Celebrating the Holiday Season with Live Performances

While there are many ways to celebrate the holidays in the Boston area, one fun way to do it is to go out with your family or friends to see a great live performance. Boston is known for having plenty of live theatre and other entertainment options, so it only stands to reason that there will be some great options available during the holiday season. Here is a look at a couple of shows that you can enjoy this month.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

grinchIf you want to take the family to a live performance of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, you will have the opportunity on November 6th, 7th and 8th. With performances at the Hanover Theatre, you can go to an 8:00 pm show on Friday, a 2:00 pm or 8:00 pm show on Saturday or a 1:00 pm or 5:00 pm show on Saturday.

Deemed as “100 times better than any bedside story” by The New York Times, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features all of the classic songs that have long been associated with the beloved story. Among these are “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.” The record-setting Broadway holiday show also features magnificent sets and costumes inspired by the original illustrations created by Dr. Seuss.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

The Hanover Theatre will also be presenting performances of The Nutcracker from November 27th through the 29th. Performances will take place at 7:00 pm on Friday, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturday and 2:00 pm on Sunday. The beloved show will be presented by Ballet Arts Worcester.

Taking place at Christmastime, The Nutcracker tells the story of a family who receives gifts from the local toymaker. Of all of the children, Clara receives the best gift of all: a nutcracker. At the stroke of midnight, something magical happens as the nutcracker and all of the other toys come to life. Soon after, Clara’s bed turns into a magical sleigh and the nutcracker into a prince. Clara and the prince ride the sleigh to the Land of Sweets where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Sugar Plum Fairy hosts a lavish party in honor of Clara and the prince. Shortly after Clara and the prince leave the festivities, Clara awakens back at home in her bed with the nutcracker in her arms.

Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the two-act The Nutcracker ballet was adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. While the original production was not a success, the show has enjoyed a great deal of popularity since the 1960’s. Tchaikovosky’s score within the ballet has since become one of his most famous compositions.

The Hanover Theatre is located a 2 Southbridge Street in Worcester. Tickets to Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical start at $40 while tickets for The Nutcracker are $26, $32 or $38 depending upon seating location. Call 877-571-7469 for more information.

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