The Holiday Guide
City Paper's 2005 Guide to Seasonal Events and Places.
Amahl and the Night Visitors, 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Pascal Center for Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold, (410) 777-2457, $5-$10. This lesser-known holiday musical tells the story of Amahl, a young boy who encounters three wise men on their way to Bethlehem. Featuring the college’s chamber orchestra, choir, the All-Children’s Chorus of Annapolis, and the Severna Park Dance Studio.
Babes in Toyland, Dec. 3-4, Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, (410) 771-8427, $15-$24. For anyone who remembers the godawful TV version of this show back in ’86 that showcased the talents of acting legends Pat Morita, Keanu Reeves, and Drew Barrymore, the Baltimore Actors’ Theatre version of this classic musical may help to restore your faith in humanity and the holiday season in general.
A Baltimore Christmas Carol and Tiny Tim’s Lost Week, 8 p.m. Dec. 16-17, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, www,creaivealliance.org, $15, members $12. The Living Room Company presents two revisionist plays with a wink and a nod: City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes twists the Christmas classic and Michael Patrick Smith takes a look see at Tiny Tim all growed up. Both are musical comedys set in Bawlmer, natch.
Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity, 11 a.m. Dec.1, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University, 2201 Argonne Drive, (443) 885-4440. This gospel-song play will feature local pastor Rev. Reginald Thomas Sr. of Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church. This is the third year of this show’s production, and it promises to be one of the most soulful parts of your holiday season.
A Christmas Carol, Nov.17-19, McDaniel College, Dec.15-17, Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, (410) 857-2294, $5-$7. Christmas without Scrooge is like crab cakes without Natty Boh—possible, but it leaves you feeling somewhat incomplete. This McDaniel College troupe will be performing the show at two different locations. Call for show times.
Holiday Performance, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Baltimore Improv Group, Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St., (410) 547-6820, website, $6-$8. Unscripted humor is almost always funny, and when you make it unscripted holiday humor . . . well, friends, you’re on a highway to the danger zone. The show is rated PG-13, so it’s only safe for those old enough to enjoy such spontaneous theater.
Oliver!, Nov. 16-Dec. 31, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, (301) 942-3400, www.olneytheatre.org. Oh, how your heart will bleed when Oliver timidly looks up with his big, mournful eyes and asks, “Please sir, may I have some more?” This musical version of Dickens’ classic tale is always moving and a show the whole family can appreciate.
Rudolph, the Red-Hosed Reindeer, Dec. 2-17, Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., (410) 752-1225, www.spotlighters.org. Rudy the transvestite reindeer in red tights, Herbie the gay-but-not-gay-enough elf, and the lobotomized Yukon Cornelia are just trying to gain respect and equality in Christmas Town. Yep, this comedy’s not for the kiddies.
Seasons of Light, Dec. 1-21, Discovery Theater, Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive S.W., Washington, (202) 357-1500. Writer and director Roberta Gasbarre pays homage to Devali, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Christmas, and Winter Solstice. Surely, you celebrate at least one of these holidays. Travel to DC to do it.
Scrooge, the Musical, Nov. 25-Dec. 18, Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., (410) 752-1225, www.spotlighters.org. A Christmas Carol set the music of more than ghostly chains.
Sister’s Christmas Catechism, The Mystery of the Magi’a Gold, Nov. 22-Dec. 23, Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 547-7328, www.theatreproject.org, $22.50. You may have to do a helluva lot of Hail Marys after this interactive laugh riot by Maripat Donovan with Jane Morris and Marc Silvia.
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