Holiday shows to see in LA area: The Nutcracker, The Wonderful Winter of Oz

It’s almost the holiday season, and that means there are many events and shows to get you into the holiday spirit. Whether it’s watching ballerinas prancing around in The Nutcracker or watching Kermit the Frog as the Wizard of Oz, there should be something for everyone. You can watch concerts featuring Christmas music, but you can take it a step further by getting a show out of it. Check out some examples below!

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

The Broad Stage
1310 11th St. Santa Monica

By Peter Rothstein
With musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach
December 22, 2018

“All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 recounts an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas together, sharing food and drink, playing soccer, singing carols and burying each other’s dead. In some places along the Western Front the truce lasted a single night and in others it endured until New Year’s Day. This dramatic re-telling weaves together firsthand accounts by 30 World War I soldiers with music including patriotic tunes, trench songs and Christmas carols.”

Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Photo - Katie Bing long beach nutcracker

Photo – Katie Bing

December 15-23
Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach

“The Long Beach Ballet’s Artistic Director David Wilcox has pulled out all the stops for this 36th production of the classical tale. This production boasts a full symphony orchestra, a flying sleigh, a real live horse, on-stage pyrotechnics, and a cast of over 200. Former Disney designers Elliot Hessayon and Scott Schaffer created the enchanting scenery, Australian artist Adrian Clark designed the detailed costumes, and renowned magician Franz Harary created the special effects, including a magical costume switch, involving Clara instantly changing from her nightgown into a gleaming ball gown.”

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

Photo: Red Apple Photography

532 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles CA 90013

November 15, 2018 – January 21, 2019
Open Daily (check website for times)

“Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square, announces its return to downtown Los Angeles on November 15, 2018 through January 21, 2019. The beloved recreational landmark will kick-off its 21st anniversary season with a festive series of free community and special events.

For 21 years, the Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square has brought winter fun to sunny Los Angeles. At 7,200 square feet, it is the city’s largest outdoor rink, offering visitors professional-quality real ice for skating and entertainment.”

A Noise Within’s A Christmas Carol

Photo: Craig Schwartz

3352 E Foothill Blvd. Pasadena
Adapted for the stage by Geoff Elliott
Directed by Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott
December 1-23, 2018

“ANW’s delightfully festive, musically merry, holiday tradition returns. Families love the inspirational story of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge, the perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season.”

The Wonderful Winter of Oz

Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 East Green Street, Pasadena CA 91101
Limited engagement from December 14-30

“Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP) in association with the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, announces Kermit The Frog as the Wizard of Oz and Marissa Jaret Winokur (Celebrity Big Brother Winner and Hairspray) as Glinda in their newest production – THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ.

The production will be directed by Bonnie Lythgoe and choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (NappyTabs), with book by Kris Lythgoe and Michael Orland (American Idol) serving as musical arranger and supervisor. Casting is by executive producer Becky Lythgoe. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

An updated version of the beloved classic, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more.”

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