by Lenise Willis

It’s A Wonderful Life, a family-friendly story about a family man and his underachieving guardian angel retold as a live radio broadcast, continues this week at Kernersville Little Theatre. Performances run Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 15.

On Friday, UNC School of the Arts drama seniors present a concert of holiday favorites at the Gerald Freedman Theatre on campus in Winston-Salem. Visitors can buy baked goods, hot cocoa and cider prior to the family-friendly performance. Proceeds go to help fund class trips to New York and Los Angeles in the spring for the annual actor presentations for theater, film and TV.

Friday through Sunday, Dec. 15, NC Black Repertory Co. presents Black Nativity, a telling of the birth story through dramatic dance, vibrant costumes and uplifting music, at the Arts Council Theatre in Winston-Salem.

High Point Ballet’s family favorite, The Nutcracker, returns to Lexington from Friday through Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center.

There will be a special Land of the Sweets performance for younger children Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. featuring a parade of characters.

Paper Lantern Theatre takes over production of The Santaland Diaries from Triad Stage, but the production is still taking place in the latter’s UpStage Cabaret. The risky adult-only show features a cynical mall elf hilariously lamenting what he hates about the commercialized holidays. Play runs through Dec. 21.

Running Friday through Dec. 22 is a very energetic run [romp?] through cliché holiday tunes. Theatre Alliance’s production of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) features a fastpaced telling of such stories as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “A Christmas Carol” and more.

Also celebrating the winter season are A Christmas Carol and Snow Queen, both of which are Triad Stage productions. A Christmas Carol is Preston Lane’s twist on Charles Dickens’ classic and will be performed as the first show of the theater’s Winston-Salem season at Hanesbrands Theatre. Performances run this week through Dec. 22.

Snow Queen is a Preston Lane original about a little girl’s adventure through Appalachian folklore in pursuit of her lost friend. (See feature to left for more details.) !