, and Luna, a child of Night. Every day they played a game of catch in the sky, tossing the sun and the moon between them. Everything changed the day they dropped the sun. Now, the world has been dark for a very long time – an endless winter solstice. Perhaps a young woman named Nyx will be the answer. Part girl, part tree, and raised under the light of the stars, her magic and courage might just save the world.

Tickets $5-$35 (sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Christmastown: A Holiday Noir @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

By Wayne Rawley
Directed by Rachel Delmar

For the final time, SPT is bringing back the holiday favorite and now Seattle tradition of Christmastown. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red, with a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver.

Tickets $5-$50 (sliding scale available to all) here.

 

Nyx and the Long Night @ Olympia Family Theater (Olympia)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm

Co-created by Emily McHugh, Donald Palardy, and Lily Raabe
Directed by Luz Gaxiola

Co-production with String & Shadow Puppet Theater

An original winter folk myth

Once upon a time there were two sisters: Sol, a child of Day, and Luna, a child of Night. Every day they played a game of catch in the sky, tossing the sun and the moon between them. Everything changed the day they dropped the sun. Now, the world has been dark for a very long time – an endless winter solstice. Perhaps a young woman named Nyx will be the answer. Part girl, part tree, and raised under the light of the stars, her magic and courage might just save the world.

Tickets $5-$35 (sliding scale available for all) here.

 

One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall @ Olympia Little Theatre (Olympia)
Dec 10 @ 7:25 pm

By Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton and Craig Pospisil
Directed by Scott Ellgen

It’s Christmas Eve and the Evergreen Mall is buzzing! Two teenagers snatch a baby Jesus from the mall nativity scene, a new salesperson uses a unique technique to sell fishing rods, a shoplifter meets an unusually compassionate security guard, a special snowman donut is missing from the break room, a sad elf needs a friend, two actors argue over roles in A Christmas Carol, a pair of former lovers may reconnect, or not. And just which sweater should you buy for your father’s new wife?

It all comes together in this heartwarming story at the Evergreen Mall.

Tickets ($11-$17, depending on day) here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Q Brothers Christmas Carol @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm

By Q Brothers Collective

In this hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future … and a Jamaican Jacob Marley. As Scrooge is shown the path of rhythm and redemption, will he throw off his selfish chains and join the beat?

Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes everything from reggae to rock, updating and funkifying this beloved tale of love, forgiveness, and Christmas spirit – and transforming it into something altogether new.

(Preview 11/23, opening 11/25)

Tickets $18.50-$123.50 (sliding scale available for all) here.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Shoreline CC Theater (Shoreline)
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm

An eclectic group of sixth-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his magic foot to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads.

In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its perspicacious, jocular, and effervescent spellers.

Location: Shoreline Community College Campus Theater (16101 Greenwood Ave N)
Building 1600

Theatre website here. Tickets ($17) here.

 

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

Dec
11
Sun
One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall @ Olympia Little Theatre (Olympia)
Dec 11 @ 1:55 pm

By Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton and Craig Pospisil
Directed by Scott Ellgen

It’s Christmas Eve and the Evergreen Mall is buzzing! Two teenagers snatch a baby Jesus from the mall nativity scene, a new salesperson uses a unique technique to sell fishing rods, a shoplifter meets an unusually compassionate security guard, a special snowman donut is missing from the break room, a sad elf needs a friend, two actors argue over roles in A Christmas Carol, a pair of former lovers may reconnect, or not. And just which sweater should you buy for your father’s new wife?

It all comes together in this heartwarming story at the Evergreen Mall.

Tickets ($11-$17, depending on day) here.

 

Christmastown: A Holiday Noir @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

By Wayne Rawley
Directed by Rachel Delmar

For the final time, SPT is bringing back the holiday favorite and now Seattle tradition of Christmastown. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red, with a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver.

Tickets $5-$50 (sliding scale available to all) here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

Nyx and the Long Night @ Olympia Family Theater (Olympia)
Dec 11 @ 3:00 pm

Co-created by Emily McHugh, Donald Palardy, and Lily Raabe
Directed by Luz Gaxiola

Co-production with String & Shadow Puppet Theater

An original winter folk myth

Once upon a time there were two sisters: Sol, a child of Day, and Luna, a child of Night. Every day they played a game of catch in the sky, tossing the sun and the moon between them. Everything changed the day they dropped the sun. Now, the world has been dark for a very long time – an endless winter solstice. Perhaps a young woman named Nyx will be the answer. Part girl, part tree, and raised under the light of the stars, her magic and courage might just save the world.

Tickets $5-$35 (sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Q Brothers Christmas Carol @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Dec 11 @ 3:00 pm

By Q Brothers Collective

In this hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future … and a Jamaican Jacob Marley. As Scrooge is shown the path of rhythm and redemption, will he throw off his selfish chains and join the beat?

Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes everything from reggae to rock, updating and funkifying this beloved tale of love, forgiveness, and Christmas spirit – and transforming it into something altogether new.

(Preview 11/23, opening 11/25)

Tickets $18.50-$123.50 (sliding scale available for all) here.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Shoreline CC Theater (Shoreline)
Dec 11 @ 3:00 pm

An eclectic group of sixth-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his magic foot to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads.

In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its perspicacious, jocular, and effervescent spellers.

Location: Shoreline Community College Campus Theater (16101 Greenwood Ave N)
Building 1600

Theatre website here. Tickets ($17) here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge (reading) @ Valley Center Stage (North Bend)
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm

Written by Christopher Durang
Directed by April Davis

A comedic wink to “Christmas Carol’, that asks, “What if Dickens’ Mrs. Cratchit wasn’t so goody-goody, but instead was an angry, stressed-out modern-day American woman?”

(Staged reading)

Location: Sallal Grange (1060 Stilson Ave. SE, North Bend) — in the Cascade foothills, east of Issaquah

Tickets (free; by donation) here.

 

 

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

Dec
13
Tue
The Comedy Nest @ The Rendezvous (Seattle – Belltown)
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm

The Comedy Nest is a womxn-focused comedy show and open mic, with half of open mic spots reserved for womxn. The Comedy Nest is a supportive, heckle-free environment to try out new material. All comedians, new or seasoned, agree to abide by a hate-free policy.

A featured comic, usually a great out-of-towner or a local favorite, closes out the show with a longer set. Come out, laugh, and support the Seattle stand-up scene.

Every Tuesday night at 8ish // doors at 7:30. Pay what you choose, with a suggested donation of $10. 21+.

Show info here.

Dec
14
Wed
Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Joketellers Union @ Clock-Out Lounge (Seattle – Beacon Hill)
Dec 14 @ 8:30 pm

An ongoing comedy show produced by Brett Hamil and Emmett Montgomery, featuring local and nationally touring comedians, special guests with special talents, friendship, pizza, and rhythmic clapping. 21+.

Tickets ($11 online) and show info here.

 

Dec
15
Thu
Christmastown: A Holiday Noir @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

By Wayne Rawley
Directed by Rachel Delmar

For the final time, SPT is bringing back the holiday favorite and now Seattle tradition of Christmastown. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red, with a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver.

Tickets $5-$50 (sliding scale available to all) here.

 

One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall @ Olympia Little Theatre (Olympia)
Dec 15 @ 7:25 pm

By Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton and Craig Pospisil
Directed by Scott Ellgen

It’s Christmas Eve and the Evergreen Mall is buzzing! Two teenagers snatch a baby Jesus from the mall nativity scene, a new salesperson uses a unique technique to sell fishing rods, a shoplifter meets an unusually compassionate security guard, a special snowman donut is missing from the break room, a sad elf needs a friend, two actors argue over roles in A Christmas Carol, a pair of former lovers may reconnect, or not. And just which sweater should you buy for your father’s new wife?

It all comes together in this heartwarming story at the Evergreen Mall.

Tickets ($11-$17, depending on day) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ Valley Center Stage (North Bend) (PWYC)
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Adapted and directed by Dustin Trabert

Valley Center Stage’s beloved annual tradition returns with a new production of A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge is a businessman whose lonely Christmas is invaded by a series of encounters that force him to examine his life. Join us for our celebration of Dickens’ timely and timeless tale about choices and connections, character and community, and ghosts.

Location: Salal Grange (1060 Stilson Ave., North Bend)

Pay-what-you-choose tickets at this performance (Thursday nights); tickets and info here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Q Brothers Christmas Carol @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

By Q Brothers Collective

In this hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future … and a Jamaican Jacob Marley. As Scrooge is shown the path of rhythm and redemption, will he throw off his selfish chains and join the beat?

Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes everything from reggae to rock, updating and funkifying this beloved tale of love, forgiveness, and Christmas spirit – and transforming it into something altogether new.

(Preview 11/23, opening 11/25)

Tickets $18.50-$123.50 (sliding scale available for all) here.

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

Dec
16
Fri
Nyx and the Long Night @ Olympia Family Theater (Olympia)
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm

Co-created by Emily McHugh, Donald Palardy, and Lily Raabe
Directed by Luz Gaxiola

Co-production with String & Shadow Puppet Theater

An original winter folk myth

Once upon a time there were two sisters: Sol, a child of Day, and Luna, a child of Night. Every day they played a game of catch in the sky, tossing the sun and the moon between them. Everything changed the day they dropped the sun. Now, the world has been dark for a very long time – an endless winter solstice. Perhaps a young woman named Nyx will be the answer. Part girl, part tree, and raised under the light of the stars, her magic and courage might just save the world.

Tickets $5-$35 (sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Sugar Plum Gary – Emmett Montgomery @ 18th and Union (Seattle – Central District)
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm

Sugar Plum Gary returns to 18th & Union this December with his annual gift of Cosmic Christmas Horror for the whole family.

A gentle-hearted “Santanist,” Sugar Plum Gary is a bushy bearded man in jolly footie pajamas who has been possessed by the Holiday Spirit ever since he experienced the real Santa, an ancient and sinister creature who is more Lovecraft than Dickens. Now, every day is literally Christmas for Gary, and through improvisational conversation with the audience, he shares the real reason for the season.

Asking simply, “Does anyone have a question about Christmas?” Gary unfolds an evening of hilarious and twisted holiday glee that makes each show a truly unique treat. Dubbed “legitimately Seattle’s best holiday tradition” by Seattle Weekly, audiences love to pose their wildest holiday questions, and with Gary’s help, some of them may even learn how to survive the night!

Both in-person attendance and live-stream option (for some performance dates) available.

Tickets $10-$50 (sliding-scale available for all) here.

 

One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall @ Olympia Little Theatre (Olympia)
Dec 16 @ 7:25 pm

By Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton and Craig Pospisil
Directed by Scott Ellgen

It’s Christmas Eve and the Evergreen Mall is buzzing! Two teenagers snatch a baby Jesus from the mall nativity scene, a new salesperson uses a unique technique to sell fishing rods, a shoplifter meets an unusually compassionate security guard, a special snowman donut is missing from the break room, a sad elf needs a friend, two actors argue over roles in A Christmas Carol, a pair of former lovers may reconnect, or not. And just which sweater should you buy for your father’s new wife?

It all comes together in this heartwarming story at the Evergreen Mall.

Tickets ($11-$17, depending on day) here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Q Brothers Christmas Carol @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm

By Q Brothers Collective

In this hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future … and a Jamaican Jacob Marley. As Scrooge is shown the path of rhythm and redemption, will he throw off his selfish chains and join the beat?

Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes everything from reggae to rock, updating and funkifying this beloved tale of love, forgiveness, and Christmas spirit – and transforming it into something altogether new.

(Preview 11/23, opening 11/25)

Tickets $18.50-$123.50 (sliding scale available for all) here.

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

Sugar Plum Gary – Emmett Montgomery @ 18th and Union (Seattle – Central District)
Dec 16 @ 9:00 pm

Sugar Plum Gary returns to 18th & Union this December with his annual gift of Cosmic Christmas Horror for the whole family.

A gentle-hearted “Santanist,” Sugar Plum Gary is a bushy bearded man in jolly footie pajamas who has been possessed by the Holiday Spirit ever since he experienced the real Santa, an ancient and sinister creature who is more Lovecraft than Dickens. Now, every day is literally Christmas for Gary, and through improvisational conversation with the audience, he shares the real reason for the season.

Asking simply, “Does anyone have a question about Christmas?” Gary unfolds an evening of hilarious and twisted holiday glee that makes each show a truly unique treat. Dubbed “legitimately Seattle’s best holiday tradition” by Seattle Weekly, audiences love to pose their wildest holiday questions, and with Gary’s help, some of them may even learn how to survive the night!

Both in-person attendance and live-stream option (for some performance dates) available.

Tickets $10-$50 (sliding-scale available for all) here.

 

Dec
17
Sat
Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.) (ASL interpreted)
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

This performance is listed as ASL interpreted. As always, please check with the theatre to confirm that has not changed. See accessibility info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

Nyx and the Long Night @ Olympia Family Theater (Olympia)
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm

Co-created by Emily McHugh, Donald Palardy, and Lily Raabe
Directed by Luz Gaxiola

Co-production with String & Shadow Puppet Theater

An original winter folk myth

Once upon a time there were two sisters: Sol, a child of Day, and Luna, a child of Night. Every day they played a game of catch in the sky, tossing the sun and the moon between them. Everything changed the day they dropped the sun. Now, the world has been dark for a very long time – an endless winter solstice. Perhaps a young woman named Nyx will be the answer. Part girl, part tree, and raised under the light of the stars, her magic and courage might just save the world.

Tickets $5-$35 (sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Christmastown: A Holiday Noir @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

By Wayne Rawley
Directed by Rachel Delmar

For the final time, SPT is bringing back the holiday favorite and now Seattle tradition of Christmastown. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red, with a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver.

Tickets $5-$50 (sliding scale available to all) here.

 

Nyx and the Long Night @ Olympia Family Theater (Olympia)
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm

Co-created by Emily McHugh, Donald Palardy, and Lily Raabe
Directed by Luz Gaxiola

Co-production with String & Shadow Puppet Theater

An original winter folk myth

Once upon a time there were two sisters: Sol, a child of Day, and Luna, a child of Night. Every day they played a game of catch in the sky, tossing the sun and the moon between them. Everything changed the day they dropped the sun. Now, the world has been dark for a very long time – an endless winter solstice. Perhaps a young woman named Nyx will be the answer. Part girl, part tree, and raised under the light of the stars, her magic and courage might just save the world.

Tickets $5-$35 (sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Sugar Plum Gary – Emmett Montgomery @ 18th and Union (Seattle – Central District)
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm

Sugar Plum Gary returns to 18th & Union this December with his annual gift of Cosmic Christmas Horror for the whole family.

A gentle-hearted “Santanist,” Sugar Plum Gary is a bushy bearded man in jolly footie pajamas who has been possessed by the Holiday Spirit ever since he experienced the real Santa, an ancient and sinister creature who is more Lovecraft than Dickens. Now, every day is literally Christmas for Gary, and through improvisational conversation with the audience, he shares the real reason for the season.

Asking simply, “Does anyone have a question about Christmas?” Gary unfolds an evening of hilarious and twisted holiday glee that makes each show a truly unique treat. Dubbed “legitimately Seattle’s best holiday tradition” by Seattle Weekly, audiences love to pose their wildest holiday questions, and with Gary’s help, some of them may even learn how to survive the night!

Both in-person attendance and live-stream option (for some performance dates) available.

Tickets $10-$50 (sliding-scale available for all) here.

 

One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall @ Olympia Little Theatre (Olympia)
Dec 17 @ 7:25 pm

By Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton and Craig Pospisil
Directed by Scott Ellgen

It’s Christmas Eve and the Evergreen Mall is buzzing! Two teenagers snatch a baby Jesus from the mall nativity scene, a new salesperson uses a unique technique to sell fishing rods, a shoplifter meets an unusually compassionate security guard, a special snowman donut is missing from the break room, a sad elf needs a friend, two actors argue over roles in A Christmas Carol, a pair of former lovers may reconnect, or not. And just which sweater should you buy for your father’s new wife?

It all comes together in this heartwarming story at the Evergreen Mall.

Tickets ($11-$17, depending on day) here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Q Brothers Christmas Carol @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm

By Q Brothers Collective

In this hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future … and a Jamaican Jacob Marley. As Scrooge is shown the path of rhythm and redemption, will he throw off his selfish chains and join the beat?

Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes everything from reggae to rock, updating and funkifying this beloved tale of love, forgiveness, and Christmas spirit – and transforming it into something altogether new.

(Preview 11/23, opening 11/25)

Tickets $18.50-$123.50 (sliding scale available for all) here.

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

Sugar Plum Gary – Emmett Montgomery @ 18th and Union (Seattle – Central District)
Dec 17 @ 9:00 pm

Sugar Plum Gary returns to 18th & Union this December with his annual gift of Cosmic Christmas Horror for the whole family.

A gentle-hearted “Santanist,” Sugar Plum Gary is a bushy bearded man in jolly footie pajamas who has been possessed by the Holiday Spirit ever since he experienced the real Santa, an ancient and sinister creature who is more Lovecraft than Dickens. Now, every day is literally Christmas for Gary, and through improvisational conversation with the audience, he shares the real reason for the season.

Asking simply, “Does anyone have a question about Christmas?” Gary unfolds an evening of hilarious and twisted holiday glee that makes each show a truly unique treat. Dubbed “legitimately Seattle’s best holiday tradition” by Seattle Weekly, audiences love to pose their wildest holiday questions, and with Gary’s help, some of them may even learn how to survive the night!

Both in-person attendance and live-stream option (for some performance dates) available.

Tickets $10-$50 (sliding-scale available for all) here.

 

Dec
18
Sun
One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall @ Olympia Little Theatre (Olympia)
Dec 18 @ 1:55 pm

By Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton and Craig Pospisil
Directed by Scott Ellgen

It’s Christmas Eve and the Evergreen Mall is buzzing! Two teenagers snatch a baby Jesus from the mall nativity scene, a new salesperson uses a unique technique to sell fishing rods, a shoplifter meets an unusually compassionate security guard, a special snowman donut is missing from the break room, a sad elf needs a friend, two actors argue over roles in A Christmas Carol, a pair of former lovers may reconnect, or not. And just which sweater should you buy for your father’s new wife?

It all comes together in this heartwarming story at the Evergreen Mall.

Tickets ($11-$17, depending on day) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ Harlequin Productions (Olympia) (PWYC)
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Hailed as the greatest ghost story ever told, we restage Artistic Director Aaron Lamb’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s timeless story of transformation, absolution, and grace, updated with new chills and thrills for 2022. Join us for a Holiday classic that’s sure to please, with a healthy dose of cheer and the kind of ghostly special effects that only Harlequin can deliver. Grab the family and start your Holiday season with some theatre magic!

(Preview 11/23, opens 11/25)

Tickets ($53) here.

PWYC rush tickets available for this performances; see info here.

 

Christmastown: A Holiday Noir @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

By Wayne Rawley
Directed by Rachel Delmar

For the final time, SPT is bringing back the holiday favorite and now Seattle tradition of Christmastown. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red, with a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver.

Tickets $5-$50 (sliding scale available to all) here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

Nyx and the Long Night @ Olympia Family Theater (Olympia)
Dec 18 @ 3:00 pm

Co-created by Emily McHugh, Donald Palardy, and Lily Raabe
Directed by Luz Gaxiola

Co-production with String & Shadow Puppet Theater

An original winter folk myth

Once upon a time there were two sisters: Sol, a child of Day, and Luna, a child of Night. Every day they played a game of catch in the sky, tossing the sun and the moon between them. Everything changed the day they dropped the sun. Now, the world has been dark for a very long time – an endless winter solstice. Perhaps a young woman named Nyx will be the answer. Part girl, part tree, and raised under the light of the stars, her magic and courage might just save the world.

Tickets $5-$35 (sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Q Brothers Christmas Carol @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Dec 18 @ 3:00 pm

By Q Brothers Collective

In this hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future … and a Jamaican Jacob Marley. As Scrooge is shown the path of rhythm and redemption, will he throw off his selfish chains and join the beat?

Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes everything from reggae to rock, updating and funkifying this beloved tale of love, forgiveness, and Christmas spirit – and transforming it into something altogether new.

(Preview 11/23, opening 11/25)

Tickets $18.50-$123.50 (sliding scale available for all) here.

Sugar Plum Gary – Emmett Montgomery @ 18th and Union (Seattle – Central District)
Dec 18 @ 3:00 pm

Sugar Plum Gary returns to 18th & Union this December with his annual gift of Cosmic Christmas Horror for the whole family.

A gentle-hearted “Santanist,” Sugar Plum Gary is a bushy bearded man in jolly footie pajamas who has been possessed by the Holiday Spirit ever since he experienced the real Santa, an ancient and sinister creature who is more Lovecraft than Dickens. Now, every day is literally Christmas for Gary, and through improvisational conversation with the audience, he shares the real reason for the season.

Asking simply, “Does anyone have a question about Christmas?” Gary unfolds an evening of hilarious and twisted holiday glee that makes each show a truly unique treat. Dubbed “legitimately Seattle’s best holiday tradition” by Seattle Weekly, audiences love to pose their wildest holiday questions, and with Gary’s help, some of them may even learn how to survive the night!

Both in-person attendance and live-stream option (for some performance dates) available.

Tickets $10-$50 (sliding-scale available for all) here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

Dec
20
Tue
Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Q Brothers Christmas Carol @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm

By Q Brothers Collective

In this hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future … and a Jamaican Jacob Marley. As Scrooge is shown the path of rhythm and redemption, will he throw off his selfish chains and join the beat?

Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes everything from reggae to rock, updating and funkifying this beloved tale of love, forgiveness, and Christmas spirit – and transforming it into something altogether new.

(Preview 11/23, opening 11/25)

Tickets $18.50-$123.50 (sliding scale available for all) here.

The Comedy Nest @ The Rendezvous (Seattle – Belltown)
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm

The Comedy Nest is a womxn-focused comedy show and open mic, with half of open mic spots reserved for womxn. The Comedy Nest is a supportive, heckle-free environment to try out new material. All comedians, new or seasoned, agree to abide by a hate-free policy.

A featured comic, usually a great out-of-towner or a local favorite, closes out the show with a longer set. Come out, laugh, and support the Seattle stand-up scene.

Every Tuesday night at 8ish // doors at 7:30. Pay what you choose, with a suggested donation of $10. 21+.

Show info here.