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Holiday Guide

A Christmas Carol And Other Seasonal Shows

Photo: Trixie and Moneky: Roxi D’Lite; Moisty: Don Spiro, License: N/A

Trixie and Moneky: Roxi D’Lite; Moisty: Don Spiro

Burlesque duo Trixie and the evil hate Monkey are joined by Moisty the snowman for holiday shows.

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A Christmas Carol, the musical, at Riverside Stage, One of several local productions of Dickens’ classic.

A Christmas Carol, the Musical. Come out to see A Christmas Carol, the Musical which stays true to Charles Dickens’ original tale. Director and producer Michael Hulett of Musical Artists Theatre leads Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim in their annual production of the show. This year’s production features Jim Clelland as Scrooge. 7 p.m., Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 14-16, various times, Riverside Stage, Salem Lutheran Church, 1530 Battery Ave., (410) 837-0971,, free.

A Christmas Carol. The Charles Dickens classic is brought to the stage of the Lyric. 6:30 p.m., Dec. 16, the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 685-5086,, $17-$37.

A Christmas Carol. The First English Lutheran Church will present A Christmas Carol, featuring the Handel Children’s Choir of Baltimore and the Federal Hill Parlor Series Quartet. 4 p.m., Dec. 8, First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3807 N. Charles St., (410) 235-2356,, free.

A Christmas Carol. Just in time for the holiday season, the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol returns to the Weinberg Center stage. This production was awarded five gold stars by the Maryland Theatre Guide last year. Dec. 13-16, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 600-2828,, $6-22.

A Christmas Carol. Maryland Ensemble Theatre brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Crachit, and Tiny Tim to the stage at the Carroll Arts Center. Dec. 21-22, 8 p.m.; 3 p.m., Dec. 22, Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, (410) 848-7272,, $15, students and seniors $13.

A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens’ holiday story is given the musical treatment. Various dates and times, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, (410) 730-8311,, $49-$51.

A Christmas Story. Even though A Christmas Story is on for 24 straight hours on Christmas Day, CCBC is giving you the chance to see it at the Banneker Planetarium. 10 a.m., Dec. 8, Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus, 800 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville, (410) 840-4560,

A Very Tawny Christmas. Obie Award winner and Maryland native David Drake will return to the Spotlighters Theatre as Tawny Heatherton in A Very Tawny Christmas. Filled with seasonal songs, tales of globetrotting adventures, and surprise guests, A Very Tawny Christmas will have you laughing all night long. Dec. 28-29, 8 p.m., Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. (410) 752-1225,, $25.

Christmas With the Crows. Everyman Theatre’s Bruce Nelson and Robert Hitz join members of the Iron Crow Theatre Company for a night of songs and stories. 8 p.m., Dec. 8, Wright Theater, University of Baltimore, 21 W. Mount Royal Ave.,, $25.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The classic Jimmy Stewart holiday movie is brought to life by a cast performing the script in the style of a ’40s radio play. Dec. 7-30, Sundays, 7 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Maryland Ensemble Theater, the FSK Hotel, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 694-4744,, $25.50, students $21.50.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre. Presented by the Blackrock Center for the Arts, It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre features an evening of creativity, nostalgia, and fun. The story revolves around a band of employees at the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre on a snowy winter night, where, because of a blizzard, the professional voice actors are unable to get to the studio. 8 p.m., Dec. 15, Blackrock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, (240) 912-1057,, $29 and $32.

A Charlie Brown Christmas . The animated television special will be shown on the big screen without commercial interruption, followed by a live performance of songs from Vince Guaraldi’s fabulous jazz score played by the Eric Byrd Trio. 1 p.m., Dec. 8, Blackrock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, (301) 528-2260, $14.

A John Waters Christmas. Baltimore’s beloved pope of trash shares the weirder side of the holidays in this stage show. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va., (703) 549-7500,

Baltimore Improve Group’s Seasonal Suite. Rather than spending the holidays shopping, Baltimore Improv Group prefers to make funny stuff up. Dec. 14-16, Sunday, 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., (888) 745-8393,, $10, students and military $8.

A Charlie Brown Christmas . Following a screening of the beloved Peanuts film, the Eric Byrd Trio performs Vince Guaraldi’s classic jazz score. Dec. 14-15, Fridays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., 3 p.m., Dec. 15, Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, (410) 848-7272,, $10, students and seniors $7.

Comedy Cantonese. For all the folks who don’t sit around waiting for the arrival of the Jolly Old Elf, here’s a party with booze, Chinese food, and comedy. Rachel Feinstein, who recently starred in her own Comedy Central Presents special, headlines. 8:30 p.m., Dec. 24, Magooby’s Joke House, 9603 Derreco Road, Timonium, (410) 252-2727,, $30-$35.

Hack and Slash Christmas Special. The group celebrates the holidays and 20 years of performing with a show of music, comedy, and holiday cheer. Dec. 14-16, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, (410) 636-6597,, $29-$55.

Happy Frikkin’ Holiday Comedy Relief with Drop Three. All your favorite December holidays are crammed into 60 minutes, courtesy of Baltimore sketch and improv comedy troupe Drop Three. 11 p.m., Dec. 15, Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. (410) 752-1225,, $10.

Holiday Inn. A seasonal revue starring burlesque performers Angie Pontani, Maria Bella, Kay Sera, Sunny Sighed, and Bal’d Lightening. 9:30 p.m., Dec. 8, the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069,, $15.

Holiday Readings From Sedaris. Rep Stage’s Michael Stebbins reads a collection of short stories by humorist David Sedaris. Dec. 20-23, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., Rep Stage, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 772-4900,, $15.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This year’s festival features the premiere of a commissioned work by David Ashley White and anthems by Healey Willan, Sir David Wilcocks, and Tomas Luis de Victoria. Traditional English carols and lessons from holy scripture will be inlcuded as well. Dec. 16-23, Sundays, 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 p.m., MSB Center For The Arts, 3400 Norman Ave., $15-$22.

The Living Christmas Tree . The 2012 show focuses on Bill Fontaine, a TV news reporter. Bill’s difficult personal life makes it hard for him to find the joy in the holiday, but that’s before he comes across a young girl, Katie, who helps him rediscover the meaning of Christmas. Dec. 7-9, Riverdale Baptist Church, 1177 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, (301) 249-9111,, $10, seniors $9, age 3 and younger $5.

Trixie and Monkey’s Holiday SPECTAC-U-THON. The acrobatics of burlesque duo Trixie and Monkey will be on display for their tribute to holiday insanity. The “tallest talent in boylesque,” Mr. Gorgeous, also stars. The French horn trio, Tres Horny, will provide the tunes. Dec. 21-22, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651,, $22, members $17.

Youtheatre Holiday Production. A group of 4- to 18-year-olds perform a holiday show. Dec. 14-16, Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500,

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