Playing on a stage near you — comedy, drama, holiday musicals and more

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The following is a sampling of theater/stage productions in the region:
Curio Theatre Company: Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist comedy “The Bald Soprano” is on stage at 8 p.m. Dec. 18-19. The theater is at 4740 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia. For tickets, call (215) 525-1350 or visit www.curiotheatre.org.
Theatre Horizon: David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries” is presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 18-19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at 401 DeKalb St., Norristown. Tickets are $32, $25 for Young Friends 30 and under and students. Call (610) 283-2230, ext. 1 or go to www.theatrehorizon.org.
Montgomery Theater: “Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” has been extended through Dec. 20. The theater is at 124 Main St., Souderton. Get more information at (215) 723-9984 or www.montgomerytheater.org.
Prince Theater: The year is 1926 and Queen Marie of Romania announces a visit to the City of Philadelphia for the celebration of the sesquicentennial, changing the lives of one South Philadelphia family forever. No Attytude Productions presents “The Three Maries: A Philadelphia Phable,” a world premiere musical by Michael Ogborn, through Jan. 10. Tickets range from $27-$52. Get show times at www.princetheater.org.

Deirdre Finnegan, Franklin Anthony, Mary Martello and Josh Totora in "The Three Maries," a world premiere musical at the Prince Theater through January 10th. www.princetheater.org. Photo by Christoper Sapienza, Wiseman Productions

Deirdre Finnegan, Franklin Anthony, Mary Martello and Josh Totora in “The Three Maries,” a world premiere musical at the Prince Theater through January 10th. www.princetheater.org. Photo by Christoper Sapienza, Wiseman Productions

Arden Theater Company: The winner of a skating contest will receive a shiny pair of silver skates. But will Hans and his sister, with their wooden skates, be able to compete against children who own steel blades? Set in 19th century Holland, this production celebrates the importance of grit and determination, the value of generosity, and the thrill of flying down the ice on a pair of skates. It runs through Jan. 31 on the F. Otto Haas Stage at 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia. For tickets and show times, call (215) 922-1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org.
Players Club of Swarthmore: Catch “A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail” at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. Dec. 19. Tickets are $10, $8 for children under 12. The theater is at 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore. See www.pcstheater.org.
Merriam Theater: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” is live on stage through Dec. 20 at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. See www.kimmelcenter.org.
Academy of Music: The Pennsylvania Ballet presents George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” through Dec. 31 at the academy, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. For tickets and performance times, visit www.paballet.org.
Storybook Musical Theatre: The Abington-based, professional children’s theater company begins its 24th season with “The Wizard of Oz” Dec. 19-30 at the Gratz College Theater, 7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park, then at the Bluett Theater of St. Joseph’s University, 56th Street and Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, from Jan. 12-16. Tickets are $12 for children, $14 for adults. School and group discounts available. For reservations and more information, call (215) 659-8550 or go to www.storybookmusical.org.
Ambler Theater: Family Stages presents “Cinderella” at 11 a.m. Dec. 26 at the theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $12 for adults and children, $10 for seniors and grandparents. Children under 3 are free. Call (215) 886-9341 or email familystages@gmail.com.
Quintessence Theatre Group: The Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel & Gretel” continues through Jan. 3. All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave., Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. To purchase tickets, visit www.quintessencetheatre.org or call (215) 987-4450.
Footlighters Theater: “Fruitcakes” features a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster through Dec. 19 at 58 Main Ave., Berwyn. For show times and tickets, call (610) 296-9245 or visit www.footlighterstheater.com.
Civic Theatre: “A Christmas Carol” runs through Dec. 19 at 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. Call (610) 432-8943 or go to www.civictheare.com.
Forrest Theatre: The satirical musical “The Book of Mormon” returns for a run through Dec. 27 at the Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Get tickets at www.telecharge.com or (800) 447-7400.
1812 Productions: The annual “This is the Week That is” show runs through Dec. 31 at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St., Philadelphia. Check out www.1812productions.org.
Media Theatre: Based on the film about the boy who, during a miner’s strike in the 1980s, wants to become a ballet dancer, rather than the boxer, “Billy Elliot: The Musical” runs through Jan. 3 and includes a score by Elton John. The theater is at 104 E. State St., Media. For tickets, call (610) 891-0100 or go to www.mediatheatre.org.
Act II Playhouse: Next at Act II is “Behind the Music: Holiday Tunes,” with Sonny Leo and April Woodall, through Dec. 27. Tickets are $29-$41. Discounts are available for subscribers, students, group of 10 or more and seniors 65+. Also, the new show for children and their families, “Murray the Elf and the Case of the Gruesome Gumdrop,” runs Dec. 18-27. “Home for the Holidays with Jen Creed” is on the stage at 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20. Visit www.act2.org or call (215) 654-0200. Act II is at 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler.
Bristol Riverside Theatre: “An American Christmas Songbook” features traditional carols and new arrangements of popular holiday songs through Dec. 20 at the theater, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $32. Visit www.brtstage.org or call (215) 785-0100.
Penn’s Landing Playhouse: The run of “Menopause The Musical” closes Dec. 20. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $45-$65. Next is “The Calamari Sisters’ New Year’s Eve Concert for the Pope” Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The theater is inside the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street, Philadelphia. Call (855) 448-7469.
People’s Light: The musical panto “The Three Musketeers (The Later Years)” takes the stage through Jan. 10. The theater is at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern. For show times and tickets, visit www.peopleslight.org or call (610) 644-3500.
Philadelphia Theatre Company: The comedy Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” is presented through Dec. 27 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard streets, Philadelphia. Performances run Tuesdays through Sundays. For tickets, call (215) 985-0420 or visit www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org.
Bucks County Playhouse: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is presented through Dec. 27. The theater is in New Hope at 70 S. Main St. Call (215) 862-2121 or visit www.bcptheater.org for show times and tickets.
Walnut Street Theatre: “A Christmas Story, The Musical” makes its Philadelphia debut through Jan. 10 at 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Also on the main stage through Dec. 20 is “A Christmas Carol.” On the Independence Studio on 3 stage through Dec. 27 is a comedy about America’s most famous sex therapist, “Becoming Dr. Ruth.” For tickets and performance times, call (215) 574-3550 or visit www.walnutstreettheatre.org.
Hedgerow Theatre: “A Christmas Carol” is presented once again at 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley. For tickets and performance times through Dec. 27, call (610) 565-4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org.
Rainbow Comedy Playhouse: Through Dec. 27, it’s the Christmas show “Good Night Mrs. Puffin.” Tickets range from $30-$55 and include meal, show, tips and tax. For reservations, call (800) 292-4301 or go to www.rainbowcomedy.com. Rainbow Comedy Playhouse is at 3065 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise.
Wilmington Drama League: “Shrek The Musical” runs through Dec. 30 at 10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington, Del. For tickets and show times, call (302) 764-1172 or visit www.wilmingtondramaleague.org.

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