29 Nov 2012

Ten Shows to Kick Off the Holidays on Capitol Hill

Photo courtesy The Theater Alliance

‘Tis the season once more, and along with it, the holiday performances.

Whether you’re looking for a holiday sing-a-long or a modern take on a Christmas classic, there’s something for everyone this year.

Here’s a roundup of ten shows where you can get your fill of song, dance, and drama. And who knows, maybe it will leave you with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head.

Theater Alliance presents “The Night Before Christmas” a comedy about a burglar caught breaking into a London warehouse on Christmas Eve. When he claims he is an elf, shenanigans begin.

When: Now through Saturday, Dec. 29.
Where: H Street Playhouse
How much: $25 general admission, $20 seniors, $15 students. Purchase tickets here.

Actor Jason Lott stars in “Wonderful Life.” This one-man adaptation of the holiday classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” features a new script premiered this year at the HUB Theater in Virginia and was nominated for a Charles MacArthur Award.

When: Thursday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 30
H Street Playhouse
How much: $35 general admission, $25 seniors. Purchase tickets here.

The Capitol Hill Chorale will begin its 20th season with a holiday program featuring music inspired by prophetic texts, including Randal Thompson’s “Peaceable Kingdom” and Herbert Howells’s “Magnificat,” as well as some carol classics.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.
Where: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol Street
How much: $25 for preferred seating, $20 for general seating, $15 for ages 29 and younger, free for ages 12 and younger. Purchase tickets here.

The Capital City Symphony, the Congressional Chorus, the American Youth Chorus and the Atlas Performing Arts Center will come together to perform the seventh annual holiday concert and sing-along at the Atlas.

When: Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: The Atlas Performing Arts Center
The event is sold out. Call the Atlas at 202-399-7993, extension 2  to be placed on the waiting list.

In conjunction with Hill Havurah, NPR’s Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz will do readings of specially commissioned stories by writers including Anne Roiphe, Myra Goldberg and Simone Zelitch. The program will run for two hours.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Hill Center
How much: Free. RSVP here.

Arts on the Horizon, a nonprofit theater organization, brings back its inaugural production, “Drumming with Dishes,” with a holiday twist. An imaginative toddler will teach her imaginary friend what the holidays are all about by turning objects around her kitchen into musical instruments. Geared at children ages 2 to 6, the show will run for 35 minutes.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 16. Times vary.
Where: The Atlas Performing Arts Center
How much: $8 per ticket. Purchase them here.

Renowned company Step Afrika will dance with a polar bear, a penguin and Frosty the Snowman in its holiday performance. The show will run through Sunday, Dec. 23rd.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 23. Times vary.
Where: The Atlas Performing Arts Center
How much: $35 for adults, $20 for students, senior and military, $12 for ages 17 and younger, $88 for a family fun pack. Purchase tickets here.

Celebrate a Flutar Christmas. This musical duo features flutist Joseph Cunliff and guitarist Giorgia Cavallaro, and they will perform holiday selections.

When: Thursday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Hill Center
How much: $15. Purchase tickets here.

Vocal ensemble Trios Eos and multi-instrumentalist Christa Patton will perform Christmas music from 14th century Florence, known as laude, using a variety of period string and wind instruments.

When: Friday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 23
Where: Folger Shakespeare
How much: $50. Purchase tickets here.

The Washington Youth Choir at Eastern will perform a Christmas carol program along with the Eastern High School Alumni Choir. Sales for the concert go directly to the Washington Youth Choir College Scholarship Fund.

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 4 p.m.
Where: The Hill Center
How much: $25. Purchase tickets here.

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