With December here and the holidays right around the corner, there are plenty of special productions ongoing this month.

One very special Christmas production is Triad Stage’s Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity. The production at The Pyrle Theatre in Greensboro is a Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett original and re-tells the nativity story with a regional twist.

Meanwhile, Triad Stage will continue its annual Christmas tradition of performing the most classic holiday tale, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

New this Friday is Theatre Alliance’s fun-filled comedy, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, which takes place in Armadillo Acres, North Florida’s premier mobile-living community. The holiday story features the neighborhood Scrooge who has caught an unusual case of amnesia. While everyone’s patience is being put to the test, Betty, Lin and Pickles are keeping spirits high.

The Uptowne High Point Holiday Stroll is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on North Main Street from Ray Avenue to State Avenue. The day’s festivities include 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 horse-drawn carriage rides, gingerbread house making, and the Puttin on the Grits fundraiser breakfast.

If you’re not ready for all of the Christmas cheer, and just looking for a good comedy to relieve some stress, then check out The Drowsy Chaperone by UNC School of the Arts. The Broadway musical, which takes place in the 1920s jazz age, is a feel-good production filled with dance numbers. Productions run Wednesday through Saturday in the Gerald Freedman Theatre on campus.

Next week, starting Dec. 11, High Point Ballet presents its traditional The Nutcracker at various locations in the area. UNC School of the Arts is also presenting The Nutcracker beginning next week, Dec. 12, at The Stevens Center in Winston-Salem.

Also next week, Dec. 11-20, Open Space Café Theatre will present The Secret Garden, a musical about an 11-yearold orphan and her uncle’s magical garden. The production isn’t considered a holiday production, but carries the same feel-good spirit of the season. !