If there’s one thing we can count on this year, it’s that CenterPoint Theatre continues to put us in the holiday spirit with high-quality, family friendly entertainment. We Need a Lot of Christmas and A Christmas Carol are two of their holiday ensemble performances featuring delightful storytelling, singing and choreography backed by beautiful stage scenery that brings the excitement and magic of Broadway-quality shows to Davis.
We Need a Lot of Christmas: Concert of Celebration from the Silver Screen and Stage
If you need to perk up your holiday spirit, We Need a Lot of Christmas is the show for you. This concert of pure celebration delivers all the joy and happiness of the holiday season with favorite songs from Broadway spectaculars and beloved yuletide films.
Featuring musical numbers from holiday classics like Irving Berlin’s “Snow” (White Christmas) performed by quartet, an “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” duet, and a solo performance of The Lemon Drop Kid’s “Silver Bells,” CenterPoint Theatre also adds a new twist with fun songs from movies such as Jingle All the Way, Catch Me if You Can, Elf and Annie. Even the vile one makes an appearance, adding showstopping comedy with “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
Artistic Producer Jim Christian promises a glow of beautiful melodies and inspiring lyrics, and this show delivers exactly that. Featuring music direction by Maurie Tarbox, Jessica Merrill’s expert choreography, and set designer Truxton Moulton’s dazzling scenery, this show is ready to transport you to a magical winter wonderland where, for one hour, the world shines brighter.
We Need A Lot Of Christmas runs December 2 through 18 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 balcony/$15 main floor. Get tickets here.
A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Semi-Staged Theatrical Event)
This traditional Christmas favorite has all the feels – fear, joy, love, loss, drama and so much charm you can’t help but pull for that old Scrooge. Captivating from the moment the lights dim, A Christmas Carol is a timeless tale of hope and redemption set to music and brought to life by 15 of CenterPoint Legacy Theatre’s talented performers.
For those not familiar with the tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is a curmudgeonly, heartless businessman who comes face to face with the fails and successes of his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Through spectral visits from his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, we learn the reasons for Ebenezer’s callous ways, as he realizes his bitterness stems from the painful losses of his childhood and the love of his young life. Through the eyes of others, Scrooge learns that he must change his ways or live with the unbearable consequences.
Julia Loveland-Bradford (The Ghost of Christmas Future), Alexander Richey (The Ghost of Christmas Present), Kristina Boler (The Ghost of Christmas Past)
If you haven’t seen the musical version of A Christmas Carol, you’re in for a treat. With the aid of rich projections, clever costumes and brilliant direction, each cast member plays multiple roles, bringing a unique spirit to each. Featuring the talented Nick Cash in the lead role, an ensemble cast of 15 performers weave with seamless ease in and out of 60 roles. Julia Bradford shines as Ebenezer’s young love Emily and the ghost of Christmas future, and Kristina Boler brings Scrooge’s past to life with charm and compassion. The entire cast is outstanding, right down to young McGuire Bingham in the role of Tiny Tim. A Christmas Carol features musical direction by Brittney Ann Mosher and choreography by Bailee DeYoung.
Nick Cash (Scrooge), Lee Wright (Jacob Marley)
As director Shelby Ferrin reminds us, Ebenezer Scrooge is a name too often invoked when describing the cold, stingy miser he once was rather than the warm, generous man he became. On CenterPoint’s stage, Scrooge opens his heart to the holiday spirit and the lives of those around him. As 2020 comes to a close, you won’t want to miss this heartwarming story of second chances.
Performances: A Christmas Carol runs December 1 through 19, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 balcony/$18 main floor. Click here for tickets.
McGuire Bingham (Tiny Tim), Melissa Trenery (Mrs. Cratchit), Benjamin Liljenquist (Peter Cratchit), Brynlee Heiner (Martha Cratchit), John Lee Roring (Bob Cratchit)
CenterPoint Legacy Theater has implemented social distancing measures, enhanced cleaning protocols and sanitizer stations throughout the theater lobby. During ensemble numbers, cast members wear clear face shields. Guests are required to wear masks.