Holiday Events – Theatre and Dance

By Rose Desena

 

How About A little Culture with Your Turkey?

 

Or What To Do Over The Holidays.

 

So its Thanksgiving weekend and you’re still stuffed from dinner. If you don’t get away from the fridge, you’re going to keep eating until you burst. You’re far too smart to torture yourself by going to a mall. No need for that anyway, that’s so 2007, just log on to your favorite retail site, hit a few keys and Viola; the shopping is done. Now you can have some fun.

 

Los Angeles is rich in holiday cheer that the whole family can enjoy. Start at the Santa Monica Play House and end up at the Music Center on Christmas Eve for their fabulous family extravaganza.  The Rubicon Theater Complex in Ventura offers a huge variety of events, and check out the 24th Street Theater for a family play “Ladybird” for a mere 24 cents. Really! Who says the Holidays have to be expensive?  Whatever you do it will surely bring joy.

 

 So grab the kids, some friends or the old folks and check out the holidays LA style on the streets, at our theaters, cultural centers and malls.  Some of these suggestions work great for the whole family and some just for adults. This is just a small list, log onto your community web site for more listings. All of us at the Los AngelesPost, wish you a happy and safe Holiday Season.

 

EVENTS

 

Nov. 26th – Dec 15th – “Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party

Theater interactive

FOR FAMILIES

“Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party,” the internationally acclaimed Rudie-DeCarlo musical comedy, back for the holidays. Perfect for kids 2 to 102. Sat 2pm, Sun 12:30pm, now thru Dec 15. http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com 1-310-394-9779 ext 2

 

 

Opens Nov,29th  –  “A Christmas Carol”

Theater

“A Christmas Carol.” Adaptation of Dickens’ story about Scrooge and the ghosts, with lots of music. All ages. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Opens November 29. (626) 355-4318, or www.sierramadreplayhouse.org

 

 

Nov. 29th – Old Pasadena Winter wonderland

FREE  Family
The festivities kick off at Old Pasadena’s own winter wonderland, located on Holly Street between Raymond and Fair Oaks, where kiddos can play in 20 tons of real snow, see live reindeer fresh from the North Pole, create art in a kid’s craft area and enjoy live music. Then head over to One Colorado where Santa is taking a break from his busy schedule to light Old Town’s 35-foot Christmas tree.  He’ll stick around for Santa Sleigh photos and a few autographs.  So should you!  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

 

Nov 30th  Dec 22  – A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Theater
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group proudly presents their very own fun, freaky and rockin’ turbo-charged version of the famous Dickens’ classic celebrating Holiday Spirit and Redemption.  For Ages 12 and up.
ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.
Reservation Hotline: (818) 202 – 4120
Tickets:  $15    

 

 

Nov. 30th  Dec.21st – DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY CHRISTMAS

Theater

World premiere comedy DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY CHRISTMAS, written/directed by Paul Storiale.  In this hilarious holiday farce, Dean and Joanne are expecting their kids home for Christmas, but Grapndpa dies on Christmas Eve and all hell breaks loose!  BrickHouse Theatre.  www.christmasfarce.com    Ages 14+.

 

 

Dec. 1  Hollywood Christmas Parade

FREE – Family

Hollywood Christmas Parade, check web site for details

http://thehollywoodchristmasparade.org/artist/formation/

 

 

DEC. 2 AT 5 PM – OFFICIAL LOS ANGELES COUNTY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

THE MUSIC CENTER MONDAY

WHO: Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Student performers from the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts

WHAT: Los Angeles County Christmas Tree Lighting

WHEN: Monday, December 2 at 5:00 pm

WHERE:   Los Angeles County Music Center

135 N. Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

 

Opens Dec 4th  – “Bob’s Holiday Office Party”

Theater Adult

“Bob’s Holiday Office Party.” Eighteenth annual production. Drunken revelry and hanky panky at Bob’s insurance office in Neuterburg, Iowa. Directed by Justin Tanner. Ages 16 to adult.  At Pico Playhouse 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Opens December 4. (800) 838-3006 orwww.brownpapertickets.com/event/467753

 

 

Dec 4th and 5th  – “La Virgen De Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin”

Theater

“La Virgen De Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin.” Spectacular holiday pageant set in 16th Century Mexico. Cast of over 100. Appearance of the Virgin Mary precedes Christmas miracles.

General admission free. Reserved seats $35. All ages. Latino Theater Company at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. December 4 and 5 at 7:30. For reservations for reserved seats, 866-811-4111. Website: www.thelatc.org. 2000 available seats nightly.

 

 

 Dec. 5 @ 6 p.m. Culver City Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

Event FREE
Culver City Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
—. Culver City makes this holiday celebration “green” and energy efficient, lighting a beautiful 22-foot artificial Rocky Mountain pine tree with over 7,500 warm-white LED lights. Plus Santa Claus, hot cider, coco and cookies. Town Plaza, Downtown Culver City (intersection of Culver Blvd. and Van Buren Pl., next to Culver Hotel & Pacific Theatres);  www.downtownculvercity.com.

 

 

Opens Dec 6th – “Merry F***in’ Christmas, Y’All”

Theater Adult

“Merry F***in’ Christmas, Y’All.” Lesbian brings her fiancee to spend Xmas in Colorado with her redneck family. She hasn’t come out to them yet.  $15. Not for kids. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Opens December 6. (818) 508-3003.www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org

 

Dec.6th Jan19th – “MOMS GIFT”

Theater Adults

This world premiere, heartwarming family comedy reminds us that forgiveness may be the simplest path to love. Mom has always taken good care of her family. She expects to go to heaven, but eleven months after she’s died she’s still an earthbound ghost. Where:  Lonny Chapman Theatre   10900 Burbank Blvd.  North Hollywood 91601

Reservations:  www.thegrouprep.com or (818) 763-5990

Tickets:  $15 – $22

 

Dec 6th Till the 24th – SANTASIA – A HOLIDAY COMEDY

Theater Kids

Loser Kids Productions presents SANTASIA – A HOLIDAY COMEDY, Critics Pick for the past 13 Years! is a laugh out loud, hilarious annual holiday romp and cult hit. Compared to “Kids in the Hall”, the “Carol Burnett Show”, and the likes of Vaudeville” –   December 6 – 24.  Whitefire Theatre.  www.santasia.com or Ages 18+.

 

 

December  – The Grove – Santa’s Village

Family Free

The Grove in West Hollywood @ Fairfax and 3rd, has a gorgeous Tree and Santa Village. Also they make it snow. Snow in LA LA land how silly is that? What fun.

Check there site calendar for all there events. http://www.thegrovela.com/calendar.php

 

 

Dec 6th – Dec 22  – A RUBICON FAMILY CHRISTMAS & LITTLE MISS SCROOGE

The Rubicon Theater complex in Ventura is a potpourri of great events and shows.  Too many to list so please log on to their site. www. Rubicontheater.org.

Rubicon Theatre is a complete, HOLIDAY CENTRAL:

Two Musicals – the return of A RUBICON FAMILY CHRISTMAS & LITTLE MISS SCROOGE  also

THE SANTALAND DIARIES! Featuring Broadway Veterans, a Reading of Wartime Love Letters, also Santa’s Village with a Holiday Boutique and Photo Opportunities, Dickensian Carolers, Tiny Tots Concert, Storytime and More!

Santa’s Village at Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St. Ventura, CA 93001 (enter through Laurel St. entrance and go downstairs). Tickets are $35 each. Please call Rubicon Theatre Company’s box office at (805) 667-2900 or visit rubicontheatre.org.

 

December 7 and 14  – On Saturdays

Kentwood Players presents A Kentwood Kids musical comedy production “Mr. Potcher’s Holiday ”
With book and lyrics by Bob Silberg, music by Barbara Klaskin Silberg
At the Westchester Playhouse 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester , CA 90045.


Dec. 7-15 (Saturdays and Sundays @ 3 p.m Ladybird

Theater, 24 cents.
Ladybird –This warm, funny and unique holiday play weaves together the true stories and real-life experiences of local residents. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Appropriate for all ages. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; Admission: (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

 

 

Dec 8th to Jan 5th – CHILDREN’S THEATER FESTIVAL

Theater Kids

Los Angeles Children’s Theater is pleased to present its first CHILDREN’S THEATER FESTIVAL for this holiday season.

LACT presents magical and musical stage adaptations of the children’s classics, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT and PINOCCHIO at The Little Theater in West Los Angeles. The Little Theater, 12420 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles 90025. www.theblackboxtheater.org

 

 

Dec. 12 & 19 @ 8pm- Dec. 14 & 21 @ 5pm.  – The Latina Christmas Special

Adults and young adults

Three hilarious, touching and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of holidays past told in one-woman show format by Latina comedians, SANDRA VALLS, DIANA YANEZ and MARIA RUSSELL.

Each share their own quirky Christmas experiences of growing up in Latino families within their American homes that will brighten your holiday as well as fill you up with laughter, cheer and love of the immigrant situation.Theatre Asylum – Elephant Space
www.theatreasylum-la.com

 

 

Dec. 12th  Santa Monica Tree Lighting Ceremony

Free Family
Santa Claus is coming to town, and when he does, let it snow let it snow, let it snow!  It’s the most wonderful time… ok, enough with the carols. Santa is arriving for the Holiday Tree Lighting on Third Street Promenade, where he will light the tree and local students from Green Brooms Music Academy will provide festive musical entertainment.
Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade.

 

 

Dec 13th SPARKLE!

 Adults

Star-studded holiday benefit SPARKLE! An All-Star Holiday Concert comes to Los Angeles for the first time with an exclusive and intimate performance at the Acme Theatre in Hollywood for one night only on Friday, December 13 at 7:30pm. Proceeds will benefit the programs and services of The Actors Fund.

After four sold-out years in Palm Springs, CA and an additional two years in New York City, SPARKLE! comes to Los Angeles. For this special holiday event producer and host Scott Nevins has gathered an all-star cast of performers from the worlds of Broadway, television, film, and the music industry to help sing in the season. To purchase online, go to http://bit.ly/SparkleLA2013. The Acme Theatre in Hollywood 135 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036.

 

 

Dec. 15 @ 8 p.m. – Forever Flamenco!

Dance Family
Forever Flamenco!
presents Caminos Flamencos in “Fiesta Navidad”— Led by dynamic duo Yaelisa and Jason McGuireEl Rubio,” Caminos Flamencos returns to the Fountain for a special holiday treat, backed by cantaora Kina Mendez from one of the most iconic flamenco dynasties in Jerez, and featuring their compañeros Manuel Gutierrez, Briseyda Zarate and Mizuho Sato. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $40; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

 


Dec. 18th 5-9pm – Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday Neighborhood-Wide “Holiday” Happy Hour

Event, FREE
Free samples, discounts and a sleigh-full of beer specials at area bars and dining establishments. Stuff your stocking using Third Wednesday discounts from Downtown’s one-of-a-kind specialty stores. Downtown Culver City (south of the 10 Freeway and east of the 405, between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds and Duquesne Ave.); www.downtownculvercity.com.

 

 

Dec 21stEnchanted  – Fairytale Interactive Holiday Theatre”

Theater/ Interactive- Family

Enchanted Fairytale Interactive Holiday Theatre” – for kids 4 to 10 and their grown-ups. Story-telling, face-painting, crafts, theatre games, fairytale enactment, refreshments and special gifts make up this interactive holiday event. Sat, Dec 21, 10:30am to noon. http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com 1-310-394-9779 ext 2

 



Dec. 24 , 3-6 p.m  – 54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

Event, FREE
54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
– your L.A. tradition! Perfect for the whole family, more than 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of Los Angeles celebrate the season during this free, three-hour holiday show. Even the parking underneath the Music Center is free. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion @ the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012; FREE; (213) 972-3099; www.HolidayCelebration.org

 

Dec. 31st Only NEW YEARS EVE – “The Annual All-New One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue”

Family
“The Annual All-New One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue” – the perfect family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration – complete with buffet supper, champagne, sparkling juice, hats, tiaras, noisemakers, the works! Tues, Dec 31, 6pm and 9:30pm. http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com 1-310-394-9779 ext 1

 

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