Shrek, Scrooge and The Polar Express Hit the Stages in Central KY theatres
There is still time to gather up family and friends for an outing to see outstanding holiday theatre in several central Kentucky towns.
May your days be merry and bright
Head to Bardstown and Kentucky’s most famous landmark, My Old Kentucky Home, to catch the talented musical cast of the Stephen Foster Drama Association performing a Kentucky version of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol, on Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16. Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas is part of the mansion’s new “Merry & Bright” event.
As the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future lead visitors from scene to scene while singing songs of Christmas, you’ll also enjoy the 12-foot-tall Christmas trees, each trimmed with a unique Kentucky theme, including Meadows in the Bloom and Birds Make Music All the Day, and trimmed with garland, mistletoe and stockings full of toys. See the gingerbread model of the historic mansion made by the pastry chef and nutcrackers standing guard over the mansion’s many rooms.
You’ll also learn the origins of the most iconic symbols of Christmas, hear about a spirit horse named Mary Lwyd that challenges visitors to a game of rhymes and experience Victorian Christmas customs, including the legend of Krampus, who punished naughty children. Each room presents a different era of Christmas, from colonial times to the roaring twenties when the mansion was last owned by the Rowan family. Guides in Victorian hoop skirts and gentleman in tailcoats will serenade all the song, “My Old Kentucky Home.” Tickets for “An Old Kentucky Christmas Carol” are $16/adults and $12/children. www.visitbardstown.com
Marley was dead: to begin with
On Dec. 15, 16 and 17, be prepared to say “Bah Humbug!” with the best of them when Scrooge takes the stage during “A Christmas Carol.” Presented by the award-winning Ragged Edge Community Theatre in Kentucky’s oldest town of Harrodsburg, the one-man show stars local theatre-fave Alan Barlow in the role of the cold-hearted miser. Tickets: $10/adults; $9/seniors; $8/children ages 12 and under. Info: 859-734-2389. www.harrodsburgky.com
Here comes Santa Claus
The Actors Playhouse of Georgetown presents “The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus,” Dec. 8-10. L. Frank Baum, the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, transformed his Oz fairytale into a Broadway musical about the whimsical and mysterious origins of a very special baby. Raised by immortals in The Forest Of Burzee, the baby grows up to become the beloved Santa Claus. Purchase tickets ($7/each) at www.actorsplayhousegeorgetown.com/box-office.
Listen to a dramatic reading of The Polar Express on the Sadieville Train Car. The Scott County Public Library invites all who truly believe to travel to the North Pole on the pages of this classic Christmas book on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9. Enjoy this beautiful story and have your ticket punched by the train conductor; afterward, meet Santa and have cookies and cocoa.
There are four shows each evening, 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are free and available from the library. Note: Train car does not move. Dress warmly and bring a blanket to sit on as seating is very limited. Information: 502-863-3566. www.georgetownky.com
Spirits of all three shall strive within me
“Ebenezer, A Christmas Carol Musical” comes to the award-winning Shelby County Community Theatre for performances Dec. 7 through 10. Has Ebenezer’s heart turned into a lump of coal? Will he learn the true meaning of Christmas? Join Rap and Rock and Roll Ghosts along with a catchy score and find out.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets: $15/adults; $12/seniors; $10/students and children. Reservations: Online at www.ShelbyTheatre.org or 502-633-0242. www.visitshelbyky.com