It just wouldn’t feel like the Yuletide season without this legendary classic. Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa presents the return of its popular holiday tradition – American Ballet Theatre’s captivating production ofThe Nutcracker with choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. The ballet will be given 12 performancesFriday, December 13 through Sunday, December 22 in Segerstrom Hall. The beloved holiday story is based onThe Nutcracker and the King of Mice written by E.T.A. Hoffmann and set to a magical score by Peter Ily- itch Tchaikovsky. The Los Angeles Times declared Ratmansky’s production “an unreserved classic” and “ravishing and clever enough to inspire multiple viewings.” American Ballet Theatre is one of the world’s great dance companies. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 300,000 people, and is the only major cultural institution to do

THE SKIVVIES:I TOUCH MY ELF Ring in the holidays in your skivvies … err… with The Skivvies. Broadway

stars Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd) and Nick Cearley (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All Shook Up) return to Laguna Playhouse for one of the most outrageous holiday shows of the season. Thisundie-rock, comedy pop, award-winning duo perform stripped-down, mashed-up versions of holiday favorites and more. Expect to see ukulele, electric cello and an array of zany instruments. With special guest appearances by Nick Adams (Broadway’sChicago, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls) and many more. The Skivvies take the stageMonday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 17 at Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach. The Skivvies also show off their finer assets this month at the Purple Room in Palm Springs onFriday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14 and onThursday, December 19 at Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage in San

A CHRISTMAS CAROL It’s aCygnet Theatre tradition this most holly,

jolly time of year: the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’A Christmas Carol. Probably the most popular piece of fiction that Dickens ever wrote, this timeless tale of hope and redemption was published in 1843. Cygnet’s imaginative production features original music, creative stagecraft and puppetry, and live sound effects. Step into a Victorian Christmas card for a unique storytelling experience that is sure to delight this festive season. The story is as popular today as it was over 175 years ago. Dickens, through the voice of Scrooge, continues to urge us to honor Christmas in our hearts and try to keep it all the year round.A Christmas Carol plays through Sunday, December 29 at Cygnet’s stage at Old Town Theatre in San

The classic

film comes to the stage at Carpenter

Performing Arts Center

in Long Beach for 11 performances, Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 15. A Southern California premiere presented by Musical Theatre West, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs including “Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” Heat Wave” and “White Christmas.” Irving Berlin’sHoliday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves behind the bright lights of show business to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut. He quickly discovers life isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. So, Jim and Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare, turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn that celebrates each

holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July.

Michael Mizerany (author ofThe Big D) premieres his new play, an outrageous sex comedy about growing older, dating younger and surviving both.Wally & His Lover Boys takes placeSaturday, December 7

through Sunday, December 15at Black Box Theatre, located at 4545 Park Boulevard in San Diego. (Wally & His Lover Boys is not a Diversionary Theatre production.) After two divorces, Wally re-enters the dating world with the help of his acerbic best friend Charlie and his needy son, Colby. He meets, marries and divorces paleontologist-turned-stripper Mayfield, who in turn begins dating Colby while Wally finds love again with rent-boi Bart. To add to the mix, Bart’s Aunt Patty pays a visit to share her backwoods colloquialisms and not-so-understated fashion sense.Wally & His Lover Boys is inspired by Mizerany’s award-winning short plays20 Minutes & Counting andTabled Manners, and features a cast of notable San Diego actors including Markuz Rodriguez, Jake Bevill, Hunter Brown, Juan Hernandez and Claudette Santiago as Aunt Patty. This production contains adult subject matter including pervasive sexual themes and innuendo, explicit male nudity, profanity and other good

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