Holidays: Great time of year to experience the Arts
BY JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Thursday, December 20, 2012
12/20/12 at 5:30 AM
This is the weekend to catch up on many of the holiday shows you might have missed so far this season - assuming that the world doesn't end tomorrow, as some seem to think it might.
Tulsa Ballet's final performances of "The Nutcracker" will be presented 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tulsa PAC, 101 E. Third St. Marcello Angelini's version of this holiday classic, set in 1920s Paris, has undergone some changes for this year's production.
For tickets: 918-596-7111, tulsaworld.com/mytix.
Tulsa Project Theatre has "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" running through Sunday in Assembly Hall at the Tulsa Convention Center, 100 Civic Center.
This musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice - the first show by the duo who would go on to write "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita" - tells the biblical story of Joseph, whose present of a multicolored coat sparks a series of events that transform an outcast into a hero.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets: 1-877-TULSA-CC, tulsaworld.com/tpttix
If the sweetness and light of the holiday season is getting to be too much, then perhaps Theatre Pops' staging of "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues" is the show you need to see.
It's a very dark, very adult play that gives Santa's main reindeer the chance to give their version of what life is like at the North Pole on the 364 other days of the year. (Hint: it's not all candy canes and cookies.)
Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. Second St. For tickets: 918-596-7111, tulsaworld.com/mytix.
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame will host two special events for the holidays - a special edition of the regular "Dancing at the Depot" evenings, with the women of Sweet & Hot Productions providing danceable tunes with a holiday flair, and the annual Gospel Holiday Extravaganza led by Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Joey Crutcher.
"Dancing at the Depot" takes place 7;30 p.m. Friday, and the Gospel show is 5 p.m. Sunday. For tickets: 918-281-8600, tulsaworld.com/mytix.
It's also the final weekend of American Theatre Company's annual production of "A Christmas Carol," its home-grown musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and all the ghosts who visit him one Christmas Eve.
Karl Krause again takes on the persona of Scrooge, with Robert Young as Bob Cratchit, Stephen J. Fendt as the Ghost of Christmas Present and some 45 other Tulsa actors of all ages filling the musical's mobile set.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. Second St. For tickets: 918-596-7111, tulsaworld.com/mytix.
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The Tulsa Ballet's final performances of "The Nutcracker" are set for this weekend. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World