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Featuring prose by legendary writer Langston Hughes and gorgeous West African and modern dance, Black Nativity is a retelling of the story of a downtrodden people inspired by the arrival of a savior. Our professional actors will team up with local singers from worship teams and church choirs to perform holiday favorites such as "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "Joy to the World" in this bright American classic for the whole family.
This year marks our 23rd annual presentation of the classic Dickens tale about the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from misery to man who honors Christmas in his heart. The production features a large multi-generational cast and traditional carols, and our 1840s grist-mill theatre is the perfect setting for the story written in 1843. Come find out why this has become a Delaware Valley holiday tradition.
Walnut Street Theatre is proud to present Philadelphia's favorite holiday tradition, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This musical adaptation follows the heartwarming journey of the bitter, old Ebenezer Scrooge on one remarkable Christmas Eve. With the help of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, old Ebenezer discovers what it truly means to be merry. Great for kids K-9th, this hour-long adaptation uses original and traditional carols to highlight Dickens' powerful story.
Just in time for the holiday season, Broadway's musical comedy A Christmas Story, The Musical will take the stage. In 1940's Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Based on the classic 1983 movie, A Christmas Story, The Musical captures holiday wonder with funny and heartfelt songs, show stopping dancing, delicious wit and a heart of gold. After two triumphant sold-out seasons on Broadway this hilarious musical makes its Philadelphia debut!
A girl dreams of becoming a princess. An evil fairy queen is hungry for souls. A barnyard foursome tries to form a band. A fairy godmother sends in the clowns. Wait… clowns?!
Familiar fables and fairy tales are turned on their heads when the heroes and baddies play a magical game of chess. Come witness the hilarity when classic fairy tales are re-envisioned in true panto style. You'll be bantering with the cast, LOLing in the aisles, and singing the tunes long after the curtain call.
Freckleface Strawberry The Musical takes the stage at WST for Kids! Strawberry is a regular little girl who loves being seven. But, she doesn't love when her friends tease her about her freckles. Through singing, dancing, and a story of friendship, kids discover that you can have big ears or freckles – we're all different.
A great skating contest is announced, and the winner 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 new 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.
Most enjoyed by families with children ages 6 and older.
An economic downturn puts a successful builder out of work and leaves him, his second wife, and their two children in dire straits. Feeling like burdens to their struggling parents, Hansel and Gretel run off in the middle of the night and try to survive on their own. On the verge of abandoning hope, they stumble upon a glorious house made out of gingerbread and are welcomed inside by a wealthy old woman who invites them to live with her. Have their lives been saved, or is the fantasy life they have found not what it seems to be? Complete with songs by David Cope, this contemporary retelling of Grimm's Hansel & Gretel will continue Quintessence's tradition of family classics for the holiday.
Miss Nelson Has A Field Day will have audiences cheering for the home team. The Smedley Tornadoes are the worst football team ever. They seem hopeless... until Miss Viola Swamp, the meanest substitute teacher in the whole wide world, shows up. She'll teach the kids that teamwork and determination is all they need to win in this fun-filled musical.
When wannabe disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a crime, the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty And The Beast, The Little Mermaid, Newsies), this uplifting musical is filled with toe-tapping songs, outrageous show-stopping dancing and a truly moving story. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to rejoice!
All Mortimer the zombie wants is to find a date to Cupid's Ball, but all of the girls are totally grossed out by him. Will Mort find someone who likes him just the way he is? Audiences will fall in love with Zombie in Love, a sidesplitting yet touching musical that's perfect for the entire family.