Christmas shows and family favorites shine on local stages as The Downriver Actors Guild and Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theatre present different versions of “A Christmas Carol,” the Fox Theater hosts “A Christmas Story – the Musical,” Acting Out Productions in Taylor presents “Annie,” the Hilberry’s Studio Theatre presents “Vanya and Sonia and Sasha and Spike,” and the Detroit Opera House hosts Disney’s “Aladdin.”
‘CHRISTMAS CAROL’ A DOUBLE DELIGHT
“A Christmas Carol,” with and without music, is a perennial holiday favorite. Wayne State University presents a non-music version through Dec. 16 at the Bonstelle Theatre.
A food collection will be taken for the W Food Pantry, which helps students with food insecurity by providing a stigma-free non-perishable food pantry at no cost.
To order tickets, call 313-577-2972 or go to theatreanddanceatwayne.com.
The Downriver Actors Guild presents a wonderful production of “Christmas Carol – the Musical” for two more weekends, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 14 and 15, and 3 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16 at the Catherine A. Daly Theatre on the Avenue, 2656 Biddle in Wyandotte.
The delightful through-composed, fast-paced musical features the superb direction and choreography by Paul Bruce, a strong performance by Chris Chavez as Scrooge and an amazing ensemble, each with numerous character and costume changes. If you are ready to get into the Christmas spirit, don’t miss this wonderful show.
Tickets are $18, with a $2 discount for students and seniors. To order, or more information, call 734-407-7020 or go to downriveractorsguild.net.
DISNEY’S ‘ALADDIN’ FLIES INTO DETROIT OPERA HOUSE
Disney’s musical “Aladdin” takes audiences on a magical carpet ride Dec. 12 to Jan. 13 at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway in Detroit.
The show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 to 15, 18 to 22, 26 to 29, Jan. 1 to 5, and 8 to 12; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 23 and 30, and Jan. 6 and 13; 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 22 and 29, and Jan. 5 and 12; and 1 p.m. Dec. 13, 16, 23, 27 and 30, and Jan. 6, 10 and 13 at the Opera House.
The musical combines mystery, comedy and romance, and adds new songs, plus five songs popularized by the movie: “Arabian Nights,” “One Jump Ahead,” “Friend Like Me,” “Prince Ali” and “A Whole New World.”
For information about the show, go to BroadwayInDetroit.com.
Tickets start at $25. To order, call 313-871-1132 or go to BroadwayInDetroit.com or ticketmaster.com.
‘VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE’ ENTERTAINS AT STUDIO THEATER
Take three adult siblings named after Chekov characters and put them into a modern comedy about love, family dynamics and a mature star’s boy toy love interest, and you have Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”
The show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 8, 14 and 15; 7 p.m. Dec. 13; 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15; and 3 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16 at the Hilberry’s Studio Theater, 4743 Cass Ave. in Detroit.
Masha, a movie star, who supports stay-home siblings Vanya and Sonya, sweeps into town for a visit with a sexy, much younger lover in tow. Tensions, melodrama, humor and absurdity bubble to the surface as each struggles to understand their own expectations, bitterness, jealousy and dysfunctional family ties.
For tickets or more information, call 313-577-2972 or go to theatreanddanceatwayne.com.
‘A CHRISTMAS STORY – THE MUSICAL’ COMES TO THE FOX
Bloodhound rescue dogs Stella and Hoss, who play the Bumpus hounds in “A Christmas Story – the Musical” at the Fox Theatre will help raise money for the Michigan Humane Society when the show runs Dec. 20 to 22 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
Based on the 1983 classic movie set in Indiana during the 1940s, young Ralphie longs for a Red Ryder Air Rifle for Christmas despite the admonitions that he will “shoot your eye out.”
The play includes the infamous lady’s leg lamp, the embarrassing pink bunny costume, a triple dog dare to lick a frozen flagpole, and an impatient department store Santa and his evil elves.
When ordering tickets online at ticketmaster.com, use the promo code “MHS” to receive a 30 percent ticket discount, with $1 per ticket sold donated to the MHS.
ACTING OUT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS ‘ANNIE’
Acting Out Productions presents “Annie – the Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 14 and 15, and 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Royal Majestic Theater inside Trillium Academy, 15740 Racho Road, Taylor.
The Tony Award-winning musical follows an optimistic orphan who wins the heart of a billionaire and features song favorites, “Tomorrow,” “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” and “Little Girls.”
The cast includes Madelyn King of Trenton as Annie, Austin Sulkey of Southgate as Miss Hannigan, Thomas Mattison Jr. of Westland as Oliver Warbucks, and Erin Phipps of West Bloomfield as Grace Farrell Friday and Saturday, and Emily Hunt of Riverview as Grace Farrell during the Sunday matinee.
Director Julie Doddie of Southgate said “Annie” is a great show for all ages.
“Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I loved working with this cast over the last few months,” she said.
Tickets are $15, with a $3 discount for students 18 and younger. Attendees who bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Foster Closet of Michigan Western Wayne County to any performance will be eligible to to purchase a ticket for $10. To order online, go to actingoutdownriver.com.