by Lenise Willis

This week area theatres present their Christmas and winter programs. Get in the spirit with this week’s playbills.

Triad Stage puts a darker twist on A Christmas Carol with an extra grouchy Scrooge at Pyrle Theatre now until Dec. 24.

On Friday Open Space Caf’ Theatre presents its 3 rd annual Ebenezer’s Trailer Park Christmas, a hilarious adaptation of A Christmas Carol set in a Florida trailer park. The show is filled with songs of the season as residents put on a show to save their homes. Play runs until Dec. 19.

If you’re more of a fan for the traditional A Christmas Carol, then you’re in luck.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival will present Dickens’ story at High Point Theatre Friday through Dec. 19.

Join the employees of Harper’s Hardware for the company’s annual Christmas party in Roger Bean’s Winter Wonderettes, a comedic ’60s Christmas musical presented by Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance Friday through Dec 12. Betty Jean and the other three Wonderettes transform the store into a winter wonderland and entertain guests with such musical numbers as “Jingle Bell Rock” and many other non-traditionals, like “All Those Christmas Clich’s.”

Visit Main Street Baptist Church for Kernersville Little Theatre’s production of Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Dec. 3-12. Watch the rotten children of the Herdman Family put on a nonconventional Christmas pageant. Despite the disapproval of the congregation, the six cigar-smoking troublemakers are cast in the pageant and inevitably gain the hearts of all, after throwing the pageant into a topsy-turvy tail-spin, of course.

If it’s more of an adult humor you want, leave the kids at home and join in the gripping of an elf gone bad in David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries, as adapted by Joe Mantello at Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret. Crumpet, an elf for Santa at Macys, will help you laugh at all the holiday shopping chaos and entertain you with his hilarious, wicked wit. Play runs Dec. 7-23 and is not recommended for young audiences.

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