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First Posted: 12/11/2014

THIS WEEK: Dec. 17 to 23, 2014

The Santaland Diaries, based on the comic experiences of David Sedaris’ stint working as one of Santa’s elves at Macy’s Department Store. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Capitol Restaurant, 45 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. 8 p.m. Dec. 18 to 21. $20. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

The Happy Elf, a family holiday musical based on Harry Connick Jr.’s original song about Eubie the Elf who wants to bring Christmas joy to the gloomy town of Bluesville. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. ThroughDec. 28 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $42, $18. 570-344-1111.

Twas the Night Before Christmas, about the adventures of a girl and her mouse friend who respond to a North Pole emergency. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Through Dec. 28 with performances 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

A Christmas Story, the regional premiere of the Broadway musical based on the 1983 movie about young Ralphie who wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 8 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20; 3 p.m. Dec. 21. Dinner and cocktails served 90 minutes before curtain. $16; $34 with dinner. 570-283-2195.

The Nutcracker, a special production of the traditional holiday story captured live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Russia. Cinemark, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:55 p.m. Dec. 21. $18, $16 children. 570-961-5943.

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Camillus the Clumsy Christmas Camel, an original new play by the Rev. Gerald Gurka intersecting legends of the Three Kings, their camels and Mary’s flowers on the first Christmas. Followed by the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass. St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville. 4 p.m. Dec. 24. 570-779-9620.

The Nutcracker, the 39th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic by the Ballet Theatre of Scranton. Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26 to 28. Free; reserved seat tickets available at the Marywood Box Office 1.5 hours prior to performance. 570-347-2867.

42nd Street, the classic Broadway musical about a young actress who becomes a star when she takes the place of the injured leading lady. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Jan. 9 to 18 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Reservations: 570-454-5451.

Live from the Met: The Merry Widow, Lehar’s enchanting operetta starring Renee Fleming as the beguiling woman who captivates all of Paris. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:55 p.m. Jan. 17. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s 1953 play about the Salem witch trials of 1692. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Jan. 17 to 25 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $17. 570-823-1875.

Hamlet, Shakespeare’s tragedy about the indecisive Prince of Denmark performed by the REV Theatre Company. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Jan. 23 to Feb. 1 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. No 7 p.m. performance on Feb. 1. 570-344-1111.

Million Dollar Quartet, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. Jan. 23; 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 24. 570-342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning play about a playground altercation between two 11-year-old boys which brings two sets of parents together in a fast-paced, one-act exploration of liberal principles. Performed by the Gaslight Theatre Company for the Scranton Community Concert Series. The Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. 570-955-1455.

Live from the Met: Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Offenbach’s energetic operatic masterpiece with tenor Vittorio Grigolo in the title role of the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:55 p.m. Jan. 31. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical, a big-hearted musical comedy with a cheeky script and infectious score following Pippi the Stripper on the run as she wreaks havoc all over Armadillo Acres, Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 13 to 22 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10, $5 students and seniors. 570-408-4540.

Live from the Met, an opera double bill with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting fairy tale “Iolanta” followed by the erotic psychological thriller “Bluebeard’s Castle.” Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

Moon over Buffalo, a madcap comedy by Ken Ludwig centering on two fading 1950s stars with one last shot at stardom. Performed by the King’s Players at the King’s College Theater, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, and 23; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21; 2 p.m. Feb. 22. $12, $7 seniors, $5 students. 570-208-5825.

Songs of Eva Peron, a journey through dance and music tracing Peron’s epic life by Tango Buenos Aires. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. Feb. 21. $30, $15 children. 570-389-4409.

Rhythm of the Dance, traditional Irish music and dance tracing the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Presented by Scranton Community Concerts at the Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. March 5. 570-955-1455.

Flashdance, the pop-culture phenomenon about a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night who has dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. March 6; 2 and 8 p.m. March 7; 1 p.m. March 8. 570-342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

Live from the Met: La Donna Del Lago, Rossini’s showcase of vocal virtuosity set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. Starring bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato as the Lady of the Lake and Juan Diego Florez as the king who pursues her. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:55 p.m. March 14. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

Jesus Christ Superstar, the Broadway musical based on the life of Christ. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. March 21 to 29 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-823-1875.

Jekyll & Hyde, the Broadway musical based on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel about a London scientist struggling with his good and evil selves. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. March 27. $62, $52, $42. 570-826-1100.

Jekyll & Hyde, the national touring company of Broadway’s hit musical based on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic novel about good and evil in mankind. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. March 29. $45, $22 children. 570-389-4409.

Alice in Wonderland, the Manhattan Project’s version of the Lewis Carroll classic following Alice as she adventures down the rabbit hole into the human psyche, meeting the dark, unsettling shadows which linger there. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 9 to 11; 2 p.m. April 12. $10, $5 seniors and students. 570-408-4540.

The Great Gatsby, a dramatic presentation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel set in the Jazz Age. Performed by the Montana Repertory Company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. April 10. $35, $15. 570-344-1111.

Peter and the Starcatcher, the Tony Award-winning swashbuckling prequel to “Peter Pan,” based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 11. $57, $47, $37. 570-826-1100.

Henry V, Shakespeare’s powerful history play about young Prince Hal as he abandons a life of leisure to unite his English countrymen and become king. Performed by the King’s Players at the King’s College Theater, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 15-17 and 19; 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18. $12, $7 seniors, $5 students. 570-208-5825.

Live from the Met, an operatic double bill of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” starring Marcelo Alvarez and Eva-Maria Westbroek. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:30 p.m. April 25. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

Anything Goes, the Tony Award-winning Cole Porter musical comedy. Performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. May 1; 2 and 8 p.m. May 2; 1 p.m. May 3. 570-342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.