Community entertainment gets festive
By Ally Caho
Round Table Editor
During this time of the year there are dozens of different organizations and places presenting various holiday shows. Not only are schools putting on plays, but local dance studios, theatre groups and theatres in our Frederick community are also contributing to the festive live theatre. No matter where you are, there is sure to be a place around you to get you into the holiday spirit.
Everyone should come out and support our MHS drama department production of “A Christmas Carol”. Our Knights have been working on this play for months and are very excited to perform on Dec. 9 and 10 at seven pm, and a Sunday, Dec. 11 matinee at two pm. And if you want even more Tiny Tim adorableness you can also catch “A Christmas Carol” at the Weinberg. The Maryland Ensemble Theatre will be performing there Dec. 16 through 18.
The MET will also be presenting “The Eight Reindeer Monologues”, at the MET theatre in Frederick. This is a funny show, where Santa’s reindeer dish out all the gossip from the North Pole. It is sure to be outrageous comical, but a tad adult, so leave the little ones at home. They’ll be performing their reindeer riot from now until Dec. 30, so buy your tickets today.
If you’re looking for more family Holiday spirit check out the Way Off-Broadway musical production of “Christmas Tidings”. The show follows the life of a Christmas card and gift shop owner who, with a little help, tries to make his costumers Christmas wishes come true. It’s a heart-warming production, with a good plot and festive holiday tunes.
“A good way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear”, this quote from the famous Christmas movie, “Elf”, perfectly describes this next holiday hotspot. The 17th Annual Messiah Sing-Along has been a Frederick tradition for 16 years at the Weinberg. Conductor Judy DuBose leads the Frederick Chamber singers, and orchestra. Also audience members are encouraged to not only enjoy the Christmas music, but sing-along as well. This will be a sure fire way to get into the holiday spirit.
Lastly, what is the holiday season without the “Nutcracker”? Don’t worry, because our area will have two beautiful productions of this classic ballet. The most local would be the Dee Buchanan Studio of Dance production, held here at Middletown High, on Dec. 17 at 1 and 5. The cast consist of mostly students from the Middletown area, and few parents as well. You can also go see the “Nutcracker” at the Weinberg performed by the Maryland Region Ballet, with some principle dancers from the New York City Ballet. Both will be lovely performances that will leave you with thoughts of sugar plums dancing in your head.
May your holiday season be filled with merry and bright performances from the Frederick community. Our area has a lot of talented individuals and groups, so be sure to go out and support them.