Theater, dance and opera around the region

THEATER

Edmonds Driftwood Players: Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds; www.edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org or 425-774-9600. Disney’s musical “Beauty and the Beast” runs Nov. 24 through Dec. 17. Directed by Andrew Coopman, Mark Press, Molly Hall and Sarah Kessler, the multi-generational cast includes Liz Oyama, Joshua Pulley, Jimmi Cook, John Han, James Cheek, Dakota Daley, Adam Othman, Beaven Walters, Scooter Walters, Karin Terry, Katie Gary, Anna Vizzare, Laura McFarlane, Lara McLeod, Jim Walker, Miki Murray, TJ Burzynski, Leah Lee, Elissa Cortright, Sydney Kaser, David Hayes, Callie Nissing, Troy Johnson, C.Jay Roundy, Dima Pogrebniak, Bella Horvath, Sofia Nuno.

ACT’s “A Christmas Carol”: Region’s longest-running Dickens show, with Mukilteo’s Keagan Estes reprising his role as Tiny Tim, Nov. 24 through Dec. 28, ACT, 700 Union St., Seattle, www.acttheatre.org.

Red Curtain: The Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave., Suite J, Marysville (in the Goodwill shopping center, behind the Everett Community College cosmetology school). Box office hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday or call 360-322-7402. For more information, go to www.redcurtainfoundation.org. “My Three Angels” plays Dec. 1-17. A story featuring three convicts may not seem like traditional holiday fare, but these prisoners end up being true “angels” to a family facing financial and personal crises. Directed by Eric Bischoff, the cast includes Richard Morris, Justin Tinsley and Ben St. Hilaire as the three “angels,” as well as Steve Smith, Jacy Leavitt, Alexis Jones, John Chapman, Marli Bartness and Kathleen Sasnett.

Phoenix Theatre: The comedy theater is at 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. Call 206-533-2000 or go to www.tptedmonds.org. “Twist of the Magi” — by the theater’s own Debra Rich Gettleman — will be presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23; and at 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 16, 17, 23. A classic tale of holiday love and generosity unfolds at a 1940s radio station.

Taproot Theatre’s “Silent Night!”: This touring production will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Zion Lutheran Church, Fourth and Avenue A, Snohomish. For information, call 425-407-3128. Donations accepted. A pair of strangers find themselves trapped with an angel, caught between time and continents. While not happy to find them in her space, the angel helps them find their way home. A comedy that reminds its audience that peace on Earth begins in the heart.

Village Theatre: Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave.; 425-257-8600 or www.villagetheatre.org/everett. “Newsies” runs Jan. 5-28. The rest of the season includes “The Gin Game,” the new musical “String” and “Hairspray.”

NUTCRACKERS

Emerald Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker with Rainier Symphony Ballet Orchestra, 2 p.m. Dec. 2-3,9-10, Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell. Call 425-298-3449.

Alderwood Dance Spectrum: “A Storybook Nutcracker,” Dec. 6-9 at the PUD auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett. More at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Reflections School of Dance: “One Uncontainable Gift,” 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Glacier Peak High School performing arts center, 7401 144th Place SE, Snohomish. More at www.reflectionsschoolofdance.com.

Olympic Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” in Everett: Abridged version offered at 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 8 (good for young children), 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 10, all at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. Ticket information is available at www.olympicballet.com/obthome/tickets or call 425-774-7570.

The Dance School’s Nutcracker: The Everett company will perform the ballet at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Tickets are $17.50. Call 425-257-8600 or go to www.facebook.com/TheDanceSchool.

Olympic Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” in Edmonds: Abridged version offered at 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 14 (good for children), 7 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 5 p.m. Dec. 17, all at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. Ticket information is available at www.olympicballet.com/obthome/tickets or call 425-774-7570.

COMEDY

Improv Comedy Night: Third Saturdays at Cafe Zippy, 1502 Rucker Ave., Everett. Free.

Keith Johnstone’s Maestro Impro: This short-form improvisational game competition held at 8:05 p.m. each Saturday in November has Black Box Theatre’s team of improv comedians battle it out during a night of games and scenes to be crowned maestro at the end of the show. The next show is Nov. 25. Tickets are $12. The theater on the Edmonds Community College campus, at 20310 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. More at www.blackboxedcc.org.

Improv Comedy Championship: Improv teams from across the Northwest will battle Friday and Saturday nights in December for the championship title of Womb Escape XI. Winning teams will face off at the final competition on Dec. 16. Audience cheers determine the winner. Hosted by Unexpected Productions. Shows start at 8:05 p.m. The first improv battle is set for Dec. 1. Tickets are $12. The theater on the Edmonds Community College campus, at 20310 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. More at www.blackboxedcc.org.

To submit information, email reporter Gale Fiege at gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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