Olympic Ballet Theatre: The traditional performance of "The Nutcracker" will be presented with a new party scene and a new, action-packed battle scene with more rats and more soldiers, as well as a new backdrop by scenic artist Jeanne Franz for the second act. Performances are scheduled in Everett and Edmonds: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at Everett Performing Arts Center, and 7 p.m. Dec. 20, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 5 p.m. Dec. 22 at Edmonds Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets and more information visit www.olympicballet.com or call the OBT box office at 425-774-7570 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Pacific Northwest Ballet: The Stowell-Sendak production of "The Nutcracker" continues at various times through Dec. 29 at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets are $39 to $142, available online at www.pnb.org/Season, by calling 206-441-2424 or at the box office at 301 Mercer St., Seattle.
"The Wizard of Oz": The Edmonds Driftwood Players present the classic play based on the MGM movie and book L. Frank Baum through Dec. 15. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St. Edmonds. Tickets are $22 to $25 for festival seating, and available online at www.driftwoodplayers.com or call 425-774-9600. Sign language interpreted performance Nov. 30.
"The Seagull": Everett Community College students present a postmodern version of the Russian classic at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. The Chekhov drama, set in a lakeside estate in the Russian country, is a tale of unrequited love. Admission is by donation. The play will be in Baker Hall, room 120, at the college. For more information call 425-388-9525.
"A Christmas Carol": The Reunion Theatre Group presents the play adapted and directed by local actress Vicki Lynn Maxey at 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Snohomish Music Project's Music Hall at Everett Mall. There is no charge for this family-friendly presentation, but donations are appreciated.
"A Kaddywompas Christmas Carol": The Kaddywompas Radio Show at Tim Noah's Thumbnail Theater takes a comic look at Charles Dickens' classic at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets are $15 or four for $45. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com at the door. Call 360-568-9412 to check availability. Tickets are subject to availability at the door. The Thumbnail Theater is at 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish.
"The Hound of the Baskervilles": The Seattle Rep brings the Sherlock Holmes tale to the stage through Dec. 15 at the Bagley Wright Theatre. The Arthur Conan Doyle story has Holmes and Watson solving a murder mystery at an old English estate involving the legendary devil dog. Tickets are $15 to $80 and available at the Seattle Rep box office, 206-443-2222, and online at www.seattlerep.org. Seattle Rep has a special performance, Dog's Night Out, a canine-friendly evening at 7:30 Dec. 15. Tickets are $25 per dog and $50 per human and may be purchased by calling the box office at 206-443-2222. Seating is limited. More information is available at www.seattlerep.org/dno.
"Oliver!": The 5th Ave. Theatre presents the Tony-winning musical through Dec. 31. "Oliver," based on Charles Dickens' classic novel "Oliver Twist," with the familiar characters, Fagin, The Artful Dodger and little Oliver, singing and dancing in the streets of Old London. Tickets are available at www.5thavenue.org or call 206-625-1900. Tickets may also be purchased at 888-5TH-4TIX. Prices start at $40.50. The 5th Avenue Theatre is at 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle.
"Le Club Noel": Taproot Theatre presents an original Christmas play through Dec. 28. "Le Club Noel" is set in a Parisian cabaret in the 1930s as musicians, a singer and customers band together in the dark days before World War II. 204 N. 85th St., Seattle. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays. Tickets range from $15 to $40 and are available at 206-781-9707; www.taproottheatre.org.
"A Christmas Carol": ACT theater presents its 38th annual production of the Charles Dickens' classic story through Dec. 29. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. Tickets are $27 and up, depending on performance and seating. Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays. Purchase tickets at the website, www.acttheatre.org or call 206-292-7676. ACT theater is at the Allen Arena, 700 Union St., Seattle.
"A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol": Unexpected Productions presents this comic holiday tradition with audience participation at 1428 Post Alley (at the Gum Wall) in Seattle through Dec. 28 Tickets are $12 to $15 at www.brownpapertickets.com/ or call 206-587-2414. see www.unexpectedproductions.org/.
"Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounter of the Pork Rind": Tongueinchic Productions presents ribald comedians Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt poking fun at holiday traditions through Dec. 22 at ACT Falls Theater, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets are $15 to $33 by calling 206-292-7676 or at www.acttheatre.org. The sketches are adult themed.
"A Holiday of Errors": The Seattle Center House Theater is the scene of comedy combo, William Shakespeare meets Charles Dickens, which is subtitled "Much Ado About Stockings" through Dec. 21. Tickets range from $5 (pay what you can) to $25 and available through brownpapertickets.com. The Center House Theatre is at 305 Harrison St., Seattle.
"Miracle on 34th Street": Showtunes Theatre Company presents a concert with limited props at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Benaroya Hall. The 1951 Meredith Willson musical tells the story of the real Kriss Kringle who unites a family, two major department stores and the city. Songs include "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." Tickets are $31 to $46. Tickets are available online at showtunestheatre.org, by phone at 206-215-4747 or at the box office. Benaroya Hall is at Third Avenue and Union Street, Seattle.
"The Lion King": Tickets are on sale now for the March 12 through April 6 performances at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. Tickets are $22 to $135 at stgpresents.org. The Paramount is at 911 Pine St., Seattle. Call 206-682-1414 for more information.
"Greater Tuna" auditions: The Edmonds Driftwood Players are holding auditions for two men to play an entire cast of genders and ages at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Driftwood rehearsal annex, 200 Dayton St., Edmonds. Prepare a two-minute monologue and bring a photo and resume to the audition. You can sign up online at www.driftwoodplayers.com or call 425-774-9600.
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