Theater, dance and opera around the region

Theater, dance and opera around the region


Phoenix Theatre: The comedy theater is at 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. Call 206-533-2000 or go to “Twist of the Magi” — by the theater’s own managing director Debra Rich Gettleman, and featuring the song stylings of the Twisted Sisters — will be presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23; and at 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 16, 17, 23. The piece starts with O’Henry’s classic short story “Gift of the Magi,” which unfolds at a 1940s radio station. The characters include a slew of disgruntled actors, a frantic sound effect technician, a whacky female trio, a delinquentShakespearean prima donna, a jealous Italian femme fatale and a host of other broadcasting eccentrics. The cast includes Alissa Cattabriga, James Lynch, Nicola Amos, Sarah McGrath, Denise Wichsier, Scott Hibbert, Steve Heiret, Susan Connors and Melanie Calderwood. Directed by Keith Dahlgren and Michael Corry.

Edmonds Driftwood Players: Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds; or 425-774-9600. Disney’s musical “Beauty and the Beast” runs 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 and Sofia Nuno.

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 “My Three Angels” plays through Dec. 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.

“Christmas Choir”: Lifeway Foursquare Church presents the comedy at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Olympic Theater, 107 S. Olympic Ave., Arlington. Admission is $5 or $20 a family. More at

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

ACT’s “A Christmas Carol”: A Contemporary Theater, 700 Union St., Seattle, Region’s longest-running Dickens show, with Mukilteo’s Keagan Estes reprising his role as Tiny Tim. The 9-year-old’s sister, Kalia Estes, will play his on-stage sister Elizabeth. Performances through Dec. 28.


Alderwood Dance Spectrum: “A Storybook Nutcracker,” especially for children, is presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 8, and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the PUD auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett. Tickets are $20. More at Look for the Webster family from Mukilteo: Alex Webster (dad) plays the Mouse King; Natalie (oldest daughter) plays Clara; Ben (son) is Fritz; and Emma (the youngest kid) plays one of the soldiers battling the Mouse King.

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 or call 425-774-7570.

Mountlake Terrace Dance Academy: Winter Dance Concert, 1 p.m. Dec. 9, Mountlake Terrace High School, 21801 44th Ave. W. Tickets are $8 at the door beginning at noon. More at

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

Haven Dance Academy: A charming version of “The Nutcracker” by this Lynnwood-based school will be presented at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Shorecrest High School, 15343 25th Ave. NE, Shoreline. Ages 11 and older $15, $12 for 4-10, and free for age 3 and yournger.

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

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 or call 425-774-7570.


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. Tickets are $12. The theater on the Edmonds Community College campus, at 20310 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. More at

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