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Thanksgiving almost gets lost—or fast-forwarded—with all of the hype that revolves around the upcoming Christmas holiday. Christmas trees are already for sale, carols are on the radio, stores have out their decorations, and theaters, too, are preparing for the season with their Christmas productions.

Friday, Triad Stage presents Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity, a Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett original.

The twist on the nativity story contains “down-home laughter and toe-tapping music.” Productions are in Greensboro at The Pyrle Theatre.

Also beginning on Friday is Triad Stage’s annual A Christmas Carol, at Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston- Salem, breathing extra magic into the Dickens’ classic.

Next Friday, Theatre Alliance presents The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, a fun-filled comedy about the holidays in Armadillo Acres, North Florida’s premier mobile-living community. The neighborhood Scrooge has caught an unusual case of amnesia and everyone’s love and patience is put to the test. Luckily, Betty, Lin and Pickles are there to jingle all the way!

Next Saturday is the Uptowne High Point Holiday Stroll, which runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on North Main Street from Ray Avenue to State Avenue. There will be children’s make-and-take activities, community performances, tours of historic homes and churches, open houses and refreshments at Uptowne merchants, holiday wares and food, and visits with Santa Claus. The event is free of charge, except for the horsedrawn carriage rides, gingerbread house-making, and the Puttin on the Grits fundraiser breakfast.

Both UNC School of the Arts and High Point Ballet are gearing up and rehearsing for their upcoming December productions of The Nutcracker.

Steering away from the season’s stereotypical holiday slant next week is UNC School of the Arts, which will continue its dance- and music-filled comedy The Drowsy Chaperone, a Broadway musical about the 1920s jazz age, in the Gerald Freedman Theatre on campus. Productions are Dec. 2-5.

Also coming soon is Open Space Café Theatre’s The Secret Garden, a musical about an 11-year-old orphan and her uncle’s magical garden, which will run Dec. 11-20. !

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