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Holiday events guide: Sugar plums, trailer parks, singalongs

Theater

“The Birth”: Starving Artist Productions revives its musical narrative (adapted from work by Frederick Buechner) about Jesus. Dec. 17-20. Duke Energy Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $22. Final Celebration Night performance ($32) includes talkback and concert. blumenthalarts.org.

“Black Nativity: The Musical Experience”: An all-youth cast from Tomorrow’s R.O.A.D. does a new take on Langston Hughes’ musical-poetic pageant, putting a modern-day spin on it. Dec. 4-7. Vance High School, 7600 IBM Drive. $15 ($10 students). porchproductionsinc.com.

“A Christmas Carol”: Charles Dickens’ Scrooge reforms in a new production. Dec. 5-14. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. $27. theatrecharlotte.org.

“The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical”: Armadillo Acres has a Texas-sized problem when someone wreaks havoc on a holiday contest. Through Dec. 28. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. $26-31. atcharlotte.org.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”: The Frank Capra movie about a man questioning his worth, performed in radio-play style. Dec. 4-21. Davidson Community Players, 307 Armour St. $20 ($18 seniors, $16 students). davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

“Scrooge!”: Dickens’ miser reforms in the musical version by Leslie Bricusse. Dec. 5-22. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. $12-$24. ctcharlotte.org.

“A Soulful Noel”: On Q Productions presents a tapestry of music, dance and spoken word, featuring traditional and contemporary songs. Dec. 18-19. McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $20. blumenthalarts.org.

“The Story of the Little Gentleman”: This play, taken from Barbro Lindren’s short novel about a lonely man who finds a friend, embodies the spirit of the season. Dec. 13-28. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. $14. ctcharlotte.org.

Music

Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble: Holiday music for handbells and handchimes. 7 p.m. Dec. 22. First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St. Free. facebook.com.

Charlotte Chorale: The choir sings carols from around the world and selections from Christmas movies and “Messiah.” Audience members get fruitcake. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $20. blumenthalarts.org.

Christmas at St. Mary’s: Carolina Pro Musica follows the birth of Jesus, using medieval and Renaissance music plus readings and carols for all to sing. 7 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20. St. Mary’s Chapel, 1129 E. Third St. $16 ($8 students, seniors). carolinapromusica.org.

Christmas in the City: Renaissance does its annual holiday concert of classical music. 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 2701 Park Road, and 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, S.C. $20 ($15 seniors and students). singers-renaissance.org.

Christmas Spectacular: Charlotte Civic Orchestra presents a concert with Charlotte City Ballet, Holiday Singers, John Leon Lewis and Eddie Mabry Dancers. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $25 ($23 students/seniors). tix.cpcc.edu.

Jazz at the Bechtler: Ziad Jazz Quartet plays holiday favorites and lesser-known tunes, including John Coltrane’s version of “Greensleeves.” 6 and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 5. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. $14. bechtler.org.

The Magic of Christmas: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra pops concert offers the Oratorio Singers, holiday favorites, singalongs and “American Idol” finalist Melinda Doolittle. Dec. 4-7. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $25-$79. charlottesymphony.org.

“Messiah”: The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Singers perform Handel’s piece about Christmas and Easter. Noel Edison conducts. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $34-$89. charlottesymphony.org.

“Messiah,” Part 1: Charlotte Community Chorus does the Christmas portion only, with soloists and small orchestra. 3 p.m. Dec. 14. First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St. Free. charlottemusicclub.wix.com.

The Music of Vince Guaraldi: Pianists pay tribute to the composer of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in a fundraiser for Jazz Arts Initiative. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. $20. blumenthalarts.org.

Singing Christmas Tree: Carolina Voices’ Mainstage Choir does its 60th holiday gig atop a 32-foot tree, abetted by puppets, soloists and dancers. Dec. 13-14. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $21-$35 (children 14 and under half price). Two matinees of Singing Christmas Tree for kids Dec. 13 at $18-$20 (children $10-$12). carolinavoices.org.

Dance

“Clara’s Trip”: Caroline Calouche and Co. provide an airborne riff on “The Nutcracker,” in which Clara injures her ankle and enters a dream of romance. Dec. 12-13. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. $20-$45. blumenthalarts.org.

“The Nutcracker”: Charlotte Youth Ballet does its 32nd production of Tchaikovsky’s classic. Dec. 5-7. Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $11-$24. charlotteyouthballet.org.

“The Nutcracker”: Charlotte Ballet does Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s choreography with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Dec. 12-23. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $25-$90. blumenthalarts.org.

“Un Sueño Llamada Danza”: El Alma de La Luna Dance Academy presents pieces inspired by Mexico, Spain, South and Central America. Santa shows up in Act 2. 6 p.m. Dec. 6. McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $15. blumenthalarts.org.

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