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Christmas takes the stage in Corpus Christi

A few members of the Corpus Christ Ballet company who have danced in past performances of ‘The Nutcracker’ in Corpus Christi. Photo courtesy of Corpus Christi Ballet

Three different companies present their version of “The Nutcracker,” while two local community theaters turn to different classics to celebrate the holidays. Harbor Playhouse presents the musical version of “A Christmas Carol,” while Aurora Arts Theatre sings and dances its way through “A Christmas Story.” Both are Broadway favorites.

Fill up on the holiday cheer and pick your favorites.

HARBOR PLAYHOUSE

The Harbor Playhouse brings Scrooge and the three ghosts of Christmas to life through song and dance in its version of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” The musical is written by Alan Menken, who also wrote the award-winning music to Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Tangled.”

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 17-Dec. 17.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for military members, seniors 65 and older and students; and $10 for ages 13 and younger. Group rates are available.

Harbor Playhouse is located at 1802 N. Chaparral, Building #2, in Corpus Christi. Call the box office for tickets at (361) 888-7469 (SHOW). Visit the website at harborplayhouse.com.

AURORA ARTS THEATRE

Another holiday musical, “A Christmas Story,” opens at the Aurora Arts Theatre on Nov. 17. The Broadway run received rave reviews. It is based on a popular movie that runs around the clock on TV during the holiday season. All you need to say is, “You’ll shoot your eye out,” and everyone will know which movie you’re talking about!

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 17-Dec. 31. Tickets are $16 each.

The Aurora Arts Theatre is located at 5635 Everhart Road in Corpus Christi. You can purchase tickets through the website at auroraartstheatre.com or call the box office at (361) 851-9700.

CORPUS CHRISTI CONCERT BALLET

The Corpus Christi Concert Ballet performs its rendition of ”The Nutcracker” in the Selena Auditorium at the American Bank Center on Nov. 25-26. Saturday’s performance is at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday performance is at 2 p.m.

The ensemble includes students from the Ballet Academy, the official school of the Concert Ballet.

Tickets range in price from $17 to $32 and are available through the American Bank Center website at americanbankcenter.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Corpus Christi Concert Ballet is located at 3446 South Alameda. Call (361) 854-7969 or email concertballet@sbcglobal.net. The website address is concertballet.net.

CORPUS CHRISTI BALLET

Corpus Christi Ballet will stage four performances of “The Nutcracker,” also in the Selena Auditorium at the American Bank Center. Family Weekend performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. On Gala Weekend, the ballet is joined by the Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestra for performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.

Tickets for Family Weekend are $17 for orchestra seats, $12 for grand tier seats and $7 for balcony seats. Gala Weekend tickets, which include live music with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, are $32 for orchestra, $22 for grand tier and $12 for balcony. Tickets for seniors/military members and students are available for Gala Weekend for $27 for orchestra, $17 for grand tier and $10 for balcony.

The company will also perform a selection from “The Nutcracker” for patrons of the Ben. F. McDonald Public Library, 4044 Greenwood Drive, from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Unlike at a full performance, photographs are allowed!

Corpus Christi Ballet offices are located at 16231 N. Mesquite in Corpus Christi. Contact (361) 882-4588 or ccballet@sbcglobal.net for more information. Visit the website at corpuschristiballet.com for tickets.

MOSCOW BALLET

For a completely different take on the classic, see the one and only performance of “The Great Russian Nutcracker” on its 25th anniversary tour, straight from Moscow. Performance features larger-than-life puppets, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, nesting dolls and handcrafted costumes.

The show is 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Del Mar College Richardson Performance Hall, 101 Baldwin Blvd. Tickets are $175 for platinum, $102 for gold circle, $48-$68 for orchestra and $28-$37.50 for balcony. For tickets, contact Bobbie at (800) 320-1733 or bobbie@nutcracker.com. Platinum and gold circle tickets are only available at the RPH box office by calling (361) 698-2226. Visit the website at nutcracker.com.

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