Art News Roundup Area theaters gear up for holiday entertainment

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The Tacoma area’s community theaters are poised to launch into their holiday offerings. Here is a rundown of the theatrical shows are out there for your holiday entertainment.

  • “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!”

Paradise Theatre,

3114 Judson St., Gig Harbor

Nov. 17 through Dec. 9, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Also matinee showings every Saturday at 2 p.m.

By Barbara Robinson, the play tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children named the Herdmans who were engaged in misfit behavior for their age such as smoking, drinking jug wine and shoplifting. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school’s Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a non-conventional fashion.

Info: www.paradisetheatre.org

  • “Once Upon a Mattress”

Tacoma Musical Playhouse,

7116 6th Ave, Tacoma

Nov. 24 through Dec. 17, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.

Based on “The Princess and the Pea” by Hans Christian Andersen. Princess Winnifred arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab’s castle hoping for the hand of the prince. His mother, Queen Agravain, insists that her son can only marry a princess of true blood (one who can feel a pea that is underneath a pile of mattresses). Winifred passes the test, unable to sleep all night from discomfort, and they live happily ever after.

Info: www.tmp.org 

  • “A Christmas Carol”

Lakewood Playhouse,

5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW, Lakewood

Nov. 24 through Dec. 17, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.

An adaptation of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from an embittered, ungenerous creature into a giving, caring human being at the hands of three spirits, who, one Christmas Eve, show him what life means. This richly textured play brings the full spirit of the book, as well as those of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come, to life on the stage.

Info: www.Lakewood Playhouse.org

  • “Seussical the Musical”

Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N I St.

Dec. 1-24, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Special added performances: Wed., Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Thurs., Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 23, 2 p.m.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Info: www.tacomalittletheatre.com

  • “A Very Special Holiday Special”

The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, at Dukesbay Theater, 508 6th Ave #10, Tacoma

Dec. 1-16 and shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. One Sunday show on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

Info: www.facebook.com/changingscenenw

The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, a fringe theatre dedicated to new and innovative works, presents a different kind of theatrical holiday fare with an evening of hilarious and quirky comedies by short-form play specialist, Mark Harvey Levine. “A Very Special Holiday Special” features short plays including, “Oy Vey Maria,” “Oh, Tannenbaum,” and “You Better Watch Out,” as well as a musical parody, “Les Miserabelves.” Presale tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors, students, military, and all tickets $20 purchased at the door. Limited seating (advance purchase is strongly recommened).

  • “Beauty and the Beast Panto”

Centerstage Theatre,

3200 SW Dash Point Rd., Federal Way

Nov. 25 through Dec. 21, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Also 7 p.m. shows every Saturday evening.  Additional shows Fri. Dec. 15 and Thurs. Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.

In “Beauty and the Beast,” silliness meets hilarity in this holiday Panto! There are songs to sing along with, villains to boo, heroes to cheer and Belle — being the strong beauty we all love. Great for families and all ages — the humor is sometime naughty, but never nasty. As we like to say, ages 4 to 104 enjoy this show. Nothing is taken seriously — except for making you laugh — come join the fun and be part of the celebration.

Info: www.centerstagetheatre.com

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