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Delightfully Seasonal Holiday Shows for Festive Fun

Preview for December
Holiday Shows for Festive Fun

Nov 24, 2019
by Jeanie K. Smith , San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle


Delightfully Seasonal

Take the whole family to see a musical Miracle on 34th Street playing at Lucky Penny Productions in Napa starting Dec. 6. The classic tale of a real-life Santa Claus and a young girl’s need to believe in him remains an all-time favorite. Based on the beloved film version, the musical shines with book and music by Meredith Willson (The Music Man). LPP’s show features local favorite Tim Setzer as Kris Kringle.

Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical

Runs Dec. 6 - Dec. 22

Lucky Penny Productions

Community Arts Center

1758 Industrial Way, Napa 94558

(707) 266-6305


Sonoma Arts Live presents a musical version of the hit comedy film A Christmas Story, about a boy, his quirky family, and his fervent request for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Laughter and nostalgia strut hand in hand in this delightful show set in 1940s Indiana, suitable for all ages. Larry Williams directs a fine cast including an ensemble of young actors sure to charm.

Joseph Atchley as Randy and Tuolumne Bunter as Ralphie in A Christmas Story. Photo by Jaime Love

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Runs Dec. 6 - Dec. 22

Sonoma Arts Live

Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center
276 E. Napa St., Sonoma 95476
(707) 939-9018


Broadway in Sonoma County? Yes, please! That’s the thrill of a Transcendence Theatre Company production, when the performers hail from Broadway’s biggest hits like Wicked and Chicago. The TTC Broadway Holiday Spectacular is always a sure-fire way to get your spirits moving, with original arrangements and stagings of seasonal songs, knockout vocals and dance in the best Broadway style. Children and the young at heart of all ages are welcome. A limited run at each of two venues means get your tickets NOW.

Broadway Holiday Spectacular

Transcendence Theatre Company

Runs Dec. 6 - Dec. 8 at

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa 95403

(707) 546-3600

and Dec. 14 - Dec. 15 at 

Lincoln Theater
100 California Drive, Yountville 94599
(707) 944-9900


For the Grown-ups

Polar Bears opens Dec. 4 at Left Edge Theatre in Santa Rosa, and might be just the date night you need to escape holiday treacle. Mark Bradbury stars in the one-man show by local playwright David Templeton, about family, fatherhood, holiday decorations, and the question that puzzles all parents: when is the right time for my children to know the truth about Santa? A hit in Marin last year, it will no doubt sell out its short run here.

Polar Bears stars Mark Bradbury at Left Edge Theatre. Photo by David Templeton.Polar Bears

RunsRuns Dec. 4 - Dec. 15

Left Edge Theatre

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa 95403

(707) 546-3600

Live Theater Review by Jeanie K. Smith

The World Goes Round opens at Cinnabar Theater on Dec. 13, highlighting show tunes from the remarkable team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, including hits from Cabaret, ChicagoWoman of the Year and more. Not strictly a holiday show, it’s the kind of revue Cinnabar does so well, a treat for musical theatre lovers, and even includes a New Year’s Eve performance complete with champagne. 

The World Goes Round

Runs Dec. 13 - Jan. 5

Cinnabar Theater

(707) 763-8920


The Seafarer opens at Mainstage West  and is a chilling story about the sea, Ireland, and the power of myth. It’s Christmas Eve, and Sharky (Edward McCleod) has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, aging brother (John Craven) who has recently gone blind. 

The Seafarer opens Nov. 29 at Main Stage West. Photo courtesy E. Craven.The Seafarer

Mainstage West

104 N Main St

Sebastopol, CA 95472


Directed by David Lear

Runs November 29 – December 21

2nd and 4th Thursdays at 8 PM; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays at 5 PM

Already up and running…

If you haven’t got your tickets yet for these gems, don’t delay.

Runs Nov. 15 - Dec. 15
6th Street Playhouse
G.K. Hardt Theatre
52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa 95401
(707) 523-4185

Reviewed in the Gazette 11/17/19:

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Runs Nov. 22 - Dec. 15

Spreckels Theatre Company

Spreckels Performing Arts Center
5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park 94928
(707) 588-3400

Note: This show is a play, not a musical. 

The Sound of Music
Runs Nov. 22 - Dec. 8

Santa Rosa Junior College & Sonoma State University

Evert B. Person Theatre, SSU
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park 94928

(707) 527-4307



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