South Florida stages are extra bright this time of year with illumination from Christmas lights.
Here’s a roundup of theatrical holiday happenings.
“It’s A Fabulous Life”
Nov. 28 – Dec. 2
A gay musical take on “It’s A Wonderful Life” with a local cast that includes drag queen Daisy Deadpetals at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 28-Nov. 30
3 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1
1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 2
Tickets $35 at 954-462-0222 or BrowardCenter.org
“The Nutcracker, A Magical New Play”
Nov. 30 – Dec. 30
The House Theatre of Chicago reinvents the Christmas classic as a play set in modern day and includes local actors in the cast when the company plays The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 30
3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1
7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays Dec. 2-30
Tickets $45 at 305-949-6722 and ArshtCenter.org
“Holiday Dances We Dance Performance Showcase”
Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
Faculty, students and guest choreographers from the Florida Atlantic University’s department of theatre and dance showcase ballet, modern, jazz and ballroom with a holiday theme at the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus.
7 p.m. Nov. 30
1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1
Tickets $10 ($5 for children under 12) at 800-564-9539 or FAUevents.com
Bowfire – Holiday Heart Strings
Nov. 30-Dec 2
A ho-ho-ho-down of holiday hits performed by world-class fiddlers, violinists and stepdancers at The Crest Theatre in Delray Beach
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Tickets $42 at 561-243-7922, ext. 1 or DelrayCenterForTheArts.org
“A Christmas Carol, The Musical”
The classic Charles Dickens tale gets a musical take with lyrics and music created by Miami children’s play director Earl Maulding and Scott Morlock at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables.
2 p.m. Saturdays
7 p.m. on Dec. 22
3 p.m. on Dec. 23
Tickets $20 at 305-444-9293 or ActorsPlayhouse.org
A Christmas musical adaptation of the Ludwig Bemelman story of the Parisienne schoolgirls and their plucky leader comes to the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Perfroming Arts in Fort Lauderdale.
10 and 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 7. Tickets $6 ($3 for lap seats for infants 12 months and under)
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 8. Tickets $15 in advance and $16 at the door ($3 for lap seats for infants 12 months and under). Pre-show activities and after-show snack.
7 p.m. Dec. 8 Tickets $15 in advance and $16 at the door ($3 for lap seats for infants 12 months and under).
1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 9 Tickets $15 in advance and $16 at the door ($3 for lap seats for infants 12 months and under).
Tickets ordered through BrowardCenter.org.
“The Nutcracker” by What If Works, Inc.
The theatrical troupe What If Works stages a new take on the E.T.A. Hoffman story with a string quartet, three actors, four dancers and a chorus of middle schoolers from Dade County with each performance benefiting different charities.
7 p.m. on Dec. 8 Miami Dade College, Homestead, 305-237-5223, Free
7 p.m. on Dec. 9 Coral Gables Congregational Church, 305-646-7134, $10 general admission (free for children under 12)
7 p.m. on Dec 13 Roxy Performing Arts Center, Miami, 305-226-0030, $10 general admission.
7 p.m. on Dec 14 Pinecrest Gardens, Dec. 14, 305-669-6990, $10 general admission, $5 for children under the age of 10
“The Santaland Diaries”
An R-rated one-man performance piece written by humorist David Sedaris and starring Davie-based playwright Michael McKeever at The Studio at Mizner Park in Boca Raton.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays
2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays
Tickets $35 at 866-811-4111 or ParadeProductions.org