"Ogres like nasty," claims Shrek, the ogre who just wants to be left alone in his miserable swamp.
However, in spite of himself, Shrek finds friends and true love in the terrific Pennsylvania Youth Theatre production of "Shrek the Musical," through Dec. 15, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Sand Island, Bethlehem.
The stage version is based on the Oscar-winning 2001 DreamWorks animated feature film, which was based on William Steig's 1990 picture book.
The original Broadway production opened in December 2008, closing in January 2010.
@Body.8 Days: DANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY
Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542
East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Dec. 10
West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Jan. 7, 14
Country Waltz, 7 p.m. Dec. 17
Cha-Cha, 7 p.m. Jan. 21, 28
15th Anniversary Winter Ball, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4
Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION
Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown 610-433-4150
Lehigh Valley Tango Society, 7 - 10 p.m. Wednesdays: "Tango Practicas"
@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM
31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333
Hidden Treasures: American Photography from the Museum's Collection, through Dec. 8, Payne Hurd Gallery
Contemporary Fiber Art with Kayla O'Connor, noon Dec. 4
Intersections Between Science, Nature and Art with Diane Husic, 1 p.m. Dec. 8
South Asian Temple Art, through Dec. 29, Fowler Gallery
American Wildlife Art, through Dec. 29, Scheller and Rodale Galleries
@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300
"Dallas Buyer's Club," 5:15 p.m. Dec. 4; 4, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5; 2:15, 4:45, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 6; 1, 3:25, 5:50, 8:15 p.m. Dec. 7; 1:15, 3:45, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 8; 7:15 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 11; 4:15 p.m. Dec. 12
"Philomena," 7:45 p.m. Dec. 4; 4:30, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5; 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 8:55 p.m. Dec. 6; 2:15, 4:25, 6:35, 8:45 p.m. Dec. 7; 1:30, 4, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. 10, 11; 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 p.m. Dec. 12
Drummer Tommy Ference has gone from being in a group named after a wizard to becoming one of the Wizards.
Ference, drummer for Lehigh Valley classic rock band, Gandalf, is the drummer for The Wizards of Winter, presenting "A Trans Siberian Experience," a concert tribute to the Trans Siberian Orchestra, 4 p.m. Dec. 8, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.
Although band members do not consider themselves part of a tribute group, their initial goal was to faithfully reproduce the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra in a more intimate setting.
Community Music School holds its annual Holiday Recital, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
Students of various ages, backgrounds and skill levels perform a range of music from classical to pop. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert finale is an original holiday medley composed by one of CMS' long-time students. Michael G. Michael directs the piece performed by student musicians.
The concert includes Impressions, a jazz group, and Vocal Fusion, which performs contemporary vocals.
Northampton Community College's community chorus, Bel Canto Dalle Stelle, sings holiday favorites at its annual winter concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall,, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
Admission is by donation or a non-perishable food item for a local food bank.
"Dallas Buyers Club" provides an alternative view of the Texas metropolis.
While the film's title might sound like the name of a club those on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Dallas" (set for a 2014 telecast start) might belong to, or a QVC telemarketing spinoff, "Dallas Buyers Club" is about a company organized to provide what was purported to be H.I.V.-positive antidotes soon after the virus was identified.
Jingle Babes rock: The Jingle Babes, above, "Deck the Halls with Songs and Folly," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The Jingle Babes is the holiday edition of The Four Bitchin' Babes, which has been dazzling audiences on stage for more than 20 years, including nine recordings and a concert DVD. The Babes (Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Deirdre Flint, Marcy Marxer), who accompanying themselves on guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bass, piano and the Irish Bodhran, sing and perform an evening of carols and comedy in four-part harmony.
Lehigh Valley theater groups are "keeping Christmas well," to paraphrase from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," with traditional, off-beat and holiday shows representing the spirit of the season. Yes, Christmas is alive and well at area theaters once again as Christmas lights up the stage.
Here's an overview of offerings to help make your season bright.
"A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 14, 15, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. CivicTheatre.com, 610-432-8943