Catch ‘Music Man’ in Edmonds; 2 holiday shows in Seattle

“The Music Man”

Composer Meredith Willson’s musical follows dapper con man Professor Harold Hill and his attempt to sell band instruments to a gaggle of schoolchildren in the small town of River City, Iowa, but leave town with the cash.

Romance, however, sours the con man’s plan and soon Harold must choose between the charms of a local piano teacher and librarian and his sack full of money.

The score contains some beloved musical classics including “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “‘Till There Was You,” “Lida Rose,” “Ya Got Trouble” and “Shipoopi.”

The show is directed by Roy Arauz with music direction by Mark and Nancy Press and choreography by Amy Wyatt

“The Music Man” opens at 8 tonight at the Driftwood Players Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23.

Tickets are $25 and $22. Call 425-774-9600 or online at www.driftwoodplayers.com.

“A Christmas Carol”

Can it really be the 37th production?

Indeed it is, my dears.

ACT Theatre brings this annual Dickens classic again this season with a couple of seasoned actors playing the lead curmudgeon as R. Hamilton Wright, playing Scrooge for the fourth time, and Jeff Steitzer, who plays Scrooge for the third time, alternate the role.

For the first time in 20 years, a female, Leslie Law, will play The Ghost of Christmas Present.

The ghosts of Christmas Present, Past and Future play a pivotal role in reforming Ebenezer Scrooge from the miserly, horrid penny-pincher into the benevolent giver who finds the true meaning of Christmas after the ghosts take him on a harrowing night of self-discovery.

ACT does this show up right with a theater-in-the-round presentation that includes lots of fog, rattling chains, trapdoors, flying scenery, snow and a little bit of pyrotechnics.

“A Christmas Carol” opens with previews at 7 tonight at ACT Theatre, The Allen Arena, 700 UnionSt., Seattle. Shows run at various times through Dec. 30.

Tickets start at $27, online at www.acttheatre.org or call 206-292-7676.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol”

Take Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and mix it with Sherlock Holmes and you’ve got the gist of this holiday show.

The story introduces Holmes as a hardened man who gets called on by three surprise visitors on Christmas Eve who help uncover clues from his past, present and future. They do this in an attempt to save the detective’s life.

It’s a mystery wrapped in Christmas spirit and written by Seattle playwright and author John Longenbaugh.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol” plays at various times through Dec. 29 at Taproot Theatre Company, 204 North 85th St., Seattle.

Tickets range from $22 to $37 Online at www.taproottheatre.org or call 206-781-9707.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.

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