by Lenise Willis

This week’s playbills are all about spreading seasonal cheer as they launch us into the holidays.

Today until Dec. 18, Jeff Goode’s Eight Reindeer Monologues will entertain viewers at Broach Theatre. Laugh as Santa’s reindeer level with the audience and reveal the truth about jolly St. Nick, his elves, Rudolph’s secret and Vixen’s story that was leaked to the press.

Don’t miss the snowflakes and sugarplum fairies dancing across the stage at Carolina Theatre when the Greensboro Ballet puts on its annual production of The Nutcracker, Dec.10-12; Dec. 17-19.

Roger Bean’s Winter Wonderettes, a comedic ’60s Christmas musical, continues to rock Winston-Salem’s Theatre Alliance until Dec. 12. Betty Jean and the other three Wonderettes transform their workplace into a winter wonderland for the company Christmas party and entertain audiences with songs of the season, girl-group style.

Visit Main Street Baptist Church for Kernersville Little Theatre’s production of Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever now until Dec. 12. Watch as sixcigar smoking trouble-makers cause havoc for the church’s Christmas pageant.

There’s still time to see Open Space Café Theatre’s 3 rd annual Ebenezer’s Trailer Park Christmas, a hilarious adaptation of A Christmas Carol set in a trailer park in Florida, which runs until Dec. 19.

You can’t miss out on the holiday icon of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which is playing at two area theatres this week. Triad Stage will continue to tell its ghostly version, adapted by Preston Lane, at Pyrle Theatre now until Dec. 24. And North Carolina Shakespeare Festival will present its traditional story at High Point Theatre through Dec. 19.

Not ready for the chaotic holiday season?

Then join a devilishly-witty elf in David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries, as adapted by Joe Mantello, at Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret. As an elf who works for a Macy’s Santa, Crumpet will keep you laughing as he shares his complaints about the holiday shopping rush. Play runs now until Dec. 23 and is not recommended for young audiences.

Box office numbers and websites can be found on our theatre listing.