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If you need a little boost to get in the holiday spirit this year or are just looking for a fun way to spend Christmas with friends or family, the Triad is full with heart-warming productions.

New this weekend is Twin City Stage’s production of Yes, Virginia The Musical, which features a young girl who aims to find out if Santa is real. Based on a true story (and Macy’s animated series), the musical focuses on the spirit of believing.

This week through Monday, Theatre Alliance continues its performance of White Christmas, a play based on the beloved film. The play follows the story of two veterans who, after returning from World War II, launch a successful song-and-dance routine and begin tailing a duo of singing sisters.

UNC School of the Arts continues its production of The Nutcracker at the Stevens Center Friday through Sunday. The production always promises to be magical with an elaborate set, rich costumes and graceful dancers. The school’s live orchestra magnifies the experience.

Triad Stage’s The Pyrle Theatre will be filled with magic this week with two holiday productions ongoing. Snow Queen performs on the main stage, showcasing a young brave girl in pursuit of her lost friend. Along the way she meets some interesting characters, including singing flowers, a comedic crow and a power-hungry Snow Queen.

In the theater’s UpStage Cabaret, Paper Lantern Theatre Company continues its production of The Santaland Diaries, which runs through Saturday. The oneman show features a sarcastic mall elf that has quite a few observations on the chaotic shopping season. This show is for mature audiences only.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Charles Dickens’ famous tale, A Christmas Carol. Preston Lane’s vision of the story continues at Hanesbrands Theatre through Sunday, completing another Christmas tradition for the Triad.

In other news, Community Theatre of Greensboro will be holding auditions for A Raisin in the Sun Jan. 5 and 6 at CTG’s Starr Theatre. Participants do not need a prepared monologue; they will read from the script. It is also noted that all roles are to be portrayed by black or biracial actors, with the exception of Mr.

Lindner, who is white. Performances are Feb. 13-28. !

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