If you’re bummed that the Alleyway’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is sold out, don’t sweat it. Theaters across Western New York are in full-on holiday mode. Here’s a look at some of the holiday productions, from an inner-city spin on “A Christmas Carol” to a one-night puppet show about a tiny snow monster:
“Christmas is Comin’ Uptown,” 7 p.m. today through Dec. 16 in the Paul Robeson Theatre’s home in the African American Cultural Center (350 Masten Ave., 884-2013); tickets are $20 to $27.50.
In this adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge is not a London banker, but a Harlem slumlord who’s getting ready to foreclose on a community center before a trio of ghosts arrive to tell him what’s what. The cast is largely young students from the African American Cultural Center’s Theatre Arts Program under the direction of PRT Artistic Director Paulette Harris.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” through Dec. 16 in separate productions at Theatre of Youth (203 Allen St., 884-4400) and the Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster, 683-1776). Theatre of Youth tickets are $24 to $26; Lancaster Opera House tickets are $13 to $20.
It’s a testament to the popularity of this holiday children’s theater standby that two local theaters are taking up productions of this adaptation of Barbara Robinson’s popular 1971 book. It tells the story of the out-of-control Herdman children, who enter a church seeking free snacks and inadvertently become a part of a Christmas pageant – much to the initial annoyance of the other children. It’s a great showcase for aspiring young actors, of whom there will be many in both productions.
“The Littlest Snow Monster,” 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec.27 in the Lancaster Opera House; $10.
Here’s the tantalizing Facebook description of this new production from local puppeteer Adam Kreutenger (of “Avenue Q” fame), along with Maria Droz, Zach Haumesser and Cameron Garrity: “A village of snow monsters, high atop a mountain, hold a yearly winter Olympics. But the games can’t start this year, because the littlest snow monster has gone missing.”
“The Holiday Guys in Happy Merry Hanu-Mas,” through Sunday in MusicalFare Theatre (4380 Main St., Amherst). 839-8540; $39
This show, the brainchild of Western New York native and Broadway veteran Jeffry Denman and his collaborator Marc Kudisch, workshopped last year at MusicalFare and is coming back in completed form. The 75-minute musical comedy is a blend of Christian and Jewish traditions – not to mention varying styles of song and dance – that seeks to bring people of every faith together during the holiday season.
“The Eight Reindeer Monologues,” presented by the Francis Bacon Experiment through Saturday in the Wasteland Theatre (700 Main St., 348-2005); $15 to $20.
“Four Tickets to Christmas,” a dinner theater production presented by Family Life Ministries through Saturday at Michael’s (4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 800-927-9083, or www.fln.org/tickets); $37.50.
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” through Sunday in Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). 847-1410; $35 to $65.
“A Christmas Carol,” through Sunday in a Theatre in the Mist production at Stella Niagara Theatre (Lower River and Pletcher roads, Lewiston, 856-0694); $6 to $14.
“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” presented by the Towne Players through Sunday in Sheridan Parkside Community Center (169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda, 693-9641); $8 to $10.
“Inspecting Carol,” presented by Western Door Playhouse through Dec. 9 in the Woodbox Theatre, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, 297-5910); $8 to $10.
“Radio TBS,” presented by Subversive Theatre Collective and Brazen-Faced Varlets through Dec. 15 in the Manny Fried Playhouse (255 Great Arrow Ave., 408-0499); $15.
“A Broadway Christmas Carol,” through Dec. 16 in O’Connell & Company’s home in Gleasner Hall, Erie Community College North Campus (6205 Main St., Williamsville, 848-0800); $25.
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” presented by Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects through Dec. 16 in Seneca Queen Theatre (4624 Queen St., Niagara Falls, Ont., 905-374-7469); $5 to $30.
“It Was a Wonderful Life!” through Jan. 5 in the Chapel at Forest Lawn (1411 Delaware Ave.) 885-1600; $25.
– Colin Dabkowski