DEC 19 A Good Old Fashioned Christmas, 8-9pm, Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana St, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive.com. The Memorial Opera House kicks off this holiday celebration with Christmas stories, caroling and homemade cookies.
DEC 20-22 A Christmas Carol Revisited, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Rd, Crown Point. 219.805.4255. cpct.biz. This family-friendly continuation of the classic story “A Christmas Carol” follows a grown-up Tiny Tim as he goes through his own journey into the Christmas spirit.
DEC 20-22 Cirque du Jazz—A Nutcracker Tale, 7pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Wirt Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy Auditorium, 210 N Grand Blvd, Gary. 219.513.9368. southshoredance.org. Presented by the Gary Community School Corporation and South Shore Dance Alliance, this performance offers an avant garde twist on a holiday classic with circus staging, aerial performance surprises and a musical mix of classical Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington jazz versions of the traditional Nutcracker score.
DEC 21 Merry Christmas George Bailey, 7:30-9:30pm, Center Stage Studio Theatre, 227 Center St, Hobart. 219.947.4922. m-mproductions.com. This recreation of the 1940s radio show of It’s a Wonderful Life is complete with sound FX table and musical numbers in between acts. Free punch and cookies follow the show.
DEC 20, 21, 22 Tiny Tim On Stage 8-10pm, Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Road, Crown Point. cpct.biz. General admission $15 for adults/ $12 for seniors, students (with school ID), and veterans (with military ID). An adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol Revisited" by Steven Rowell at the Crown Point Community Theatre offers a family-friendly continuation of Charles Dickens' classic story, "A Christmas Carol." It follows a grown-up Tiny Tim as he goes through his own journey into the Christmas spirit. Call box office at (219) 805-4255 or go online for tickets.
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.
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.
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.
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.