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by Keith Barber

F o u n d OBJECTS It’s Thanksgiving Eve, folks, and we’ve officially embarked on the holiday season. One of my fondest Christmas memories is watching the The Nutcracker performed at the Stevens Center, and the UNC School of the Arts continues the tradition this year with performances Dec. 6-14. Featuring live music by the Winston-Salem Symphony and choreography by Robert Lindgren and Sonja Tyven, The Nutcracker is the masterwork of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and is among the most popular ballets in the Western world. Lindgren and Tyven based their choreography on the work of Lev Ivanov, and the company’s talented dancers will undoubtedly bring sugar plum dreams to life in dance and music for all 10 performances. Tickets are available at the UNCSA Box Office at the Stevens Center or on the school campus at Watson Hall, by calling 336.721.1945, or online at www.uncsa.edu. It wouldn’t be the holidays without a performance of one of the most beloved Christmas plays of all time. The Community Theater of Greensboro presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Dec. 19-21 with showtimes of 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 19- 20, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 20-21 at the Greensboro Masonic Temple, located at 426 W. Market St. Based on Barbara Robinson’s 1972 book, the play tells the story of the poorly behaved children of the Herdman family, who discover the true meaning of Christmas through participation in a church play about the birth of Jesus. Tickets range from $10-$17. For further information call the Community Theater of Greensboro at 336.333.7469. The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s A Christmas Carol celebrates its 31st anniversary this holiday season. The Shakespeare Festival’s retelling of the Charles Dickens classic has become a holiday tradition for schools, families and groups throughout the Piedmont. The show runs at the High Point Theatre, located at 220 E. Commerce Ave., from Nov. 30–Dec. 21. For ticket information, call 336.887.3001. Tickets may be purchased one hour before curtain time at the box office the day of the show or online at: www. highpointtheatre.com. For further information, check out the NCSF website at: www.ncshakes.org. In 30 years, the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival has put on more than 600 performances of A Christmas Carol and filled more than 400,000 seats. This is a holiday tradition you really shouldn’t miss. On Dec. 4, the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro kicks off its holiday programming with a performance by the Three Irish Tenors. Filled with songs of the season, Christmas from Dublin is full of the warmth, charm and music that continue to enchant audiences throughout the world — direct from the Emerald Isle. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 and $25.50 for students, seniors and the military. On Dec. 9-10, the Carolina Theatre holds its annual screening of Frank Capra’s holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without Capra’s marvelous story of the compassionate yet disheartened George Bailey, played by the legendary Jimmy Stewart, and his bumbling guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody. When George Bailey realizes he truly has a wonderful life, it’s a reminder of the truen meaning of Christmas.

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