Arts & Culture

2012 South Florida Holiday Theater Preview

October 15, 2012 6:00 AM

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(Source: AP/Mary Altaffer)

(Source: AP/Mary Altaffer)

The spirit of the holidays is everywhere this time of year. Cornucopia cutouts adorn your neighbor’s door and soon trees will be decorated with Christmas lights. It’s enough to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside despite the mild Florida weather. Celebrate this feeling by heading down to one of South Florida’s many theater venues to enjoy holiday classics like “The Nutcracker” or see a new spin on an old Christmas classic. You’ll be positively beaming afterwards.

“It’s a Fabulous Life”
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 S.W. 5th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 462-0222
www.browardcenter.org

Dates: November 28 through December 2

David Sexton and Albert Evans present this original twist on the holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” “It’s a Fabulous Life” is about a gay actor so dillusioned by his sexuality due to a toxic work environment that he wishes he was straight. That’s when his guardian angel, Arthur, steps in and shows him what life would be like if he was straight. Come to this musical performance to laugh, sing and appreciate life.

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“Home for the Holidays”
Carole & Barry Kaye Auditorium
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(954) 462-0222
www.browardcenter.org

Dates: November 28-30

Join The Palm Beach Pops at Florida Atlantic University in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium for a night of orchestra featuring guest vocalist Tamyra Gray of “American Idol” fame and singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Tony DeSare. Together they will perform holiday standards that are sure to enchant your family. This is perfect for any lover of music and it’s sure to fill you with holiday spirit.

 Adrienne Arsht Center

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“The Nutcracker, A Play”
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 949-6722
www.arshtcenter.org

Dates: November 29 through December 30

The House Theater of Chicago presents a different take on the Christmas classic, “The Nutcracker,” based on the E.T.A. Hoffman story. This play, rather than the traditional ballet, tells the story of a family in the midst of an unexpected loss and the daughter who tries to bring her family together and save their Christmas. Join Clara on her magical journey and squeeze your family a little tighter as you watch this heartfelt story. Performances are held in the Carnival Studio Theater in the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Related: Guide to the Adrienne Arsht Center

 Broward Center For The Performing Arts

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“Madeline’s Christmas”
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 S.W. 5th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 462-0222
www.browardcenter.org

Dates: December 8-9

Everyone’s favorite red-dressed schoolgirl, Madeline, comes to the stage in south Florida to try to get her sick classmates home and save Christmas for her French boarding school. This play, based on the Ludwig Bemelmans’ children’s books, features a pre-show that includes arts, crafts and face painting provided by Young At Art Children’s Museum and Curly Sue and friends, respectively. After the show, treat your family to snacks provided by Whole Foods. It’s a night that will satisfy your children until Christmas rolls around.

Broward Center For The Performing Arts

(Credit: Broward Center For The Performing Arts)

“The Nutcracker”
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 S.W. 5th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 462-0222
www.browardcenter.org

Dates: December 14-16

George Balanchine’s timeless holiday ballet returns to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Whether this is your first time or 15th time, you must attend this performance from the world-renowned Miami City Ballet. If you can’t get the dancing sugarplums out of your head, you can also catch the performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center from December 20-24. See the website for more details.

Related: Best Ballet Schools in Miami

Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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