by Lenise Willis

Continuing its ongoing performances, Kernersville Little Theatre presents its special holiday duo-production of Believe! and The Gift of the Magi Thursday through Sunday. The theater performs both plays in a single evening full of sentiment and traditional Christmas music at Main Street Baptist Church.

Now through Dec. 16, is Theatre Alliance’s production of Sordid Lives, a “dark comedy about white trash.” After a good Christian woman hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death, chaos ensues in a Texas town.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem will host a variety of holiday festivities throughout December. This week, the museum is giving guided candlelight tours Thursday through Saturday, which include stories about the Reynolds family’s holiday traditions and an organist playing carols on the historic home’s original Aeolian organ. Ticket price includes light refreshments and live entertainment each night by Martha Bassett (Thursday), the Central Carolina Children’s Chorus (Friday) and Season’s Best Carolers (Saturday). On Tuesday, the museum will host a Carolina Brass concert at 8 p.m.

Friday marks the opening night production of Triad Stage’s annual Christmas tradition, an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, “as Dickens intended,” which runs until Dec. 23.

Also on Friday, the North Carolina Black Repertory Company presents Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity. Performances are at the Arts Council Theatre through Sunday and December 14-16.

Saturday, UNC School of the Arts’ production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker comes to life for nine magical performances, running through Dec. 16 at the Stevens Center in Winston- Salem.

In other news, the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival received a grant from High Point’s Hayden-Harman Foundation in support of its signature education and outreach program, Shakespeare To Go, a tour that sends professional actors into schools and communities throughout North Carolina to teach the written, spoken and performed words of Shakespeare. The $6,000 grant will fund three performances of the tour in High Point and Alamance County next spring. This spring, the program will offer condensed versions of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for students in elementary through high school.