by Lenise Willis

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker continues to dazzle audiences this week, running through Sunday at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem.

Also performing The Nutcracker this week is Greensboro Ballet, who will also have a special animal performance this Friday. See feature to left.

Triad Stage’s annual Christmas tradition, a ghostly adaptation of A Christmas Carol, “as Dickens intended,” is still running now until Dec. 23.

Thursday through Sunday Community Theatre of Greensboro presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a hilarious tale about a couple who is struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant and must cast a group of chaotic trouble-makers. Performances are at the Broach Theatre.

Friday through Sunday, the North Carolina Black Repertory Company presents Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity. Performances are at the Arts Council Theatre.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival presents its traditional 35th annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this weekend. Before the performance on Friday there will be a special “Classics in Context” talk by High Point University professor Jennifer Brandt, who will give some historical background on Dickens, his times and the play. She will also discuss the story’s enduring appeal and how it has been adapted throughout the years.

“Dickens Then and Now: The Enduring Appeal of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol” will take place in Gallery B of the High Point Theatre on Saturday, from 6-7 p.m.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem presents its holiday tradition, the one-woman play A Christmas Memory, on Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission is $8 for members; $12 for non-members. The autobiographical story by Truman Capote tells of his childhood holidays spent with his cousin.

This upcoming Tues., Dec. 18, and Wed., Dec. 19, the Winston-Salem Symphony will perform Handel’s Messiah, at 7:30 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 W. 5th St. Tickets are $10-$45.

Next week, it’ll begin to look a lot more like Christmas when the Children’s Theatre of Winson-Salem Youth Playhouse presents A Children’s Christmas Carol at the Arts Council Theatre Dec. 21 and 22.