The Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley-Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (BGLV-PYB) presented the Lehigh Valley's first "Nutcracker" production in 1968, a beloved holiday tradition which continues to this day.
This season's production, 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, features world-class guest artists Ashley Bouder, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, and Matthew Dibble, dancer with Twyla Tharp Company, as the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier, respectively.
During the holiday season, there are several "Nutcracker" ballets to choose from in the Lehigh Valley.
However, the 26th annual Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) "Nutcracker," 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, is the only one with a live orchestra.
The Allentown Symphony, conducted by Associate Conductor Ron Demkee, again performs the Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker" score. The dancers must listen closely to the orchestra and watch the conductor to execute this most famous score.
"A Christmas Carol with Gerald Charles Dickens," 7 p.m. Dec. 16; One-man show, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem. Meet and greet autograph session follows, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem. 610-866-5481
"A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th Street, Allentown. civictheatre.com, 610-432-8943
Auditions for Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "August: Osage County," 7 p.m. March 1 - 9 and 2 p.m. March 10, 19th Street Theatre, are 7 p.m. Dec. 10.
Tracy Letts' Pulitzer prize-winning play will be directed by Civic Artistic Director William Sanders.
Actors new to Civic should prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue from a contemporary play. All will be asked to read from the script. Sides will be available at the audition one hour previous. Those auditioning are asked to bring a recent photo, and list of conflicts auditions to closing night.
There's no better way to get a laugh during the holiday season than by coming out to see The Second City's "Dysfunctional Holiday Revue," 8 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
Touchstone Theatre makes good on its promise of vaudevillian holiday hijinks with "Christmas City Follies XIII," which continues through Dec. 22.
Directed by "Follies" veteran Jp Jordan, the side-splitting show kicked off opening night, Nov. 30, with Touchstone Ensemble apprentices Gary Warren and Kyle Lewis as carolers singing a literal interpretation of the holiday classic "Deck the Halls," which involves beating fellow cast members with "boughs of holly."
Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld is clear about what the choir's annual Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, are all about.
"It's music in celebration of the birth of Christ, in celebration of the Nativity. Especially in what we affectionately call the Christmas City, the Christmas spirit is pervasive.
A traditional Moravian music Christmas concert and Lovefeast will be presented in partnership with ArtsQuest, 11 a.m. Dec. 8, Central Moravian Church, West Church and Main streets, Bethlehem.
The concert in the 1,200-seat sanctuary of the 206-year-old church includes Christmas carols and Moravian hymns accompanied by Main Street Brass, organ and choir. Brief historical descriptions of the Moravian heritage and traditions will be shared.
Tickets: christmascity. org
Bach Choir firsts: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents two firsts for its annual Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem: Benjamin Britten's "Saint Nicolas" and a collaboration with the Bel Canto Children's Chorus, above, Red Hill, Montgomery County.
A cast of more than 100 tells an emotional story while Barry Glassman as Scrooge and other lead players keep the tone light in Civic Theatre of Allentown's 23rd production of "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 15 at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown.
With a sprinkling of well-timed wordplay and facial expressions, Glassman as Scrooge relives his sad past and gets a glimpse of the bleak future he's set himself up for. Scrooge's cold lack of holiday spirit is evident from the start as he shoos off multiple visitors while avoiding wishing them anything but "Good evening."