The season for holiday productions is here!

First, everyone should make sure they get in the spirit with Triad Stage’s Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity. My mother and I saw it together for the first time last week and I have to say that it’s one of the best holiday productions I’ve seen so far. It’s new and refreshing, funny, sweet, and filled with good music. We both left in such high spirits. It plays now through Dec. 24.

Triad Stage isn’t giving up on its annual tradition though. It’s still performing Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston- Salem for those that still crave the classics.

Also continuing its holiday production is Theatre Alliance with another refreshing and hilarious tale, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, which takes place in Armadillo Acres, North Florida’s premier mobileliving community, where the local Scrooge has caught amnesia. Luckily, Betty, Lin and Pickles are there to keep spirits high, even though he’s wearing out everyone’s patience.

New on Friday, High Point Ballet presents its traditional The Nutcracker at various locations in the area. It will be at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center on Friday for an evening performance and Saturday for an afternoon performance. It will move to High Point Theatre next weekend.

UNC School of the Arts is also presenting The Nutcracker beginning Saturday, and running through Dec. 20, at The Stevens Center in Winston- Salem.

Also new on Friday, and running through Dec. 20, Open Space Café Theatre presents a different twist on the holiday spirit with The Secret Garden, a musical about an 11-yearold orphan and her uncle’s magical garden. Though the production doesn’t directly relate to the holidays, it’s a wonderful way to celebrate the spirit of the season and is a sweet, feel-good production.

Next week, Twin City Stage is presenting another holiday special that I’m looking forward to seeing: Macy’s Yes, Virginia The Musical. Look for a feature on the show, which runs Dec. 18-20 at the Arts Council Theatre, and the many families involved in the production in next week’s issue. !