Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors have decided to perform Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!). This hilarious production includes Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times, topical pop-culture and every carol ever sung. Take a madcap romp through the holiday season at Portland's Twilight Theater Company.
Cinderella's glass slipper is the most famous footwear in fairy tale history. So why's it taken so long for her tale to get a tap-dancing twist? Get ready for a lavish retelling of this classic fairy tale as a holiday musical full of singing, dancing -- and plenty of tapping! Inspired by the beloved Broadway tunes of Cole Porter and George Gershwin, this story of a girl, a gown and one seriously cool glass slipper will keep your toes tapping 'til the stroke of midnight. See this wonderful, family-friendly show featuring actors of all ages at the Northwest Children's Theater and School in Portland.
Experience the wonder of holiday magic at Oregon Ballet Theatre's beloved holiday production of The Nutcracker, with George Balanchine's original choreography. On selected dates, the Oregon Ballet Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky's immortal score live at Keller Auditorium in Portland. This iconic version of the popular holiday ballet tells the timeless story of young Marie, who receives a nutcracker soldier as a gift and has a magical Christmas-night dream that her toy comes to life. Together they experience a grand adventure that takes them through an epic battle with the Rat King to the Sugarplum Fairy's magical Land of Sweets.
Look, if a giant singing Christmas tree isn't enough to get you in the holiday spirit, you are a tough nut to crack. But maybe a couple of dancing Santas, the chance to sing along to your favorite carols and a beautifully cinematic nativity scene will do it? Just try to stay Scrooge-like when three hundred angelic voices shower holiday glory on you and you've got a Santa Claus dancing around -- I dare you! Portland's annual singing Christmas tree show at Keller Auditorium is an awe-inspiring tradition not to be missed.
Experience the tale as old as time as you step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Let Lumiere light the way as you embark on this romantic adventure with Belle and her Beast. You'll sing, you'll swoon, you'll shake a fist at the dastardly Gaston and Le Fou. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of those unforgettable songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman -- from the rousing "Be Our Guest" to the heartwarming title track -- along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. Fall in love with this magical musical all over again this winter at Portland's Newmark Theatre.
Broadway titans Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) breathe music and life into Dickens' beloved tale of redemption, forgiveness and community. A Christmas Carol the Musical finds that legendary curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge visited by four spooky ghosts, who show him the error of his ways and offer a new path that spreads love and support to the people around him. Bring the whole family to the new musical show that captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season at Antoinette Hatfield Hall's Brunish Theatre in Portland.
This irreverent send-up of A Christmas Carol finds Scrooge, Tiny Tim and those know-it-all ghosts hopelessly mixed up in zany holiday sketches with a little inspiration from the audience. No two shows are ever alike as legendary comedy troupe The Second City dishes out a twisted and adult take on the holiday classic. Infused with hilariously unpredictable improv and parodies of your favorite holiday TV specials, it brings enough yuletide yuks to The Armory's Portland Center Stage to get you through the season with rosy cheeks and a sparkle in your eye.
Your favorite divas from Logo TV's RuPaul's Drag Race are bringing the merry and bright for an oh-so-fabulous holiday spectacular at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. Hosted by glamazon Trinity "The Body" Taylor, this holiday extravaganza is set to chanté onto the stage with appearances by fan-fave contestants that range from side-splitting comedy queens to fierce fish to vintage-inspired ingenues. And as a special holiday treat, these talented performers will participate in an audience Q&A sesh. So get ready to receive the gift of shade-throwing, face-serving and stage-stomping.
Love is never easy, but it's especially difficult if you're a character in a Shakespeare play. Just ask the dashing young Prince Pericles, who's angling to marry the neighboring kingdom's Princess Hesperides. As usual, there's a catch: In this case, her father will only let his daughter marry a suitor who can solve a riddle of his creation. When Pericles puts his mind to the puzzle, he uncovers a coded message bearing a dark secret about the royal family, one which will put his life in danger if he speaks up. Instead, Pericles flees the city, abandoning the princess and carrying a burden of guilt as he embarks on a series of comic, tragic and romantic misadventures throughout the world. Portland's Artists Repertory Theatre hosts the world premiere of Pericles Wet, a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre by celebrated playwright Ellen Margolis.
They're a bunch of actors reading vintage radio scripts. Standing in front of old mics. Wearing vintage clothes. What could be so great about a radio play? It's an enchanting time warp, that's why. A holiday staple for families across the country, Fake Radio takes on It's a Wonderful Life, an old favorite in a whole new way, live on stage. The show puts on this comic production at Portland's Alberta Rose Theatre, where several actors, including Kevin McDonald (The Kids in the Hall), present the play live to the listening audience. With the help of sound effects and live music from The Libertine Belles, the ensemble re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around.
This stage adaptation of the holiday family movie classic comes to Vancouver's Magenta Theater just in time for the season of giving. Follow the timeless tale of George Bailey (originally played by Jimmy Stewart) and his guardian angel Clarence on Christmas Eve, where we watch what a world would be like if he had never been born.
Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, years after its release, has left a lasting impact on both school classrooms and modern society. Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel (plus a 1962 movie starring the bad-a** Gregory Peck), this moving play follows Scout's journey as her attorney father, Atticus, defends a black man framed for a crime he did not commit. As the trial progresses, Scout and her brother Jem witness their community divided over issues of racism and justice. The Lakewood Center for the Arts now brings the powerful story to the Portland area.
Spend 90 minutes getting some Divine Inspiration when An Act of God descends upon The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza in Portland. God (played by actor Norman Wilson) and two of His devoted angels (James Sharinghousen and Leah Yorkston) will answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation, including "What came first: the chicken or egg?"
"I'm dreaming of a white ... album?" You probably are if you're one of the lucky Portlanders who's ever been to the city's most rockin' holiday tradition: White Album Xmas. And for those who haven't? Well, get ready for a new seasonal favorite. In this holiday circus spectacular, The Nowhere Band, 15-piece orchestra, will perform the Fab Four's entire classic "White Album" -- a double-album bursting with classic tracks like "Blackbird," "Mother Nature's Son," "Helter Skelter," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Blackbird" and more. This surreal mashup of musical styles will come bursting to life as the Portland Circus Allstars perform amazing, high-flying feats that guarantee this production "will be second to none." Add a little weirdness to your holiday season as White Album Xmas returns to Alberta Rose Theatre for its 10th year.
Like the famous snowman we all know and love, we're busting out our corncob pipes and button noses to bring your favorite holiday cartoons and songs to life. Grab your stocking, spike your eggnog, bring your office party and get ready to hang the mistletoe as Susannah Mars, Isaac Lamb and our very own CoHo Clown Cohort polish their red noses and take you on a hilarious and nostalgic journey through the animated traditions of our youth in Holiday Shorts and Songs at the CoHo Theater in Portland.
The Harlem Globetrotters are like the circus for basketball, but with way more slam dunks. This group of insanely talented sportsmen know how to do more than just shoot hoops -- they'll wow you with ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling jams and baskets shot from 30 feet away (That's six feet and three inches farther than the NBA's current three-point line), sprinkling it all with physical comedy that will have your whole family in stitches. A historical legacy, the Harlem Globetrotters have been around for more than 90 years and have played in a whopping 122 countries. For this 2018 World Tour, they're making a stop at the ShoWare Center in Kent to play the Washington Generals, and you're sure to dig their moves whether you're a sports fan or not.
In this season of light, the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland explores musical depictions of Mother Earth (Terra Mater) in winter and Mary, Mother of God (Mater Dei) across different cultures, along with additional music of the season at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Songs are set to include Spanish and Mexican traditional music and carols of the season and of Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day, as well as depictions of Mary by John Tavener, Ola Gjeilo, Arvo Pärt and Francisco Guerrero. The stillness and peace of the earth and of the season will be featured in works by Eric Whitacre, Stephen Chatman and Antonio Vivaldi.
Chamber Music Northwest invites you to celebrate the holidays with this unique evening featuring the equivalent of two concerts, with an extra-long intermission. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance of Bach's masterpieces by one of the world's most virtuosic violinists, Christian Tetzlaff, at Agnes Flanagan Chapel.
Laughter, love, acrobatics, dancing, juggling, music and mayhem -- it's all here when DO JUMP, 3 Leg Torso, Pepe Raphael and friends team up for a holiday celebration full of musical, acrobatic and theatrical glory. Come to the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland and be swept away by the timeless impassioned music of 3 leg Torso, the whimsical heart stopping beauty of DO JUMP, and the ardent singing and incendiary comedic talent of "Señor" Pepe Raphael. The New York Times says, "DO JUMP reinforces a child's sense of wonder and revives it in adults." And Teller (of Penn & Teller) says, "I love 3 leg Torso it blows the top off my head!"
Desi -- pronounced "they-see" -- is a loose term for the people and cultures of South Asia. At the Desi Comedy Fest, America's largest South Asian comedy festival, a who's who of comics from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, the U.K., Canada and the U.S. come together to share in the universal pursuit of making crowds of people crack up laughing. At Portland's Curious Comedy Theater, Desi comedians will use their original perspectives to poke fun at American culture -- along with their own.
It's a Wonderful Life has become a holiday staple for many families. What better way to kick off the season than to see the old favorite in a whole new way -- live on stage. This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 at the Rose Villa Performing Arts Center, where a cast of six actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. The ensemble re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story's message is profound and remains relevant for today's audiences. Come check it out and feel the holiday spirit in Portland.