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All the plays opening in November are all big, heart-warming musicals guaranteed to set your spirits glowing and fill you with anticipation for the season’s celebrations.
All the plays opening in November are all big, heart-warming musicals guaranteed to set your spirits glowing and fill you with anticipation for the season’s celebrations.

Preview for November
Let the Holiday Season Begin…
Three Musicals Launch The season

Oct 28, 2019
by Jeanie K. Smith , San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle

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Sweet Orphan Oliver! 

Oliver cast as a girl and a boy.While most theaters open their holiday shows in December, a few get the jump and open this month, so you can begin your ho-ho-ho-ing a little  earlier. They’re all big, heart-warming musicals guaranteed to set your spirits glowing and fill you with anticipation for the season’s celebrations.

Sweet orphan Oliver! makes his perennial request for “More, Sir” at 6th Street Playhouse and lands on the rough streets of London searching for a little love. Signature songs include “Where is Love?” “As Long as He Needs Me,” and “Food, Glorious Food.” Great for the whole family.

Runs Nov. 15 - Dec. 15

6th Street Playhouse

G.K. Hardt Theatre

52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa 95401

(707) 523-4185

https://www.6thstreetplayhouse.com/home/



Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Zane Walters plays Mary Bennet’s potential love interest, intellectual Arthur DeBourgh.The comic sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley presented by Spreckels Theatre Company captures the festive ambiance of a Regency-era Christmas at the home of Fitzwilliam Darcy and his relatively new wife, Elizabeth Bennet Darcy. There’s amusing matchmaking, quirky relatives, and an early example of a decorated Christmas tree. Penned by award-winning Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, it’s a charming addition to the list of holiday favorites.

Runs Nov. 22 - Dec. 15

Spreckels Theatre Company

Spreckels Performing Arts Center

5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park 94928

(707) 588-3400 

www.spreckelsonline.com



The Sound of Music

Ariana LaMark as Maria (left), with Michael Coury Murdock as Captain von Trapp and Madigan Traversi as his daughter Liesl in 'The Sound of Music'. Photo by Thomas Chown.What could be better for an alternative holiday show than the much-loved Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, The Sound of Music? Let Maria and the Von Trapp children melt your heart once again with “Do Re Mi,” “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” and “Climb Every Mountain.” The Burbank Auditorium is still undergoing remodel, so this is a co-production with Sonoma State U. and Santa Rosa J.C., performed at the Evert B. Person Theatre on SSU’s campus. This timely and timeless musical is suitable for older children and any adult with a heart.

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

https://theatrearts.santarosa.edu/buy-tickets-online



And now for something completely different…

The Seafarer

Main Stage West presents Conor McPherson’s bit of Irish devilry, The Seafarer, sure to give you chills and delights in equal measure. In a village outside Dublin on Christmas Eve, newly sober Sharky returns to his family home to care for brother Richard who recently lost his sight in an accident. Old shipmates arrive to commiserate and party, and bring a stranger, “Mr. Lockhart,” to make a good table for poker. But we soon learn of the real relationship between Sharky and the sinister stranger, and the poker game becomes high stakes indeed. Part comedy and part terror, the tension as the game unfolds makes for a wonderful, magical tale as only McPherson can tell it. 

Main Stage West has a penchant for McPherson’s plays and his brand of Irish lyricism, and this play may rejuvenate your love of life itself. Don’t miss this unusual offering for your holiday enjoyment.

Runs Nov. 29 - Dec. 21

Main Stage West

104 N. Main St., Sebastopol 95472

(707) 823-0177

http://www.mainstagewest.com/

 

Live Theater by Jeanie K. Smith

 

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