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."
A fabulous combination of masterful music, physical fireworks and dramatic flair, all focused on a wonderful children's morality story, bursts onto stage in "The Happy Elf," produced by The Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, through Dec. 16, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.
"The Happy Elf" is wonderful, smile-inducing fun, based on a story by Lauren Gunderson and Andrew Fishman inspired by the Harry Connick Jr. song of the same title. The PYT production is directed by Bill Mutimer.
Auditions for "Tony & Tina's Wedding, 7 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 - Feb. 10, and "Finnegan's Farewell," 7 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7 -10, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, are 5 - 10 p.m. Dec. 12, Banko Community Room, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. Actors selected will be compensated for performances.
Audition slots of 10 minutes each must be reserved by contacting ArtsQuest Programming Manager Ryan Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Dec. 11 with name, phone number, resume, headshot and availability.
The Moscow Ballet is presenting the 20th anniversary of "The Great Russian Nutcracker" ballet, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.
Since 1993, the Moscow has presented "The Great Russian Nutcracker." This season, the Moscow performs in 60 cities across North America. Forty professionally-trained dancers light up the stage with 200 new lavish costumes, nine hand-painted backdrops, and a Christmas tree that grows to four-stories.
"Lincoln," which depicts President Abraham Lincoln during the months leading up to and after the passage of the 13th Amendment that freed the slaves in the United States, is history brought to life.
"Lincoln" is astounding on several levels, not the least of which is one of cinema's most memorable performances: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.