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Theater calendar: Dec. 2, 2013

December 1, 2013


Dec. 01--Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley.

Be sure to check out the Calendar in Inside Out every Thursday for the most current information.

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-- Mike Allen

Mill Mountain Theatre

Event: "The Sound of Music," by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Venue: Trinkle Main Stage, Center in the Square, Roanoke

Summary: Mill Mountain Theatre returns to large-scale musicals with this classic tale of the musical von Trapp family's escape from Nazi-occupied Austria.

Dates and times: Wednesday through Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 p.m.; Dec. 11-13, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $17 to $27

Information: 342.5740;

Family-friendly? Yes.

Broadway in Roanoke

Performances: "Cirque Dreams Holidaze"; "Mamma Mia!"

Venue: Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre, Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke

Summary: "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" features high-flying acrobats. "Mamma Mia!" is the perennially popular romantic musical comedy set to the songs of '70s pop group ABBA.

Dates and times: "Holidaze," today, 7 p.m.; "Mamma Mia!" Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: "Holidaze" $32-$57; "Mamma Mia!" $37-$67. Includes $2 handling fee.

Information: 853-5483;;

Family-friendly? Yes.


Play: "Messiah on the Frigidaire," by John Culbertson

Venue: Showtimers Community Theatre, 2067 McVitty Road, Roanoke

Summary: A comedy about the hijinks that ensue when claims that an image of Jesus has appeared on an outdoor refrigerator bring a storm of publicity to a South Carolina trailer park.

Dates and times: Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 p.m.; Dec. 11-14, 8 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $12; ages 12 and under, $5

Information: 774-2660;

Family-friendly? Mildly mature.

Attic Productions

Play: "It's a Wonderful Life," by Frank Capra and James W. Rodgers

Venue: D. Geraldine Lawson Performing Arts Center, 7490 Roanoke Road, Fincastle

Summary: The stage adaptation of the classic film about a man who needs something to live for at Christmastime.

Dates and times: Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 12 and 13, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $12; children 18 and under, $10.

Information: 473-1001;

Family-friendly? Yes.

Roanoke Children's Theatre

Play: "A Little House Christmas," by James DeVita, adapted from the book by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Venue: Dumas Center for Artistic and Cultural Development, 108 Henry St., Roanoke

Summary: Join the Ingalls family from the "Little House" books on Christmas Eve.

Dates and times: Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Dec. 8, 3 p.m.; Dec. 12 and 13, 7 p.m.; Dec. 14, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Dec. 15, 3 p.m.; Dec. 19 and 20,7 p.m.; Dec. 21, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Dec. 22, 3 p.m.

Tickets: $18; senior citizens and children 18 and under, $12; Dec. 5 preview, $10

Information: 400-7795,

Family-friendly? Yes.

Star City Playhouse

Play: "The Bargain," adapted by Karon Sue Semones from a Charles Dickens story

Venue: Star City Playhouse, Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge, 806 Jamison Ave. S.E., Roanoke

Summary: A Faustian tale of a man who makes a supernatural bargain to forget the things that make him unhappy. The bargain backfires -- until a kind person intervenes.

Dates and times: Today, 2 p.m.; Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $12; seniors and students, $8

Information: 366-1446; Star City Playhouse on Facebook

Family-friendly? Yes.

Southwest Virginia Ballet

Performance: "The Nutcracker"

Venue: Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre, Roanoke Civic Center

Summary: The holiday classic about the toy that turns into a prince and the girl who saves him from the evil mouse king.

Dates and times: Dec. 14, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 15, 3 p.m.

Tickets: $19-$43; children 18 and under, $15-$25

Information: 387-3978;

Family friendly? Yes.

Roanoke Ballet Theatre

Performance: "The Magic Toyshop"

Venue: Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center, Roanoke

Summary: A holiday ballet about an enchanted toy soldier who falls in love with a ballerina doll.

Dates and times: Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $18-$26; half-price for children ages 12 and under.

Information: 345-2550;

Family friendly? Yes.

VMI Community Theatre

Play: "A Holiday Potpourri"

Venue: Gillis Theater, Marshall Hall, Center for Leadership & Ethics, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington

Summary: Christmas and Hanukkah skits and songs.

Dates and times: Dect. 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $5

Information: 540-464-7389;

Family friendly? Yes.


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