Singing, dancing, scrooging and swinging highlight Bay’s holiday season

Mark Anderson Phillips takes on his first full production as "Scrooge" at Center REP. (Photo by Kevin Berne)
Mark Anderson Phillips takes on his first full production as “Scrooge” at Center REP. (Photo by Kevin Berne)

Upcoming theatre events to lead folks into the rest of the holiday season…

EASTBAYNEZER SCROOGE

In addition to last week’s quick hit column, two more productions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” came through the Drama Guy’s desk.

Center REPertory Theatre of Walnut Creek is presenting their lavish production, which closes this weekend. San Jose resident Mark Anderson Phillips is performing in his first full production in the role, yet has plenty of experience in different productions, including a youth production at San Jose Repertory Theatre a year ago.
Staying in the East Bay, Curtain Call Performing Arts Center in San Leandro presents their annual version, which features the usual ghosts of past, present and future, but also feature things like a roaring ‘20’s party and plenty of zombies. Plenty of discounts are also available for the show, including a $1 child admission with a paid adult admission, and discounts on Dec. 15, 21 and 22 using the coupon code “Scrooge.”

“A Christmas Carol” – Center REPertory Theatre – Through Dec. 16thwww.centerrep.org
“A Christmas Carol, the Musical” – Curtain Call Performing Arts – Dec. 13th – 24thwww.curtaincallperformingarts.org

DIG THAT SWINGIN’ SANTA CLAUS

A hot holiday show is rockin’ Downtown San Jose, doing big business, as well as contributing to a good cause. The Tabard Theatre Company is going into its final weekend of “Big Band Christmas Surprise,” featuring jazz ensemble Nineteen, under the direction of band leader Gus Kambeitz. The show has been doing big business, selling out its final performance this Sunday. It features plenty of great, big band arrangements for lots of holiday songs, singers and a special guest artist every show. Most importantly, the show benefits St. Paul’s Food Closet. Patrons are encouraged to bring non-perishable food, blankets and coats to contribute to the cause.

DECEMBER IS THE MONTH OF MELODY

Local playwright and musician Ted Kopulos returns to South Bay Musical Theater with his show “Decembrance.” It is a show with mostly original compositions and lyrics by Kopulos, with some other familiar tunes from the season. Many South Bay performers are featured in the show.
Check out this feature I wrote on Kopulos three years ago, previewing his show “The Poptimists.”

See you at the theatre!

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