Shows offer festive entertainment

By Kelsey Par - Staff Reporter



Both theater and musical lovers have an array of festive Christmas and holiday-themed show and musicals to help them get into the holiday spirit this season.

Auburn

The Auburn Avenue Theater will host Yule Be Rockin', a holiday-themed family concert on Dec. 3. The concert will be performed by Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies.

Ticket prices are $8 and the show is at 6:30 p.m. Auburn Theater is at 25 W. Main Street. For more information, visit auburnwa.gov.

Auburn Avenue Theater will host a Christmas-themed musical based on the 1983 film class A Christmas Story, through Dec. 18.

This musical received rave reviews on its Broadway run and is appropriate for all musical lovers and families. Showings are at various times through Dec. 18. General admission is $15 and $13 for students and seniors.

The show is at 10 Auburn Ave. For more information, visit auburnwa.gov. The Auburn Ave will host a holiday musical featuring The Carpenters, who are known for their top hits and Christmas Celebrations.

Lisa Rock and her six band members will perform their two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, A Carpenters Christmas featuring Merry Christmas Darling and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town.

Tickets are $18 for students and seniors and $20 for general admission. The show is at 7 p.m. For more information, visit auburnwa.gov.

The Evergreen City Ballet will perform The Nutcracker (1-hour version) at the Auburn Performing Arts Center on Dec. 10.

This traditional holiday show will feature Clara and The Nutcracker as they venture into the Land of the Sweets. On their journey they will encounter a battle between toy soldiers and rats and dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Ticket prices vary and start at $16. The show is at 1:30-2:30 p.m. at 702 Fourth Street NE. For more information, visit info@evergreencityballet.org.

The Auburn Dance Academy will host its 19th annual holiday production The Grinch, on Dec. 15 and Dec. 16.

The show is loosely based on New York's popular Broadway hit that featured several talented dancers, costumes and sets produced by a nationally ranked choreographer.

Ticket prices vary and range from $15-$17. Show times are 7-9 p.m. at 702 Fourth St. N.E. For more information, visit info@auburndanceacademy.com.

Federal Way

Centerstage! in Federal Way will host through Dec. 22, Little Red Riding Hood, presented to audiences in a pantomime fashion. The stage production is a comedy appropriate for all ages. This holiday-themed show features songs, jokes, and panto routines.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and military, $15 for youth 25 and younger, and $50 for VIP. The show will be at 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road.

Additional Information can be found at centerstagetheatre.com.

Northwest Boy Choir, Northwest Sinfonia and Vocalpoint! Seattle from Dec. 10 to Dec. 23, will perform the story of the Nativity in their A Festival of Lessons and Carols.

Conductor Joseph Crnko will guide the choirs as the story is told through reading, chorale and orchestra. The choirs will perform at various churches and cathedrals through Dec. 23.

Ticket prices vary and start at $5. For more information on location, hours and ticket prices, visit nwchoirs.org.

Burien

The Burien Actors Theatre will host a Christmas-themed comedy by Martin and Austin Tinchenor.

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) is much different than any typical Christmas Carol or Miracle on 34th Street production, the show features three actors presenting every thinkable Christmas show. The show runs from through Dec. 18 at various times.

Ticket prices vary and discounts are available on specific dates. The theatre is at 14501 4th Ave. S.W. For more information, visit burienlittletheatre.org.

Music lovers can get in the holiday spirit with a night full of festive music by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Brass Quintet and internationally renowned soloist, Natalie Dungey when Burien Actors Theatre presents a Holiday Concert featuring the brass quintet in chamber-music style.

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra will perform on Dec. 11 from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for seniors and $15 for general admission

Burien Actors Theatre is at 14051 Fourth Ave. S.W. For more information, visit burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

ChoralSounds Northwest performs Winterlight, a concert featuring a night full of holiday-themed music at the Highline Performing Arts Center on Dec. 11.

Artistic Director Ryan Ellis has chosen several holiday works including Keep Your Lamps, True Light, Glow, and Disney's World of Color: Winter Dreams performed by the choir.

The concert will also include a medley from Elf: The Musical, Twelve Days After Christmas, and Little Drummer Boy.

The show begins at 2 p.m. at 401 S. 152nd St., Burien. Ticket prices vary and start at $20. For more information, visit nwassociatedarts.org

Northwest Associated Arts' youngest singers present Christmas Treats a holiday-themed musical. KidSounds, YouthSounds and TeenSounds are back with their annual holiday tradition, also at Highline Performing Arts Center.

Artistic Director Colleen Thomas-Reitsma and Kerstin Shaffer programmed the concert with many of the familiar and enjoyed holiday sounds of the season.

The concert is on Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. General admission is $15 and the show is free for youth ages 17 and younger. It is at 401 S. 152nd St, Burien.

Kent

Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center hosts their 30th anniversary concert, Windham Hill Winter Solstice on Dec. 9. This holiday show celebrates the winter solstice and its traditions with a concert of acoustic music.

The concert is led by Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill and Grammy-winning guitarist; Grammy Award-nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie; Alex de Grassi, Grammy-nominated guitarist and composer; and bassist Todd Boston.

Tickets are $32 for general admission, $30 for seniors and $15 for youth. Showings are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at 10020 SE 256th St. For more information, visit kentwa.gov.

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