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Dallas Tolentino as Frosty the Snowman at Adventure Theatre. (Photo by Sarah Straub)

Theatre Tuesday: December Roundup of Discounts, Deals and Dates

Now that the holiday season is upon us, many theatres are presenting Christmas and holiday shows with good cheer. There are quite a few of Dickens' A Christmas Carols across the land, specifically at Ford's Theatre, Annapolis Shakespeare Company and Olney Theatre Center. However, you may be wondering what other holiday tales are being told on the stage this month. Well, we got you!

Below is the list of a few theatrical delights that may not have popular Broadway titles, but can still warm the heart during this lovely, and chilly, holiday season.

A CHRISTMAS CHILD IN WALES AND OTHER STORIES

  • Presented by Washington Stage Guild in the Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
  • Adapted and Directed by Bill Largess
  • Runs now till December 17, 2017
  • Discounts: Students with ID are half price and seniors over 65 get $10 off top ticket price.

Holiday memories are treasures, but not always reliably reported. An evening of works adapted from Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, AA Milne, Louisa May Alcott and others in the age-old tradition of stories that give us our idea of what Christmas should be, even if ours were not quite like that, will receive its world premiere in a warm and nostalgic production.

AN IRISH CAROL

  • Written by Matthew Keenan and directed by Mark A. Rhea
  • Keegan Theatre, 1724 Church Street, NW, Washington, DC
  • Runs December 14-21, 2017
  • Discounts: Seniors 62 and over and people 25 and under

Told with a quintessential Irish charm, An Irish Carol pays homage to the classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol. Written by Dublin native and Keegan company member Matthew J. Keenan, the play follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy Dublin pub owner who's lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But this Christmas Eve, David's life may change forever when he's challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in the present and faced with the reality of a lonely future.

CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD BULL AND BUSH

  • Written and directed by Catherine Flye
  • Metrostage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA
  • Runs now till December 24, 2017

Christmas 1912. The Old Bull and Bush Public House, Hampstead, London, is alive with British music hall songs and Christmas carols. Enjoy a pint or two, eat mince pies and sausage rolls, laugh at corny jokes and funny sketches, toe-tap to tuneful melodies and join in the sing-a-longs. The show was a staple at the Old Vat Room at Arena Stage for years, and this season MetroStage welcomes Florrie Forde, the most famous music hall star of the era, and her troupe of British performers as they celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN

  • Based on the song written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson and directed by Jason Schlafstein
  • Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD
  • Runs now till December 31, 2017
  • Tickets: $20

Children will dance along as a top hat brings a snowman to life in a delightful production for the entire family. Do you want to build a snowman? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures before he melts away? In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike- even the heart of one near-sighted cop- through his uproarious antics.

MIRACLE ON 34th STREET

  • Directed by Shawn Kettering
  • Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd, Columbia, MD
  • Runs now till December 31, 2017

This musical adaptation of the classic film is the holiday tale of a young girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus until a very special, white-bearded old man changes her mind. Recreating the magic of the motion picture live on stage, Miracle on 34th Street is a joyous, heart warming musical.

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