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Christmas Playtime in San Diego

Holiday theater traditions abound around San Diego

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Mar 2 2011
For many San Diegans, the holiday season goes beyond hitting the malls to buy presents. It also means experiencing the tradition of enjoying holiday-specific theatrical productions. And "A Christmas Carol" notwithstanding, there are other productions around town worth taking in. Here's a rundown of the current productions ongoing around San Diego.

A Christmas Carol: Not-so-Tiny Tim's Great Big Musical
Ruff Yeager has re-imagined the classic Dickens tale from the point of view of the story’s most sympathetic character – Tiny Tim. In this treatment, however, our little hero is all grown up and, after a series of hilariously harrowing life experiences, his path parallels that of his old family friend – Mr. Scrooge. Our Tiny Tim, too, must be visited by the three Spirits of Christmas and learn the hard lessons of forgiveness, generosity, and good will. Vox Nova Theatre Company presents this at the 6th@Penn Theatre, Sixth Ave. at Pennsylvania, Hillcrest, through December 23. 858-539-6251.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas
The Old Globe stage production of the Dr. Seuss classic has become a holiday tradition in just a few years. Jack O'Brien directed.
Old Globe Theatre, Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts, Balboa Park, through December 30; Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Matinee Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. 619-239-2255.

Lamb's Festival of Christmas: Festival of Christmas
This year's script, set in St. Louis in 1928, follows one family's differing views on whether or not to celebrate Christmas that year. The unexpected entrance of the eccentric musical family the Thornberrys adds to both the chaos and the delight. This year's Festival has something for every member of the family.
Lamb's Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Avenue, Coronado, through December 29; Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Matinee Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (No performance Christmas Day.) 619-437-0600.

An American Christmas
Also presented by the Lamb's Players Theatre, this is presented at the Hotel del Coronado. As you step into the gorgeous Ballroom of the Hotel del Coronado a multi-talented cast of 30 sweep you back to 1907 for a delightful evening of music, dance, stories, songs, and laughter – all woven throughout a delicious 5-course meal. Through Dec. 30 each night at 6:30 pm, no performance on Christmas Day.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Called the only "must-see" holiday play of the 2006 season, It's a Wonderful Life returns to Cygnet with an exciting cast of Cygnet artists and once again features Award-Winning Foley sound artist Scott Paulson! This is a holiday tradition you will want to share with the whole family. Don't miss this opportunity to see the show that moved audiences to tears of joy and had them cheering on their feet!
Cygnet Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Boulevard, College Area, through December 30; Sunday at 2 and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. 619-337-1525.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas
The Welk Resort Theatre presents this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. It's the amusing story of veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis who have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. .
Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, through December 31; Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Matinee Saturday and Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday at 1:45 p.m. 760-749-3448.

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