THIS WEEK: Dec. 7 to 13, 2016
It’s a Wonderful Life, the heartwarming story of Everyman George Bailey who is saved from despair by his guardian angel on Christmas Eve. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. 7 p.m. Dec. 8-10; 3 p.m. Dec. 11. $16 show only; $32 with dinner. Reservations: 570-454-5451.
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some), a high-speed, hysterical attempt to tell all your favorite Christmas stories in under 90 minutes by three under-prepared actors. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Through Dec. 23 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.
A Christmas Story, a musical version of the film about Ralphie and his Christmas wish for a Red Ryder BB gun. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Through Dec. 18 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Dinner served 90 minutes before show time. $35, $30 with dinner; $18, $14 show only. 570-283-2195.
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ a comedy about the ladies’ holiday production — which doesn’t always go smoothly. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. 8 p.m. Dec. 8-10; 2 p.m. Dec. 11. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707.
The Nutcracker Ballet, the 30th annual holiday performance by dancers from Scranton Civic Ballet Company, ages 8 to 21. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9; 2 p.m. Dec. 10. $22. 570-344-1111.
A Time to Celebrate, the annual holiday extravaganza by the Joan Harris Dancers with more than 400 dancers performing traditional dances, inspirational lyrical pieces, narrative storytelling and old-fashioned song-and-dance routines. Dallas Performing Arts Center on the campus of Dallas High School. 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 10; 2 p.m. Dec. 11. $12 advance; $15 at the door. 570-287-7977.
Music, Dance and Theater Show, with performances of “A Christmas Carol” and “Making Christmas Happen” by students of the Performing Arts Training Academy and the Misericordia Players. Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10; 2 p.m. Dec. 11. $5. 570-674-6207.
The Madrigal Mix Tape, a Renaissance-inspired brunch with entertainment by actors from the Scranton Shakespeare Festival. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11. $40. Preceded by a dress rehearsal performance 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10. $20; or $50 for both days. Reservations: 570-344-1111 or scrantonshakes.com.
War Horse, a filmed performance of the National Theatre’s production of the smash hit using exquisite life-size puppetry to bring breathing, galloping horses to life on stage. The story centers around a horse sold to the army for service in World War I and the attempts of his young owner to bring him back home safely. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2 p.m. Dec. 11. $14, $12 seniors, $10 children. 570-996-1500.
Star of Wonder, a children’s musical presented by the Children’s Ministry at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Free with refreshments. 570-654-2500.
A Christmas Carol, performed by touring company the Nebraska Theatre Caravan who weave traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Dec. 14. $29.50, $25.50, $19.50. 570-826-1100.
Catch Me If You Can, a musical comedy about a precocious teenager who poses as a pilot, doctor and lawyer — living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Jan. 6 to 15 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $16 show only; $32 with dinner. Reservations: 570-454-5451.
Mama Mia! The ultimate feel-good show and Broadway smash hit combining hits by Swedish group ABBA with a tale of love and friendship. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Jan. 8. $69.50, $59.50, $49.50. 570-826-1100.
Fiddler on the Roof, the classic musical about dairyman Tevye who tries to protect his daughters and his way of life in a changing world. Performed by the Misfit Players at GAR High School Auditorium, 250 S. Grant St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Jan. 12 to 14; 2 p.m. Jan. 15. $10. 570-406-3976.
Jersey Boys, the story of the four guys from New Jersey who formed the iconic group The Four Seasons. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 to 19; 8 p.m. Jan. 20; 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 21; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22. 570-342-7784.
Daniel Carey and David Getz star in ‘A Christmas Story,’ playing through Dec. 18 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville.
Actors Circle will present ‘The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol’ through Dec. 11 at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton. The cast includes, clockwise from left, Linda C. Griffiths, Patricia Purcell, Mike Lally, April Holgate, and Donna Vojtek
The Joan Harris Dancers will present their holiday extravaganza, ‘A Time to Celebrate,’ Dec. 10 and 11 at the Dallas Performing Arts Center at Dallas High School.
The National Theater of London’s production of ‘War Horse’ will be shown on film Dec. 11 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.
David Menich, Richard Cannaday, and Eric Wunsch clown around in ‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!),’ presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble through Dec. 23 at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Bloomsburg.