The Arts

New and traditional productions highlight Christmastime at area theatres


Mid-December is always a busy time of year—usually filled with last-minute holiday shopping and rushing to finish any deadlines before the end of the year. But it’s also an important time to take a break, reflect on the year and find a little bit of joy. There are several productions in the Triad this week that can certainly help with the latter.

Continuing its spirited adaptation of the Nativity Story is Triad Stage, this week through Christmas Eve, with its original production of Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity. The play, with on-stage music by Laurelyn Dossett, is a warm-hearted and sometimes comical look at the story of Mary and the birth of Jesus. It begins at the beginning itself, with the creation of Adam and Eve, continues through the Great Flood, and ends with a miracle in a manger. It’s a fictional church that reenacts the entire story for its “congregation,” nestled in the Appalachian Mountains.

Thursday through Sunday, Theatre Alliance continues its holiday production of White Christmas, a musical based on the 1954 film. Including such hits “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” and “White Christmas,” the production features two iconic song-and-dance men who follow a sister act to Vermont, then soon discover that the nearly-bankrupt lodge in which they are to perform is actually owned by their former commanding general.

Also continuing this week is Community Theatre of Greensboro’s comical holiday favorite: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Running Friday through Sunday, the fun production features a couple that is charged with putting on a church Christmas pageant with a group of inventively awful kids as the cast.

New this week, running Friday through Sunday, is Twin City Stage’s traditional production of Macy’s Yes, Virginia The Musical. The heart-warming tale is based on the true story of an eight-year-old girl who writes the local paper to ask, “Is Santa real?” The editor’s answer is a spirited message that hones the true spirit of the holidays.

Tis also the season for annual productions of The Nutcracker. UNC School of the Arts presents its annual classic this week through Sunday at the Stevens Center, and High Point Ballet will also perform the tale of the magical Russian Christmas Eve Dec. 21-23 at High Point Theatre.