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Christmas Plays and Shows in LA 2013

Classic and Original Holiday Productions

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Bob's Holiday Office Party

Bob's Holiday Office Party

Photo © 2007 Michelle Pedersen, courtesy of Bob's Holiday Office Party
Los Angeles is full of actors, so it's no wonder we celebrate the Christmas season with a plethora of holiday plays and performances. They range from classics performed as written to classics twisted beyond recognition to long-running LA originals and home grown world premieres. Whether you're looking for heartwarming nativity stories or bawdy cross-dressing camp, you'll find it here. Support LA theatre by paying full price if you can. If you can't, links to discount tickets are provided where available. The holiday shows are listed here by Family-targeted, General Audience, and Adult Content and within those categories chronologically based on opening date.

ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES

Bob Baker's Holiday Spectacular
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater puts on an annual seasonal puppet show. This year Bob Baker's Holiday Spectacular is back with Santa and his elves and dancing Hanukkah candles.
When: Nov 9, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Where: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. 1st St. Los Angeles, California 90026
Cost: $20
Info: www.bobbakermarionettes.com
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Babes in Toyland
A 30 minute production of the holiday classic by Twinkle Theatre designed for toddlers age 1 to 5. Join Mother Goose, Mary Contrary, Tom Piper, Bo Peep and the Toymaker as they celebrate winter and the holiday season with classic holiday songs and songs from Victor Hugo's original operetta.
When: Nov. 30, 2013 - Jan 4, 2014: Saturdays 11:00 - 11:30PM
Where: The Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd , Santa Monica, CA 90403
Cost: $10.00 Child - $15.00 Adult, Discount Tickets
Parking: Free Lot
Info: www.creatingarts.org

Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus
Based on actual events this one hour mini musical follows eight year old Virginia O’Hanlon on a journey to discover if Santa Claus is real. She decides to write a letter to the editor of the Chicago Sun to find out the truth.
When: Dec 1, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014 Sundays 3 - 4 pm
Where: The Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd , Santa Monica, CA 90403
Cost: $12.00 Child - $20.00 Adult, Discount Tickets
Parking: Free Lot
Info: www.creatingarts.org

Irving Berlin's White Christmas in Monrovia
The stage version of the holiday movie classic with different actors in a different location.
When: Dec 6-8, 2013
Where: The Taylor Performing Arts Center, 845 W. Colorado Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016
Cost: $25, Discount Tickets
Info: www.lktaylorperformingarts.com

Irving Berlin's White Christmas in the Southbay
A stage version of the holiday movie classic with all the beloved songs.
When: Dec 6-15, 2013
Where: Norris Theatre, 27525 Crossfield Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Cost: $45 Adults, $25 kids, Discount Tickets
Info: www.elportaltheatre.com/events.html

Nativity! The Musical
Music from show tunes to the Beatles and Michael Jackson to Hip Hop to Rocky Horror fills Nativity! The Musical an annual family-friendly vaudevillian take on the holy birth presented by the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Burbank. What it lacks in pro talent it makes up for in enthusiasm.
When: Dec 12-15, 2013
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 542 N. Buena Vista St, Burbank, CA 91505
Cost: $8, $5 students with ID
Info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/500957

Aladdin and his Winter Wish
A star-studded musical led by Ben Vereen and ordan Fisher, produced in the style of a classic British Yuletide panto with pop hits from Bruno Mars and others.
When: Dec 12-29, 2013
Where: The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
Cost: $34-$75 Adults, Child single tickets are available for Rear Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine from $25-$48, Discount Tickets
Info: www.pasadenaplayhouse.org

The Young Americans "The Magic of Christmas"
A singing, dancing holiday spectacular for the whole family.
When: Dec 13-15, 2013
Where: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Boulevard La Mirada, CA 90638
Cost: $12-49, Discount Tickets
Info: www.lamiradatheatre.com

FOR GENERAL AUDIENCES

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Staged as a live 1940s-era radio broadcast, the Kentwood Players present this special radio-style performance of the Frank Capra holiday masterpiece.
When: Nov 8-Dec 14, 2013
Where: Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90045
Cost: $18, Discount Tickets
Parking: Free parking at the theatre
Info: www.kentwoodplayers.org

Every Christmas Story Ever Told
Just like Shakespeare Abridged, Every Christmas Story Ever Told is a fast, furious, and slightly irreverent look at holiday classics and traditions from Frosty to Rudolph and the Grinch to It’s A Wonderful Life.
When: Nov 8 - Dec 14, 2013
Where: Little Fish Theatre
Cost: $27, Discount Tickets Info: www.littlefishtheatre.org

A Christmas Carol at GTC
Grove Theatre Center Artistic Director Kevin Cochran directs his own new adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol in only Dickens' original words using only three actors.
When: Nov 23 - Dec 15, 2013
Where: Grove Theatre Center, 1111-b West Olive Ave; Burbank, CA 91506
Cost: $34.50, discount for Burbank residents, , Discount Tickets
Info: gtc.org

Parfumerie
This English adaptation of the Hungarian play that inspired the movies The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail is set during Christmas time, 1937 in Budapest Hungary. The play centers on two bickering employees at an upscale boutique who have been building an anonymous romantic relationship through letters. A celebrity cast brings the comedy to the new Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills.
When: Nov 26 - Dec 22, 2013
Where: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Cost: $49-$89
Info: thewallis.org

The Gift of the Magi
Long Beach Shakespeare Company will present the O'Henry's classic.
When: Nov 29 - Dec 15, 2013br> Where: Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
Cost: $10, Discount Tickets
Parking: street parking.
Info: www.lbshakespeare.org

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory
South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa reprises their annual tradition, adapted by Jerry Patch.
When: Previews Nov 29 - Dec 5, regular performances Dec -2, 2013
Where: Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Cost: $26-65
Parking: $10
Info: www.scr.org

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
One more production of toe Landry's 1947 radio show of Frank Capra's classic with live piano and sound effects.
When: Dec 5-15, 2013
Where: LAPC Theatre, 6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91371
Cost: $15 GA, $12 Seniors/Students
Info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/502891

KAWL Presents It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play for the Stage
Another production of the 1947 radio show of Frank Capra's classic with live piano and sound effects.
When: Dec 5-21, 2013
Where: The Belfry Stage, Upstairs @ The Crown, at Crown City Theatre Company, 11031 Camarillo St. North Hollywood, CA 91602
Cost: $20, Discount Tickets
Info: www.theatreunleashed.com

A Christmas Carol at A Noise Within
The classic theatre company A Noise Within is performing an adaptation of A Christmas Carol that uses only Charles Dickens' original words, but adds some new music by composer Ego Plum.
When: Dec 7-22, 2013
Where: A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
Cost: $46-$54, Discount Tickets
Info: www.anoisewithin.org

A Christmas Carol with Charles Dickens
Using Dickens' original script for doing a solo reading of his story, actor David Melville recreates the experience of hearing the author read his own words in this one-man show.
When: Dec 7-22, 2013
Where: Independent Shakespeare Co Studio, Atwater Crossing, 3191 Casitas Avenue, No. 168 Los Angeles, CA 90039
Cost: $20, Discount Tickets
Info: independentshakespeareco.org

GUIDE PICK: Second City's A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens
This hysterical production from the famed improv comedy group and some of its famed alumni was so popular last year that CTG is bringing it back for more fun. The show tweaks the holiday classic with the insertion of anachronistic characters and situations from the Three Kings to the Peanuts cartoon characters. Audience contributions make it a new show every night. Returning cast includes Frank Caeti (MADtv), Amanda Blake Davis (Second City Does Dallas at the Dallas Theatre Center), and Ron West (3rd Rock From the Sun). New to this year's show are Ithamar Enriquez, Brendan Jennings, Joe Liss and Jaime Moyer. There's a surprise celebrity guest every night. Not recommended for children under 13.
When: Dec 8-29, 2013
Where: Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 (W. Washington Blvd at Duquesne Ave)
Cost: $20-65
Info: www.centertheatregroup.org

Sherlock Holmes in Brentwood: The Blue Carbuncle
A staged reading of the Sherlock Holmes holiday-themed mystery with pre-show elucidation on holiday customs of the time and a Sherlock-approved musical medley. Suitable for age 12 and up.
When: Dec 8, 2013
Where: The Contrapuntal Performance Hall, 655 North Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Cost: $15-40 Info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/515041

A Christmas Carol at Long Beach Playhouse
Long Beach Playhouse is going the traditional route with their version of A Christmas Carol.
When: Dec 12-22, 2013
Where: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90804
Cost: $24-27
Info: lbplayhouse.org A Christmas Carol Radio Play
Long Beach Shakespeare Company will present the radio version of the holiday classic, where actors perform standing at microphones with no blocking.
When: Dec 20-22, 2013
Where: Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
Cost: $$10
Parking: street parking.
Info: www.lbshakespeare.org

FOR GROWN UPS

Christmas 2
"Jesus Christ was a child star who quickly faded into obscurity. And everyone involved in his Nativity saw their lives fall into ruins. Now, 30 years after his birth, the ghosts of nativities past converge on Bethlehem to teach Jesus the true meaning of Christmas."
When: Nov 23 - Dec 22, 2013
Where: T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo Street at Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Cost: $20, Discount Tickets
Info: skypilottheatre.com

Dysfunctional Family Christmas
So, whose family holiday really goes off without a hitch? Not this one. Dean and Joanne are expecting their kids home for Christmas but when grandpa dies on Christmas Eve, all hell breaks loose.
When: Nov 30 - Dec 21, 2013
Where: BrickHouse Theatre, 10950 Peachgrove St, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Cost: $20, Discount Tickets
Info: www.christmasfarce.com

GUIDE PICK: Bob's Holiday Office Party
An irreverent LA tradition now in its 16th season. Current affairs keep this quirky office party in a Nebraska insurance office fresh.
When: Dec 4-22, 2013, Wed-Sun
Where: Pico Playhouse Theater, 10508 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Cost: $20 Wed & Thu, $25 Fri-Sunt
Parking: Allow time for street parking.
Info: www.bobsofficeparty.com, (323) 960-5774
Note: Call (323) 962-1632 in advance for wheelchair access; sign up at Plays411.com to hear about ticket discounts.
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30 Minute Musicals: Home Alone and The Holiday Mashup
30MM's unique take on the holiday classic Home Alone is a fast and furious nostalgic romp with original songs and choreography, and races by in a quick 30 minutes. It's partnered with another short, The Holiday Mashup, 30MM's take on a Christmas Special with selections from Gremlins, Die Hard, Batman Returns, Citizen Kane, Steel Magnolias, and more.
When: Dec 6-15, 2013
Where: Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Cost: $15
Info: www.secondlineproductions.com

Rented Christmas: The Musical
What happens when a successful, but lonely bachelor goes to a local rental store to rent all the trappings for Christmas, including a wife and family?
When: Sunday Dec 6-21, 2013
Where: Covina Center for the Performing Arts, 104 N. Citrus Ave, Covina, CA 91723
Cost: $28-$388, Discount Tickets
Info: www.covinacenter.com

Santasia - A Holiday Comedy
A multimedia romp from ImprovOlympic brothers Shaun and Brandon Loeser with singing, dancing, sketch comedy, claymation and cross-dressing.
When: Dec 6-24, 2013
Where: The Whitefire Theate, 13500 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Cost: $24
Info: www.santasia.com

Merry F***in' Christmas, Y'all!
A rowdy Texas family struggles to find the meaning of Christmas on an unfortunate vacation in the Colorado mountains.
When: Dec 6, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014
Where: Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91607
Cost: $15, Discount Tickets
Info: eclecticcompanytheatre.org

Supernatural Dark Christmas
This is more of a magic show than a play, with illusionist Gary Peterson mixing vampires, elves, and Broadway dancers with visitations from beyond the grave in larger-than-life wonders.
When: Dec 7-29, 2013
Where: Encore Theatre, 8818 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91352
Cost: $26-38, Discount Tickets
Info: encoretheatre.com

Ebenezer: An Immersive Christmas Carol
Follow different characters from A Christmas Carol as their story takes place around you in this back room speakeasy, Chloe's at Golden Road Brewery in Glendale. The show runs in three cycles, but you can stick around and follow and interact with different characters during different cycles. there will be a grand finale after the last cycle.
When: Dec 9, 2013
Where: Chloe's at Golden Road Brewery, 5410 W San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 90039
Cost: $20
Info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/511411

The Fruitcake Follies at the Cavern Club
A campy cabaret show fit for the 70s at the Cavern Theater under Casita Del Campo restaurant in Silverlake.
When: Dec 13-22, 2013
Where: Cavern Club Theater at Casitas Del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cost: $25
Info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/511196

You can find discounted tickets to many of these and other holiday performances at goldstar.com, Plays411.net or LAStageTix.com

This information was accurate at time of publication. Please check the production websites for any last minute changes.

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The Nutcracker around LA
Christmas Concerts and Caroling in LA
The LA County Holiday Celebration

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