What to See on Stage in December
In December, relive your favourite holiday classics like The Nutcracker and It's a Wonderful Life as they're brought to life on stage.
Alberta Ballet's The Nutcracker comes to Calgary December 16 through 24.
Photograph by Paul McGrath. Alberta Ballet Company Artists.
This contemporary interpretation of Luigi Pirandello’s classic plays finds six characters appearing at a rehearsal, addressing the audience and asking for a chance to act out their stories.
When: Dec. 2 to 10
Where: Reeve Theatre, 2500 University Dr. N.W.
For tickets: scpa.ucalgary.ca
Revisit Bedford Falls in this classic Christmas tale of hope, love and the human spirit as George Bailey and Clarence the angel see what life would have been like for those George loves had he never been born.
When: Dec. 2 to 17
Where: Pumphouse Theatre, 2140 Pumphouse Ave. S.W.
For tickets: www.morpheustheatre.ca
Go behind the scenes with the hosts of CBC’s award-winning satirical radio show This is That as they show you how they improvise their way into savvy social satire, providing all the voices and laughs that fans have come to expect.
When: Dec. 3
Where: Eric Harvie Theatre, The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
For tickets: banffcentre.ca
This year, Calgary Opera’s Christmas offering is George Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle, the story of a pair of lovers who must outwit their disapproving elders, only this production includes a Christmas feast as its centrepiece.
When: Dec. 8 to 11
Where: Mamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St. S.W.
For tickets: tickets.calgaryopera.com
This always comedic reimagining of Dickens’ celebrated Christmas story takes the tale to different places every year. Past productions have been set in ancient Rome and the Wild West, and one show even allowed the audience to decide which actor would play Scrooge. Though this year’s twist is still a secret, it’s sure to be an entertaining production that still keeps the charm of the source material.
When: Dec. 8 to 23
Where: Loose Moose Theatre, 1235 26 Ave. S.E.
For tickets: brownpapertickets.com
Klara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King and all the other classic characters return to the stage with Alberta Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score, this holiday tale is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
When: Dec. 16 to 24
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave. N.W.
Price: From $24
For tickets: albertaballet50.com