It's your last chance this weekend to see “Nuncrackers,” a Christmas-themed comedy about the fictional Little Sisters of Hoboken at the Tavares Theater and the short run of “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” by the Moonlight Players in Clermont, which will have you believe in the magical power of Christmas.
Also “My Fair Lady” continues at the IceHouse in Mount Dora as Eliza Doolittle becomes a proper lady, and “A Christmas Carol” at the Melon Patch in Leesburg, with a new twist on on old classic.
The Bay Street Players Young Peoples Theater presents a one-time showing of ““A Charlie Brown Christmas” on Sunday.
The Clermont Performing Arts Center has a busy weekend with the play “Tuesdays with Morrie" on Saturday and The Story Behind the Song with Charlie Grinker.
Here's what's on stage near you.
“Nuncrackers” by the Tavares Theater, continues at Bridges Covenant Church, 1100 N. St.Clair Abrams Ave., Tavares closes Sunday. In the play, the crazy nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken have returned to launch their first annual television production in the new studio built from the Publisher's Clearing House winnings. Songs include, “Jesus Was Born in Brooklyn,” “The Three Kings,” “Christmas Time Is Nunsense Time,” “Twelve Days Prior to Christmas” and many more. “Swan Lake” will never be the same nor will fruitcake.
Tickets are $13 and $15. Details: tavarestheater.org. For questions, call 352 343-9944 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
"Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus"
The two week run of “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” by the Moonlight Players ends Saturday at the Moonlight Players' Warehouse Theater, 735 W. Minneola Ave. in Clermont. The play takes place on Christmas Eve, 1897, in New York City, as 8-year-old Virginia is pondering whether or not Santa really exists after a series of unhappy events. Meanwhile, a young newspaper writer also struggles against tough holiday times as he is faced with losing his job if he can't find his writer's voice by morning. Through chance meetings, the spirit of Christmas prevails and brings everyone together. Tickets are $10 to $20. Details: moonlightplayers.com.
"My Fair Lady"
The musical “My Fair Lady” continues until Dec. 17 at the Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora. Based on British playwright, George Bernard Shaw’s stage play, “Pygmalion.” Set in 1910, Cockney flower-seller, Eliza Doolittle, is the subject of a wager between linguistics professor, Henry Higgins, and dialect-hobbyist, Colonel Pickering. Higgins bets he can pass Eliza off as a member of high society by teaching her the speech and manners of an upper class lady.
Songs include “On the Street Where You Live,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “Get Me to the Church On Time,” “The Rain in Spain” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”
Tickets are $20 Wednesday and Thursday, $22 Friday to Sunday and $15 for students. Details: icehousethatre.com.
"A Christmas Carol"
The Melon Patch Theatre performs a classic holiday tale re-imagined for the stage with “A Christmas Carol” opening Friday and running until Dec. 17. T he story is based on a company of traveling players, assembled to perform a trunk show production of the traditional tale. When they realize they are dealing with shabby props and people from the troupe have disappeared, they go on with the show anyway bringing in a curmudgeonly stage manager as Scrooge and performing with jugglers and gymnastics to make a magical world of make-believe. ,Cost: $18 adults, $9 students. Details: melonpatchplayers.org.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Join the Peanuts gang at 2 p.m. Sunday for the Bay Street Players Young Peoples Theater Senior Tour of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the Historic State Theatre, 109 North Bay St. in Eustis. Starring Analise Cutter, Dustin Dooley, Alisha Dooley, Hannah Feuerstein, Jamilee Fletcher, Abagail Fussell, Olivia Kmetz, Abaigael Mullins, Joe Patterson, Maggie Rashaw and Collin Wallman. Details: baystreetplayers.org.
"Tuesdays with Morrie"
The play, “Tuesdays with Morrie” is on stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27. The autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a lasting lesson in the meaning of life. Cost: $32 to $48. Details: clermontpac.com.
The Story Behind the Song
Charlie Grinker presents series offers The Story Behind the Song featuring greats of the music industry and the stories of how the songs came to be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Clermont Performing Arts Center. Grinker will talking and sharing experiences with stories, and filmed interviews with Wuincy Jones, Beatles memories, the story behind “Amazing Grace” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” Pete Seeger and the Weavers, Big Joe Turner and Jerry Lee Lewis. A highlight is the salute to songwriter Irving Berlin. Cost: Details: clermontpac.com
“Into the Woods Jr.”
The Bay Street Players Young People's Theater presents “Into the Woods Jr.,: Dec. 14 to 17. Tickets are $6 children and $12 adults. Details: baystreetplayers.org.
'The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical'
They're at it again in “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” Dec. 28 to 31 at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis. It's holiday time down in Armadillo Acres, north Florida's premier mobile-living community, and everyone's filled with warmth and beer. But, when a freak bout of amnesia strikes the trailer park Scrooge, neighborly love is put to the test. Cost: $21 to $35. Details: baystreetplayers.org.