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It’s Christmas and time for our local theaters to get some well-deserved time off to spend with family and friends. The holiday tends to be one of the busiest times of the year for theaters, but at least many of them get a break for the final week in December.

Of course, Triad Stage is still working hard to share the spirit with its audiences this week—besides it’s how they love to spend Christmas, anyway! The theater is performing its final runs of both A Christmas Carol in Winston-Salem and Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity in Greensboro this week through Christmas Eve. This means there is no excuse to miss out on either production.

The Charles Dickens tale is a classic and full of rich traditions for the season. There is an almost entirely new cast this year, so it’s sure to hold some new surprises for seasoned goers.

The latter is a fun, musical twist on the birth of Christ. The show contains a bluegrass band on stage with original music by Laurelynn Dossett, as well as some fun puppets and beautiful set design. It’s certainly the most unique take I’ve ever seen on the nativity story, which actually begins with the fall of Lucifer. You can listen to samples of the songs at playscripts.com/play/2051 and buy the album at laurelyndossett.com/buy/ If you’ve already seen the above productions, then you just might have to rely on other classic Christmas productions this season for some quality family laughs, like the continuous run of A Christmas Story. My family always watches our favorite, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at least three times every year. We also quote lines from the movie throughout December, so I’m sure my mom enjoys the tradition.

After Christmas, theaters will be off their break and beginning their productions for the New Year. So, until reading again in 2016, have a safe and happy holiday! !

LENISE WILLIS, a graduate from UNC Chapel Hill’s journalism school, has experience in acting and ballet, and has been covering live performances since 2010.

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