From special concerts to perennial favorites like The Nutcracker, most every event will be infused with the holiday spirit. For some great live performance options, heres a look at a range of musicals, dance presentations, solo shows and other stage revues that cover the region, from Cheboygan to Grand Rapids and Detroit. After the new year, look for a slate of new offerings that will continue well into the spring, before the summer theatre season begins.
Manistee Civic Players - Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee (231) 723-9948
Cinderella December 9-11 at 8 p.m.
Of course, this is the timeless story of an orphan who suffers as a servant in her step-mothers home. Bedeviled by her stepmother and step-sisters, befriended by the animals of the property and eventually enchanted by a Fairy Godmother, Cinderella achieves her highest dream of romance and true love with the Prince of the Kingdom. This magical fairy tale sparkles with originality, charm, elegance, and humor, and is enhanced with classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, such as Ten Minutes Ago and In My Own Little Corner.
Traverse City Children & Teen Theatre - Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City
Website: www.oldtownplayhouse.com or www.tcctheatre.org
Aladdin - December 10-11 at 7:00 p.m., December 11-12 at 2 p.m.
This is TCCTs winter production, held on the main stage of Old Town Playhouse and directed by Andrea Geiger & Luis Araquistain. This play is based on the classic story about a boy, a princess and a magic lamp. Tickets are $6 for teens and adults, $4 for kids and seniors.
Proof January 14-15, 20-23, 27-29 at 8:00 p.m., January 23 at 3:00 p.m.
Written by David Auburn and directed by Mike Kelly, Proof is the story of the daughter of a mathematics professor and her struggle with both his mathematical genius and his mental illness. After caring for her father throughout his lengthy illness and death, she finds a mysterious notebook he left behind. Is it genius or madness? Which does she stand to inherit? This show won the Tony award for best play in 2001 as well as two other Tony awards.
Wives of an American King February 11-29
OTP veteran Jeanette Mason returns to direct this original work by her friend, playwright/poet Anne Marie Oomen, about the notorious King Strang of historical Beaver Island fame.
Showcase Dinner Theatre - Williamsburg Banquet Center, Acme, MI
Rockin in a Winter Wonderland - Through December 2004 with seating for dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
Under the direction of local entertainer Dominic Fortuna, this evening of entertainment begins with a five-course meal served by staff who are also the performers in an original, holiday-themed musical revue. The production features traditional songs and popular tunes, with plenty of opportunity for audience interaction. When the show ends, the room remains open to the public for dancing and drinks. The facility is smoke-free
Interlochen Center for the Arts - Interlochen (231) 276-7800 Website: www.interlochen.org
Romeo & Juliet December 10-11 at 8 p.m., December 12 at 2 p.m. at Harvey Theatre
Shakespeares star-crossed lovers encounter bliss and duel death in this student production. One of the greatest romantic plays of any age, it is timeless in any season of the year.
Coppelia December 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and December 18-19 at 1 p.m. Corson Auditorium
The Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Ensemble and Orchestra present this comedy ballet about a mischievous toymaker, an amazingly lifelike clockwork doll, young love and mistaken identity. Like The Nutcracker, Coppelia was based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffman and also features lively characters, colorful costumes, memorable music and a magical plot.
Gershwins My One and Only - January 18 at 8 p.m. Corson Auditorium
This Tony Award-winning musical features a sensational score by George and Ira Gershwin, including such classics as Strike Up the Band, Nice Work If You Can Get It and S Wonderful. Mainstage Theatricals brings this story of love lost and found to the Corson stage for an evening of family entertainment.
Cheboygan Opera House Cheboygan
(231) 627-5432 Website:
Riders in the Sky Christmas Spectacular - December 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Riders in the Sky have been Americas favorite musical cowboys since 1977. This Grammy Award winning group featuring Ranger Doug, Woody Paul, Too Slim and Joey The Cowpolka King have carried on an American music tradition, this time served up with a heaping dose of holiday cheer.
DeVos Hall Grand Rapids
Webites: www.devoshall.com or
The Nutcracker - December 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. and December 11-12 at 2 p.m.
Michigans only professional ballet company, The Grand Rapids Ballet Company (GRBC), announces the return of Tchaikovskys holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. This beloved ballet has been a Grand Rapids tradition for more than 30 years. Dazzling choreography, sets, and costumes take center stage as the professional dancers are joined by over 100 community children, directed by Laura Berman. GRBCs Nutcracker is a Michigan classic, and children of all ages, on stage as well as in the audience, look forward to the experience of this production. This year also marks the 20th anniversary for guest artist Errol Shewman to perform his memorable role as Dr. Drosselmeyer. available for children, seniors, and groups.
Fisher Auditorium Detroit
(313) 871-1132 Website:
Evita December 8-11 at 8:00 p.m., December 11-12 at 2 p.m. and December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
While not a seasonal show, this is a rare chance to see the professional touring company of Evita, winner of seven Tony Awards, in one of Detroits most majestic performing halls. This still-remarkable Rice-Weber musical brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator, Juan Peron. Eva Peron, blessed with charisma, captivated a nation by championing the working class. Songs include Broadway staples Dont Cry for Me, Argentina and Whats New, Buenos Aires?
The King and I - January 11 30
East meets West in this timeless love story between a powerful, stubborn king and a determined governess. Its a lavish production filled with splendid pageantry, a dazzling score and exquisite dancing. Spectacular sets and costumes transform you to the strange and exotic world that Anna, played by Stephanie Powers (Hart to Hart) and her son struggle to become a part of.
Trumbo - February 1 - 6
Brian Dennehy stars as legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus, Roman Holiday and Exodus) who in 1947, at the top of his career, stood up to the House Un-American Activities Committee and was thrown into prison as one of the infamous Hollywood Ten.