THIS WEEK: Nov. 23 to 29, 2016
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some), a high-speed, hysterical attempt to tell all your favorite Christmas stories in under 90 minutes by three under-prepared actors. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Nov. 25 to Dec. 23 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.
A Christmas Carol, a reading of the Charles Dickens’ classic by local guests including Erica Funke of WVIA-FM, Wilkes-Barre City Council member Tony Brooks, Broadway veteran Ron Kross, artist Ted Michalowski, Bernadine and Jonathan Vojtko, Wyoming Valley Art League members Don Armstrong, Yvonne Bozinski, Patricia Lacy and Bob Stanley; Heather Sincavage and Mmachi Dimoriaku of Wilkes University and actor Dan Hudzik with ghostly music by Jason Smeltzer on theremin and Wayne Smith on piano. Circle Centre for the Arts, 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 4 p.m. Nov. 27. Food and drink provided. $5 donation suggested. 570-288-1020.
Broadway Christmas Wonderland, a holiday show with traditional songs, high-kicking chorus girls and Santa and his merry elves. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. $60, $40. 570-344-1111.
A Christmas Story, a musical version of the film about Ralphie and his wish for a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Dec. 1 to 18 with performances 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Dinner served 90 minutes before show time. $35, $30 with dinner; $18, $14 show only. 570-283-2195.
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ a comedy about the ladies’ holiday production — which doesn’t always go smoothly. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Dec. 1 to 11 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. Discounted shows on Dec. 1. Reservations: 570-342-9707.
It’s a Wonderful Life, the heartwarming story of Everyman George Bailey who is saved from despair by his guardian angel on Christmas Eve. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Dec. 2 to 11 with performances 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $16 show only; $32 with dinner. Reservations: 570-454-5451.
Golden Days of Radio, a holiday performance of old-time radio plays with live sound effects and music. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Free. 570-996-1500.
War Horse, a filmed performance of the National Theatre’s production of the smash hit using life-size puppets who bring breathing, galloping horses to life on stage. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2 p.m. Dec. 11. $14, $12 seniors, $10 children. 570-996-1500.
A Christmas Carol, performed by touring company the Nebraska Theatre Caravan who weave traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Dec. 14. $29.50, $25.50, $19.50. 570-826-1100.
Theater Bus Trip, to the Mount Hope Mansion & Winery in Manheim for the annual Christmas Show. Sponsored by the Marywood Life Long Learners on Dec. 10. $99 includes lunch, wine tasting, show and a stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World. Leaves from Marywood University in Scranton at 8 a.m. and from the Pittston Park and Ride at 8:15 a.m. Reservations: 570-383-0544.
Auditions for the January production of the musical revue “Broadway Rocks!” performed by ages 7 to 17. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13. 570-283-2195.
Ted Michalowski will be one of the 14 guests gathering at the Circle Centre for the Arts in Wilkes-Barre for a reading of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ on Nov. 27.
The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s holiday production ‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)’ will open Nov. 25 at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Bloomsburg.