Each week I endeavor to list new performance art productions opening around the Twin Cities. With such an abundance of companies and venues in the area, keeping track of openings can be a challenge, but I'll link whatever I can find. Provided descriptions are reprinted from production websites.
Minnesota Jewish Theatre: The Magic Dreidels
Jacob is sent to the well by his father to get water for preparation of the holiday meal. There he loses his dreidel down the well. A goblin living in the well replaces his dreidel with magical ones, beginning a series of funny and touching adventures for Jacob. The Magic Dreidels, a treat for the entire family, explores the cultural traditions of Hanukkah and the universal themes of sharing, compassion, and friendship. Runs through 12/22.
- from Minnesota Jewish Theatre
Ordway Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
The timeless enchantment of this magical fairy tale is reborn with the Ordway’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. First presented on television starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. It has been elegantly adapted for the stage, with great warmth and a touch of hilarity. The hearts of children and adults are guaranteed to soar when the slipper fits. Songs include: “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “The Prince is Giving a Ball,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” Runs through 01/01.
- from the Ordway Center
Ordway Center: Sister's Christmas Catechism - The Mystery of the Magi's Gold
It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages - whatever happened to the Magi's gold? ("We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri - they were in a barn after all.") Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister's Christmas Catechism is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions. Runs through 01/01.
- from the Ordway Center
Janelle Ranek and Jules Weiland: Letters to Santa…CERTIFIED
This holiday season Ranek explodes onto the stage portraying an entourage of characters: Lorna Claire and her wind up poodle, Seth Dyc inventor of the multi-shiv, Lynette Patty a pie lady out for revenge, Mary the cat lady cats cats cats, and more; all who are CERTIFED: have the papers to prove it, wound too tight and are a piece of meat short of a sandwich. Weiland and Ranek have crafted this absolutely hilarious show guaranteed to make you laugh a lot and pee a little (or vice versa depending on your bladder control). And of course Gloria will be there; the chain-smoking martini swilling old broad to solve your holiday woes live. It’s become a holiday tradition, like A Christmas Carol except much funnier. Runs at Bryant Lake Bowl through 12/23.
- from Bryant Lake Bowl
Silver Slipper Productions: Martina’s Broadway Cabaret – A Totally F*ucked Christmas
Martina’s Broadway Cabaret: A Totally F*cked Christmasis packed to the brim with beloved Christmas characters, many of whom you may recognize from their early film work, and many of whom haven’t been seen since those glory days. Through their eye’s we see the perfect and magical world of Santa’s Workshop, now in the bitter hands of their once beloved Mrs. Clause, torn to shreds at the hand of the careless dictator. The Reindeer wander with no purpose, Snowmen with noses long past rotten, and all but the largest of the male elves sent away asking one question, “Will Christmas come next year? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” And it’s going to be Totally F*cked. Runs at Bryant Lake Bowl through 12/19.
- from Silver Slipper Productions
Theater Latté Da and Cantus: All Is Calm – The Christmas Truce of 1914
The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing Stille Nacht. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. Runs at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Pantages Theatre through 12/18.
Saint Paul City Ballet: The Enchanted Toyshop
Saint Paul City Ballet offers a new twist on the favorite toy transformation stories by blending elements of “La Boutique Fantasque” (first produced by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes to music by Rossini) with familiar holiday compositions such as Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Snow Flakes” and Waldteufels’ “Skaters Waltz.” In The Enchanted Toy Shop, two dancing dolls (CanCan and Sailor) come to life each night and fall in love, but when each is purchased by a different family they need a bit of magic from the Snowflake Fairy to assure a happy ending. The production, with 80 performers is led by the Company of Saint Paul City Ballet. Runs at Concordia University’s E. M. Pearson Theater through 12/18.
- from Saint Paul City Ballet
Zenon Dance Company: The Nutcracker According to Mother Goose
This unique and highly entertaining version of The Nutcracker features Mother Goose along with Jack and Jill, Wee Willi Winkie, Little Bo Peep, Mary and her lamb and other delightful nursery rhyme characters set to the captivating music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Runs at the Cowles Center through 12/18.
- from Zenon Dance Company
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