• Downtown Phoenix holiday theater guide

    Posted on November 12, 2013 by Jasmine Barta in Upcoming Shows.
    A promotional photo of The Nutcracker by Ballet Arizona. Photo by Ballet Arizona

    A promotional photo of The Nutcracker by Ballet Arizona. Photo by Ballet Arizona

    The holiday season is here, so it only makes sense to let you know your holiday theater options for those who would like to kick off the most wonderful time of year with a show or two. Here are the holiday shows that are premiering in or near downtown Phoenix:

    Phoenix Theatre – “White Christmas”  (Nov. 20 – Dec. 2)

    According to Phoenix Theatre, “‘White Christmas’ is a great musical theater story of two World War II veterans with a successful song-and-dance act. With love on their minds, they meet up with a duo of beautiful singing and dancing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by their former army commander.” The show features classic songs that nearly everyone should recognize, including the song it’s named after. Tickets start at $46 and can be bought here.

    Valley Youth Theatre – “Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail” (Dec. 6 – 23)

    Although no description is offered for this show, it’s sure to be a heartwarming and family-friendly show based on the Winnie-the-Pooh franchise many children grew up with and still do. You can read more about it here in an article written about its 17th anniversary last year. Tickets are currently on sale and can be bought on the Valley Youth Theatre site.

    Ballet Arizona – “The Nutcracker” (Dec. 6 – 24)

    For this show, Ballet Arizona is teaming up with the Phoenix Symphony to recreate a storybook classic. “This holiday classic tells the story of Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a thrilling adventure,” Ballet Arizona has written, and KBAQ-FM has said that “this Nutcracker is blessed with Ib Andersen’s brilliant choreographic concept. It’s traditional but is full of dynamic flair.” Tickets are available now on the site.

    iTheatre Collaborative - “Christmas… the Magic Continues!” (Dec. 6 – 22)

    Performed at the Herberger Theater Center, “this annual musical cabaret feast will get you ready to celebrate the magic of the holidays and has become a Valley tradition—Christmas is not the same without it.” It will also feature songs, “both old and new, sung by some of the Valley’s best voices.” Tickets are currently discounted until Nov. 16 and can be bought here.

    Space 55 - “7 Minutes Under the Mistletoe: 2013″ (Dec. 21)

    If you’re looking for a more nontraditional Christmastime show, then this will probably be your cup of tea. Space 55 writes that the show is a “random, raucous assortment of music, mayhem and merriment as it delivers diverse acts, each of which has seven minutes to do whatever it is they do — music, comedy, poetry, dance, magic, yodeling … you name it!” And if you don’t like it? Just wait seven minutes for the next act. This show is, however, not suitable for children. Tickets should be on sale soon.

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