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Snohomish County

“Womb Escape”: 16 comedy improv teams battle for the top spot in a tournament; 8:05 p.m. Dec. 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Tickets are $10, online at www.improvseattle.com/womb.htm or at the door.

“Back Home on the Tumblin’ D”: Life on a Colorado cattle ranch during the holidays during WWII has its share of intrigue in this dramatic comedy; dinner theater of a six-course meal starts at $39; 6 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22; Sunday dessert matinees start at $24; 4 p.m. Dec. 9, 16, 23 at The Lights of Christmas Baylight Theatre at Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. Call 800-228-6724 or online www.warmbeachlights.com.

“The Music Man”: There’s trouble in River City but this is the kind of toe-tapping, romancing and laughter-inducing trouble you’ll want to see when the Driftwood Players bring “76 Trombones” and other hits to Edmonds; performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23 at Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds. Tickets are $25 and $22; 425-774-9600 or www.driftwoodplayers.com.

“In the Mood”: Sky Performing Arts presents this Big Band era revue, a re-creation of a USO-style show that harkens back to a time when our country was nearing the close of World War II; songs include “Blue Skies,” “Sentimental Journey,” “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree,” “Shoo Fly Pie,” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays Dec. 7, 8, and 9 at Frank Wagner Performing Arts Center, 639 W. Main St., Monroe; $14 and $16. Online at www.brownpapertickets.com. More information at www.skyperformingarts.com.

“A Christmas Carol”: A condensed family version presented by Reunion Theatre Group; 2 p.m. Dec. 16, Everett Mall Playhouse, 1402 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett. Pay what you can or $5 minimum per family. Call 425-737-7290 or go to www.reuniontheatregroup.org/index.html.

“A Christmas Carol”: In this holiday favorite, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future give the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge a lesson in the true spirit of Christmas; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16 at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave.; special Thursday showing at 8 p.m. Dec. 13; opening performance “A Blessed Life” before each show; tickets $10 for adults and $8 for students, seniors and veterans; 425-258-6766; www.etix.com; www.everetttheatre.org.

Island County

“Scrooge! The Musical”: This musical is based on the 1992 production with book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and follows the night miserly Ebenezer Scrooge finds the true meaning of Christmas; shows are 2 and 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 15 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., Langley. Tickets $15 to $24. Call 360- 221-8268 or 800-638-7631 or visit www.WICAonline.com.

“Fruitcakes”: Jamie has run away from home and landed in a place where he thinks the people are as nutty as fruitcakes; shows are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22, Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. Tickets are $16 each. Call 360-679-2237 or go to www.whidbeyplayhouse.com/home.html.

Seattle

“Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant”: Book-It Repertory Theatre presents the story of tiny Owen who wants the biggest part in the Christmas play — baby Jesus; opens at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and runs at various times through Dec. 23 in the Center Theare at the Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Tickets range from $23 to $45. Online at www.book-it.org or call 206-216-0833.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol”: Mix Sherlock Holmes with “A Christmas Carol” and you’ve got this tale, a mystery steeped in Christmas spirit; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday though Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday matinees through Dec. 29, Taproot Theatre Company, 204 North 85th St., Seattle. Tickets $22 to $37. Online at www.taproottheatre.org or call 206-781-9707.

“A Christmas Carol”: Various times and dates from Nov. 23 through Dec. 30 at ACT Theatre, The Allen Arena, 700 Union St., Seattle; 206-292-7676; www.acttheatre.org. Tickets $27 to $42 for children and $27 to $55 for adults. See website for show times.

“Scrooge: The Musical!”: Seattle Musical Theatre celebrates Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday with this melodic revamp of the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge; at various times through Dec. 9 at 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Tickets $35 to $40. Call 206-363-2809 or visit www.SeattleMusicalTheatre.org.

“ELF — The Musical”: Buddy, the large misfit of an elf, sets out for the big city to find his father; various times through Dec. 31, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Tickets start at $25. Go to www.5thavenue.org or call 206-625-1900.

Billboard

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: The Whidbey Playhouse is holding auditions by appointment only in 10-minute time slots starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. Actors will be considered for all roles. Bring a head shot or face shot and theatrical resume. Scripts can be checked out at the box office; call 360-679-2237.

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