#FridayFive: 5 shows not to miss the holiday season

The busy holiday is season is often crowded, with so much to see. We’ve scoured the local theatres and have come up with five holiday shows not to miss this season:

A Christmas Carol

What would the holidays be without Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and a journey with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future? Richmond’s Gateway Theatre brings the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol (Dec 7-24) to the stage with live music and a beloved story of redemption.

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol

Little Dickens: The Daisy Theatre

In a slightly different take on the Dickens classic, puppeteer Ronnie Burkett enlists the help of his The Daisy Theatre characters in Little Dickens (Dec 5-22). This one is definitely not for the kiddies though as faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, plays the role of miserly, drunken, and bitter Esmé Scrooge.

Little Dickens
Little Dickens

Christmas Queen 4: Secret Santa

Vancouver TheatreSports returns with another installment in its holiday season tradition with Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa (Nov 22-Dec 23). Taking audience suggestions, the improvisers  once again attempt to thwart The Christmas Queen’s attempts to ruin Christmas.

Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa
Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa

The Nutcracker

Ballet BC once again presents the Alberta Ballet production of The Nutcracker (Dec 28-30). This annual holiday tradition features a host of children from local dance schools, and Tchaikovsky’s music played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker

Bah Humbug!

Bah Humbug! (Dec 7-16) returns once again featuring  blues musician and storyteller Jim Byrnes and a host of others. This year Strathcona-based artist Richard Tetrault provides the backdrops for this modern-day east Vancouver retelling of the Dickens tale.

Bah Humbug!
Bah Humbug!