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
9
Fri
Cinderella: A Panto @ Centerstage Theatre (Federal Way – Dash Point)
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm

Written and directed by Vince Brady

Celebrate the most magical time of year with the most magical fairy tale of them all. For 15 years, Centerstage has enchanted audiences with its traditional holiday pantomime (the Panto). Young and old enjoy the sparkle, glitter and chaos of this family-friendly laugh-a-minute traditional British treat. Audience participation is encouraged and enhances the cleverly choreographed mayhem. The Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Prince Charming and, of course, the Wicked Stepsisters deliver holiday joy to everyone, ages 5 to 95.

Location: Knutzen Family Theatre (3200 SW Dash Point Rd)

Tickets ($42) here.

 

Elf: The Musical @ ManeStage Theatre (Puyallup)
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm

Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, this modern-day holiday classic tells the story of Buddy the Elf as he embarks on an unforgettable journey to New York City to find his family. Buddy’s love of Christmas inspires everyone to remember the joy and merriment of the Holiday Season. This heartwarming and hilarious musical is sure to spread Christmas cheer to last all year long!

Tickets ($33) 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.

 

The Nutcracker – Evergreen City Ballet @ Auburn Performing Arts Center (Auburn)
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm

Evergreen City Ballet is excited to announce Wade Walthall’s The Nutcracker for the 2022 Holiday Season. We are thrilled to be back in person, live and on stage, at the Auburn Performing Arts Center and Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center. The performances are December 9th-11th (Auburn) and December 16th-18th (Renton) with four performances at each venue. Our dancers and guest performers are eager to bring this wonderful holiday classic to families across the Puget Sound region.

Shortened performances on 12/10 matinee (Auburn) and 12/17 matinee (Renton).

Tickets ($38) here.

 

The Nutcracker – International Ballet Theatre @ Meydenbauer Center (Bellevue)
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm

A Traditional Holiday Spectacle

Join the International Ballet Theatre for a Christmas tradition decades old. With vibrant costumes and brilliant sets, IBT’s Nutcracker has become a family event to remember. Staged with traditional choreography, exotic Arabian dancers, and a fierce battle scene with soldiers and mice, let our cast dazzle you with a spectacle of the ages. Clara and her handsome prince await your arrival at our theater, where they will take you on a journey beyond the snow-covered forest to the land of sweets.

Choreography by Vera Altunina
Based on the original production by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa
Music of P.I. Tchaikovsky

Location: Meydenbauer Center Theatre (11100 Northeast 6th St., Bellevue)

Tickets ($60) here.

 

The Nutcracker Prince – BCTjr @ Bremerton Community Theatre (Bremerton)
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

By E.T.A. Hoffmann and adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller
Directed by Rana Teresa Tan

Clara’s dream unfolds as Christmas Eve arrives. Uncle Drosselmeyer gives Fritz some toy soldiers and Clara a wooden Nutcracker. When Clara kisses the Nutcracker goodnight, little does she know that she has released her prince from his spell! As Clara dreams, the Rat King and his rowdy band of mice arrive to battle the Nutcracker Prince and his loyal Toy Soldiers. At last the Nutcracker Prince defeats the Rat King freeing the house from his tyranny. The Nutcracker Prince leads Clara to the Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy rules with love and covers the world with magic. Snowflakes and Flowers delight everyone, spreading their beautiful Christmas spirit. On Christmas Day, Clara awakens to the real world — her glorious dream has passed, yet she has learned a wonderful lesson about Christmas love and joy. This lovely holiday play is deeply moving with a very happy ending.

Tickets ($10) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory Falls
Directed by John Langs
Music by Adam Stern

Fill your heart with joy! ACT’s Yuletide Dickens classic proudly returns for the 47th year.

On a snowy Christmas Eve brimming with memorable characters, ghostly apparitions, and visits to the past, present, and future, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the joy of charity and redemption.

Audio described performance scheduled for 12/10 (matinee); ASL interpreted performance scheduled for 12/17 (matinee).

Tickets ($49-$94) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ Harlequin Productions (Olympia)
Dec 9 @ 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 tickets available for certain performances: 12/3 (Saturday matinee), 12/8 (Thursday evening), 12/18 (Sunday matinee); see info here. Half-price same-day rush tickets available for all; see info here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ Valley Center Stage (North Bend)
Dec 9 @ 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 performances on Thursday nights.

Tickets ($22) here.

 

A Christmas Story @ Tacoma Little Theatre (Tacoma)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940’s follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved movie are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a leg lamp; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.

Pay-what-you-choose performance 12/22 (Thursday night); ASL interpreted performance 12/18 (Sunday matinee).

Tickets ($27) here.

 

Holiday Special @ Western Washington Center for the Arts (Port Orchard)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

Written and directed by Rebecca Ewen and Katie Richardson​

Featuring a variety of different musical and dance performances, WWCA’s Holiday Special is the perfect way to get in the spirit and celebrate the holidays with your family and WWCA.

Tickets ($24) here.

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Tacoma)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

Tickets ($35) here.

 

Miracle on 34th Street (a radio play) – Radio Activity @ Dukesbay Theater (Tacoma)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

An on-stage, in-person, old-time radio performance, with vintage commercials, live sound effects, and a little holiday magic.

Tickets ($23) here.

 

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play – Twelfth Night Productions @ Kenyon Hall (West Seattle)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

Twelfth Night Production (TNP) is proud to present The Lux Radio Theater version of the classic 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street. TNP’s Holiday Radio plays have become an annual tradition for community members seeking to revel in holiday cheer with friends and family.

Miracle on 34th Street tells the timeless story of an old man who calls himself Kris Kringle and is hired as the Macy’s department store Santa. His claim to be the real Santa Claus becomes a court case and a young child’s belief could make all the difference.

Based on the film of the same name and presented as a live 1940’s radio broadcast, Miracle on 34th Street features a cast of radio players, foley actors, and a wonderful 1929 Wurlitzer pipe organ.

Location: Kenyon Hall (7904 35th Ave SW)

Tickets ($24) 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 Flight Before Xmas @ Macha Theatre Works (Seattle – Fremont)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

By Maggie Lee

With all the stress of the holidays, spending Christmas Eve stranded in an airport with a bunch of strangers is the last thing anyone needs! With endless delays, kids shuttling between step-families, a rogue cat on the loose, an important business deal at stake, and missing your grandson’s first Christmas morning, the holiday spirit can disappear quicker than your lost luggage. But sometimes, all you need is to be a little late in order to truly appreciate what you’re rushing toward.

Location: West of Lenin (203 N 36th St)

Tickets $21-$101 (sliding scale available for all) here.

 

The Nutcracker @ Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle Center)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Choreographed by George Balanchine
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

As fall settles in, the weather is cooler
You’ve sharpened your pencils, you’ve got a new ruler
Visions of Sugarplums are close behind,
And magic (the sparkly, holiday kind).
Join us for Candy Canes, Snowflakes, and Mice –
A show so fantastic you might see it twice.
The Nutcracker’s coming, this November/December,
A fun family date you’ll be sure to remember!

Sensory friendly performance scheduled for 12/20 (Tuesday matinee)

Location: McCaw Hall (Seattle Center, Mercer St. side)

Tickets ($34-$187) here.

 

The Wiz @ The 5th Avenue Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
From the story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Directed and Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder

Feel the power of love overflowing at this dazzling reimagining of The Wizard of Oz! With a soaring soul, R&B, and gospel score featuring hit songs “Brand New Day,” “Ease on Down the Road,” and “Home,” this fun, fresh 5th Avenue Theatre production is a hit the whole family will enjoy.

When Dorothy finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz, she sets out to seek the aid of the mysterious Wiz, forging powerful new friendships with a Scarecrow, a Tinman, and a Lion along her way down the yellow brick road. But when she battles the devious Evillene to save her new friends, she learns that no matter where you’re from, home isn’t really where you live; it’s who you love.

Tickets ($59-$199) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ SecondStory Repertory (Redmond)
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

In its eighth year of production, this original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with traditional carols, alive with color and movement, and created to tell this enduring tale in a fashion that will appeal to people of all ages. Join the SSR family and celebrate this timeless seasonal classic right here in Redmond. After entertaining Redmond audiences for years, 2022 will mark John Clark’s final performance of Scrooge. Surely not to be missed.

Location: Redmond Town Center, upper level

Tickets ($30) here.

 

Cinderella @ Village Theatre (Issaquah)
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Music by Richard Rogers
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Adapted for the stage by Tom Briggs
From the teleplay by Robert L. Freedman

Do I love you because you’re beautiful? Or are you beautiful because I love you? Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella comes to life in a timeless new production full of theatrical invention, tuneful melodies, and romance galore.

With favorite songs like “In My Own Little Corner” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was last seen on the Village Theatre stage in 1985. Now, under the inspired direction of the acclaimed Desdemona Chiang, with a script drawn from the 1997 television adaptation, Chiang’s production of Cinderella brings the story into the present with scintillating new costumes, a top-tier cast of Seattle stars, and a spectacular 16-person orchestra you’ll have to hear to believe.

With an assist from her fairy godmother, as Cinderella dreams of finding her own place in a perfect world, she steps into her glass slippers to meet the prince of her dreams — only to lose him as the clock strikes midnight. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella promises to be an unforgettable trip to the theatre, perfect for the whole family as memories are made together.

Tickets ($66-$105) here.

 

Elf: The Musical @ Edmonds Driftwood Theatre (Edmonds)
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum
Directed by Craig Schieber

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Tickets ($30) here.

 

Miracle on 34th Street @ Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts (Marysville)
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

Adapted and directed by Red Curtain’s artistic director, Scott B Randall, this “modern radio play” is set in December 2020. When Jessie’s elderly father goes into the hospital with COVID, her theatre friends gather on a video call to cheer her and her daughter, Kara, by doing a sort of readers’ theatre performance over Zoom. Being performers, the story is a mix of the true story (as portrayed in the classic movie), improvised lines, and pop culture references, sure to help bring out the feelings of closeness and joy associated with the season.

In this fully-staged production, we’ll see each character in their own “homes,” plus the projected Zoom call high above the stage. This is a unique way to present the classic tale of friendship tinged with holiday magic, perfect for the entire family.

Tickets ($23) here.

 

Dec
10
Sat
Cinderella @ Village Theatre (Issaquah)
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm

Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Music by Richard Rogers
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Adapted for the stage by Tom Briggs
From the teleplay by Robert L. Freedman

Do I love you because you’re beautiful? Or are you beautiful because I love you? Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella comes to life in a timeless new production full of theatrical invention, tuneful melodies, and romance galore.

With favorite songs like “In My Own Little Corner” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was last seen on the Village Theatre stage in 1985. Now, under the inspired direction of the acclaimed Desdemona Chiang, with a script drawn from the 1997 television adaptation, Chiang’s production of Cinderella brings the story into the present with scintillating new costumes, a top-tier cast of Seattle stars, and a spectacular 16-person orchestra you’ll have to hear to believe.

With an assist from her fairy godmother, as Cinderella dreams of finding her own place in a perfect world, she steps into her glass slippers to meet the prince of her dreams — only to lose him as the clock strikes midnight. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella promises to be an unforgettable trip to the theatre, perfect for the whole family as memories are made together.

Tickets ($66-$105) here.

 

The Nutcracker – Evergreen City Ballet @ Auburn Performing Arts Center (Auburn)
Dec 10 @ 1:30 pm

Evergreen City Ballet is excited to announce Wade Walthall’s The Nutcracker for the 2022 Holiday Season. We are thrilled to be back in person, live and on stage, at the Auburn Performing Arts Center and Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center. The performances are December 9th-11th (Auburn) and December 16th-18th (Renton) with four performances at each venue. Our dancers and guest performers are eager to bring this wonderful holiday classic to families across the Puget Sound region.

Shortened performances on 12/10 matinee (Auburn) and 12/17 matinee (Renton).

Tickets ($38) here.

 

The Wiz @ The 5th Avenue Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 10 @ 1:30 pm

Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
From the story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Directed and Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder

Feel the power of love overflowing at this dazzling reimagining of The Wizard of Oz! With a soaring soul, R&B, and gospel score featuring hit songs “Brand New Day,” “Ease on Down the Road,” and “Home,” this fun, fresh 5th Avenue Theatre production is a hit the whole family will enjoy.

When Dorothy finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz, she sets out to seek the aid of the mysterious Wiz, forging powerful new friendships with a Scarecrow, a Tinman, and a Lion along her way down the yellow brick road. But when she battles the devious Evillene to save her new friends, she learns that no matter where you’re from, home isn’t really where you live; it’s who you love.

(ASL interpreted and open captioned performance scheduled for 12/11 matinee)

Tickets ($59-$199) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory Falls
Directed by John Langs
Music by Adam Stern

Fill your heart with joy! ACT’s Yuletide Dickens classic proudly returns for the 47th year.

On a snowy Christmas Eve brimming with memorable characters, ghostly apparitions, and visits to the past, present, and future, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the joy of charity and redemption.

Audio described performance scheduled for 12/10 (matinee); ASL interpreted performance scheduled for 12/17 (matinee).

Tickets ($49-$94) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ Harlequin Productions (Olympia)
Dec 10 @ 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!

Tickets ($53) here.

PWYC tickets available for certain dates (TBA), and half-price same-day rush tickets available for all; see info here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ Valley Center Stage (North Bend)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 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 performances on Thursday nights.

Tickets ($22) here.

 

A Christmas Story @ Tacoma Little Theatre (Tacoma)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940’s follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved movie are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a leg lamp; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.

Pay-what-you-choose performance 12/22 (Thursday night); ASL interpreted performance 12/18 (Sunday matinee).

Tickets ($27) here.

 

Cinderella: A Panto @ Centerstage Theatre (Federal Way – Dash Point)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Written and directed by Vince Brady

Celebrate the most magical time of year with the most magical fairy tale of them all. For 15 years, Centerstage has enchanted audiences with its traditional holiday pantomime (the Panto). Young and old enjoy the sparkle, glitter and chaos of this family-friendly laugh-a-minute traditional British treat. Audience participation is encouraged and enhances the cleverly choreographed mayhem. The Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Prince Charming and, of course, the Wicked Stepsisters deliver holiday joy to everyone, ages 5 to 95.

Location: Knutzen Family Theatre (3200 SW Dash Point Rd)

Tickets ($42) here.

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Tacoma)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

Tickets ($35) here.

 

The Nutcracker – Emerald Ballet Theatre @ Northshore Performing Arts Center (Bothell)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Emerald Ballet Theatre is proud to present its 15th annual production of The Nutcracker featuring talented youth and adult performers, gorgeous costumes and sets, and the rousing EBT Orchestra conducted by David Waltman. Former Pacific Northwest Ballet Soloist Joshua Grant guests as the Sugar Plum Cavalier. The lovely Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell provides excellent views from every seat, and parking is ample, close and free. Continue — or start — a family tradition with EBT.

Tickets ($42-$52) here.

 

The Nutcracker – International Ballet Theatre @ Meydenbauer Center (Bellevue)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

A Traditional Holiday Spectacle

Join the International Ballet Theatre for a Christmas tradition decades old. With vibrant costumes and brilliant sets, IBT’s Nutcracker has become a family event to remember. Staged with traditional choreography, exotic Arabian dancers, and a fierce battle scene with soldiers and mice, let our cast dazzle you with a spectacle of the ages. Clara and her handsome prince await your arrival at our theater, where they will take you on a journey beyond the snow-covered forest to the land of sweets.

Choreography by Vera Altunina
Based on the original production by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa
Music of P.I. Tchaikovsky

Location: Meydenbauer Center Theatre (11100 Northeast 6th St., Bellevue)

Tickets ($60) here.

 

The Nutcracker – Olympic Ballet Theatre @ Everett Performing Arts Center (Everett)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Olympic Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker is widely anticipated each year, and we are thrilled to be back! Join us for this favorite holiday tradition featuring dazzling snowflakes, a dramatic battle, waltzing flowers, Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, and much more!

Choreographed by OBT artistic directors Oleg Gorboulev and Mara Vinson, this classic production of The Nutcracker features sets designed by Jeanne Franz, Phillip Lineau, and Ruth Gilmore.

Tickets ($37+) here.

 

The Nutcracker – Tacoma City Ballet @ Pantages Theater (Tacoma)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Tacoma City Ballet’s Nutcracker is a replication of the original historical The Nutcracker, first seen in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, including re-creations of the historic production’s set, props, costumes, and certain choreography. Tacoma City Ballet has presented The Nutcracker in the Pantages Theater since 1983, and this version since 1998.

The cast features about 150 members — including character/actor dancers who are adults from the Tacoma community, the children of Tacoma City Ballet School, and the Tacoma City Ballet Company (composed of 40 dancers in the corps de ballet and a complement of eight dancers in our professional division) — and is accompanied by the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra.

Tickets ($27.50+) here.

 

The Nutcracker @ Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle Center)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Choreographed by George Balanchine
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

As fall settles in, the weather is cooler
You’ve sharpened your pencils, you’ve got a new ruler
Visions of Sugarplums are close behind,
And magic (the sparkly, holiday kind).
Join us for Candy Canes, Snowflakes, and Mice –
A show so fantastic you might see it twice.
The Nutcracker’s coming, this November/December,
A fun family date you’ll be sure to remember!

Sensory friendly performance scheduled for 12/20 (Tuesday matinee)

Location: McCaw Hall (Seattle Center, Mercer St. side)

Tickets ($34-$187) here.

 

The Nutcracker Prince – BCTjr @ Bremerton Community Theatre (Bremerton)
Dec 10 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

By E.T.A. Hoffmann and adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller
Directed by Rana Teresa Tan

Clara’s dream unfolds as Christmas Eve arrives. Uncle Drosselmeyer gives Fritz some toy soldiers and Clara a wooden Nutcracker. When Clara kisses the Nutcracker goodnight, little does she know that she has released her prince from his spell! As Clara dreams, the Rat King and his rowdy band of mice arrive to battle the Nutcracker Prince and his loyal Toy Soldiers. At last the Nutcracker Prince defeats the Rat King freeing the house from his tyranny. The Nutcracker Prince leads Clara to the Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy rules with love and covers the world with magic. Snowflakes and Flowers delight everyone, spreading their beautiful Christmas spirit. On Christmas Day, Clara awakens to the real world — her glorious dream has passed, yet she has learned a wonderful lesson about Christmas love and joy. This lovely holiday play is deeply moving with a very happy ending.

Tickets ($10) 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.

 

Cinderella: A Panto @ Centerstage Theatre (Federal Way – Dash Point)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm

Written and directed by Vince Brady

Celebrate the most magical time of year with the most magical fairy tale of them all. For 15 years, Centerstage has enchanted audiences with its traditional holiday pantomime (the Panto). Young and old enjoy the sparkle, glitter and chaos of this family-friendly laugh-a-minute traditional British treat. Audience participation is encouraged and enhances the cleverly choreographed mayhem. The Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Prince Charming and, of course, the Wicked Stepsisters deliver holiday joy to everyone, ages 5 to 95.

Location: Knutzen Family Theatre (3200 SW Dash Point Rd)

Tickets ($42) here.

 

Elf: The Musical @ ManeStage Theatre (Puyallup)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm

Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, this modern-day holiday classic tells the story of Buddy the Elf as he embarks on an unforgettable journey to New York City to find his family. Buddy’s love of Christmas inspires everyone to remember the joy and merriment of the Holiday Season. This heartwarming and hilarious musical is sure to spread Christmas cheer to last all year long!

Tickets ($33) 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.

 

The Nutcracker – Evergreen City Ballet @ Auburn Performing Arts Center (Auburn)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm

Evergreen City Ballet is excited to announce Wade Walthall’s The Nutcracker for the 2022 Holiday Season. We are thrilled to be back in person, live and on stage, at the Auburn Performing Arts Center and Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center. The performances are December 9th-11th (Auburn) and December 16th-18th (Renton) with four performances at each venue. Our dancers and guest performers are eager to bring this wonderful holiday classic to families across the Puget Sound region.

Shortened performances on 12/10 matinee (Auburn) and 12/17 matinee (Renton).

Tickets ($38) here.

 

The Nutcracker – International Ballet Theatre @ Meydenbauer Center (Bellevue)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm

A Traditional Holiday Spectacle

Join the International Ballet Theatre for a Christmas tradition decades old. With vibrant costumes and brilliant sets, IBT’s Nutcracker has become a family event to remember. Staged with traditional choreography, exotic Arabian dancers, and a fierce battle scene with soldiers and mice, let our cast dazzle you with a spectacle of the ages. Clara and her handsome prince await your arrival at our theater, where they will take you on a journey beyond the snow-covered forest to the land of sweets.

Choreography by Vera Altunina
Based on the original production by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa
Music of P.I. Tchaikovsky

Location: Meydenbauer Center Theatre (11100 Northeast 6th St., Bellevue)

Tickets ($60) here.

 

The Nutcracker – Olympic Ballet Theatre @ Everett Performing Arts Center (Everett)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm

Olympic Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker is widely anticipated each year, and we are thrilled to be back! Join us for this favorite holiday tradition featuring dazzling snowflakes, a dramatic battle, waltzing flowers, Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, and much more!

Choreographed by OBT artistic directors Oleg Gorboulev and Mara Vinson, this classic production of The Nutcracker features sets designed by Jeanne Franz, Phillip Lineau, and Ruth Gilmore.

Tickets ($37+) here.

 

The Nutcracker Prince – BCTjr @ Bremerton Community Theatre (Bremerton)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

By E.T.A. Hoffmann and adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller
Directed by Rana Teresa Tan

Clara’s dream unfolds as Christmas Eve arrives. Uncle Drosselmeyer gives Fritz some toy soldiers and Clara a wooden Nutcracker. When Clara kisses the Nutcracker goodnight, little does she know that she has released her prince from his spell! As Clara dreams, the Rat King and his rowdy band of mice arrive to battle the Nutcracker Prince and his loyal Toy Soldiers. At last the Nutcracker Prince defeats the Rat King freeing the house from his tyranny. The Nutcracker Prince leads Clara to the Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy rules with love and covers the world with magic. Snowflakes and Flowers delight everyone, spreading their beautiful Christmas spirit. On Christmas Day, Clara awakens to the real world — her glorious dream has passed, yet she has learned a wonderful lesson about Christmas love and joy. This lovely holiday play is deeply moving with a very happy ending.

Tickets ($10) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory Falls
Directed by John Langs
Music by Adam Stern

Fill your heart with joy! ACT’s Yuletide Dickens classic proudly returns for the 47th year.

On a snowy Christmas Eve brimming with memorable characters, ghostly apparitions, and visits to the past, present, and future, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the joy of charity and redemption.

Audio described performance scheduled for 12/10 (matinee); ASL interpreted performance scheduled for 12/17 (matinee).

Tickets ($49-$94) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ Harlequin Productions (Olympia)
Dec 10 @ 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 tickets available for certain performances: 12/3 (Saturday matinee), 12/8 (Thursday evening), 12/18 (Sunday matinee); see info here. Half-price same-day rush tickets available for all; see info here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ Valley Center Stage (North Bend)
Dec 10 @ 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 performances on Thursday nights.

Tickets ($22) here.

 

A Christmas Story @ Tacoma Little Theatre (Tacoma)
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940’s follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved movie are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a leg lamp; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.

Pay-what-you-choose performance 12/22 (Thursday night); ASL interpreted performance 12/18 (Sunday matinee).

Tickets ($27) here.

 

Holiday Special @ Western Washington Center for the Arts (Port Orchard)
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm

Written and directed by Rebecca Ewen and Katie Richardson​

Featuring a variety of different musical and dance performances, WWCA’s Holiday Special is the perfect way to get in the spirit and celebrate the holidays with your family and WWCA.

Tickets ($24) here.

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Tacoma)
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

Tickets ($35) here.

 

Miracle on 34th Street (a radio play) – Radio Activity @ Dukesbay Theater (Tacoma)
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm

An on-stage, in-person, old-time radio performance, with vintage commercials, live sound effects, and a little holiday magic.

Tickets ($23) here.

 

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play – Twelfth Night Productions @ Kenyon Hall (West Seattle)
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm

Twelfth Night Production (TNP) is proud to present The Lux Radio Theater version of the classic 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street. TNP’s Holiday Radio plays have become an annual tradition for community members seeking to revel in holiday cheer with friends and family.

Miracle on 34th Street tells the timeless story of an old man who calls himself Kris Kringle and is hired as the Macy’s department store Santa. His claim to be the real Santa Claus becomes a court case and a young child’s belief could make all the difference.

Based on the film of the same name and presented as a live 1940’s radio broadcast, Miracle on 34th Street features a cast of radio players, foley actors, and a wonderful 1929 Wurlitzer pipe organ.

Location: Kenyon Hall (7904 35th Ave SW)

Tickets ($24) 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 Nutcracker @ Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle Center)
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Choreographed by George Balanchine
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

As fall settles in, the weather is cooler
You’ve sharpened your pencils, you’ve got a new ruler
Visions of Sugarplums are close behind,
And magic (the sparkly, holiday kind).
Join us for Candy Canes, Snowflakes, and Mice –
A show so fantastic you might see it twice.
The Nutcracker’s coming, this November/December,
A fun family date you’ll be sure to remember!

Sensory friendly performance scheduled for 12/20 (Tuesday matinee)

Location: McCaw Hall (Seattle Center, Mercer St. side)

Tickets ($34-$187) here.

 

The Wiz @ The 5th Avenue Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm

Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
From the story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Directed and Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder

Feel the power of love overflowing at this dazzling reimagining of The Wizard of Oz! With a soaring soul, R&B, and gospel score featuring hit songs “Brand New Day,” “Ease on Down the Road,” and “Home,” this fun, fresh 5th Avenue Theatre production is a hit the whole family will enjoy.

When Dorothy finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz, she sets out to seek the aid of the mysterious Wiz, forging powerful new friendships with a Scarecrow, a Tinman, and a Lion along her way down the yellow brick road. But when she battles the devious Evillene to save her new friends, she learns that no matter where you’re from, home isn’t really where you live; it’s who you love.

Tickets ($59-$199) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ SecondStory Repertory (Redmond)
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

In its eighth year of production, this original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with traditional carols, alive with color and movement, and created to tell this enduring tale in a fashion that will appeal to people of all ages. Join the SSR family and celebrate this timeless seasonal classic right here in Redmond. After entertaining Redmond audiences for years, 2022 will mark John Clark’s final performance of Scrooge. Surely not to be missed.

Location: Redmond Town Center, upper level

Tickets ($30) here.

 

Cinderella @ Village Theatre (Issaquah)
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm

Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Music by Richard Rogers
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Adapted for the stage by Tom Briggs
From the teleplay by Robert L. Freedman

Do I love you because you’re beautiful? Or are you beautiful because I love you? Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella comes to life in a timeless new production full of theatrical invention, tuneful melodies, and romance galore.

With favorite songs like “In My Own Little Corner” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was last seen on the Village Theatre stage in 1985. Now, under the inspired direction of the acclaimed Desdemona Chiang, with a script drawn from the 1997 television adaptation, Chiang’s production of Cinderella brings the story into the present with scintillating new costumes, a top-tier cast of Seattle stars, and a spectacular 16-person orchestra you’ll have to hear to believe.

With an assist from her fairy godmother, as Cinderella dreams of finding her own place in a perfect world, she steps into her glass slippers to meet the prince of her dreams — only to lose him as the clock strikes midnight. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella promises to be an unforgettable trip to the theatre, perfect for the whole family as memories are made together.

Tickets ($66-$105) here.

 

Elf: The Musical @ Edmonds Driftwood Theatre (Edmonds)
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum
Directed by Craig Schieber

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Tickets ($30) here.

 

Miracle on 34th Street @ Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts (Marysville)
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm

Adapted and directed by Red Curtain’s artistic director, Scott B Randall, this “modern radio play” is set in December 2020. When Jessie’s elderly father goes into the hospital with COVID, her theatre friends gather on a video call to cheer her and her daughter, Kara, by doing a sort of readers’ theatre performance over Zoom. Being performers, the story is a mix of the true story (as portrayed in the classic movie), improvised lines, and pop culture references, sure to help bring out the feelings of closeness and joy associated with the season.

In this fully-staged production, we’ll see each character in their own “homes,” plus the projected Zoom call high above the stage. This is a unique way to present the classic tale of friendship tinged with holiday magic, perfect for the entire family.

Tickets ($23) here.

 

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The Nutcracker @ Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle Center)
Dec 11 @ 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Choreographed by George Balanchine
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

As fall settles in, the weather is cooler
You’ve sharpened your pencils, you’ve got a new ruler
Visions of Sugarplums are close behind,
And magic (the sparkly, holiday kind).
Join us for Candy Canes, Snowflakes, and Mice –
A show so fantastic you might see it twice.
The Nutcracker’s coming, this November/December,
A fun family date you’ll be sure to remember!

Sensory friendly performance scheduled for 12/20 (Tuesday matinee)

Location: McCaw Hall (Seattle Center, Mercer St. side)

Tickets ($34-$187) here.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Strawberry Theatre Workshop @ Cornish Playhouse (Seattle Center)
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm

The Jose ‘Juicy’ Gonzales Trio returns to Strawberry Theatre Workshop for the jazziest Christmas party in Seattle. Groove to the fresh sounds of Vince Guaraldi’s holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, played in its entirety. Now in its 11th year, Charlie has jammed its way onto the list of the region’s most hip holiday traditions. Sip your cocktails at the Cornish Playhouse. Dress in your favorite jazz threads and step back into 1965, when the music was fly, and Snoopy was still just a drawing on the comics page.

Note two shows: shorter one-act performance (matinee), and longer two-act night show with festivities (6pm start, 7pm performance) 

Location: Cornish Playhouse (201 Mercer St.)

Tickets ($27) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory Falls
Directed by John Langs
Music by Adam Stern

Fill your heart with joy! ACT’s Yuletide Dickens classic proudly returns for the 47th year.

On a snowy Christmas Eve brimming with memorable characters, ghostly apparitions, and visits to the past, present, and future, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the joy of charity and redemption.

Audio described performance scheduled for 12/10 (matinee); ASL interpreted performance scheduled for 12/17 (matinee).

Tickets ($49-$94) here.

 

Cinderella @ Village Theatre (Issaquah)
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm

Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Music by Richard Rogers
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Adapted for the stage by Tom Briggs
From the teleplay by Robert L. Freedman

Do I love you because you’re beautiful? Or are you beautiful because I love you? Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella comes to life in a timeless new production full of theatrical invention, tuneful melodies, and romance galore.

With favorite songs like “In My Own Little Corner” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was last seen on the Village Theatre stage in 1985. Now, under the inspired direction of the acclaimed Desdemona Chiang, with a script drawn from the 1997 television adaptation, Chiang’s production of Cinderella brings the story into the present with scintillating new costumes, a top-tier cast of Seattle stars, and a spectacular 16-person orchestra you’ll have to hear to believe.

With an assist from her fairy godmother, as Cinderella dreams of finding her own place in a perfect world, she steps into her glass slippers to meet the prince of her dreams — only to lose him as the clock strikes midnight. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella promises to be an unforgettable trip to the theatre, perfect for the whole family as memories are made together.

Tickets ($66-$105) here.

 

The Nutcracker – Olympic Ballet Theatre @ Everett Performing Arts Center (Everett)
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm

Olympic Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker is widely anticipated each year, and we are thrilled to be back! Join us for this favorite holiday tradition featuring dazzling snowflakes, a dramatic battle, waltzing flowers, Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, and much more!

Choreographed by OBT artistic directors Oleg Gorboulev and Mara Vinson, this classic production of The Nutcracker features sets designed by Jeanne Franz, Phillip Lineau, and Ruth Gilmore.

Tickets ($37+) here.

 

The Nutcracker – Evergreen City Ballet @ Auburn Performing Arts Center (Auburn)
Dec 11 @ 1:30 pm

Evergreen City Ballet is excited to announce Wade Walthall’s The Nutcracker for the 2022 Holiday Season. We are thrilled to be back in person, live and on stage, at the Auburn Performing Arts Center and Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center. The performances are December 9th-11th (Auburn) and December 16th-18th (Renton) with four performances at each venue. Our dancers and guest performers are eager to bring this wonderful holiday classic to families across the Puget Sound region.

Shortened performances on 12/10 matinee (Auburn) and 12/17 matinee (Renton).

Tickets ($38) here.

 

The Wiz @ The 5th Avenue Theatre (Downtown Seattle) (ASL interpreted)
Dec 11 @ 1:30 pm

Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
From the story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Directed and Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder

Feel the power of love overflowing at this dazzling reimagining of The Wizard of Oz! With a soaring soul, R&B, and gospel score featuring hit songs “Brand New Day,” “Ease on Down the Road,” and “Home,” this fun, fresh 5th Avenue Theatre production is a hit the whole family will enjoy.

When Dorothy finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz, she sets out to seek the aid of the mysterious Wiz, forging powerful new friendships with a Scarecrow, a Tinman, and a Lion along her way down the yellow brick road. But when she battles the devious Evillene to save her new friends, she learns that no matter where you’re from, home isn’t really where you live; it’s who you love.

Tickets ($59-$199) here.

This performance is listed as ASL interpreted. As always, please check with the theatre to confirm that has not changed. The 5th reserves a section near the interpreter; see info and schedule of the season’s interpreted shows here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ Harlequin Productions (Olympia)
Dec 11 @ 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!

Tickets ($53) here.

PWYC tickets available for certain dates (TBA), and half-price same-day rush tickets available for all; see info here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ SecondStory Repertory (Redmond)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

In its eighth year of production, this original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with traditional carols, alive with color and movement, and created to tell this enduring tale in a fashion that will appeal to people of all ages. Join the SSR family and celebrate this timeless seasonal classic right here in Redmond. After entertaining Redmond audiences for years, 2022 will mark John Clark’s final performance of Scrooge. Surely not to be missed.

Location: Redmond Town Center, upper level

Tickets ($30) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ Valley Center Stage (North Bend)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 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 performances on Thursday nights.

Tickets ($22) here.

 

A Christmas Story @ Tacoma Little Theatre (Tacoma)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940’s follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved movie are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a leg lamp; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.

Pay-what-you-choose performance 12/22 (Thursday night); ASL interpreted performance 12/18 (Sunday matinee).

Tickets ($27) here.

 

Cinderella: A Panto @ Centerstage Theatre (Federal Way – Dash Point)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm

Written and directed by Vince Brady

Celebrate the most magical time of year with the most magical fairy tale of them all. For 15 years, Centerstage has enchanted audiences with its traditional holiday pantomime (the Panto). Young and old enjoy the sparkle, glitter and chaos of this family-friendly laugh-a-minute traditional British treat. Audience participation is encouraged and enhances the cleverly choreographed mayhem. The Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Prince Charming and, of course, the Wicked Stepsisters deliver holiday joy to everyone, ages 5 to 95.

Location: Knutzen Family Theatre (3200 SW Dash Point Rd)

Tickets ($42) here.

 

Elf: The Musical @ Edmonds Driftwood Theatre (Edmonds)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum
Directed by Craig Schieber

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Tickets ($30) here.

 

Elf: The Musical @ ManeStage Theatre (Puyallup)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm

Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, this modern-day holiday classic tells the story of Buddy the Elf as he embarks on an unforgettable journey to New York City to find his family. Buddy’s love of Christmas inspires everyone to remember the joy and merriment of the Holiday Season. This heartwarming and hilarious musical is sure to spread Christmas cheer to last all year long!

Tickets ($33) here.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Tacoma)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

Tickets ($35) here.

 

Miracle on 34th Street (a radio play) – Radio Activity @ Dukesbay Theater (Tacoma)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm

An on-stage, in-person, old-time radio performance, with vintage commercials, live sound effects, and a little holiday magic.

Tickets ($23) here.

 

Miracle on 34th Street @ Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts (Marysville)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm

Adapted and directed by Red Curtain’s artistic director, Scott B Randall, this “modern radio play” is set in December 2020. When Jessie’s elderly father goes into the hospital with COVID, her theatre friends gather on a video call to cheer her and her daughter, Kara, by doing a sort of readers’ theatre performance over Zoom. Being performers, the story is a mix of the true story (as portrayed in the classic movie), improvised lines, and pop culture references, sure to help bring out the feelings of closeness and joy associated with the season.

In this fully-staged production, we’ll see each character in their own “homes,” plus the projected Zoom call high above the stage. This is a unique way to present the classic tale of friendship tinged with holiday magic, perfect for the entire family.

Tickets ($23) here.

 

The Flight Before Xmas @ Macha Theatre Works (Seattle – Fremont)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

By Maggie Lee

With all the stress of the holidays, spending Christmas Eve stranded in an airport with a bunch of strangers is the last thing anyone needs! With endless delays, kids shuttling between step-families, a rogue cat on the loose, an important business deal at stake, and missing your grandson’s first Christmas morning, the holiday spirit can disappear quicker than your lost luggage. But sometimes, all you need is to be a little late in order to truly appreciate what you’re rushing toward.

Location: West of Lenin (203 N 36th St)

Tickets $21-$101 (sliding scale available for all) here.

 

The Nutcracker – Emerald Ballet Theatre @ Northshore Performing Arts Center (Bothell)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm

Emerald Ballet Theatre is proud to present its 15th annual production of The Nutcracker featuring talented youth and adult performers, gorgeous costumes and sets, and the rousing EBT Orchestra conducted by David Waltman. Former Pacific Northwest Ballet Soloist Joshua Grant guests as the Sugar Plum Cavalier. The lovely Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell provides excellent views from every seat, and parking is ample, close and free. Continue — or start — a family tradition with EBT.

Tickets ($42-$52) here.

 

The Nutcracker – International Ballet Theatre @ Meydenbauer Center (Bellevue)
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm

A Traditional Holiday Spectacle

Join the International Ballet Theatre for a Christmas tradition decades old. With vibrant costumes and brilliant sets, IBT’s Nutcracker has become a family event to remember. Staged with traditional choreography, exotic Arabian dancers, and a fierce battle scene with soldiers and mice, let our cast dazzle you with a spectacle of the ages. Clara and her handsome prince await your arrival at our theater, where they will take you on a journey beyond the snow-covered forest to the land of sweets.

Choreography by Vera Altunina
Based on the original production by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa
Music of P.I. Tchaikovsky

Location: Meydenbauer Center Theatre (11100 Northeast 6th St., Bellevue)

Tickets ($60) here.