Do you like to jump-start your holidays with a gala show guaranteed to put you in the right mood? Your local theatres are poised to ladle on plenty of good cheer, holiday ballyhoo, and Christmas comedy designed to wake you up from your Tryptophan-inspired Thanksgiving coma.
The holidays seem to be the natural time to indulge in nostalgia, but that’s not your only option. In fact, you may want to schedule a show or two every weekend over this holiday season in order to course-correct your festive mood swings.
Here are some shows already running or opening this weekend:
‘Hashtag the Holidays’ at Go Comedy Improv Theatre
“Hashtag the Holidays” at Go Comedy Improv Theatre in Ferndale repeats its five-year tradition of skewering all things festive in this newest original comedy. From family gatherings to obligatory company holiday parties, no hall is left undecked and no stocking unstuffed in this hilarious holiday romp. The show runs November 20 to December 20, 2014, with shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m.
‘Miracle on 34th Street’ at Avon Players
“Miracle on 34th Street” runs at the Avon Players community theatre in Rochester November 28 – December 13, 2014 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. This is a dramatization of the classic holiday film in which Kris Kringle, the Macy’s store Santa, ends up in a court competency hearing. But while the adults bumble around trying to prove what’s “real,” Kris has his hands full with a precocious little girl who doesn’t believe in Santa Clause. Yet.
‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet at MOT
“The Nutcracker” returns to the Detroit Opera House for its annual holiday tradition with the return of BalletMet Columbus’ production of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, running November 28-30, 2014, including two matinee performances. This holiday event features a talented cast of more than 100 professional company dancers and local children, with larger-than-life characters, narration by Sir Roger Moore, and Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score played by the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.
‘Home for the Holidays’ at Dio
“Home for the Holidays!” at Dio Dining and Entertainment in Pinckney is an original musical conceived and written by Dio owners Steve DeBruyne and Matthew G. Tomich. The production returns for a third year this Christmas season with a behind-the-scenes look at a musical production gone awry. This dinner theatre event features over 20 favorite holiday tunes – plus Chef Jarod’s boneless fried chicken! The show runs from November 28 to December 19, 2014.
‘This Wonderful Life’ and ‘Gift of the Magi’ at PNT
“This Wonderful Life” and “Gift of the Magi” – two holiday classics – run in rotation at Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor from November 28 to December 31, 2014. The one-man-show version of the Frank Capra classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life” runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The staged version of the poignant O. Henry, “Gift of the Magi,” runs on Friday and Saturday evenings with a Sunday matinee. Both stories serve to remind us of the true holiday spirit of giving gifts that matter.
‘A Christmas Carol’ at MBT
“A Christmas Carol,” the annual holiday favorite at Meadow Brook Theatre, opened November 14 and runs through December 21, 2014. This is MBT’s 33rd production of the Charles Dicken’s favorite. Tom Mayhard returns as Ebenezer Scrooge, the old miser who finds redemption on Christmas Eve.