A season of shows

Those in search of holiday spirit on this final weekend before Christmas need only look to the community’s vibrant local theater scene.

LeGacy Presents has two shows — the classic family friendly “Miracle on 34th Street” and a more adult comedy “Every Christmas Story Ever Told.” Tonight is the final run for “Accidentally Famous” from Off Broadstreet Theatre. Lest the Sugar Plum fairy be forgotten, there is also Center Stage Dance Studio’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker.”

LeGacy Presents has reprised its production of “Miracle on 34th Street” at the Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City through Dec. 30.

“The 2009 hit for LeGacy was so loved by audiences it is a pleasure to bring it back,” said producer Sue LeGate in November. “We are blessed to have Judy Blake direct our big Christmas show once again. She did a beautiful job the last two years with “Tiny Tim’s Christmas” and “A Christmas Story” … she has great vision and is absolutely wonderful with adults and kids alike. We are very excited!”

This year’s production features a local all-star cast with Jed Dixon (“The Full Monty,” “Next to Normal,” “Angry Housewives,” “Assassins,” “Greater Tuna”) as Kris Kringle, the kind-hearted department store Santa who is convinced he is the real thing. Amber Busse and Lucy Gardner split the role of Susan Walker, the little girl who wants to believe Kris, but common sense tells her not to. Susan’s mother, Macy’s Doris Walker, is played by Kate Haight (“Crimes of the Heart,” “Angry Housewives”). Danny McCammon (“Greater Tuna,” “Teahouse of the August Moon,” “Assassins”) is Fred Gailey, the lawyer in charge of defending Kris’ sanity in court, although opposed by the woman he loves, Doris. The 32-member cast also features Patrick Moore, Dinah Smith, JR Lewis, Cap Wallington, Brian Arnold, John King, Ty Baldwin and Shawnna Frazer. Audiences can expect music and dancing, along with a talented cast, making this a must see for the whole family this holiday season, LeGate said.

“Miracle on 34th Street” is at 8 tonight or a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday at the Nevada Theatre.

LeGacy’s second production currently running is “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” at the Off Center Stage, 314 Richardson St., Grass Valley (located directly behind The Center for the Arts). Shows are at 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Directed by Scott Ewing, the show features a three-member cast of Jay Barker (“Full Monty,” “Harold and Maude,” “Shakespeare”), Brandon Johnson (“A Few Good Men,” “Tiny Tim’s Christmas,” “I Hate Hamlet”) and T.E. Wolfe (“A Few Good Men,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “On the Waterfront”) .

In “Every Christmas Story Ever Told,” three actors are stuck doing “A Christmas Carol” for weeks are finally sick to death of the classic and break out to give the audience an incredibly crazy, funny, condensed beyond belief version of every Christmas story you can imagine — “Grinch,” “Wonderful Life,” “Frosty” and more.

Tickets for both shows are only $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Available at The Bookseller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online at www.legacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268 5419.

For the really ambitious weekend theatergoers, there is a special discount for tickets purchased to both shows. The discount is only available through the box office.

For information about either production, or additional show times, go to www.legacypresents.com.

Last call for ‘Accidentally Famous’

Off Broadstreet Theatre wraps up its production of “Accidentally Famous” tonight. Tickets are still available for this performance. While the original musical comedy isn’t a holiday tale, it does get the audience in the spirit through festive holiday singalong, in addition to dozens of top hits from the 1940s to present. In this original production by OBS owner John Driscoll, four former wives and lovers of the same music producer form an inspirational signing group called “Accidentally Famous.” The four women work together to promote their self-improvement program based on their experiences.

Musical selections are varied, from The Andrews Sisters, The Four Tops and The Supremes to The Go-Go’s and Lady Gaga. Songs include “Blue Moon,” “Reach Out,” “My Guy,” “The Book of Love,” “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree,” “Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop” and two dozen more top hits. Driscoll said this production is suitable for all audiences, adding, “With plenty of laughs and awesome harmonies in great music, ‘Accidentally Famous’ is an uplifting pre-holiday evening to make you feel good!”

Tickets are $25 for tonight’s 8:15 performance. Make reservations by calling (530) 265-8686. Off Broadstreet Theatre is located at 305 Commercial St. in Nevada City. For information, go to www.obs@offbroadstreet.com.

‘Clara’ returns

Center Stage Dance Studios’ annual production of “The Nutcracker” returns this weekend to Don Baggett Theatre on the Nevada Union High School Campus. This year’s cast is bigger than ever with 160 dancers. Organizers say it takes an army to put on a show of this scale. The hundreds of hours of rehearsal time, choreography and details put into each routine really shine through as the dancers take the stage. Check out this week’s Prospector guide for more details about the production. Copies are now available free on weekends in racks around Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Alta Sierra, south county and north Auburn.

Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. today and a final show at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets for this production typically sell out with only a limited number of shows available. Tickets for “The Nutcracker” are $15 in advance, $17 at the door for adults, $13 in advance or $15 at the door for children and seniors. Tickets are available at BriarPatch Co-op and online at www.grassvalleynutcracker.org. For information, call Center Stage Dance Studio at (530) 271-1200.

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be contacted at bbentley@theunion.com.


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