The holidays bring new opportunities to revisit musical and theatrical traditions you may have enjoyed as a child and to share them with new generations. Some of these productions faithfully recreate the sights and sounds of familiar stories; others take them in intriguing new directions. Here are some of the choral, dance and theater productions waiting to be experienced across our state during the holiday season.
A Carolina Christmas
North Carolina Symphony
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh
Friday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Music Director Grant Llewellyn conducts the world premiere of The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs, a commissioned work featuring singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett (a 2008–2009 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship recipient), Grammy Award-winning artists Rhiannon Giddens and Mike Compton, Joe Newberry and Jason Sypher, plus holiday classics, favorite carols and the Concert Singers of Cary.
A Christmas Carol
Friday, Nov. 25–Thursday, Dec. 24, 8 p.m.
The classic holiday story of a life-changing ride through past, present and future is adapted by Triad Stage artistic director Preston Lane.
UNC Memorial Hall
Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4
Durham Performing Arts Center
Saturday, Dec.10, and Sunday, Dec. 11
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Friday, Dec.16–Saturday, Dec. 24
This new production features lavish new scenery and cast of more than 100 accompanied by a live orchestra at three venues around the Triangle.
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte/McColl Family Theatre
Friday, Dec. 2–Thursday, Dec. 22
First grader Junie B. Jones can’t decide how she feels about the holidays in this stage performance, adapted from the books by Barbara Park. Recommended for elementary age children and their families.
Christmas in Appalachia Concert
Montreat Conference Center Upper Anderson Auditorium
Saturday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m.
This traditional holiday, bluegrass and gospel music concert benefitting Shindig on the Green features The Cockman Family, Appalachia Song, and clogging and buck dancing demonstrations.
Greensboro Symphony and Summit Figure Skating Club Holiday Concert
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem
Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit the Salvation Army.
Saint Mary’s School Pittman Auditorium, Raleigh
Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
This new Justice Theater Project presentation of the Langston Hughes classic features a traditional cast and multicultural chorus of angels performing contemporary, traditional and original gospel music with scripture, verse, dance and Hughes’ poetry.
The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs
Triad Stage, Greensboro
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
If you weren’t able to attend the world premiere of this work with the North Carolina Symphony, enjoy a special one-night performance at Triad Stage. This story of a prodigal daughter, a gathering day and a journey home on a winter’s night is collaboration by songwriters and musicians Laurelyn Dossett (a 2008–2009 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship recipient), Rhiannon Giddens, Mike Compton, Joe Newberry and Jason Sypher.