Indianapolis pulls out all the stops when it comes to the holidays. Every stage in town is lit up with Yuletide cheer, from well-loved classics to avant-garde productions. Pour yourself a glass of eggnog and find an Indy stage show or three to put you in the holiday spirit:
A Christmas Carol
For many, this Dickens tale is Christmas, full of redemption and hope and Victorian Christmas traditions. You’ll find no fewer than five stagings of A Christmas Carol in Indianapolis. You’ll find traditional tellings, like the venerable Indianapolis Repertory Theatre production. You’ll also find musical adaptations, including A Christmas Carol at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre and Scrooge at the Christian Youth Theater. If you’re looking for something a bit more modern, Irvington’s Q Artistry is presenting Christmas Qarol Cabaret as a raucous holiday review, while ComedySportz improv is offering Christmas Carol Unscripted. God bless us, everyone.
Gorge yourself on sugar plums with a trip to the ballet. Choose from the Indiana Ballet Conservatory’s production at the Indianapolis Museum of Art or the Indianapolis School of Ballet, performed in the beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral.
If you’re looking to start a new holiday tradition, you’re in luck. Indianapolis’ artists have pushed the envelope to introduce new shows that’ll have you looking at the holiday in a whole new way. Consider Theatre on the Square’s Don We Now Our Gay Apparel: 3D – Christmas in Your Face! , which involves drag queens, audience participation, and more showtunes than you can shake a stick at. Over at the Phoenix Theatre, their A Very Phoenix Xmas 7: Gettin’ Figgy with It takes a comedic look at the season through sketch comedy. For something a bit more high falutin’, Indianapolis Opera’s Amahl and the Night Visitors takes a fresh look at the story of the three wise men.
Whew! The holiday season is one of the most exciting times for any theater-goer. What are you most looking forward to seeing? Tell us in the comments for your chance to win two tickets to Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Winner will be drawn by random number generator at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 12/5.
Happy Hoosier Holidays!