THROUGH DEC 22 A Christmas Carol The Musical, Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster, 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. In this musical twist on a classic Christmas story, Charles Dickens’ immortal tale of gets the full Broadway treatment. Audiences will revel in the story’s emotional power and the joy that comes from with memorable music as they watch Ebenezer Scrooge get a chance for redemption.
THROUGH DEC 15 Little Women Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Street, Valparaiso. Admission: Adults $21, Seniors $18 and Military/Students $18. 219.548.9137. Watch as the March sisters grow up during the Civil War in America. This musical production is based upon the novel written by Louisa May Alcott.
THROUGH DEC 21 The Santaland Diaries Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W Chicago Street, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. Which of Santa’s lists will you be on this year? This comedic production of a Macy's Department Store elf and what happens before, during, and after the children visit Santa. Join the cast on Nov. 29 for an Opening Night Party at Martini's.
DEC 7-8 Scrooge Nov 30 and Dec 7 at 7:30pm, Dec 8 at 3pm, Ross Music Theatre, 227 Center Street, Hobart. 219.947.4922. m-mproductions.com. M and M Productions' annual tradition, "Scrooge," is a lavish musical perfect for the whole family. This year's production features new technological additions as well as an enthusiastic crew of more than 100. Tickets range from $9 to $12 in advance.
THROUGH DEC 14 A Fabulous 50's Christmas Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Avenue, Hammond. Admission: $17.00. 219.937.8780. The show style pays homage to the Perry Como and Andy William's Christmas specials of the 1950's & 60's complete with original vocal arrangements and commercials from the era. Directed by Jeff Casey.
THROUGH DEC 21 Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. What would you do if you got the worst Secret Santa EVER? In this production adapted from the book series by Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones pulls her arch enemies name, May, for the secret Santa gift exchange. Watch what Junie B. Jones will do as Santa is watching. Join the company after the show on Nov. 30 for cookies and cocoa at the theater.
DEC 5 The Nutcracker 10am and 7pm, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrillville. 219.755.4444. Join Indiana Ballet Theatre in celebrating a 18-year partnership with the Star Plaza Theatre for their annual production of the holiday classic ballet, The Nutcracker.
DEC 6-8, 13-15 A Christmas Carol, Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. footlightplayers.org. This new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale features Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the real meaning of Christmas with the help of the three Ghosts of Christmas and his old friend Jacob Marley.
DEC 7 On Your Marks . . . A 24-Hour Theatre Festival, 7:30pm, Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4269. festivalplayesrguild.org. For one night only, audience can witness eight new short plays written, rehearsed and performed by The Festival Players Guild within a 24-hour period. This family-friendly event is a thrill ride for audience members and participants alike.
DEC 7-14 The Velveteen Rabbit 11am and 1pm, Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.3258. Celebrate the magic of the season with this timeless musical adaptation inspired by Margery Williams' classic story of a stuffed toy rabbit made real by a child's enduring love.
Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. Now in its 58th season of bringing live theatrical entertainment to the greater Northwest Indiana region, the CST presents a variety of plays and musicals each season, in addition to regularly scheduled theater classes for both adults and children. Nov 29-Dec 21: Naughty or Nice Holiday Double Feature.
Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. This community theater group has been entertaining audiences in Michigan City for more than 50 years with its productions of dramas, comedies and musicals.
The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive.com. This renovated, 364-seat building—with red, white and blue stained-glass windows—was built as a living memorial to the Civil War veterans of Porter County. Built in 1893, the theater has a rich history as a venue for musical and dramatic performances. Nov 29-Dec 13: Little Women.
Ross Music Theater, 227 Center Street, Hobart. m-mproductions.com. Ross Music Theatre is a community theater group whose goal is to involve everyone who wants to in the magic known as theater. Ross Music Theatre in association with M & M Productions puts on a two musical show season every year with an occasional third musical. Nov 29, Dec 6-8: Scrooge: A Christmas Tradition; Dec 20: Merry Christmas George Bailey
Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. starplazatheatre.com. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining Radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total entertainment package to area theatergoers.
The Theatre at the Center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. This theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. Nov 14-Dec 22: A Christmas Carol The Musical.
Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. To honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the Towle Community Theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond. Nov 30-Dec 1, Dec 6-8, 13-15, 20-22: A Fabulous 50’s Christmas.
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. auditoriumtheatre.org. A National Historic Landmark and a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theatre since 1889, the Auditorium continues to provide unparalleled ballet performances and a variety of artistic productions.
Broadway in Chicago, various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. broadwayinchicago.com. A joint venture between the two largest commercial theater producers and owner/operators in the U.S., Broadway in Chicago offers the finest of professional stage productions in multiple theaters, all residing in Chicago’s lively Loop. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe St. Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut. Nov 14-Dec 29: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—The Musical. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph St. Nov 26-Dec 15: Elf the Musical. Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph St. Oct 30-Dec 21: Wicked.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. chicagoshakes.com. Prominently located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this venue mounts renowned productions of the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as works from distinguished American and international playwrights and directors. The theater’s mission to reach out to younger audiences is well accomplished with its offerings of children’s productions and student matinees. The architecturally dynamic structure houses both an engaging, 500-seat courtyard theater and a 200-seat black box theater.