Upcoming theater and ballet events around the county and beyond

Snohomish County

Theater

“In the Mood”: Sky Performing Arts presents an updated version of its World War II big band show, “In the Mood,” through Dec. 13. Performances are 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5, 2 p.m. Dec. 6, at Frank Wagner Performing Arts Center, 639 W. Main St., Monroe. During the second week, performances are set for 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Junction at the Market (the old Eagles Ballroom) at 114 N. Lewis, Monroe. Tickets for all shows are $14 and $16, available at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Call 360-863-1663. Written and directed by Terry Simon, the show gives the audience a look at what USO show might have been like at the close of World War II. A 17-piece big band and eight singers present more than 20 popular tunes of the day. The returning cast includes Greg Norgaard, L. Sam Samano, Neil Sandlin, Kirby Taylor, Kelsey Jacobs and Robin Hilt and newcomer Todd Parks. Backing the cast is the Sky Notes Orchestra, directed by Mark Kunz. More at www.skyperformingarts.com.

Edmonds Driftwood Players: The folks at the Wade James Theatre offer a production that includes Barbara Robinson’s classic tale about the trouble-making Herdman kids, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” and the premiere of the original one-act musical by Paul Lewis and Carissa Meisner Smit, “Timmy Perlmutter’s Extraordinary Hanukkah,” the story about how a young boy comes to realize that his family is the greatest gift of all. Directed by Andrew Coopman. Performances through Dec. 20 are Thursdays through Sundays, with some matinees, 950 Main St., Edmonds. For tickets go to www.edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org or call 425-774-9600, option 3.

Everett Community College: Student actors will perform four one-act plays at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 in EvCC’s Baker Hall, Room 120. The plays include two comedies by A.A. Milne, best known for his Winnie-the-Pooh books. In the political skit “Wurzel-Flummery” Milne pokes fun at liberal and conservative members of British Parliament. In “The Boy Comes Home,” a play written during Milne’s service in World War I, an uncle and his nephew have a lighthearted post-war generational conflict. Next up is the comic thriller “Curtains for the Gentleman” and the sketch comedy “In Our Profession,” which features an over-the-top actress. The plays include mature content. Children should not attend. Admission is by donation.

“Expressing Willie”: The comedy by Rachel Crothers, directed by Christine Mosere, plays Phoenix Theatre Dec. 4 through 20, with performances 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19 general or $16 for seniors, military and students. Call 206-533-200 or go to phoenixtheatreedmonds.org. The clever comedy involves a young man who finds himself obscenely rich and becomes involved with the wealthy of New York. His unsophisticated former girlfriend arrives to attend his Christmas party and hilarity ensues.

“Hark the Harold”: Taproot Theatre presents the play at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Zion Lutheran Church, 329 Avenue A, Snohomish. Harold is not the brightest angel and his shenanigans try the patience of his partner Gabriel. As they carry messages to Joseph and Mary, will they figure out God’s plan?

Historic Everett Theatre’s Vaudeville Style Holiday Show: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19, 3 p.m. Dec. 20, at the theater, 2911 Colby, Everett. Call 425-258-6766 for ticket information.

“A Christmas Carol”: Wanderlust Circus’ “A Christmas Carol” returns to the Historic Everett Theatre, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 2911 Colby, Everett. Ticket prices range from $12 to $25. Call 425-258-6766.

Village Theatre: The rest of the 2015-2016 season in Everett includes “My Fair Lady,” the classic Lerner and Loewe musical, Jan. 8 through 31; “Crimes of the Heart,” Beth Henley’s Southern Gothic comedy, March 4 through 27; “My Heart is the Drum,” an inspiring new musical, April 29 to May 22; and “Billy Elliot,” the Broadway sensation with music by Elton John, July 8 through 31, all at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. Tickets and more information are available by calling 425-257-8600 or online at www.villagetheatre.org/everett.

Red Curtain: The Marysville foundation’s 2015-2016 theater season of classics includes “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Jan. 29 to Feb. 14; “You Can’t Take It With You,” March 25 to April 10; and “The Fantasticks,” June 3 to 19. More information is available at www.redcurtainfoundation.org.

Edmonds Driftwood Players: The 57th main stage season at Driftwood continues with Neil Simon’s comedy “Proposal’s,” Feb. 19 through March 6; “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” musical comedy, April 22 to May 8; “Suite Surrender,” an homage to the farces of the 1930s and ’40s. Driftwood also produces short runs of new plays, Theatre of Intriguing Possibilities, throughout the year. All at Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds. For tickets and information, go to www.edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org or call 425-774-9600, option 3.

Phoenix Theatre: The comedy theater company has listed its 2015-2016 shows. See “Communicating Doors” by Alan Ayckbourn, Feb. 5 through 28; “The Dixie Swim Club,” April 8 through May 1; “Becky’s New Car” by Steven Dietz, June 2 through 26. The theater is at 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. Call 206-533-2000 or go to www.phoenixtheatreedmonds.org.

High Schools

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”: Everett High School, 2416 Colby Ave., presents the musical comedy Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 13 in the school’s theater. For information, 425-385-4400.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”: The Lakewood High School Drama Club presents the holiday favorite, a play in two acts by James W. Rodgers. Directed by Lakewood teacher Rebecca White, the show stars seniors Keegan Boris as George Bailey, Kara Blackwood as Mary Hatch Bailey, Gavin Urquhart as Mr. Potter, Devin Smith as George’s guardian angel Clarence. Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at the door. Lakewood High School is at 17023 11th Ave NE, Arlington.

Dance

“One Uncontainable Gift”: Reflections School of Dance performs at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 6, Glacier Peak High School performing arts center, 7401 144th Pl. SE, Snohomish. Admission is $10 at the door. Reflections dancers also will perform at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Mill Creek Town Center and at 5:45 and 7:45 p.m. Dec. 19 at Warm Beach Lights of Christmas. More at reflectionsschoolofdance.com.

“The Nutcracker”: Olympic Ballet Theatre presents the Christmas classic at: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12, and 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave.; and 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. Tickets are available at olympicballet.com.

“Christmas Spectacular”: The 15th annual event by the Dorothy Jayne Foundation features the Pacific Ballroom Dance Company and lots of music, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave. Tickets are $15 and donations to local food banks.

Alderwood Dance Spectrum: “A Storybook Nutcracker, Dec. 10, 11, 12, PUD auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett. More at alderwooddancespectrum.com.

Seattle

Theater

“Come From Away”: Seattle Repertory Theatre presents this original, rock-infused world-premiere musical through Dec. 20, Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle Center. More at www.seattlerep.org. The story is based on true events from Sept. 11, 2001. The show has broken the all-time Seattle Rep record for single ticket sales in a 24-hour period.

“A Christmas Carol”: A Contemporary Theatre presents its 40th anniversary production of this 90-minute holiday tradition, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Gregory A. Falls and Adam Stern, through Dec. 30, ACT’s Allen Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets start at $37 for adults and $27 for children. Call 206-292-7676 or go to www.acttheatre.org. Kurt Beattie and Charles Leggett will alternate in the role of Scrooge.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”: Five performances during a three-day run (Dec. 11-13) at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. More information at www.stgpresents.org.

“The Book of Mormon”: The musical by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone plays the Paramount in Seattle Dec. 29 through Jan. 10. Tickets start at $35, available online at stgpresents.org and tickets.com.

Dance

Pacific Northwest Ballet: The new Nutcracker, featuring choreography by George Balanchine and set design and costumes by children’s author Ian Falconer, runs through Dec. 28. For information and tickets, go to www.pnb.org or call 206-441-2424.

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