ARTS & CULTURE
December is full of merriment and cheer! Whether it’s a musical performance, a theatrical play or a Santa visit, there is much to see and do this time of year. Here are a few highlights that we think you’ll enjoy. Plus, there are still many other performances and activities happening this December in Northwest Arkansas. Check out the full calendar beginning on page 38 to find additional holiday happenings and more.
A Christmas Carol—Thru Dec. 27
Brimming with stage magic and holiday cheer, TheatreSquared’s world premiere adaptation of A Christmas Carol boldly reimagines Dickens’ classic ghost story and sets the stage for a new Northwest Arkansas tradition. Three spirits come to visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and take him on a fantastic journey through past, present and future. But will it be enough to save him? (Adapted by Amy Herzberg from the novel by Charles Dickens.)Showtime for Tuesday thru Saturday performances is 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. for Saturday and Sunday matinees, with an additional 7 p.m. showing on Sunday evenings. There are special family matinees on Christmas Eve and Dec. 26. Appropriate for all ages. Admission $17-$50 adults, $10 for anyone under the age of 30. TheatreSquared. Fayetteville. (479) 777-7477. www.theatre2.org
The Nutcracker—Dec. 6-8
Now a Northwest Arkansas holiday tradition, the Northwest Arkansas Conservatory of Classical Ballet, along with school principal Jennifer Davis and Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre artistic director Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, reimagines the Tchaikovsky classic cast with 178 local dance students performing with the regional professional company dancers. Go on an enchanting journey with Clara as she receives her most treasured Christmas gift, a nutcracker doll. Follow along as he comes to life in her dream, where he and his trusty infantry of toy soldiers save her from the grip of the evil Rat King and Queen and their mouse minions. Then, join them on their journey through the wintry Snow Forest and into the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her magical Land of the Sweets. Friday, Dec. 6, performances begin at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7, performance begins at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 8, performance begins as 2 p.m. Admission: $25 in advance. Arend Arts Center, Bentonville High School. (479) 553-7400. www.nwaballet.com
A Tuna Christmas—Dec. 13-15 & 19-22
In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including the hot competition in the annual lawn-display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of A Christmas Carol is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun. A Tuna Christmas is a total delight for all seasons. Curtain time for Thursday thru Saturday performances is 8 p.m., with Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Doors and concessions open one hour before each show. Admission: $29 cabaret seats, $48 for two seats at cabaret table, $24 adult balcony seating. Arkansas Public Theatre at the Victory, Rogers. (479) 631-8988.
A Very SoNA Christmas—Dec. 21
A yuletide tradition! The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas continues its 65th Anniversary Season with a mix of holiday favorites featuring the SoNA singers, area high school choirs and special guest artists. Choose from a 2 p.m. matinee or the 7:30 evening performance. Admission: $33, $44, $55. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.sonamusic.org
SoNA & Walton Arts Center present
The Snowman: A Family Concert—Dec. 22
A favorite holiday treat returns! Guests can enjoy a special screening of the award-winning film The Snowman as musicians from the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas bring to life the magical score in an unforgettable performance for children of all ages. Admission: $10. Showtime is 2 p.m. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.sonamusic.org