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Arts & Culture

2012 Atlanta Holiday Theater Preview

October 15, 2012 6:00 AM

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(photo credit: horizontheatre.com)

(photo credit: horizontheatre.com)

When the kids are out of school and family is in town, a great way to share some time together is to check out Atlanta’s theater scene. The Christmas season is packed with family favorites like “A Christmas Carol” and some unique, adult-only humor shows like “Santaland Diaries.” Each show includes a great message of the spirit of Christmas and can easily be made into an enjoyable day or night out.

“Nuncrackers”
Onstage Atlanta
2597 N. Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30033
(404) 897-1802
www.onstageatlanta.com

Dates: November 23 through December 22

A fresh, new Christmas-themed theatrical show is “Nuncrackers.” What’s not to love about singing nuns and priests? The story revolves around a cable access show by Reverend Mother and her nun sisters. You’ll have some new Christmas carols performed like “Twelve Days Prior to Christmas,” “Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are Us” and “It’s Better to Give than to Receive.” This performance will be filled with humorous carols and encourages audience participation. It will be an event that makes you smile and will help you giggle your way into the holiday season.

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“Santaland Diaries”
Horizon Theatre
Euclid & Austin Avenues
(404) 584-7450
www.horizontheatre.com

Dates: November 23 through December 30

“Santaland Diaries” is a recurring fan favorite at Horizon Theater. This might be the only Christmas show that will have you laughing throughout its entire duration. It makes for a great date-night event or a girls’ night get together. The story revolves around author David Sedaris’ real-life experience working as an elf in a department store’s Santaland. This is a not-to-be-missed event.

“A Christmas Carol”
Alliance Theater
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-5000
www.alliancetheatre.org

Dates: November 23 through December 23

Alliance Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” may quite possibly be Atlanta’s favorite theatrical production. It serves as a great childhood memory for older Atlanta natives with a tradition that can be carried on for their children’s enjoyment. This show provides a truly beautiful display of the classic tale of Christmas past, present and future. The performance is well worth the higher ticket price.

“A Christmas Carol”
Shakespeare Tavern
499 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 874-5299
www.shakespearetavern.com

Dates: November 29 through December 23

A close rival to Alliance’s “A Christmas Carol,” Shakespeare Tavern has sold out this performance annually. With the unique dining experience at Shakespeare Tavern, you can arrive early and enjoy a great meal before the show. Unlike the Tavern’s year-round schedule of Shakespearean productions, this is a one-time performance that will be easy for the kids to understand amidst the beautiful atmosphere of the theater. “A Christmas Carol” at Shakespeare Tavern is a delight for the whole family.

“The Gifts of the Magi”
Theatrical Outfit
84 Luckie St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(877) 725-8849
www.theatricaloutfit.org

Dates: November 29 through December 23

A Christmas musical that will pull on the heart strings, “The Gifts of the Magi” tells the story about a couple out of work who are unable to afford presents for each other. This performance tells of sacrifice in a cold city during the Christmas season. This musical is cast with Atlanta favorites and will evoke a strong message to take home to the family. Theatrical Outfit is located in the heart of downtown with many fine-dining restaurants in the area to enjoy dinner and a show.

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Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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