A Theatre Lover's Guide to DC/Capital Area Theatres – December 2010 Offerings

Happy Holidays everyone! Come visit our Nation's Capital during the holiday season. It's such a beautiful time of the year here, with so many lights shimmering on the monuments, The Mall, and on The White House. As we await the first snow flakes, DC area theatres are chocked full of productions for the whole family filled with elves, reindeers, Santas, and Scrooges.

December 2010 Holiday Events

(1) December 1st to 31st: Millennium Stage Free Concerts, at The Kennedy Center, in Washington, DC.

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Every day during the month of December, The Kennedy Center is offering FREE Millennium Stage holiday concerts at 6 PM. It's the best deal in town, and tourists flock to these concerts. Come an hour early to ensure you will get a seat. If you click on the above link, you'll find many wonderful and talented artists performing during this festive month.

 

(2) December 7th to 12th: Cirque Dreams Holidaze, in The Opera House at The Kennedy Center, in Washington, DC.

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze pays a visit to The Kennedy Center with  a cast of over 30 artists from around the world. According to their site, "There will be gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets caroling, and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment. There are hundreds of spectacular costumes adorning a magical tree of dreams in a setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering toy soldiers". This is a great opportunity to introduce the entire family to some of the world's most amazing performers. Another reason to go? You can enjoy the beautiful holiday decorations that adorn The Kennedy Center.

Watch a preview video of the show here.

December 2010 Holiday Must-Sees

Last month, I recommended these holiday productions: A Broadway Christmas Carol, The Happy Elf, Annie, and Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred). These are all wonderful holiday-filled shows to take the entire family to see. I was fortunate to record this interview with Harry Connick, Jr. before the Press performance of his new musical The Happy Elf.

(1) December 11th To January 16, 2011, The Nutcracker, at Synetic Family Theater, in Arlington, VA.

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Synetic Family Theater opens its new holiday show in Synetic Theater's new Crystal City space, with a new take on the story of Marie and her Nutcracker. Director and Set Designer Lilia Slavova's original script is based on the book by E.T.A. Hoffmann, and tells the entire story of "Nutcracker and Mouse King". Lilia wants children in the audience to understand and experience the 'transformation' of the Nutcracker.




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Joel Markowitz Joel Markowitz grew up in Buffalo, NY. At a young age, between shoveling snow and eating hot Buffalo wings, he fell in love with theatre, particularly musical theatre. Moving to the DC area after graduating from Syracuse University, Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Social Group, where he leads groups to performances in the DC area, and theatre weekends in NYC and Philadelphia. This year, The Ushers is celebrating its 21st anniversary. Joel also coordinates Broadway Bound Meetup groups in the DC, Baltimore, and VA areas.

In May 2011, Joel became the Editor and Senior Columnist for Maryland Theatre Guide, after writing his popular column Theatre Schmooze, and recording interviews with DC, Philadelphia, and New York actors, directors, and composers for DC Theatre Scene for 5 years. Joel is also a regular contributor on the weekly NYC radio program ‘The Lunch and Judy Show’ where he talks with host Judy Stadt about theatre in NYC and the DC area. Joel is a fan of Stephen Sondheim, William Finn, Jason Robert Brown and Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. His favorite musicals include Ragtime, The Secret Garden, Spring Awakening, Gypsy, The Light in the Piazza, Sweeney Todd, The Last Five Years, and In The Heights. He is a huge supporter of children's theatre. Joel is also a Buffalo Sabres fan, so you may see him at hockey rinks, as well as at stage doors, where he schmoozes with the stars.


 
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