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Holiday Theatre Preview

5 jolly holiday shows to get you in the spirit this season

Joseph Ziegler in Soulpepper's A Christmas Carol. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

The holiday season is upon us and that means an abundance of theatre in Toronto—everything from new plays to festive favourites. Here are five performances that will get you in the spirit this year.

A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper)
Michael Shamata's beloved production of Dickens' heartwarming classic has become a Toronto holiday tradition. Back for another run at the Young Centre, A Christmas Carol features Joseph Ziegler as the famous Ebenezer Scrooge, John Jarvis as Jacob Marley and the three ghosts, and Oliver Dennis as Bob Cratchit. This family-friendly production is a holiday must-see. On stage until December 27 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
Holiday theatre wouldn't be complete without Ross Petty's annual panto production. This year, Toronto's king of wacky seasonal comedy presents CinderellaThe Gags to Riches Family Musical! Danielle Wade (winner of CBC's Over The Rainbow/Dorothy in Mirvish's The Wizard of Oz) stars with Dora Award winner Jeff Lillico and returning favourite Dan Chameroy. On stage until January 4 at The Elgin Theatre.
Holidazed & Confused (The Second City)
A collection of satirical sketches and songs that lovingly lampoon all the absurd rituals, stresses, and obligations of the festive season, The Second City's Holidazed & Confused promises to be a hilarious night of merrymaking. On stage until January 1 (The Second City - 51 Mercer Street).
The Dog and the Angel (Theatre Columbus)
Theatre Columbus brings winter theatre magic back to the Evergreen Brick Works this year with a new play by Martha Ross (writer of the Dora Award-nominated The Story). Directed by Jennifer Brewin, the outdoor production follows one family’s annual holiday party run amok; the dog is in a coma, the christmas tree angel is missing and the litigious neighbours threaten to crash the party. The Dog and the Angel features performances by six local choirs and a strong cast, including Leah Cherniak, Paul Rainville, Michael Rinaldi, Courtenay Stevens, Jennifer Villaverde and Connie Wang. Not to mention George, the golden doodle. Brave the cold for this popular theatre experience (December 11 to 30).
The Nutcracker (National Ballet of Canada)
Tchaikovsky's music comes to life in The National Ballet's popular production of The Nutcracker. This delightful ballet choreographed by James Kudelka continues to delight audinces year after year. On stage until January 3, 2015 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.


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